Why ‘Everything in Moderation’ doesn’t work

Addictive high carb foodsI’m sure, like me, when you tell people you are on the Atkins diet – after telling them the foods you no longer eat (or want to eat for that matter) – they shake their heads in disbelief and mutter something about ‘everything in moderation’. It’s a favorite line from dietitians and health professionals everywhere too. You’d be forgiven for thinking that something terrible might happen if you don’t reintroduce sweets, pizza, bread or fizzy drinks as soon as possible. So is this good advice? Is it a bad idea to completely eliminate some foods?
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New Irish food pyramid – any basis in science?

Ireland's new Food Pyramid - 2016

Ireland’s new Food Pyramid – 2016

Food Pyramid 2012

Food Pyramid 2012

The Food Pyramid on which Irish dietary guidelines has been revamped. At first glance, it looks like an improvement but as they say – the devil is in the detail. And if the Irish population were to adopt it wholeheartedly – would the health of the nation improve and would it help us head off the looming obesity crisis? Currently we are set to become the fattest in Europe by 2030 according to the latest projections of the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to these projections 91% of Irish men would be overweight or obese and 83% of women. This would obviously have a dramatic effect on our already over burdened health services with the corresponding increase in related illness for example heart disease and type two diabetes. Continue reading

Mother weans baby on to Atkins!

Small child eating meatWhat mother would do such a thing? And how overweight is her baby that she’s trying to put him on a diet so young? And what about all that meat? And surely he should be eating cereal and baby rice? Isn’t it dangerous?

At least these are questions you might be asking if you believe some popular Atkins myths and common misconceptions about LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) diets..
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Atkins for breastfeeding mothers

Breastfeeding babyFor new mothers, losing weight is probably the furthest thing from their minds and in my opinion, this is exactly as it should be. I think that in our culture mothers are sometimes expected to bounce back to ‘normal’ as though nothing has changed! In reality, everything has changed and you have a lot more important things to think about in those first few weeks or months. As well as getting to know your baby, establishing breastfeeding, adjusting your sleeping patterns and often your expectations you need to try to give yourself time to rest and recover.

However, at some point when you feel ready to begin losing the baby weight and you have consulted with your doctor, the Atkins Nutritional Approach is an excellent choice. This is true no matter how you feed your baby but when breastfeeding there are some extra considerations so I’ll focus on these for this article.
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The REAL Heart Healthy Foods

We’ve been told for years now to avoid the ‘artery-blocking’ saturated fats and to eat more ‘heart healthy’ whole grains to lower our cholesterol and reduce our risk of heart disease.. So is it true and has it worked?

If this is your first introduction to the idea that the health advice we have been given for so long in relation to diet is questionable, I completely understand that it is a lot to take in but please keep an open mind and do check out the extra resources at the end. Continue reading