My review of the Low Carb Creed

Over the December holidays I was able to finish reading the newly released book The Low Carb Creed by Sally-Ann Creed, Merle Westcott and Janita Bold. What a fantastic read. The content is comprehensive and easy to understand. Everything you need to know about eating the low-carb, healthy fat way is contained within the fresh-looking white and green foil cover. Read the rest of this entry

Faith + effort = transformed health: Cindy’s story

One of the keys of any journey is to know its destination. The journey will always be one of faith and the hope of knowing you will reach it. At the beginning of 2016 I decided I was going to get fit and healthy. I joined a gym and started to exercise (without really changing much in my diet). I then had a business opportunity that would move me to Cape Town. This is where the journey of my fitness really started to take shape and certain things opened my eyes to help me on my way to success. Read the rest of this entry

Am I in ketosis and does it matter?

Hello everybody and happy 2017 to all of you. May this be the year for achieving your goals and realising all your dreams for health and wellness. I hope you find this article of value since there is  much confusion out there with regards to what ketosis is, why you might want to try ketosis, how to get into ketosis as well as how to test for it.

What is ketosis?

When you go very low carb, your insulin levels drop.  This allows your body to start burning your stored fat for fuel, and very effectively melts those extra kilos away.  As long as insulin stays high due to a high carb intake, weight loss is going to elude you.  Your body has an amazing ability to convert its engine from petrol (carbs) to diesel (fat).  It is a totally natural process, and has enabled humans to endure times of famine all through the ages.  Today, researchers are discovering that keto-adaptation has other therapeutic benefits that go beyond mere survival. Read the rest of this entry

Why am I still fat?

I have been putting off writing this post for ages as I feel that there is still more that I need to know before I can properly explain this to others. But the info that I do currently have could be enough to assist someone else to get the help they need . Why am I still fat? This is the question I have asked myself for years and what sent me on a quest for answers. I have for a very long time felt that something was “off”. How could I be exercising 5 times a week, plus following a fairly strict LCHF diet and not be able to lose the rest of my weight (about 15 kilograms). Even when I cut out dairy, alcohol, caffeine and nuts – nothing significant happens. When I restrict my calories – nothing significant happens. I have tried fasting which also didn’t help. Basically I have tried EVERYTHING. How is it possible that I have all the knowledge to coach others towards their weight loss goals but I can’t fix myself? Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: Understanding LCHF

Book review: Understanding LCHF

“Why do we get fat and what can we do about it?”

Author: Martina Johansson (Published in 2016 by Struik Lifestyle)

In my opinion, this is definitely one of those books that anyone who is serious about weight loss and health should own. It offers a holistic approach and level of detail that will certainly help you understand why we get fat and what we can do about it. It is also very well priced at around R 190 for 180 pages worth of good content. To find all this information in one place and written in an easy to understand way is a real bonus. This book has the potential to make a really positive contribution to the numerous South Africans who are struggling to lose weight, or who want to take their Banting diet to the next level. Read the rest of this entry

Getting healthy is very doable

When I chat to people about healthy eating it always surprises me how stubbornly they hold onto outdated dietary myths, such as choosing to eat margarine over butter because butter is going to clog their arteries. I can understand how this happens though. The internet and print media is full of contradictory advice.  When I read that eggs should be avoided due to their high cholesterol content, or that whole grains are essential for fibre, I just want to explode with frustration. This post is for people who want to start improving their health by making more informed choices.  I will outline some easy steps to take that can have dramatic benefits for your health, and will bust some myths at the same time. Read the rest of this entry

How important are 3 meals a day?

The simple answer is this; how often you eat all boils down to whether or not your body uses GLUCOSE or FAT for energy. Our bodies can run on either of these two fuel sources. What you eat determines which one you use. People that consume a high-carb/low-fat diet will invariably be burning glucose for fuel. Let’s call them sugar-burners. Those following a low-carb/high-fat diet will be burning fat. These people we will call the fat-burners. Each of these fuel sources has a very different effect on one’s body, especially the hormones that regulate hunger and satiety. Read the rest of this entry

I was doing keto wrong

What I want to share with you in this post is very important if you are trying to follow a very low carb, high fat diet. Ketogenic diets are becoming very popular due to the fantastic weight loss and health improvement results people are experiencing.  They really do work very well, but only if you do it properly. If you don’t you can damage your metabolism, adrenals, thyroid and upset your hormones. It happened to me so I am speaking from first-hand experience. You need to know what you are doing and you need to KEEP doing it. What was my mistake? I wasn’t eating enough fat or enough calories (and I wasn’t properly keto-adapted). Everything changed for me when I was privileged enough to spend time with US expert Keto Coach, Stephanie Person, when she visited South Africa in May. Read the rest of this entry

My “upping my carbs” experiment results

Hello everyone, it has been a while since I have written a post. Life has been busy and I have been experimenting. In my January post titled, Could a low carb diet be sabotaging your weight loss? I shared information about how some experts believe that a very low carb diet is not always the best solution for some people, especially women. It can mess with our hormones and create a stress response in the body, which leads to excess cortisol and weight gain or weight loss resistance. I thought you might be interested in my experience over the past few months of trying a slightly higher carb intake. I want to clarify that I am still following a low carb diet but not a very low carb ketogenic one.

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Banting Basics to get you started

The volume of nutrition information on the internet can become very overwhelming. Therefore I am a big proponent of keeping things simple for people. My goal has always been to help people understand which foods will give them health and vitality, and which foods do the opposite. At the end of the day, health should be the most important reason for adopting a nutritious diet. Weight loss is an added BONUS.  Are you tired of getting sick, feeling bloated, suffering from allergies and being tired a lot of the time? Fed up with the muffin top that results when you squeeze that spare tyre into your skinny jeans? This post will give you very important information to help you change your situation for the better. I promise you, I have kept it super simple. No nutrition experience required….

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