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Miscellaneous / Re: i don;t know if this is the diet for me
« on: June 18, 2013, 02:26:36 PM »
Take a look at The Harcombe Diet by Zoe Harcombe. Though her diet is not strictly paleo, she does advocate cutting out all refined and processed foods.
What might interest you though, is that she claims that people who have trouble losing weight suffer from one or more of 3 conditions:
1. Candida overgrowth
2. Hypoglycaemia
3. Food intolerances/addictions

She explains how unless you get over the addictions/intolerances you'll never be able to lose weight.

Obviously there's a lot more to it, but check her out. I've recommended this diet to quite a number of my clients and they have been getting great results. In her book, Zoe Harcombe explains the science behind all this and then gives you a diet plan you can follow.

Like I said, she's not totally paleo and recommends brown rice over white rice but as you're so ambivalent about going Paleo and your main aim is to lose weight and get over your carb addiction, I can highly recommend this diet.

Research / Re: Study suggests processed meat a real health risk
« on: April 20, 2013, 03:57:25 AM »
I just noticed a really good blog post from Zoe Harcombe explaining and debunking this study in language that's easy to understand.

This link just takes you to the general blog page. This particular entry was posted on the 13th of March 2013.

A couple of the conclusions that she came to were:

ii) The headline could (should?) have been “Not even 1% of deaths, over 12.7 years, occur among those who eat over 160 g processed meat per day”!

iii) 70% of deaths are occurring in the bottom three groups out of six of processed meat intake.  30% of the deaths are occurring in the top three intake groups. (i.e. you’re ‘better off’ in the upper half of consumption than lower half).

Interviews / Re: Questions about the Paleo Diet
« on: March 24, 2012, 01:01:40 AM »
I've just answered the survey by email and got a nice reply, so maybe a couple more people could do it.

My daughter is currently doing her finals and needed people to answer a survey for her dissertation so I feel some sympathy.

Miscellaneous / Re: Strategy to reduce blood pressure quickly
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:56:37 PM »
I've had great success helping people lower their blood pressure using hypnotherapy. Given the short amount of the time you have, I suggest using self-hypnosis to visualise the blood pressure reading being perfect and imagining a lever you can use to bring your blood pressure down to the level you want.

Some useful metaphors can include imagining blocked-up streams being repaired to allow good flow of water etc...

Diet and nutrition / Re: What to take on a Vegan retreat - no, seriously!
« on: November 22, 2011, 06:03:36 AM »
Take a goat, and a sharp knife.

Love it!   ;D

Diet and nutrition / Re: Why is coffee bad???
« on: November 15, 2011, 02:57:59 AM »
I believe that caffeine stimulates the release of adrenalin and cortisol. These are the stress hormones that prepare you for "fight or flight".

"High cortisol levels in the blood increase your appetite because your body thinks you should refuel after all this fighting or fleeing. This means people under constant stress quite often feel constantly hungry. Worse, their body urges them to stock up on the foods it thinks will be most useful after all that ‘activity’ – carbohydrates (like sugar) and fats." Apparently caffeine can have the same effect.

This comes from Dr. Marilyn Glenville's book: Fat around the middle. Though I don't agree with all she says, I do believe the connection with stress and weight gain (so the caffeine angle may be valid as well)

Diet and nutrition / Re: What to take on a Vegan retreat - no, seriously!
« on: November 15, 2011, 02:40:36 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions and links. I've still got a couple of weeks before I go, to stock up and prepare.

I'll be taking my vitamin C powder (that I rarely use now) to ward off evil ;)

Maybe the mind over matter stuff will protect me!

Diet and nutrition / What to take on a Vegan retreat - no, seriously!
« on: October 31, 2011, 09:35:22 AM »
I've been eating Paleo for nearly a year and feel great. I've lost some weight and most of my health issues have cleared-up to some extent.

I'm training in using mindfulness to help overcome allsorts of psychological problems and I can see great benefits to this approach for many different types of people.

However... I have to go on a one week training course / retreat in a few weeks time. Though the course I'm following is secular, this particular retreat is hosted by buddhists who, for faith reasons, are vegan.  I respect their views, even though I don't share them.

What I'm wondering is what can you suggest I take with me to keep myself adequately fed during the week. They allow vegetarian (not necessarily vegan) products in their fridge, so I could take some boiled eggs. I was thinking of a nice chunk of roast belly pork that I could leave in the car. It will be pretty cold so should last a few days.

I suppose tins of mackerel/sardines?

Any other ideas?

Diet and nutrition / Re: Diverticular Disease
« on: May 06, 2011, 05:25:06 AM »
I just wanted to update you on this problem. I had another, shorter, bout of diverticulitis after I got better from the first. I kept on with the psyllium fibre for about 3 weeks and then gradually faded it out. I cut out all dairy except for the occasional cheat of grated apple, cream and cinammon. I've cut that out now because I don't feel great after it. I'm eating really clean at the moment apart from some red wine every few days.

I eat lots of meat, fish, green veg and salads. Cook in beef tallow, good lard, duck and goose fat. Drink a bit more water than I used to, but that's still hard for me.

The bottom line is that I have now given up all supplements (and particulalry extra fibre) apart from some fish oil when I don't eat fish and my bowels are working perfectly now. I feel much lighter (scales don't agree, but that's another story).

It took about 3 months for the diverticulitis to completely sort itself out, but I'm glad I stuck with it and thanks again for all your advice and support.

Diet and nutrition / Cornflakes
« on: April 18, 2011, 03:32:25 AM »
Just found this on another forum:

"Sally Fallon Morell tells us in Nourishing Traditions about an unpublished experiment performed at the University of Michigan in 1960.

The experiment was actually in jest; however, the results are no laughing matter.

Three groups of six rats were observed: group one was fed cornflakes and water; group two the cardboard box that the cornflakes came in and water; and the control group received rat chow and water.

The control group remained in good health through the testing period. However, the rats fed cornflakes and water died before those fed the cardboard box. From apparent outward behavior and autopsies, the cornflakeeating rats showed signs of servere insulin instability caused by dramatic insults to blood sugar and damage to the nervous system.

Who knew that those consuming boxed cereals would be better off choking down the thirty-cent box instead!"

- Of course that was in the 60s. I dread to think what they put in the cardboard boxes now.   ;)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Fatty acid composition of animal fats
« on: April 14, 2011, 12:00:43 AM »
... and another link. A chart of the composition of various fats and oils.

Diet and nutrition / Fatty acid composition of animal fats
« on: April 13, 2011, 11:58:23 PM »
I found this graph referenced on another forum. It shows the composition of animal fats as ratio of saturated and PUFA.

I don't know how good accurate it is. No mention of the animal's diet. It comes from the following website devoted to the study of lipids (fats and oils). Looks like a good resource.

Miscellaneous / Re: Involuntary celibacy - the underground epidemic
« on: April 13, 2011, 01:46:43 PM »
Don't forget that 90% of statistics are made up on the spot   :)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Where are all the anti-dairy studies?
« on: April 13, 2011, 01:36:09 AM »
There's this one from 2005:

High intakes of milk, but not meat, increase s-insulin and insulin resistance in 8-year-old boys

Diet and nutrition / Re: Fats? Fats!
« on: April 06, 2011, 07:06:59 AM »
I try to explain it to non science minded friends as 'The more dietary fat the body gets, the less it wants to hold onto it'.
That's a lovely simple way to explain it. I'll use that, thanks.

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