I am sure most of you watched the Tim Noakes snippet on Carte Blanche last night. My ‘sports physician’ hubby and I then had a good discussion on the points raised – so I thought I would share them with my tribe.
Firstly, no dietician disagrees that processed carbohydrates are poison and NONE of us should be eating them. We also agree that lowering carb intakes in diabetics (like TN) and insulin resistant people (often morbidly obese) helps the load on the pancreas and ultimately aids in weight-loss.
BUT the below reasons are why I do not promote a high fat, high protein way of eating for my normal, non-diabetic, perhaps slightly overweight, not optimally healthy patients:
- Evidence: There is not enough scientific evidence for us to promote this diet with a clear conscience – we do not know how this way of eating may affect the body long term… Scary thought?
- Gut Symptoms: Most people I know suffer from some gut symptom – be it bloating or constipation. We therefore need fibre for gut health– so whole grains like whole oats, quinoa, brown rice and root vegetables are all important sources of fibre – cleaning our colons. Also meat ferments in a sluggish gut – making bloating worse!
- Cravings: For normal non-diabetics (like most of you reading this post), we need to control our blood sugar levels – otherwise we experience craving (eg: You ate a salad for lunch and then felt starving at 4pm? Or you find yourself reaching for your second cup of coffee before lunchtime, because you are having an energy dip? Or needing that block of chocolate after dinner? All are signs of poor blood sugar control. Whole carbs will prevent these cravings – if eaten in the right portion sizes!
- The Environment: What about your carbon footprint? 80% of all green house gases are released from cows – imagine we all ate meat/cheese/butter/cream at most meals of the day?? Our poor planet...
- Richness (taste-wise & financially): The thought of eating chorizo and cheese for breakfast – makes me feel ill. The diet is very rich for most palates – and quite expensive for most wallets