Monthly Archives: November 2014

Christmas with diabetes – make it easy part 2!

Last week we looked at the Christmas lunch main course. OK – so what about the rest of the meal, and especially the pudding?!

Let’s start with the starters – because this is easy. There is an endless choice of low-carb starters that push all the right blood-sugar balance buttons:

Soup anyone? There is nothing more adaptable for a diabetes-friendly meal than a good soup. If this is a soup to complement a roast dinner then let’s avoid the starchy vegetable varieties – as you’ll be getting your share of starchy (and therefore glucose-forming) vegetables as part of your main course – think the carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes here. So make your soup something without the starches. One of my favourite festive soups is mushroom and walnut. Or how about french onion with melted cheese? Or roasted red pepper soup? Delicious! But steer clear of the bread roll!

If you need any motivation to avoid the bread, then take Giles Coren’s line here. Bread was never intended to be a part of fine dining. It’s original purpose was to fill the bellies of hungry peasants who couldn’t afford better food. So maybe this year it has no place at your lavish Christmas table?

Not a soup person? Nor me really – I find soup too filling as a starter. I’m more for a baked camembert or brie – great with some fresh, sharp seasonal cranberries and a chicory garnish; or garlic mushrooms; or a small Caesar or Waldorf salad.
But I am a Christmas pud fan! There really is no such thing as a truly sugar-free Christmas pudding – how can there be when it’s packed full of dried fruits bursting with natural sugars? But the last thing your pudding needs is any added sugar – why would it? There’s a great recipe, courtesy of Nigella, I would like to share – click here – you’ll find others too I am sure. But if making your own is out of the question, it is perfectly possible to find a good artisan no added-sugar pudding to buy. Take a look at this one. Combine it with cream to slow down the rate at which those sugars find their way into your blood stream!

And enjoy! Just a little piece will do!

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Christmas with diabetes – make it easy part 1!

It was a very frosty start in my part of the world this morning – winter is definitely happening. Then it dawned on me that 4 weeks from today we’ll be in the last throws of Christmas panics – Christmas Eve!

Don’t grumble at me for saying the ‘Christmas’ word before December gets underway! The essence of staying on track is be well-prepared and to have a plan! So that’s just 4 blogs to help you plan the best festive food ever – food that will help rather than hinder your blood sugar balance!

Let’s start today with the main event: the Christmas lunch – main course!

This is the easiest meal to get right for anyone with diabetes. For blood sugar control, there is nothing wrong with delicious roast meats and plenty of fresh winter vegetables; or if, like me, you’re vegetarian a luxurious nut roast! Just lots of quality proteins and nutritious veggies – packed with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants – it doesn’t get any better than this!

Just beware the potatoes! Keep your portion size in check. Yes they taste good, but see them as little blocks of carbohydrate waiting to explode into glucose the minute they hit your digestive system! Why not try sweet potato instead – less carby, and packed with so many more nutrients than a normal potato?

Avoid the shop-bought processed trimmings too!

Forget the sugar-fest that is manufactured cranberry sauce. Instead get fresh cranberries a little before the day, and pop them into your freezer or ice-box (mine are already in there!). Just a few minutes before you are due to serve up your meal, spread them out, still frozen, onto a baking tray and pop into a hot oven. The berries will burst to release a lovely sharp juice that is the perfect accompaniment to the rich roast flavours.

Instead of chestnut stuffing (full of bread) how about a few freshly roasted whole chestnuts? Great proteins, the best types of fat and low-carb. Full of flavour. Perfect!

Swap the bread sauce for a home made white sauce – try the roux method of making it – that’s just 25-30g flour between everyone around the table! Make it with full-fat milk too!

Use sprigs of fresh rosemary for an added seasonal flavour!

My mouth is watering already!

Nutritionist banned from radio advertising

“Nutritionist banned from advertising on local radio” screamed the headline in my local paper this Monday. Never have I had such prominent exposure! In fact, the article was one of the most-read in The Press that day, a statistic that I am very pleased with as it gave me the chance to let as many people as possible know about the questionable decision by the Radio Advertising Clearance Centre (RACC) to ban me from advertising my business, RebalanceDiabetes, on local radio (you can read the article right here by clicking on this link).

Many people might think I would be upset about that headline – surely that story can’t be good for RebalanceDiabetes can it? You might be surprised to learn, then, that it’s me who took the story to the newspapers! And I did it because I am incensed that, yet again, the powers that be are censoring patient choice. How can someone with diabetes know that there is an effective alternative if they are prevented from hearing it? Well, they are going to have to try harder if they want to shut me up! I am passionate about helping people with diabetes, and it’s going to take more that a little radio ban to stop me!

Today, my blog is dedicated to explaining why I went to the papers  – and why I have sent press releases to the nationals now that the local press have had the scoop first (which was what I agreed with them). You’ll be able to hear these distinctly UNcontroversial ads for yourself soon – because I will be sharing the podcasts via social media – so you can make your own judgement. You won’t hear me making outlandish claims of curing diabetes. I don’t claim to reverse diabetes. I don’t even claim to treat diabetes. I simply state the truth – I give nutritional advice to people living with diabetes. The people who take my advice have achieved some fabulous results – a simple fact backed up by their own GPs and practice nurses.

The RACC’s stance on my advert raises so many important issues about healthcare in the UK, and so I would like to thank The Press for airing this story and giving me a platform to bring these issues to your attention.

One of the advantages of the ban is that in the process of blocking me the RACC and their expert advisor have vetted my training and qualifications, scrutinised every sentence on my website, and insisted I send them a copy of my book, ‘the 6 diet’, for their resident dietician to read. They found absolutely everything to be perfectly in order. In fact, I am so delighted that their findings were so positive that I would love to share with you all our correspondence on the matter, so if you like a good read click here, and get stuck in!

The RACC quote in the article in The Press made it sound like I don’t have professional qualifications, but they did actually acknowledge them in written correspondence. In fact, the ONLY reason my ad was banned is because I don’t work in conjunction with the NHS and what I do does not fall under a specific NHS umbrella of Medicine, Dietetics and Nursing. I understand the need for our industry to be regulated – in fact I WANT it to be so that I CAN work alongside the NHS. What I don’t agree with is unnecessary censorship of information.

So the underlying issues are:

  1. Nutritional Therapy is indeed not a statutorily regulated profession. The UK Government did at one time (under Tony Blair) look into regulating all complementary and alternative therapies (CAM). After many months of Department of Health consultation it was subsequently decided not to continue. This decision was confirmed by David Cameron. The decision reflected that the benefits of regulating CAM would not warrant the time, effort and cost. It was also a reflection that CAM generally has a very high level of safety and that the Government has no great concerns!
  2. The fact that I work in a non-regulated profession is no big deal. I operate within the law of this land, am fully insured to do so, qualified and trained to a high standard.
  3. The medical establishment uses regulation (or lack of it) to criticise and lock out individuals and companies who offer advice and treatment outside the NHS and, in doing so, limit patient choice and access to perfectly beneficial alternatives.
  4. The RACC ban is extremely worrying because they are preventing highly trained and qualified practitioners from advertising legitimate products and services, which could not only benefit thousands of patients, but which could also save the NHS literally millions of pounds.
  5. They suggest that my ‘treatment’ of diabetes should be overseen. Well two things here – firstly I don’t ‘treat’ or claim to ‘treat’ diabetes (I offer nutritional advice to people living with diabetes), and secondly, as a non-regulated profession, I am not permitted to work with GPs, even though it’s exactly what I want to do for the sake of thousands of people living with diabetes. So how am I supposed to be ‘overseen’ anyway?
  6. The written press/media have already indicated that they would have no objection to RebalanceDiabetes being advertised via newspapers or magazines – I think in covering this story they have clearly demonstrated that!
  7. The RACC is the ONLY body that has blocked my adverts. RebalanceDiabetes has advertised in the Healthcare Directory for York all year. As the Healthcare Directory (part of the NHS framework) is available in every GP surgery, hospital or treatment centre, RebalanceDiabetes has been advertised all over the NHS. I’ve also been specifically invited to advertise separately in a GP surgery, and in York District Hospital, which I plan to do.
  8. Preventing marketing by someone operating a legitimate business is an obstruction of their right to earn a living and is a potential breach of human rights. Three lawyers have separately and independently advised there is very likely a case to be answered by the RACC. I stand to gain nothing financially by way of damages (most likely I will incur costs) but there is a fundamental matter of principle that I believe in and feel I must stand up for as it affects every CAM practitioner and patient/client who would like to use services not available through the NHS.
  9. The other thing that the RACC has so far failed to do is to provide any evidence of the ‘clause’ in their code that would prohibit my advertisements. This is also of interest to my lawyers.

The shame of banning my RebalanceDiabetes ads belongs to the RACC and their advisors, and I am happy to let the world in on it because it affects us all.

Diabetes care in the UK is poor – you only have to take a look at news headlines to know that. But don’t just take my word for it, or indeed that of the popular press – see what the National Audit Office has to say – click here; or Diabetes UK – click here.

In my home town, care standards are considered to be amongst the worst in England, as shown by the Public Health England statistics, with a dreadful record for diabetes-related amputations as covered by the local press a few months ago.

It beggars belief that patients are being deliberately prevented from finding their way to RebalanceDiabetes – a service that could help raise the standards for diabetes care to the benefit of everyone!

Communication with the RACC

This won’t make an ounce of sense unless you’ve linked to this blog from my next blog – click here!


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My solicitor advises that, having seen the codes referred to by the RACC there is a lot of room for interpretation, and can only conclude that they have subjectively rather than objectively applied their own rules, principles and policy. I am sure this paper trail will get longer over the next few weeks!

How and why RebalanceDiabetes is different (and better!)

carbsDo you know someone who has coeliac disease? If so you will know that a coeliac cannot deal with gluten – a large protein molecule naturally present in some grains – and that’s why he or she avoids wheat, oats and other grains LIKE THE PLAGUE! A coeliac knows just how ill they will feel if they continue to eat gluten – so they don’t. Simple!

So here’s my conundrum today…

Why does your NHS dietician, doctor or nurse, even Diabetes UK continue to encourage you to eat sugar? Why is the mainstream medical community in such denial about the fact that sugar is harmful – and especially to someone with diabetes?

Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 – and there are clear differences in the causes, reasons and processes between these two but that’s a different blog for another day – here is a simple fact that you share: your body is having trouble dealing with sugar. Without appropriate management you would die from sugar. Why is a diabetic person, therefore, encouraged to still eat it? Why is a diabetic person not advised to avoid sugar LIKE THE PLAGUE?

The truth is that sugar naturally occurs in a wide variety of foods, so it’s difficult to avoid natural sugars. You can avoid all added sugars though!. Starchy carbohydrate foods might not contain actual sugars – but your body will convert the starches to sugar within minutes. This isn’t new or news to the ‘professionals’ who tell you to base your meals around starchy carbs. Diabetes UK are clear about telling you that your body will convert the starches to sugar. But they will then go on to tell you to go ahead and eat plenty of it anyway! Crazy?! Here’s an extract from their website today:

These foods increase the blood glucose even though they are not sweet in taste. The body digests them and breaks them down into glucose (sugar). Even though they raise blood glucose they should not be seen as ‘bad’ foods…All meals should contain a source of starchy carbohydrate

Worse is the advice that sugar itself is suitable for people with diabetes. It is beyond belief that dieticians advise that scones, digestive biscuits, teacakes and more are a suitable snack for someone with diabetes. The scanned pages below are taken from the advice booklet entitled “Healthy Eating For People with Diabetes” written and distributed by the Department for Nutrition and Dietetics at York District Hospital.

Crap advice

Carbs with every meal? Sugary snacks? This is madness! And more than that – in my opinion it is irresponsible madness!!

All the latest research evidence points to the fact that low-carb is better. Your doctors, dieticians, even Diabetes UK might be looking in the other direction but RebalanceDiabetes is right there! I will absolutely give you advice based on scientific research. I will absolutely tell you a different story – and I will introduce you to people who will willingly share their stories and tell you how that different story has worked for them.

If you want to find out more I am delighted to invite you to a FREE seminar – you can book right here:

To attend an event on 8th December – click here!

To attend and event on 26th January – click here!

New awareness for diabetics

Friday 14th November is World Diabetes Day. I guess most of the awareness being generated or shared will be about how to spot diabetes, the symptoms, complications etc. That’s great for anyone not aware that they might be showing some of those signs or symptoms, but the chances are if you are reading this you probably have all of that awareness already!

Today I want to tackle some other issues of awareness – some sad, and some glad, but all very personal to me. I hope you’ll understand a little bit more about my RebalanceDiabetes mission when you’ve read this. And, more than that, I really hope this might resonate with and help a few people along the way.

Mums are great aren’t they? And mine is guaranteed to challenge any decision I make. So when I told her I had written my book ‘the 6 diet‘ to help people with diabetes her reaction was typically priceless:

Well you haven’t got diabetes, what do you know about it?…You haven’t got diabetes…have you?”

No I haven’t got diabetes mum, but why don’t you read my book and see for yourself what I know about it?

A couple of days passed, and my mum rang me: she was choking back the tears.

“Elaine, I have been reading your book and I just had to ring to say thank you for what you’ve said about your gran [her mum]. It means so much to me.”

You might already know the part of my book she was talking about – but if not you’ll find it here – click this link to my webpage (it’s the bit at the bottom of the page in the pink block).

You see, diabetes doesn’t just affect the person with the disease – it affects everyone who loves that person too.

L1030668It’s 40 years ago this month since my gran died in a diabetic coma. Actually the anniversary is just 3 days away as I write this. On 10th November 1974 my gran died, and she didn’t get to say goodbye to me, and I didn’t get to say goodbye to her.

That single event still governs every aspect of my working day, because the pain it caused has never fully gone away. As I write this I’m not even trying to choke back my own tears – let them flow, she was worth every one of them!

Time heals but it doesn’t replace loss. Every day I am motivated to try to prevent some other grandaughter experiencing the same kind of pain that I felt and still feel; another daughter the same pain that still moves my own mother to tears. I am determined to try to prevent the pain that might yet be felt by anyone facing the decline or loss of a loved one to diabetes.

If you have diabetes I want to help you be more fully aware of how those who love you are also affected by your disease. I want to help you use that awareness to motivate yourself to act now to take real steps to prevent their pain as well as your own. And I want you to become fully aware that RebalanceDiabetes has been developed for YOU.

It works. I’ve shown you it works. People who have already completed a RebalanceDiabetes programme have been generous enough to share their stories to show you it works.

We all want to help YOU enjoy the best health you can, and understand how many people care about what you have to deal with on a daily basis.

I’d like to finish this post with the same dedication you’ll find in my book – it’s for my gran.

“Remembering Ivy Moore. She died too soon.”

With love, Elaine