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Almost there… Primal Pregnancy update

My “weekly-ish” love notes haven’t been very weekly lately! But that’s okay… I think I have a valid excuse at 40 weeks pregnant. My official due date was the 1st of August which has come and gone and baby seems to still be very happy inside my (rather large) tummy!

40 weeks pregnant

Throughout my pregnancy I’ve been keeping a diary as well as lots of notes and links to all the different, wonderful and interesting articles and people that I have learnt from along the way, and once baby arrives, my plan is to take it all and put it into some sort of organised chaos for you to download and learn from if interested! I’m not sure how well that plan is going to go once baby is actually here, but the intentions are there.

In the meantime, I wanted to share an article with you that I had published in the latest issue of the LOSE IT! Magazine. I wrote it when I was around 24 weeks pregnant so I have a lot to add to it now!

Click here to download a PDF of the article, and if you’d like to purchase the full mag online, you can do so here.

I’m off to bake some primal banana muffins now and drink my morning Skinny Juice … and wait!

Send your good vibes my way 🙂



New ‘low-carb high-fat’ magazine hits SA’s shelves

Can you remember the last dinner party you attended where the subject of the ‘Tim Noakes’ diet or banting didn’t come up? Of course not – it’s what everybody’s talking about.

No matter what you call it – the ’Tim Noakes’ diet, Banting, LCHF (Low carb, high fat), it’s a revolution, and it’s gaining momentum all the time. LOSE IT!, a new magazine launched this month (April 2014), is at the vanguard of that revolution. Headed up by experienced editor Suzy Brokensha, the bang on-trend quarterly is produced by Media giant Media24.


‘There’s no doubt that there’s a complete shift underway in the way we eat,’ says Brokensha. ‘Countries worldwide are starting to change the way they look at the food pyramid we all learnt in school, and not a moment too soon! LOSE IT! is at the cutting edge of that shift. It’s got loads of expert input from, among others, Professor Tim Noakes and nutritional therapist Sally-Ann Creed – who has been working with this diet and seeing incredible results for decades already.’

LOSE IT! gives the reader everything they need to know to start banting immediately, from detailed food lists of what you can and can’t eat to inspiring success stories, expert advice and tips and over 60 nutritionist-approved recipes that will delight the fussiest foodies – as well as the science behind the theory.

This 84-page glossy fills a unique gap in the market, says Brokensha, because it’s about much more than the weight-loss – although the weight-loss results are extraordinary.

‘It’s a revolutionary way of eating and thinking about food,’ she says. ‘Banting is part of a worldwide realisation that sugar and other carbohydrates compromise our health far more than fat, which has been demonised for years. We need to change the way people think about what they eat, and we’re committed to doing just that.’

‘LOSE IT! is more than just a magazine – it’s about giving people who have given up hope of ever feeling healthy or slim their lives back.

‘It has all the tools and expert advice that you could possibly need, and it’s very inspiring. It will put you on a course that will change your life,’ says Brokensha. ‘For anyone who wants to lose weight, up their energy levels and reduce their chances of type 2diabetes among other conditions, LOSE IT! is the answer.’

Professor Tim Noakes (exercise scientist), Sally-Ann Creed (nutritional therapist), Jobst Olschewski (CrossFit trainer) and Justine Kiggen (FAIRLADY food editor and recipe developer) are just some of the experts providing advice in LOSE IT!.

LOSE IT! launches on Monday, 7 April 2014, and will be on sale quarterly (volume 2 on 30 June, volume 3 on 15 September, and volume 4 on 29 December). The title retails for R49 and is also available digitally at


The Cereal Killers are coming to Cape Town…

After a sell out screening tour of Australia and North America, the movie featuring Prof Tim Noakes, filmed on location in Cape Town, will Premiere at SSISA. This is your opportunity to see the movie recently voted one of the top ten movies in 2013 that could change the world.

The screening will be attended by Producer Donal O’Neill, Prof Tim Noakes, Dr Peter Brukner as well as Aussie cricket superstars Shane Watson and Dave Warner (who feature in the movie). The full Cape Town “cast” will also be attending.

Get your tickets NOW for this one night only Cape Town screening! Hope to see you there.


How Flora are gambling with your health

floraWith a turnover of £75 million a year and more than 50 per cent of the market, Flora pro-activ is the UK’s leading cholesterol-lowering spread. It contains a high percentage of plant-based fats known as plant sterols, which medical research shows can reduce levels of ‘bad’ or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – the kind that clogs arteries.

You mean to say there is such a thing as good cholesterol?

Yes. HDL cholesterol, which is high-density lipoprotein, is the densest because it contains the highest proportion of protein to cholesterol.

Because of the high cost of directly measuring HDL and LDL protein particles, blood tests are commonly performed for the surrogate value, meaning your cholesterol results don’t really mean much until you know the different levels of HDL and LDL.

Back to plant sterols… the “miracle ingredient” in Flora Pro-Activ

Their benefits seem impressive at first glance. Approximately 3g daily can reduce LDL cholesterol levels by an average of 14 per cent within a few weeks. But by focusing solely on the cholesterol-lowering ability of plant sterols, we may have overlooked some of the potential problems associated with their use.

The sterols in your spread are not in their natural state. Because they are not freely soluble in oils and fats, the sterol is first hydrogenated and then compounded, or esterified, with other fatty acids in order to make them mix better in the spread.

Not long before the US FDA first approved the use of sterols in foods, a Swedish review in 1998 made the chilling and largely ignored observation that “further studies are required of their phyto-oestrogenic and endocrine effects, and their effects on growing children, particularly regarding subsequent fertility in boys.”

Both in the laboratory and in the wild, plant sterols have been shown to provoke the growth of breast cancer cells and alter sex hormone levels in animals.

According to Dr Tim Noakes, professor of exercize and sports science… (watch the video below)

Which leads me to believe that there is some truth to the big yellow circles in this advert becoming small yellow circles:


Flora unashamedly proclaims: “No other food lowers cholesterol more”

If you open up the summer 2013 issue of the Discovery Health magazine, you will see a big advert from Flora Pro-Activ headed by the words: “No other food lowers cholesterol more“.

Firstly, margarine is not a food.

Did you know that in 1869 Emperor Napoleon III of France offered a prize to anyone who could make a satisfactory alternative for butter, suitable for use by the lower classes? A French chemist invented a substance he called oleomargarine, the name of which became shortened to the trade name “margarine”.

Unlike butter or coconut oil, margarine is made from vegetable oils which can’t be extracted just by pressing or separating naturally. They must be chemically removed, deodorized, and altered from seeds like the rapeseed, soybean, corn and sunflower. Vegetable oils were practically non-existent in our diets until the early 1900’s when new chemical processes allowed them to be extracted and today they are manufactured in a factory, usually from genetically modified crops that have been heavily treated with pesticides.

These are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets, yet they get promoted as healthy.

Another important and quantifiable concern about the plant sterols that Flora claim to be healthy is that they reduce the absorption of some essential fat-soluble vitamins, especially beta carotene. Eating more fruit and vegetables would counter the decreased absorption of these vital nutrients – however, eating more fruit and vegetables in the first place would also lower your cholesterol levels, negating the need for a functional spread.

Flora are also legally required to carry this warning:

Flora pro-activ may not be nutritionally suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women, or children under five.

I can’t imagine why? Can you?

My advice:

All margarines are poisonous.

Stick with grass-fed organic butter.

And when you see someone you love putting margarine into their body, warn them about the deadly risks involved.

Ref: The Ecologist, The Wellness Mama, Wikipedia