• All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in the final week of the course. Image on the left – Spanish Prawns with Choriza and image on the right – Shakshuka. I have just finished week 5 of the Real Meal Revolution - Beginner Banting Course and have...

  • All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in the fourth week of the course. Image on the left – Za’atar Crusted Lamb Chops with Lime Yoghurt and image on the right – Nutty Chocolate Mocha Smoothie.   I started the Real Meal Revolution - Beginner Banting Course four...

  • This is not your usual make-up tutorial, but since it is Monday I thought we can start the week off on a slightly different note. Enjoy Anna Akana's spin on how to put on your face. Have a beautiful week! http://youtu.be/f49xeXdFSgc Video Source: click here

  • All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in week 3 of the course. Image on the left – Baked Fresh Mussels Parcel, and image on the right – Chicken Basque with Broccoli and Spinach Mash. I started the Real Meal Revolution - Beginner Banting Course three weeks...

  • Looking for a simply delicious chocolate treat to enjoy while banting or following a low-carb high-fat diet? This Coco Pie is the answer! We love recipes that are tasty, healthy and very easy to make. This Coco Pie ticks all the boxes! It is not only incredibly easy to make, but it’s also very healthy and low-carb. You simply...

  • All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in week 2 of the course. Image on the left – Pumpkin and Coconut Soup, and image on the right – Egg Roll. I started the Real Meal Revolution - Beginner Banting Course two weeks ago and have just finished...

All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in the final week of the course. Image on the left – Spanish Prawns with Choriza and image on the right – Shakshuka.

All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in the final week of the course. Image on the left – Spanish Prawns with Choriza and image on the right – Shakshuka.

I have just finished week 5 of the Real Meal Revolution – Beginner Banting Course and have reached the end of the course. If you would like to read up on the other 4 weeks, please click here – week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4.

Cauli Kedgeree

Cauli Kedgeree

I have to start of by saying that I have learnt so much in the 5 weeks and that I feel so very privileged to have been able to take part in such an amazing course. Before I give you a summary of my results, let’s first chat about what week 5 offers.

Week 5 is the final week of the course. The focus of this week is to support you if you have reached a plateau (that stage you may reach when you don’t seem to loose any more weight). This gets beautifully explained in the videos and Sally-Ann gives amazing tips on how to get through this stage and to kick start your weight loss again.

To summarize – there are 4 compulsory video lessons and 9 cooking demonstrations to watch in week 5. Over and above the compulsory videos there are lots of text notes and additional videos you can also watch if you like. Once you are finished watching the videos, you have to complete the quiz. This will give you a good idea how much you understand from the lessons.

The final results?

I lost 5kg in total and I lost 7cm around my waistline! I couldn’t be more thrilled! Besides the weight loss I have also experienced many other benefits:

  • I have so much more energy!
  • I have less cravings, because my blood sugar is far more stable! This is a big one, since the cravings are usually what gets me to loose control and then ultimately fail.
  • I’m feeling far less hungry this week. This is another great aspect of banting, since your blood sugar is stable you can go without food for longer.
  • I am less bloated and my water retention seems to have disappeared.
  • Finally, my skin is looking clearer and my breakouts are under control!
Lemon and Thyme Chicken with Sausage and Cauli-rice

Lemon and Thyme Chicken with Sausage and Cauli-rice

My final thoughts about the course!

I am so thankful to have been able to take part in this course. Not only have I seen amazing results, but I have learnt so much and I feel confident that I can successfully continue with this healthy lifestyle going forward. The highlights of the course for me were the amazing video lessons from Sally-Ann Creed and Prof. Tim Noakes. I also thoroughly enjoyed the cooking demonstrations from Jonno Proudfoot and feel like a chef in my own kitchen now! Another highlight of this course were the incredible support I received form the certified instructor. All in all, I would highly recommend this course to anyone that wants to live a healthier lifestyle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away in the comment box below.

For more information about the course, visit www.realmealrevolution.com

6 Comments

Beginner Banting Course

All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in the fourth week of the course. Image on the left – Za’atar Crusted Lamb Chops with Lime Yoghurt and image on the right – Nutty Chocolate Mocha Smoothie.

 

I started the Real Meal Revolution – Beginner Banting Course four weeks ago and have just finished week 4 of the 5 week course. If you missed my previous posts, you can read them here – week 1, week 2 and week 3.

Lamb Curry on a Coconut Crepe

Lamb Curry on a Coconut Crepe

I have to start off by saying that week 4 did not go according to plan! First, both my children (4 month old baby and 8 year old) got a terrible flu with high fevers for about 5 days. This kept us up most nights. Then I got the same flu and was horribly sick the entire week. I managed to keep on banting through all of this, but the stress, lack of sleep and flu played havoc on my weight.

I guess this is part of life and even though one is 100% committed, things can go wrong. What was amazing though was the support and encouragement of Anita, the certified instructor on the course. She explained to me that both stress and lack of sleep plays a big factor here. She also explained that when we are stressed out our body produces a hormone called cortisol, which is responsible for storing fat around your stomach area (visceral fat) and makes weight loss more difficult. She really helped me not to get despondent during this week, which meant a lot to me.

Cauli-Rice Tabbouleh

Cauli-Rice Tabbouleh

What does week 4 cover?

Now lets chat about week 4 of the course. This week is all about refining your cooking skills and learning about the gut. There are 4 compulsory video lessons and 10 cooking demonstrations to watch. Over and above the compulsory videos there are lots of text notes and additional videos you can also watch if you like. Once you are finished watching the videos, you have to complete the quiz. This will give you a good idea how much you understand from the lessons.

My two cents!

I know I say this every week, but the video’s are of such high quality and the cooking demonstrations are fantastic. This week did not disappoint at all! I especially enjoyed the video, “The guts about the matter” and my favourite recipes this week are: Coconut Crepes and Lamb Curry. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

The results so far?

I picked up 0.4kg this week and I didn’t loose any centimetres around my waist, but remember that I was very ill for most of the week. In total though I have still lost 4.1kg and 5cm around my waistline during the course. Another very positive result I noticed this week, was that my water retention is much better.

Now that I am feeling better again, I am looking forward to the final week of the course!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away in the comment box below.

For more information about the course, visit www.realmealrevolution.com

4 Comments

This is not your usual make-up tutorial, but since it is Monday I thought we can start the week off on a slightly different note. Enjoy Anna Akana’s spin on how to put on your face. Have a beautiful week!

Video Source: click here

0 Comments

All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in week 3 of the course. Image on the left – Baked Fresh Mussels Parcel, and image on the right – Chicken Basque with Broccoli and Spinach Mash.

All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in week 3 of the course. Image on the left – Baked Fresh Mussels Parcel, and image on the right – Chicken Basque with Broccoli and Spinach Mash.

I started the Real Meal Revolution – Beginner Banting Course three weeks ago and have just finished week 3 of the 5 week course. If you missed my post about weeks 1 and 2, please click here for week 1 and here for week 2.

Coconut and Cinnamon Chia Porridge

Coconut and Cinnamon Chia Porridge

First off, week 3 is all about reflecting and regrouping. Now that I have finished my first week of banting, it is time to think about how it went and how I can improve areas that have been challenging in the previous week.

This is a bit hard, since the first week went very well! If there is anything that I personally have found difficult, it was preparing snacks and basic foods to keep in the fridge for when I felt hungry and needed a snack. Let’s just say that in my day to day life, things get a bit crazy with me being a mom of a 4 month old baby at the moment and an 8 year old girl who is learning a new language in a new country.

Coconut Crumpets with Macadamia Nut Butter and Bacon.

Coconut Crumpets with Macadamia Nut Butter and Bacon.

The other area that has been challenging, is that I am breastfeeding my baby and found that my milk supply tends to be low at times. I chatted with the certified instructor and she gave me great advice, which was to eat more protein and to up my fat intake. She said that if this doesn’t do the trick I can eat a bit more vegetables from the orange list to increase my carb intake slightly. I found that once I started eating a bit more fat and protein, my milk supply was up again.

What does week 3 cover?

Week 3 is all about reflecting and regrouping! There are 3 compulsory video lessons and 8 cooking demonstrations to watch. Over and above the compulsory videos there are lots of text notes and additional videos you can also watch if you like. Once you are finished watching the videos, you have to complete the quiz. This will give you a good idea how much you understand from the lessons.

The results so far?

I lost 1.4kg and 3cm around my waistline in week 3, the second week of banting! Drum roll… in total I lost 4.5kg and 5cm around my waistline in the first two weeks of this course – how amazing is that!? Besides loosing weight and centimetres, I have also noticed a few other things:

  • I have so much more energy, which is great since I don’t get a lot of sleep at the moment with my baby.
  • I have less cravings! This is a big one, since the cravings are usually what gets me to loose control and then ultimately fail. The reason for having less cravings is that my blood sugar is far more stable.
  • I’m feeling far less hungry this week. I have actually started to eat a much smaller lunch at this point. This is another great aspect of banting, since your blood sugar is stable you can go without food for longer.
  • Finally, my skin is looking so much better! I generally struggle with breakouts, since I have a very oily skin. This week my skin has been less oily and clearer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away in the comment box below.

For more information about the course, visit www.realmealrevolution.com

4 Comments

Low-carb Coco Pie

February 12th, 2015 (0 Comments)

Looking for a simply delicious chocolate treat to enjoy while banting or following a low-carb high-fat diet? This Coco Pie is the answer!

Coco Pie

We love recipes that are tasty, healthy and very easy to make. This Coco Pie ticks all the boxes! It is not only incredibly easy to make, but it’s also very healthy and low-carb.

You simply mix all the ingredients in a blender (a delicious mixture of coconut and cocoa) and then you bake it – it’s as simple as that! For the full recipe and step-by-step instructions on how to make this Coco Pieclick here. ENJOY!

0 Comments

All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in the first week of the course. Image on the left – Pumpkin and Coconut Soup, and image on the right – Egg Roll.

All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in week 2 of the course. Image on the left – Pumpkin and Coconut Soup, and image on the right – Egg Roll.

I started the Real Meal Revolution – Beginner Banting Course two weeks ago and have just finished week 2 of the 5 week course. If you missed my post about week 1, please click here to read all about it and what the first week covers.

Let’s jump straight into chatting about week 2. The first week is all about preparation and in week 2 you officially start banting (or following a low-carb, high-fat diet). I was a bit nervous, but also very excited to start!

Smoky Fish Pie

Smoky Fish Pie

The key to being successful is being organised! So in week 1 I created a comprehensive menu for the full week, which included breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks. I used the menu provided in the course as a guideline to make sure I am on the right track. You can however simply use the menu provided as well if you prefer. Next, I did all my shopping in advance to make sure my fridge and cupboards were fully stocked with all the correct ingredients.

What do you need to do daily once you start banting?

  • You need to weigh yourself first thing in the morning and also measure your waistline. Once you have done this, you can enter the results into the ‘Weigh Tracker’. This is a great tool to see how you are doing.
  • You also need to enter everything you eat into the ‘Meal Tracker’. I cannot say enough about this fantastic tool! By entering the food you eat, it automatically works out how much carbs, protein and fat you are eating and you can immediately see whether you are following the program correctly or not. It is brilliant and I am learning so much about the carb content of various foods.
  • You can also use the ‘Carb Counter’ tool to quickly see what the carb content is of a specific food.
Lime and Lemongrass Salmon Cakes with Wasabi and Lime Mayo

Lime and Lemongrass Salmon Cakes with Wasabi and Lime Mayo

What does week 2 cover?

Week 2 is all about starting to bant! There are 4 compulsory video lessons and 8 cooking demonstrations to watch. Over and above the compulsory videos there are lots of text notes and additional videos you can also watch if you like. Once you are finished watching the videos, you have to complete the quiz. This will give you a good idea how much you understand from the lessons.

The results so far?

Drum roll……. I lost 3.1kg and 2 cm around my waistline in my first week of banting! This is truly unbelievable, since I generally struggle loosing weight. The first few days I definitely went through a carb-detox, but after day 4 or 5 I started feeling so much better and energized. I also craved sugar (realizing how addicted I am to sugar), but again even the cravings seems less intense now. I am so excited to continue this course and to start with week 3.

Basic Frittata

Basic Frittata

A final note:

The forum and private chats with the certified instructor are invaluable! Every time I was unsure of something, I asked the instructor and she immediately replied with a solution. For me, this makes the course an absolute must. My favourite part of the course is also the cooking demonstrations – they are so much fun to watch and I am learning to cook amazing meals for my family.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away in the comment box below.

For more information about the course, visit www.realmealrevolution.com

18 Comments

Beginner Banting Online Course

All the images in this post are from recipes that get covered in the first week of the course. Image on the left – Sesame Biscuits and image on the right – Smoked Angelfish Pate.

 

Before I start chatting about the Real Meal Revolution – Beginner Banting Course, let me first tell you a little bit about my personal experience. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Even though I have been overweight for a while, this still came as a big shock to me. I’ve been trying to loose weight for years by following calorie restricted diets, but I had no long-term success. This all changed when I was introduced to a low carb, high fat diet (LCHF). I reversed my diabetes in 3 months, lost weight and fell pregnant – not bad!

I gave birth to my baby in September and have developed a few bad eating habits again. When I read about the Beginner Banting Course, I knew I had to enrol in order to get my health back on track.

Lemon-Cordial

Lemon Cordial

So let’s start chatting about the Real Meal Revolution – Beginner Banting Course! This course is offered online for a period of 5 weeks and is perfect if you are new to Banting (LCHF) or if you want to fine-tune your Banting lifestyle. It will equip you with all the knowledge and tools to eat healthily for the rest of your life.

So how does it all work?

  • Each week you have to watch a few video lessons and video cooking demonstrations presented by Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed and Jonno Proudfoot.
  • When you are finished with watching all the videos you have to complete a quiz, which is a great way to test your knowledge on what you have learnt.
  • Over and above the video lessons, there are also lots of additional text notes and videos you can read and watch to further your knowledge even more.
  • You also have access to a full week’s menu, which is a great guideline to what and how you are supposed to eat.
  • When you start Banting, you can enter everything you eat into the ‘Meal Tracker’ – a great tool to ensure you are eating correctly.
  • Other tools include a ‘Carb Counter’ and ‘Weight Tracker’.
  • You also have access to an interactive forum where you can post questions or comments. This is a great way to engage with other fellow Banters and to keep you motivated.
  • Finally, you can also chat privately to a certified instructor. The instructor will answer all your Banting questions and help you if you have any concerns.
Hearty-vegetable-soup

Hearty Vegetable Soup

The weekly course materials include:

  • Week 1: Preparation Week. What’s it all about?
  • Week 2: B-Day. Banting Begins!
  • Week 3: Hump Week. Reflect and regroup.
  • Week 4: Refining Your Cooking Knowledge
  • Week 5: The Plateau and Beyond
Banting-seed-bread

Banting Seed Bread

WEEK 1

I’ve just finished the first week of the course and I am completely blown away by the great video’s, recipes and content. The videos and cooking demonstrations are of the highest quality and it is so much fun to watch. I’ve also been very busy chatting with all the other participants and to the certified instructor. I am so motivated to start Banting in Week 2!

What does Week 1 cover?

Week 1 is all about preparation! You learn about Banting, carb-counting, how to track your weight and meals, the do’s and don’t of the diet, what to eat, how to prepare your kitchen in order to start banting the next week and some basic recipes to prepare in advance.

There are 10 compulsory video lessons and 11 compulsory cooking demonstrations to watch. Over and above the compulsory videos there are lots of text notes and additional videos you can also watch if you like.

My two cents!

So far, this course does not disappoint! It is very professional and informative. It is exactly what I expected from The Real Meal Revolution Team and much more. I look forward to start Banting next week and to post about it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away in the comment box below.

For more information about the course, visit www.realmealrevolution.com

16 Comments

I’m happy to be back!

January 27th, 2015 (8 Comments)

Let me start off by wishing all of you a very happy and healthy 2015! It’s been a while since my last post. As you might or might not know, I took a short sabbatical since we moved to Denmark and I had a baby (she is 4 months now). It’s been a very busy couple of months. I am however very happy to be back and posting again.

I am so excited and motivated for this year. I will start off by focusing my posts on health recipes and articles in the lifestyle section of my blog. You probably know by now that I am a big supporter of the Low-carb, High-fat lifestyle and that I write weekly recipes for Destiny Connect. I have personally experienced great health benefits by following a LCHF lifestyle. To mention but a few – I have reversed my diabetes, lost weight and fell pregnant.

On this note, I am very excited to share with you that I am participating in a 5 week Low-carb, High-fat online course, called The Real Meal Revolution Beginner Banting Online Course. This very exciting course was created by the authors of best-selling book, The Real Meal Revolution (read my review about the book here). I will be blogging weekly about this course, to give you an inside look on what the course covers. I will also be sharing some of my recipe posts I am writing for Destiny Connect weekly. So be sure to check in often!

Thanks for all your support and may 2015 be your happiest and healthiest year ever!

New Year Wishes

 

8 Comments

I know I’ve been so quiet on my blog lately, but as you may or may not know, the last couple of months have been insanely busy on my side. We moved to Denmark and I am expecting my second child. If you missed this news, click here for the low-down.

I am nearly 37 weeks pregnant now and I have decided to take a short sabbatical (or I guess you can also call it maternity leave) to spend with my family. I have however not stopped blogging all together, since I regularly post health articles and low-carb/gluten-free/high-fat recipes on Destiny Connect. You can go and have a look at my latest two recipes for Destiny, if you missed them – Low-Carb Almond Bread Rolls and Chocolate-dipped Oranges.

I would LOVE IT if you can join me often and say hi on Destiny’s site for the next couple of months, until I continue again with my blog. Thanks so much for all your wonderful support over the last year! Bye for now X

Emily kissing my pregnant belly :-)

Emily kissing my pregnant belly :-)

0 Comments

Many health experts have lately announced that grains are basically poison for the body. We chat to Sally-Ann Creed, Nutritional Therapist and co-author of the best-selling book, The Real Meal Revolution to get the low-down on grains. To read this very interesting Q&A, click here.

The low-down on grains

0 Comments