Posts from the ‘Food Wisdoms’ Category

Back to the Pool

I m finally getting back to the pool regularly.  My weight has crept back up to 112.2kgs, so something must be done.  Walking is out, X rays have revealed severe arthritis in my long ago broken left ankle (never picked up on or treated by the 2 doctors I saw back in 1988) and the right knee, from compensating for the dicky ankle all those years.  I can walk on smoothish grass but everything round here is unrelentingly paved.

I cut my thumb almost to the bone back in April and had to wait until it was really healed over.  Still sore and lumpy, but I can go back.  In the last couple of weeks I have been to 3 shallow water aerobics classes, loved them and hope they are offered again (it was a trial).

So I did 30 x 25m laps on Friday, and today 40 x 25m laps, consisting of 12 freestyle (300m); 5 each breaststroke and backstroke (250m), 8 kick board (200m) and 10 walking & aerobics (250m) for a 1km total.  I’ll build up to 2 km over the next few weeks.

Since taking more care to ensure I have NO gluten at all (I had been careless about it) my digestive pain is slowly disappearing.  I am coeliac, but some dope suggested it was actually FODMAPs diet I should try, I wasn’t gluten intolerant at all.  Well, that was a failure.  I’ll stick to gluten free.


Dietary friends or foes?

Coffee, eggs, salt, oil. One week they are good for you, the next they’re not. So what’s the real deal?

Good article with the pros and cons of these 4 foods.

Current medical knowhow says 3-5 coffees a day in mid life can help prevent dementia in your later years – but conversely – that amount can have an adverse effect on visceral fat.  Persoanlly, I’d rather be fat and have all my marbles!

Eggs, of course, have been ‘undemonised’ for a long time.  Up to 7 a week are now recommended, good for diabetes and a whole lot of other conditions.

Salt is vital to life.  But we should avoid added salt and if we do use salt in cooking or at the table it should be iodised.

And oils – as they ay – oils ain’t all equal!  It’s the processed oils in processed foods that are so bad for you.  Full fat in food is fine, cold pressed natural oils are fine  – but you need to be careful when heating them as some produce bad compounds.  Olive oil is best for cooking.

Full article here

Are We Over Medicated?

I was reading the paper with breakfast today and it struck me how many ads there are there, and on the idiot box, for medications to control ‘conditions’, especially lifestyle related ones.

I  searched on by condition and even sticking to mostly diet & weight related conditions turned up startling results:

  • Plain old treatment of Pain with 511 medications available is a standout.
  • Constipation is a class winner with 165 choices.
  • Osteoarthritis – often weight related – 200.
  • Heartburn – Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)  113.
  • Type 2 diabetes – 104.
  • Diarrhoea – 49.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (incl Crohn’s disease) – 48
  • Obesity –  42.
  • High Cholesterol (please note IMHO this should not be a condition at all!) – 32

Why are we such an overmedicated society?

Why do we let doctors drug us into submission, endure side effects, spend large amounts of our income on medications, when in many cases the problems can be more effectively treated with diet and lifestyle changes?

Why don’t doctors insist?  Why doesn’t the government take a more pro-active stance and rather than fund drugs for lifestyle/obesity related conditions instead fund lifestyle education to help people make the necessary changes? Are we so blind to reason we cannot see the daylight for the fields of waving wheat?

Why are we so reluctant to make changes for the better in our lives if they involve giving up temporary and fleeting oral/taste pleasures for lasting health improvements?

Do we actually want to die early?

I know since giving up all grains I never need any medications – even the paracetamol & ibuprofen tablets in the kitchen drawer hardly ever see the light of day. They’ll pass their use by date before they are taken at this rate!  Another of the wonderful benefits of eating right.

Why We Get Fat – why is the evidence so hard for doctors to accept?

Gary Taubes, in his books Why We Get Fat and the earlier Good Calories, Bad Calories, plus his seminal article “What if it’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?” in the New York Times of 97 July 2002, presents compelling evidence that the high carb low fat solution embraced by the majority of the medical world does not work to reduce weight, body fat, heart disease or diabetes risks, we are still being preached this incorrect mantra and we are, as nations, getting fatter and unhealthier and dying before our times.

In Why We Get Fat, he outlines hiow the Cochrab=ne Commission, set up to do unbiased revierws of scientific studies in the literature, set out in 2001 to assess the benefits of eating less fat or less saturated fat by reviewing literature from the 1950s to 20001.  They could only find 27 clinical trials which had been well enough conducted for reliable judgement ont hem to be made.

As Taubes states, the evidence was anything but compelling (direct quote below):

“Despite decades of effort and many thousands of people randomized,” the Cochrane Collaboration authors concluded, “there is still only limited and inconclusive evidence of the effects of modification of total, saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated fats on cardiovascular morbidity [i.e., sickness] and mortality [death].”

In plain speak, there is no support for the low fat diets!  None!

So why is it still being prescribed, when a low carb (ie removing all processed carbs), hig fat, moderate protein diet lowers LDL and triglycerides, raises HDL and has other positive effects on blood chemistry and other health indictaors like blood pressure.

In the words of the great Australian Julius Sumner MIller “WHY IS IT SO?”!

It is working

Well, I was just in the bathroom washing my hands and realised how much my horrible double chin and wattley neck have improved. Here are 2 pics – one is me ‘dressing’ the Xmas tree a few days before the event, and the other is taken with my on computer camera just 1/2 an hour or so ago. I am so pleased to see a positive improvement like this!




My 4 week experiment – eating ‘clean’

Yesterday was the start of my 4 week experiment into absolutely no:

  • Grains
  • dairy
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

It has gone well so far, whether I’ll be able to stick to it for the full 28 days is a moot point, but I want to see how my body responds to a fairly ‘clean’ diet. Swam 60 laps in 2 sessions!

Ask yourself: Would you walk an hour for chocolate?

When I was waiting at the doctors the other ay (to see him about my ear infection) I saw one of the morning shows which featured and extremely large young lady (282 kgs) 28 year old Kristin from Perth WA  She was off to attend the Weight Loss Programme run by Adro Sarnelli, the inaugural winner of the Australian “Biggest Loser” programme.  I’d enjoyed watching the show and went off to see if I could find Adro’s website & see what he was up to.

I found it here, and he has stayed slim and is doing well as a certified fitness instructor and is helping people lose weight, an re-educating them about nutrition and exercise.  It’s good to see such a positive succss story.  But the quote below really struck a chord with me, and hence thd title of this post.  I don’t think I’d walk an hour for chocolate, no matter how much I enjoy it.  How about you?

“I had a chat with a friend about eating a particular food and about knowing that it would take an hour on a treadmill to burn it off.  We’ve all heard of this, right?  Let’s say, for example, a chocolate takes an hour on the treadmill to burn . My friend did not have a problem with the theory of walking an hour to have the chocolate and I asked her if she did just that.  She said she didn’t but it didn’t bother her.  So to put it into perspective I asked her if she would walk an hour to the shop to get the particular chocolate.  Would she walk that far to get it?  Probably not!  The main reason for sharing this is because a lot of times, even when we know something, we often don’t put it into perspective. “