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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Supplement Specials

Some exciting specials on some of our top quality brand See Yourself Well products: CoQ10 for your heart health  now $30 (usually $38)   ORAC Premium High-Potency Liquid Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Supplement  now $55 (usually $65)   High Potency Formula Anti-oxidant, Multi-vitamin and Mineral Formula  now $37 (usually $45)   Specials available while stocks last.
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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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Avocados

Avocados are a great source of good monounsaturated fatty acids plus vitamins A,B & D. Handy hint: Use avocado as a spread rather than butter or margarine which may have saturated fat or even worse, trans fats in them. Avocado tastes great and goes with most things. Handy hint: after you have used the avocado, turn the skin inside out and rub over your face previously dampened with warm water. Leave for 5 minutes then wash off leaving lovely smooth skin. One block snack:  Three Arnott’s crackers (oblong ones), avocado as a spread.  Put a pate of tinned salmon and low
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Testimonial

Dear Carol Thanks so much for your help, after being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes at week 28 of my pregnancy I was told that I might need to be prescribed  insulin to control my sugar levels for the last 12 weeks of my pregnancy and more than likely need inducing early under the care of the hospital doctors and not my lovely midwife that I trusted and built up a rapport with from the beginning. As I have always been healthy, slim and fit I do not fit the standard Gestational Diabetes mold this was a complete shock! Thanks to following your advice, I
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Zone Sweet Oat Cakes & Cheese Oat Cakes

  makes six 1 block cakes        8 Prozone scoops rolled oats 2 PZ scoops wheat bran flakes 3 scoops Prozone protein powder ½ tsp baking powder 3 small dried apricots & 18 almonds finely chopped ½ tsp stevia (optional of you want sweetness) ½ cup low fat cottage cheese 2 egg whites 1 tsp olive oil ½ cup water plus ¼ cup water extra   Mix dry ingredients, mix in olive oil then cottage cheese. Add egg whites and mix in to make a stiff dough. Add a little water inf necessary. Take 6 even tbsps. Of mixture and
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Some Alternative Ideas for Cheese and Potatoes

Some convenient products to consider for easy and interesting Zoning   Say “Cheese” and smile Most people love cheese and it is a versatile and convenient food that is high in protein with virtually no carbohydrate, unfortunately hard cheese is also high in unhealthy saturated fat and this is why we recommend limiting consumption. When buying cheese we have recommended choosing Edam cheese for its lower total, and therefore saturated, fat content compared to other varieties. Unfortunately Edam tends to be a bit bland and uninteresting. The good news is that Mainland have produced a tasty cheddar cheese they call
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Guilt Free Chocolate Drink and Flavouring

              Contributed by Kevin Bateman   The last time you read something like that heading it was probably a low fat but very high carbohydrate product.  Not so a new New Zealand made product that is very low in fat and carbohydrate yet is deliciously rich and chocolaty.  Avalanche Sugar Free Cocoa Chocolate Drinking Mix is supposed to be a kids’ product but it is way too good to be reserved for children only. It contains no artificial sweeteners and appears to be flavoured cocoa that is sweetened with the natural sweeteners erythritol and stevia. These sweeteners have negligible
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Gluten-Free – a Growing Business

“Don’t be fooled….just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. The majority of gluten-free products are just highly processed junk foods with clever marketing designs. Breads, cereals, cookies, muffins, pastas, etc. labeled gluten-free typically replace wheat with rice & corn (flour) starch, potato starch, soy flour, tapioca starch & sorghum, which quickly metabolize into sugar, spike insulin, increase cravings and inflammation”  comment from Paula Owens, Nutritionist on LinkedIn While some people may be gluten sensitive, very few are coeliacs who are truly gluten intolerant. There are plenty of good food choices out there without gluten in them but the burgeoning
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Gestational Diabetes

I recently had a visit from a friend who was 33 weeks pregnant with her first baby.  She was told that she had gestational diabetes and because of that she was going to need to be on medication, was probably going to have a large baby that would need to be delivered by caesarian section and that she was at a high risk for developing diabetes later in life.  She was horrified that the diabetic clinic had not even asked her to keep a food diary.  Fortunately she knew about my services and came to see me.  Fortunately too she had
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Exercise & the Zone

If you are eating in the Zone but want to get even more improvement in your lifestyle without having to go to big gym classes I can recommend Morice Crandall at the lofft. Morice teaches pilates, gyrokinesis and posturecise in small group classes or private sessions.  For more information please look on the link http://www.lofft.co.nz/about-things.aspx
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The Right amount of Protein is Important

Zone nutrition is usually mislabeled as a “high protein” diet. It is in fact “protein adequate” in that we work out how much protein you need to eat each day to maintain your muscle mass.  Once you reach 30 you start to lose muscle and eating in the Zone protects your muscle mass so while you may lose weight you do not lose muscle. We had one client who went from a size 16 to a 10 but only lost one kilo on the scales.  Her body shape changed completely but she lost fat but not muscle. The other important factor
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Fat is not the problem…

Handy Hint of the Week: It’s not fat that makes you fat but sugar that makes you fat.  That doesn’t mean you can eat any amounts of fat but fat stops you feeling hungry.  If you eat low fat food add the appropriate amount of good fats into your meal or snack.  Good fats include olives, olive oil, avocado and nuts, especially almonds. Olive Oil: New Zealand produces some of the best olive oils in the world and they are fresh whereas the imported ones from Italy, etc may be several years old by the time they get here.  Oils oxidise and
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Sugar – the Real Problem

The World is Waking Up to the Consequences of Sugar Addiction There have been several articles written over the summer about the obesity epidemic with it’s resulting damage to our health.  It is particularly interesting to see that the experts are starting to recognize that the main cause of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and the other conditions caused by underlying inflammation is caused by the amount of sugar in our diet.  One of my mantras is that “it isn’t fat that makes you fat, it’s sugar that makes you fat”.  I didn’t make that up of course, Dr Sears wrote
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Testimonial

A testimonial from a client 4 weeks after starting in the Zone: I am over the moon about the blood sugar levels being back to normal (wasn’t expecting that so soon as it was the three month test (but I didn’t start until after Christmas) so the next one will be lower still. Also am down to my ideal weight of 68 kgs from 73 kgs.  SW
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