Nuggets from the LCHF conference – Part 3

Author: Nicky Perks (Co-founder of Banting Buddies)

Reviewing my conference notes to write this post, I am once again amazed at the valuable information that the speakers shared with us. I was honestly so privileged to have attended. In this post I will share some more of the key points made. My hope is that you will find it as helpful as I did. Let the seeds be sowed, and when you are ready, give them water so they can flourish into something amazing that can change your life, your relationship with food and your health.


March 20th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

All about xylitol and why it can be lethal for your dog

Article contributed by Elizabeth Wahl (Pietermaritzburg- based Banting Buddies coach)

Living a Banting lifestyle means eliminating as many toxins as possible from our food and environment. We recognise that sugar is one such toxin, and less sugar can mean weight loss, improved health, diabetic control, and reduced tooth decay.

But old habits die hard! The quest for products that can sweeten and cook like sugar is ongoing, and sugar substitutes are big business. Xylitol is one such substitute, occurring naturally in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms and lettuce, among others. Commercially, most xylitol is extracted from corn fibre, birch trees, hardwood trees and other vegetable material. […]

March 13th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Banting without a gallbladder

Article contributed by Janita Bold (Durban- based Banting Buddies coach)

Many people ask if they can embark on the Banting lifestyle if they have had their gall bladders removed. The answer is a definite YES!
What actually causes gallstones?
The gallbladder stores bile, made by the liver, to digest the fat you eat.  Eating foods low in fat results in less bile being released from the liver. This means that the bile produced sits in the gallbladder longer than it should, and gallstones may form. A study conducted on extremely low-fat diets found that patients developed gallstones on the low-fat diet. Therefore, gallstones are caused by a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat. […]

March 10th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The healing powers of bone broth (and recipe)

Article contributed by Heather Petzer (JHB-based Banting Buddies coach)

There has been so much talk about the healing and restorative powers of bone broth in the Banting community lately and it’s not without reason. Broths made with roasted bones, have been a huge part of many cultures for thousands of years. Besides its amazing taste and culinary uses, broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to improve digestion and boost the immune system (chicken soup when you are sick anyone?). It’s high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content makes it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue. (Yes Please!!)


March 6th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

It’s NOT just a ray of sunshine

Article contributed by Karyn Gronn (JHB-based Banting Buddies coach)


All over the WORLD, including sunny South Africa, Vitamin D deficiency is rampant. The truth is we do not get sufficient Vitamin D through sun exposure or through our foods. Vitamin D supplementation gives us the biggest bang for our health care Rand, due to the major protective and maintenance benefits we get from it. […]

March 2nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Nuggets from the LCHF 2015 conference – Part 2

What I enjoyed immensely about the conference was that each speaker approached the LCHF topic from a different perspective. We heard talks about obesity, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, cancer as well as sports performance. The exciting thing for me was to see the positive role a low carb, high fat diet can play in all of them. It left me very hopeful about the future. We CAN turn this ship of ill-health around. But as a number of the speakers emphasised – it will take a “bottom-up” swell. Everyone needs to educate themselves, find their voices and start questioning conventional wisdom. What we are currently doing is not working. It is time for change. In this post I share some more “nuggets” from the LCHF 2015 conference from various speakers. […]

February 27th, 2015|LCHF 2015 conference|0 Comments

Nuggets from the LCHF 2015 conference – Part 1

The first ever international LCHF conference was held at the Cape Town Convention Centre last weekend. The line-up of speakers was seriously impressive and the organisation of the event was brilliant (thank you Karen Thompson and Prof. Tim Noakes). It was a privilege to attend the 4 days, and absorb all the knowledge these thought-leaders had to share with us. Each lecture approached the topic from a different angle, which made it all the more interesting to see how our diets affect so many different aspects of our life and health. Thanks must also go to Old Mutual for their support in providing the platform for information sharing and learning. […]

February 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Big Fat Lies We Have Been Fed

Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there that continues to cause confusion for people with regards to what they should or shouldn’t be eating, e.g. butter or margarine ? It is understandable when people say, “Oh well opinions about these things change everyday, I can’t keep up!” One can understand that sentiment, but if we look at progress and research more positively we can begin to understand that new information becomes available every day thanks to the scientists involved in finding out the truth about things. […]

February 16th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments