Welcome to January, 2017! This is the month many of us want to “start fresh” and focus on health and wellness.
Yesterday, I watched a presentation Dr. Stephen Phinney gave recently in Australia. I have watched many of his YouTube videos and learn something new every time.
Dr. Phinney is one of three co-authors (along with Dr. Eric Westman and Dr. Jeff Volek) of “The New Atkins for a New You”, which is the first “LCHF” resource that I purchased back in June 2015.
His credentials speak for themselves – he not only educates others on Low Carb, but lives the Low Carb lifestyle himself. He presents evidence to support the theory of carbohydrate restriction and nutritional ketosis, particularly in the treatment of diabetes and insulin resistance.
One point he made was that unless you change someone’s belief structure, it is very difficult to change behaviour.
We all have pre-conceived beliefs based on our own experiences and education. Sometimes, it is difficult to set those aside and look at the data and be willing to change our opinions based on new information.
Our fear of saturated fat, which has become so entrenched in our public health policies, was never based on reliable scientific data. The hypothesis that fat in the diet raises cholesterol and that high cholesterol causes heart disease has never been proven even though we have spent 40 years and millions of dollars attempting to do just that.
When I stumbled upon LCHF, it took some time to get my head around something that went against everything I had ever been taught about nutrition. The improvements in my own health became very motivating and caused a profound shift in my personal beliefs around health and wellness. Changing my beliefs changed my behaviour.
With all the different opinions and controversy in the nutrition world, it is difficult to know who to believe. Conflicts of interest and research funding sources can be difficult to spot. Is it a news story or paid advertising/marketing? The mainstream media is not the best source of unbiased information. Once you figure out who you trust, it makes it easier to make informed decisions about your health. Question the advice you are given and look behind the curtain. You might be surprised at what you find!
If you are ready for a change, check out these two websites for some practical tips, recipes, and meal plans to get started on your own low carb journey!