“I Am 80 and I Am Angry”

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Why would finding Diet Doctor cause 80-year-old Suzi to end up angry? Read her email to find out:

The Email

I am 80 and I am angry.

When I was growing up, almost everybody was slim. You only have to look at old photos and films to see that. If someone wanted to lose a pound or two, they cut out carbs for a while. When I was heavily pregnant, I gained too much weight, was advised to cut out carbs, lost the weight and went on to produce a healthy baby. Somewhere along the line I learned that fat metabolises fat. I remember a conversation with a colleague who told me he was substituting margarine for butter. I was adamant that butter was the best option as it was natural and people had been eating it for ages. When I used to come home late and hungry, I used to eat two boiled eggs with one slice of bread, lots of butter (and marmite). I distinctly remember changing that to one egg and two slices of bread, no butter. Although I thought I knew what to eat, I was frightened off by the nutrition advice. I was frightened because both my father and my brother died of coronary thrombosis. (They were both heavy smokers). My brother left three young children. Obviously I was frightened of suffering the same fate. For the next 50 years I had a constant struggle with weight.

At the beginning of November I discovered dietdoctor.com and LCHF. I can’t remember how, but I am so glad that I did. I read everything on the blog avidly, followed the advice, (which in my youth was what I believed anyway), and started losing weight regularly. Because since I have been living alone and try to avoid cooking, I signed up for the two week challenge, as it offered new easy recipes and even the shopping list. I continued to lose weight at the same rate, I never expected anything else, but found I quite enjoy cooking, so plan to keep it up. Another four kilos and I will weigh what I did in my twenties.

I don’t know how I found you but am so grateful that I did. Thank you, Diet Doctor team. You have restored my health and wellbeing and also my confidence in my own judgement. As an added bonus two rather distressing conditions seem to be completely cured.

Thank you

Suzi

Comment

I think I understand how you feel, Suzi. A lot of people have suffered the same way you have. But congratulations on reclaiming your health and wellbeing!

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2 Comments

  1. Daniel
    When I first started doing lchf I had diabetic tingling in my fingers and toes. After the first two months the tingling begin to fade and would only show up slight in one or two digits. As a result I my fat intake even more and the tingling has completely faded. Oh yeah my eyesight has slightly improve. Looking back I think I was at the threshold of going from bad to worse. But this diet has been bringing me back to good health. I've come to look as Diabetes/Carbs intolerance as a glorified allergy. An glorified allergy that has created a multi-billion dollar business.
  2. chris c
    My late mother recalled that when she was young there were no "epidemics" of obesity, diabetes or metabolic diseases, and "everyone knew" that if you wanted to lose weight you cut back on carbs. This was still true when I was young.

    She was a primary/junior school teacher from the thirties to the seventies and during that time there might be at most one or two "fat kids" per class (usually blamed on "glands"), one or usually no Type 1 diabetics and a couple of kids with asthma or allergies in the entire school.

    I observed much the same, as did most of the old folks I know/knew.

    The "epidemics" of obesity, diabetes and metabolic diseases coincide pretty exactly with the importation from the US of "low fat" diets to the UK.

    Here's the kicker though, as my generation dies out no-one will be left who actually remembers a time before "low fat" became the default diet. Already most doctors and nurses are too young to have known anything else but low fat, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimers, gout, gallstones and all the other sequelai.

    I predict that Sweden will simply be written off as another "paradox" along with France.

    All power to you and the small but increasing number of doctors who put their heads above the parapet and actually dare to improve the health of their patients.

    Already dieticians here are circling the wagons and attacking the likes of Aseem Malhotra and Rangan Chatterjee for daring to improve the health of their patients.

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