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

LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way Vol 18 - 2017

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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in this issue

3 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. mostof us have experienced the positive changes that come after a couple of months of eating LCHF: we sleep better, have more energy and focus, lose weight and generally feel so much better than we did before that we can’t imagine ever being tempted to go back to a carb-soaked life Eating the LCHF way scores better than almost every other…

8 min.
‘ at 53 weighing 82kg, i feel amazing and fitter than i was in my 30s!’

‘I wasn’t necessarily losing kilos – although that came later – but the inches were disappearing from my waist.’ I have always been an active guy. Though rugby was my main passion, I embraced all things outdoors: mountain biking, swimming, kiteboarding – you name it, I loved it. But after a pretty serious car accident, I stopped exercising for roughly four years, got stuck into work and family, and before I knew it, the number on the scale had shot up. Just shy of 100kg, the only sport I played was golf, and without fail, I would end off the 18 holes with several rounds of beer with the guys. I reached a point where I felt too embarrassed to take off my shirt. But the lowest point was when I went…

2 min.
lchf news

Do teens pay attention to health warnings? When you’re young, you tend to feel immortal. So you’d think any dire warnings about how this or that affects your health might not make much of an impact. Last year, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine looked at whether teens paid any attention to the labelling on sugar-sweetened beverages: ‘SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.’ (A couple of states and cities in the US have introduced bills that make this labelling mandatory.) And guess what? If teens saw a warning like this on a drink, significantly fewer of them actually went through with the purchase! Let’s hope that as adults, we’re just as responsible about these kinds of choices. And this certainly…

4 min.
and 2 other reader questions for sally-ann creed

WITH: NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST SALLY-ANN CREED Q: I’m taking a PPI for my reflux and heartburn – is this safe? A: PPI, which stands for proton pump inhibitor, is the pill you take when you’ve been told you have too much acid. But usually it’s a case of having too little – the symptoms are the same for both hyper- and hypo-acidity. A well-formulated LCHF programme should almost completely eradicate this problem, allowing you to discontinue the medication. There should be no more reflux, bloating or discomfort. But if for some reason you are stuck with PPIs, you need to do damage control. The worst side effect of taking PPIs is poor bone health, often leading to osteoporosis. PPI users are also at risk of impaired absorption of vitamin B12, iron, calcium, magnesium and…

4 min.
intermittent fasting – does it work for everyone?

There are very distinct benefits to intermittent fasting (IF) for those who do well on it, including increased energy and improved cognitive ability, memory and insulin sensitivity. The aim is to cut down the amount of food you eat, but carry on living normally without affecting your metabolic rate, by choosing a ‘window’ of time – ranging from eight to 16 hours a day or once a week – during which you don’t eat. The problem is, many women who try IF find they suffer from anxiety, insomnia, irregular or total cessation of periods, or other hormonal problems. When a woman’s calorific intake drops below a certain level, her energy generally declines, her stress levels rise and her hormones are adversely affected. Some men experience this too, but it usually takes…

4 min.
the problem with (too much) candida

most people are unaware of how vital our gut health is to our overall wellbeing. The truth is, what happens in our gut has a huge impact on how we feel on a daily basis – physically, mentally and emotionally. Our digestive system is a microbiome of different bacteria, fungi and other organisms but sometimes, as a result of other health issues or medication, we can develop an overgrowth of a fungus and this causes problems. WHAT IS CANDIDIASIS? If you are diagnosed with candidiasis, it means you have a fungal infection caused by overgrowth of a candida fungus. Several species of candida can cause infections in humans, but the most common one is candida albicans. Candida yeasts are found in our gut and on our skin and mucous membranes, and a…