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

LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way Volume 12 - March 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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in this issue

2 min.
news, views & reviews

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. NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND FOUNDER OF I QUIT SUGAR.COM, SARAH WILSON is a former editor of Australian Cosmo, and hosted the first season of the hugely successful MasterChef Australia. Soon after that, she discovered the immense health benefits of giving up sugar, and has since committed her time and energy to persuading others to do the same. One of the things we…

4 min.
i lost 20kg and managed to get my diabetes under control

“ will never forget the moment the doctor turned to me with a solemn look – the kind you don’t want to see on a doctor’s face – and asked grimly, “How long have you had diabetes?” Confused, my heart began to race. “Diabetes?” I asked. He then informed me that my blood glucose was 16.9mmol (normal is around 4.5)! What he said after that is a hazy memory. This news hit me like a wrecking ball. Suddenly, my hopes of getting myself to gym and losing weight with my wellintentioned Monday diets were all dashed. It felt as if I’d lost a battle I didn’t even know I was fighting. I remember going home and looking at a box of Lindt chocolates, feeling like I’d received a prison sentence. I wouldn’t be able…

1 min.
my top 10 tips:

Drink 1 litre of water when you wake up. This has many health benefits, including hydration, glowing skin and regular bowel movements. Juice your greens. This is an easy way to get in all the healthy nutrients. Keep healthy snacks nearby. I have nuts, biltong and Sally-Ann Creed Banting Chocolate on hand for busy days. Boil eggs in advance. I boil some on Mondays and keep them refrigerated for a grab-and-go snack. Freeze leftovers. I do this so that on the days my family has a cheat meal, I can easily access something that’s banting-friendly. Try fat bombs. I keep these in my fridge, as they satisfy a craving and keep you satiated on days when you feel peckish. ReadLOSE IT! magazine. It helps me feel connected to a greater community of like-minded people who are…

5 min.
and 5 other reader questions for dr schoonbee

Q:I’m eating lots of leafy greens and supplementing with psyllium husks, but I’ve been struggling with constipation since changing to LCHF. What’s causing this and what can I do? A: The problem of constipation is fairly common during the first few months on LCHF, mainly because our bodies have to adjust to the new foods we eat. I usually advise patients to drink plenty of water and to eat more healthy fats and seed crackers. You could use xylitol in some of your dishes, as this also has a laxative effect, although it can cause abdominal cramps. If nothing helps, try a laxative like Movicol or lactulose syrup. Most people find that after the first few months, their stool pattern returns to normal and is regular. Q:After going low-carb I quickly lost…

2 min.
lchf news

Time for a cuppa If you’re drinking tea or coffee with your meals, it could be interfering with the absorption of some key vitamins and minerals – dietary iron in particular, noted researchers Mchiza and others in a review of dietary surveys in SA from 2000 to 2015. One study showed that a cup of coffee taken with a meal reduces iron absorption from 5.88% to 1.64% (filter coffee) or 0.97% (instant coffee). And the stronger the instant coffee, the less iron is absorbed. It’s the tannins, present in both tea and coffee, that are the problem. And for many of us, there’s a teaspoon or few of sugar too… cut that out! Weighing in To get to your goal (great health, right?), it helps to know where you started. What you weigh…

3 min.
the simplicious life with sarah wilson

‘ grew up on a farm where we were always conscious of using leftovers, conserving resources and caring about food scraps, so these principles have always been part of my DNA,’ says Sarah. ‘In my new book I really wanted to show people how to turn this into an easy flow and make it truly simple to live, breathe and represent this ethos.’ I Quit Sugar: Simplicious does just that, with practical everyday tips and ideas alongside delicious recipes, and it’s refreshingly authentic, using Sarah’s handwritten notes, kitchen utensils and food scraps in the photos. In case you’ve missed the I Quit Sugar phenomenon, here’s how it began. As a sufferer of Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid), Sarah was advised by specialists to quit sugar and processed foods,…