Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Im Back!

Well hello there everyone. Sorry for my time away but I have been feeling pants. Much better now so hopefully Im on the mend.

The AE Diet has been going great! I have been undereating during the day and I have to say after the first day it became easy. I now dont feel much hunger or desire to eat during the day.

I think I have reset my bodies "meal clock" during the day. So now I eat when I feel hungry-fruit and veg and things- and then eat at night.

Oh and what a fabulous feast I get to eat at night!! My hearts content of great veg, eggs, nuts!!! I love the fact that I can eat until satisfied in this diet.

I think I will continue this way of eating for the near future and keep you up to date!

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Anti-Estrogenic Diet.

Firstly I need to report that I have been struck down by a virus of some kind which has made me very tired and sleeping for 4 hours in the afternoon. This has been around for the past week or so but has come on strong in the past couple of days before I started the diet.

I therefore am going to continue on the AE diet but withold from updating the symtoms until this has passes.

I notice that I have been slightly more "regular" 24 hours after starting the diet. Apparently this can be quite a common reaction as your body begins to detox itself!

Speak soon,


Thursday, 23 April 2009

Anti-Estrogenic Diet. day 1

OK, so here is the first day of the diet.

The first part of the diet is the liver detox. You eliminate entirely from your diet all estrogen stimulating food and eat anti-estrogenic food.

You under eat during the day to help detox the liver and then eat the biggest meal at night.

I will be eating from "low down in the food chain" as Ori says and eating organic where possible.

So for breakfast I had a green tea and an orange
For Lunch I had a green salad with spinach and lettuce and tomatoes, and some organic feta.
For dinner I had:
a large bowl of broccoli, garlic and carrots, chick peas and onion and 5 eggs, and some more feta.

It is now 10:30pm and I feel full, satisfied and nice and light.

I will let you know how I feel in the morning.

Anti-Estrogenic Diet.

I have finished reading Ori Hofmeklers books The Anti-Estrogenic Diet and I really enjoyed it. Not least because it is refreshing to read something that is completely new and ground-breaking.

I have never before heard of the potential problems that estrogen could be causing the body. However, Ori lists the chemicals and additives that are in foods and it makes scary reading!

He says that our bodies are being overloaded with estrogen producing chemicals and are making us fat and sick and is causing the feminisation of mankind! Also we only eat female meat (overfed), so there is no balance of male and female hormones entering our sytem

After an initial week long detox you then progress onto a more fat based diet, again for a week. This trains your body to utilise fat for fuel.

Then in the third week you start to introduce foods back into your diet (meat, bread pasta) noting how you feel. However, the primary foods are still the anti-estrogen foods and are the staple of the diet.

I like this book a lot as it is very similar to a 90% paleo diet, albeit with a more specific approach to the foods. Although it sounds complicated, it is easy once you past week 3.

I am looking forward to trying this and to share my findings!

Happy eating!

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

New Book- Ori Hofmekler

Well I just got throught the mail the latest book by Ori Hofmekler- The Anti-estrogenic diet. If you dont know about this its very close to a Paleo style diet but with the basis on foods that reduce estrogen in the body.

I will review more when I have accumilated all the information.

However there are 3 phases to the diet:

Week 1: Liver detox
Week 2: Increased Fat
Week 3: Re-introduction

I am starting phase 1 tomorrow and I will fill you all in! Wish me luck!

Monday, 20 April 2009

Question everything....

I was watching TV this morning and there was an article about healthy breakfasts for people who were trying to lose weight. Now the actual food they were recommending were actually very paleo-although they didnt know it- mostly egg based breakfasts and not much bread and no sugar!

The thing that got my attention was when the presenter declared "research shows that people who eat breakfast are less likely to snack throughout the day."

Im sorry? What research is this? Now I am not against people having breakfast or not, I think its a personal preference. However I do have to question the "research" behind a statement like this. What type of research? By whom? Who were the subjects? How were the results measured? What were the snacks being eaten?

The use of the term adds scientific weight behind the claims and many people readily believe what is being said without question!

However, what if she had said "research done by Kelloggs states that breakfast is the most important meal of the day"..... is the evidence then quite as compelling?

Always question the science behind anything- and above all use your common sense and do what feels right to you!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

When to Break the Fast?

For those of you who think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, think again. Check out this video from Ori Hofmekler (author of

Eating breakfast should be a personal choice and whether or not you actualy feel hungry. We have learnt the "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" and now do not question it, much like other nutritional dogma.

Since knocking breakfast on the head my energy levels and concentration have gon through the roof. Interestingly, this improvement occurs even if I choose ideal food choices for breakfast (eggs and veg for example).

Have a great day!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Fats the problem?

The graphs below show how the levels of obesity have grown in the USA over the last few years.
  • Obesity has grown 25% since 1980.
  • Although calorie intake did rise its growth stopped around 1990.
  • Total fat intake % has dropped consistently.
It goes without saying that the same levels of obesity have been seen in the UK over the same time period.

The general public did not know any better and reduced their fat consumption and therefore increased their carb intake.

If you think that being overweight or obese can be blamed on fat or calorie intake, I think this shows you need to think again. Excessive carbohydrate consumption is to blame.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

dietary wisdom

I just finished a great book by Gary Taubes called the Diet Delusion. A brilliant read.
He states the following conclusions based on 70 YEARS of scientific research....... eye opening I think

1) Dietary fat, saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease, or any other chronic disease of civilisation

2) The problem is the carbohydrates in the diet, their effect on insulin, and thus the hormonal regulation of homeostasis. The more easily digestible and refined the carbs, the greater the effect on our well-being, health and weight.

3) Sugars- sucrose (table sugar) and high-fructose corn syrup specifically- are particularly harmful. The simultaneously elevate insulin levels and overload the liver with carbohydrates.

4) Through their direct effect o insulin and blood sugar, refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease and diabetes.

5) Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating and not sedentary behaviour.

6) Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter, any more than it causes a child to grow taller. Expending more energy than we consume does not lead to long-term weight loss- it leads to hunger!

7) Fattening and obesity are caused by an imbalance - a disequilibrium - in the hormonal regulation of adipose tissue and ft metabolism. Fat synthesis and storage exceed the mobilisation of fat from the adipose tissue and its subsequent oxidation. We become leaner when the hormonal regulation of the fat tissue reverses this balance.

8) Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels are elevated - either chronically or after a meal - we accumulate fat in the fat tissue. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from the fat stores and use it for fuel.

9) By stimulating insulin secretion, carbohydrates make us fat and ultimately cause obesity. The fewer carbohydrates we consume the leaner we will be.10) By driving fat accumulation, carbohydrates also increase hunger and decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism and physical activity.

10) By driving fat accumulation, carbohydrates also increase hunger and decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism and physical activity.

Pale-(oh) so simple

Welcome to my debut blog and first ever post!

I discovered paleo style low carb eating last year and its truly changed my life....

Rather than bore anyone with science, I thought I would link to this amazing paleo made simple video which explains it all in 5 minutes!