HEART HEALTH

Great Health Guide - - FRONT PAGE - Words Dr War­rick Bishop De­sign Olha Blagodir

Our an­ces­tors were hun­ters and gath­er­ers over 3.5 mil­lion years ago. They ate an­i­mals, in­sects and they con­sumed a few greens. 10,000 years ago, agri­cul­ture gave us com­plex car­bo­hy­drates with grains, potato and yams. Th­ese com­plex car­bo­hy­drates are ba­si­cally just a se­ries of sim­ple car­bo­hy­drates or build­ing blocks joined to­gether.

For some peo­ple who have an in­her­i­ta­ble sen­si­tiv­ity to car­bo­hy­drates, th­ese sim­ple and com­plex car­bo­hy­drates can turn on a stor­age re­sponse that leads to an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of bod­ily fat and also to a build-up of haz­ardous fat around the stom­ach and po­ten­tially in the ar­ter­ies.

Com­plex car­bo­hy­drates are bro­ken down to sim­ple car­bo­hy­drates in the di­ges­tive sys­tem. Sim­ple car­bo­hy­drates can be dis­ac­cha­rides, such as SUGAR or monosac­cha­rides, such as GLU­COSE. If you think about our an­ces­tors 3.5 mil­lion years ago, there wasn’t much SUGAR in their diet.

THE NAME FOR A SIM­PLE CARBOHYDRATE IS SUGAR.

If your doc­tor has al­ready sug­gested that you make di­etary changes then:

You need to find the mo­ti­va­tion that makes the change a pri­or­ity.

It might be that you’ve got a wed­ding to go to in six months’ time and you want to be five to ten ki­los lighter. Or, it might be that in two years’ time you want to have a hol­i­day at a beach re­sort and wear a one-piece. It could be that you want to lose five ki­los so that can play with your grand­kids.

What­ever it is, your pri­or­ity needs to be rock-solid for you.

The more rock-solid that pri­or­ity is, the eas­ier it will be for you to fol­low through with your doc­tor’s di­etary guide­lines. You should doc­u­ment it for a while, but once you fol­low this guide for an ex­tended pe­riod, you will not need to keep doc­u­ment­ing it, be­cause you will form the habit and you will keep go­ing from there.

You need to un­der­stand that the pos­i­tive con­se­quences of that change are not im­me­di­ate.

This is one of the big­gest prob­lems with mak­ing any life­style change and main­tain­ing it. So, for those of you who are tech-savvy, there is a free app avail­able for iPad, iPhone and An­droid, called MyFit­nessPal, which gives you an easy and ef­fec­tive way to keep track of your daily di­etary in­take.

If your doc­tor has not rec­om­mended that you make any changes to your diet, or you haven’t yet had this con­ver­sa­tion, it’s a good idea to raise this ques­tion, so that your doc­tor can help you to iden­tify a diet that works best for you.

Dr War­rick Bishop

is a car­di­ol­o­gist with spe­cial in­ter­est in car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease pre­ven­tion in­cor­po­rat­ing imag­ing, lipids and life­style. He is au­thor of the book ‘Have You Planned Your Heart At­tack?’, writ­ten for pa­tients and doc­tors about how to live in­ten­tion­ally to re­duce car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk and save lives! Dr Bishop can be con­tacted via web­site

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