What We Do

Hi! I’m Rose, the owner of The Slim Hour.

I support women through mid-life transitions and beyond with

  • In-house Yoga, meditation and hypnotic relaxation classes
  • Tailored to your needs, health and personality. 

What makes us special?

I want each class to be special and something you look forward to.

  • Programs specifically tuned to your personality, needs and fitness level.
  • Attain specific goals and results.
  • Learn 1-on-1 with or with a small group of up to three friends.
  • At the time and place most convenient to you.


Vegan Cheese Making and Tasting with Rose Margesson – Waiheke Adult Learning

Shop Like A Hunter-Gatherer

If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of food shopping, you’re not alone.

It can be really difficult these days to choose the best foods for you and your family when you’re presented with so much choice.

To put shopping in perspective, try thinking about it this way.

When you roam the aisles of a modern supermarket, you are doing what your Stone Age ancestors did.
They scanned meadows, forests and streams for healthy things to gather.

They also did it in groups for security in a harsh and hostile world.

Today, most women shop alone. Instead of searching for the ripest berries, they scan shelves and read labels in a quest for healthy ingredients.
Your ancestors knew what to look what for and the choices were simple.
Today, food shopping is a complex path that’s studded with hidden pitfalls and misinformation.


od shopping should be fun, social and enjoyable

, not a confusing chore.

This is where I come in.

Call me strange but my passion is sourcing great food at the best prices.

I get the same kick out of reading labels that my forebears would have gained from studying a likely grove of fruit trees.

I love researching the the effects of different ingredients on the mind and body.

When I find something good, I even ask local supermarket managers to stock it.

But the thing I love best is sharing my discoveries with other women.

So, if you want to put the fun back into food shopping, please get on touch.

We’ll have you filling your trolley with all the zest of your ancestors in no time!

Mood Food

Here are some non-medical strategies for treating depression and anxiety:

Eat fresh, unprocessed nutritious food.

People who eat a diet high in fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, and whole grains are significantly less likely to be depressed or anxious than those who eat highly processed, sugary and fried foods and refined grain and drink beer and other alcohol.

Take supplements such as omega-3 fish oil. You need enough to get around 1000mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoicacid) a day.

A combination of zinc, vitamin B6 and magnesium is important for mood.

Get some sunshine – vitamin D – every day for a mood lift.

Get your heart rate up at least three to five times a week by doing uphill walking, dancing or fast yoga.

Accomplish something every day – something you’ve been putting off, like paying a bill.

Give yourself a treat every day – watch a movie, have a bubble bath, go for a swim or a walk.

Create a gratitude diary.

Dehydrated food for tramping


Oh no!

Calorie Creep 

Are you piling on pounds? 
The culprit could be calorie creep.
This is the sneaky extra calories that food manufacturers pack into their products.

High-calorie ingredients like palm oil and refined sugar are one instance. But, portion size is another. For example, a single cookie bought from a store is four inches across (much larger than the ones our grannies baked.) 

Granted,  some manufacturers are reducing portion sizes and high-calorie ingredients to attract health conscious customers.

But, the fact remains that many packaged foods today are higher-calorie than a few decades ago. 

So, how do you keep those extra calories from creeping in? 

One way is to limit your snacks to one hundred calories.

Here are some calorie rescue tactics:

  • A piece of fruit (approx 50 calories)  Tablespoon of Greek yoghurt (30 calories) 1 tsp maple syrup (20 calories)  topped with toasted shredded coconut & sunflower seeds.  Total: 100 calories.  
  • 2 cups home-made popcorn (cooked in oil) is 100 calories.  Top with Tamari & bragg’s yeast.  Be sure to measure 2 cups, it’s easy to go overboard!  
  • Rice cake with miso and avocado topping.  Rice cakes are not nutrient dense but at only 35 calories a pop it makes a great base for toppings that are.  Miso is fermented and The biggest benefit of miso is that it’s brimming with probiotics. Because miso is fermented, it’s filled with beneficial, live probiotic cultures that have many upsides. You can think of probiotics as the “good bacteria” that inhabit our gut environment and balance “bad bacteria” that we obtain from poor-quality foods, toxins in the environment, contaminated water, pollution and so on. Make sure it’s organic!  1 tbsp of miso yields 34 calories.  Topped with thinly sliced avocado would total 100 calories.  

Choc Mint Slice 


1 cup coconut  desiccated

1 cup ground up sunflower seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cardimin (optional)

1 tbsp cacoa

1 tsp Tahini (optional)

1 cup dates

1 + 1/2 cups pitted prunes

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla essence


1 cup cashew nuts

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup water

Bunch of mint

1/2 tsp Vanilla essence

1 tbsp maple syrup or honey


Make base first.  Freeze.  Then add topping layer.

New Study Links Protein in Wheat to Inflammation

doctor-shrug-1-600x400              The verdict is out.

A protein in wheat is responsible for inflaming the gut. In the past, scientists have focused mainly on gluten and it’s effect on digestive health.

But, according to research presented at one of the world’s most prestigious gastroenterology conferences (UEG, or United European Gastroenterology) in October 2016, the spotlight is now on a protein called AMI (it stands for amylase-trypson inhibitors).

Let’s just call it the culprit. It appears AMI can inflame not only the gut but through it the kidneys, lymph nodes and even the brain.

Why is this knowledge important? It’s because anything that causes inflammation in the gut has a negative effect over time on the mind.

Luckily we are living in an age where we have many choices besides wheat.  I’ve written about a few here.

My clients are shocked and dismayed when they take stock and discover how much wheat and wheat based products they are eating.

Learning to read food labels is a great first step.

The real adventure begins when you decide to stop doing the ‘same old, same old’ and start exploring tasty and nutritious wheat alternatives.