Dietary confusion

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There’s so much dietary confusion around these days. And a lot of people just give up…

“You can’t eat anything these days. Everything is bad for you apparently. One day potatoes are good, the next day bad. One day butter is good, the next, eat margarine…”

Two facts

  1. Nutritional science is comparatively young (i.e. they don’t know it all)
  2. The press loves a good story and controversy because it SELLS

The combination of the above facts is a recipe for confusion. Experts can see people are confused and so every expert decides to solve the problem by writing a book. This leads to more confusion because the nutrition experts don’t even agree on the fundamentals… Continue reading

Is it better to eat small meals?

Cathy asks…

“The trainer at the gym was saying 5 small meals rather than 3? Yes or no? I’m eating a fair amount of nuts/dried fruit and square of dark chocolate oh and fresh dates for my snack when I feel the need, probably at least twice in the day.

Do I need to be using milk for anything… I came off it years ago and have used soya, rice and oat milk… which one do I go back to to make my porridge with?”

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Five small meals is fine but impractical for most. The meal timing in Happy Guide is what’s going to work for most people and it also fits in with “normal” meal times.

That’s important because we all need to fit in with what’s going on or we become socially distanced. So…

Breakfast: 8am
Lunch: 12noon
Snack: 4pm
Dinner: 6pm
Snack: 10pm

… is a great way to even it all out and stay socially acceptable.

If you are losing weight be careful of the quantity of dried fruit and nuts. The combination hits that nerve that says “Eat loads and loads of this stuff!!” It’s a high carb high fat combo that’s irresistible… Continue reading

Is the Happy Guide diet suitable for type 2 diabetics?

John asks…

“Can type 2 diabetics do a diet with all the fruit and juice?”

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The Happy Guide diet does not have any juice in it. I wouldn’t recommend juice for diabetics or anyone else.

There is fruit which is eaten as a starter or blended into a smoothie.

Fruit is a low-med glycemic food although you would probably want to stay away from bananas, grapes and dates and so on for the time being… Continue reading

How to stock your kitchen

Stock your kitchen, healthy shopping list
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I couldn’t believe what my friend said the other day. “When you come over, we can go shopping and you can show me how it’s done.”

Brain freeze! That came as a bit of a shock to me!

What could be easier? You go round and put fruits, veg, nuts and good protein sources in your trolley, then you pay :-)

But of course it’s easy to assume that everyone knows what you know. If you’re used to having cereals, sandwiches and pizza as your staple diet, the fruit and veg aisles can look a bit daunting… Continue reading

Eat and drink the right stuff

Healthy salmon salad, natural human food
© Ali Elangasinghe

The Happy Guide diet is a big step back to eating natural human foods — the foods we evolved to eat over millions of years; primarily fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.

Our bodies thrive on these foods because they’re the foods we’re adapted to.

Some modern foods are allowed but the ones that cause the most damage — gluten grains and most dairy, need to be avoided by most people to be in the best of health.

A simple plan that gets the most out of your diet without feeling restrictive is a good way to go. And good diet habits means that preparing food becomes a no-brainer, and you get all the benefits without the stress. A typical day might be… Continue reading

Unnatural foods — are you at risk?

There’s a sign in Yosemite National Park that says…

“Why is it bad to feed the animals?

Eating human food is not healthy for wildlife as their bodies don’t adjust well to the salt, fat and preservatives often found. They gain weight, lose hair, and become dependant on human food.”

Unnatural foods

The startling fact that not many people are acting on or perhaps have even considered, is that the salt, fat and preservatives are not good for humans either!

And these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dietary insults that we subject ourselves to…

But the irony doesn’t stop there — the sign was actually paid for by Coca-Cola!

All animals have a natural diet — that’s a rather obvious fact and yet very few people have considered that us humans have a natural diet too, defined by millions of years of evolution! Continue reading

The great goji juice controversy

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Goji juice and goji berry mania is rife. But is this humble berry the fountain of youth — a “miracle food” as is claimed?

Can it really prevent cancer? Or is it just another case of food fashion meets marketing?

Let’s find out…

Goji facts

Goji Berries, apparently, are “fruit Viagra,” “one pack will have you jumping for joy” and they’re “cellulite-busting,” according to the marketing hype. Hmmm (muses).

Goji berries — pronounced “go-gee” are about the same size as raisins but red and somewhat harder. They’re also known as wolfberries and grow on vines native to the Himalayas. They’re also grown extensively in China, Mongolia, and Tibet… Continue reading

The truth about food — how to eat like an ape

Eat like an ape?

It’s pretty hard to work out what you can and can’t eat these days…

Which is not a good situation given the alarming rise of obesity and chronic illness in the US and UK.

Can eating like an ape improve your health?
Can natural nutrition reverse the effects of modern diets?

The BBC decided to find out and got some volunteers to go “back to nature”…

The “Evo Diet” experiment

Take one zoo enclosure in Devon, England — only meters away from the great apes. Put in some huts and tents. Add 9 people with dangerously high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Add a dietician prepared ape diet and then simmer for 12 days…  Continue reading

Health and longevity secrets of the Okinawans

Happy Okinawan centenarian © Karen Walzer

Wouldn’t it be great if we had some really healthy role models?

People who live the healthiest, happiest lives so that we can look at them with soft focus and say “I want to be like that too?”

Well we can! There are lists of the healthiest nations in the world…

Japan usually tops these lists but actually, above Japan is the little island of Okinawa. It’s only a teeny dot on the world map…

The healthiest people in the world?

Okinawa is a lush subtropical island in the Pacific Ocean, made famous — at least in my mind — as the home of Mr. Myagi in The Karate Kid :-)

It has more people over a hundred years old than anywhere else on Earth — as a percentage of the population. Well, no-one wants to live to be a centenarian if the last thirty years of their life is spent in miserable declining health… Continue reading