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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 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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Banting Band Salad

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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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Creative Inspiration

Easy Low-Calorie Health Snacks for High Energy + Healthy Living ❤


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Healthy Eating is really important to me. Because of this, I’ve decided to do a ‘Health Series’ every Monday. My aim is to post some cute health food ideas each week. This week I’m highlighting healthy snacks. Here are ideas below for:

  • your own detox water
  • making fruit popsicle snacks with coconut milk
  • 10 snacks under 200 calories
  • useful fruits as snacks
  • making your own carrot chips as snacks
  • 20 snacks that will curb your appetite

I sourced these ideas from Pinterest – check out my Healthy Eating Board here.

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My Life in Africa

Rest in Peace Maya Angelou


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Tamika Doubell
Photo by Sarah Keogh
My favourite poem from the renowned author, poet and activist:
Phenomenal Woman 
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a womanPhenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Brand Promos

Vita Liberata Launches in SA


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The other day I attended a workshop introducing a new beauty product to the shores of South Africa, Vita Liberata. See their Facebook page here and their Twitter feed here. It’s an independent British tanning brand that offers a range of odourless self-tanning products, skin care products and unique spray tan formulas. I was thrilled to be invited to check out the self tan we’ve been waiting for: organic, non-toxic and long-lasting.

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Rotary Clubs of South Africa Bring Free Health Services To You!


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Rotary Family Health Days

Civil society, big business and the government will team up from 2nd to 4th April 2014 to promote family healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign that provides comprehensive, free health care services to tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities.

Services over the three days will include HIV counselling and testing, screening for TB, diabetes and blood pressure, measles vaccinations, deworming, the dispensing of Vitamin A and more!

This programme is Rotary-led by the global Rotarian Action Group, Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). This action group is the mobilizing partner of Rotary International in the area of disease prevention programs. RFHA has received an unprecedented commitment from the South African Department of Health (NDoH), The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the US Government Agencies – CDC (US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) and USAID, and the SABC and Caxton as primary media partners.

The Rotary Family Health Days are a comprehensive, holistic offering of free healthcare for parents, children, grandparents, friends and all family members in over 145 sites across the country. Approximately 4,000 Rotarians from 225 Rotary Clubs will be volunteering between 9:00 – 16:00 daily and working the sites to assist the medical staff and deliver the services to South Africans.

It is the vision of RFHA, Rotary leaders and other partners to expand the health event each year to other African countries. In 2014, the RFHD Programme will run in Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho through the month of April.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio- free world.

Rotary brings together the kinds of people who step forward to take on important issues in local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds and through this community-based network, the organisation connects these unique perspectives and helps leverage its members’ expertise for them to live by the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.

Rotary brings free health services to you!

The Rotary Family Health Days is the signature program of Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). The program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign that provides comprehensive, free health-care services to tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities. The services include lifelong immunizations to children, such as polio and measles vaccines and comprehensive life-saving annual screens such as HIV, TB, diabetes, hypertension, malaria and more. The program is Rotary-led, and is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the South Africa Department of Health, the CDC, USAID, and the SABC and Caxton as primary media partners as well as YFM, Media 24 news and Independent Newspapers in the Western Cape.

To find out more about the RFHDs and the sites in your area visit: www.rfha.org.za or dial
*120*7343# and follow the prompts.

You can also follow the Family Health Days on Twitter or join the movement on Facebook.

I was very involved last year and will be this year again – see my blog articles on it from 2013: