How the super healthy, low carb/sugar- paleo diet ruined our health and sanity.

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If you are doing awesome on it, great!

Peeps if you are following paleo, LCHF, primal or some other way of eating and it’s working for you and you feel amazing, that is super fantastic, I’m honestly very happy for you. This post isn’t for you.. or maybe it is so you know what to watch out for, I simply implore you to listen to and love your body and change shit up if you need to. If all is going well, fantastic!! Much health and happiness to you. This is my story and my partners so you don’t have to relate to it in any way, shape or form J if you’re going to be a nasty, uppity cunt about it, please keep it to yourself. I’m 3 days overdue pregnant and I don’t give a fuck about your precious ego or how I didn’t do it right or how you have the answers and are better than everyone. Seriously. Suck a fuck! Read with an open mind or go along on your merry way.

Pre Paleo

When I met Dan he was fit, robust and literally NEVER, EVER got sick. We enjoyed watching tv series (Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Walking Dead) together whilst eating mix bag lollies and we LOVED to eat out. We didn’t worry about what we ate. Dan subsisted on mainly cereal, subway, Boost smoothies, omelettes and some vegetables and meat now and then; I remember he would eat like four bowls of cereal in the morning- so a pretty high carb diet, our favourite cuisine was Japanese, especially the sticky rice and the green tea ice cream for dessert. We had shitloads of sex.  I’m talking 5 times a day. Fucking good times, literally.

Image by Bailey is Brown

Image by Bailey is Brown

Getting sick- start of diet obsessions

I had battled candida in the past but when I met him I was doing pretty well as I had been on a long course of daily Diflucan and that seemed to sort that out for a while, unfortunately it appeared to really mess with my immune system and I began getting vomiting bugs all the time and contracted some nasty viruses such as Eppstein Barr and Adeno virus. I was very, very sick, got down to 38kg, hospitalised multiple times, could not take care of myself at all, he basically had to nurse me full time at my mums house. I began obsessively researching as the antidepressants and sleeping peels and diagnosis of it’s all in my head from all the Drs, specialists and the hospital basically just giving me a drip and vomiting suppressants and sending me on my way wasn’t a great deal of help.

So I became obsessed with the candida diet, did that for a few months but in the end found that whole grains and loads of vegetables definitely was not my cup of tea- I was fucking starving and couldn’t stick to it at all, the food tasted so bland and shitty to me. I started seeing all sorts of holistic practitioners. I got ‘diagnosed’ with everything under the sun. Apparently I was intolerant to just about every food/chemical/substance on earth. I tried the failsafe diet. Fuck that was good times. Really. I loved eating a diet made up of 10 foods, when I ate anything not failsafe I’d have a huge reaction. One time I ate something with tomato and eggplant. My tongue swelled up in my mouth to four times its size and I could barely fucking breathe, my lips were raw red and I thought I was going to die. Took some antihistamines and that calmed that down but wtf, I used to be able to eat those foods without that kind of shit happening. I mean I am anaphylactic allergic to peanuts and cashews but not to a fucking tomato and some eggplant. Jesus. So ditched the failsafe mental asylum and continued to plough my way through a fuckload of research. Thus my introduction to the Weston A Price Foundation and then to stuff like the GAPS and Body Ecology Diets and Paleo in general. This way of eating was far better, Dan loved it too. Fuck I felt like I was the smartest little shit around. Eating like our ancestors, never entering the big two supermarkets. If I did I would stare in disgust at what other people were buying/feeding their kids and how fat, sick and depressed everyone looked. What an uppity wanker- seriously.

Learning lots of amazing things

I am actually very grateful for a lot of the amazing knowledge I gained in my hours, upon hours upon hours of reading books, blogs, studies, research etc. I think supporting grass fed, organic, locally sourced animal products is extremely important over supporting grain fed, factory farmed fucked up shit from the supermarket. I am all for organic, seasonal/local and eating real food. I am all for avoiding PUFAs as much as possible as I actually think they alone are the most damaging part of the modern human diet (margarine, vegetable/seed oils etc, some nasty ass and seriously damaging/inflammatory shit). I don’t want to ingest aspartame or a huge clusterfuck of additives, preservatives, colours and e numbers. But things started to go pretty darn sour 12 months down the track of our perfect, superior, ancestral, grain free, sugar free, low carb, paleo, real food, egomaniac, better than everyone diet. Interestingly the more symptoms we got the lower carb, lower sugar we tried to go.. this is what started happening. I’ll start with Dan and then run through my symptoms.

Dan’s body starts falling apart

Dan was the most chilled dude I have ever met when I met him, nothing could fire him up, he was very even tempered and just went with the flow pretty much all the time. He smiled a lot and was happy doing just about anything, even cleaning makes that boy happy, seriously. Like I said he never got sick, literally never in his life even had a common cold and he had boundless energy, we used to walk 8ks a day min and he was a runner and into loads of sport. Plus don’t forget the sex :P but he started to lose his health, he got dandruff all the time and weird rashes on his body, he became snappy so much more easily and really fatigued, in more recent times he started to get horrible digestive upset, I won’t embarrass him too much with the finer details but it wasn’t pleasant, he also started vomiting a lot which was truly bizarre and developed sinus issues, poor sleep and his muscles literally started wasting off his body- no matter how much pasture raised bacon, eggs, organic grass fed meats, super healthy fats and vegetables he consumed in a day. He became scared of carbs and even fruit and stopped eating his beloved bananas even.. he wouldn’t even touch sweet potato, we were so obsessed it was mental. He started lying around watching cricket all day, not having the energy for anything much at all. He was super moody and his zest for life had all but disappeared. He couldn’t exercise anymore, if he did he would get sick again. Weird stuff started happening to his teeth and he was getting kind of stinky, he’d never had a bad smell problem before haha (sorry babe). He decided that our water filter must not be clean enough and that’s why he was sick all the time and kept cleaning the water filter, even though Dom was drinking from it and he was totally fine- good thing Dom was still getting carbs from all the other places he went huh? I can only imagine if we had him 24/7 and he didn’t get any carbs or sugar- fucking bad times for his growth and health that would have been. Dan would say he must have got sick from cleaning the bathroom or not washing his hands after doing the dishes or something, he was freaking out about everything and would not TOUCH any food that wasn’t from our house and totally organic/paleo. I think it’s possible he was even more paranoid about it all than me. Poor bastard. Wtf had I done to him. I said we should go even lower carbs absolutely no sugar. Only fruit allowed was berries, lemon and lime and absolutely no grains (we’d been grain free for the best part of a year anyway) or starchy vegetables allowed. Ketosis and gut healing protocols and supplements would cure us. This was a week ago. I posted about the gut healing protocol on my page. A few people were smart enough to call me out on it and say it was a fucking bad idea, given I’m pregnant and will also need to be producing titty milk. One chick in particular kept commenting and private messaging me stuff. Stuff about low carb/no sugar not being the answer and how it could really harm our metabolism and adrenal and thyroid health. I thought she was a bit mental but good thing I love to read.  She implored me to read more from Josh and Jeanne Rubin and this batshit Matt Stone fellow. I read 6 of his books in a few days. I’m like that. Then I thought about my own symptoms over the paleo time.. what had happened to me?

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My health starts deteriorating again..

Well initially we felt amazing and were on top of the world. Pretty common scenario. Super fucking human we were. Knew it all. Did it all right. I mean shit I have 5,500+ people following my facebook page and liking, sharing and commenting on all the stuff I shared- good thing I ripped into veg/seed oils and highly processed shit more than I did natural sugar and carbs.. so hopefully I haven’t caused too many people lasting damage like I have to my own family.. although I definitely did encourage low carb/high fat.. fuckity.. hopefully if anyone else is experiencing issues this will help them on their way. I started to really lose my appetite. I seriously could not face bacon and eggs at breakfast. I wasn’t hungry until 10.30/11 and then I’d make a smoothie and usually not eat again until 5.30 or 6 where I’d push my meat, veg and fat around the plate. It wasn’t always like this, I used to love the food and Dan is truly an amazing cook but I was just so fucking bored out of my mind. I was constantly exhausted, like could barely walk 50 meters down the road without moaning and groaning and wanting to sleep on the side walk (this is prior to me being so heavily pregnant). My moods were psycho, everything made me angry and irritable, I mean I am a pretty firey person in general as you lot I’m sure are well aware but seriously. This one day I was driving home and I started screaming and crying and punching the steering wheel because the red light was taking too long to turn green and my aircon was broken and it was fucking hot sitting there in the sun. Like properly just losing my shit. Completely mental. Thought it was just hormones. This started happening more and more. Something tiny would set me off and I would go fucking ballistic, swearing and crying and screaming and slamming doors like my good old 15 year old self. A grown woman, behaving like one of those disturbed teenagers you see on those weird American shows that get sent to bootcamp and then come home all normal again, for a bit, then they start smoking crack again or whatever. I spent lots of time hiding in my bed, I found it difficult to answer the phone and emails again, I found it extremely difficult to cope with criticism of my work on here, I would cry virtually at the drop of a hat and had suicidal feelings often. Never feeling good enough and so ultra fucking paranoid about shit that just seriously DOES NOT EVEN MATTER.

I was also experiencing lots more digestive problems, couldn’t take a shit half the time, ended up with haemorrhoids, needed a bucketload of magnesium to get things moving, candida wouldn’t go away and would flare up hugely if I ate anything outside my paleo list, which was becoming a more regular occurrence. The cravings were constant and I felt so much guilt that I couldn’t just be good and stick to the perfect diet that was apparently so fucking satiating and not depriving at all.  My arthritis/RSI was playing up terribly in my hands and arms, I had pains all over my body and what felt like shin splints despite doing sweet fuck all in the way of exercise, I started waking at 2am and being unable to sleep. I was angry and irritable virtually all of the time.

Social anxiety- epic cravings

We had no life. Seriously. Even at Christmas time I would read the ingredients on say mint jelly (one of my favourite things of all time dating back to lovely memories as a child, slathering it on my meat) and I WOULDN’T PUT IT ON, because it contains sugar. That devil poison shit that is killing us all. I wouldn’t eat grains or if I happened to I would get really sick and feel really guilty. I never liked fruit much anyway. When I went super low carb, no sugar, my cravings were out of control. I thought I had a major addiction and problem that I needed to fix but my body is, as it turns out a fuckload smarter than me and when I went to McDonald’s eight times in a fortnight and ate the shit out of a large cheeseburger meal and a sundae, hiding the evidence and crying in guilt and literally ate 2/3 of this amazing cake my sister made for my son’s birthday in TWO DAYS. I thought maybe my body is really sending a strong message here. Maybe I’m not a weak piece of shit after all.

Questioning the low carb/sugar obsession

So I read Paleo Myths, Eat for Heat, Diet Recovery 2 and a bunch of other books by Matt Stone, I read Don’t Quit Sugar by Cassie Platt which I’d previously said a lot of disparaging shit about. I looked into the work of Ray Peat and Danny Roddy, I checked out Go Kaleo and I started taking our temperatures. According to Matt Stone and many others, these super restrictive diets fuck you mentally (obviously) but also for many people really destroy metabolism, thyroid and adrenal health. Dan’s raising temp was 34.4, mine was 34.8. Really if your metabolism and thyroid are functioning correctly you should be BARE MINIMUM 36.6, even better 37.2 or higher (99 Fahrenheit). Clearly we were fucked and our bodies were literally starving, particularly funnily enough for CARBOHYDRATES (that devil shit that is making us all fat and sick) and SUGAR. As well as salt, saturated fat, sleep and starch. The s’s for dealing with stress.

Feel initially amazing and get to your ideal body weight by quitting sugar?

In Cassie Platt’s book Don’t Quit Sugar she explains- “Many people experience profound results through quitting sugar, particularly in the short term. Mentally, there’s increased energy, blunted appetite and noticeable mood enhancement. Physically, there’s seemingly effortless weight loss. What most fail to realise is that such changes are attributable to a state of cellular stress and consequent rise in stress hormones. For three months, six months, perhaps a year (this is affectionately termed the ‘honeymoon phase’), stress hormones can make you feel excellent, promotion euphoria and a heightened sense of wellbeing. But beneath the surface, stress hormones do exactly as their name suggests- they’re a stress on the body in its entirety. Prolonged elevation can break down body tissue, impair thyroid function, damage the metabolism and devastate the body physiologically.”

Signs that your metabolism is on the decline

  • Low body temperature (increase sensitivity to cold, consistently cold hands and feet). TICK
  • Frequent urination- pale in colour. TICK.
  • Digestive issues- bloating after meals- delayed gastric emptying, less than one daily bowel movement. TICK.
  • Poor sleep quality (insomnia, waking up during the night)- TICK.
  • Low sex drive or impaired sexy function- TICK.
  • Thinning hair or hair loss
  • Infertility
  • Absent, irregular or difficult periods.
  • Thinning hair or hair loss.
  • Thin outer third of eyebrows.
  • Dry skin, especially on the hands and shins.
  • Fatigue (feeling tired, sluggish or weak). MASSIVE TICK.
  • Brain fog or poor mental focus.
  • Mood disorders, increased anxiety or depression. YES!!
  • Oedema (water retention), particularly facial puffiness
  • Weight fain
  • Muscle aches or weakness. TICK!

Cassie’s book also delves into many more facts and fiction about sugar including the whole insulin resistance escapade, fructose fear, fatty liver, sugar makes you fat, humans apparently ‘not being evolved’ to eat sugar and even the need to cut out sugar in order to stop feeding candida. MYTHS!! She then provides a how to guide to sugar, the best ones to use and how to incorporate them safely in your diet. When we talk about sugar, I merely mean sugar from fruits, starchy vegetables, raw honey, maple syrup and yes even pure cane. Not highly manufactured, processed versions like HFCS which IS damaging and a pretty bad idea for health.

EAT THE FUCKING FOOD

So yeah.. now we are eating all the foods. All the time. Min 3500 calories a day for me, more for Dan. Today I had a glass of freshly juiced, organic OJ (OJ CONTAINS AS MUCH SUGAR AS COKE OMG WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE), I had two pieces of Turkish toast for breakfast, with a shitload of butter. Then I had weetbix with raw milk. I had a pie for lunch, with sauce and a mango smoothie, I ate some Turkish delight and some lollies, I had 3 ice creams. I had scallops and mash in butter sauce for dinner. I drank apple juice.  Oh yeah I also had a cheeseburger too. I was fucking hungry. I’ve been doing this for a week now. Literally eating all the things, what I want, when I want to. I’m not going to carry on like this forever but funnily enough processed, calorie dense foods can be just what the Dr ordered to smash your metabolism back up to its rightful place and sort your shit out, plus it’s the best way to cure years of deprivation and starvation. Get it all in there. You’ll stop craving so much shit if you just eat all the things and get it done. I know, I know, completely mental right? Our temperatures are already rising, today I was 36.6 during the day and 35.5 upon rising, a definite improvement. I look forward to being a normal part of society again, eating nourishing foods but also enjoying my sister’s pastries, Turkish toast and juice.

Where to from here..

All I can say is you need to listen to your body and do what’s best for you once again. You can’t prescribe a one way diet for everybody on the planet earth. It just doesn’t work out. Sorry. Do your own goddamn research and for fucks sake google where to get the books (amazon kindle people, keep up).  Google the blogs, just fucking google it all. Check out these posts from previous low carb paleo peeps too http://huntgatherlove.com/content/breaking-paleo and http://butterbeliever.com/low-body-temperature/ and http://www.cheeseslave.com/why-i-ditched-low-carb/. Don’t bother commenting about what I’m choosing to eat and how I’m choosing to deal with what I believe actually got to the point of an eating disorder. Google Geneen Roth, feedbag method etc and shove your judgments up your ass.

I’m having a fucking good time EATING THE FOOD and feel about a million percent better in every way. So does Dan J I will probably lose a lot of my audience with my very different attitude towards food and health, that’s ok, I hope that I will also gain a new audience and retain a lot of my old fans as well. I think I can still be proud of a lot of the work I have done. Saturated fats are a very important part of the diet, eating local, organic, sustainable food is awesome, PUFAs and highly processed man-made oils and ‘spreads’ are in no way healthy. I’m not sitting here swilling vegetable oils and HFCS by any means. But I think a much more relaxed and enjoyable approach is needed in many cases and you may need some carbs and sugar. Type 2 diabetes and all the other complications that paleo/low carb claims to save you from are not as simple as they are made out to be.  I think the paleo movement has a lot of wonderful and very positive aspects but I think the low carb, sugar fear mongering campaign is pretty akin to the saturated fat and cholesterol fear mongering propaganda and that makes me really, really sad. I really hope that I haven’t harmed anyone else with what I thought was the holy grail of dietary advice. That’s the thing that freaks me the fuck out the most and lead me to abruptly shutting down my page. I guess I can say that I never wanted people to just do what I do anyway, all I wanted was to share information with the world and get people CRITICALLY THINKING and now I am taking a critical approach once again and turning a lot of what I thought I knew on its head. Again all covered in Matt’s books and by the likes of the others mentioned.. check it out it really is very interesting..hope there is still some love for me and my ramblings out there. Be kind to yourselves..

One day left to pre order your copy of the Big Fat Truth e-book!

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And in doing so supporting me in actually getting this thing out in the world! 

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Cover design by Jemma Gorring

Has following the conventional mainstream dietary ‘wisdom’- a low fat, high carbohydrate, seed oil and sugar filled diet left you fat, sick, fatigued, with significant digestive discomfort such as Crohn’s, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Candida etc? Do you have type two diabetes, are you sick of feeling depressed and lethargic? Have you been yo yo dieting your whole life? Are you significantly underweight or overweight and depleted? Does your Dr tell you your symptoms are in your head and that food has nothing to do with it? Have you been prescribed statins (cholesterol lowering medication), have you been told you will need to be medicated for the rest of your life? Are you ready to TRY SOMETHING NEW? Then I hope this book will be of significant assistance to you.

This e-book filled with beautiful illustrations by Jemma Gorring and photography by Ryan Jorgensen from Jorgo Photography debunks the living daylights out of mainstream nutrition ideas, gives options for replacing soft drinks and other sugar filled concoctions, teaches you how to make the huge change from a life of processed foods, illness and weight issues back to traditional, nourishing foods, healthy fats and balance in your life. Do you want a handy resource for what to say to people that think you’ve lost your blob because you don’t want to eat the ‘heart healthy’ multigrain bread with margarine? Do you want to know I emerged from the depths of pitiful nutrition and dreadful health and regained my health by BREAKING ALL THE RULES (my favourite past time) and following the exact opposite of the mainstream dietary guidelines and accepted advice? Do you want all the info on what to buy and what to avoid like the plague? Want the goods on fats, protein, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners. Want to know how the bloody hell to get your kids to eat something other than bread, cereal and pasta with cheese? Want to know the BEST fats to use and how to use them? This book is jam packed with all this and much, MUCH more. I want it to be a one stop guide for my readers.

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Photo by Ryan Jorgensen of Jorgo Photography

If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then please pre order your copy right over here and help me get this e-book out into the world!! Anyone who gives $15 or more to help fund the release of this thing will automatically have their copy sent straight to their inbox the SECOND it is released. 

http://fnd.us/c/0efNc/sh/a2Nxbb

Thanks for your support everyone :D

Recipe Roundup! Best blogs/pages for paleo/primal/GAPS/grain free/sugar free/NOURISHING recipes around.

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I get asked for recipes on my page all the time. The truth is I’m a shithouse cook. It’s one of the reasons I got so sick. Legit lived off mi goreng, pasta and cheese, cereal, toasted sandwiches and take away junk for years. Well that all ended very badly for me and I eventually had to harden the fuck up and learn how to cook. SO I got myself a Thermomix after sometime because I absolutely HATE cooking with a passion. I don’t like chopping, I generally cut myself AND I generally burn myself on the oven or stove too. My dislike for doing dishes is almost as extreme as my dislike for the Heart Foundation’s dietary guidelines and Tick of Approval program. Thus the petition. So I’m sorry guys. But you won’t find many recipes on this page. I have invented the best smoothie recipe of all time which has seen me through my pregnancy. These days I also chuck in some Peace Love and Vegetables coconut kefir as well as some coconut cream for extra fat. YIPEE! But that’s about as good as it gets folks.

I do however troll the internet and make other people’s scrumptious recipes, and using my Thermomix I don’t even mess them up! It’s awesome! My partner is a great cook too and he loves giving new dishes a crack, specially if it involves grass fed meats and delicious fats. He’s also a huge fan of eggs :)

So I thought’d I’d do a blog/page roundup. Scroll through, click on every page, like them, check out their blogs and follow them and then you will never again be able to complain about my lack or recipes and culinary skills. Your newsfeed will be INFESTED with them. In a good way :)

These are in absolutely no particular order. They all rock in different ways. I will link their facebook page first and if they have a blog will put that at the end of the sentence. Follow the coloured word thingies. They are an amazing invention called links and will direct you straight to their pages. Fancy shit eh?

Oh also please note that not all of the recipes in these blogs/pages etc will all be GAPS friendly, grain free etc, just find what works for you and what doesn’t. They are all real food though and look delicious!

1. Wholesome Kids Traditional living in the modern world. Whole food recipes and health information. Their blog is here.

2. The Ancestral Body by Charby Ibrahim – Nutritional Health Coach. Personal Trainer. Health and Fitness Blogger. This guy also has heaps of cool videos. Who doesn’t like watching videos. Plus he’s cute. Added bonus eh?

3. Jen’s Wellness Corner and her blog with yummy recipes and lots of great info!

4. Brisbane Paleo Family. I’ve hung out with Leah a few times in Brisbane, she has the most amazing skin I have EVER SEEN. Must be all that fat and nourishing food. Apart from that she runs Brisbane Paleo meetup and has some great recipes too!

5. Kehoe’s Kitchen. Honestly us Brissy chicks are pretty awesome at life. I’ve seen these guys at Northey St Markets often too. Get on their blog for some great recipes :D

6. Mama Going Natural. This is pretty awesome, she not only has recipes for the kitchen but also for household AND beauty needs. Awesome. Plus I noticed she shared this post I did last night and is pre ordering my ebook. Therefore she must be pretty freaking cool haha.

7. Nat Kringroudis (it always takes me half an hour to type her last name out, something about it makes my more pregnant brain twitch, I think I spelt it right lol, maybe I should use copy and paste). Anyway this bird is all about fertility, fats, real food and much more. Recipes here.

8. Foodness for Goodness Sake. I kind of want to name it Foodness for Fucks Sake cos I think that would be rad. But swearing is inappropriate and offensive isn’t it :P in all seriousness if you have a bunch of allergies or foods you are avoiding this page is seriously helpful. Check out the recipes.

9.  Jen’s Paleo Kitchen. Shithot paleo recipes from Toowoomba!

10. Feeding Two Growing Boys Sharing healthy REAL food recipes with like minded people who are looking to eat additive, preservative and colour free food (and allergy friendly). Yay! Check out their fantastic blog here.

11. Pinkfarm A journey through the city and the country. Real food, traditional food, instinctive living and a healthy lifestyle. These ladies are wonderful :)

12. Hot Pink Chili. Untangled eating… straight out of the nourishing kitchen of a hot pink chilli with the help of my Thermomix. I ♥ to eat REAL food: sometimes raw, sometimes primal, always delicious and always using nutritious ingredients to feed our faces and souls.

13. For Real Food. Simple, healthy recipes :)

14. Ditch the Wheat is devoted to paleo/primal/real food based/ancestral, grain free, dairy free, reduced sugar recipes and health topics.

15.Grass Fed Girl tips/recipes from a low-carb, gluten/grain-free, Paleo/primal/WAPF nutritionist and fitness expert. Blog here.

16. The Coconut Mama Real Food. Natural Living. Coconut Love.

17. Real Food Real Fast bringing YOU the tools to prepare tasty and nourishing food. Save time, feel GREAT! Nicole is really lovely and about to bring out a fantastic cookbook. Don’t worry I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available!

18. Eating Innately has a gorgeous blog with lots of beautiful foodie photos and paleo friendly recipes.

19. Healthy Living Inspiration simple layout, lots of delicious nourishing recipes!

20. Quirky Cooking if you’re not following her already you’ve obviously been living under a rock and need to get out more. Actually that makes no sense. If you were getting out more you probably wouldn’t be spending all your time on facebook and therefore would be excused for not being on this page. But seriously. Fantastic recipes. Boatloads of useful tips. Awesome photos.

21. Frugal Paleo All about holistic nutrition, natural beauty, and saving money anywhere possible. Being healthy CAN be done frugally!

22. All Health Wellness Healthy recipes, diet and workout tips with a focus on wellness.

23. The Shrinking Hubby sharing the inspirational story of how my husband shed and has kept off 60 kilos by eating clean and embracing a healthy lifestyle.

24. Paleo in Melbourne We blog, review, discuss Paleo nutrition, networking, events & workshops locally. Helping on your way to a Paleo lifestyle. Recipes and more can be found here.

25. Forever Nutrition not gonna lie. Got a bit of a girl crush on Dinielle. She was one of the first people to sign my petition. She’s a nutritionist from Sydney, brutally honest, not afraid to say it how it is and a total kindred spirit. Plus she actually does know how to cook and has some bloody brilliant recipes to go with all the extremely insightful and useful nutrition info she shares.

26. Wholefood Simply everyone who follows my page knows my household goes apeshit for these cookies. This banana bread has also been a life saver for getting my son grain free. He adores it.

27. Terrific Fitness have some seriously awesome recipes on their page.

28. Food, Glorious, Friendly Food Intolerance friendly, kid friendly food….free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar and additives. A blog about how wonderfully easy and scrumptious catering for food intolerances can be…from my kitchen to yours!

29. Lisa Corduff in the Kitchen where I’m in the process of transitioning my family to a whole foods diet. The food must be real. That’s the challenge!

30. A girl, a guy, furkids and food The life, loves and food of an unconventional nuclear family from Hobart, Tasmania. We love our furkids, eating food and cooking food. We also love our Thermomix, our amazing helper in the kitchen.

31. Informed Health whilst not really recipes I think worth including this blog as its jam packed with really super useful information.

32. Nosh Nosh Splosh Healthy food from my kitchen shared over a glass of wine.. there are some great gravy recipes. A few people have been asking what to replace gravox with, whilst not totally grain free heaps better than using that rubbish!!

Ok seriously that’s enough for now. If I have to link another link in this goddamn blog post I think I might end up stabbing myself with a nearby pen. I really hope you enjoy all these amazing pages and blogs, they are jam packed with delicious recipes and many of them have really supported my work and the petition.

You will also be excited to know that I will soon be releasing my first e-book *EXCITEMENT DANCE* called the Big Fat Truth.

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Cover by the very talented Jemma Gorring

Are you after a guide that debunks the living daylights out of mainstream nutrition ideas, gives options for replacing soft drinks and other sugar filled concoctions, teaches you how to make the huge change from a life of processed foods, illness and weight issues back to traditional, nourishing foods, healthy fats and balance in your life? Do you want a handy resource for what to say to people that think you’ve lost your blob because you don’t want to eat the ‘heart healthy’ multigrain bread with margarine and no actually you don’t want that nasty diet soft drink anymore? Do you want to know I emerged from the depths of pitiful nutrition and dreadful health and regained my health by BREAKING ALL THE RULES (my favourite past time) and following the exact opposite of the mainstream dietary guidelines and accepted advice? Do you want all the info on what to buy and what to avoid like the plague? Want the goods on fats, protein, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners and MUCH MUCH MORE???

Then please pre order your copy right over here and help me get this e-book out into the world!! Anyone who gives $15 or more to help fund the release of this thing will automatically have their copy sent straight to their inbox the SECOND it is released.

Feel free to comment if you have a blog you think should be included. If I’ve given you a shout out here feel free to return the favour! My page is here.

Enjoy :) xxx

Creating the Big Fat Truth e-book for you!

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I get a plethora of questions daily about how to return to a traditional, nourishing way of eating. More and more people are dipping their toes in and finding out more about how amazing life is when they begin to refuse the sugar, GMO grain, seed oils and all the other processed, additive, colour, flavour filled rubbish on the market and return to the foods we evolved to eat. You want to nourish yourself and you definitely want to nourish your kids.. but bloody hell where to even start?? What on earth to buy? How to cook? How to not go totally broke on organics? How to budget? What on earth are your super fussy kids who love their white bread, pasta and cheese even going to eat? What kind of milk and butter and meat to buy? Where to buy it? What should be on your shopping list? How to maintain a healthy weight? WHY are the dietary guidelines so flawed? What do I tell people thank think I’m a nutter? What should you avoid? What are the best fats to use? Which ones are deadly? What else do I need to know to protect my family? What about fermented foods- how does that even work? Gut health? SO MANY QUESTIONS and so many more to be answered.

And I truly do want to answer them all for you and assist you in your journey, giving you the power to regain and maintain your health and take care of your yourself and/or your family giving them the ABSOLUTE BEST start in life. I want it to be easy to understand, fun to read and ALL IN ONE PLACE. Just for you. To refer to whenever you like. Filled with pretty pictures and handy hints. Filled with love and support and sarcasm and hilarity. I dream about creating this every day, then I write what I dream and rework it and put all my passion and fire into it until it is just exactly perfect and I can release it with love into the world for you to pour over and learn from and enjoy.

I visualise this book going out into the world and helping people far and wide- giving them access to information that is NOT biased and funded by Big Food and Big Pharma. I imagine the amazing effect it will have on their life, health and happiness and the ripple effect this will create. It excites me big time.

I so want to get this e-book finished, package it beautifully and get it out there. I need to create my website and shopping cart and infusionsoft and mailing list and upgrade my dodgy 5 year old laptop! Which is why I have made it available for PRE ORDER! For one week only. Anyone who donates $15 or more to help me get it out there, exactly the way it should be, will automatically go on the list to receive their copy direct to their inbox the second it is released. To get your copy please head to http://fnd.us/c/0efNc/sh/a2Nxbb.

I look forward to hearing what you think of it when it is released :)

Thank you for reading!

Much love :)

Jessie Reimers

Gratitude, Community and Story Sharing

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Are you grateful for all the amazing parts of your life? Or do you focus on the negative parts and forget to feel the sun on your skin, laugh with your family, look at the leaves and life around you and appreciate all the beautiful people in your life.

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Photo by Rose Hewartson Photography

It can be so easy to concentrate on the negative, to get caught up in struggling to pay the bills and feed your family and keep on top of everything you have to do in your insanely busy life. I’m a mum with one on the way, a Thermomix consultant, I’ve been working my bum off for 9 months getting the Heart Foundation petition out there, which certainly doesn’t pay the bills and in between trying desperately to finish writing my first book, stay healthy and keep my family healthy and be there for my partner, three year old, unborn child AND myself. Shit can certainly get crazy and when people are nasty to you or things don’t always go to plan it can be so easy to dwell on all the rubbish. But life is so much more astounding and wonderful when you focus on the best bits!!

Yesterday was one of the most emotional, overwhelming, amazing, crazy, awesome, wonderful days of my life. The night before I had a bit of a thread happening on my facebook page about what would be a good idea for me to study or what skills I needed in order to achieve my dreams of writing and public speaking. Several people in the past have suggested that I do Carren Smith’s Speakers Fast Trak Course which I knew would be amazingly beneficial for me but I also knew I wasn’t going to have nearly $1000 spare cash to fork out for it because I am having to wind back my Thermomix work as I am now heavily pregnant and about to have a new baby! Brett Hill from The Wellness Guys (check out the podcast we were recently involved in together here) suggested that I set up crowd funding and have people donate to get me there and when a number of my other amazing followers suggested the same thing and said they’d happily donate I knew it was something I had to think about further, clearly the Universe was trying to get me there!! It was something that I found really awkward to think about, asking complete strangers for money so I could do an amazing course and keep spreading the message about eating real food and natural healthy fats and avoiding profiteering, mainstream, damaging dietary advice. It is my absolute life’s passion. Nothing makes me feel more alive and there is no better feeling then when you get messages from people saying their lives and families have been dramatically changed by returning to a real food, nourishing way of eating.

So I set up this crowd funding campaign, I nervously put it up on my page and dawdled for a whole night and felt so odd about it all. I thought I’d probably get a total of $3 and the whole thing would just be super awkward and embarrassing. What followed was the most overwhelming, amazing stream of donations. In half a day we had cleared the goal of $1050 to get me to the course. I literally couldn’t stop crying, every time people put more money on and sent me messages of support I cried some more, I’m going to blame the hormones a little bit too haha. I honestly don’t think I realised how much people truly appreciated all the hard work I’ve put into the campaign all year and sharing all the information I do with as many people as possible. It was a mind blowing experience. Complete strangers, friends and colleagues gifting me with their hard earned $$ so that I can carry on my dreams..

The total is now at $1187 and I am absolutely lost for words, the campaign has another 25 days left on it as I didn’t think I would reach the goal in HALF A DAY!! All extra funds are going towards me doing Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Biz & Life course which will equip me with such much needed marketing skills, how to create and share e-books with the world and all kinds of awesome stuff as well as self publishing my first e-book AND HARD COPY when it is finished.

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The whole experience has left me speechless quite honestly. I am so full of gratitude for everyone involved, those who encouraged me to do it, those who have supported me in everything I do, the amazing online community we have created together, the people I have met and who have always offered kind words and encouragement when I so desperately want to quit because it’s all too hard. You all mean so much to me, I am very, very thankful to each and every one of you.

Just one last request- for my book/e-book and blog I would like some real life stories- how has the food you eat changed your life or child’s life and health? If you’ve got a story to share feel free to comment here or email jessrems@gmail.com and share your story with me! Let me know if you would prefer to remain anonymous or if you are happy to include your full name, occupation and location (City and Country) that would be fantastic. Sharing our stories helps people a lot.

If you would like to give a little something to the campaign you can still do so here, donations start at $1 and I promise each dollar will be treasured and spent well. I’ll see you in a town near you one day when I’m traveling the world doing what I love to do the most off the back of this AMAZING COURSE which YOU GUYS MADE HAPPEN!

Much love and gratitude to you.

Jessie Reimers

Breakfast of Champions- What to Eat, What to Avoid like the Plague

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If you were anything like me as a kid you used to have competitions with your siblings about how many Weetbix you could fit in for breakfast (with sugar on top), or you’d compare your ‘guns’ after you wolfed down a bowl of ‘iron man food’ (Nutrigrain) and pretend you were a champion athlete. If I wasn’t having that for breakfast it was my favourite sultana bran, tinned spaghetti jaffles on white bread, turkish toast with ‘spreadable’ butter or sometimes we’d even get cocoa pops. Always with a glass of apple juice or a few massive heaped spoons of Milo and a big glass of milk (at least I didn’t drink that skim shit, just the pastuerised, homogenised, commercial full cream stuff, still, gross!)

Many of these cereals may even have the Heart Foundation Tick, (which doesn’t mean it’s healthy by any means, thus the reason for my petition against them). All are marketed as providing you and your children with all the energy and nutrition they need for a healthy start to the day. But are cereals and white bread really a healthy choice, worse still could they be damaging you and your children’s health?

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Fuck that ^ way better options around.

Most if not all cereals on the supermarket shelf are complete and utter crap. Don’t be fooled by their dazzling health claims of ‘low fat’ ‘heart healthy’ ‘lowering cholesterol reabsorption’ ‘all the protein and energy you need’ ‘full of vitamins and nutrients’. Deceptive marketing at its best.

By now if you are a regular reader you should know what I think of low fat, lowering cholesterol etc, if not have a browse of some of my other posts. This is a great post to improve your understanding of why processed cereals are absolutely awful for your health. Here is an excerpt.

“In his book Fighting the Food Giants, biochemist Paul Stitt describes the extrusion process, which treats the grains with very high heat and pressure, and notes that the processing destroys much of their nutrients. It denatures the fatty acids; it even destroys the synthetic vitamins that are added at the end of the process. The amino acid lysine, a crucial nutrient, is especially damaged by the extrusion process.”

Why you would want synthetic, fortified vitamins in your life anyway is beyond me, they are completely useless to a human body. We can’t recognise that rubbish and even if some are not destroyed in the process they will not be absorbed or utilised by us. Many are actually quite toxic. Plus many vitamins are FAT SOLUBLE so if you are eating that fortified Vit D shit with skim milk again you are rendering the whole situation completely useless. Sorry bout that. Don’t panic. There are so many far more delicious, nutritious options awaiting you!!

A quick tip, always ignore the nutrition label which will go on about low fat, carbs etc etc. Take a look directly at the ingredients. You will generally find some sort of clusterfuck of non food rubbish such as..

Rice (25%), sugar, wheat bran (15%), maize flour, wheat gluten, whole wheat (6%), oat fibre, wheat flour, minerals (calcium carbonate, iron, zinc oxide), salt, molasses, flavour, barley malt extract, rosemary extract, vitamins (vitamin E, niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamin, folate). (Special K).

Note second ingredient- sugar, and that’s pretty much how it is for most of these cereals, absolutely loaded with the stuff.

Here are some more ingredient labels from super popular cereals, bars and those breakfast drinks to get you thinking!

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Don’t even think about store bought bread with margarine, spreadable butter or some kind of other rubbish spread either. Check out this tick approved loaf. What a joke!

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Moving onto happier times and healthier alternatives.

Bacon and eggs. Boom. Breakfast done. Delicious. There are so many ways you can do it too. I always buy Biodynamic eggs from the organic farmers markets or at least aim for organic ones and bacon from my local organic butcher- have a google I’m sure you will find one in your area, otherwise look for organic, online meat delivery- there are loads of options these days. The nutritional value is FAR superior, they taste way better and obviously the chickens/animals have a much happier life too. Or get some chickens in your backyard. Eggs are awesome. Have as many as you want every day. Poach them, scramble them, fry them in butter, or use the yolks in smoothies. Perfect breakfast food, seriously! Here’s an interesting article on eggs http://bodyecology.com/articles/whats-really-in-your-eggs.php# and this one has some great info on fats and eggs and nourishing children including great recipes http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/nourishing-a-growing-baby.

I use the simple recipes in the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook for omelette, or poached eggs and also make the hollandaise sauce and often have that with some steamed veg (done in the Thermomix varoma). Otherwise just google simple egg recipes. You’ll find loads :) ignore any with low fat weird rubbish in them, if it calls for cheese use full fat organic and full fat pure cream and butter :) yummy healthy good fats!!

Smoothie. No don’t blend some low fat milk with some shit denatured protein powder and call it a day lol. Here’s my recipe http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/recipes/real-mango-protein-smoothie/108970 I have also taken to putting some Peace, Love & Vegetables coconut kefir in there too, a tablespoon or two of coconut cream and some Paris Creek Natural Yoghurt- ingredients whole milk and cultures, no milk solids, sugar or any other strange things.

Left overs!! Make a delicious nutritious dinner, veggies, meat, all that good stuff and then heat some up in the morning. NOT IN A MICROWAVE. On a stove top or in a Thermomix :)

If you like having bread or toast try this banana bread recipe or raisin bread recipe instead, grain free, naturally sweetened and the banana bread is PACKED with protein, lather on some butter for some good fat in there too. http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/it-makes-a-meal-protein-packed-banana-bread/ http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/raisin-bread/.

If you truly love your cereal and are having trouble deviating from that and you can tolerate grains ok try some organic, steel cut oats. Soak them overnight and cook on the stove or in the Thermomix, serve with raw milk, Paris creek natural yoghurt and maybe some fruit on top too :)

There are also some great cereal options out there too. I’m allergic to most nuts and can’t handle grains or harsh fibre (healing my gut) so they’re not for me but if you can tolerate them they make great alternatives when trying for better options.

Norridge is an option, made of the following. You can find it here. “Norridge is packed full of nuts, seeds and fruit and entirely grain free making it  not only super tasty but digestion friendly as well. Taking the age old principals of paleo and creating breakfast the new way.”

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There is also The Muesli. Emma the maker of the Muesli sent me this cracker of an email and sent us up some cereal to try. Unfortunately again I’m very allergic to nuts but my other half loves it when he doesn’t have time for a big fry up :)

“The Muesli - but the whole reason I even made it in the first place was because it was impossible to find anything on the shelves that wasn’t chockers with sugar!  (not to mention roasted in canola oil!)  You can count on one hand the breakfast cereal products that  carry a Sugar Free message or are able to boast it!
 We have a beautiful, premium Australian made and owned product that is expensive due to its makeup of 50% raw nuts and seeds, which has a nutritional profile like nothing else with just 1.6% sugars occurring naturally from the 11 ingredients – and with it a really important message about why a product such as The Muesli is what the consumers need to be looking for.  (themuesli.com.au)
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Ive developed the message that I’m working with – with a view to taking on the Heart Foundation Tick. (I also ‘love’ the Low GI tick and conflict of interest that goes with it!!!)
As you so eloquently state in all of your writings – as a society, not only are we misled into believing everything they advertise at us or write on their boxes – but we are completely confused by the messaging that the likes of the Heart Foundation, dieticians & nutritionists continue to disseminate.
It’s my simple premise that if we did nothing more complicated that turn a packet over and read One Line only on the nutrition panel – SUGARS – if they’re more than 5g/100g (5%) – Move On, we would see an immediate impact on the obesity rates as well as the epidemics of diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease…..HEART DISEASE, but I know you know this!
 I call it The One Line Rule and whilst I acknowledge it isn’t completely failsafe (for the veg & seed oils added), it really would rule out, dare I say, the majority of bad processed foods.   It also resonates brilliantly with kids/teens and gives them a realistic focus that is easy and very revealing, for them to follow.
 I think that to provide a simple rule for people to follow must be a start towards the answer to all this confusion.  We have to start somewhere.”
So true :)
So anyway, get some real food in ya for breakfast. There are loads more options as well. Remember if it grows in the ground or it moves around eat it, aim for as close to nature as possible. If you’re great grand mother would not have recognised it as a food as a young child, put that shit back. Enjoy!!

My Response to the latest Heart Foundation Statement

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This is my response to the statement released by the Heart Foundation in relation to the A Current Affair segment on the Heart Foundation petition. Their statement by the way is an absolutely perfect example of how NOT to formulate a coherent argument. Stating the opposing case with little to no evidence- ie making claims such as everything presented was unfounded and untrue and then failing to provide anything to the contrary and attacking the characteristics or authority of the person without addressing the substance of the argument. I mean they may as well have called me an asshat and left it at that.

If you missed the segment on A Current Affair last night it can be found here.

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The Heart Foundation says “We strongly refute the claims presented on A Current Affair – they are simply unfounded and untrue.”

So all of the claims we made were simply unfounded and untrue? I see.. ie one of these such claims was that the Tick is not a healthy choice, the basic foods such as vegetables and eggs etc are acceptable however many of the packaged foods simply don’t deserve a health recommendation as they are pretty much all based on sugar, processed grains, vegetable/seed oils, additives, preservatives, colours, flavours etc and cannot possibly be considered a health choice and in actual fact are quite damaging to the human body in many ways. I did a post about the foods with the tick a few weeks ago which can be found here.

Cyndi O’Meara also made the claim that the more sugar and carbs we eat the more weight we put on. This has been shown time and time again in medical literature and evidenced by the huge amount of obesity we are currently seeing, ie 2/3 of Australian’s who are over consuming both highly processed carbohydrates and sugar- the very foods you recommend we eat.  Now you claim that this is completely unfounded and untrue but refuse to actually back this up with any evidence whatsoever. Here are a few very interesting and very well referenced articles linking to study upon study showing that it is far more complicated than calories in, calories out, that we need to understand the role of fructose, insulin resistance and many other factors coming into play.

http://authoritynutrition.com/4-ways-sugar-makes-you-fat/, http://authoritynutrition.com/6-graphs-the-war-on-fat-was-a-mistake/, http://authoritynutrition.com/top-13-nutrition-lies-that-made-the-world-sick-and-fat/

It was also discussed in the segment that we shouldn’t be swayed by products just because they are low in fat or cholesterol, one only needs to look at the studies and even more important the actual results, look around!! 2/3 of Australians are overweight or obese, young children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, heart disease is the number one killer!! How can you say that this advice is working, especially since prior to the introduction of a low fat, high carbohydrate diet, these issues and many others were virtually non-existent. I don’t need a study to show that, it is the most obvious picture to have ever been painted.

Cyndi O’Meara stated in the segment “Margarine is an industrialised fat; it has to be chemically made. Then it doesn’t taste like butter, so they have to put butter flavouring in, which has 48 chemicals in it, and they have to add colour to it, because it is not yellow, so they are saying let’s give the tick of approval to this, when butter is cream churned, and that’s it. No colours, no flavours, no nothing, that’s it.” Is this statement unfounded and untrue? No, it is a fact plain and simple.

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In the segment links were also made between eating highly processed foods and Alzheimer’s, obesity, autoimmune disorders and even heart disease. Again, unfounded and untrue or something that needs to be taken into very careful consideration indeed, I tend to think the latter.  More medical professionals are starting to understand the importance of the gut, brain connection and neurologist’s such as Dr Perlmutter are showing the role of grains in disease propagation. Every day more and more research comes to light linking grains, sugars and highly processed foods with all these conditions and more, another very well referenced article pointing to numerous studies and information on the subject can be found here http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-1-dont-eat-toxins.

The main point in the segment was that if you want wonderful health you’ve got to go back to real foods, the foods that our body evolved to eat- hardly an outrageous statement to make, pure common sense it would seem..

“The online petition featured on the program clearly misrepresents the recommendations of not only the Heart Foundation but the Australian Government’s Dietary Guidelines and the wider medical and scientific communities.”

I am not sure how the petition clearly misrepresents the recommendations of the Heart Foundation and the Australian Government’s Dietary Guidelines. The petition does however strongly refute the recommendations given and requests that the recommendations be reviewed based on the current evidence.

“Many of the signatories to the petition are from outside Australia where the food supply chain and food processing is vastly different. For example, in the United States many margarines still contain trans fat, whereas in Australia they are virtually trans fat-free.”

The very large majority of the signatories of the petition are Australian, the fact that other countries have rallied behind this petition as well shows that it is a worldwide issue. The food supply chain is NOT vastly different, Australia has some of the poorest standards in the world, many chemicals that are illegal in many countries around the world are widely used in Australia and in fact America are currently pushing to ban trans fats all together as they are so detrimental to health, ‘virutally’ trans fat-free quite frankly isn’t good enough. Man made fats are an entirely different kettle of fish to the natural trans fats found in normal, nourishing foods which the Heart Foundation also fails to recognise as an issue. Christine Cronau summed it up perfectly this morning when she posted about this statement.

“In my opinion, virtually trans fat-free is not good enough; any industrial trans fats is too much. And, how have we made those margarines “virtually trans fat-free?” 

We have simply replaced trans fats with interesterified fats. Instead of being partially hydrogenated, they are fully hydrogenated and the molecular structure is rearranged. It technically does not create a ‘trans’ fat, however, it creates a fat molecule that DOES NOT EXIST IN NATURE, and studies are already showing similar effects to trans fats. Essentially, a wolf dressed up in sheep’s clothing.

And, if you check the ingredients, these altered fats are NOT listed; they will simply be listed as vegetable oils.

Any product containing any type of ‘vegetable oil’ as an ingredient is likely to contain either trans or interesterified fats.

And, just like the old-fashioned margarines, these new ‘low trans’ versions are still full of the hexanes and chemicals used to solidify the oils. Not to mention the bleach, deoderisers, preservatives, colours, and flavours needed to make a grey, smelly concoction ‘buttery.’ And, remember, these do not have to be included on the label either; they are not an ‘ingredient,’ simply part of the PROCESS!”

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“By her own admission, the petition author is not qualified to give health or dietary advice and we would encourage people to seek such advice from qualified professionals.”

Wow, I am very disappointed that the Heart Foundation would stoop so low as to attack my credentials rather than the extremely important debate at hand and the science and reality behind what we are talking about, stick to the facts people, last time I checked a qualification was not necessary to start a petition, to employ critical thinking, to review research and to question what is clearly not working for people.

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I notice that you don’t bother attacking Cyndi O’Meara who is a qualified nutritionist and has been discussing these issues for two decades. Nor are you attacking the many, many others involved with the petition or discussing the same ideas, many of whom are extremely highly qualified such as Dr Eric Westman, USA; Dr Andreas Eenfeldt, Sweden; Dr Malcolm Kendrick, UK; late Dr Barry Groves, UK; Dr William Davis, USA; Dr Gary Fettke, Australia; Dr Ross Walker, Australia; Dr Perlmetter, USA, Zoe Harcombe, UK; Dr John Briffa, UK and Dr Chris Kresser, USA. JUST TO NAME A FEW. There are many and I mean many others.

“While there has been much public debate around saturated fat and cholesterol – this is another example of the extreme views of a noisy few who show astonishing disregard for the scientific evidence.”

18,869 signatures to date is not a noisy few, and wanting guidelines to return to what has nourished humans and maintained health for 2.5 million years is not an extreme view. There are many experts around the world realising these ideas and adopting these views based on the CURRENT scientific evidence, not the outdated, extremely biased, fear mongering propaganda that has been debunked again and again.

In recent decades, many studies and investigators have illustrated that natural, saturated fats are not associated with heart disease, nor are elevated cholesterol levels. More details can be found in this prominent meta-analyses published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which reviewed over 21 studies and with over 340,000 subjects in total illustrating this simple truth: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.short.

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Whilst many are holding onto the terribly outdated and dangerous advice, more and more professionals are coming forward, even Dr Oz who has always peddled the low fat garbage came out recently and said “Incidentally, cardiologists like myself are starting to buy into this idea, because I think you’re right. What makes us die from heart disease and stroke and Alzheimer’s is inflammation in the body and that’s not caused by fats that we’ve been eating for two and a half million years. It’s caused by new changes in our diet…”.

Another cardiologist in London, Dr Aseem Malhotra, wrote a piece in the respected British Medical Journal entitled Saturated Fat is not the Major Issue has come out and said “the obsession with lowering patients’ total cholesterol with Statins, and a public health message that has made all sources of saturated fat verboten to the health-conscious, have failed to reduce heart disease.” Not only have they failed to REDUCE heart disease, they “HAVE PUT PEOPLE AT GREATER RISK.”

In response to the backlash that the ABC Catalyst program created and medical professionals asking for it not to be aired as it ‘could kill people’ Dr Ross Walker, a cardiologist here in Australia stated that he had “never seen anyone die of a Lipitor deficiency”. Former AMA President, Professor Kerryn Phelps tweeted “If you are on a statin, particularly if you do not have heart disease, you are female or elderly, ask your doctor about ceasing it.”

The evidence against the outdated claim that saturated fats and cholesterol cause heart disease is steadily becoming undeniable, despite claims from various professionals and health authorities who are largely sponsored by multinational corporations such as Nestle and Pfizer and their puppets in groups like the Heart Foundation.

Feel free to continue to do your own research and make up your own mind as we are all free to do so, you could also start with this massive compilation of relevant studies that Christine Cronau has kindly put all in one place for us http://christinecronau.com/studies/.

We must also understand that correlation can never equal causation which is what a lot of studies try to claim, for example Ancel Keys initial study claiming that the correlation between saturated fat and heart disease meant that saturated fat caused heart disease, not to mention he also cherry picked his data to show this.

I don’t really understand why people are so obsessed with the need for studies and are quick to diminish any anecdotal evidence. Its seems blindingly obvious to me that for two million years people ate saturated fat and cholesterol and would have had no idea of their cholesterol levels, yet there was no issue with heart disease. Today heart disease is our number one killer and most everyone has swapped the intake of saturated fat for a massive intake of carbohydrates, vegetable and seed oils and sugar. Evidently we don’t need said studies to show us that we are doing something very, very wrong indeed.

“The Heart Foundation Tick has been helping Australians make healthier food choices for over 20 years. We achieve this in two ways:

1. As a trusted, independent cost-recovery program, Tick works with food manufacturers to improve the nutritional profile of the foods we eat. Tick does this by setting nutrient criteria standards for foods that manufacturers are encouraged to meet by reformulating their products. Once a food has met the standards it is allowed to include the Tick logo on its packaging. This means that all Australians when shopping can easily identify and choose foods that have been reformulated to be lower in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium (salt) and kilojoules (energy), and to contain more beneficial ingredients like fibre, calcium, wholegrains and vegetables. 

2. Tick also aims to remind consumers of the importance of including foods like vegetables, legumes and fruit, breads and cereals, reduced fat dairy products, lean meats and mono- and poly-unsaturated fats and oils as part of a healthy diet. All fresh fruit and vegetables, plain grain foods and eggs are eligible for the Tick, even though they might not carry the logo. The Tick also appears on a range of healthy, everyday foods like bread, reduced fat milk, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals and canned fish.

The Heart Foundation makes recommendations based on good quality, strong scientific evidence. Our evidence papers are all available on our website and they are the basis of our recommendations. We are continually reviewing research as it is published and our recommendations will continue to be decided by sound science and nothing else.”

Actually it would appear that the Heart Foundation’s recommendations are based on poor quality evidence and profits, given they continue to ignore any current evidence published no matter how large the study and the extent of the findings. Again the question must be asked why, if your advice is so brilliant, after 20 years is heart disease still the number one killer in this country, why are we surrounded by chronic degenerative disease? Why is obesity and type two diabetes rampant? Why do people struggle so hard to lose weight and gain health following these recommendations? Why is it that when people start eating real food, nourishing fats and eliminating grains, sugar and processed rubbish does their health return? Why does eating in this way reverse insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, why do the people moving forward on these new findings not struggle to MAINTAIN weight loss and health by embracing a traditional diet? Why do we need highly refined foods like bread, reduced fat dairy and vegetable and seed oils in our diet when they were never there in the past and humans were optimally healthy without them? Why do you fail to understand the importance of saturated fat and cholesterol in maintaining health and cellular function? Why are you obsessed with salt and fat and the important of ‘heart healthy wholegrains and fibre’ but fail to understand the needs of the human body on a far more complex level? WHY ARE PEOPLE DYING FOLLOWING YOUR ADVICE????? All questions which appear to remain unanswered. Which is why I will continue to spread the word and promote the petition to give the Australian public and people from around the world a chance to review the evidence for themselves and question the mainstream ‘accepted’ medical practice and advice.

The only reason we got this segment aired on A Current Affair is that I asked all my followers and signatories to the petition to write in and ask that they run the story. People power truly works! To keep the momentum going I am now asking that everyone email the Today show at today@nine.com.au asking if they will do a follow up story to the segment in relation to the petition. I would love it if you got involved and helped get this issue even MORE publicity!!

Thanks again to all the people involved with this petition and to those who have supported me and rallied around me, we couldn’t have done this without you!

If you would like to follow the progress of the petition on facebook I can be found at http://www.facebook.com/getafreshstart

If you are in Brisbane and would like to hear more about my story and why I started the petition against the Heart Foundation please come along to this talk on December 1 with the amazing Christine Cronau. Details can be found here.

Destroying the recent statement from the Heart Foundation

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Yeah clearly your heart healthy advice, margarine, vegetable and seed oils and Tick of Approval program is working really fucking well for people with these kinds of statistics.

This was the statement released two days ago on their website.
“Cholesterol still important risk factor for heart disease

The National Heart Foundation of Australia maintains there is a clear link between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease, despite ABC media reports questioning the vast evidence base.”

WHERE THE FUCK IS THIS VAST EVIDENCE BASE?? Why even bother releasing a statement and not providing an easy and clear link to this ‘vast evidence base’ you speak of? Your evidence is horseshit and has been debunked by so many massive studies and huge body of research it is not even funny. You can no longer just say there is a clear link between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease and then not have a huge amount of links there to back up your point. We are no longer going to be brain washed by the words ‘artery clogging saturated fats’ and ‘unhealthy saturated fats’ and ‘dangerously high cholesterol’ without actual shit to back this rubbish up!! YOUR ADVICE IS FAILING, LOOK AROUND!

How can you ignore something like this massive meta-analyses which covered over 347, 747 subjects and found absolutely no correlation between intake of saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. Not that correlation can ever equal causation anyway which is a particularly bad failing of all of these studies but still, it’s something quite large to just be swept under the carpet http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.short.

Personally I think its stupid that we even need studies to show something so logical and obvious… here is an excerpt from Weston A Price which explains it brilliantly

“The truth is that natural, unprocessed, traditional fats are a vital part of a healthy diet and should be generously included. Our bodies need saturated fats and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K are found in animal fats, particularly when these fats come from grassfed animals.

Adequate consumption of the fat soluble activators A, D, and K also supercharges mineral absorption and therefore renders your entire diet even more nutritious!
In other words, it is possible to consume plenty of minerals but still be mineral starved without proper amounts of healthy fats in the diet.

Eating plenty of Traditional, whole fats is critical to being well nourished. You simply cannot be healthy without them.

Let’s talk about cholesterol for a moment.

One reason people avoid animal fats is because they are afraid of the cholesterol they contain. But the natural cholesterol in animal fats is very important for tissue repair and brain function, which explains why blood cholesterol levels slowly rise as we age. It is important to note that women with the highest cholesterol live the longest! This is likely because cholesterol provides the building blocks necessary for the body’s production of natural steroids that protect against cancer, heart disease, and cancer. Cholesterol is also important for growing children as it helps build a healthy brain, nervous system and intestinal tract.

It is the oxidized or rancid cholesterol found in processed foods that should be avoided as consuming this type of cholesterol raises the risk of many inflammatory conditions, such as heart disease.
If this paradox seems hard to grasp at first, consider the fact that coronary heart disease prior to 1920 was extremely rare in America, yet during this same period, Americans were famous for drowning everything in butter and cream!

My own Grandfather, who made his livelihood as a butcher, always ate the thick strip of fat surrounding his steaks and fried 2 eggs in butter every morning for breakfast. He lived independently on his own to the ripe old age of 97!

This personal example is more the rule than the exception for the pre-WWII generations. Those raised on wholesome fats seem to be a much hardier stock than the pale children of today who are given lowfat milk and butter substitutes.

Traditional cultures instinctively knew the value of wholesome fats in the diet. In fact, these cultures greatly revered these foods and took special care to ensure that growing children, pregnant mothers, and the elderly were provided sufficient quantity to maintain health.”

http://www.westonaprice.org/beginner-videos/traditional-fats-and-sacred-foods-video-by-sarah-pope

But anyway, here are some of your precious studies. All taken from Christine Cronau’s massive compilation found here http://christinecronau.com/studies/

1948 – today – Framingham Heart Study. Result: No association between fat intake and heart disease. No association between fat intake and cholesterol.
Longest running study, which started in 1948 and is still going (longest heart study that has ever been done).
“In Framingham, Massachusetts, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower people’s serum cholesterol.” Dr William Castelli, director of the Framingham Study, 1992. The researchers also stated that they found no association between fat intake and coronary disease.

1972 – Minnesota coronary study. Result: Cholesterol-lowering diet causes greater mortality

The Minnesota Coronary Study was done as early as 1972 and showed that people on a cholesterol-lowering diet had significantly greater mortality than those on a regular diet. Did we hear about it? No. The results were finally published in 1989. 17 years later! When interviewing Ivan Frantz Jr, Gary Taubes asked why the results weren’t published in 1972, and the response was “We didn’t like the results.” Ancel Keys was a collaborator for the study.

1984 – Multiple risk factor intervention trial. Result: Reducing saturated fat intake had no effect on preventing heart disease.
The group following the intervention reduced their cholesterol consumption by 42%, saturated fat by 28%, and it had no effect on preventing heart disease.

“The overall results do not show a beneficial effect on coronary heart disease or total mortality from this multifactor intervention.”
1988 – Attempt to prove sat fat caused heart disease. Result: Project cancelled after 11 yrs – no evidence

In 1988, the surgeon general’s office (head of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC)) decided to gather all the evidence linking saturated fat to heart disease. In 1999, after 11 years, they were unable to prove it, and they killed the project. The comment from Bill Harlan was “The report was initiated with a preconceived opinion of the conclusions, but the science behind those opinions was clearly not holding up. Clearly the thoughts of yesterday were not going to serve us very well.”

No report was ever released, but Gary Taubes (science journalist educated at Harvard and Stanford) interviewed the people involved in the project: Marion Nestle, who helped launch the project and now runs the nutrition and food studies department at New York University (NYU), and Bill Harlan, a member of the oversight committee and associate director of the Office of Disease Prevention at NIH. I spoke to Gary personally, but the findings are also documented here:

Science 30 March 2001:
Vol. 291. no. 5513, pp. 2536 – 2545
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5513.2536

The Heart Foundation said it “has serious concerns about the conclusions presented in the ABC Catalyst program and is shocked by the disregard for the extensive evidence upon which the Heart Foundation’s recommendations are made.”

You know what I have serious concerns about? The fact that you are literally killing people with shit advice based on profits rather than health.

“Australians need to be aware that the information presented by the ABC is not supported by the Heart Foundation and that there is international scientific consensus that replacing saturated fat with ‘good’ unsaturated fat, in particular polyunsaturated fat, reduces your risk of heart disease.”

There are studies all over the world showing the dangers of man made, polyunsaturated fats and linking margarine, vegetable and seed oils with all kinds of terrible chronic, degenerative illness, including heart disease, wake the fuck up. This is ONE well reference article on the subject. http://authoritynutrition.com/6-reasons-why-vegetable-oils-are-toxic/

“This position is supported by the World Health Organisation, other leading International Heart Associations such as the American Heart Association, CSIRO, Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and consistent with the Australian Government’s Australian Dietary Guidelines which reviewed more than 700 studies.”

Oh great more corrupt bodies basing their shitty guidelines on who has the most cash to line their pockets with, rather than the truth. I love the DAA in particular, main sponsors, big meat, big dairy, big grain as well as Nestle and Kelloggs. Awesome. That’s where I want to get my dietary advice from, not..

“The Heart Foundation believes that to say otherwise is misleading and may be putting people’s health at risk. The charity is urging people not to change their diet or medication until they speak to their GP.”

HYPOCRISY AT ITS BEST!! Is your GP giving you this kind of advice? http://thehealthyjessie.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/deeply-disturbing-nutrition-leaflet-handed-out-by-a-gp/ RUN THE FUCK AWAY!! Educate yourself or see someone who understands the importance of a traditional diet as well as the vital roles of saturated fat and cholesterol in the body.

“High cholesterol remains a risk factor for heart disease, the number one killer of Australians. If you have high cholesterol it is more likely that your arteries are getting blocked and you may have a heart attack.”

WTF??? Where did you pull this one from? It has been shown again and again that those who suffer heart attacks often have low cholesterol and that cholesterol is all over the place (no real relationship). To really understand the relationship of cholesterol and heart disease this is a great place to start http://www.zoeharcombe.com/2010/11/cholesterol-heart-disease-%E2%80%93-there-is-a-relationship-but-it%E2%80%99s-not-what-you-think/

“While limiting saturated fat is particularly important for those who have high cholesterol or a family history of heart disease, it’s important to remember that cholesterol is just one risk factor for heart disease and all other risks need to be considered to work out a person’s overall risk of heart attack.”

The Heart Foundation recommends a healthy, balanced diet, which includes eating a variety of foods including fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, reduced fat dairy and healthier fats, while limiting the bad saturated fats.”

The Heart Foundation recommends a diet that is very, very far from what a human should be consuming, low fat concoctions, heavily grain based, devoid of essential fats and nutrition- a recipe for obesity, type 2 diabetes and HEART DISEASE. http://thehealthyjessie.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/the-steaming-pile-of-shit-the-heart-foundation-call-heart-healthy-eating-advice/

“The Heart Foundation has been a trusted voice in nutrition for many decades because it makes its recommendations based on good quality, strong scientific evidence, and nothing else.”

I call BULLSHIT! The Heart Foundation have major links to the sugar, seed oil and margarine industries. To name a few.

“There are of course always alternative theories, and while we support open debate, it’s important to remember that this is what they are, theories. We are continually reviewing the evidence base on which our recommendations are made, and should good quality evidence become available we will revise our recommendations.”

Evidently you are NOT reviewing the evidence base and continue to completely ignore the FACTS.

Oh and before you have a cry at me for my ‘offensive and vulgar language’ please take the time to be more offended by corrupt organisations that are giving advice that literally causes rather than prevents heart disease. Then read this blog post http://thehealthyjessie.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/pleasedontaskmetochange/ and harden the fuck up.

Please sign and share the petition! http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/heart-foundation-stop-giving-advice-and-promoting-food-that-causes-heart-disease

A message of sincere thanks- check out these amazing people, blogs and pages!

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What is the best part about running a seriously kickass petition asking the Heart Foundation to stop giving advice and promoting food that causes, rather than prevents heart disease? The amazing community you find yourself a part of of course and all the seriously awesome people you meet.

This blog post will be HUGE because there are so many involved and so many that deserve some recognition and more followers!! So please head on over and like and check out everyone one of the blogs and pages mentioned. All the people that don’t run a blog or page and have shown me and the petition a truly amazing amount of support, I want to thank you too. Your messages, shares, likes and kind words are greatly appreciated and I wouldn’t be doing any of it if it weren’t for you. This is Part 1 as there are too many to fit in one post! Stay tuned for part 2.

Firstly I want to thank Christine Cronau. She has been an immense support to me. I am constantly recommending her book The Fat Revolution to people. She has spent many hours online with me talking me through how to handle the haters, how to keep going and she has worked tirelessly at getting the message and truth about saturated fat and cholesterol out there as well as spreading the petition. Just today she got Jimmy Moore involved on facebook and Tom Naughton maker of the fantastic film Fat Head involved- the petition is spreading far and wide. Check out this article. I would highly recommend following her on facebook, she shares SO MUCH valuable information with people every single day and is really making a difference- plus she’s a fellow Brissy chick and bloody hell does she look good. I can’t believe her age honestly, hope I am as smoking hot as her as I get older haha! It’s all the delicious fat and cholesterol she eats I tell you!

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Cyndi O’Meara, this woman is a serious powerhouse. A nutritionist who doesn’t have her head up her ass and does NOT believe in the food pyramid funded by big corporations. She runs Changing Habits and her website is here where you can find her books, online store, events and all the amazing articles she has written. This woman is a huge inspiration to me. She does NOT back down from a topic, even if it sparks massive controversy. She is not afraid to discuss vaccinations, what’s really in our baby formula, Autism, mental health issues, saturated fat and cholesterol, scamming money hungry big business. This woman will NEVER be a sell out and tells it how it is in a highly intelligent and proficient manner. She has also been a huge supporter of the petition and been so kind to me and had many a wise word to share with me- she keeps me going and I truly adore her. I can’t wait for the day I get to meet this amazing woman and give her a huge hug (even though I hate hugging and don’t touch ANYONE). She has done amazing things for this country and for people’s health far and wide. What a true gift for Aussie’s to have. Get her book Changing Habits, Changing Lives if you haven’t already.

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Joanna Rushton from Energy Coaching Institute. What a beautiful and supportive woman. She has shared the petition SO MANY TIMES and is always there with a kind and supportive word for me. She wrote a brilliant book Rocket Fuel on a Budget which is a book about how to eat healthy, WITHOUT GOING BROKE. Something I know many of my followers could do with. Check her out, show your support, she is an amazing, powerful woman. So many beautiful women in my life these days, it’s awesome!!

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Dinielle from Forever Nutrition. I love this chick, she is hilarious and not afraid to say it exactly how it is. Seriously amazing information on this page, a nutritionist from Sydney, she has so much to share and such a witty and often inappropriate way (just the way I like it). She has been backing the petition and supporting me from day one. She puts up with my psycho rants and we have loads and loads of fun together. Oh and don’t just follow her page. Book an appointment with her, it will change your life. I adore her and I’m sure you will too xx

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Alexx Stuart- Real Food, Low Tox Living. So many beautiful recipes, so much amazing information about how to live a less toxic, healthier life. A beautiful woman with a huge heart. Check our her amazing blog too. Again she has been a massive supporter of the petition and is an inspiration to many.

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Pinkfarm! A couple of seriously rad chicks on a mission to spread the word about saturated fat and cholesterol and their health benefits, real and traditional food, real recipes for real people. They have a wonderful page and blog and so much to share, they have been on amazing journeys of their own. Just like all of these people really- I think we all do what we do because of our own health journey or something powerful in our lives as a driving force. They come from a place of true passion and are making a difference.

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Naughty Naturopath Mum and Essence Practitioner runs a great page and wonderful blog sharing personal stories, recipes, health tips, gut healing info and also makes up personal blends of the beautiful Australian Bush Flower Essences for people. She has been avidly involved in the petition from the get go and wrote this brilliant blog post  butter vs margarine, including a link for people to sign the petition. Check her out :)

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LiVE ALiVE Shalani & Bruce McCray of LiVE ALiVE health creation are Australia’s leading husband and wife health professional team. With over 25 years experience in the health and wellness profession, Shalani & Bruce have courageously stepped out of the conservative health paradigms they were each trained in, to reveal some hard hitting facts on why our current health status is so poor and what we as individuals can do about it. Their LiVE ALiVE philosophy is based on the fact that there is no one size fits all program that suits everyone nor has there ever been one. Education is the key and audiences leave stunned and inspired following their provocative, thought provoking health presentations.

Shalani has been in touch with me a lot and is truly an inspiring, courageous and beautiful soul, please check out their website too!

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Primal Influence a fantastic duo from the Sunshine Coast, Aimee and Clint, Clint is a personal trainer with an amazing understanding of nutrition and so much knowledge to share. Highly recommend him. They also hold wonderful meetup groups and Aimee shares lots of DELICIOUS recipes. Check out their website. They are a really lovely couple.

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RejuvenEAT and RevitalEYES another fabulous Sydney Nutritionist, her page is full of wonderful information and fantastic every day tips, she also has a blog with loads of great recipes and info and a website.

rejuveneatDavid Gillespie from Sweet Poison has no written three books blowing open so many food industry lies and deceit, they are Big Fat Lies, Toxic Oil and Sweet Poison. His main concentrations are sugar and vegetable/seed oils, two things I am constantly harping on about and he also discusses the uneneccesary demonisation of saturated fat. He has been an avid supported of the petition and certainly isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. You can buy his books from his website and you should also check out his blog Raisin’ Hell- jam packed full of fantastic information, he can often be found tearing the Heart Foundation a new one.

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My facebook page if you aren’t already following it is Get a Fresh Start and the petition can be found here. If you would like to do a blog post about the petition send me the link and I will include your page, blog and link to your article in my thank you pages! Thanks for all your amazing support so far guys. Let’s keep going!!!

Jessie

What are we REALLY Feeding our Kids?

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This post is NOT about putting blame and guilt on parents for buying these products for their kids. I remember whining and moaning to my parents in the supermarket until they caved and bought this rubbish for me, I in no way resent them or want any parent to ever feel awful for the things they’ve fed their kids. Aussies are a trusting bunch- honestly I always thought roll ups were real fruit, flat out. If they say it’s a healthy, nutritious breakfast full of protein and fibre for our growing kids and will give them their daily requirements of x, y and z, why shouldn’t we believe them? Surely these companies wouldn’t put ingredients in our foods that could actually harm our kid’s development and make them sick and malnourished, surely our governments and food standards wouldn’t allow that. Surely someone would step in and take control. The dietitians and nutritionists would have some words to say if there was something array. Wouldn’t they?? I used to believe so too. Until the food I was eating nearly destroyed my life forever. You can read my story here.

Most of the photos in this blog are foods I ate every single day in my lunch box- some of them are newer and weren’t around when I was a kid. I also refer to various other blogs, recipes and sources of information in this blog post. None of them are affiliated with me and this post is 100% sponsored by me- the references are just information that I have found helpful in my own journey, recipes I make for me and my own child and resources that could be of great use to you as a parent.

Reading something that questions your idea of the truth and what you believe to be healthy options for your kids can bring up feelings of anger and resentment towards the writer. All I ask is that you read with an open mind and read some of the resources before attacking me and my work. I simply share this so that hopefully even one parents eyes can be opened so that they make some changes and their child doesn’t end up with the severe and ongoing health issues that I and many others have endured as a result of eating a sugar filled, highly processed, wheat and grain filled, nourishment lacking diet.

We love our kids and I know we all just want to do the very best we can for them, I will offer other options and suggestions in this post that you can take on board, I know we are all busy but nourishing our children’s bodies will also nourish their brains, affect their behaviour and so much more. We are what we eat. Set them up for a life of good health and nourishment so they can thrive and take on the world. It will be such a gift to them and they can do the same for their children! They learn everything they know from you.

So let’s get started. I am going to share some photos of products and the way they hook us into believing they are healthy, then share the ingredient label on the back- which tells a very different story indeed.

I used to LOVE tiny teddies as a kid. Who doesn’t love these.

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So with the second ingredient sugar and the first being wheat flour what are these really doing for growing kids? I am pretty shocked that these actually have the canteen seal of approval- at least it is only amber, but these don’t even cut it as a sometimes food in our house. I don’t think most parents really understand how damaging ingredients like sugar and vegetable oils are. Plus the sheer amount of wheat flour in our kids diets really is very damaging to their little guts and is FAR from natural and healthy. Here is a very well referenced article on the damaging effects of vegetable oils which are found in an alarmingly high number of the products posted on here tonight. Vegetable oils have been linked with macular degeneration, cancer, cardiovascular disease and more and are extremely inflammatory, causing dangerous free radicals in tiny humans (and full grown humans too of course). They are not a normal part of the human diet, our bodies are not made to ingest them and they should be completely removed from all the foods we consume- this includes canola oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil etc.

The detrimental effects of sugar are truly and deeply alarming and every single food shared in this post, without exception is loaded with the stuff. Whether it be in the form of highly processed honey, fructose, glucose, just called sugar, corn syrup, golden syrup it does not matter. It will be significantly harming your child.

As Nancy Appleton- PhD, author of Suicide by Sugar has said “Sugar may be worse for kids than it is for adults because kids react so strongly and with much wilder swings of body chemistry. Some of their body systems are not fully developed. The immune system is still developing the acquired immunity to fight off infections, and the digestive system must learn to handle the variety of foods in our diet. A child’s body is learning and working continually, and sugar just causes it to work harder. At least children have the ability to snap back to homeostasis much quicker than adults, because children haven’t yet trained their bodies to enjoy sugar’s abuse. These body chemistry changes not only cause physical ailments, such as allergies and asthma, but have also in many studies, put children on a roller coaster of emotional effects that included hyperactivity, aggressiveness, sadness, low self-esteem, mania, sleepiness, and many more.”

Sugar has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine so if your kids are getting hooked on the stuff now all we are doing is setting them up for obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and many other chronic, degenerate and very serious health issues.. I don’t mean to sound alarmist but this is quite simply the reality of the situation. Same with the over consumption of vegetable oils. It simply isn’t worth it and isn’t ok, especially with repeated maximum exposure.

I understand it’s nice for our kids to have yummy special treats now and then which is why I make these AMAZING cookies from Wholefood Simply. Three ingredients, macadamia nuts, dates and raw cacao, nourishing, healthy and VERY quick and easy to make, what could be better?

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Petit Miam is delicious, I absolutely loved it as a kid, I would go back for a second, third and fourth tub in one sitting. The yoghurt I consume now and give to my toddler is from BD Paris Creek Farm, is organic and contains two ingredients, whole milk and cultures. The way yoghurt should be. Again we find the second ingredient is sugar and this product also contains fructose, not to mention that it is made of skim milk and milk solids and loads of numbers (not real food!).

I know the health authorities, dietitian’s and food industry would have us believe that kids over two need to be on low fat dairy but I’m here to tell you that they are quite clearly smoking some serious crack to be giving this advice to people. It is quite simply ridiculous and dumb founding. Human breast milk is full of saturated fat and cholesterol- essential to provide a young child with nourishment, brain development and virtually every physiological function in the body. Natural healthy saturated fats have been absolutely vilified for years but the truth is not only are they healthy they are absolutely ESSENTIAL to the human diet, ESPECIALLY for children.  I don’t understand how they can tout the benefits of breast milk but once a child has turned two they apparently have changed species and no longer require the nourishment these kinds of fats provide. Truly bizarre. Also saturated fat is NOT the cause of obesity and heart disease, nor is cholesterol- for more reading on this fascinating subject check out this post.

Dr Thomas Cowan goes so far as to say that “fat is the most important nutrient for children- especially saturated animal fat, and also the saturated non-animal fat, coconut. He notes that children need saturated fats in their very early years for the development of the nervous system, in the school years for a healthy immune system, and in the teenage years for hormonal and sexual development”.

Healthy natural fats can be found in a wide range of foods- all animals (internal fat, organs and the skin), fish, eggs are a particularly nutritious food, butter from grass fed, naturally raised cows, ghee, coconut oil, macadamia oil, avocados, seeds and nuts.

So back to the Petit Miam, what is wrong with skim milk and milk solids? Turns out there is a LOT wrong with them. Firstly it has been shown that skim milk is more likely to cause obesity in children. Second nature is not dumb. Going back to breast milk again. Milk has fat in it for a reason, can you imagine pumping out some breast milk and then skimming the fat off it before feeding it to your baby? No? That’s because your baby would literally die if you were to do such a stupid thing. I wouldn’t recommend any commercial milk to anyone, particularly skim milk as it is pasteuried, homogenised and often loaded with chemicals and antibiotics. Whether humans need to have milk in their diet at all is debatable given we are the only animals to feed on another animals milk once our young have been weened and skim milk is most certainly NOT a good source of calcium or a good source of anything really. Again fat is an ESSENTIAL part of a child’s diet, stop messing with nature and removing the goddamn fat from everything! It is there to carry the fat soluble vitamins found in traditional milk straight from the cow and to assist the body in absorbing and utilising the minerals in milk. Milk solids are highly processed, very difficult to digest and are generally oxidised making them rancid and dangerous for human consumption. Not a great look.. yet ALL of the products with milk in them in this blog seem to contain LOW fat milk and/or milk solids.. gross. Nothing nutritious about it.

Wholefood for Children by Jude Blereau is a particularly wonderful and helpful book which I would highly recommend purchasing. It explains very well all the nutrients that children require and suggests wonderful nourishing foods as well as being packed with delicious, healthy recipes that children will adore.
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Just as nasty as the stuff above..

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At least these guys are using beef gelatin but then they fail by putting rubbish like vegetable oil in the mix and loading it up with sugar and using colour 163 which asthmatics should avoid.. sugar, sugar, sugar and sugar. Why not give the kid a piece of fruit?? That way it’s in nature’s natural form, requires no preparation, is pretty darn cheap and will give your child actual vitamins and nutrients..

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 Again this product is full of sugar, albeit ‘natural’, when processed in this form it is just far too much, we’ve also got skim milk powder, apple juice concentrate (sugar), vegetable oil and rice bran oil (far too high in omega 6 and very inflammatory)  and soy.. wonderful..

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Grains, grains, grains, never before in human history have we consumed such a MASSIVE quantity of grains- particularly in the form of processed foods but also bread, pizza, pasta etc. The healthy eating guidelines would tell us to base our diets MOSTLY on these foods which is completely and utterly ridiculous. Never before have humans eaten this way and never before have we struggled so much with weight, type 2 diabetes, severe digestive disorders and food intolerances and allergies. The fact that we need grains in our diet at all is a complete and utter myth. A human can survive a perfectly healthy, happy and fully nourished life without these foods and traditionally if they were consumed they were prepared in such a way as to make them far more digestible and less destructive on our health by soaking, sour leavening, fermenting, sprouting etc.. these methods have been forgotten and we are left with what is a very damaging food and something consumed so readily on a daily basis by the large majority of the population.. alarming. This is a great article on the subject.  Second ingredient sugar, third ingredient vegetable oil.. and this rubbish was in the baby aisle :O

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Woah.. so many ingredients.. by now you should be able to decipher a few of these and see the problems..

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Oh man I used to freaking LOVE these things.. not good at all..the sheer amount of numbers in this ingredient list is outrageous. This is NOT FOOD. It is a food like product. Big difference..I mean one ingredient is candy coated choc chips, then we also have sugar, glucose syrup, more sugar, invert syrup and HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL.. oh dear indeed..

Never fear. The Naughty Naturopath Mum has created a much healthier version. Of course these still shouldn’t be consumed on a daily basis but are great as a special treat for the kids.

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They make it sound so wonderful and nutritious.. why even check the ingredient label right?

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And then this… I’m actually a little lost for words on this one, so many numbers, so many awful ingredients. I mean they actually list margarine as an ingredient. Holy suffering catfish. I didn’t think it was possible for cheese and crackers to be this outrageously bad for our kids. Apparently I underestimated how far the food manufacturers are willing to go…

For some rants on margarine please check out my posts here and here.

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Really?? I am going to take healthy eating advice for giving my kid a balanced breakfast from NUTELLA?? You have got to be kidding me, two slices of white bread covered in nutella (oh as long as it’s high fibre right), one glass of REDUCED FAT MILK and a piece of fruit- just to make it look a bit healthy. Give me a break. Seriously..

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First ingredient sugar, second ingredient vegetable oil.. need I say more??? Oh don’t let me forget skim milk powder and fat reduced powder. I mean as long as it’s low fat right. Very clever of the sugar and processed food and toxic oil industries to demonise the living daylights out of fat (for no good reason) as long as something doesn’t have fat everything else isn’t a worry. Our society has been well and truly brain washed by utter lies..

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I heard a mainstream nutritionist gave this liquid breakfast 18/20 for nutritional value. Cyndi O’Meara gave it 0/20. I’m going to go with Cyndi’s assessment of the situation..

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30% real juice? Is that supposed to be a good thing?

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At least they are using whole milk…

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Same can’t be said for these guys..

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Omg can’t believe I had this for breakfast every. single. day.. for years…

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Yeah no… not good.

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But it’s low in fat and low GI! Must be healthy!

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Hopefully this has been a somewhat enlightening post, I don’t really know what to say to be honest, even I was shocked at the ingredients in some of these products, between the sugar, vegetable oil, margarine, low fat milk, milk solids, soy, wheat, corn, flavours, colours and numbers there wasn’t much real food. None of it nourishing and none providing kids with what they really need.

Natural healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals (no the fortified rubbish doesn’t count, our bodies can’t recognise man made versions of real foods and without natural fats and foods to help utilise and absorb them they are as good as useless anyway..) vegetables and fruit.. that’s what kids should be eating and have always eaten before the invention of all these non-foods.

So what the bloody hell should you feed your kids??

Boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, omelettes are all great breakfasts (naturally raised, organic eggs are far healthier, not to mention kinder to the animals).

Delicious grass fed meats.

Real fats.

Vegetables.

Fruit.

Nuts and seeds if tolerated.

Grains if tolerated and properly prepared- not to make up the bulk of the diet..

REAL dairy (if tolerated)..

That’s about it really. Here are some great kids recipes that my son loves.

Nourishing Nuggets, Protein Packed, Grain Free Banana Bread, Pumpkin and Almond Loaf, Apricot Bites.

Here are some great blog posts about kids lunch boxes.

If you haven’t already it would be awesome if you could sign my petition to stop the Heart Foundation giving advice and promoting foods the cause, rather than prevent heart disease, they also continue to demonise natural, healthy saturated fat and cholesterol and promote margarine and vegetable oils as well as sugar filled, processed rubbish..

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Good luck on your real food journey. The following books are my guidance.

Wholefood for Children by Jude Blereau

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig

The Fat Revolution by Christine Cronau

Changing Habits, Changing Lives by Cyndi O’Meara

And many more.. that’s just to get you started :)