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I have never been more convinced that banting was the way to go, until my own weight & health transformation last year. But there has been one thing that has been bothering me since my own transformation…. the health of my children and more importantly what I’m setting them up for in terms of their health as adults. Because right now, we’re laying the foundations for who and what they’ll be as grown ups and Ava especially lives on a diet of sugar ladled muffins and fish fingers.

Of course, I’ve also watched from the side lines as banting and low carb high fat experts, doctors and scientists get vilified in the media and poorly informed individuals sprout off about this lifestyle choice without really ever understanding it at all.   But a couple of weeks ago, the writers of Real Meal Revolutions Raising Superheroes had a copy of their new book delivered to me and this really stuck out for me:  

I find it ironic that if you tell your Doctor that you plan to eat low carb during pregnancy, they’ll say it’s unsafe. But if you say you plan to eat a diet based on fresh vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts seeds and a little fruit, they’ll encourage you to stay the course!” – Lily Nichols, author of Real Food For Gestational Diabetes

 


If I’m honest, I think I love this book even more than the original Real Meal Revolution. For a busy working mom, the recipes and meals are quick and easy to prepare and totally guilt free. I know I’m giving my kids the best food possible to give them the best start in life.

I blogged lat week about the issues Ava’s been having at school with her writing, she’s really struggling and I hope we’ve gotten to the bottom of that problem. But she also has issues surrounding concentration so now seemed as good a time as any to start turning her life around. She is a complete sugar addict and an extremely fussy eater but I feel this is partly my own fault, because for so long, I’ve been quite slack with the quality of the food she eats in my desperation to just have her eat.

Well…. to here and no further!

As of today, she has officially begun her journey to becoming a superhero! I spent the weekend doing meal plans and shopping and prepping a few things before this week starts and from today we began – no sugar, no carbs, no processed foods, no junk. Obviously I can only control so much of what she eats, but I am determined to ensure that the meals she has prepared by me are the best quality brain foods she can possibly get.

She even wolfed down her dinner tonight – yay! This rarely happens so I know it must have been good! I’ve tried quite a few of the recipes from this book already and they are phenomenal! Easy to prepare, quick and really suitable for the whole family, mom and dad included and not just for your little ones!

How yummy???? @realmealrevolution #raisingsuperheroes A photo posted by Sharon (@blessedbarrenness) on

Would you like to start your own little one on their journey to becoming a superhero? Well now you can! Real Meal Revolution – Raising Superheroes is out now, I’ve spotted the book in all big book stores and even Dischem. But you could also win a copy right here.

Simply follow the entry prompts below to stand a chance of winning.

T’s & C’s – open to South African residents only, competition will close at midnight on Friday, 25th September!

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56 Comments

  • Reply bb_blogza

    Hey Sharon! I have been following your journey for awhile now and even went back to see how it all began. Your posts are something that I look forward to and your story is inspiring. I have struggled with my weight since the beginning of time and have only just recently made the changes, to ensure a better, brighter future. But I still want the best start for my son, who turns 2 soon. It is so easy to give them junk food because of the “convenience” but that’s bull. I want to learn new habits so that I can pass them on to my son and I believe this is a great way to begin. xxx

    September 14, 2015 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Genna Hansen

    Love cooking for my little dude and am always on the look out for healthy and quick recipes that aren’t loaded in suagr and rubbish – so this sounds like a great option for me! Fingers crossed x

    September 14, 2015 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply ailsaloudon

    My kids are all grown up and my granddaughter in Pretoria has excellent eating and drinking habits. Your rusks look suer, so I may try to make them for her.

    September 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply sharnaleeclarke

    As an avid banter myself I would be very interested in using the book to incorporate the low carb lifestyle in my children’s lives. My sons are 2 and 6 years old and their diets at present consist of lots of breads, cereals, 2 minute noodles and loads of sugar. I cringe every morning as I send my Grade 1-er (that’s not a word, I know) to school with a sandwich. I know I should be doing better as their mom. I just need some inspiration!

    September 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Anita Steenkamp

    I really want to get my little one of the sweets and cookies, she is a bit of a sugar addict and I feel so bad every time I say no! But she needs to by more healthy!

    September 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Tanya nel

    It is thanks to you and your insirational messages and recipes that i have been on the real meal revolution for almost14 months now ! Was excited to see the new book an hope i can change lucas life just the same

    September 14, 2015 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply rehana seedat

    rehana seedat I would my son to eat more healthy foods. I’m trying my best to get him out of the habit of indulging in too many junk foods

    September 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Cassey Toi

    We have managed to, what we thought was, keep K sugar free…it turns out we’ve limited it, just not as well as we thought we were. So this would be another tool in our plan to make sure we all eat well.

    September 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Bonita

    I would love to try these recipes. I need a food revolution in my house. Not just for my kids but for the adults too.

    September 15, 2015 at 5:21 am
  • Reply Jeannette Wentzrl

    My 4yo loves fruit but does not like veggies. I want to add veggie variety to her diet and find a way to include more nuts and seeds. And new healthy baking inspiration will go down well too, with all 3 of us.

    September 15, 2015 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Merlize

    Been checking out the book and have wanted to buy it but we fell of the wagon again with being so busy with people and the meals in the original book not as kid friendly as I would like. We need to get back on that road especially for the kids now.

    September 15, 2015 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Nicole Heppell

    With twins girls turning two this month I think this will be perfect in helping to plan a healthy lifestyle for them. Looking for nice lunch box ideas for the start of Pre-Primary next year too!

    September 15, 2015 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Gaelyn Cokayne

    Zoe is ADHD and is very sensitive to sugar, her diet affects her concentration and ability to focus and get through her long and busy days at school. I would love to start teaching her how to make better choices for herself, at 11 she is old enough to learn a lot of these recipes and make them for herself. It will be a fun and creative way to love a healthier lifestyle.

    September 15, 2015 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    My daughter, Zoe is a picky/fussy eater. I will entice my picky eater to try a healthy, vegetable-rich dish, by letting her watch me prepare meals and allow her to add in some ingredients herself under my supervision. We can then name the food Zoe helped to create, and make a big deal of serving it, for example, “Zoe’s Thai Salad” or “Mom’s Corn and Avocado wraps” for supper. Also, I will try to guide and discourage Zoe from making a “yuck” face when eating certain vegetables or talking negatively about a certain dish around other children and/or adults, in other words, I want to promote a willingness in Zoe to try new Healthy foods.

    September 15, 2015 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Lisa Randall

    Having a daughter who is only 9 and battles with her weight despite being extremely active and trying her best to make healthy choices – makes meal times sad times for me. Would love some new ideas for lunches and dinners. What I’ve seen from your posts so far – this book sounds ideal

    September 15, 2015 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Jess Mckay

    Aiden only eats carb loaded food, fruit and veg wont pass through his lips and it worries me endlessly. Need some inspiration and guidance. This book would be fab.

    September 15, 2015 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Rene

    Awesome competition. I have one fussy eater (she’ll happily eat only yoghurt and nothing else…forever), and one sugar addict. It actually becomes scary how they freak out if they want sugar, and they can’t get it.

    PS I googled banting snacks earlier, and went to the images, and a before/after picture of you popped up.

    September 15, 2015 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Alet Swart

    Oli is a nightmare at the moment. All he wants to tomato sauce “broodjies”. He used to eat a lot of eggs but we recently had an incident with an ever so slightly off egg. Finding alternatives, especially snack / quick on hand eats is top priority – and real food that is good for him (as well as the rest of the family) is top priority!

    The rusts looks amazing!

    September 15, 2015 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Helie

    Being a banter myself I am very interested in this book. Would love some healthier ideas for my kids.

    September 15, 2015 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Debs

    Would LOVE a chance to start this journey with my little boy, who much like Ava, is such a fussy eater! x

    September 15, 2015 at 10:55 am
  • Reply nunu5

    Hi Sharon

    I have been having the same thoughts for a while but I looked at the book for children and I worry that who ever drafted those recipes does not have children. My children would not eat many of those meals they are very fussy. But I do ensure most of their food follows Banting principals except undisguised fat – they seem to have an aversion to fat. I feel that as they grow old they will widen their food choices (i did) and by leading a good example I can hope they will follow.

    At the moment dinner is a fight every night to get them to eat thier one chosen vegetable. The mutiny on the night I dared include spinach and mushrooms in the meal…. well wont go there anytime soon.

    September 15, 2015 at 11:26 am
    • Reply Sharon

      We had chicken strips last night and my girls loved it! There is plenty in there they will eat, you just need to read through the recipes per age group.

      September 15, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply catjuggles

    WE would love to try the recipies

    September 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply love, kids and other things

    Okay, seriously, pick me!! i have on the Revolution since last year and this book is what I need to convert the Tribelets and turn them into Superhero’s!

    September 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply lindasjournal

    I would love to get my kids off sugar!

    September 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Sam

    I’m always stuck for meal ideas for the kids, this sounds like a great solution!

    September 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Adele

    I would love to offer healthier snack options that taste great and that the whole family will enjoy

    September 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply emma

    Would love to get a copy…try a low sugar diet for my kids and inspire the moms who have kids in my class! Such a need for a revolution in this younger generation…lets not even talk parties!

    September 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Carmen

    Wow. The book looks brilliant. Looking forward to raising superheroes.

    September 15, 2015 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply melanieblignaut

    I need to cut down on feeding my daughters junk

    September 15, 2015 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply moonstormer

    It’s funny how many of these “kids” cook books are actually so great for the whole family. no matter your age, quick, easy and healthy meals are a life saver.

    September 16, 2015 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Lynn Botha

    I would love to get my kids to eat more fruit and veggies and lay off the sugary stuff. In fact, that goes for the whole family.

    September 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Kathy Vallun

    I would LOVE to win a copy to keep so that I can help Raise Super Grandchildren one day 🙂

    September 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Lorraine Bell

    I am an awful cook, and would like to be inspired to prepare delicious healthy and nutritional meals for my 4 year old daughter.

    September 17, 2015 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Nicola Meyer

    I would like my kids to eat healthily and enjoy their meals

    September 17, 2015 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Robyn

    I need to get the sugar out of my sons diet. He sounds just like Ava.

    September 17, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply sasha

    I am very interested in this book because Nina is such a picky eater and I need to jam pack the wholesome and goodness into every meal!

    September 22, 2015 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Heather Potgieter

    Our family has been happily banting for almost a year now and my first grandchild is due next March, I would love to start her the right way from the beginning!

    September 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply amyphoebe

    My daughter has recently jumped on the sweets and cake bandwagon and the thought of her carrying on this path is terrifying. Especially as I have always been overweight my entire life , I don’t want her to go on that path. My husband and I have also recently started banting, so this make would just be the cherry on top for us! #healthylifestyleforthewin

    September 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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