Do UCook well?

0 March 16, 2017

The Dietitians at Nutritional Solutions recently tried out the UCook meal delivery service. We thought it was only fitting that we did a write up to share our cooking experience with you, our readers. A disclaimer: this is in no way promotion or endorsement of this product. It is merely a helpful knowledge-share of the service offering for those of you who are interested or may be keen to check it out. UCook is a Cape Town based company that delivers meal boxes to your chosen address with all ingredients weighed and portioned out for 4 meals for the week. These meals are chosen by you according to categories i.e. vegetarian, low-carb and rustic. You also decide the number of people who you are cooking for. The box gets delivered with polystyrene insulation to ensure that all ingredients stay fresh even if your delivery address is a work address and wil

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0 February 16, 2017

Trying to slim down but getting frustrated at the slow pace? We all make mistakes along the way, often without even realising it. Here are some tips to prevent you from falling into the diet trap: Not eating enough   It is logical to think that if we eat less than we lose more weight. However, skipping meals and/or eating portions that are too small can actually do the opposite of the intended effect. This way of eating does not save kilojoules but in fact may just be setting you up for blood sugar lows and the consequent cravings that follow.  In the long run eating too little sends your body into conservation mode so you end up slowing down your metabolism. Not to mention the headaches, moodiness, and energy dips that come with eating too little. Be sure to eat regularly throughout the day by including healthy snacks like fruit, yoghurt and small portion of lean prote

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0 October 20, 2015

The Paleolithic (Paleo) diet, also known as the “Stone Age”, “Caveman” or “hunter-gather” diet is based on the idea that we should eat like our ancestors did, thousands of years ago. In a nut shell (excuse the pun) when following this diet, all processed foods as well as dairy, legumes and grains are excluded from the diet.

The positive aspects of the Paleo diet can be attributed to the fact that this dietary approach emphasizes the avoidance of processed foods. It also gives preference to lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds; all of which contribute to optimum health.Does-the-paleo-diet-work The less positive concerns which may compromise overall health and wellness, when following this way of eating, are included in the following discussion points:

  • The feasibility of this diet is often brought into question, within the context of our Modern world. Not only are the plant foods and animal foods consumed in the Stone Age mostly extinct, but humans have changed and genetics have also evolved over the past thousands of years. In addition the majority of dietary behaviours in humans is socially learned rather than instinctual. Examples of learne

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46 February 6, 2014

Prof Tim Noakes: My talk was not primarily about what people should eat. It is about the absence of science behind the current dietary guidelines. I then state what I think nutrition should be about especially for those with insulin resistance. I wish you would represent what I said more honestly.

Nutritional Solutions Response: There where 7 dietitians present at your talk, what was said was very clearly recorded to prevent misinterpretations.

Prof Tim Noakes: Suggest you listen to all 13 hours of what I have said on the internet

Nutritional Solutions Response: The general public is not going to sit and go through 13 hours of comments.  Each time you speak on radio or TV you convey various nutrition messages – we are specifically giving feedback on what you said at the “Extraordinary people” talk last week.

Prof Tim Noakes: Why not focus on the absence of evidence for the 1977 Dietary Guidelines

Nutritional Solutions Response: Why focus on something that was used 37 years ago? Dietary guidelines have changes, nutrition is an evolving science.  Getting stuck on evidence for outdated guidelines will get us nowhere – for us to move forward in this debate we suggest that the focus is on current research

Prof Tim Noakes: My point is that the internet has changed everything. The general public is now better i

11 February 3, 2014

What has become apparent to me with the discussions around the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet is that there is a lot of confusion about what dietitians are actually recommending.  Assumptions are being made and we know that they will ultimately get us nowhere. 

Dietitians calculate individualised meal plans by working out total energy requirement and then select a macronutrient split that is appropriate for the patient. Macronutrients include carbohydrates, fats and proteins.  Macronutrient splits will vary depending on nutritional status and medical conditions.

 A fact sheet developed by the Nutrition Society of South Africa stated the following: “Single “best values” for population level recommendations for healthy eating are seldom appropriate.  It is for this reason that recommendations across countries specify “safe ranges” for macronutrient contributions to total energy intake.

For carbohydrates the range varies between 40 to 75%, for protein between 10 to 35% and for fat between 20 to 35%. As both quantity (% contribution to total energy intake) and quality (type and nature) of macronutrients are of importance, guidance on the quality aspects of carbohydrates and fats are also included in most recommendations”.

The position paper “Dietary Fatty Acids for Healthy Adults” has been published in the January 2014 issue of the Jo