managing an LCHF lifestyle in Israel
Last week I felt like a little kid at Christmas. A parcel full of books arrived! 🙂
Finally Swedish and Norwegian books are translated into English. (Yes, I read Swedish, but not most of those around me and I’d like them to read the books as well …)
First out to read was “Diabetes? No thanks!”, by Lars-Erik Litsfeldt.
A “normal guy” with a degree in law and real estate, worked at income tax, where he developed courses. At age 43 he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Received instructions on how to eat and what to expect. Apparently diabetics have a predictable path, “the natural course of things”, with more problems like going from pills to injections, problems with heart, feet, eyes, kidneys, and so on.
As a man concerned about his health he decided to do exactly as the doctors and diabetes nurses told him. After all, they are experts and know what’s best. He began to eat only whole grain bread, all low-fat, and portions as directed. Did – and blood sugar levels rose and fell, he didn’t lose weight, and after 10 months had a heart attack. Now they told him he “really must keep to the diet and lose weight.” (Quite insulting, isn’t it?)
Lars-Erik was very worried and decided to read and investigate by himself what the diabetes disease is, how it’s developed and what it does in the body. He also wanted to look for alternative methods of weight loss as reducing fat in his food hadn’t helped. By chance he found more and more sites stating that actually eating fat would reduce weight. Filled with doubts he decided to try. That day he had eggs and bacon for breakfast (instead of oatmeal with skim milk) and to his amazement his blood sugar was more stable than ever. After a few days he could stop taking pills!
Since then almost 10 years have passed and Lars-Erik, who doesn’t take any medication at all (and was able to reduce his belly), write books and lectures on diabetes and the LCHF diet (or “Scandinavian diet” as it’s called in England).
The book is very easy to read; it explains about diabetes and all its types, the “natural course of things”, and the problems with conventional advice, why they don’t work and even can be dangerous. Furthermore, he states the common objections and takes them apart, explains LCHF and why it’s specifically good for diabetics, and at the end there’s also a bunch of recipes for those who want to try.
In my opinion this book is important and a must read for anyone with diabetes, and all those who don’t want diabetes!
And to my question in the title: in Sweden diabetics get pretty much the same advice as in the U.S. and England – to eat low-fat, lots of whole grains, starchy carbohydrates, no problem eating fruits and so on. That is, all the stuff that raises blood sugar! 😦
And unfortunately the “Israel Diabetes Association” gives the same advice … 😦