Frågor & Svar från en Nutritionist + Mitt återbesök

Jag har lyckats bli 6 år yngre sen mitt första möte hos Kate för sex veckor sen! Jag har också tappat 2 kg fett och fått 1 kg mer muskelmassa!

Så för några månader sen var jag på mitt första besök hos en nutritionist! Nu när jag var på återbesök gick vi igenom de områden som jag valt att jobba på. De var:

  • Hormonella obalanser
  • Torr hårbotten med klåda/eksem
  • Höstdepression, som jag har haft nästan varje år sedan jag var liten tjej
  • Ryggsmärta i ländryggen
  • Munsår som jag har haft regelbundet i många år

De resultat jag har fått på bara 6 veckor har varit fullständigt förvånande för mig. De hormonella symptomen som jag har kämpat med har förbättrats oerhört. Min hormonella "akne" har helt försvunnit (käke och haka). Jag har också börjat tappa väldigt envis vikt som jag la på mig för några år sen.

Kate har en maskin som analyserar kroppen och enligt den har jag föryngrats 6 år i metabolisk ålder! :P haha! Tar detta med en nypa salt men kul ändå. Jag gick från 32 i metabolisk ålder till 26 vilket är min faktiska ålder, haha... Jag har´gått ner 2 kg fett och gått upp 1 kg i muskelmassa. Mitt viscerala fettvärde gick från 3 till 2 vilket kanske inte säger dig så mycket, men det betyder i princip att jag har mindre fett runt min mage och mellan mina organ, vilket givetvis är mycket bra!

Klådan i hårbotten har förbättrats mycket! Jag tror att det kan vara en kombination av tipsen som jag fick från Kate och resultatet av en växtbaserad hårfärgsmask som jag gjorde. Jag har nu kunnat gå mycket längre utan att tvätta mitt hår (något som är väldigt önskvärt för mig :P jag gillar inte att tvätta mitt hår för ofta). Jag kan gå upp till 7-8 dagar nu utan att tvätta det och inte ha någon klåda alls!

En annan stor förbättring är tack vare kosttillskotten Kate rekommenderas för mina munsår! Jag brukar få munsår väldigt ofta och jag vet ungefär när jag ska få dem. Under eller efter en resa; när jag inte har fått tillräckligt med sömn flera dagar i rad, när jag ska få min mens och under eller efter en förkylning. Jag har nu överlevt 2 mentruationer, 1 resa till Portugal och en stor förkylning. Wow wow wow! Jag fick dock ett litet munsår precis i början när jag började ta det här tillskottet. Jag förstod då att jag var tvungen att ta det inte bara om jag hade ett munsår utan också 2-3 dagar före mina "risk" dagar.

Jag skulle kunna göra det här inlägget superlångt och babbla på om alla underbara saker som jag har upplevt av dessa tillsynes små förändringar. Men jag kommer att bespara dig från det och hoppa över till något mycket mer intressant! Nämligen frågorna som ni skickade mig till Kate!

Innan det har jag en liten present till er! Den som vill prova en session med Kate kan nämna Natalie eller Happy Health blog när ni bokar och få 15% rabatt på det första tillfället. <3 Kate har både sessioner här i Stockholm och via skype för online kunder. (Hon pratar bara engelska) Vill du så kan du boka en kostnadsfri konsultation för att prata om dina hälso-och näringsbehov och mål och se hur Kate kan hjälpa dig att nå dem.

Boka din konsultation här!

Frågor & Svar från en Nutritionist + Mitt återbesök

Q & A with Kate

Q: I was diagnosed with high cholesterol/high blood sugar last year and at that time I decided to adopt a plant based diet. That was last August. My numbers improved so that they were normal last January when retested. Just this last month I was tested again and my cholesterol has risen since the previous test in January. I am still fully plant based, but are there things I should be avoiding even on a plant based diet? They haven't risen significantly that the dr
wanted to put me on a drug at my last visit, but I would prefer to control it fully with
diet so Dr doesn't try to put me on something when I am retested.

A: Plant based diets are certainly an optimal way of reducing cholesterol, however we all have a different level of predisposition for cholesterol production, and much of our cholesterol is
produced in the body rather than through consumption. Some dietary aspects to consider however are how much plant-based saturated fat you may be consuming, such as palm kernal oil, palm oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. If you are using these types of fats, then it would be worth while swapping them out for non-saturated alternatives such as olive oil for a period to see if this helps. Increasing your consumption of foods high in soluble fibre will also help the removal of LDL’s (the ‘bad’ cholesterol which has your doctor concerned). Keep up regular consumption of oats (such as having porridge daily with ground nuts, seeds and grated apple on top for breakfast). Flaxseeds, chia seeds, whole fruit, beans and/or lentils are also good sources of insoluble fiber. One final consideration is that a low-functioning thyroid can contribute to high cholesterol so it would be worth getting your Doctor to rule this out as a driver to the high cholesterol.


Q: Where can I buy probiotics and what is the purpose for your body/food?

A: Probiotics play are immense role in the overall healthy functioning of the body and the research into the benefits of different strains is continuously providing us with more and more knowledge of their benefit. On the most basic level, probiotics are required for the production of vitamins in the gut, supporting the immune system and inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. Priobiotics support significant range of functions in our bodies such as supporting liver function, reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, reducing stress hormones, aiding digestion, supporting healthy brain function, reducing gastrointestinal issues and alleviating diarrhoea and constipation These are just some of the well researched and supported benefits, and further research is constantly providing us with further knowledge of the benefits of a health gut flora. My recommendation is that probiotics are best bought from a good independent health food store. For general health, look for a product with at least 10 Billion live bacteria and a variety of strains (8 or more).


Q: Why do I feel hungry when I eat healthy food?

A: It’s possible that the enzymes found in whole foods are stimulating your digestive system to break down food more efficiently, leaving you hungrier sooner; however, without a full background of your diet as a whole, it’s difficult for me to make any greater assumptions than this. One further consideration though, if you are eating a vegan or very plant based diet with very limited or no animal sources of protein, the body requires approximately 40% more planted based protein sources than if you were eating animal protein, as such, maybe you need to consume much larger volumes than you realize.


Q: Without any meat, eggs and dairy. Where do I get protein? And how much
protein should a normal person eat?

A: Plant foods can provide all the essential amino acids you need to meet your protein requirements. To meet your daily requirements, ensure that most of your meals contain good sources of protein, such as beans, lentils, chickpeas, tofu, soy (in moderation) and dairy-free yoghurt, nuts and seeds. A daily intake of 0.75g of protein per kilogram of body weight is recommended, as such if you weigh 60kg you would require about 45g of protein daily. Research however does suggest that vegans require a higher protein intake though due to the way the body handles the plant protein, so a daily intake of 1g per kilogram of body weight is suggest for those following a vegan or almost fully vegan diet.

This table here provides you with a guideline to help you with your requirements:

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Q: How can I increase the absorption of my food?
 

A: There are numerous ways of ensuring better absorption, however if you are experience poor absorption and noticing for example food in your stool the gut must be treated first. Probiotics can be helpful, whilst dietary and lifestyle considerations are also very important.

Stress for example has a major impact on our ability to digest and absorb food, whilst underlying food allergies (such as celiac disease) and/or intolerances (such as lactose intolerance) can also impact absorption. Digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid levels, IBS, other stomach or intestinal conditions, insufficient chewing can also be to blame for poor absorption.
Due to the complex nature of a symptom such as poor absorption, I would highly recommend you seek help from a Nutritional Therapist to properly assess your signs, symptoms and diet to best advise you on the next steps to solving this issue.


Q: I'm a woman that is eating very healthy, but I'm still overweight, why don't I
lose weight?

A: There can be many different factors that can affect weight and an inability to lose weight. A nutritional therapist can make an assessment of your medical, dietary and lifestyle factors
that could be hindering your weight loss. Examples of conditions that can prevent successful weight loss are often hormonal related, such as hypothyroidism, excess levels of stress (and as such oestrogen), underlying health conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Type II Diabetes, and issues such as food intolerance's, low digestive enzymes, as well as certain medications (such as corticosteroids and birth control pills) for example.
I would strongly recommend getting the support of a professional with any of the above issues and certainly not to discontinue any prescribed medication without speaking with your GP
first.

Natalie Yonan

Is a raw chef and recipe developer at Happy Health blog. She work as a raw food pastry chef, recipe developer, food stylist, photographer and personal chef.