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To “bant” or not to “bant” …

… is that the question?

If we go with well known answers, it would be: 42. But that doesn’t really answer the question, does it?

Borrowed from Goodhousekeeping.co.za

Borrowed from Goodhousekeeping.co.za

What I believe:

1. FULL cream for living life to the fullest. I like this idea.

2. Go back to nature. Live life as clean and simple and natural as you can. Stay away from processed foods where you don’t know or trust what’s been added to the product.

3. Grain is bad for you. Due to genetic manipulation for bigger crop yields to feed the masses, grain (wheat/maize/oats/rice/etc) is not what it used to be before WWII and it’s not good for you. (The same might apply very soon to nuts with the current shift in replacing traditional flours in baking with nut flour.)

4. “Organic” is very, very expensive. “Organic” on the packaging might very well be a lie. Do the best you can with what is available within your budget.

5. Do what works for you. Eating two meals a day with full fat or eating 6 small meals with no fat, whatever.

6. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I know that eating 6 small meals a day (100 grams of Foreman’ed chicken strips/steak/biltong/tuna with a scoop of broccoli every 2.5 hours) worked like a charm for me, but fuck after 2 months of that I can’t even look at broccoli anymore). And the moment you stop, you return to old habits and pick it up all over again. And more.

7. LCHF/banting is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of living. And if you drop weight with the new way of doing things, all the better.

8. Dieting is a temporary measure; if you make a lifestyle adjustment and don’t deprave yourself of “all things bad”, if should not be difficult to keep up.

9. Seeing the results of stable sugar, reduced cholesterol levels, reduced inflammation and arthritis from banters on Facebook is motivating. Again, it doesn’t work for everyone, but a lot of them have dropped all kinds of medication (under dr’s supervision) due to living healthier.

10. Google is your friend. Read, read, read. Do your own research. Make your mind up for yourself. Find alternatives if something doesn’t work.

11. As LCHF or banting takes the world by storm, it should be easier to get appropriate meals in restaurants. Following this:

12. It should not ruin your life or stop you from enjoying time with friends, eating out, etc. It should not (according to me) be the end-all of everything. You need to relax and take things in your stride. It’s not worth stressing about.

13. Enjoy whatever you do. Find joy in making things yourself that you’ve always bought.

I recon this will be a learning curve for me as well. And somehow we will all come to our own answer.

(And maybe even find out what the ultimate question is …)

Butternut

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Cooking, Ramblings

 

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