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‘Big Food is in wilful denial about the harm sugar does to our children’

Published on March 17, 2014,

The UK’s Observer newspaper is carrying a powerful article by cardiologist and science director of Action on Sugar Aseem Malhotra in which he criticises what he calls ‘Big Food’ companies and suggests that only by improving processed foods can we tackle obesity among the young…

Big Food is in wilful denial about the harm sugar does to our childrenI don’t believe that anyone chooses to be fat. The Gallup International survey of 57,000 adults revealed that health is what mattered most in life, followed by a happy family environment. So how can this be reconciled with the statistic that 60% of UK adults and one in three children are overweight or obese? It is partly because a fundamental misunderstanding among the public – and the scientific community – has interfered with our collective ability to curb this epidemic. The belief that we make our food choices deliberately, and that they reflect our true desires, sustains the status quo and obscures the reality that decisions about the food we consume are often difficult to control.

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Parents Fined In Canada For Not Sending Ritz Crackers In Kids’ Lunches

Published on November 28, 2013,

Dr Yoni Freedhoff’s Weighty Matters blog has an extraordinary account of a mother in Canada whose children have been fined because their packed lunches did not have the required grain component. To ‘rectify’ the mistake, the lunches were supplemented by the school with Ritz Crackers…

Kristen Bartkiw's note via weightymatters.ca

Kristen Bartkiw’s note via weightymatters.ca

It’s quite possible that the single stupidest school lunch policy on the planet comes courtesy of a strange interpretation of the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care lunch regulations…

Apparently if a child’s lunch is deemed “unbalanced“, where “balance” refers to ensuring that a lunch conforms to the proportions of food groups as laid out by Canada’s awful Food Guide, then that child’s lunch is “supplemented“, and their parent is fined.

Blog reader Kristen Bartkiw received just such a fine.

She sent her children to daycare with with lunches containing leftover homemade roast beef and potatoes, carrots, an orange and some milk.

She did not send along any “grains”.

As a consequence the school provided her children with, I kid you not, supplemental Ritz Crackers, and her with a $10 fine.

As Kristen writes, had she sent along lunches consisting of, “microwave Kraft Dinner and a hot dog, a package of fruit twists, a Cheestring, and a juice box” those lunches would have sailed right through this idiocy. But her whole food, homemade lunches? They lacked Ritz Crackers…

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Success Story: Shift Your Body Fat to Reframe Your Life

Published on August 16, 2013,

Tobi and Harriet are a couple in their 20s who reckon they are in the best shape and condition of their lives, despite now having two young children to look after. Their secret? Fully adopting the low carb Primal lifestyle advocated my Mark Sisson. This is an extract of their story from Mark’s Daily Apple…

Harriet and Tobi after dropping 7% body fat each (marksdailyapple.com)

Harriet and Tobi after dropping 7% body fat each (marksdailyapple.com)

Shortly after our wedding, my wife’s parents were in search of losing weight and they remembered me talking about the PB. So they went ahead, studied the books (from my Primal/Paleo library, which had been collecting dust for the past years), cleared out their pantry, stocked it with Primal approved foods and started exercising.

Both of them had visible success within a couple of weeks and were highly enjoying their new lifestyle. This got me and my wife thinking and we made a promise to ourselves that we would do it together this time round, since we knew that being Primal definitely worked. Starting on January 1st 2013 we both shifted our exercise regimes, with me dropping my gym membership altogether, and we both ate Primal approved foods from then onwards.

Within six weeks I went from 200lbs at 6ft to 187lbs whilst dropping 4% of body fat and building muscle. I am now at 179lbs with 14% body fat, which is down from 21% measured at the start of our Primal transformation.

My wife went from 144lbs to 127lbs today whilst also losing 7% of body fat in the process.

For the past few months the shifts in our weight have been more gradual, but we find that we both have reached our ideal body composition, given that we are both working, looking after two toddlers at home and I am also studying full-time for a PhD at the same time.

My wife is slimmer and fitter now than she was before she had kids. She often skips meals without even noticing it and her skin is glowing all the time now.

For my part,  I have never been this fit in my life with my energy levels constantly being high. When I am asked what type of workout I do, I feel embarrassed to say that I do not follow any particular program. I do pull-ups, dips and push-ups on a daily basis, but never a completely fixed number or set of exercises. I do what I feel like, for example, when the weather in Scotland is not too wet and windy (remember this is a country where you can literally experience all three seasons: Fall, Winter and Spring in one day), I will strap on my 26lbs weight vest, one kid in a rucksack on the back and one in a sling in the front and go hiking in the hills for 30mins.

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