The real skinny on fat

The approach to weight loss has evolved over many years. As has the exploration of health connections between diet and heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.

Throughout the decades, at the core of many health-related discoveries, is  the vested interests of major pharm, governments and food industry bodies, that have wielded their influence upon public opinion.

Making sense of dietary trends and the evolution of healthy eating, is a complex business but an interesting one. One that spans old style counting calories, the demonising of fat, to a shift in focus to today’s examination of the effects of carbohydrates on the body.

A comprehensive video called The Real Skinny on Fat, makes for fascinating viewing…..

Why wear what you wouldn’t eat!

Even with a growing awareness of the food we put into our bodies, what we put on our skin seems to have been left behind.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body and just one of its many functions is protecting us against harmful chemicals that can wreak havoc if allowed to get into our internal systems. So maybe it’s time to give some thought to the products we are putting on our skin that are being absorbed into our bodies.
reports on the three worst offenders in skincare:

Mineral Oil

“Paraffin Oil (also called Mineral oil) is clear, liquid oil with no scent and will not spoil. Petrolatum (also known as Petroleum jelly, Vaseline, or soft paraffin) is a semi-solid mixture that is colourless or pale yellow.

These ingredients are produced as a by-product of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil (i.e. from black oil pumped from deep underground) and are major ingredients in Sorbolene, Bio-Oil, and many baby care products.

These petroleum products coat the skin like plastic – clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They can slow cellular development, creating earlier signs of ageing. They’re implicated as a cause of eczema and a suspected cause of cancer. Plus, they can disrupt hormonal activity.”

“The bottom line is why put into the largest organ in your body products containing ingredients that you wouldn’t eat?”
Claire Schillaci

Many products you purchase in the health food store also contain these offending ingredients. You need to shop around and you need to read labels.

As a guide, the number one ingredient in any skincare product should be water. Learn the word for ‘water’ in different languages – ‘Aqua’ / ‘Agua’ / ‘Eau’ – so you can be sure your product has it right up the top. The reason for this: water hydrates and improves penetration and absorption, and if it is the number one ingredient then there is some chance that the product isn’t completely dominated the big offenders listed above.

More importantly, search out products that are created from food-grade ingredients. For example, Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced range has been designed to feed your skin, from the outside, to function optimally and look its best.

Arbonne skincare is vegan-based, made from clean, pure gold-standard ingredients that have been honed, and clinically tested (never on animals), for safety and performance over many decades. All the products are allergen-free and adhere to the toughest European standards.

Arbonne maintains a list of over 2000 ingredients that are NOT allowed in any of its products, including the offenders mentioned earlier. In fact, Arbonne has been the leader in the Pure Products Movement since the beginning.

To see more view this video: The Ultimate Healthy-Looking Skin Solution with Dr Tanda Cook

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting – isn’t that starvation?

No. Fasting differs from starvation in one crucial way. Control. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food. It is neither deliberate nor controlled. Fasting, on the other hand, is the voluntary withholding of food for spiritual, health, or other reasons.

Food is easily available, but you choose not to eat it. This can be for any period of time, from a few hours up to days or even weeks on end. You may begin a fast at any time of your choosing, and you may end a fast at will, too. You can start or stop a fast for any reason or no reason at all.

Fasting has no standard duration, as it is merely the absence of eating. Anytime that you are not eating, you are fasting. For example, you may fast between dinner and breakfast the next day, a period of approximately 12-14 hours. In that sense, fasting should be considered a part of everyday life.

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Paleo vs Keto

When you’re exploring healthy eating alternatives and stepping outside of the regular three meals a day and the balancing of food groups, calories etc, then you have probably come across the Paleo diet and the Keto diet.

Both have gained popularity for a variety of reasons. However the two terms can get confused, even though they are very different, so let’s sort out which is which and what would best suit your purposes.

The Paleo diet refers to a framework for eating. There are no specific foods to eat, just a leaning towards natural, nutrient-dense foods rather than processed foods.

Paleo follows the principles of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, with its name loosely based on the palaeolithic era and foods that have the longest history of human consumption.

Foods to include on a Paleo diet are:
Unrefined oils
Natural sweeteners

Foods to be avoided on the Paleo diet are:
All cereal grains and products made with grain flours
Refined sugar and sugar-sweetened drinks
Refined vegetable oils
Processed food
White potatoes, in some instances

There is no exact ratio of how the key ingredients are put together. However it is generally regarded as a low-carb way of eating because it eliminates most processed foods made with added sugar, grains and dairy. However it still retains starchy vegetables and natural sweeteners so that effects the carbohydrate ratio.The Keto diet (or Ketogenic diet), on the other hand, is high fat, low carb and moderate in protein.

The main aim is to convert your body from a predominantly carbohydrate-burning machine to a fat burning machine. A general macronutrient ratio recommended on a keto diet is around 70-80% of calories from fat, 15-20% from protein, and less than 5% from carbs.

Benefits that are associated with a Paleo diet include:
Reduced cardiovascular disease risk factors
Reduced insulin resistance and better blood sugar management
Reduced inflammation
Reduction in autoimmune symptoms
Improved weight and blood pressure

The Keto diet has been used to treat epilepsy since the 1920s by placing the body into a metabolic state called nutritional ketosis. In this state the body creates compounds called ketones and burns fat – from your body as well as from your diet.

To reach ketosis and to maintain it you need to radically reduce your carbohydrate intake and focus on healthy fats, some protein and low-carb vegetables.

Foods to include on a Keto diet:
Full-fat dairy products
Non-starchy vegetables
Nuts and seeds
Unrefined oils, such as olive, coconut, flaxseed, walnut and avocado oil

Foods to avoid while following the Keto diet:
All sugar and sugar-sweetened drinks
All cereal grains and products made with grain flours
Fruit except perhaps 1/4 cup of berries
Sweetened, low-fat dairy
Starchy vegetables

Benefits that are associated with a Ketogenic diet include:
Weight loss
Reduction in inflammation – joints, brain and heart
Protection against Type 2 diabetes
Resistence against neurological diseases – Alzheimers / dementia
Protection of the brain against cognitive decline and degeneration

Paleo and Keto – the Similarities
Both diets focus on nutrient-dense food and eliminate the traps of a sugary processed food related “Western diet”. Generally speaking they are both low in carbohydrate and low in sugar which is better for blood sugar, weight management and has many other associated health benefits.

Both have anti-inflammatory effects. The Paleo diet is particularly effective with autoimmune conditions because of the removal of allergens such as dairy and gluten. The Ketones produced during Ketosis in the Keto diet have anti-inflammatory properties and protect against diseases such as Alzeimers, diabetes and even cancer.

Perhaps something about each of these diets appeal to you so in answer to your next question, yes you can combine them. The reason being that there is a cross-over between them where on both, generally speaking, you eat meat, fish, vegetables, healthy fats/oils, nuts and seeds.

A combination Paleo/Keto diet would look something like this:
Oils including coconut, olive, palm, avocado, hemp and flax oil
Grass-fed meat and pasture raised poultry
Pastured eggs
All types of wild-caught fish
All types of nuts/nut butters and seeds
All non starchy vegetables

To combine Paleo and keto, you essentially need to:
* Keep carbohydrate intake to 20–30 net grams per day.
* Avoid all types of added sugar, all grains, all dairy products, all legumes/beans, all fruit), and processed foods.
* Get 75 percent or more of your daily calories from fat, which means monitoring your protein intake and keeping it “moderate.”

Both the Paleo and Keto diets are healthy diets, each having many associated health benefits. Paleo may be more sustainable long term as Keto can be quite restrictive, but, as with any diet choice, it is all down to individual preference and compatibility.

Dr Axe,
Mike Geary’s Nutrition Watchdog Ezine

The Keto Diet for Type 2 Diabetes

By: Cat Ebeling, co-author of the best-sellers:  The Fat Burning KitchenThe Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging & The Diabetes Fix

The conventional approach for Type 2 Diabetes is to manage the condition with medications and diet, based on the American Diabetes Associationguidelines, which still includes a lots of high carb foods, along with a low-fat diet and processed vegetable oils. Unfortunately, both science and real-life results show that this protocol just simply does not work. At best, this approach may be better than a junk food diet (but not much better), and have a small shift in blood glucose and other diabetes blood markers if the person has really been abusing their body with junk foods. However, diabetes drugs can often have harmful side effects, and research tells us that the damage to the blood vessels can still occur, even with glucose-lowering diabetes drugs.


Weight loss – Waiting for Inspiration

I am sure we are all familiar with reaching that point where we think “I don’t feel happy with the way I look/feel. It’s time to lose some weight.” Whilst it might have been a long time coming, inspiration has struck and now we know we need to do something.

However working out what that next step is can be difficult. Even when we feel we’re really ready, do we have the information we need, the tools we need and the support we need?

So how do you marry inspiration with action when it comes to wanting to lose weight? “

The first step is to look for the tools you need and I would recommend, that even if you’ve lost weight in the past, it’s good to take a fresh look around for new information. Just getting actively involved in this process is a good way to get prepared. It also helps you make sure you are ready to start. Sometimes even though we’re convinced we’re ready we just aren’t, either mentally or physically.

Hopefully you have found this site, or one like it, and it offers choices and information on the latest approach to weight loss and health. This site does not advocate losing weight for the sake of it, and always looks at the overall health benefits of doing so.

Here are some guidelines as to what to look for when you’re doing your weight loss research:

  • What’s involved? Does the plan provide guidance that you can adapt to your situation? Does it require buying special products? Does it offer online or in-person support? Does it teach you how to make positive, healthy changes in your life to help maintain your weight loss?
  • What’s behind the diet? Is there research and science to back up the weight-loss approach? What certifications do the products have and what experience do the people have that are offering it to you?
  • What are the risks? Could the weight-loss program harm your health? Are the recommendations safe for you, especially if you have a health condition or take medications?
  • What are the results? How much weight can you expect to lose? Is the weight loss steady and not too fast and can it be maintained? Are there realistic testimonials and believable Before and After photos? Is there anyone you can contact personally who has done the program?

If you’ve read my Profile you will know that I have researched and tried many “diets” and embraced many “lifestyle changes”. I currently favour the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living & Beyond. 

Most importantly the Arbonne products are Pure, Safe and Beneficial. Their formulas have been honed over decades and there are thousands of credible testimonials that demonstrate sound weight loss and health benefits.

I will tell you about the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living & Beyond as well as other weight loss and healthy eating programs so that you can compare.

Web Summit – Women in Tech

Ladies, it was a pleasure to connect with some of you at Web Summit.

I know it was a bit of a mad house at the Summit so it wasn’t easy to get to the meet up.

For those I did meet there is a little gift (sample) coming your way. For those who couldn’t make it, no problem, we can still chat!

The new tech approach to wellness is the revival of the ancient science of Healing the Body Through Food. It is my personal passion and you will find more information on this website where I will gradually add all the latest information I have researched about health and wellness.

For starters though let’s focus on what can be done in just 30 days:

Lose weight/body fat, cleanse at a cellular level, balance blood sugar, alkalise your gut, reduce inflammation, balance hormones, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve mental clarity and sleep.

If any of this sounds interesting, fill in the form below to receive the Personal Health Survey that we used at the Web Summit meetup and let’s start a conversation!