Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – are We Doing Enough?

Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – are we doing enough? The Caribbean is plagued with many issues such as unemployment and poverty.However, the rise in sex crimes, in particular those involving children, is troubling.

This disturbing trend is of grave concern due to the disastrous effects of sexual assault on a victim. Many survivors battle feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide for long periods of time after being abuse, often suffering from post traumatic stress disorder – a condition often associated with veterans returning from war, now common among survivors of abuse. In addition, survivors may have to live with sexually transmitted diseases they have contracted from the perpetrators. Continue reading

The Amazing Health Benefits of Tamarind

Most of us are pretty familiar with the tropical fruit called tamarind and there are plenty of reasons to love it. Before we get to the benefits, it’s important to note that tamarind is quite a popular fruit, even beyond the Caribbean region. Originating in Africa, it is also popular in India, Thailand, South Asia and Mexico.

Lots of Pluses

If the tamarind’s widespread availability does not impress you, its beneficial qualities,   which   are quite numerous, certainly will. First off, it’s rich in the following essential vitamins: Thiamine, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium. Continue reading

Want to Rock the Corporate Catwalk? Try the Simple Blazer!


When it comes to dressing for the office there are a set of ‘guided rules’ to be followed in order to ensure professionalism, not only in behavior but also attire.

Traditionally the corporate catwalk is lined with neutral tones of browns, greys, blacks and navy’s, however that’s slowly changing. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the trusted colour scheme should be thrown out the window. If you work in an office environment where uniforms are not mandatory, there are a few simple tips you can follow in order to allow your personality to shine through your attire.

Personally, I am thankful that I get to express myself everyday where I work. My sense of style is somewhat eclectic with a mix of traditional … if that makes sense; and I love incorporating a few trending styles into my office wardrobe. Continue reading

Are You Proud of Your Belly?


Many of us carry excess weight around our mid- section, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? There are several different types of belly out there and some people definitely fall into more than one category. Find out what type of belly you have and the best way to combat it.

Poor-Posture Belly

Having poor posture is definitely a sneaky culprit when it comes to developing an unwanted belly bulge. This one is mostly noticeable in smaller people as it gives them a little lump in their lower abdominals while the rest of their body is relatively small. Having poor posture causes this pouch because the muscles around your midsection are weak due to lack of engagement. This causes the pelvis to tilt forward more than it should, leading to that awful lower abdominal area protruding forward. Continue reading

The Nutritious Superfood


It’s scientific name is Persea Americana but it is commonly known as avocado.

This fruit is esteemed for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its tasty flavour and rich texture.

These days the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals.  It is often referred to as a superfood, which is not surprising given its health properties. There are many kinds of avocados with different shapes (from pear- shaped to round) and colours ranging from green to purple.


Has Way More Potassium than Bananas

A nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of is potassium. Avocados are actually very high in potassium. Potassium is important for the proper functioning and respiration of the body’s cells. It also helps to lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of salt. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. In fact, potassium is essential to the smooth running of nearly all bodily functions.

Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids . Did you know avocado is a high fat food? Don’t worry it’s the good fat.

Seventy seven percent of the calories in avocados comprise of fats, making the fruit one of the fattiest plant foods in existence. But they don’t contain just any fat. The majority of the fat in avocados is oleic acid. This is a monounsaturated fatty acid. It is the major component in olive oil and is believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects. Scientific studies have shown that oleic acid helps to reduce inflammation and aids in the prevention and treatment of cancer, particularly breast cancer.

The fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat- induced oxidation. When fats oxidize, they produce stale or rancid odors. Oxidized oils may be harmful to your health. This is one reason why avocado oil is a healthy and safe choice for cooking.


Avocado Extracts Can Help Relieve Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries. There are many types of arthritis, and these are often chronic problems that people have for the rest of their lives.

Multiple studies have shown that extracts from avocado and soybean oil, called avocado and soybean unsaponifiables (components of an oily, fatty or waxy mixture that fail to form soaps when blended with sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide) can reduce symptoms of arthritis of the bones, known as osteoarthritis. Whether or not this effect is due to the avocado itself or the extracts has yet to be determined.

8 Tips to Lose Weight and Keep it Off


Do Something You Love

The secret to enjoying exercise is actually no secret at all. As the saying goes – find something to do that you love and you will never feel like you’re exercising. If you love to be in the water, then try a water sport. If you love the outdoors, go for a hike. There is truly something out there for everyone. You just need to find out what your fitness passion is.

Eat at Least Two Fruits a Day

Not only are fruits incredibly good for you, taking two fruits to work a day will stop you from snacking

on other unhealthy calorie-packed items. When you begin to feel hungry just grab one of your fruits and munch away. Problem solved.

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Patience: a Fashion Designer’s Virtue


As a fashion novice myself I do not purport to know all the ropes of the fashion designing business. My successes however small they may be, mean the world to me, but in the grand scheme of things I have hardly made any strides towards leaving a lasting mark in the industry.

One thing I am certain of is that I have made several mistakes. Mistakes that have cost me financially, that have caused me to lose customers or have negatively impacted the brand that I am trying so hard to build. The good thing about making mistakes is that it forces you to grow. Someone once told me, ‘Sometimes you don’t know, what you don’t know,’ which basically means that learning from a small mistake in the beginning will save you from major headaches later down the line.

The process of learning the business of fashion is a steep learning curve, and your best weapon against getting frustrated is by being patient. Continue reading

How to Keep Fit While Travelling


Traveling for business has become a way of life for many business people. A number of companies in the Caribbean have offices in several islands. Hopping on a plane to go attend a meeting or to set up a new branch office in another island has become the norm for many.

Unfortunately, in the process their health and fitness often get neglected. The most common excuse I hear is, ‘I have no time’ or ‘there is nowhere to work out.’

If you are one of those who travel regularly for business, getting back into a regular exercise pattern after being away for a while can be difficult. Consistency is key if you want to maintain a good exercise regimen. This can be done anywhere, at any time. Here are some tips to help you keep fit while in transit. Continue reading

11 Power Health Benefits of Sugarcane


When was the last time you drank a glass of sugarcane juice or munched on some sugarcane?

Sugarcane juice is obtained by crushing peeled sugarcane manually or in a mill. It is consumed as a beverage in many places, especially where sugarcane is commercially grown such   as

Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Latin America. It is served, often cold, and sometimes with other ingredients.

Sugarcane is an important member of the grass family. It contains sucrose and is filled with various other nutrients that aid in good health.

Here are some fantastic reasons to eat fresh or juiced sugarcane: Continue reading

Why Watermelon is the Perfect Summer Fruit


Contrary to the popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, it is actually full of nutrients that provide high amounts of Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and a low amount of Calories.

Watermelons are great summer fruits and their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat. They are also a guilt-free, low-maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

Watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. There are five common types of watermelon: seeded, seedless, mini (also known as personal), yellow and orange. Continue reading


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