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

LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way Vol 19 - 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

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! To pre-order issues of LOSE IT! email Julian Padua at julian.padua@media24.com or call him on (021) 408 1291. Volume 1&2 sold out. To download a digital version of LOSE…

2 min.
lchf news

quality BEEF UP on When you’re choosing the cut of meat for your supper, you’re hoping to hit the mark in terms of tenderness, juiciness and flavour. Some of the measures used to grade meat are its age, the extent of marbling and colour of the fat. And, of course, premium quality meat comes at a premium price. So when you’re weighing it up, you do wonder whether it really makes that much difference. Well, taste and tenderness aside, research from Texas Tech University published in the Meat Science journal showed that there was an increase in connectivity in certain areas of the brain after eating high quality steak. Ups the ‘stakes’ a bit, doesn’t it? GOING GREEN In winter, that steaming cup of coffee becomes even more appealing, but the bonus is…

7 min.
‘lchf helped our whole family attain better health!’

‘We heard about paleo and the low-carb way from a colleague in 2011. We did some research and it seemed to be the best “diet” for us as it excluded gluten, which causes problems for me. Mark’s Daily Apple was the first blog I read. I thought it was a little extreme but I now realise it was because I didn’t understand the science. After that, we tried to follow a more gluten-free diet, although we didn’t actually commit to paleo. In 2014, everything changed. Our daughter Miela was born prematurely with a high infection count. But we were optimistic, and set out to enjoy our bundle of joy. When we introduced solids, however, she seemed to be constantly sick. She had ongoing fever, with diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation and skin rashes. The…

2 min.
this month’s miracle ingredient: mushrooms

many of us toss mushrooms into salads, add them to quiches or replace burger buns with the large brown ones (delicious!) – and a good thing, too. These fascinating fungi are a great source of protein; antioxidants such as selenium, which helps to prevent cell damage; and copper, a mineral that aids in red blood cell production. Here are more reasons you should consciously add these four favourites to your diet. WHITE/ BUTTON (INCLUDES PORTOBELLOS AND CREMINIS) Varying in colour from white to light brown, white or button mushrooms boast several benefits. They play a role in reducing inflammation in arterial cells – thereby lowering the risk of heart disease – and have immuneboosting properties that enable the body to better respond to viruses or cancer cells. They’re also high in copper…

6 min.
‘ what’s the difference between the lchf diet and the paleo diet?’

Q: I’ve heard vitamin D is very important, not only on an LCHF lifestyle, but for overall good health. Can you tell me more about it? A: Vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin, it’s a steroid hormone that also acts as an antioxidant. But because it’s a nutrient too, it’s classed as a ‘fatsoluble vitamin’. The body is in fact able to manufacture vitamin D when the cholesterol in the skin is exposed to sunlight. However, most people are deficient in vitamin D because they spend so much time indoors and because they try to keep their cholesterol level down, sabotaging the body’s efforts to make vitamin D. Even if you have enough cholesterol and spend time outdoors, you could be deficient in vitamin D between May and November due to…

2 min.
‘how do i know whether i am insulin resistant?’

Q: Can you explain why my fasting glucose in the morning was higher than my blood glucose in the evening, even though I didn’t eat anything in-between? Where does this glucose come from? A: During the day your liver stores glucose in the form of glycogen. As your glucose level drops during the night, your liver converts glycogen back to glucose and releases it into the bloodstream to supply the glucose needs of your body. Q: I have chronically itchy skin. Could this be caused by leaky gut syndrome? A: An itchy skin can be caused by many different things. For example, something could be triggering the mast cells in your skin to release histamine, which causes itching and, in many cases, an actual rash. Factors that can trigger mast cells include heat,…