LCHF Coffee Break at the Castle

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A reader shared this from a conference at Södertuna Castle in Sweden. Asking for LCHF resulted in this for the afternoon coffee break instead of baked goods. Not bad!

This is what day two looked like, without any instructions at all: Continue Reading →

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Recipes for a Healthy Holiday Season

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Mulled wine with blueberries and ginger

The holiday season is here. This is a wonderful time of the year, but also one that can be difficult. The sugar over-doses succeed one another – chocolate boxes, holiday cookies and sweet drinks are just the beginning. The result, among other things, is that many people start the new year with more unwanted extra pounds.

At the same time we want to enjoy and have a good time with our loved ones. Could we do this in a way without harming ourselves? We invited four interesting LCHF profiles to the Swedish blog, where they share their best tips and recipes for treats without excessive amounts of bad carbohydrates.

First out among them is the popular Swedish cookbook author and blogger Birgitta Höglund. Here are her best recipes and tips:

Holiday with Wonderful Smells and Flavors

hoglundIn recent years I’ve celebrated the holiday season in a different way. Lennart and I have escaped the darkness and cold of Sweden and spent December in our rented apartment in Alanya, Turkey.

But traditions are important, so I bring some of my holiday favorites with me.

To me, the holiday season is strongly associated with aromas. The week before Christmas I usually decorate the kitchen with oranges with a beautiful pattern of cloves. A wooden bowl filled with red apples sits on our kitchen table.

Small almond cookies, flavored with coconut and saffron, smell delicious fresh from the oven. A glass of ginger-laced mulled wine will go great with them.

These simple things bring warmth, light and wonderful scents right to the soul. The scents remind us of our childhood holidays, and not much more is needed to enjoy a cozy holiday season evening.

Here are recipes for some simple and delicious dishes to enjoy this holiday season. The mulled wine (Swedish glögg), salmon and the cookies make for wonderful holiday season treats. Santa’s scrambled eggs are great both as a breakfast or as a simple dinner. Continue Reading →

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“Our Diabetes Clinic Wouldn’t Listen, But Reported Me to the Authorities”

A 9-year old is firmly advised to eat half a pound of root vegetables per meal for the brain to work

9-year-old is firmly advised to eat a pound of root vegetables per meal for the brain to work

Diabetics are routinely exposed to neglect, because of old ingrained dogmas on how they need to eat. Diabetics are getting sicker unnecessarily, and often often their attempts to improve their health are met by opposition from health-care professionals.

The following example is one of the worst I’ve encountered. A mother managed to help her 9-year-old son with type 1 diabetes to become healthier and feel better by eating fewer  carbohydrates. The result of the mother helping her child? The diabetes clinic reported her to the authorities!

However, the report was soon abandoned – because everyone involved, including school health professionals, noticed that the child was doing much better than before – but the diabetes clinic continues to put up resistance.

Recently, the diabetes clinic sent a letter to the school, stating that the child needs to eat at least a pound of root vegetables per meal in order to “ensure that enough glucose reaches the brain”. The fact that the child was already feeling better than ever before doesn’t seem to matter. Here’s the full translation of the letter, signed by a dietitian at the clinic:

“The recommended intake of carbohydrates at lunch is no less than 30 g (1 oz).

In order to ensure that enough glucose reaches brain cells and other body tissues, a minimum of 30 g of carbohydrates is required at lunch.

If carbohydrate intake has to be in the form of root vegetables, then 300–700 g (about a pound) is required to get the carbohydrate intake up to 30 g (1 oz).”

This is a story from Sweden in the year 2014. A story that an appropriate investigative TV show should dig in to: Continue Reading →

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“I Never Knew Dieting Could Be So Tasty”

Before and presently

Before and presently

Pretty impressive! Here’s an update from Sophie, who shared the beginning of her success story eating LCHF a year ago.

That, it turns out, was just the beginning. Here’s her whole life-altering story: Continue Reading →

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“Overall, I Now Have a Completely New Life”

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P-O Heidling

P-O Heidling from Linköping, Sweden, has had type 1 diabetes since childhood. Despite being a “very good” patient, his blood sugar levels increased with the years. He was tired constantly and many more health problems started to sneak up on him.

He emailed me about what happened when he – despite resistance from health care professionals – started eating LCHF about five years ago.

Here’s his story: Continue Reading →

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Where Are You On The Global Fat Scale?

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The obesity epidemic is spreading all over the world. Below is a test, where you can compare your weight and BMI to those of people in other countries:

BBC News – Where are you on the global fat scale?

I was at the Malaysian level when it comes to BMI, however not when it comes to height. How did you score? Continue Reading →

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Dramatically Improved Heart Health in Sweden!

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Swedes are becoming heart-healthier, faster!

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare recently released the latest statistics for the risk of myocardial infarctions in Sweden, up to the year 2013. This is encouraging reading for almost everyone… except for those who are desperately looking for signs that increased butter-consumption has something to do with heart disease.

The years when LCHF has been popular and butter sales in Sweden have more than doubled – from 2008 – are highlighted in green in the image. The risk of heart disease is not on its way up, as some have warned, but rather the risk is going down faster than ever!

Swedes are consuming a lot more butter and at the same time getting more heart healthy than ever before.

How will the outdated fat-fearing people at our agency for dietary guidelines explain away this? They’ll probably continue their usual tactics: acting as though nothing has happened. Or what do you think? Continue Reading →

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Scientists Against Sugar

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Do we really need scientists to tell us how harmful sugar is? Yes, unfortunately. And here they are:

Researchers highlight strong links between sugar and chronic disease:
UCSF Launches Sugar Science Initiative

“The average American consumes nearly three times the recommended amount of added sugar every day, which is taking a tremendous toll on our nation’s health,” said Laura Schmidt, PhD, a UCSF professor in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy and the lead investigator on the project. “This is the definitive science that establishes the causative link between sugar and chronic disease across the population.” Continue Reading…

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LCHF on Australia’s Biggest Science Show!

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Things are happening! The other day an excellent TV show aired about the benefits of LCHF-like food. This on Australia’s biggest science show, Catalyst.

The show is not only about how LCHF may reduce appetite, produce weight loss without hunger or improve diabetes. It also goes into how this kind of food may help some top athletes to better performance.

Watch the episode for free online:

Catalyst: Low-carb diet: fat or fiction? (30 minutes long)

The show features professor Tim Noakes and professor Steve Phinney. Continue Reading →

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“Sugar Is Harming Our Children”

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Swedish science journalist Dr. Ann Fernholm has been very active in the sugar debate lately:

The extremely sugary products, which the industry is marketing with happy characters should be banned; foods that we’d never even let our pets eat, should not be sold as food for our children.

Here’s her great opinion piece at SVT Opinion translated from Swedish: Continue Reading →

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