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Blog, Port Elizabeth

Your New Year’s Resolutions + South Africa’s 3rd Largest City


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What’s on your New Year’s Resolution list?

If it’s got anything to do with health or travel – allow me to introduce one way you could tick both boxes in one fell swoop.

Visit Durban, South Africa.

In 2014, CNN rated it as “The coolest city in South Africa you’ve never seen” (See the article here Durban City).

It’s a major center of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.

F A C T S   O N   D U R B A N

  • Mahatma Ghandi, leader of the Indian independence movement, began his political journey in Durban.
  • Durban city is home to The Ushaka Marine World – the worlds 5th largest aquarium
  • Shaka Zulu, the most famous Zulu king, ruled the lands surrounding Durban. Durban’s international airport was named after him; known as “King Shaka International Airport”. Nearly seven million passengers pass through the airport each year!
  • It hosts a fantastic travel conference each year, which Skybok had the pleasure of filming. Also see photos from my Township Tour in Durban.

W H E R E   T O   E A T  +  S T A Y   W H I L E   T H E R E

With almost 4 million people, you may need some suggestions on where to eat + where to stay.

I wrote about the Banting diet a while back here on The Starlit Path. I thought seeing as it’s a brand new year, I would share it again. (We all have some unwanted Christmas / New Year’s weight to lose.)

As someone who takes health seriously, I’m always looking for healthier ways of eating which aren’t just fad diets. And I need a diet I can apply to any city I’m in.

In my article I listed places you could find Banting friendly restaurants in Cape Town.

This month I’m giving you places to reach for the trendiest health snack in Durban – rated 3rd on South Africa’s list of Top 10 cities to visit!

Whether you’re on vacation in Durban or live there, allow me to showcase the best restaurants offering Banting-friendly meals PLUS the best places to stay while you’re there!

RESTAURANT

Ebb & Flo, Umhlanga Rocks

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION

Holiday Inn Express, Umhlanga Rocks

RESTAURANT

Republik, Durban North

  • This place offers a side of chicken strips which is Banting friendly, see my recipe for something similar here to make at home as a Banting snack!!

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION

29 B&B’s/Guest Houses to choose from at Accommodirect 

RESTAURANT

Ciao Bella Cafe, Durban Waterfront

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION

Waterfront Hotel & Spa, Durban Waterfront

RESTAURANT

Low Carb Love, Online

  • Threw this one in ‘cos I love the website!

MORE ACCOMMODATION IN DURBAN

Durban Central

Durban Beachfront

For more of my articles on Banting including recipes for salad + carb-free cocktails – see here.

For more awesome facts on Durban – see here.

For more on accommodation choices at Accommodirect – see here.

Accommodirect has over 12,000 subscribers on Facebook + recently published a cool infographic on the most expensive + least expensive destinations in South Africa to stay overnight.

They’re also giving a way a summer getaway to the value of R10,000 over here!

Pssst. “The Grand White SA” is a stunning event coming up in Durban on April 29th – check out more + get tickets here.

Blog, San Diego, USA

Food in La Jolla


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Overlooking Scripps Beach at Scripps Seaside Forum in San Diego California

Some great meals + cocktails I had in San Diego! Each of their websites:

+ The Grande Colonial Hotel 

+ The Crab Catcher

+ Eddy Vs

+ Omni La Costa Resort

+ Hotel Valencia

+ Jonty Jacobs

+ Rocky Mountain Chocolate Shop

+ Karl Strauss Brewing Company

+ Nine Ten Restaurant + Bar

 

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Octopus lunch at The Grande Colonial Hotel at La Jolla Beach

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❤ Banting, Blog, South Africa

Eat South Africa: Banting Diet


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  1. Eat enough animal fat. This is central to Banting. Animal fat DOES NOT make you fat, and you need to eat it. Small amounts at a time make you feel full and stop you from overeating.
  2. Eat enough vegetables. Vegetables should be your bulk-food and this means that you must try to have veggies with every meal. Green vegetables are the best – low in carbs and full of nutrients. There are a great many different vegetables on the Green list. Make sure that you have variety in your diet.
  3. Don’t snack. For the first week or so of Banting, that is, when you are going carb-cold-turkey, you may need to snack periodically, if only to keep your sanity. Make sure that you have Banting-friendly snacks at hand. Remember it is essential to have a good breakfast to set you up for the day. If you aren’t losing the hunger pangs, increase the animal fat in your diet.
  4. Don’t lie to yourself. Eating carbs that are perceived to be proteins, like legumes, baked beans, peanuts and quinoa, will undermine your Banting attempts. Pay attention to the Red list – the forbidden foods. Quite simply, a red-listed item is either toxic or will cause weight gain.

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