A strategy for perfect human health.

It all begins with a template of perfect human health. We need one if we are to be proactive about our health because it is the measure of what we need to do, and what we can take responsibility for. This template, a model of absolute health, enables the strategies that make it possible for us to achieve excellent health as individuals and as a society.

So why don’t we have a template of perfect human health? One reason is that the … Continue reading

Dieting is a failed concept. And you can lose weight without dieting.

 

I hate dieting!Dieting does not work. Everyone knows it, but we keep trying, looking for that special diet, the one that will work when all else has failed. We have been sold the message for so long that dieting is key to health that we don’t seem to be able to see past it. After decades of trying and failing it is time we start to think differently.

So what’s the big deal about weight loss and why is dieting considered the solution? Can you lose weight … Continue reading

The weight loss industry is killing us slowly – overweight or not.

The weight loss industry captures customers with a marketing strategy that cynically plays on self-worth and family values. Advertising loaded with smiling, skinny people implies that if you are fat you are a loser because you have no self-control. If you are fat you are a bad parent because you can’t keep up with your kids. Not to mention that if you are fat you are, by default, ugly and unacceptable. ‘Appalling’ is an inadequate description … Continue reading

Preventative health care: is there a successful model we can build on?

Hand with marker writing the word Preventive HealthcareApart from the potential to save billions of dollars, preventative health care provides the opportunity to enable affordable health care and a better quality of life right across society. But how would preventative health function as the primary form of health care? And what would preventative health care look like on a scale that resembles the current interventionist system? But where do we even start? We do need … Continue reading

How the Health Industry is making you poor, sick and (quite probably) fat.

Your health has become a product you cannot afford. Or even understand. It has been taken out of your hands and placed in the hands of the health industry. In a perfect expression of capitalism your health has been productised, commercialised, and then sold back to you at a cost you cannot sustain. In countries where health care costs are heavily subsidised by government tax revenues, the whole system is now under enormous financial pressure. So whether you pay as you go, or suffer the huge costs of medical insurance, or whether you pay via the taxation system, health care … Continue reading

Concerned about fructose in your diet? This is what you need to know.

Today I saw a menu that included the option of ‘fructose free’. Given that fructose is present in virtually every vegetable or fruit that leaves very limited options: primarily meat, starchy vegetables, nuts and recipes that replace fructose with glucose.

I’m a Nutritionist, and I am at odds with the National Dietary Guidelines as is the ‘quit sugar camp’. BUT, there is a whole lot of misunderstanding about fructose, glucose and the health effects of a diet comprised of meat, potatoes and nuts!

Glucose is the principle cause of inflammation and cardiovascular disease in our diet. It is also the … Continue reading

Social media vs health: turning an eating disorder into a successful brand.

Fashion photo of beautiful and young lady in swimsuitsIf I asked you to promote my new brand ‘Freelee the Banana Girl’ would you laugh at me? But this is a successful brand that has been built through social media. It features a skinny 30 something who champions a high carb low fat diet – she is essentially a Fruitarian (she claims 97% of her food is fruit). Her story goes that after battling eating disorders and failing at many diets she eventually worked out that if she lived on fruit she … Continue reading

The Mediterranean Diet vs The modern Western Diet: a lesson in food.

Mediterranean dietThe Mediterranean Diet was popularised by Ancel Keys, an American nutritional scientist living in Southern Italy in the 1940’s. Keys started investigating this diet because he observed the great health of the Southern Italian population, who also had the highest life expectancy in the world at the time.

This is not a ‘diet’ in the modern sense because it is not based on exclusions of food types – it is the way an entire population ate naturally, passed down through generations. It can be traced back more than 3,000 … Continue reading

Why advice to quit sugar can kill you.

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Sugar is fast becoming public enemy number one. With the growing realisation that the low fat theory is fundamentally flawed the search for the real culprit has culminated with the blame being placed on sugar.

With the Heart Foundation sticking to its guns and continuing to blame fat despite its own research telling it otherwise any new thinking is left to people outside the establishment. In Australia the current ‘experts’ in the field are a lawyer, a journalist and a … Continue reading