Time Magazine!

Guys – keep a look out for Time Magazine that is coming out next week – Ending the War on Fat!! And on the cover, a beautiful swirl of butter! 🙂

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Finally Time Magazine is going to (hopefully) rectify the terrible press that it gave butter and fat 30 years ago!

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That fat is good for us, is old news for all of us LCHFers, but this is a huge step forward for mainstream nutrition! I don’t know about you, but I am tiered of always trying to explain my food choices! Now lets hope the article is going to be as good and thorough as the picture 🙂

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BBC News: Fat IN, Sugar OUT!

Guys – have you seen this article from the BBC regarding fat?

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26375004

It talks about how there is a growing amount of research that fat is actually good for us, and it is in fact sugar that we should be carefully consuming. The fact that this kind of information is increasingly being portrayed in mainstream media is great news for all of us LCHFers, and a great step forward to fighting obesity and diabetes in our society.

The only aspect of this article that made me raise my eyebrows slightly was the talk about calories – not that I am a nutritional expert, however the majority of information that I have read regarding consumption of fat, is that calories are not created equally and we shouldn’t really be monitoring them as we have done in the past.

However aside from that – it is still an exciting article especially in regards to the paradigm shift that we are slowly starting to witness! Now it is time for breakfast….eggs and bacon guilt free 😉

The Catalyst Episodes!

Hey guys – how is your low carb November going so far 🙂 I’m feeling pretty good and on track!

I know when I first started on LCHF, the hardest thing for me was to get my head around to the idea that saturated fat is actually good for us! And that we should not only incorporate fat into our diet, but embrace it. Six month down the line, and I have fully embraced this idea and now it just seems natural to me.

However, for those of you who were skeptical like I was – ABC Television in Australia has done a fantastic documentary called Heart of the Matter which deals precisely on this topic: saturated fat and cholesterol. I had seen this documentary being spoken about on various LCHF blogs from down under, but I have just watched it for myself – and I am feeling even more impassioned on this topic!

It is two episodes of about 30 minutes each – please, please please take the time to at least watch the first episode (Heart of the Matter, Dietary Villains), which deals with saturated fat and cholesterol and how in fact it is sugar that is the enemy! The other episode delves more into cholesterol and drugs – which is also incredibly interesting!

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/heartofthematter/default.htm

Sometimes I wish I could shout out this information from the roof tops so everyone can hear – I want everyone to understand how important this information is.

Here are some more information currently being published on wordpress on this matter – which makes for interesting reading!

Dr. Oz Agrees that Saturated Fat is Good For Us!

Hey guys!

I’m so excited to post these next video for you all – did you know that such a well known figure such as Dr. Oz has come on the LCHF bandwagon and has publicly agreed that that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease but rather sugar is the culprit!

This show was aired in August of 2012, way before I got interested in LCHF so this may be old news for you guys, but I was pretty excited when I came across them today. Do you realise what a big step forward this is in terms of changing the wider audiences attitude towards saturated fat? He also does a superb job of explaining cholesterol and how it works in your body!

In case you are interested here are the links:

Dr. Oz on the Cholesterol Controversy, Part 1

Dr. Oz on the Cholesterol Controversy, Part 2

Dr. Oz on Cholesterol Controversy – Finale

I also found the full length video on youtube, but the quality is not very good – but just incase you want to watch everything quickly I have also included that below!

I don’t know about you guys, but I got very excited when I saw this, it is people like Dr. Oz, who has such an immense following throughout the world that can make a difference and really hit home the idea that sugar is bad for us!

Are Calories Made Equal?

About 3 months ago I came across Sam Feltham in the Huffington Post. He was doing a 21 day experiment eating a real food Low Carb High Fat diet, but consuming a whopping 5794 calories a day by eating eggs, nuts, fatty fish, steak and green vegetables.  He wanted to see if the conventional theories about calories are true, that in order to gain weight you have to consume more calories than you burn.

If we are to believe the conventional theory of calories, Sam Feltham should have put on 7.3kg in this 21 day experiment – but do you know how much he put on? 1.3kg!

Here you can read all about Sam Felthams journey and his theory as to why he did not put on the predicted weight!

http://live.smashthefat.com/why-i-didnt-get-fat/

Now Sam Feltham has just finished another experiment. He did a 21 day challenge eating 5793 calories, but eating a diet high in refined carbs. Do you know how much he put on? 7kg!

You should read his journey here:

http://live.smashthefat.com/5000-calorie-carb-challenge-day-21/

That is quite incredible difference, and I think quite a good illustration that a calorie does not equal a calorie, and the food that you put inside your body does matter!

Just a little food for thought before you start your weekend!

Happy Friday 🙂

LCHF is Official in Sweden!

In the midst of settling into my new home and country, it seems as though I have missed a very important event last week. I only became aware of it, thanks to Awesome Åshild’s blog. SBU, the Swedish Council on Health Technology Association has determined that a Low Carb diet is most effective for weight loss. Did you hear that? Do you understand how big that is? The SBU is not just some hick lab that is paid to do research by a large corporation, it is an independent national authority, tasked by the Swedish government to assess health care interventions from a broad perspective.

This is undeniably a huge success in the world of LCHF, as it means that the Swedish Department of Health will now have to incorporate this information into their subsequent policies about health care and nutrition.

Although Sweden and the Nordic countries for that matter are already very open to the idea of LCHF, what this report does, is it makes LCHF accepted at a national level. It is no longer a ‘fad’ diet which so-called nutritional experts can deny or sweep under the rug. Health care and nutritional providers all around the country, will have to sit up and listen!

For more information on this topic, I suggest heading over to Diet Doctor where you can see his analysis f the report and further information on this topic: http://www.dietdoctor.com/swedish-expert-committee-low-carb-diet-effective-weight-loss

It is an exciting time for us LCHF’ers 🙂

 

LCHF Tips for Beginners!

It is never easy to begin a new diet or to change your life-style, and starting the LCHF diet will be no different. However, although I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination here are a few tips which helped me stay on the proverbial band wagon when I started over 3 months ago. Hopefully they may help you too!

  1. This is not a diet! Technically the word ‘diet’ fits into the way we speak about LCHF as it refers to the way and what we eat, however as a society we have come to think of the word ‘diet’ as being restrictive and associate it to weight loss. Although weight loss can be attributed initially by eating LCHF, however once you reach your natural weight you will plateau. Hence, LCHF is not a diet to solely lose weight, it is a life-style choice. We have chosen this way of eating because it allows us to lead healthier and fuller lives and this is a permanent change.
  2.  Enthusiasm: I believe that this is half the battle! If you really feel enthusiastic or passionate about something you will have a greater chance of success. If you don’t feel enthusiastic about this diet – don’t start it. Instead do more research on the topic, read up more on the pros and cons until you feel that this is something for you, and something that you can do. Starting something with a half-arsed mentality very rarely leads to success! Which brings me to my next point:
  3. Research:  Don’t blindly follow this diet – do your own research. This has really REALLY helped me stay on track. For those of you who have been following this blog for a while know that I am constantly researching and trying to find out more information on LCHF. By doing so I am educating myself and I am making informed decision of what I am putting in my body. A friend of mine asked me during brunch the other day, if it was hard for me to avoid the sweet breads that were going around the table. I told her initially yes (when I had first started LCHF), however the more I read up on the subject the more I realised how bad wheat and sugar was for the body, that now I had no problems avoiding it all together. What started out as a one-month experiment on LCHF has led me to change my mind-set all together, and now I can never imagine going back to how I ate before.
  4. Clean your cupboards: Before you even start on the LCHF diet, go through your kitchen and pantry and get rid of everything not LCHF friendly! Throw it away, give it away -I don’t care! Just make sure it is not in your home tempting you.
  5. Organisation is King!:  In order to be successful with this diet, be organised. Plan what you are going to eat for every meal during the week, and plan good snack foods to have at home. This may seem rather pedantic, but if you plan ahead you minimise the likelihood of failing. I know the weeks where C and I did not plan ahead it was really difficult to put a good meal together and it was so tempting just to pop on some pasta to boil and throw together a sauce -which is what we did quite frequently in the past.
  6. Don’t be your own enemy: So, you messed up? You just couldn’t resist that slice of cake at the office – don’t’ beat yourself up about it. You haven’t failed! It is hard to change your life style or your mind set over night – if you have a few slip-up that is fine. But just keep in mind why you are doing this diet in the first place, what is it you want to achieve? Then at your next meal time make an extra effort to stick to it.
  7. Get an LCHF Buddy: What really helped me stick to LCHF in the beginning was that my husband had agreed to do it with me. This way we ate the same meals, we discussed the diet at length, talked about side-effects and how the diet was making us feel. When one of us was not feeling so motivated, the other was there to bolster them and make sure they stayed on track. We really encouraged each other to succeed
  8.  Write it down!: Keep a food journal and write down everything you eat from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. This is a favourite technique of many diet plans – and there is a reason for that -it works! It forces you to be brutally honest with yourselves and it shows you where you need to improve. This is how I started this blog – I wrote down what I was eating everyday and it ensured that I did not cheat too often, as I had a public platform 🙂
  9. Don’t be dissuaded: You will most likely get a lot of negative reactions when you first decide to try this diet, but don’t let that get to you. Remember by doing the LCHF diet, you are turning everything the western world has taught about nutrition up side down, and for many people this is uncomfortable. Just do your research and understand why you are eating this way, and don’t let the nay-sayers get you down!
  10. Don’t be afraid of fat! The number one mistake I made in the beginning was that I was not eating enough saturated fat. I was still in the process of trying to change my mind set that fat was actually good for me, and although it made sense when I read about it – to suddenly go from a very ‘lean’ and ‘fat-free’ diet to one which advocates a substantial amount, that takes some brain training. However it is important you get the saturated fat in your diet – this is our fuel.

So there you have my top ten tips for LCHF beginners – all of the above helped me stay on track when I first started this diet and I hope that it may give you some guidance as well.

Oooh I just thought of an extra tip which really helped me – this is your bonus tip 🙂

Time Frame: Initially I gave myself a one month time frame to try the LCHF diet and see if it was for me. Knowing I had only to do this diet for one month, allowed me to really focus on the diet and put in all my effort to see if this was a diet for me. As it turned out it was, and I was quite taken with the diet and decided to continue, but I think by giving yourself a realistic time frame it  is definitely a good way to kickstart your new LCHF life style 🙂