The Low-Carb Revolution

The Low-Carb Revolution

  • 5 January 2018
We’re not exaggerating when we say that Professor Tim Noakes (author of Challenging Beliefs and the Real Meal Revolution) started a revolution when he introduced the Banting diet to South Africans. Especially a nation that loves their braaibroodjies, roast potatoes, rice, pap and sweetcorn.

However, more South Africans are starting to see and feel the benefits of a lifestyle that is low in carbohydrates, and are trying to find easy ways to incorporate it into their everyday lives.

Going low-carb would be the perfect start to a new you for the new year! But how do you know what you can and can’t eat? And how do you make the transition without feeling deprived?

It’s not as hard as you might think. It could be as easy as ordering a Dinner Box from our Banting menu (we make absolutely sure to use only ingredients that meet the criteria of the Banting diet). Or you could follow a few simple steps to ease into a low-carb life.

Start by getting rid of all the offending foods and processed foods in your home


Take a look at the banting lists to see exactly what you have to get rid of and what you can keep. Be sure to clean out the fridge and the pantry and challenge yourself not to “finish off” those three bags of chips for old times sake. It’s bad for you – chuck it!

Decide on what low-carb foods you would like to eat while Banting


Again, take a look at the lists to see what tickles your taste buds. Or head over to our Banting menu and check out some of the ingredients we use for our Banting dishes.

Stock up on these ingredients


Make a list of everything you need from the market or supermarket, and stick to that list! Tip: Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach. That packet of sugary cookies or slice of carrot cake will just be way harder to resist.

Plan your meals ahead


Prepare meals you can freeze for those busy days when your first thought is to grab a sugary granola bar for a quick on-the-go lunch or snack at the office. In fact, take the weekend to think about what you want for lunch (no need to worry about dinner of course – we do that for you), prepare those meals, freeze them and take them to the office. If you feel like snacking on something, keep a packet of almonds, macadamias or walnuts in your drawer. Perhaps even a small packet of biltong.

Don’t give up!


According to Professor Noakes, going low-carb can contribute to tons of energy, less or absolutely no food cravings, less hunger, weight loss, overall better health, better sleeping habits and increased mental focus. It’s definitely worth it!

A few go-to foods to keep in your fridge and pantry:

Boiled eggs.


These guys are among the most nutritious foods on the planet! They are high in protein and healthy fats and rich in iron, phosphorous, selenium and a whole bunch of vitamins. A perfect little packet of goodness!

Cut up veggies.


Instead of reaching for a greasy packet of chips to eat with your cream cheese dip, reach for some crunchy carrots, celery or cucumber sticks! Apart from being delicious, you’ll feel great!

Shaved biltong or cold meat.


These are perfect to jazz up a salad or to snack on with a handful of nuts.

Nuts and seeds.


Add them to a bowl of delicious, creamy, natural double cream yoghurt. Or have them just like that! Be sure to check the banting lists to see which nuts are good to snack on if you want to stick to the plan.

Ripe avocados.


Packed with healthy fats, you can use these mashed up with a squeeze of lemon and freshly ground salt and pepper for a delicious dip!

Cheese.


Who doesn’t love a delicious slice of cheese? Mature, ripe cheese does wonders for the gut flora, if you’re not lactose intolerant.

Fresh berries.


Treat yourself by freezing some blueberries and raspberries, blitz them in a blender with the creamiest double cream yoghurt you can find and enjoy it as a delicious, healthy snack on the go.

Water.


Water, water, water. Make sure you always have a refreshing bottle of water near at hand. Add a slice of lemon and a few chopped strawberries to make it feel more like a treat.

There you have it! Going low-carb is easy, delicious and it will definitely help you become a New You!

Now go get started!

Ida and the DD team