A #banting Wenchy @real_meals @RichSimmondsZA @ProfTimNoakes

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

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* I started #banting (LCHF) five months ago.

* My kids bought me the Eeyore PJ pants some years ago for mothers day.  It was a little tight, but I loved it because they chose it for me.  Now it falls off my hips and is too long on the floor.

* Under no illusion that I am ever going to be a super model, but is kinda cool to hear ‘Mom you losing your ass!’  My least favourite so far is loosing DD cup size,  single D now. Yes I went in search of Wonderbar.

* I do not see #banting as a diet. It is a way of eating I have done for five months and something I will do forever. It works for me on many levels.

* I am not dead. On occasion,  I do eat and drink some things that are not Low Carb High Fat,  but I only do so outside of home should I feel the need. A bit like keeping kosher at home.  Haha!!

* I have discovered I am able to bake bread!  I don’t do it often and not because I crave bread. I did it more to see what it tasted like. You can find recipes I have made at http://www.facebook.com/wenchybanting –  I have played around plenty!

* I have had to buy new underwear and jeans.  Shirts I have not bothered too much with,  although occasionally I don’t mind a better,  fitted shirt. Hence the very oversized T-shirt in the pic. Many clothes I wore before was tracksuit type stuff with no belt and now sit on my hip instead of my middle. Meaning I trip when I walk cause the legs are too long and I am already short.

*  I do get fed up of drinking water.  Yes I do the mint/lemon thing but even that gets boring!  I am trying to drink less coffee/tea but not winning. What to drink is a hurdle. Oh I can have vodka…..   but I haven’t.

* I use Xylitol in drinks and baking.  Have no sugar,  rice,  pasta,  potato etc at home at all.  Have no craving for it either.

* When I have eaten something high in carbs,  I will literally feel ill… Great way to keep yourself from not eating it.  I have been craving Alfredo pasta for ages but the stomach pain alone puts me off.

* I have been stuck on the same weight for the past month,  but thankfully it shifted down by a kg this morning. Yay!

* I have a very unhealthy relationship with the scale.  I first weighed myself all the time.  Then avoided it all together and now I am back to punishing myself again.

* I regret that I did not measure myself when I started.  :( Some time before, I tried, and my hips were too wide to be measured by the usual means.

* Even if the scale don’t move,  cm clearly do,  as I am fitting into clothing I have from before Kev was born 21 years ago.

* While I remain highly iron deficient  I have come off an entire pharmacy of meds.  My blood pressure,  sugar,  cholesterol,  thyroid,  liver function for the first time in years, are all normal and I no longer require daily medication.

* Unfortunately I still have Fibromyalgia,  Ankolysing Spondylitis and extreme anxiety which seems to far outweigh my Bipolar Disorder.  I remain on meds for pain and anxiety,  as and when needed.  Some days I need lots and some days little.

* I take Moringa daily which is a vitamin supplement. I do get iron drips which my body does not handle well. I can’t say it helps and my iron count doesn’t even go up. Hence,  I decided to go to supplement route. I don’t want schedule meds. That said my iron is 9… instead of 150.

* My grocery list looks 100% different to six months ago.

*  I buy very little full cream milk,  plenty spinach, onions,  mushrooms, little cauliflower,  cucumber, some butternut and few gem squash,  cheddar,  pouring cream for coffee, whipping cream for strawberries, full cream cottage cheese,  cream cheese,  mint,  lime,  lemons,  seeds, chicken,  red meat with fat,  pork,  small quantities of fish, eggs in bulk, and sadly no fruit juice.

* I use butter,  bacon,  nuts,  full cream yoghurt,  honey,  that funky pink salt,  tomato,  salads, nut flours,  husks, olive oil,  balsamic vinegar but above all this, I have started baking,  making and experimenting more in the kitchen. Silicone baking trays are fabulous! I make breads,  quiche, chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.

* I am by no means an expert but it is nice to enjoy the kitchen more like I did 20 years ago.  I even enjoyed my pants literally falling to my knees in a rather large shopping centre in Sandton!

* Perhaps the greatest reward is that I don’t have a constant pain on my stomach anymore,  no heartburn,  my skin is looking better and I feel kinda empowered? Not sure how to explain that one yet.

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Any questions?  Leave me a comment.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

Penguins spotted in taxi… and other strange places!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures -

An anonymous tweet has revealed a rather extraordinary sighting in town – a penguin sitting in a taxi, waiting for a ride. Other penguins have been spotted too – but, not in their normal surroundings!  It is believed these strange sightings could relate to the four penguins who reportedly made the jump from their enclosure this morning, but details are still a little sketchy.

We encourage the public to keep a lookout for these birds, who appear to have sleuth-like skills, and to contact us with any updates.  We are on the case…

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I wish I was a penguin,
Wenchy

Penguin-chain? #PenguinsMIA @natzoo

Dear friends and other interesting creatures -

The parents of a young boy celebrating his birthday party at Pretoria Zoo, had erected a jumping castle next to the penguin enclosure to entertain his friends. During the fun and games, four penguins formed a penguin-chain and climbed out of the enclosure, using the jumping castle as a launch-pad to make their escape. They were last seen in a large enclosure reserved for the lemurs, aptly entitled ‘Madagascar’.
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Anyone with sightings of the four birds is asked to contact the zoo-keeper immediately or tweet @NocturnalWenchy !!!

I wish we could dance like penguins.
Wenchy

Something fishy? … @natzoo #PenguinsMIA

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

It seems the penguins are in the news this week, with yet another report hot off the press. ‘Elijah, would’ you believe that reports are coming in of penguins literally putting their beaks up at the fish being offered to them for their daily meal – the same fish that they have been enjoying day in and out in the past. Some of the birds were also spotted with strange orange stains around the beak and throat area, and are being monitored closely by their keepers.

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I wish we could dress like penguins.

Wenchy

Strange behaviour in penguin enclosure… #penguinsMIA @natzoo

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

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The curator in charge of the penguins at the Pretoria Zoo, has reported some rather unusual activity in the birds’ enclosure today. It appears that some of the penguins are on the move – four small suitcases were spotted near the exit, and some of the black-and-white birds were seen sporting colourful summer hats. This behaviour is most unusual and cannot be explained at this stage. However, a highly-trained team of secret agents has been posted near the enclosure to keep an eye out for any further movement.

We will keep you posted on any further developments…

Do we have #penguinsMIA?

Wenchy

Don’t let others ride your unicorn. #Wenchytude #JoziGem #InnerSelfie

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

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I was told to tone *ME* down by someone I truly admired and respected. Who I am,  was simply not okay! Too much.  Too big.  Too loud.  Too opinionated.  Too everything.

I was devastated.  I did for awhile  work on my personality “flaw”.  So desperate I was for this one person (out if millions of people in the world! ) to give me their hashtag of approval!

After many months and days of second guessing myself, even apologising…. a little run through litteral lawn sprayers with my niece,  and godchild Tayla-Jade,  I came to the conclusion that others can turn themselves *UP* if they felt my drum was drowning their beat. 

Turns out other people like my beat just dandy and more importantly,  and more importantly so did I!

I grew on so many levels since.  Personally,  professionally,  emotionally… physically. It was confirmed. Opinions are indeed like assholes… YES, everyone has one!

Today,  I simply care much less about a multitude of opinions. Be who you can face at 3am, when your  demons run rampant.

Too much of a good thing is just wonderful darling!

I wish you a run through sprayers as the sun sets with someone you adore.

Wenchy

AN OPERATIC CELEBRATION ! @OperaRocksSA

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On 10 and 11 December 2014, Gauteng-based opera fans will experience, Opera Rock, a five-star operatic extravaganza – proudly sponsored by Cebekhulu Holdings – which plans to bring down the house at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

 The tour de force behind Opera Rocks is world-renowned opera sensation, Sibongile Mngoma, who has very recently won the prestigious 2014 Mbokodo Awards for the Opera Category. “South Africa is so ready for an opera celebration. We have such talented opera singers in this country who can easily take on their international counterparts,” says Mngoma. “We also have a large and sophisticated operatic audience who don’t get enough opportunities to enjoy truly stunning South African opera often enough.”

Opera Rocks intends to address these issues by providing opera music lovers with an operatic performance at its very best and intends to become a bi annual event, putting to work some of South Africa and the UK’s most brilliant voices. Best of all, Opera Rocks will become a bi-annual affair. “We’d like to see it become a prominent platform for South African opera singers to showcase their abilities within the context of South Africa and from a cultural perspective,” explains Managing Director of Cebekhulu Holdings, Philani Cebekhulu.

And by inviting producers, agents and scouts from other parts of the globe, Opera Rocks will expose South Africa’s world-class performance abilities to the rest of the world. “I would love to see my love for opera grow and the way to do this is by bringing exciting opera to modern-day opera fans of which I believe there are many in this country,” says Cebekhulu.

Performing on stage is the opera diva Mngoma herself who will dazzle audiences along with her sensational co-stars, award-winning theatrical performer and singer Joseph Clark, London-based opera soprano star Sally Silver and well-known South African baritone Thabang Senekal. The four singers will be accompanied by the wonderful 40-piece Chamber Orchestra of Johannesburg conducted by Kutlwano Masote and a 10 member male ensemble.

The  male ensemble group is being mentored by Sibongile Mngoma and comprises of young performers whose love of opera has inspired her to train, groom and grow and bring onto the professional stage in this production.

Audiences will enjoy a diverse repertoire of songs including theatrical numbers like Maria from Westside Story to contemporary songs such as Don’t Let the Sun Go Down as well as the pop-opera greats Bohemian Rhapsody and Barcelona. La Traviata’s Brindisi and the exquisite Jewel Aria are just two of many classical opera songs, which will be performed.

It’s thanks to Cebekhulu’s love for opera and his company’s generous support of the grand music genre that Opera Rocks is able to bring a slick, commercialised and brilliantly produced show to South African opera music lovers. “The bigger picture is to expand opera so it becomes accessible to disadvantaged and rural communities with an emphasis on children, affording them the opportunity to get into professional mainstream opera through skills development, practical experience and by mobilising them through talent searches using various stakeholders,” Cebekhulu concludes.

Tickets can be purchased at Computicket starting at R250.  For more information visit http://www.operarocks.co.za , follow us on Twitter @OperaRocksSA and like our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/OperaRocksSA to keep up with all the news.