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
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….
It all depends on where you are in your Banting journey. Too little fat at the beginning could delay quick and effective fat-adaptation (leaving you feeling tired, hungry, irritable and still craving carbs), and too much once fat-adapted could stall weight loss. Continue reading for a more detailed explanation and strategy for getting the fat in your diet just right. This information might help you lose those last few kilos, or get off that frustrating plateau. Read the rest of this entry
Banting or LCHF has always been controversial, but never more so than right now. In June, Prof Noakes will face the Health Professions Council of South Africa for “unprofessional conduct”. From what I understand it is all about a tweet he wrote, where he essentially advised a mom to wean her baby onto real food instead of refined and sugary baby cereals. I really don’t know the full details, but surely this was not bad or dangerous advice? Meat, veggies and healthy fats are highly nutritious foods. How can anyone think that high carb cereal is a better option? It isn’t even real food – it is processed. What did mothers living a few hundred years ago give their babies? I guarantee you it wasn’t baby cereal. This is just common sense stuff. I believe Prof. Noakes is looking forward to the hearing, and sees it as an opportunity to educate those that have been mis-informed for so long. I have no doubt he will be well-armed with scientific evidence in support of the LCHF diet. Read the rest of this entry
This week has been an eventful and significant one for me. Two things have happened about which I am very proud. When I started blogging a year and a half ago, I never could have imagined that I would have such a following of people who enjoy and appreciate my writing. I have received some wonderful e-mails. People have shared with me how my posts have taught them so much and inspired them to get healthy and lose weight. I am humbled and very grateful that I am making a difference in people’s lives.
September is usually the time of year when I start my “diet” in earnest. Each year it is the same thing. Spreadsheets get put together with the number of weeks remaining till December and calculations of how much weight I could realistically lose before then. I am not joking , I have these spreadsheets still saved on my computer and the only thing different is the year. The one thing they all have in common though, is that entries usually fizzle out a few weeks after the said spreadsheet has been compiled. It is pretty hard to stay motivated when you don’t see any results week after week. Each December holiday season I would get so unhappy that my goals had not been achieved – yet AGAIN!
Last week saw a dream come true for me. My goal and passion has always been to share with others what I know about the Banting way of eating (low-carb, moderate protein and high fat). I truly believe that it is the best way to good health and vitality. Last week I was honoured to be training side by side with one of South Africa’s top nutritionists, Sally-Ann Creed (who is also co-author of the Real Meal Revolution). Yes, that red book!
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There are lots of people Banting but not everyone is losing weight. This is especially true in the female population of Banters. It is not that the Banting way of eating doesn’t work for them. They just might not be doing it correctly. For the record, I believe Banting is a healthy way of eating for everyone. Fat or thin, young or old. Cutting out grains, sugar, toxic seed oils and processed food is going to seriously improve many aspects of your health. But you could pile on the kilos (or not lose any) if you don’t pay attention to how much fat you are eating. Read the rest of this entry