Tim Noakes

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.

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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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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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Banting Band Salad

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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

Shimmy Beach Club Cape Town
Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town
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Carb-Free Drinks


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PIN THIS, SHARE THE LOVE!Carb-Free Drinks Banting Diet

Hard alcohol contains no sugar or carbs. Even though it’s made from natural sugars, fruits, grains, sugarcane and berries, those sugars are converted to alcohol during the fermentation and distillation process. Stick with straight alcohol, though. Cocktails and mixed drinks will be full of sugary sodas and fruit juices. Hard alcohol does, however, contain calories, so anyone on a weight loss plan needs to be careful when it comes to alcohol intake.

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Vodka

Vodka is generally made from a grain base, such as rye, wheat or potatoes, and typically has an alcohol content from 35 to 50 percent by volume. Make sure to buy only straight vodka; flavored vodkas will often have sugar added.

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Rum

Rum is free from added sugar or carbs, is typically made from sugarcane or molasses, and comes in a variety of styles: white rum, amber rum, dark rum, spiced rum and aged rum. Typically, the darker the rum, the older it is. Rums can spend years aging in oak casks. Flavored rums can have sugar added, so make sure to stay away from them. The average rum has an alcohol content of 35 percent by volume.

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Gin

Gin is made from a grain base and flavored with juniper berries, and has a typical alcohol content of 35 percent by volume. It’s also usually made with citrus botanicals such as lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime peel. Straight gin has no sugar or carbs, but the mixers in popular drinks, such as a gin and tonic, do. Also make sure to avoid sloe gin, which has sugar added.

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Tequila
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Whiskey

Whiskey is made from a fermented grain mash, usually of barley, rye, wheat or corn. Depending on where it’s made or what it’s made from, whiskey can be found under different names. None have carbs or sugar added. Most whiskey has an alcohol content of about 40 percent by volume.

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The Banting Diet: What it’s About + How it Works


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The Banting Diet has taken South Africa by storm. It means eating low carbs and high fat (LCHF). Whenever you eat, choose more fatty stuff to fill you up and little or no carbs at all. You’re allowed between 25 to 50g/100g carbs a day, so you can have some carbs (list of foods in this bracket below). There are no portion sizes to stick to. You pretty much eat as much as you want until you’re full. The idea is that your body knows when it’s full and it will tell you. You don’t have to overeat, and by no means should you undereat. Below are foods you can eat and can’t eat. I also give the Cape Townians places which serve Banting dishes.

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