Archive | August, 2013

Upgrade your Life: A talk on Thursday, September 26 at 8pm

29 Aug

Featured in today's Cape Argus.

Featured in today’s Cape Argus.

Along with Sleek Geek Elan Lohmann and wellness expert, Dr Greg Venning, I will be presenting a talk with tips about how I shed more than 70kg and took my life back.

The interactive session, on Thursday, September 26 between 8pm and 10pm at The Pavilion Conference Centre, V&A Clock Tower, Cape Town, is for people who are ready to make the biggest change of their life but need a set of tools and encouragement from those who have done similar to get their head into the game.

The fee is R650 per person and bookings will be open in the next few days. You can email now if you’d like to be notified when bookings open.


The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa hosts PR-Net with Peter Mann

26 Aug

Although just one aspect of public relations practice, media relations or publicity is what most clients want. Meropa Communications head honcho Peter Mann spoke to PR-Net in Cape Town at the fabulous 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa who put on a spread that still has all our tummies happy and tongues wagging with praise.

Seen there were:

Do what frightens you first for the best chance of growth

13 Aug

I used to be a scaredy-pants but now I look out for opportunities to experience things that I’m frightened of. I think doing that is one of the few ways we can grow.

You’ve read about my kayaking in Madagascar experience before but this piece, first published in VroueKeur and then in BizCommunity, explains it best. Click here to read it.


Steak and tomato cocktail match bloodlust and high-protein dining out

10 Aug

Belthazar T-Bone

Belthazar T-Bone

Many people are interested in what eat now that I’ve reached my goal weight and ask if I will ever go back to eating starch, sugar or drink alcohol. I won’t – I’m just too frightened of undoing the good work and, what’s more, I no longer crave carbs and don’t want to introduce something I was once addicted to back into my system.

There seems to be a lot of interest in what I and those who follow a low-carb, high protein diet can order at restaurants. I like to order steak and salad.

Recently, at Belthazar at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, for one of their signature Chicago-cut steaks, I was thrilled to see that the menu price is for steak alone and the extras are, well, extra. I prefer this to feeling I’m missing out by skipping the starch. Too many restaurants include creamed spinach and butternut as their standard vegetable fare which is a pity as butternut is too high in carbohydrate for me to eat.

The Chicago cut is a rib-eye steak on the bone and it has a lot of flavour. Although my bloodlust is usually only satisfied when red juices are dripping down my jowls, at Belthazar they recommend the Chicago cut be cooked to medium. This is the temperature at which the gelatinous connective tissues break down. It can be very stringy to eat otherwise.

All steaks are grilled with a basting of Olive oil and optional pepper crust (which I had) or what they call their House Basting which is a tangy BBQ-sauce. As sauces go, good, well-aged meat such as they serve, can do without but, as I felt like spoiling myself, I ordered the béarnaise (R26) – a butter and egg-yolk emulsion with a tang of tarragon vinegar. Most other sauces are thickened with flour which I try to avoid, even in small doses. Their sauces are sufficient for two.

Stylish clubby-atmosphere at Belthazar.

Stylish clubby-atmosphere at Belthazar.

At R279 for 500g this isn’t an inexpensive cut but I think it is worth it. There are times when what I really want to eat is a slab of delicious meet. When this happens again I’ll even consider 700g for R405 or the 1kg cut for R520 remembering that leftover steak makes a great lunch, thinly sliced into a salad. Incidentally, my top-tip for entertaining lavishly but cost effectively is to oven roast a whole beef fillet and freeze leftovers.

I like to order a salad as my dessert course. I find it hard to watch others eating while I’m not and a Caesar salad (R76) satisfies both my need for crispy greens and cheese. I ask them to hold the croutons and, while I prefer the anchovies to be incorporated into the sauce, theirs was among the better Caesars I’ve had.

A tomato cocktail makes a good no-alcohol drink for someone who also avoids fizzy drinks and fruit juices. I had to have red dripping from my mouth one way or the other.


Dine at 21212, Edinburgh for Michelin-starred low carb, zero sugar food

5 Aug

I thought my fine-dining days were over when I decided to give up carbs, sugar and alcohol. Read about my dinner and stay at 21212, the only restaurant and rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland with a Michelin Star here 

JP Fluckiger took the photos.


Listen to how I lost over 70kg on Radio Good Hope FM

2 Aug

The fabulous Ayanda Tini interviewed me about how I changed my lifestyle and my life. The interview is about 15 minutes.