Category Archives: Education

Obesity – who deserves the blame?

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After Susan Jebb, the Government’s former diet tsar, said obesity is mainly caused by a person’s genes and the prevalence of junk food, other experts have hit out saying fat people should be told their size is their own fault. So just who SHOULD carry the blame for your obesity, asks a news article this weekend?

It comes down to the difference between ignorance and insanity.

It’s true that the food industry, Public Health, and the NHS in the UK have all mislead the public for years. Sadly knowingly for some time too. They ALL sold us the “low-fat myth” for decades. They ALL overlooked the fact that there was no real evidence against saturated fat. They ALL overlooked the weight of evidence against sugar for 40 years.

We became a fat nation! And I say obesity was encouraged because the organisations who should have protected us kept us in IGNORANCE. Ignorance about why we were really gaining weight. Ignorance about why  a whole host of chronic diseases have been burgeoning. Ignorance about the “unrelenting march” of diabetes reported last week.

But we know now! We know sugar is deadly. We know it has raised our levels of inflammatory disease to crisis point: diabetes, heart disease, vascular disease, some cancers and more. And we can no longer claim ignorance. We can no longer claim to being kept in the dark.

The food industry is showing very little sign of change. In the many months now since we lifted the lid on the nonsense that is “low-fat”, I’ve watched in near despair as more and more fat-free and low-fat products have been unleashed into the market-place – still claiming health-benefits. It sucks, it really does. But we are no longer ignorant to the truth. We can shake our heads in disbelief that they care so little. But we no longer have to fall for their dishonest hype!

I started speaking out against low fat as long ago as 2003 – and I have never knowingly put a low-fat-sugar-laden version of food into my body since. But I still do occasionally eat something with added sugar: a bite of chocolate, a slice of birthday cake, the occasional dessert maybe. And every time I do I know, and accept, that my behaviour is INSANE. Insane because there is enough information to enable me to make a better choice. Insane because I have enough knowledge to enable me to make a better choice. Sometimes I make insane choices, but I have to face the fact they are MINE!

I am at the point of awareness that any weight gain is certainly now my own fault, and I carry 100% responsibility.

Historically Susan Jebb is right – the past 40 years have largely been not our fault. But from here on in we are all responsible for our own food choices – as these experts suggest! And only when we accept our own responsibility, embrace our own dietary and behavioural change, take control over our own choices will things improve.

RebalanceDiabetes is ready and waiting to help anyone willing to help themselves. Give me a shout!

 

 

 

12 Healthy Days of Christmas

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If you’re up for a sing-song this just about works to the normal tune for the 12 Days Of Christmas, [don’t sing the bits in between brackets!]:

On the first day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me a healthy dose of Omega 3 [to find out why – click here]

On the second day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [research for benefits of green tea – click here]

On the third day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [why 3 mins standing every hour could be beneficial – click here]

On the fourth day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [The RebalanceDiabetes Programme is based on a unique combination of 4 crucial dietary principles – and you can find out about them all for free – click here]

On the 5th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! [100% cocoa of course!] 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3.

On the 6th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [the 6 diet is available worldwide on Amazon – link to .co.uk here or to .com here]

On the 7th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [The RebalanceDiabetes Programme online provides a full 7 hours of video-based information to help you get the results you will love! – click here]

On the 8th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [how sleep affect diabetes – click here]

On the 9th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 9 happy months, 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [there has been a lot of research for gestational diabetes in 2015 – click here for a summary of findings]

On the 10th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 10 minutes walking, 9 happy months, 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [5 mins walking twice per. hour benefits blood sugar balance – read here]

On the 11th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 11 whole walnuts, 10 minutes walking, 9 happy months, 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3  [benefits of walnuts explained here]

On the 12th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 12 weeks of support, 11 whole walnuts, 10 minutes walking, 9 happy months, 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [follow The RebalanceDiabetes Programme for just 12 weeks to achieve amazing results!! – click here]

Lyrics by Elaine Wilson, in a moment of festive madness! Research, products and services also by Elaine Wilson, especially for you at all times.

I wish you a very happy and healthy festive season!

Elaine xx

Whatever is next – RebalanceDiabetes is right here for you!

shelovesyork2December 1st 2015 and – with International Diabetes Awareness Month 2015 closed – I’m reflecting on what we’ve achieved and, crucially, what’s next.

I started the month calling for everyone affected by diabetes to #standtogether. And I ended the month repeating that call because, as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter whether you have Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes, take insulin, or not, are prediabetic, care for someone living with diabetes, or are just interested, there is an awareness mountain to be climbed.

Throughout November I’ve shared my awareness film The Silent Killer, shown on Times Square on World Diabetes Day; a fabulous offer to enable you to join The RebalanceDiabetes Programme (the first comprehensive diet and lifestyle programme for diabetes available online) at a massively discounted rate; brand new RebalanceDiabetes success stories to motivate and encourage; breaking news stories; and I shared a preview of the latest stats around diabetes. These latest stats are available for download today – get your copy of the Exec Summary of IDF’s latest Diabetes Atlas – click here.

The new diabetes years starts here. RebalanceDiabetes is ahead of the game, has always been ahead of the game, and I plan to stay there. You can be assured I’ll be doing everything I can to help YOU get the best from your health, feel great about yourself, enjoy life.

I genuinely don’t believe that diabetes has to win, I don’t believe the gloomy predictions have to come true, I do believe RebalanceDiabetes is the best solution. I’m with you every step of the way!

Here’s to a great year – starting NOW!

Elaine x

 

 

 

To tax or not to tax?

sugar writingToday marks the final day of International Diabetes Awareness Month 2015.

Today the sugar tax debate is hitting the media again in a big way.

Whether you are for or against a sugar tax it seems a fitting time to give more attention to this debate, and to turn the spotlight again on sugar: the dangers of sugar, the role of sugar on public health, the economics of sugar.

Is this the first time in living history that a Government has resisted such public calls for a tax? Resisted an opportunity to boost the chancellor’s coffers, with strong public support? The political stance is curious to say the least.

Here is a selection of the articles I’ve come across this morning:

MPs back sugar tax and ban on junkfood ads during X-factor

Jamie Oliver’s right! MPs say it’s time for a 20% tax on sugary drinks to tackle childhood obesity

Ban Junk Food Ads And Tax Sugary Drinks – MPs

UK MPs seek tighter measures on sugary drinks to tackle childhood obesity 

MPs back sugar tax endorsed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver

Breakfast Briefing: Pressure grows on Gov for sugar tax

Tax sugary drinks and restrict TV adverts for sweets, MPs urge

MPs to call for ‘sugar tax’ and tighter controls on junk food ads

Introduce tax on sugary drinks, say MPs

MPs call for sugar tax to combat obesity

Radical Overhaul Needed To Beat Obesity – MPs

MPs demand 20% levy for fizzy drinks and blitz on junk food deals

Sugar tax: MPs join call to cut £5bn a year cost of obesity

Commons health committee puts weight behind UK sugar tax

Commons chiefs to demand ‘sugar tax‘ and tighter controls on junk food ads

Despite all those calls for the sugar tax, there is an “against” view point also reported this morning. It’s a minority of the British people who believe such a tax would be effective in combating obesity and disease – including diabetes:

British public unconvinced by soft drinks tax

I am throwing my hat onto the side that says there probably is a better way – regulate the food industry, restrict the amount of sugar permitted in processed foods, education, more transparent food labelling…

I am grateful this topic is working its way up political agendas. Let this debate rage!!

 

Dietary guidelines need to be up-to-date and ethical!

diet-choice-622x414I stumbled across an article a few days ago – this article hasn’t found its way into the mainstream media as far as I can tell – which highlights that new government dietary guidelines in the USA have been criticised for failing to take into account some crucial research findings. Deliberately omitting some research to satisfy corporate lobbyists means that the nature of the new guidelines is quite different from any that would have been penned had the ignored research actually been taken into account.

This is a huge story – and a scandalous one – especially for our American cousins! It blows open the conflicts of interest between public health and big business, revealing why mainstream dietary advice is seriously flawed, and will stay that way. Research that has been bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical and food industries has been included where independent academic research has been ignored in the process of devising the new dietary guidelines, which will directly affect the diets of tens of millions of American citizens, as well as food labelling, and education.

These new guidelines will stay in place for the next 5 – 10 years or so it can be reasonably assumed – during which time research will have advanced further, leaving these guidelines woefully outdated and biased.

It’s times like this I am so grateful not to be a part of the NHS (or any other) machine, and thus having the independence to give ethical, researched nutritional advice to RebalanceDiabetes clients, putting them before any corporate interests – be it the food industry, pharmaceutical industry or even governments. That’s advice which IS based on bang up to date research evidence – such as a study just about to be published, which shows that people with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to suffer mineral deficiencies, notably chromium, zinc and magnesium.

How long will it take for this information to filter through the mainstream medical channels to the very people who need it? Who knows? But the good news is that I’ve found it for you, and you simply don’t have to wait to be able to take advantage of these new findings. Right now today you can start to use the kinds of foods in which these vital nutrients are found.

In case you need a little help to identify which foods they are, let me be of further service:

Chromium:

  • Shellfish
  • Red meat
  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Cheese
  • Molasses
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Mushrooms
  • Whole wheat

Magnesium:

  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Millet
  • Molasses
  • Pulses / legumes
  • Soya beans
  • All green vegetables
  • Shrimps & seafood

Zinc:

  • Seafood (oysters)
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Pulses / legumes
  • Sardines
  • Beef

Doesn’t it feel good to know you’re ahead of the game?

Well of course you could REALLY be ahead of the game and take advantage of the new online version of The RebalanceDiabetes Programme: creating a personalised nutrition and eating plan for yourself, all based on the very research that the US government guidelines have failed to take into account.

Find out more right here: https://www.udemy.com/the-rebalancediabetes-programme/ 

Diabetes soars by 60% in a decade? Here’s the answer!

60%The media this morning is full of the news that diabetes rates have soared by about 60% in the past decade. As a consequence it’s proposed NHS services will creak even more.

So it was with great disappointment that I came across an article from just 3 days ago. Just 3 days ago the NHS itself published an article about weight loss diets. It is a far from helpful article, giving no clear guidance to anyone wanting to lose weight, and continuing to promote low-fat diets. Any suggestion that low-fat might be the way to go for anyone
is absurd, but suggesting this might be a better option compared with low-carbs could just be catastrophic for people living with diabetes – either Type 1 or Type 2!

So here it is as simply as I can write it: THERE IS NO ONE-SIZE FITS ALL when it comes to diet and lifestyle.

As far as low-fat is concerned it’s way overdue that we should lay this myth to rest. Low-fat = more sugar. In 2011 the Harvard School for Public Health declared “It’s time to end the low-fat myth“, yet 4 years on our NHS still thinks there’s any room for debate? Have they not yet realised that 40 years of low-fat diets have largely contributed to our current situation? Ever increasing rates of obesity. Ever increasing rates of Type 2 diabetes. NHS resources stretched with no hope in sight.

As far as low-carb is concerned? It’s a meaningless generic term in my book. An appropriate level of carbs for me – sitting here writing for you – would be utterly inappropriate, and likely far too low, for anyone with a physical job. What would be appropriate for a person with a high level of daily physical activity would be way too many for me. I can feel my middle swelling just at the thought of it!

It’s time to get with the plot. Educate people to understand what is appropriate for their own unique circumstances and individual needs. Support them to get great results. Watch the health of the nation improve!

What drinks fit in with healthy eating for diabetes?

Today’s blog post popped into my head when I was talking to a RebalanceDiabetes client a few days ago. The theme of our chat was how to make a place for beverages in a healthy eating/weight loss plan. The specific topic was tea and coffee: is it OK to have tea or coffee with milk; is it OK to have tea or coffee with a milk substitute; is it OK to have tea or coffee at all?

If you love your tea and coffee it’s a hard one to get to grips with, because caffeine is addictive, and drinking the stuff becomes a habit – a bit like smoking in essence. This is where being told what to do without the why to do it is a non-starter! So let’s look at the “whys“!

To dairy or not to dairy, that is the question?” Well I’m definitely not a personal fan of dairy – but I am definitely not an enemy of it either. I indulge in the occasional portion of cheese, OK – not so much occasional but once or twice a week in small quantities! But I cut actual milk from my own diet many years ago. It’s seriously linked with so many health problems: from a blocked nose to cancer! It’s seriously linked with inflammation – which means it’s linked with Type 2 diabetes too! This isn’t scaremongering. A research report was recently published in the British Medical Journal showing that women who drink milk are MORE likely to have problems with their bones than those who don’t drink milk. That’s right! Dairy is now thought to damage, not protect, your bones! Worse: dairy is linked with death in both men and women, the same research concludes!

So what about dairy substitutes? There is a growing industry for all sorts of alternatives to milk. A recent report in the Daily Mail compared the pros and cons of each. Although the article ends with “dietitian’s verdicts” you’ll see that these dietitians spectacularly failed to reach a verdict or to provide useful advice to readers! So here goes…

When it comes down to healthy eating for diabetes, for me there is one huge consideration. The amount of sugar they each contain! Of course the ones with added sugar are off my list. But even those with no added sugar vary dramatically in their actual sugar content. The ones based on grains are more “carby” and inevitably have more sugar, or carbs that your body will convert to sugar very quickly. So my personal recommendation boils down to the dairy substitutes based on nuts: almond milk, coconut milk. Take a look at the photo below to see that an unsweetened rice milk contains over 7g sugar in a tiny 100ml portion, compared with 0.1g in almond milk!

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So what about caffeinated tea and coffee at all? It comes down to whether or not caffeine has any value in our healthy diet. Caffeine is technically called an “anti-nutrient”. This means it prevents your body from absorbing good nutrients from other foods. By binding to these nutrients the caffeine prevents them getting into your blood stream, and instead they are simply lost through excretion.

Still feel you need caffeine? How about you try to wean yourself off slowly? Green tea has caffeine, but less of it. White tea has less than green tea. There is also a growing industry in alternative teas. Give some a go? And please let me know your new favourites!

 

How do you define ‘pre-diabetes’?

health choicesI’m working with a lady at the moment who had a recent HbA1c reading of 41 mmol/mol. Her G.P. says this is fine, and hasn’t arranged any follow up checks or given her any specific dietary advice.

What she is astute enough to know is that 41 mmol/mol might be considered fine in the UK, but that view isn’t shared everywhere. In several other English-speaking countries she would now be diagnosed as ‘pre-diabetic’.

With Type 2 diabetes featuring in her family history my client has decided to act now. She isn’t diabetic, but nor does she want to become diabetic!

The thing I want to explore today is exactly how ‘pre-diabetes’ is defined. The most consistent definition is explained in words, typically as a state in which some signs/symptoms of diabetes are present, crucially impaired glucose tolerance or insulin resistance, but not all. There is no consensus in how you might objectively measure pre-diabetes – it’s a grey area!

More and more HbA1c is being employed as a measure for diagnosis, but different countries fail to agree the thresholds that mean someone has now become pre-diabetic.

In the UK we consider anyone with a HbA1c measure below 42 mmol/mol (7mmol/L or 6%) is normal. Between 42 and 47 indicates pre-diabetes, and 48 or above is actual diabetes.

In the USA the thresholds are decidedly lower. Normal is defined as below 5.7% – equating to 38.8mmol/mol or 6.5 mmol/L. Pre-diabetes starts at this level and has an upper threshold of 6.4% – or 46.4 mmol/mol, or 7.6 mmol/L. Actual diabetes is the USA is diagnosed at a level of 6.5% or above – i.e. above 47.5 mmol/mol or 7.8 mmol/L.

New Zealand defines pre-diabetes between 41 – 49 mmol/mol, and actual diabetes above 50 mmol/mol.

So  EXACTLY when someone is considered OK, or diagnosed as pre-diabetic or actually diabetic is not an exact science it seems. Is it better to be safe than sorry as my new client has concluded? If you think so too then sign up now for a FREE seminar to find out more about how RebalanceDiabetes could help you avoid diabetes in 2015!

How to make your New Year Resolution a roaring success!

happy-new-year-2015-gold-1380The Telegraph recently carried an article that claims January is the worst month of the year to start a new diet or fitness routine. I couldn’t agree more!

Logically we are on a hiding to nothing if we try to make a one-step change from all the excesses of December to, what is often, a somewhat ascetic approach to life in January. It just doesn’t make sense. We have a hoard of goodies left over from the Christmas and New Year festivities – and even if we resist our own stash of sugar, some kind person will bring their surplus sugary stuff into the office in the hope that everyone else will consume it for them! We have the after-party emotional anti-climax to deal with while we get back into our usual routines – oh joy then to think of a spot of self-deprivation! And to top it off we’re in the middle of winter with not a hint of spring in sight – yet we fool ourselves that we are going to stick to the occasional cold lettuce leaf or yoghurt when what our bodies actually need to thrive is hearty warming winter food (think soups, stews and casseroles!)

So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that a whopping 92% of new year diet and fitness resolutions fail within just a few weeks. Like the ohso short-lived new year fireworks, they might start dazzling well but they’ll quickly fizzle out!

taipei-cnySo could there be a valid reason why Chinese New Year happens in the middle of February? You bet!

The snowdrops are out, and the crocuses, daffodils and tulips are well on their way. The trees are showing a touch of new green colour. With our own sap rising we start to truly feel that spring is indeed on its way! With winter on its way out we experience hopeful anticipation for the rest of the year ahead. As the nights get much more noticeably lighter we even spring-clean our homes in readiness for a fresh start.

THIS is a great time to start a new diet and fitness routine, as the Telegraph article confirms.

The Chinese have always thought so – so why has it taken us a few thousand years to finally come to the same conclusion? Hmmm!?

So what about January? Well it’s a fantastic time to make our resolutions and plans for a positive change – starting in February! It’s a fantastic time to get our ducks in a row to ensure real success as spring approaches. It’s a great time to research how and what changes we’ll make.

It’s no accident that the next FREE RebalanceDiabetes seminar is most timely on 26th January 2015. If you are determined to make a successful positive change for you and your health then this is especially for you! I’ll give you lots of help to decide how you can spring to success in the Chinese Year of the Goat.

If there’s one action you can still usefully take in January it’s to BOOK HERE NOW!

Christmas with diabetes – make it easy part 4!

Party food can sometimes be a carbohydrate feast can’t it? It can be the hardest thing to negotiate for anyone living with diabetes. How many times have you been faced with an unimaginative ‘beige buffet’, left wondering how on earth you’ll deal with your blood sugars?

But getting creative with party food can be as much fun as it is a challenge! This can be your chance to really shine – not just for the diabetics in your social circle, but for the benefit of everyone else too. You don’t have to be diabetic to be left feeling bloated, sluggish, lethargic and exhausted after the usual bread and pastry party fayre.

party food choicesTry these ideas out for size: (and let me know what you think to them!)

  • Tomato and Basil Espresso (tiny tiny chilled soups)
  • Mature Cheddar Cheese, Pineapple and Grape Skewers
  • Cherry Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella in Pesto Shots
  • Watermelon and Goat Cheese Skewers
  • Parma Ham, Melon and Strawberry Skewers
  • Smoked Duck, Rocket and Orange Rolls
  • Garlic, Chilli and Coriander Sautéed King Prawns
  • Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Dill Terrine
  • Hummus / avocado dip / tomato salsa & raw vegetable crudites
  • Devilled eggs
  • Devils on horseback (prunes or dates stuffed with cheese or almonds and wrapped in bacon)
  • Angels on horseback (oysters wrapped in bacon)
  • Cheese and herb stuffed mushrooms
  • A selection of olives and antipasti

So be the host with the most or hostess with the most-est this year, and have the healthiest, most creative party food for miles around!