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Banting Basics: The what and why

I thought a good way to kick off the year was to review the basic principles of Banting and give a short explanation as to why they are important. Here are the ‘rules of the game’.  Play by them and you will taste victory. Let these 10 principles guide you towards control over your cravings, improved general health, more energy and effective fat loss.

Weight loss and optimal health takes consistent effort and most importantly it requires us to take responsibility over our food choices – and yes we also need to exercise a degree of willpower and restraint. Taking responsibility is often the biggest hurdle one needs to conquer before progress can be made. Excuses just lead us further away from our goals and the truth is, no-one can do it for you. These principles should help you to get things on track.

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Why wheat is not good for any of us

The reasons for avoiding wheat go way beyond an allergy or a gluten intolerance. The plot of this wheat story is far more complex. Dr William Davis, in his excellent book “Wheat Belly” provides some very convincing reasons why no-one should be consuming wheat. In this post, I summarise some of his main points.

So why should we say bye-bye to breakfast cereals, muffins, pasta, bread and biscuits?

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Not yet convinced to give up grains?

I have just finished watching this quirky and very informative 33 minute video on You Tube called Get Out of the Gluten Glut. The video (see link below) features Anne Buzzelli who is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle. She has a private nutrition practice in Staunton, Virginia called BuzzNutrition.

She presents some fascinating facts about  grains (especially wheat) such as:

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5 big fat lies we are fed

Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there that continues to cause confusion for people with regards to what they should or shouldn’t be eating, e.g. butter or margarine ? I understand when people say to me, “Oh well opinions about these things change everyday, I can’t keep up!”

I understand that  sentiment, but if we look at progress and research more positively we can begin to understand that new information becomes available every day thanks to the scientists involved in finding out the truth about things.

Camels-smoke-a-fresh-cigarette-doctorIf you are old enough  – think back to the days when doctors used to appear in print ads stating that smoking was good for you. Well, we know better now and have changed our behaviours accordingly.

We just need to approach new information with an open mind. Check the source(s) and do some of your own research until you are satisfied to accept or reject it . But please don’t throw it out from the get go just because it is new or different to what you have previously been told. Click here to read what the 5 lies are

10 reasons to give up grains

pancakesWarm flaky croissants, hot buttered toast with jam, pancakes dripping with maple syrup. Sounds divine doesn’t it? Something that good can’t be that bad for you right? Life’s little pleasures and all that. I am hoping that what I have to share with you today, will help you see these foods in a different light.

I need to be honest at this point – I love these  foods too. I am from Italian stock  and was practically raised on pasta, ciabatta bread and Panettone. Unfortunately, I still often succumb to temptation. Put my sister-in-laws carrot cake in front of me and you won’t have to twist my rubber arm. I will gladly accept a slice and cite the 80/20 principle to justify the indulgence. Read the rest of this entry