Sounds so simple doesn’t it? Eat real food to lose weight not less food and certainly not low fat. That’s the message from Robert Lustig author of Fat Chance discussed on last night’s PM programme on Radio 4, item starts at about 25 minutes in.
Good to have my Paleo faith restored by this lovely-sounding man who knows the skinny on obesity. Here’s what I ate for lunch yesterday. I had an M&S chicken and bacon sandwich left over from the weekend that had become administratively awkward. So I took the filling out of it, chucked away the bread, and served the chicken and bacon with a wonderfully ripe avocado with some cottage cheese and paprika. Delish! That Ratner bloke knew what he was on about when he said a Marks and Spencer sandwich lasted longer than his jewellery… sorry Gerald! They’re never gonna let you forget that one are they?
Pure white and deadly
Sugar is the real enemy of a dieter. Sugar is why 99.9 per cent of dieters and diets ultimately fail, according to Professor Lustig. This point was made 40 years ago by John Yudkin who likely died of a broken heart because no one took him seriously when he published Pure, White and Deadly. But he was right then and he’s right now. SUGAR IS YOUR ENEMY. Not fat. Eat Fat Grow Slim is the title of another book published several decades ago by Dr. Richard Mackarness who was mentioned by Prof Lustig in his PM interview yesterday. Mackarness also wrote Not All in the Mind which looked at how food affects mood and health far more than we realise.
These men are all scientists. Doctors who know what they’re on about. Okay so they have, or had, books to sell but that wasn’t their main focus. Lustig has a working life as a top endocrinologist – the study of hormones. Insulin is a hormone. Eating too much sugar or food cunningly crammed full with the stuff is the greatest cause of Type II Diabetes and here is where we came in. I am doing this Paleo diet to try and avoid developing Diabetes. A truly horrible, vile, chronic, life-changing disease.
Since going more or less over to Paleo, with a few blips, tantrums and wobbles along the way, I have been sleeping better. Much better. I feel better. I feel healthier. I am far happier too. It hasn’t been easy giving up bread and other processed carbs. Why would it be? Years of conditioning aren’t overdone in just a few short weeks. But I want this to work. I do NOT want Diabetes and I think this is the way to help me prevent it.
But I’m not superhuman nor as I’ve said before a robot. It’s my birthday in two weeks’ time – and if you’re thinking of a present, something large and expensive please! – so I will be having cake. Not a lot. But some. I don’t want to be like a born-again evangelical. I want to remain me. Flawed, human and often failing. But trying again. And again and again.
Today I woke in a room flooded with light and I thought it was much later than it was. Lovely to be woken by sunlight and kind of feel as if I’d gained an hour and a half. Breakfast was a chives and bacon omelette (one egg) cooked in butter. Lunch will be a combination of cold chicken, avocado, cottage cheese, paprika and light green salad with a sprinkling of olive oil. Dinner is going to be grilled salmon and green vegetables. Paleo, it’s good to be back.
Have a great Tuesday. More later in the week.