The past few

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months have gone by in a whirl­wind of cel­e­bra­tions: birthdays, Christ­mas, New Year and the birth of my baby, An­thony. De­spite the sleep­less nights and ex­haus­tion, my hus­band and I feel ter­ri­bly blessed to be par­ents to two boys and two girls.

One of the chal­lenges for us work­ing mums is find­ing the time for all that needs to be done, in­clud­ing look­ing af­ter Hubby. Of­ten, with days filled with work and fam­ily mat­ters, per­sonal health takes a back seat.

In this is­sue, to help you help your hubby, we chal­lenged three men to lose weight in a month by im­prov­ing their diet and try­ing Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu, phys­i­cal con­di­tion­ing work­outs and cy­cling classes (pg 52). We also give you ideas on how to keep fit to­gether and ask our ex­perts about the most com­mon dis­eases that strike men, and how of­ten they should get screened for them.

Of course, you need to look af­ter your health too, so we have ex­perts’ tips to help you find the work-life bal­ance that’s right for you. Ap­par­ently, let­ting go of per­fec­tion­ism can help you cope bet­ter. The al­ter­na­tive is striv­ing for ex­cel­lence – find out why on pg 66.

Ahead of the Chi­nese New Year, we did all the tast­ing and testing for you, so you can shop and pre­pare your re­u­nion din­ner with as lit­tle stress as pos­si­ble. We have recipes you can fin­ish in four (yes, four!) steps or less (pg 94), the best yusheng (pg 102) and pen­cai (pg 106), the yum­mi­est new sweets and snacks (pg 100), and how to dif­fer­en­ti­ate var­i­ous types of man­darin or­anges and buy the fresh­est ones (pg 104).

We at Sim­ply Her wish you hap­pi­ness and pros­per­ity in the Year of the Goat!

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