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Banting: 7 day meal plans
Rita Venter, Kim Blom and Natalie Lawson
Publisher: Quivertree Publications
Written by Rita Venter, Kim Blom and Natalie Lawson, the bestseller Banting: 7 day meal plans – 100 favourite recipes from over 2 million group members is much more than a cookbook featuring recipes and meal plans for long-term and new “banters”.
The meal plans include dairy-fee, basic, budget and seven-day options. They also include inspirational testimonials from people of all walks of life and income brackets who successfully follow the Banting lifestyle, and the book serves as an easy-to-follow guide. Besides awesome tips and tricks; “Always, sometimes and never” food lists; 15 “Rules to live by” and a 10-step “Let’s do this” guide; the book contains grocery lists and tons of information that the Banting community will find very useful. The Banting diet – or low-carb, high-fat diet – focuses on a lifestyle to improve health and was popularised locally by Professor Tim Noakes.
The overall enthusiastic and inspirational tone of Banting: 7 day meal plans will appeal to many readers. The authors promise on the inside cover: “We are here to help you start the most incredible, challenging, audacious, courageous and amazing journey of your life. We are here to make it simple for you.” They advise: “Start by setting small, manageable goals. Remember every good choice you make is one less bad choice. Look at it as a new way of eating that will heal your body so you can live a long and happy life” (31). “Probably the most important rule of Banting is to eat only when you’re hungry, not because ‘it’s time to eat’” (101).
Here are a few of the delectable Banting recipes found in this book: breakfast pizza, frittata, pumpkin and bacon soup, peri-peri chicken livers, beef stroganoff, pickled fish, mushroom sauce, balsamic vinaigrette, roasted peppers, cheap and cheesy bread, dinner rolls, cabbage bread, pork crackling, cheese chips, lemon or lime cheesecake fat bombs and chocolate brownies.
I especially loved the following testimony from Andile Nyawo on page 55:
My starting waist size was 40. I am currently at 32. My weight was 125 kilograms and now I am between 81 and 83 kilograms. The biggest lessons I have learnt on the Banting lifestyle are commitment, dedication and perseverance. Banting has changed my life in an amazing way.
More about the authors:
Rita Venter, the founder of the popular Facebook group, is married to a type 1 diabetic who has greatly benefited from the Banting lifestyle, enabling him to reduce his insulin intake.
Natalie Lawson, a stay-at-home mom whose oldest was diagnosed as autistic and nonverbal, insists that her family’s Banting journey has reaped great rewards.
For Kim Blom, a PR consultant and founder of the Banting group, this book is an outlet for her love of learning and teaching and is a way to help others on their path to healing.
You can get your copy of Banting: 7 day meal plans here.