Natural Ketosis Blog

Are Starchy Foods Required for a Healthy Diet?

We are constantly being told that items such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and cereals are required for a healthy diet as they are full of nutrients. However, does their nutrient density outweigh their impact on our blood sugar levels and in turn on our health?

 

Artificial Sweeteners & Why Avoid Them

paper published this week showed that substituting your teaspoon of sugar for an artificial sweetener may not be the healthier way forward. In fact, the consequence of consuming artificial sweeteners was found to negatively affect the beneficial bacteria in our gut which directly affected the glucose metabolism.

Dairy Fats and Health

Over the past few days there have been 2 studies which have shown dairy fats do play a role in health. One looked at the association of dairy intake and the risk of developing certain conditions whilst the other was a poster presentation of a study that dairy intake and it's effect on type 2 diabetes. Both came to the conclusion that full fat dairy is positively associated with health. In this blog we explore why full fat dairy options contribute to health.

 

Comfort Eating - Can it be done on a Low Carb Lifestyle?

With the weather getting colder and the day getting shorter, let’s face it, we all look forward to a hearty meal to warm ourselves up. However, if you are thinking of embarking on a weight loss journey, you may be thinking that in order to achieve your goals you need to deprive yourself of good hearty food. But what if I were to tell you that losing weight may be a great way to actually enjoy good food?

 

Low Carb & Gut Health

The nation’s diet is a constant topic of debate within the media. The current obesity epidemic has been linked to a higher risk of cancer occurrence within the population. So what has diet got to do with it all?

 

Can You Change Your Cravings?


We all love to eat food that we know is bad for our health and waistlines. So whether it’s ice cream, a slice of chocolate cake or a scone or all the items on a high tea menu we all know these are not the best choices for health. However we tend to prefer to eat these items over a bowl of salad leaves. Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced this! So, losing weight can feel like you’re depriving yourself, albeit for a good cause, but what happens when you are allowed to eat these items once again? If cravings are the issue, then why not address this by changing your palate?

Concentration Levels & Food Choices

With the summer holidays over (or nearly over for some), getting back into the routine of old can be a bit tough. Regaining and maintaining high concentration levels can also prove daunting, especially after lunch time - or siesta time as it was a couple of days ago. So how can your diet help to increase not only your concentration levels, but also help to improve your overall health?

 

Weight Loss - A Lifestyle Change

Taking the decision to actively lose weight is a big one. The trigger for this decision may have come either from not being able to fit into a favourite pair of jeans or dress, or looking at a recent picture of yourself and being shocked. We are all human and living in a food environment that seems intent on making us heavier does not help the situation in cases where for one reason or another we have been a bit complacent about our food choices.

 

What is Nutritional Ketosis?

The debate around what we should eat in order to maintain a healthy life and ward off disease is a constant topic of conversation both in the media but also within your social group. Even if you have not officially followed a ‘diet’, you may have certainly adapted your eating habits and choices slightly over the years to mirror the common public health messages. At the moment, there is a lot of debate over the potential uses of dietary ketogenic diets, yet there is still a lot of myths surrounding what it actually is and how it works.

 

Why Experimental Biology Backs Low Carb Nutrition

Last week a paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Manchester. The conclusion from this piece of research  stated that the most effective weight loss dietary approach was one that was high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

PCOS & A Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (or PCOS for short) is a condition that affects millions of women in the UK. The cause of this syndrome is unknown. The condition is associated with abnormal hormone levels, especially insulin. In this blog we discuss why following a low carbohydrate lifestyle helps manage the condition and why.

Protein - Essential for Overall Health and Wellbeing

The amount of animal protein we should eat seems to be constantly under scrutiny. One day it’s a report stating that animal protein is bad for health, whilst the next day it’s the reverse advise - eat animal protein as a recent study has been shown it helps prevent chronic diseases X, Y and Z. Behind the catchy headlines however, what does the science actually say about the role of animal protein in our diet and health?

Can You Trust a “Sugar-Free” Label?

Over the weekend, an interesting article featured in the Daily Mail investigating what ingredients went into “sugar-free” food items. Much to the surprise of the author, some recipes called for a whopping 550g of honey!

 

Can Your Diet Affect Your Skin?

Whilst a rigorous face cream regimen and facials as well as other body treatments will certainly help alleviate the effect of time on our skin, what you eat can have a deep impact on how youthful your skin looks. The effect of sugars on the aging skin sometimes goes unnoticed, especially when it is drowned out by a multitude of products all promising younger more glowing skin.

Action Plan to Deal with a Slip

Trying to lose weight is not always a smooth road. There will always be bumps and potholes that unfortunately may force you to deviate from your original plan. So what happens? Does one meal (or two) going to undo all your hard work up till then?

Diabetes and a Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle

Not a day goes by without a news piece covering the UK diabetes epidemic or coverage regarding new and exciting research that focuses on new interventions to either prevent or manage diabetes. Yet what is diabetes, and can dietary interventions make a difference?

Is Sugar Addictive?

With the recent media attention on the population’s sugar consumption, studies that have previously been neglected for their claims on the psychological effects of sugar consumption are now gaining more recognition.

 

Review - KetoDiet App

With the rise in interest in Low Carb and Paleo diets it is great to see an app available to help people make the right decision on what to eat which will comply with this new way of eating.

Do We Need 7-a-day?

With recent research suggesting that we increase our fruit and vegetable consumption to 7-a-day from the current 5-a-day guidelines, does the initial science that brought us the 5-a-day message solid enough to withstand this new research of increasing this to 7 portions a day?

What is low GI?

A food item’s Glycaemic Index (GI) score reflects the amount of carbohydrates present and the overall effect this item has on blood sugar levels. A low GI score means that the food item takes longer to be absorbed/digested thereby releasing energy in the form of glucose slowly into the body. In terms of feeling full, what this does it that it keeps you fuller for longer due to the way such items are digested.