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Apr '16

A new WOE

That Sugar Film – a Review

As long as we have been doing this WOE (way of eating), I have heard about ‘That Sugar Film’ and what great examples it provides. Finally this weekend I sat down to take a look. Going back about 1-year this week we started eating LCHF (low-carb high-fat) in order to improve our overall health, to cut out preservatives, and to lose some unwanted weight. We don’t call this a diet though, we call it a ‘way of eating’ and a complete change in the way we think about eating. I think what you have to remember about supermarket foods these days is that back in the 1950’s there were hardly, if any, preservatives in the foods we ate – but at some point things changed and sugar was added to about everything that was produced. Not just cereals but most if not all boxed foods. When the waistline started to grow there were two opinions on why this happened, one opinion was that weight gain was due to fat in our foods, and the other option was that sugar was the culprit. I don’t know if it was just because nobody wanted in their right mind to give up sugar, but fat got the blame and thus the low-fat / non-fat revolution began. It makes sense though, sugar is in almost everything you eat and over the years the increase in sugar to our daily intake, and the that sugar filmprocessed foods we buy has grown at an astronomical rate. LCHF teaches us to eat whole foods, nothing out of a box, or with preservatives, no added sugar, and to stay away of the low-fat or non-fat options. Low-fat and non-fat is actually worse for you than full fat options – first of all the removal of fat from foods means other things are added (preservatives) to make it still taste good, and the final word is fat does not make you fat, sugar does. This Australian film was a great look at how sugar intake has increased exponentially over the course of even our short lives – and also what a high sugar intake does to your body. Making the change to a LCHF WOE definitely isn’t an easy one but it has to be a conscious decision to make a healthy change in your life. My husband and I both lost approximately 15 kilos in 10 months, that’s 33 lbs each. And, we’ve kept it off. This movie was 5 stars in my book, even if you don’t subscribe to an organic type of diet, seeing the effects that sugar has on your body is enlightening.

Diabetes and Sugar

I have type 1 diabetes, and have had for about the last 20 years of my adult life. It is a struggle and it is difficult to lose weight when you have diabetes as well. I was never successful losing weight prior to LCHF because nutritionists and dietitians allow and direct their diabetic patients to consume the regular amounts of sugar that everyone else consumes. According to ‘That Sugar Film’ the average person consumes approximately 40 teaspoons of sugar per day and that is just through packaged foods full of preservatives (and sugar), it doesn’t count candy, chocolate, or additional sugar in your coffee or tea. So simply speaking if I am eating packaged food from the grocery store, for breakfast lunch and dinner, I am already consuming 40 teaspoons of sugar per day. How can a diabetic survive on this? I just don’t know. My insulin intake alone went down to almost nothing changing to the LCHF way of eating – my carbs come from vegetables and they do now stay in my system like starchy pasta or white potato. This was definitely a healthier option for me, and I progressively lost weight for the first time using this methodology. The food pyramid needs to drastically change.

What you can and cannot eat with LCHF

Ultimately what you want to eat is fresh everything, meats should be a moderate part of your daily intake, and good fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts should be increased. Stick to full cream options of milk and creams. And, eat lots of veges. We find it easiest to bar-b-que our meat and make sides of cauliflower with cheese, or salad with and olive oil salt and pepper dressing. You should stay away from processed foods including processed meats, packaged foods that contain preservatives, starchy carbs like pasta, bread and potato, as well as low-fat or even worse no-fat options. Low-Fat means that they have removed the fat content (which is good for your body) and replaced it with additives and preservatives that are bad for you. We have also replaced our Equal (artificial sweeteners) with Stevia, an organic plant based alternative. Artificial sweeteners are used widely used in processed foods, including baked goods, soft drinks, powdered drink mixes, candy, puddings, canned foods, jams and jellies, dairy products, and scores of other foods and beverages. Stevia is a wonderful sweetener, because it isn’t a sugar, and it contains no fructose.

Interested in a low carb high fat lifestyle?

You can start your journey with Dr. Tim Noakes Real Meal Revolution. The book is a great starter to learn the basics of eating LCHF, and it contains some really great recipes. The Real Meal Revolution is called “Banting” a method of dieting for obesity by avoiding sweets and carbohydrates. William Banting (1797 – 1878) had such success with the low carb diet that in 1863 he published the pamphlet ‘A Letter on Corpulence’, in which he described the wonder diet. Soon ‘to bant’ became a familiar phrase in British households. Interesting that only in recent years the idea of Banting has taken off and become a highly recommended lifestyle choice and way of eating.

Good luck on your journey!

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