LCHF success story in free tourist magazine


Most of the many success stories on LCHF are in Swedish. But here’s a nice exception. Birgitta Höglund, a Swedish former chef, now lives in Turkey in the popular tourist destination Alanya.

A free tourist magazine just published a long interview with her about her love of good food – and her weight loss and health gains from eating LCHF. Check it out online, on page 54-59:

Hello Alanya Magazine July 2012


  1. Laura
    Morning...well you lose some but you win most...on LCHF!!
    I am influencing half of my department mostly because they can see for themselves how well I look. I had a phone call the other day from a young colleague who is a recovering cancer patient (Colon cancer) he said he wanted some paleo/lcHF advice as he feels he lack energy sicne his chemo I gave me some advice and then directed him to this website and MArk Sissons and Dr DAvis Wheat belly .....
    In the UK during chemo sessions the nurses hand out sweets to the patients my colleague told me. He could not believe it. You are trying to kill hte cancer and then feed the patient glucose so it can thrive again.......
    Anyway Excellent that word spreads...ironically Turkey might be one of the very first places where proper argiculture and therefore High carb diet started as shown by archaelogical remains dating back to some 13000 years!!! We have gone full circle a Swedish Lowcarber who spreads the word from the cradle of agriculture.....MARVELLOUS!!! :-)
  2. It's nice to be able to spread the word to my other hometown and all the readers of Hello Alanya :)

    It's really interesting to study The Mediterranean Diet right on the spot. I've been travelling a lot in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus for some years now and in every country they eat a lot of beef, fish, lamb, chicken, eggs, cheese and butter along with fruit and vegetables. And of course a lot of bread. Saturated fat has a big part of the traditional diet.

    Unfortunately they have become more and more influenced by the Western Lifestyle. The supermarkets are now filled with soda, chips, candy and cookies. Obese children are no longer few, like it was just 5-6 years ago.

    Health advice are now seen more often in TV and magazines, the Doctors are telling people to go back to the traditional breakfast with cheese, eggs, olives and vegetables and avoid to eat too much bread and cereals. So The Food Revolution is a growing lifestyle even in the cradle of grains ;)

  3. Laura
    Well done Birgitta!! And you are a chef so excellent combination...I am a decent cook and i have spread my wings even further and try to make wonderful food using obscure cuts of meat that ehre in Britain are undervalued or completely neglected (pity you can no longer eat brain will have to wait for a self catering holiday in France!)...the good thing is they are cheap.

    Keep up the good work...even in sunny countries they may need help to see the light!

  4. Thank's Laura. Just that kind of meat You are talking about is easy to find in the small butcheries in Alanya.
    Hope meat that's not so usual to buy, will be more available both in England and here in Sweden soon. We lowcarbers can make a difference, by asking our foodstores to sell them :)
  5. Ondrej
    And by the way...did you know that the part of Mediterranean diet at Crete (based on which the positive effect were studied and the diet was found superior to SAD) was FASTING tradition of their church? It may well be the main cause of longevity and well-being.
  6. Barbara
    Yes, in the "old" days which really are not much further back than the 40's and 50's Catholics would fast before going to Holy Communion in the morning from after dinner the night before - and this was the norm not the exception. As well, the day before a major feast was a fast day - like the day before Christmas and the day before New Years, or day before a major feast of Our Lady and other important saints too.

    And Lent used to be really kept strictly. Every day was a fast day where one main meal was eaten, with two other smaller "feeds" that would not add up to the amount in another main meal. And this for 40 days!! And lots of fish only days in Lent was the norm - that must have had a great deal to do with lower weights as well.

    Nothing to it!!! I think many people are finding that the "modern" version of this faith fasting, which is intermittent fasting is improving their health. Oh, for the good old days!!!

  7. Tia
    Great newspaper article with beautiful pics!
    I enjoyed every bit.... I really do love original Turkish Cuisine with all its spices and aromas! It is one of the finest in the world and suits my taste, yummy.

    BTW, I should have a little bit reading in one of my a little neglected cookbooks with Turkish dishes....
    Thanks for posting this and inspiring me :)

  8. Raymund Edwards
    For Laura and anyone else interested in the Cancer Connection

    A very clear and very good podcast

  9. Laura
    Thanks RAymund I will also pass it on to my colleague..
  10. Laura
    Raymund I am blown away! The interview with Dr Seyfried was amazing! I have spend the rest of the afternoon listening to Dr McLeary and I ahve printed Seyfried article on cancer as a metabolic disease...although McLeary repeats many thing Gary TAubes has said (before him..I checked the date of the podcast to be sure) almost verbatim but without acknowledging him..very interesting week of fasting a year to reset your mitochodria and prevent cancer...iamgine in paleo times fasting was a relatively common occurrence...imagine a world with so few is so easy so possible just eat natural foods and fast from time to accessible to everybody ....just imagine everybody healthier....

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