Join me in #raisingsuperheroes & WIN!


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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  • bb_blogza

    September 14, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    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

  • Genna Hansen

    September 14, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    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

  • sharnaleeclarke

    September 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    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!

  • Anita Steenkamp

    September 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    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!

  • Tanya nel

    September 14, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    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

  • rehana seedat

    September 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    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

  • Cassey Toi

    September 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    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.

  • Jeannette Wentzrl

    September 15, 2015 at 5:40 am

    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.

  • Merlize

    September 15, 2015 at 6:34 am

    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.

  • Nicole Heppell

    September 15, 2015 at 7:58 am

    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!

  • Gaelyn Cokayne

    September 15, 2015 at 8:10 am

    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.

  • Megan Hartwig

    September 15, 2015 at 8:45 am

    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.

  • Lisa Randall

    September 15, 2015 at 9:08 am

    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

  • Rene

    September 15, 2015 at 9:46 am

    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.

  • Alet Swart

    September 15, 2015 at 10:02 am

    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!

  • nunu5

    September 15, 2015 at 11:26 am

    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.

    • Sharon

      September 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

      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.

  • emma

    September 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    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!

  • Heather Potgieter

    September 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    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!

  • amyphoebe

    September 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    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


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