Nothing beats snuggling up with a cup of organic hot chocolate on a chilly winter evening; raw chocolate (cacao) is a delicious mood-booster that’s packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. And when you add cacao to your winter beauty routine, you’ll enjoy all those lovely health benefits outside as well as inside.

Pamper yourself with one of these chocolatey winter beauty treats, and enjoy some truly sweet skincare benefits:

GARCINIA CAMBOGIA Sometimes referred to as “the holy grail of weight loss”, Garcinia Cambogia is a 100% natural fat-fighter. It boosts your metabolism, curbs your appetite and blocks fat absorption, helping you get lean in a healthy, sustainable way. Garcinia Cambogia is abundant in hydroxcitric acid (HCA)...

The LCHF (Low-Carb, High-Fat) diet pioneered in South Africa by Professor Tim Noakes has been widely praised for its health and weight-loss benefits. However, one of the first things that may strike our readers about the Tim Noakes Diet (also known as Paleo or Banting),...

What you eat is just as critical as how much you eat. When it comes to losing body fat, not all calories are created equal.  The calories that should really be getting your attention are those that are nutrient-dense; these will provide your body with the energy it needs and allow it to burn energy from fat stores. Nutritionally sparse food on the other hand can cause the body to store extra energy from food as fat. Plus, as amazing as it may seem, it is possible to boost your metabolism and get some extra help with-fat burning with certain foods and spices. Nature really is like a living library, you just need to know how to read it!

Eating raw is a real adventure – you’ll discover a whole world of truly wholesome, tasty recipes that are surprisingly easy to make, plus new ways to enjoy your old favourites. Once you follow a largely raw food diet, your body is sure to thank you. Check out our scrumptious raw recipes, and our essential raw food shopping list.

You’ve got to admit the Tim Noakes Diet sounds appealing – plenty of filling foods, plenty of flavour and the chance to enjoy a leaner, fitter, healthier lifestyle! However, cutting out those carbs and sugar can be tougher than it sounds. So to simplify things, we’ve found you a few fab Paleo-friendly recipes, plus our own essential shopping list for aspiring “Banters”.

The 5:2 Diet, also known as The Fast Diet or Intermittent Fasting, is fast gaining popularity not just as a weight loss plan, but as a healthier way of life. This eating plan can take some getting used to though, as you’ll have to keep your calorie intake very low for 2 days every week. Luckily, there are plenty of low-calorie recipes you’ll find delicious, and easy to make. The Faithful team has put together some handy 5:2 recipes you’ll love; each one is under 200 calories a serving, so you can enjoy them on fast days and “normal” days. Plus we’ve included a fab shopping list to get you started.
Looking at the natural sweetener alternatives over the refined sugars that we see on the shelves of so many shopping malls. There are a number of fairly new natural sweeteners on the block that are dubbed calorie-free and carbohydrate-free. These plant derivatives and sugar alcohols taste as good as sugar, but due to the way they have been absorbed, they result in a much slower and smaller rise in blood sugar and insulin. Do be careful though when choosing foods containing these substitutes – the actual sweeteners may be better for you, but they are often added to food high in saturated fats, which defeats the benefits of using these sweeteners.
If you’re thinking of trying the Alkaline Diet, you might find yourself feeling intimidated by all the rules involved. So to help you get started, we’ve put together a must-have Alkaline Diet shopping list – plus a choice of delicious and wholesome recipes to make alkaline eating a pleasure.

“Fad diets” may come and go according to the latest weight loss trends, but there have always been a few eating plans that stand out above the rest and become long-term, trusted healthy lifestyle changes. Whether you’re looking to lose weight naturally, improve your energy levels or boost your immune system, there’s a healthy diet out there that will suit your nutritional needs. Our green team gives you the low-down on the four top diets making headlines at the moment – plus you can follow the links our favourite recipes and must-have shopping lists for each one.