We have been running a healthy food series, and we are in week two where we have been looking at the topic of Banting. We simply love hearing practical stories and the journey’s of real people who are practically living out these different ways of eating. This is Megan William’s success story of Banting.
egg, bacon and asparagus
beef cauliflower pie
How did you hear about Banting (LCHF diet)? My Pilates instructor
How long have you been Banting? 4 months
What made you choose to change your lifestyle of eating? Health reasons
How long did it take your body to adjust? I would say maybe 3 weeks.
Did your body experience any side effects when you started Banting? No side effects.
What are some of your favourite Banting meals? Beef cauliflower pie, eggs, bacon and asparagus, and granola.
What are some of your worst Banting meals? I cannot say that I have had any meals that I don’t enjoy
Where do you get your recipes? I get most of my recipes out of Tim Noakes book (The Real Meal Revolution), Banting Box Facebook page, and Google.
Have you found Banting to be more expensive than what you would normally be spending on food in a given month? When I started out YES, I needed to buy spices, coconut oil, and things that you use every now and again but they last quite a long time. But I would say the costs are pretty much the same.
Have you found it tough to bant when you are out with friends? No there is always a way around it.
Have you found any great Banting restaurants you would like to recommend? Forries in Newlands, and I know that there are some restaurants in Green Point. There are definitely more and more restaurants getting on board now.
Do you have any advise for people wanting to start Banting?1. Speak to your doctor before you start out and check that it is a wise thing for you to do. 2. Have someone you trust know that you are doing it so that they can support you and help you along the way. Especially in the first 1.5 months. It can get hard at times. 3. Always make sure that you have the things on the green list you can snack on and try not have the things you are not allowed in your fridge or cupboard. 4. Be strict on yourself for the first 3 months, and try not too cheat so that your body is in the full swing of the new way of eating. 5. But allow yourself the odd treat! Mine is 85% lindt chocolate. 6. Keep your doctor up to date with how you are doing, and if you have concerns let your doctor know. 7. Don’t over eat on protein, follow what the recipe says. 8. Remember that with any new way of eating this might not be the one that works for you. I am very lucky and happy to say it has worked for me.