On your mark…Get set…Bake!

These iconic words come from one of our favorite shows “The Great British Baking Show”.

If you’ve got a Netflix account you should start watching. There are several versions – start with the plain “The Great British Baking Show” – there are others like Masterclass, The Beginning, etc. Watch a single episode at a time – you get to know the bakers and find yourself rooting for them. There is such a diverse group of bakers. Well done!

Every weekend the bakers have to complete three challenges that are evaluated by Paul and Mary (see below). One baker is designated “Star Baker” and one has to go home. At the end, three bakers will vie to win it all. Great fun!

Above are the original hosts of the show Mel, Sue, Mary and Paul. After a number of seasons the show moved to a new network – Paul came with it but Mary, Sue and Mel decided to stay with the old. In the newer version Paul is joined by Prue, Noel and Sandy. They’re good but, honestly, we loved Sue, Mel and Mary – especially, Sue and Mel. We still miss them.

It’s been a joy to watch. A reality show done the right way.


How much should you weigh?

People often ask me “how much should I weigh” – wanting me to provide them with a specific weight in pounds or kilos.

While I can give people a ball-park figure based on their height and weight, how much we should weigh is when our waist circumference is half our height. At this weight, we have the lowest risk of heart attack and stroke (cardiovascular disease) and the lowest amount of Years of Life Lost.

Health is not a number on the scale.  It’s the measurement of the amount of fat in our abdomen, around our liver, kidneys, pancreas and heart.

As you, dear reader, know I have a special interest in nutrition and health. The above quote is from a blog article that I read written by a Canadian registered dietitian Joy Kiddie.

What is a healthy waist circumference? Half your height. If your height is 64 inches then your waist circumference should be 32 inches or less. I strongly encourage you to read Joy’s article for the science behind this. BMI is not helpful in determining future cardiac events and life span but waist circumference is. So, stop weighing yourself and start measuring your waist.

You all know I’m a proponent of low carb. Why? Because it works. Metabolic health is improved on a low carb lifestyle EVEN in the absence of weight loss.

Look around you. The dietary guidelines have failed. Eat less and exercise more DOES NOT WORK. Reject low fat high carb and embrace low carb high fat. Your life will thank you.


In the pursuit of truth

Don’t let vegans get away with their half-truths.

Properly managed ruminant farming is carbon NEGATIVE.

Vegans make up an incredibly small percent of the population. So, how is it that their misleading propaganda is all over the place? Follow the money.

And any diet that REQUIRES huge exogenous supplementation is inherently UNHEALTHY. Therefore, veganism is unhealthy.

Humans evolved BECAUSE they ate animal food. Period.