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

A new report by world experts urges us to Eat Fat and Cut the Carbs

A report entitled “Eat fat, cut the carbs and avoid snacking to reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes” was published by a UK charity called the National Obesity Forum (NOF) on Sunday 22 May. It has caused quite a controversy with Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England saying that it “irresponsible and misleads the public” and other nutritionists making similar statements.

Healthy saturated fatsThe paper, drafted by authors from around the world, was coordinated by Aseem Malholtra, a UK cardiologist who has been a leader of the anti-sugar movement. It’s authors include Dr Robert Lustig, who has been one of the leaders of the anti-sugar movement in the US and NOF chairman Professor David Haslam. Continue reading

Sugar Crash documentary – a review

Most people know that sugar is bad for your teeth, but so many people are unaware that it is the primary culprit in piling on the pounds and especially the fat that accumulates around our middles. Hopefully the recent documentary aired on RTE1 called Sugar Crash will help correct this huge misconception. It was an excellent documentary and I think an eye opener for many people. You can watch it here:

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Counting carbs in Ireland – total or net carbs?

Handy pocket sized Carb Counter book

Handy pocket sized Carb Counter

A question we’re asked pretty often is whether you need to count total or net carbs when following the Atkins diet in Ireland. The good news is that you just need to count the total carbs – no subtracting of fibre or anything else needed. The reason you might read online about counting net carbs is because in the US the labeling on products is different. In Ireland, when looking at packages or tins – just go by the number after ‘Carbohydrates’.

However, you will probably find you are eating less food that comes in a box, package or tin while following the Atkins nutritional approach and much more from the fresh vegetables aisles and your local butchers and fishmongers. To see how much carbs are in these foods – visit our food list page. You will see a full list of the acceptable foods for each phase there along with the amount of carbs in each. Continue reading