Increase your energy – food

“I believe lifestyle and nutrition are always the bedrock upon which all chronic medical management should be founded”

– Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

One of my favourite leaders in the low-carb healthy-fat revolution, is the star of the hit BBC 1 series, Doctor in the House. 

In this and the following few posts, I’ll share his short videos, Increase Your Energy.

The devastation of Type 2 Diabetes

“Those afflicted with diabetes will die at greatly increased rates from heart disease; stroke; kidney disease; diabetic coma; eyesight will deteriorate – often a first symptom; nerve damage; teeth will decay and fall out; foot ulcers and gangrene; lost limbs to amputation. Six out of every ten amputations is caused by diabetes.”

To get a sense of how ghastly this disease epidemic is, watch this two-minute clip. Type 2 Diabetes is started by insulin resistance. By adapting to a LCHF Banting lifestyle, we reverse insulin resistance, and even Type 2 Diabetes.


Great news for the LCHF | Banting revolution

Professor Tim Noakes testifying before the HPCSA.

“Professor Tim Noakes was being used by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) as a “guinea pig” to test waters on guidelines for the conduct of health professionals on social media, which did not exist.”

– Michael Van Der Nest, defence advocate

He was speaking during the second day of proceedings in Pretoria into the appeal by the HPCSA seeking to overturn a “not guilty” verdict for Noakes for advising a mother to wean her baby on to a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet in 2014.

Van der Nest said the council had freely admitted it did not have any guidelines or standards for health professionals with regards to their conduct on social media.

He said the case was nothing more than a “disgruntled dietitian” who had reported Noakes to the HPCSA because he was threatening her livelihood and that of other dietitians.

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What I’m reading – The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes is a groundbreaking expose of of sugar and the powerful lobbies backing it.

“I am not prepared to look back at my time here in this Parliament, doing this job, and say to my children’s generation: I’m sorry, we knew there was a problem with sugary drinks, we knew it caused disease, but we ducked the difficult decision and we did nothing.”

– George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, announcing a tax on sugary beverages, March 16, 2016

I’m a huge fan of Gary Taubes, an award-winning science and health journalist, with three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of  Science Writers, and is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. Gary is co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative. When I first began my journey into low carb, healthy fat living, Gary’s books Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It and Good Calories, Bad Calories, made it all plain for me. He has also written Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion as well as Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit and the Ultimate Experiment.

Gary Taubes’ introduction

In his introduction to The Case Against Sugar, Gary says the following:

The purpose of this book is to present the case against sugar – both sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup – as the principal cause of the chronic diseases that are most likely to kill us, or at least accelerate our demise, in the twenty-first century. Its goal is to explain why these sugars are the most likely suspects, and how we arrived at the current situation: a third of all adults are obese, two-thirds overweight, almost one in seven is diabetic, and one in four to five will die of cancer; yet the prime suspects for the dietary trigger of these conditions have been, until the last decade, treated as little worse than a source of harmless pleasure.

After studying Gary’s case for the prosecution, which begins with the early domestication of sugar in New Guinea about ten thousand years ago; the discovery of sugar crystals by Indian farmers in 500 B.C.; it’s distribution to China and Japan by Buddhist missionaries; carried by the Muslim expansion into the Mediterranean countries; the further introduction by Columbus into the New World, and ends with the modern times, where Americans currently eat between 150 lbs and 170 lbs of sugar per person annually; where half a billion adults and 40 million children on the planet are obese, and diabetes is a worldwide epidemic, there can be little doubt that the hypothesis is correct.

The Case Against Sugar is a challenging read with a bibliography that extends to 35 pages and with 281 notes, but, in my opinion is well worth the effort.


Gary’s earlier books helped change the way I eat but The Case Against Sugar disturbs deeply. In its pages I learned:

  • That sugar and tobacco are married. Who would know that soaking Virginia and Burley in a sugar sauce would encourage inhalation of smoke from blended cigarettes, and addiction. Gunpowder and nuclear weapons have killed fewer people.
  • That sugar and slavery went hand in hand. When Muslims began growing sugar in the Middle East in the seventh century, they imported black slaves from East Africa to work the fields.
  • That the present epidemic of obesity, diabetes, gout, heart disease, cancer is probably not possible to reverse.

Published: Portobello Books, 2016

ISBN 978 1 84627 637 8

Photo credit: Myself

Eat Better South Africa program

There is no way to eat that is more expensive than the current diet in South Africa if you consider the immeasurable cost of having diabetes and what that chronic disease will cost the state.”

– Professor Tim Noakes MBCHB, MD, DSc (Med)

In South Africa, the poorest of the poor are most at risk of becoming obese and developing Type 2 Diabetes. Professor Tim Noakes heads up The Noakes Foundation and this 11 minute movie explains it’s Eat Better South Africa outreach program to struggling areas of the Western Cape.

References: The Noakes Foundation

Banting | LCHF go-getters – Mari Lee

Mari-Lee transformed her health and her life with the Real Meal Revolution Banting diet.

“We are the first people in South Africa to provide absolute evidence for a diet that works and that is the difference: LCHF is a diet that works”

– Professor Tim Noakes


Before weight: 132kg

After weight: 87kg

Banting strictness: 100%


“Before I started Banting I have been overweight my entire adult life At 55 both my knees simply packed up. I do not have a medical aid so knee replacements were out of the question. My GP told me very bluntly that the knees would feel better if I was not so overweight. Continue reading “Banting | LCHF go-getters – Mari Lee”