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Keeping Up With ProZone – February 2019

Carol’s Corner  Happy New Year everyone.  It’s scary to think that it’s already halfway through February, but we’ve been enjoying such a lovely summer the time has just gone.   We spent almost 6 weeks at our beach place, apart from the odd trip home to pack parcels and sort a few things, during which we’ve enjoyed lovely walks on the beach for an hour early every morning.  I take bags and pick up rubbish on the beach which is mostly relatively clean. Apart from bits of plastic, rope, dirty nappies, and lolly papers, we also found several pairs of perfectly
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Tribute to Jim Anderton (CNZM)

Jim Anderton (CNZM) It was great sadness that we learned of the death of Jim Anderton. We respect our clients’ privacy, but Jim was quite open about coming to see us in 1999 which helped to get our business established. He contacted us through a mutual friend and came out to see us one evening for a consultation. He was so ill that he could barely walk along our (flat) path and I made the comment to Kevin that I hoped he didn’t die, knowing that there was an election coming up soon. Kevin reassured me and said “you wait,
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Coconut Oil – is it okay?

Every time I give a presentation to a group I get asked about coconut oil. Below is Dr Sears comment from Dr Sears Zone Labs blog: Coconut Oil Some studies show that coconut oil has health benefits. They include benefits for the skin, hair and heart. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids. It is also anti-microbial and anti-fungal. The smoke point of coconut oil is 350 degrees Fahrenheit and is safe for cooking. Coconut oil is believed to have the following health benefits: It may support heart health It may help with weight loss It may
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A Question of Couscous

A frequently asked question is what about couscous? Couscous is a grain and is counted as a carbohydrate and not a particularly favourable carb at that. In 1 cup (157 g) of cooked couscous there is Protein 6 g (less than 1 block) Carbohydrate 36 g (more than 5 blocks) Fat 0 Rather than using couscous, use cauliflower rice with lots of favourable vegetables like spinach, broccoli, some carrot and add fresh nuts, avocado or a good kiwi olive oil for fat.    
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Sugar Dense Food to Avoid

Whenever you restrict dense refined carbohydrates you are doing your health, weight and wellbeing a favour. The following are equivalent amounts of sugar in teaspoons in typical servings: pasta 180g serving = 8 tsp rice 150 g serving = 10 tsp potatoes 150 g = 6 tsp kumara 150 g = 6 tsp refined breakfast cereals 30 g = 7 tsp fruit juice 1 glass = 6 tsp banana = 6 tsp parsnip = 4 tsp sultanas 60 g = 8 tsp Instead of pasta, make zoodles with zucchini and a spiraliser. Make cauliflower rice instead of rice. Use new potatoes
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Sugar Tax

Could a Tax on Sugar Save Lives? Last month the UK introduced a sugar tax on soft drinks to come into effect in 2018. Our government has stood by its stance not to introduce the tax, despite a compelling open letter signed by 74 professors from universities around NZ urging NZ to follow the UK’s lead. There is suggestions the government should listen to the experts and start treating sugar-related diseases like smoking-related cancers. Osborne, a UK politician said: “I’m not prepared to look back at my time here in this Parliament doing this job and say to my children’s generation, ‘I’m
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Zone Balanced Lunch

Just had a lovely Zone balanced lunch at Avida in Featherston street. They do tasty tapas so I had Albondigas (beef & red wine meatballs with pureed chickpeas), seasonal greens (beans today) with olive oil and slivered almonds, all washed down with a delicious glass of Wooing Tree rose.  Highly recommended.  Being in the Zone is easy to manage when eating out if you are careful what you choose from the menu.  Avoid bread, pasta, rice, potatoes.  I would rather enjoy a nice glass of wine as part of my carbs along with fresh vegetables.
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Food-Star Rating System a Shambles

Dietary Guides are still not helpful Health authorities in NZ keep wringing their hands and admonishing us about our increasing obesity rates and the associated increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes and other ills. I believe that these authorities themselves in their muddled confusion around the subject and the influence from self- interested corporates are actually contributors to the problem rather than helpful advisers. This was yet again borne out by an article about NZ’s foods star system in the 26 July 2015 Sunday Star Times. The system is intended to help shoppers make healthier choices about processed
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More Comment on the Paleo Diet

Contributed by Kevin Bateman Bevan Eyles is a fitness professional who writes a weekly feature health wellbeing and diet in the Dominion Post. I have found his articles to be basic sound advice and his comments about the Paleo diet Dom Post Thursday 21 May are no exception. Mr. Eyles writes about the experience of an acquaintance with the Paleo diet who lost 5 kilos in his first month of following its rules which included giving up alcohol and junk food. Eyles quite rightly commented why most diets appear to work i.e. they are a set of rules and any
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That Sugar Film

Everyone is talking about “That Sugar Film” and the book by Damon Gameau in Australia. For 2 months Damon changed his healthy diet to eating the same number of calories but from “healthy” alternatives.  He didn’t eat lollies and biscuits or drink fizzy drinks but he did eat low fat yogurt, drinks like Up & Go and other foods with lots of sugar in them in order to eat 40 teaspoons of sugar a day in his diet.  Fortunately he was closely monitored by doctors, blood tests and other advisors (who mostly told him not to do it at all!). The results
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Testimonial

Hi Carol I’m on day 6 of The Zone and feeling soooooo much better than I was. I’m having berries / low fat milk / almonds / protein powder smoothies for breakfast.  1/2 zone bar for each of my three snacks (they are SO yummy).  Fish, a ton of salad veges, avocado / black olives for my lunch and evening meals.  It’s all really easy and I’m never hungry and I’ve already lost that tired / heavy / bloated feeling.  Henry (the dog) is getting longer brisker walks too. I must say that I got a shock when I read
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Fish Oil debate

Following the release last week of a study carried out by the University of Auckland Liggins Institute that found many fish oils on the market contain a third less omega-3 fatty acids than claimed on the label, I want to reassure my customers that the See Yourself Well (SYW) Omega-3 sold by ProZone is certified to the highest standards for fish oil quality in the world, the International Fish Oil Standard (IFOS) 5 star rating.  This is the highest quality IFOS rating whose certification guarantees the safety of SYW fish oil and assures you that you cannot get a higher
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LSA – linseed, sesame, almonds

I often get asked about LSA.  What about LSA?   LSA is made from almonds which are healthy monounsaturated fat,  linseed  which are omega-3 polyunsaturated fat but 90% less effective than omega-3 in marine oils so have no benefit, and sesame which Dr Sears uses to potentiate his omega-3 fish oil. It’s a pity about the vegetable omega-3 in linseed, plus it is all ground up so it is much more readily oxidized.  This creates harmful fats. It is much better to use good natural fats in whole (raw) almonds, pistachios, peanuts, olive oil and avocado to name a few. We
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When Weight Loss Stops

Weight loss can be tricky.  Sometimes, even when you’re doing all the right things, weight loss can come to a screeching halt.   This can happen for a number of reasons, but, more often than not, it’s comes down to something that requires a serious lifestyle change to fix. Here are 5 of the most common, yet not-so-obvious reasons you’re not losing weight, plus some tried-and-true.   1. You’re Stressed “Stress is the silent killer.” This is especially true when it comes to weight loss. Stress releases cortisol (often simply referred to as “the stress hormone”)—and in today’s society, excessively high
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The Continuing Obesity Debate

Wallace Chapman’s Sunday Morning programme of 2/11/14 also included an interview with Dr Peter Gluckman who is scientific adviser to the NZ Government generally but with particular emphasis on the growing obesity problem. Dr Gluckman who continually referred to himself as “fat” quoted the latest science on obesity but unfortunately did not come up with any useful practical information for the listeners except his support for banning fizzy drinks in schools. Dr Gluckman emphasized that we are genetically programmed for obesity starting with the dietary behaviour of our mothers and fathers prior to our conception and particularly while our mother
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Important update on pasta

The Dominion Post 28/10/14 had an article about the effects of reheating pasta on its Glycaemic Index (GI). It is well known that when pasta is cooled it gives a lower spike of blood sugar (i.e. lower GI). It was assumed that when it is reheated that the pasta would revert to producing high blood sugar. This reheating theory was tested by 5:2diet author Dr Micheal Mosley and Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, Chris van Tulleken from University College London. The results of this research is groundbreaking – not only did the reheated pasta not revert to its origin higher
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BlockBuilder

I recently heard from a client who doesn’t live in Wellington and I hadn’t spoken to for several years.  She is a diabetic and has struggled to control it.  She finally decided to buy a BlockBuilder and this is her response: “Hello Carol, parcel arrived this morning…have had a good look at the Block Builder..,…and it seems to be completely idiot proof!!! I kick started myself Zoning 100% this Monday…yes, only on Day 3 as I write….blood sugars in normal range ALL day. Insulin doses lessened remarkably, losing 1kg a day so far, that can slow down, as I don’t
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“Healthy” Snack Bars

Consumer has tested and commented on 35 snack bars sold in New Zealand.  it quite rightly says that most are high in sugar and saturated fats and are unhealthy. Consumer used the new health star rating system which has been introduced by the government.  It is a label on the front of the pack which gives consumers an “at a glance” guide to the nutrition value of food with five stars being the healthiest and one star being the most unhealthy.  Nine of the 35 bars received 3 stars or more with only four bars gaining four stars or more.
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Obesity in Children

Every day there are more and more articles in the paper and in other media about the obesity epidemic and the concern about the growing obesity in children.  Last weekend I heard an interview on National Radio with Professor Boyd Swinburn from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at Auckland University.  He said that while other countries around the world, including the United States, were starting to reverse the obesity levels in children, New Zealand was not which is very concerning.  Younger and younger children are developing Type 2 diabetes and even needing hip replacements because of their uncontrolled weight issues. According to an
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