Dr Suzie Edge on 21st century nutrition and health

Tag: nutrition

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes. Really badly.

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes. Really badly.

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes and our priorities are all wrong. With T2DM, a condition brought on by years of sugar and carbohydrate loading, we continue to shovel in more refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars. We hope it will […]

You need to make a choice.

You need to make a choice.

Newspaper headlines can be confusing with what’s good for you one minute being bad for you the next. It’s understandable that you feel confused, that is after all what the headlines are designed to do, to unsettle you. The difference between relative risk and absolute […]

Getting started with your ketogenic diet : Part II

Getting started with your ketogenic diet : Part II

After I received a few questions about how to get started with losing weight on a ketogenic or low carbohydrate diet, I wrote Getting started with your ketogenic diet : Part I,  giving my thoughts on which foods to eat and avoid.

Now for a ten point action plan, or what to do next:

  1. Take a start weight and write it down and record the date.
  2. Measure: waist, chest, hips, mid-thigh and write it down.
  3. Make a shopping list using the “which foods to eat and avoid” list here, thinking about breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the next week.
  4. Go shopping.
  5. Download a food tracker app.
  6. Start tomorrow with eggs for breakfast (with butter and cream) maybe even some bacon.
  7. Only come back for lunch when you are actually hungry.
  8. Start an Instagram account, follow some low carb/keto people for ideas, inspiration and community
  9. Tag me on IG (@keto.edges) or on Twitter (@edgesuz) and let me know that you’re giving it a go, because support is important.
  10. Understand that ditching sugar, like any addiction, can be tough at first but it can be very worth it.

Some more places to go…

  1. I always suggest visiting dietdoctor.com because it is great, in fact much much better than my offerings. There are more getting started tips and videos and there are recipes also.
  2. Instagram – I have already mentioned IG because for me it has been a useful community for support and ideas and despite it being IG, they are not coming from skinny teens who don’t get the problem, there are many normal people like us, trying to lose weight. Find me @keto.edges.
  3. Pinterest can be inspiring. Of course, it is all the beautiful pictures in one place but there are some recipes and inspiration. On Pinterest you can find more and more complicated recipes for things like fatbombs and fake breads, these aren’t necessary but can be fun if you are a foody.
  4. Ketogenicforums.com is a forum all about keto diets where lots and lots of questions can be answered.
  5. Podcasts can be really informative and inspiring. Search within the music store for keto or low carb podcasts but I would suggest 2 Keto Dudes and Keto Woman podcast are good places to start.

Let me know how you are getting on.

Suzie

 

Low carb diets set up your environment to cope

Low carb diets set up your environment to cope

When it comes to weight loss advice we are often told to stop and think about what we are about to do, when we reach for food and snacks. This is supposed to stop us from overindulging through mindfullness. Mindfullness is a big buzzword of […]

…but you “just can’t cut out a whole food group”.

…but you “just can’t cut out a whole food group”.

Every day I hear the scoffing phrase “you just can’t cut out a whole food group” or “you just can’t demonise a food group”. It is an inbuilt, long-ago-learned phrase that you will often hear said against those improving their health by reducing their carbohydrate […]

Is the UK leading the way in a grass roots LCHF public health solution?

Is the UK leading the way in a grass roots LCHF public health solution?

This week has been a very positive one. Could the UK be leading the way in a grass roots low-carb public health solution?

Listening to the KetoWoman Podcast at the end of last week was a treat. Daisy and Louise had been at the Public Health Collaboration meeting in London and recorded a special episode at the conference. It is well worth a listen as they talk to doctors, nurses, personal trainers and dietitians, all coming together to try and solve the current public health problems. It certainly feels like there is a bit of momentum in health and public health promotion. In other parts of the world it is still proving tricky for clinicians to recommend a low-carb diet without a backlash. Gary Fettke, the ortho surgeon from Tasmania, is still fighting.

Tim Noakes today received his second acquittal after an appeal brought by the group of dietitians keen to shut down his low-carb advice in South Africa. What a fantastic result for this amazing man and what a relief. Now is the time to move forward.

At prime time on the BBC a programme called The Truth about Carbs was aired. For some it didn’t quite go far enough but it really did lead to the conversation some of us need to have. I had friends who contacted me after this show aired suggesting that I might not be quite so mad after all. One thing it did highlight was David and Jen Unwin‘s work (and that of their surgery) in treating patients with diabetes and reducing their medication spend with a low-carbohydrate solution.

For me it has been really positive. I posted a blog post and a link to a BBC news report on Facebook and have loved the discussion and responses, especially the reports from friends who have lost weight and lowered their HbA1c with a low carbohydrate way of eating. If you’re interested then do some reading. My blog is light on research results just now though I intend to start posting interesting research. For now, check out dietdoctor.com

It’s not all great news. Another message from a friend was telling me of the terrible experience she had at an NHS funded eat-well event where she felt patronised, demoralised and wondering where to turn. I feel for her and those who are struggling. But amazingly, as I was writing this I received another message from a friend who was embracing low-carb and who is also a GP now suggesting it to patients. Happy days.

Whilst there are barriers and whilst there is still influence from sources we would rather not have influence (I’m still flabbergasted that the last Conservative Party Conference was sponsored by Tate and Lyle) it will not be easy to turn around this public health disaster of obesity, Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, PCOS and perhaps depression and Alzheimer’s. If needs be, change will have to come from the grass roots, rejecting the authority that has fed this crisis – because you can be pretty sure it isn’t coming from above. In the UK, it feels like this may be happening.

Suzie

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We need to talk about breakfast.

We need to talk about breakfast.

We need to talk about breakfast. The most common question I am asked when it comes to diet is what to eat for breakfast, especially by those seeking a low-carb option. When you’ve got a whole family to sort out before school and work, breakfast […]

Why you won’t lose weight trying to balance with will power.

Why you won’t lose weight trying to balance with will power.

Go find yourself a beam, a branch or one of those slack-lines and try balancing for a bit. How long can you last? Probably not as long as you’d like because chance are, like me, you are not an Olympic gymnast. Sure, you can engage […]

Crap Nutrition School 101

Crap Nutrition School 101

I was just flicking through a book that I used as a junior doctor when I first started working. Oxford Handbooks are the pocket sized bibles for anyone starting in medicine. Page 87 got me thinking – the page of nutritional requirements. At the top of the page are carbohydrates, “found in almost all food” it says. It quotes a daily requirement of 300g and the deficiency of carbohydrates is called malnutrition.

Oh come on. This is crap Nutrition School 101.

Lots of people in the nutrition world like to point out that doctors have very little in the way of nutrtional training at medical school. They are right. I recall only one undergraduate lecture, memorable because I had an interest in nutrition and it seemed odd not to do more at med school. They talked about The Framingham Heart Study and they said that “it is hard working in clinical obesity management because fat people never take the advice given”.

Ignoring nutrition science in medical training is completely rediculous. Bad nutrition and blind faith in bad guidelines got us into the big fat mess that we are in.
Why is this ignored in favour of learning only about drug treatments, I wonder?

Suzie

 

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