A story about gastric bypass surgery, from the dietdoctor blog:
“I was 20 years old when I had gastric bypass surgery. It was for five years ago. All I want to say is that I wish I had tried the LCHF Lifestyle first, before resorting to surgery.
After surgery, I lost 30 kg, but I still had my main problems; my constant desire to eat, hunger and cravings. The LCHF Lifestyle fixed that…and 30 more kg.
On the other hand, I had not heard about the LCHF Lifestyle until 2011. So when I had the surgery I did not have the knowledge as I have now. I would probably have eaten myself to death if I had continued the same way. I never believed it was possible for me to lose weight nor that I was a valuable person.
Do not hesitate, just do it. Even if you are severely fat frightened. It can save your life (or give you the life back).”~J. Jan 2013
Health Benefits of eating natural foods/LCHF (from blogs, books etc.)
- Losing weight/gaining weight
- Eliminating visceral fat
- Calm stomach
- Better sleep
- Fever cravings
- More energy
- Better quality of hair, skin, and nails
- Strengthened immune system
Health problems that can be avoided (from blogs, books etc.)
Visceral Fat – If the waist is greater than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for females it is a likely indicator of visceral fat. Another indicator of visceral fat is darkening, thickening and ridging of the skin at the back of your neck, armpits, and the knuckles. Visceral fat drives inflammation and diseases, and this is the fat that kills us.
Diabetes type II “sugar disease” – changes can happen very quickly so check the blood sugar thoroughly. It is important to have constant contact with the MD. Eat magnesium rich food or perhaps take supplement.
Cardiovascular (heart) disease – is caused by oxidation and inflammation (which in turn is caused primarily by poor food, excessive insulin production and all forms of stress, including over exercising). Possibly a lack of magnesium.
Lipid problems (blood fat)
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Cancer – More info click here
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Diabetes type 1 – you feel better because the blood sugar levels are more stable. Eat magnesium rich food or perhaps take supplement.
Prostate magnifications – mainly caused by high levels of insulin – The Western Lifestyle includes too many bad carbohydrates.
Epilepsy – Check your vitamin D levels – www.charliefoundation.org
Fibromyalgia – avoid gluten and sometimes dairy products. Perhaps lack of magnesium.
Acne – often to do with sugar and sometimes dairy.
Alzheimer’s – 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil in warm water every morning
Depression – do not forget vitamin D and sunshine. Perhaps lack of magnesium.
Certain pain problems – avoid margarine, bad oils, red meat, wheat, sugar. Increase intake of Omega 3, coconut oil, fatty fish, seafood.
PMS – it can help to supplement with magnesium.
Migraine/headaches – triggered by gluten/wheat, aspartame, and even cheese. Perhaps a lack of magnesium.
ADHD and Autism and similar symptoms – No gluten, sugar, dairy, soy, artificial colorings. Important to take Omega 3, probiotics, and to eat eggs, fat fish, seafood, and nuts. Perhaps need Cal-Mag supplement 1:1.
MS – Vitamin D. 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil in warm water every morning.
SLE – perhaps lack of vitamin D.
Celiac disease/leaky gut – avoid high levels of carbohydrates like sugar, wheat, beans, potatoes, green tomatoes. Read more under “Nightshades”.
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
I am sure this list could be much longer since so many of our diseases come from bad food choices and stress. Watch the videos and read more about the health benefits on Sweden’s biggest health blog, Diet Doctor, now in English.
If one professional cannot help you with your issues, go to the next one. Never give up! There are also many other dedicated alternative/complimentary professionals around:
- Naturopathic Doctors
- Doctors of Chiropractic
- CranioSacral Therapists
- Massage Therapists
- Lymphatic Massage Therapists
- Ask for advice at the health store
- Educate yourself on various other sites
Some more health tips:
- Read under “Vitamins & Minerals”.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding – eat the best food possible. Everything you eat and drink, will affect the baby.
- Breast-feed the children up to 1-1 ½ years of age if possible.
- Brush your teeth properly every morning and evening so that the bacteria from your mouth will not go down and hurt your heart.
- Replace dental amalgam in your teeth. Mercury free dental!
- Avoid chewing gums, flour tablets, mouth rinse etc. because they are not good for the intestinal flora.
- If you have a fever – keep your feet warm with socks and your head (and wrists) cold with a wet cold cloth on the forehead. Medication is often unnecessary.
- Drink Chamomile Herbal Tea in the evenings to relieve stress.
- Dry brush your body.
- Massage olive oil (good quality) on your legs from the feet and up. Good for blood circulation.
- Stop smoking.
“Priming your Gallbladder for Fats” from the Well Being Journal vol. 21, no. 3, by Lori Lipinski
Is your gallbladder ready for fat? If you´re an American, chances are you’ve experienced problems with your gallbladder at one time or another. Typical gallbladder symptoms include: gas (especially burping after meals), a full or heavy feeling after meals, bloating, “acid reflux” (after meals and at night when lying down), pain in the right side radiating into the right shoulder blade, and loose or light colored stools that float. Two things that the gallbladder doesn’t like are bad fats and no fats. Bad fat, like heat processed or hydrogenated vegetable oils, are difficult to digest and put a lot of stress on the gallbladder. The gallbladder is shaped like a little sack that sits alongside your liver. The liver produces bile, a substance made from cholesterol that emulsifies fat and makes it easier to digest. The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, then secretes it into small intestines when fats are present. If you don´t eat fat, the gallbladder won´t get any exercise and can begin atrophy. If you’re eating mostly bad fats in your life or have spent many years on a low-fat diet, chances are your gallbladder will need a little work before you will be able to completely digest generous amounts of good fats in your diet. Start by practicing good digestive habits, and enhance your digestion with raw apple cider vinegar. Mix 1 teaspoon with 2-4 ounces water and drink with meals. A nice acid environment in the stomach stimulates the gallbladder to do its job. Other helpful remedies include Swedish Bitters, 1 teaspoon in water taken just after meals, and lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut and beet kvass. Coconut oil is very easy on the gallbladder because the preponderance of short- and medium-chain fatty acids it contains do not required bile salts for digestion. If you are just beginning to add fats to your diet after many years of low-fat foods, your best choice at the start is coconut oil.
Listen to your body. It is unique! If you start the LCHF lifestyle quickly you will may feel dizzy, tired, dull, anxious, get headaches, become irritated and/or experience increased heart rate. Similar to flu symptoms. Start the LCHF lifestyle slowly, during two weeks, to allow your body time to make the massive adjustment from sugar to fat combustion as a source of fuel. Drink more water and add a little extra salt for a few weeks. Mary Vernon, M.D. says that people often lose a lot of salt the first few days, and feel that some of the symptoms are due to this. She recommends a cup of bouillon several times per day for a few days. Also, make sure you are getting enough potassium during this period. Read more under Vitamins and Minerals.
Eat more slowly and/or less food.
If you are feeling nauseous and fatigued after the first months your body probably wants more good carbohydrates like vegetables. Sometimes a fruit can help, if you are not sensitive to cravings.
1 to 2 tbsp. whole flax seeds per day in a glass of water, drink immediately. Drink a lot of water and eat vegetables with fiber.
Eat a little more protein like meat, fish, and eggs.
Eat more natural fat or food.
Drink organic coconut oil in warm water
Lack of magnesium. Stretch muscles before going to bed. Eat 3-4 almonds per day.
We get stones by eating low fat food. Stones + LCHF can give an attack.
Not Losing Weight:
Be patient. Do not use the scales – measure! This is a lifestyle and it can take 6-12 months and even longer for results in some people. If you have “starved” your body before, it will not let go of the fat until it can trust you. If you have been Yo-Yo dieting a lot it often takes longer time for the body to respond. Women after menopause have often more difficulty losing weight and achieving complete success. The closer you are to your ideal weight, the more difficult it is to lose the final pounds. The body will stop where it is happy. Avoid stress and anxiety which can lead to more insulin and more cravings. Take walks, meditate or practice yoga.
Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can be a problem for weight loss. A recommended 7-8 hours/night is good for adults, 9-10 hours for teenagers, 9-12 hours for younger children, and in a pitch black bedroom. Try to take power naps during the day. Avoid sitting for long periods or getting bored as this stimulates feelings of hunger. Certain prescription drugs can make it harder to lose weight i.e. cortisone, and a high consumption of alcohol.
Avoid eating too big or small portions, not enough natural fat, too much protein, too many snacks between meals, too much dairy, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, nuts, desserts, and/or chocolate.
Visualize, draw pictures or collect photographs of your ideal healthy body.