5 Reasons Why I Love Banting

I follow Tata on social media and she has her banting game on lock!  If I didn’t love carbs so much I would have tried out her diet because her plating is too pretty to resist!  Today she shares with me the reasons why she loves banting.

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Egg Muffins

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Stuffed Squash

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Egg Roll

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Chia Seed Pudding & Fresh Cream


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    Caulie Hash Browns & Poached Eggs
  1. It doesn’t feel too much like a diet, imagine eating all the bacon, cheese and eggs in the world and still loosing weight!
  2. I don’t feel bloated as much as I do when I’m on high carb which means no burping all day long anymore, thank the stars!
  3. I love it because doubled with intermittent fasting (8pm-12pm) I dont feel like I’m starved and quarter to death anymore.  Hunger doesn’t come rapidly like when your glucose levels go low.  Fat adaption means staying fuller for a longer time.
  4. Did i say bacon?
  5. For the first time I have found a diet which doesn’t make me want to quit after a few days. I wont lie, its hard walking into the grocery store and not reach for Oreos,chocolate, fizzy drinks and all the scrumptious enemy of progress junk food God created… (sometimes I grab them anyway, I’m human after all). But for some reason I find banting to be sustainable, doable and also fun. I really enjoy making my meals and getting creative, the kitchen is now my favourite place to be in!

A big thank you to Tata for taking time out to share her mouth watering meals; you can find her on:

Instagram: #girlversusketo


Do you have a food diary?  If yes, which methods of documentation do you use and where do you get your meal inspiration from?

Fitness Bae®





Meal Prep For Beginners

I’m still a beginner at meal preparation.  A friend of mine is a professional at this and he has been trying to convince me to start incorporating meal prep into my life and it has taken forever and a day to get me to do it.  Thankfully I’ve started trying it out on the days the need strikes and I can confirm that there are benefits to it after all!

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Time works for and against you in my opinion.  You will need to actually set aside time to go shopping, get your ingredients together, prepare and store the meals.  You will also need time to clean up after yourself once you are done and writing all this has me tired already!  But fear not!  There are benefits that come with it after all; doing all this means you have more free time during the week as you will only need to reheat meals that are already prepared, serve and enjoy.  I choose to do my meal prep on random Sundays.  A good playlist, glass of wine, comfortable pair of shoes and I’m ready to get my cook on!

2. Money

Eating out is expensive especially in Harare.  A decent meal will cost you about $15 and we’re talking a juicy burger, chips and a drink.  Now just think of how much money you will save if you choose to prepare your very own home cooked meals. Let’s do the Maths shall we?

2kgs Chicken Pieces: $8, Potatoes, $1, Mazoe Orange Crush 2litres, $4, Mixed Greens $1.50

All these ingredients will cost you $14.50 and before you even start thinking you may as well eat out then.  The plus side of buying the ingredients I mentioned is that chicken and juice will probably last you a whole month especially if you stay on your own.(Saving 101).  You will also prepare the meal just the way you like it, why settle for an okay meal when you can make a fire meal?

3. Control

You know exactly what’s going into your meal from salt, oil, sugar or whatever additive you choose to use.  Chances of overeating are also at a minimum because if you are anything like me there’s something about cooking for myself that makes me lose my appetite, two spoonfuls in and I’m already full.

4. Goodbye Indecision

I’m guilty of never knowing what I want to eat.  Thanks to meal prepping most days of the week I’m set and it leaves out chances of me eating unhealthy food options.  *bonus tip* if you don’t want to end up eating junk food simply don’t keep junk food in your house it will change your entire life, trust me!

5. No Wasting Food

Meal prep comes with leftovers.  Just this past weekend I prepared sugar beans and today instead of cracking my head over what to have for breakfast I just grilled a sausage and had it with the remaining sugar beans and it tasted heavenly.  Who needs bread when you have sausage and beans?

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My two favourite easy to make meals or snacks are crunchy salads and and infused water.  I mainly like infused water because of the delicious looking colours more than anything if I’m honest and it makes drinking water a lot more exciting.

What are your favourite easy to make meals that you make for your meal preps?

Fitness Bae®


Benefits Of Exercising During Your Period

I exercise whether I’m on my period or not, it’s just an ordinary day for me.  However, my workouts seem to be a little bit more intense during my period because premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a real thing and it hits me hard.  My many PMS symptoms include but aren’t limited to moodiness, stress, irritability, unable to focus and cravings.  When I start feeling that way I have to check my period calendar (every man and woman needs this application) and just like clockwork it confirms that my period is nearly due!

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Here are some of the reasons why I exercise during my period;

  • To ease tension.
  • To reduce the bloated feeling I get with it’s that time of the month.
  • To give the illusion that my tummy isn’t bulging.  I don’t know about you but each time I go on my period my tummy looks like it’s in first trimester.
  • To sleep better.
  • To dive in head first and indulge in my cravings guilt free.  My weakness is sweet things, give me chocolate, doughnuts, cake and I’m one happy woman on her period.
  • To cure my irritability.  I easily get annoyed with human beings during my period so the feel good hormones that come with exercising help me to calm down.
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Seeing that I’m such a wonderful person I’ve decided to throw in a few exercises you can do during your period:

  • Skipping (If you are in Harare get in touch with me, I sell skipping ropes)
  • Running
  • Walking; though I prefer power walking
  • Swimming; I would recommend you take a dip on your light days
  • Stretching
  • Sex; try this at your own risk, sounds like it will get pretty messy but researchers do say it eases menstrual cramps.

I’m looking for ways I can stop my period for good.  I completely hate being on my period it’s unreal.  The alternative option is to get pregnant and I’m not ready for another baby anytime soon.  What to do?  Know any tips and tricks???

Do you exercise during your period?  If yes, what are the benefits you get from doing so if no, what’s the reason?

Fitness Bae®

I Can’t Live Without Vegetables

I love me some vegetables; throw them in a salad, stir fry them, slightly boil them, eat them in their natural state.  Whatever the case my life is meaningless without them.  Okay, I lie, both fruits and vegetables are a huge part of my diet and without them my food tastes really bland.  I’m still to try out the egg plant though, the way it looks interesting I have a good feeling it will taste as good as it looks 🙂

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I had a most interesting conversation with a friend of mine who loves all things health and fitness but mainly concentrates on the eating healthy part instead of exercising because he says “He’s a fucking fatty”, his words not mine!  We discovered that we have the same blood type which is A Positive. He told me to read more on our blood type and lo and behold, this is what dear Google had to say;

Type A blood: A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains — ideally, organic and fresh, because D’Adamo says people with type A blood have a sensitive immune system. 

This confirmed my love for fruits, especially avocado; vegetables and my never ending gastritis issues.  I don’t know about the meat free part because I love all white meat but beef remains my greatest enemy, I don’t like the smell and texture.  Minus the health benefits which include reducing the risk of high blood pressure, some cancers and  the feel good effect I get after I eat fruits and vegetables, I love colour and my plates always look happy when I add vegetables to it.

Do you know what your blood type is and what are your thoughts on the subject of eating according to your blood type?

Now that my secret love affair for fruits and vegetables is out let’s get to working on Week 3 of the January Challenge.

Sunday Run 10 K
Monday Rest
Tuesday 12 000 steps + 200 Russian Twists + 200 Plank Knee To Elbow
Wednesday 6 000 skips
Thursday Rest
Friday 200 Chest Press + 200 Tricep Extensions
Saturday Run 12K

Some of the workouts require dumbbells, if you don’t have any you can use water bottles or fill up empty water containers with sand. No excuses.

It’s going to be an explosive week ahead!

Fitness Bae®

Eating Habits That Changed My Life

Fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. 

If you’re all about health and fitness you have read this saying a million times over.  Throughout my journey I have made a lot of changes that have transformed my body and I give most of the credit to making slow deliberate changes to my eating habits.  I strongly feel that fitness and food should both be a fun experience and that’s why I eat almost everything as and when the need arises; in moderation of course.  Below are some of the changes that have worked well for me.

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  1. I only eat two slices of bread.  I used to eat brown bread but I hated it so decided to switch back to white bread and enjoy my sandwiches in peace.
  2. I have my tea with two teaspoons of brown sugar.  I cut it down to one teaspoon if I’m pairing up the tea or coffee with something sweet.
  3. I drink a lot of water, it’s become a part of my life. I can get up to 3litres of water in a day depending on my activity level.  I think this is the reason why my skin is clearer now, I used to suffer from serious breakouts.
  4. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.  Cucumbers, pineapples, mangoes, peaches or avocado.  Whatever is in season I’m eating it.
  5. Junk food no longer exists on my shopping list.  I can safely walk down an aisle filled with junk food and I won’t even be tempted to grab anything from there.  Actually, I hardly even notice it.  There is something about wanting to eat something even when you don’t want it just because it’s in the house.  If you don’t want temptation, don’t bring it to your house.
  6. I eat when I’m hungry, not just because it’s time to eat.  I take time to figure out if I’m hungry or just plain thirsty.
  7. I prepare most of my meals.  I want to see exactly what’s going into my food so chances of having horrible tasting meals are close to none, I long since declared that my cooking isn’t too shabby, people who have tried it are still alive 🙂
  8. I have an occasional glass of wine.  Okay I lied!  I drink a lot of wine.  May the wine gods help me with this.  I blame December.  I think this month alone I’ve wine I could have had in 3 months!  I love my wine, it helps me unwind but this month I’ve been terrible at managing my guilty pleasure.

This is what has worked specifically for me and I’m happy with the results.  I’m not a dietitian of any sorts, I’m just a fitness enthusiast playing around with food ideas and things I read on the internet.

What have been your dietary changes?  Are they working out for you?


Fitness Bae®

My First Half Marathon

On Sunday I ran my very first half marathon.  It was long overdue!  I had promised myself that sometime in 2017 I would make it happen and thankfully it happened just before the year ended otherwise it was going to be one goal that never materialised.  I trained for my half marathon for nearly 12 weeks then stopped at some point because I genuinely lost interest.  The thought of running a whole 21K scared me and I told myself I wasn’t built for it and that was perfectly okay.

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After running my first half marathon

However, because of the current December Challenge that team Fitness In The Park is hosting I was 5 days behind on the challenge and chose to up the amp by running a long distance; it’s a no brainer that I chose 21K to climb up the leader board.

The night before my run I dreamt that I had woken up at the time I had set my alarm and it was broad daylight.  I was annoyed and cancelled my run because I’m not the best runner when the sun is out.  I woke up to my alarm ringing and laughed out loud because this run was clearly taking over my entire life!

Soon as I got up I emptied my bladder nearly 5 times because I didn’t want to have to stop along the way for a pee break.  I also think it was the nerves kicking in because I knew that this run was going to be taxing on my entire body!

One thing happened to me during my run that I think every first half marathon runner should be wary of.  I FELT SO HUNGRY around 11K mark but I had to keep going, where was I going to get food from at 4:30am in the middle of nowhere?

Everyone has been asking me how I managed to run for 2 hours and 26 minutes none stop. I have no magic formula for this, the honest truth was that I told myself that I can slow down but I won’t stop and that ladies and gentleman is how I broke the mental barrier and smashed my first half marathon!  Oh, not forgetting the after run selfie and the NRC achievements!

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A few highlights of my run:

  • I started my run at 3:40am
  • I ran 10K #JustDoItSunday with the Nike Run Club community.
  • I ran non stop for 2 hours 26 minutes and 18 whole seconds!
  • I wasn’t listening to any music, it was just me and my thoughts that went from yay I’m so happy to be doing this to you know what, it’s really not too late to turn back and go home.
  • I used a sock to hold my phone.  Believe it or not but it’s way better than those phone arm bands that they sell.  You can make your own, YouTube is your friend!
  • My body felt like it didn’t belong to me after the run.  My legs felt like jelly and I was convinced I was going to collapse and die right there and then.  However, nothing felt as good as knowing that waking up at such an ungodly hour was worth it after all because…did I mention, I ran my first half marathon!
  • My toes were and still are painful but the rest of my body has completely healed, I even ran 10K yesterday and plan on running two more 10K runs this week.
  • Next stop Victoria Falls Marathon in 2018!!!

I’m currently suffering from fruit cravings and I’ve been having them in abundance.  Oh, and I’m hungry all the time!

How was your first half marathon?  What are some of your highlights and regrets?

For some first time half marathon runners here are a few tips: 21K Training Tips

Fitness Bae®


Banting While Pregnant

I’m pregnant and I’ve been living the Banting or LCHF (low carbohydrate high fat) lifestyle for almost 3 years.  I’ve been able to keep my weight under check during the entire time. Before then I was a runner who struggled with weight gain, the more I ran the more I gained – it just did not make sense until I discovered Banting. I lost a total of 9.5kgs in 3 months and I’ve not looked back since then!

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My first 2 years as a Banter were full of stops and starts due to uncertainty over the safety of Banting during a pregnancy and discovering that I couldn’t live the LCHF life while breastfeeding. Banting was still too new. This time around, yes, number two is on the way, and I have doubts that Banting is safe, if not the best, during pregnancy because:

  • It provides your growing baby with all the healthy fat need for brain building.
  • It keeps ailments like gestational diabetes at bay
  • It also means you will not have a tough time losing bump fat after you give birth.

I just have to be careful about increasing my carbohydrate intake once the baby arrives as the consumption of carbs is a key building block of milk production.

Back to Banting for those that are NOT pregnant!

While exercise is not necessary to achieve weight-loss when Banting, it is necessary for general fitness and health which is why I do it.  My preferred workouts are brisk walking in proper form and running distances between 2K and 5K. My sweet spot lies within these distances because 2K is short enough to make me run again the next day and 5K is long enough to keep me asking: “Can I shave another 7 seconds off my last run this week?” I’ve recently got more involved in dance based workouts because of the rains and I love them!

My favourite snack for movie night is:

  1. Chicken Skin Crisps, provided they survive till the movie starts! You can season them with whatever you like, my favourite is salted dipped in a Banting-friendly sweet chili sauce!
  2. Salami roll-ups are what I make if I need to rock up somewhere with a plate of eats. I make these from strips of salami, “buttered” with cream cheese and half a pimiento-stuffed olive for each roll up. They look classy and are lovely with a glass of chilled Chardonnay.
  3. When I have more time on my hands, it’s low carb pizza made with a cauliflower, yep, cauliflower, base. If people can’t tell the difference between a Banting pizza and a flour-based pizza, then you’ve made it right!

Eating out can be tricky when you’re living a low-carb life because you don’t know whether your pan-fried fish has really been cooked with butter or regular cooking oil. More and more restaurants are offering Banting-Friendly options on their menus. Delicious Fine Food Emporium at Borrowdale Village has a really comprehensive Banting Menu that I can’t get enough of! I only wish I didn’t live so far away. If it’s a hearty breakfast I’m after, then it’s without a doubt, “The Banter Breakfast” from Brento’s in Greendale. It’s made up of bacon or salmon (for an extra charge), mushroom, tomato and haloumi cheese (all grilled), avocado and 2 eggs of your choice. Eish, I’m actually getting hungry as I write this!! Cappuccinos with full fat milk and no sugar are welcome any day!

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Banter Breakfast from Brentos

I plan what I’m going to eat before I go out.  You can ask for rolls or bread sticks to be removed from your table so that you’re not tempted to dig in! Safe meal choices include grilled meats, steamed veggies and salads. Ask for a blob of butter to add to your veggies and a bit of lemon juice and olive oil instead of dressing for your salad. That way you can still track your carbs and fat intake.

One real problems is drinks and desserts! To low-carbers, alcohol is a toxin, consume it at your own risk. But if you must, go for white wines and champagne that have a lower carbohydrate content than red wines and cocktails. Spirits served with soft drinks are a no-no and beer is literally liquidized carbs! If you don’t eat out very often you can indulge in dessert once in a while but always remind yourself that sugar is as addictive as many hardcore drugs.

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What do I love about Banting? BACON – the streaky kind!  The results of banting which are usually visible within weeks of starting out are the second thing I love about banting.

A big thank you to Nyasha for the well written and informative post.  Congratulations on your pregnancy; many new discoveries await.

You can follow her Banting journey on Facebook and stay up to date with what’s hip and happening in the Banting world.

Are you a banter, how has been your experience so far?

Fitness Bae®