Archive | March, 2014

I can have my cake and eat it!

23 Mar

No carb no sugar cheese cake.

No carb no sugar cheese cake.

Totally stoked to have devised a recipe that I can bake without fear that I’m pushing sugars and carbs onto addicts.

For my no-carb, no sugar berry cheese cake I made the “biscuit” base by blitzing desiccated coconut, a few unsalted almonds and coconut oil until it clumped together. I added a drop of vanilla extract for flavour.

I baked the base in a spring-release tin for 12 minutes at 180 degrees.

The filling is cheese, cheese, cheese and egg yolks. Usually I only make cheese cakes with Philadelphia-style cream cheese but I didn’t have enough in the fridge to I mixed one block of Philly, one tub of mascarpone and one tup of smooth cottage cheese in the food processor with a table spoon of vanilla extract. I added eight egg yolks and a table spoon of xyletol.

Bake in a water bath in the oven for 1 hour at 180. Unmould once chilled,  top with Greek yogurt and arrange berries prettily.

The next version will have three table spoons xyletol and the  zest and juice of a lemon.

I came up with this recipe after reading a similar one in Lose It magazine, the new magazine dedicated to shedding weight the “Tim Noakes way.” You can download the magazine by following this link.

 

 

 

PR-Net Trade brings together wine industry and media

11 Mar

The first PR-Net Trade event, in partnership with Andrea Desfarges of Publicity, was held on the 7th Floor pool deck of Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel. 

Seen there were:

When a logo says it all

8 Mar

As Cape Town is World Design Capital at the moment, it made even more sense to engage a professional to create a logo to represent my newest passion – a support group for people with Type 2 Diabetes who are also committed to reducing the impact of this scourge by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

I couldn’t be happier with this logo that Ian MacKie created for me. He perfectly understood that it is a fight to achieve health nowadays and that there is a revolution afoot of people who are no longer satisfied being dished up the same advice for a problem that is only getting worse. Like Victor Hugo says “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Please join our revolution. Our support group meets every Wednesday in Kenridge between 6pm and 7pm. You can email Type2Revolution@BrianBerkman.com to join.

TYPE 2 logo-01

Shed fears and phobias as you shed weight

2 Mar

I’ve started a support group for people with Type 2 Diabetes who want to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. We’ve had just two meetings but already I notice how similar the experiences of others in the group have been to mine.

Even though I’ve achieved my goal weight and by every measure I am now healthy, I still sometimes eat as a way of managing my anxiety. The difference now is that now I eat nuts or more of the foods that are good for me and even if I do increase my weight because of it, I’m able to normalise in a day or two.

I’ve also noticed that I’m not alone in the way that shedding my heft has also dramatically increased my ability to manage my anxiety and phobias. My life-long fear of spiders was once so debilitating that I couldn’t even look at a photograph or worse, be near a rubber spider without freaking out.

Look, I’m not suggesting that spiders and I are now best friends but certainly the intensity with which I avoid them is diminished.

I think I’m less frightened of myself, more confident that my body won’t fail me if I need to get out the way of a spider on the rampage.

I’m also more able to tolerate discomfort – I slid while climbing down Hangklip and deeply grazed my hand and arm. It was bloody and sore but I had no option but to continue climbing and deal with it when I got home. I mention this because I know that even if I were bitten by a spider that I’d likely survive it.

 

A golden orb spider encountered while climbing the Kogelberg.

A golden orb spider encountered while climbing the Kogelberg.

As I learn more about what I’m capable of now that I’m not fat  I honour myself for breaking the cycle of using food to soothe myself and then using food again to suppress the sadness and anger I felt at having used food to soothe myself in the first place.

More than anything, Tim Noakes introduced me to the idea that I was addicted to certain foods.  It wasn’t that I was lazy, or lacking in willpower, but that all of my life I’d been given the wrong advice in terms of what to eat.

Changing the way we live is hard enough without having to also be kept on the brink of addiction.

The Type2Revolution, We Shall Overcome support group meets on Wednesday evenings between six and seven at the practice rooms of Dr Louise Spruyt, 1 Mildred Street, Kenridge, 7550. It costs R450 per month to participate. Email Type2Revolution@BrianBerkman.com to join.