As they say, even if you walk slowly you’re still lapping the guy on the couch!
No! Not this mish-mash blog of mine! I meant:
A veritable cornucopia of information, recipes and plain common-sense. I also like the fact that the owner is based in New Zealand so all measurements are given in metric as we understand them in RSA as well.
From time to time, I deem it necessary to share the good stuff I find on my cyber travels!
When you have a mo’, do check it out.
For years, I have logged my weight first thing on a Sunday morning. I do sometimes weigh in during the week as well but it’s probably not a good thing to do if the results checked on a daily basis are likely to throw one off course.
I can say with honesty that I do not get all upset if I have gained weight. I will ALWAYS know why I have gained!! 😦
Readers who honour me by subscribing to this blog will know that my Odyssey has been a ‘mixed bag’ of a spectacular (if I say so myself!) success of 25kg lost and then a stumbling, erratic climb in weight. All indications are that the fancy shmancy scale will show that I have regained everything plus more this morning. Hating to disclose that!
The reasons for losing my way on the Odyssey are legion and would fill a dozen posts. I will spare you all that pain!
In future posts though, I will refer to the various factors that caused my wandering off the path; that is what an odyssey is, not so? 🙂
Have a great Sunday xx
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common that unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
– Calvin Coolidge
So, it’s Boxing Day and dear spouse (henceforth to be known as WJJ) is sitting, chilling and watching the first day of the SA/West Indies test at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. A rude interruption from me rolling in a very dusty “Big Blue Ball” (BBB). A couple of years ago, I used this ball as my office chair and I still have the pictures to prove it! Also lugged into our living room is the “mini trampoline” or rebounder as they are also called. WJJ’s face was a picture!
My plan is for us to sit on the BBB for ever-increasing periods while watching DSTV. A sort of penance for watching our favourite channels?! LOL I am an “app’ addict and have a great timer on my phone and my tablet. I will monitor the planned increasing times spent on these very basic exercise resources.
The rebounder is also an excellent beginner resource to start us off walking on the flexible surface. I know from experience that my dormant calf muscles protest quite ferociously if I just walk. Obviously, we will not be bouncing around wildly and injuring ourselves bouncing right off the darn thing!
Also hidden in my Dad’s old tool box, which we use as a coffee table in this room, are some hand weights and stretch bands. But that will be a story for another day!
Next step in Cor’s Banting Christmas Trifle preparation!
Google ‘home made custard’ and you find several recipes.
All you need to do is ‘Bantingfy’ the ingredients:
1 cup Milk/Cream (or mix it half/half)
1 vanilla pod (or 1tsp vanilla essence)
2 egg YOLKS
2 Tbsp Xylitol
Heat the milk/Cream till just under boiling point with the vanilla pods (if you use essence wait with that till the end)
Seperately beat the egg yolks and the xylitol
Slowly, bit by bit, add the hot milk to the beaten mixture while still beating vigourously!
Put it back on a LOW heat for a number of minutes – stirring continiously. It will thicken after 5 or 6 minutes.
Step 2 in Cor’s Banting Christmas Trifle preparation!
There are several Jam recipes out there. Just Google and you may find a bunch.
The easiest is just to liquidize and reduce some fresh or frozen berries, with a touch of xilitol for sweetness. I also add a drop of lemon juice. 2 cups for liquidised berries should yield about 1 cup for ‘jam’.
To make the jelly, you need some of the ‘jam’ made above. This particular recipe I got from the book you can get from http://www.everydaybanting.co.za – chock full of lovely recipes.
Make 500ml of liquid with the recipe specified by your brand of gelatine powder (for me it was 1/2 cup hot water, 3 tsp gelatine powder and add 1 1/2 cup water once the gelatine is dissolved).
Mix that with 4Tbsp berry jam, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, and let it set in fridge for a few hours!
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One of the Banting blogs I follow is that of Cor Winckler. He’s a successful Banter, cyclist and foodie. His teenaged daughter seems to be following in his footsteps re the foodie part too!
1 cup Almond Flour (or any seed/nut meal)
1/2 cup Macadamia Nut Butter
1tsp baking powder
3-6 Tbsp Xylitol (to taste)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Phsyllium husk fiber
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 cup butter milk or creme fraiche or cream cheese
1 and 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup cacao (80ml) if you want to make chocolate cupcakes – in this case usually a bit more xylitol (towards the 6 Tbsp mark).
Pre-heat oven to 180C
Mix all the dry ingredients – make sure there are no lumps. Sift if you have to.
Mix in the wet stuff – eggs, butter, vanilla, buttermilk. Keep the lemon juice right till the end.
Spread evenly between 12 cupcake holders.
Bake for 20-30 minutes till a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Take out and let cool.
PS- this is the first ingredient for the…
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