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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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Highlight: 1866 Bakery & Cafe, Austin


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The 1886 Café & Bakery is one of the premier Downtown Austin restaurants. Located at the busy corner of Sixth and Brazos streets in Downtown Austin, it remains the social gathering place for visitors and locals alike looking for delicious traditional Texas comfort foods that combine time-honored traditions with contemporary preparation.

See the website here.

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Eat Austin: Thanksgiving


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Easy Cocktails To Serve Your Guests

Stick to the Thanksgiving colours with these easy drinks!

+ Cranberry Champagne

+ New Orleans Cognac & Rye Cocktail

+ Punch with ginger ale, pineapple & cranberry

+ Cranberry Sangria

+ Hot spiced cranberry cider

Highlight on 3 Pumpkins Martini

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2 oz. Three Olives Classic Vodka

2 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur

1 tsp. whipped cream

Garnish: cinnamon stick

Combine vodka and pumpkin liqueur in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Eat South Africa: Banting Meal Ideas!


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I’m getting a lot of inquiries about the Banting diet, after the post I wrote here. It’s been shared over 47 times, which shows us just how serious people are about health! As a lifestyle blog, I try to post as much as I can about a range of lifestyle stuff. Food is a passion of mine, especially healthy eating. Enjoy these Banting recipes below for easy-to-make meals! They’re all very tasty. Follow my Banting board on Pinterest here. Fresh updates every week!

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The Banting Band Salad


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I’ve had over 52 shares of this post on the Banting diet. Here is a gorgeous Banting recipe I just tried out for lunch today. It’s a quick, delicious way of eating salad the Banting way! Made up of 7 layers, I call it the “Banting Band Salad”. Enjoy!

LAYERS

+ Lettuce

+ Baby spinach

+ Green peppers

+ Celery

+ Frozen Green Beans

+ Boiled Egg

+ Sour Cream / Mayonnaise

Topped with

+ Pumpkin Seeds

+ Crispy Bacon

+ Grated Cheese

Tips

+ Always start with the lettuce

+ You can also start with Avocado

+ Keep it covered with a lid or foil

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Carbs In Different Cocktails


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I went to a gorgeous bar in Cape Town this weekend. They were doing a happy hour with some seriously good cocktails. As a Banter, it’s pretty hard to say yes to a cocktail you know is full of sugar and carbs. You don’t want to break your eating plan but let’s get real, you do want to have a good time. I did some research and below are the carb counts in different cocktails (and other drinks) for those of you out there who are Banting. I did a previous post on which drinks have no carbs at all here. If you’ve never heard of “Banting” before, you may want to check out this awesome post.

+ Cocktail per glass

Margarita: 56 grams
Piña Colada: 90 grams
Long Island Iced Tea: 44 grams
White Russian: 26 grams
Mai Tai: 30 grams
Champagne Cocktail: 13 grams
Fog Cutter: 13 grams
Gin/Vodka and Tonic: 14 grams
Mojito: 12 grams
Cosmopolitan: 10 grams

Now for some more common drinks:

+ Beer per glass

Regular Beer: average is about 12 grams
Light Beer: check the label – most are 3 to 7 grams
Ale: most are 5 to 9 grams
Stout: variable – about 20 grams

+ Wine per glass

Dry White (e.g. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay): 3 grams
”Off Dry” (e.g. Reisling, Chenin Blanc): 5 to 6 grams
Dry Champagne: 2.5 to 4.5 grams
Muscat: 8 grams
Dry Red (e.g. Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sav.): 3.5 to 4 grams
Zinfindel: 4.2 grams
Dessert Wines: 12 to 14 grams
Sweet Late Harvest Wine: 20 grams

+ Liquer per shot

Amaretto: 25 grams
Bailey’s Irish Cream : 11 grams
B & B Benedictine: 8 grams
Campari: 12 grams
Coffee Liqueur (e.g. Kahlua): up to 24 grams
Cointreau: 15 grams
Creme de Cacao: 22 grams
Creme de Cassis: 17 grams
Creme de Menthe: 21 grams
Grand Marnier: 10 grams
Kirsch: 9 grams
Ouzo: 16 grams
Sambuca: 17 grams
Triple Sec: 16 grams

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5 Ways To Tone Your Hips + Bum At Home


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How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
Knee Lift Leg Kick Combo

Lie on your right side with the upper body supported by the right elbow and tricep, which should be flat on the mat at your side. Stack the legs and hip, and bend the knees. Lift the top bent leg, keeping it level, and then lower it. Straighten both legs and let them fall into a small split position (with one leg split over the other). Hover the bottom leg about 1-2 inches from the floor with knees facing forward. Return to starting position to complete one rep.

Do 30-40 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
V Position

This V-Position is similar to a ballet plié.

Stand holding the back of a chair with one hand. Place your feet in a V position, toes should be about 4 inches apart and heels stay pressed together. Bend your knees and lift the heels a few inches off the floor. Then, lower your hips until you feel your quads intensely working. Pulse up and down.

10-15 pulses up and down completes 1 set; do 3 sets.

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
Hip Bridge

 

Lie on your back with knees bent and facing up. Plant your heels into the floor and lift the toes toward the shins. Raise the buttocks off the ground until your back forms a straight line from the knees to the shoulders. Hold for 1 second before lowering down.

Repeat for 15 reps.

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
Split Squat

This squat incorporates dumbbells and works to tone the thighs.

With a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand at your sides, stand with the left foot forward and right foot back in a wide stance. Bend both knees keeping the left knee over your ankle, while lowering the right knee nearly to the floor. Return to standing.

Do 8-10 reps on each side.

How To Tone Your Bum + Hips at Home
Chair Twist

Start by standing with feet together. Bend the knees and push the hips back, while making sure the knees stay behind the toes. Lower the thighs until they’re almost parallel with the floor and raise the arms forward and up. Then, rotate the torso to the right side and place the left elbow on the outside of the right knee. Hold for 3 breaths and return to the starting position.

Repeat on the left side to complete one rep; do 3 reps.

Want some tips for your legs? Check out this easy, quick article.