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

LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way Vol 22 - 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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3 min.
news, views, and reviews

The low-carb lifestyle has a very broad base, which includes – among others! – Zero Carb (only fatty meats, eggs, and water), Keto (Ketogenic: very low carb, very high fat), LCHF (low carb, healthy fat), Paleo (eating as our ancestors did before agriculture) and Atkins (some processed foods, grains, dairy). These various ways of eating are all slightly different from one another: some include dairy, others don’t. Some allow a little honey or fruit, others don’t. Some allow occasional low-carb grains, others don’t – and so on. Many low-carb believers actually cycle between one or two of the above: if they reach a plateau in their weight loss, for instance, they might eat Keto or Zero Carb for a while before reverting to the one they find easiest to sustain; or if…

4 min.
‘i’ve lost 28kg and i feel fantastic! i can’t stop smiling!’

before ‘Over the past couple of years, my wife lost weight progressively just by eating more healthily. I started to feel like a whale next to her! I woke up one morning and thought, “Right, let’s do this.” I keep telling people that I’m not on a diet, because that’s something you do for a couple of months. I wanted to make a permanent change to a healthier lifestyle. Potatoes, breads and sugar were the main ingredients I cut out of my diet. I also try to avoid less obvious sources of sugar, like sauces. I have to admit that it was difficult to adjust to a diet without carbs or sugar, but the moment I made the decision, I was committed. I just went cold turkey and avoided temptation. I had a goal…

4 min.
ice cream? of course!

Karin Loots, a self-proclaimed ice cream addict, started producing ice cream at home after switching to low carb three years ago. She got creative when sugar was no longer an option and today produces this guilt-free treat in amazing flavours. ‘When we started eating low carb, it became a major problem because we didn’t want to eat sugar or anything artificial any longer. I experimented with Banting ice cream recipes and bought a small ice cream machine to churn for the family,’ she says. Her family found it so delicious that Karin eventually started selling at the Johannesburg Banting Market, where it was such a hit the first time round that it was sold out by 10am. ‘I needed more outlets, so I became the organiser of the Banting Market in Pretoria! ‘It…

2 min.

‘Is it true that there are adverse effects to ketosis?’ AND 2 OTHER READER QUESTIONS FOR SALLY-ANN CREED Q: Should I take omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids? A: You only need to worry about omega-3 fatty acids. The source should be fish oil, not flaxseed oil. Even though omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are both essential fatty acids, you probably get way more than enough omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-9 fatty acids are found in avocados and olive oil. They’re good fatty acids but not essential, as the body can create them, so there’s no need to take a supplement. In the food industry, virtually one hundred per cent of the oils used are seed oils – and they’re very high in omega-6 fatty acids. This throws out your ratio, which should be 2:1…

4 min.
this month’s miracle ingredient raw cacao

ON TRACK per serving fat 37g carbs 14g protein 14g Raw, organic cacao is a super food that’s an exceptional source of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your DNA against damage from pollution and ageing and also help to decrease inflammation, which is linked to many diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Cacao is also rich in important vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium, selenium, zinc, copper and potassium. Cacao originates from the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao – ‘theobroma’ roughly translates as ‘food of the gods’. The tree produces cacao pods that are cracked open to release cacao beans. From there, cacao beans are sweated, fermented, and dried before being processed a few different ways. The outer lining of the bean is fatty and is turned into cacao butter; the rest of the bean…

3 min.
how to control inflammation

Inflammation is a biological, protective response that’s designed to tackle damage, pathogens or irritants in a short-term process. But factors in modern lifestyles lead to chronic inflammation, which is the basis for many diseases. Medical researchers have even coined the term ‘inflammaging’ to describe the inflammatory conditions that start to manifest as we age. Risk factors include high stress and lack of stress management; lack of restorative sleep; lack of exercise; bad lifestyle choices, such as drinking, smoking, and destructive behaviours that include recreational drug taking, bad sleep habits, and bad food choices. Chronic inflammation interferes with the body’s natural antiinflammatory mechanisms, such as the stress hormone cortisol, which is designed to stop substances being released in the body that cause inflammation. However, when it is released continually, it raises blood…