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Do UCook well?

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...

Diet Mistakes You Need to Stop Making!

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...

The Pro’s and Cons of Paleo

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. 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...

Conversations with Prof Tim Noakes

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...

What do Dietitians ACTUALLY recommend?

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...