Banting on a Budget

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It has been an eventful morning. Three notable things happened before 07h00:

The first:

I’m not telling you about.

The second:

I drank my first cup of tea with no sugar EVER IN MY LIFE. It tasted like all the fun was missing from the world – but I will endeavour half-heartily to adjust. To put this into context – at the end of last year I was drinking 4 tsp sugar per cup of tea. I had it down to 2 tsp when I went cold turkey today.

The third:

Hallelujah! I have solved the breakfast conundrum!

I have a confession to make: I really don’t like bacon and eggs.

When you tell someone who knows Banting that you are doing Banting too they might say “Mmmm bacon and eggs for breakfast, yum!”

No. Not yum. Eggs and I have a very… tenuous relationship. I find them gross. I have always found them gross. When I was 13 my father once made me sit at our table in Wimpy until I had eaten the 2 fried eggs on my plate (as they got colder and my gelatinous by the minute). Needless to say I didn’t eat an egg again for years. Even now I will turn down an egg 9 out of 10 times.

Scrambled, fried, poached, who cares. I say gross. Banting however says yes to eggs. Eggs, eggs, all the time – you can never have too many. And the majority of their breakfast suggestions include egg. Egg and bacon. Egg and avo. Egg with bacon and avo.

But this morning, after making me sugarless tea, my partner plonked down in front of me:

The Real Meal Revolutions Nut Granola:

  • 100g walnuts
  • 100g chopped hazelnuts
  • 100g almond flakes
  • 100g sunflower seeds
  • 3 tbsp coconut butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg

This is how you make it.

And I ate it with my P’n’P double cream yoghurt and chopped up strawberries (formally starring in ‘almost palatable breakfast shake’).

Before Banting breakfast every morning when like this:

Kettle on. 2 slices low GI white bread in toaster. Make tea (2 tsp delicious comforting sugar). Pop toast when its warm and brown, smother with butter. One slice fish paste, one slice strawberry  jam followed by 7 minutes of silence.

I am quite content to eat the same thing every morning 7 days a week. I find the routine comforting. Don’t try to tempt me with other breakfast options – tea and toast first. Other things later… maybe.

Now Nutty Granola will be my new toast. But… how expensive was it to make. Did you see that list of nuts? I will investigate prices and possibilities as soon as my new found stash is finish.


Week 2, Day 1 of Running into Shape

this evening. One week down. Eight to go.


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