Short on sleep with Arianna Huffington

Anyone who regularly sleeps less than six hours has a higher risk of depression, psychosis, stroke and obesity. Sleeplessness undermines your whole body.

In an interview with Susan Goldberg, of the National Geographic Magazine, Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time, has this to say:

You’re known as hard charging. Did you have a moment when you said, I’ve got to change what I’m doing?

Yes , in 2007 when I collapsed from sleep deprivation, exhaustion and burnout. Being a divorced mother of two teenage daughters, I had bought into the delusion that this was the price of success and of managing all aspects of my life.

It was after I collapsed that I started studying this epidemic of burnout. There had been a lot written about the importance of nutrition and exercise, but sleep was still underrated and dismissed. And so I wrote the book.

Will getting enough sleep ever be prioritized in our culture?

It’s importance is becoming more recognized. Of course there are holdouts, people who still brag about how little sleep they get, but they’re increasingly like dinosaurs.

One of the metaphors I like to use is that sleep is like the laundry. You’re not going to take the laundry out 10 minutes early to save time. You have to complete all the cycles in the washing machine. Our sleep cycles have to be completed too: otherwise we wake up and we feel like wet and dirty laundry.


National Geographic magazine, August 2018


Still think it’s okay to not prioritize your sleep?

Arianna Huffington, sleep advocate

“When I get eight hours, I know the difference. I know I’m more effective: I’m a better version of myself.”

– Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, CEO of Thrive Global, and author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time

Formally sleep-deprived, Arianna Huffington, was interviewed by the National Geographic magazine in the following Q & A article with Susan Goldberg.

Thanks for sharing your expertise on sleep, the topic of our cover story. Thomas Edison called sleep “an absurdity” and “a bad habit”. Is that idea ingrained in our culture?

I think it is deeply ingrained, but we’re at a moment of transformation. What stops people from prioritizing sleep is the fear that somehow they’re going to miss out. We have so many phrases that confirm that – “You snooze, you lose,” “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” But now there are role models, people who prioritize sleep and are super effective.

Would you like to optimise your hormonal health?

Optimize your hormonal health

“Modern life is attacking us. Ten years ago, there was a switch off between our work lives and our personal lives – we don’t have that anymore.”

– Dr. Rangan Chatterjee


Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is a leading lifestyle and health teacher. His podcasts are well worth listening to.

In this interview with Angelique Panagos, nutritional therapist and the author of The Balance Plan: Six Steps to Optimize Your Hormonal Health, you will learn:

  • How have Angelique’s own experiences led her to learning about hormonal health and writing a book?
  • Why do Angelique and Rangan believe stress has a big role to play in modern health concerns?
  • Why does Angelique believe passionately that good nutrition is a vital part of healthy hormones?
  • How does Angelique think that your sleep pattern affects your hormones?
  • Find out Angelique’s six steps to optimising hormonal health.

Follow this link to hear the podcast


Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

Angelique Panagos

Banting | LCHF go-getters – Ingrid Collender

Ingrid Collender has lost 20 kgs of weight in five months, and is still going strong.

I feel so terrific, I am NEVER EVER going back to where I was! EVER!

– Ingrid Collender

Ingrid is interviewed by Jonno Proudfoot, CEO of The Real Meal Revolution.

Ingrid’s Stats:

Joined program date: 17 October 2017
Start weight: 145.5kg
Current weight: 125.1kg
Awesome Weight as calculated by RMR: 92kg
Personal target weight: 80kg (BOOM)


Jonno Proudfoot (JP): You’ve been owning it in the forum for the last couple of months. Congrats on your success so far. What made you join RMR?

Ingrid Collender (IC): Thanks so much!

Before I found Real Meal Revolution, I was completely exhausted. I am a type two diabetic.

My blood pressure was 160 / 110. My resting pulse was over 100pm. I was sleeping poorly, despite taking sleeping tablets and drinking whiskey and wine to sleep.

I was having palpitations, sweating with the slightest exertion, and I could barely walk 200m without being totally short of breath. I was also profoundly depressed.

I was contemplating suicide, and I soon accepted that I was dying. It was not only my weight that was killing me, but my addiction to alcohol and sleeping pills. Continue reading “Banting | LCHF go-getters – Ingrid Collender”

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.

Continue reading “Great news for the LCHF | Banting revolution”

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