Sugar is sweet and so are you: just how safe are low-calorie sweeteners?

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Dr Robert Lustig, who is probably the sugar industry’s public enemy #1, says that about 80% of the processed foods and beverages that fill most of the shelves in the food aisles in US supermarkets contain added sugars in some form or another http://www.uctv.tv/shows/The-Skinny-on-Obesity-Ep-1-An-Epidemic-for-Every-Body-23305 This focus by industry on sugar sweetened foods and beverages is […]

Remembering Whatshisname

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In my previous blog, I touched on some of the important issues coming out of the ‘Awakening from Alzheimer’s Disease’ series, presented by Peggy Sarlin and her panel of Alzheimer’s experts.  What we saw was that while no effective cure currently exists for this devastating disease, about 70% of the incidence can be prevented.   In […]

I’ll Never Forget Whatshisname?

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  I’ll Never Forget Whatshisname? I spent quite a bit of time recently on an online series entitled, Awakening from Alzheimer’s presented by author and journalist Peggy Sarlin. Ms Sarlin took it upon herself to interview 12 or so experts in the field of neurodegenerative disorders, with a special focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) which […]

Debunking Obesity Myths

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The problem South Africans are getting heavier and sicker. Obesity has become a modern day global pandemic that is contributing to deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) –  such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and dementia – at a faster rate than ever before. It is predicted that by […]

Not all carbs are created equal

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Are carbs really so bad for you? You can’t go too far nowadays without hearing about a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet. The question that many are asking is – are carbs really so bad for you? The short answer is… it’s complicated. It really depends on the kinds of carbs you’re consuming. Carbohydrates […]

The Metabolic Syndrome

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It is estimated that one in every four South Africans suffers from Metabolic Syndrome. In this introductory post, I briefly explore this growing pandemic: what is it; something on the causes and its prevalence; how to identify it and a bit on the resources available to manage this condition more effectively.  What is Metabolic Syndrome? Identified about 20 […]

7 Mindful Eating Tips

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This week’s UpForIt podcast, which is entitled 7 Mindful Eating Tips, is largely based on material produced by the US National Eating Disorders Association. When we are mindful it means that we are fully present in-the-moment without judgment. When it comes to eating, mindfulness helps to amplify the volume of our body’s cues so that […]

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7 Tips For Mindful Eating

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When you are mindful it means that you are fully present, in-the-moment without judgment. When it comes to eating, mindfulness helps amplify the volume of your body’s cues so you can hear loud and clear when you are hungry and when you are satiated. Many social and environmental factors can stand in the way of […]

Fat – Friend Not Foe

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  Often an epiphany or a ‘light bulb moment’ leads to a change in the way in which we view things. This is what a paradigm shift is. And in this podcast we are going to look at a few of the facts underpinning the paradigm shift that is needed so as not to view […]

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Fat Is Your Friend

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When we say the words cholesterol and heart attack in the same sentence we tend to think FAT, especially animal fat, which many mistakenly believe is comprised of only saturated fat or ‘bad’ fat. Firstly, a number of good studies show that saturated fat is not ‘bad’ and is actually good for us. Secondly, 100% […]