Health & Fitness
LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way

LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way Vol 16 - 2016

With lockdown in full swing, it can feel difficult to make healthy decisions. Everyone has taken up baking, and that banana bread is calling your name! But now that we’re spending less time going out for dinner and more time preparing our own meals, it might also be the perfect time to review, recommit, and get your life on track. This issue has you covered with fresh ideas, motivation, and meal inspiration. This month’s power ingredient is an ancient seed the Mayans named ‘strength’: chia seeds, and we find out exactly why. Get to know our top lockdown pick, Buyfresh – the organic online grocery store that delivers straight to your doorstep. You’ll also meet an inspiring power couple who lost 110kg in total on the LCHF diet! We discuss insulin resistance, if peanuts should stay or go, and how fasting can rid your body of toxins. With 47 new recipes, you’ll be able to whip up indulgent guilt-free pleasures as well as succulent comfort foods. We perfect an easy-peasy pie recipe – crusty and flaky, just the way you like it! Take a walk on the greener side with some plant-based low-carb meals, keep things fresh with some tasty Greek food or opt for a spicy low-carb curry. And for dessert, we’ve snuck in a few decadent chocolate dishes, just for you. Top it all off with the perfect roast and you’ve got this season sorted! LCHF is about more than just weight loss; it’s about your health and your happiness!

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2 min.
news, views & reviews

Our expert panel NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST SALLY-ANN CREED is the foremost and most experienced LCHF practitioner in South Africa. DR GERHARD SCHOONBEE, GP, has over 40 years of medical experience, and personal experience of living the LCHF lifestyle. He also has a deep scientific and medical interest in the subject. BLOG AUTHOR NICKY PERKS (WWW. PRIMALPERKS.COM) is also the CO-FOUNDER OF BANTING BUDDIES, which offers personalised coaching to those wanting to lose weight and get healthy. Please share your success stories, recipes, banting restaurant reviews, tips, questions and concerns with us on info@loseit.co.za, @loseitmag (Twitter and Instagram) and facebook.com/Loseitmag. We look forward to hearing your insights and experiences! LOOK OUT FOR OUR GORGEOUS LOSE IT! COOKBOOK, IT’S A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! Welcome to the 16th issue of LOSE IT, The Low Carb Way! It’s been a tough old…

5 min.
i lost 62kg ... and i’m still counting!

‘AT school we were forced to take part in sport. I hated every minute of it! I was always the one running at the back. And kids can be so cruel. I’ve never been a big eater, but I did eat the wrong foods. When I was 11, I joined Weigh-Less. I planned every meal and nothing went into my mouth without being weighed first. It never crossed my mind to cheat. At weigh-ins, the most I’d ever lost was 0.5kg. The group leader always looked at me sadly and asked, “So, how’s your week been?” I went on to try every diet under the sun, quickly losing a little weight – but always putting it back on. Even when I allowed myself to “cheat”, I’d have low-fat or fat-free foods, thinking…

2 min.
lchf news

VESTED INTERESTS According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo sponsored 95 health organisations in the US between 2011 and 2015. The problem is that these organisations feel indebted, and less likely to oppose the soda companies. For instance, the association behind Project HELP accepts money from Coca-Cola – and when NY mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed to limit soda portion size, the association fought it. The conclusion? Organisations should find other revenue sources ‘to stop inadvertently increasing soda consumption and causing substantial harm’. Just ginger Looking for an alternative to those sugar- and caffeine-laden drinks? If you can take a bit of a kick, freshly chopped ginger in hot water is a good one. And it’s pretty good for you, to boot. As you probably know, it’s good…

4 min.
which is better raw or cooked?

When we talk about eating raw food, we usually mean fruit and veg, as few people eat meat completely raw. And since we eat very little fruit in low-carb circles, for the purpose of this article, our focus is vegetables. It’s often assumed that eating raw vegetables is better because nutrients are ‘lost’ when food is cooked, and although it’s true that some vitamins are destroyed by heat, the minerals remain intact. Also, the cell walls of some vegetables are so hard that they have to be cooked to release the nourishment they offer. If you can’t digest food, you won’t derive any benefit from it, and cooked food is generally easier to digest than raw. In starchy veg, cooking not only improves digestibility but also neutralises their anti-nutrients, including anti-amylases. Another…

4 min.
and 3 other reader questions for dr schoonbee

Q: I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and started taking metformin. Will I be able to fall pregnant one day? A: PCOS is the abbreviation for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Under normal circumstances, the ovary is stimulated to ovulate by hormones produced in the brain. A small follicle in the ovary grows into an ovum in a small cyst. During ovulation this cyst ruptures to release the ovum. With PCOS, the cyst doesn’t rupture to release the ovum and multiple cysts are formed in the ovary. These cysts are visible on an ultrasound examination of the lower abdomen. Because there is no ovulation, the normal hormone cycles are disturbed, leading to irregular menstruation and unbalanced hormone levels. The exact cause of PCOS is not clear, but the general consensus is that insulin resistance…

5 min.
why is everyone talking about adrenal fatigue?

IF you suffer from one or more of the following – fatigue, stubborn weight, belly fat, insomnia or brain fog – then you might need to pay attention to your body’s stress response system or HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis. Your stress response is governed by the interaction between the hypothalamus and pituitary and adrenal glands. Stress causes the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that prepare your body for flight or fight. While this response to stress is protective in the short term, the longer the stress response stays activated, the more damaging it is to your health. This chronic stress response is called adrenal fatigue (or HPA axis dysregulation), and the varied physiological changes that accompany it can include obesity, high blood sugar and insulin resistance. The problem is, the…