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Com­pli­ments on an awe­some mag­a­zine! I’m busy read­ing Vol­ume 3 and loving it. I started my jour­ney to health almost two years ago with Mark Sis­son’s Pri­mal Blue­print and have been pre­par­ing pri­mal, pa­leo and LCHF meals ever since. Ev­ery­one thought we were crazy for cut­ting out bread, but my hus­band and I ex­pe­ri­enced great med­i­cal ben­e­fits. We both lost weight, and my hubby re­duced his blood pres­sure med­i­ca­tion. We fi­nally con­vinced my hus­band’s mom to follow the diet to some ex­tent, as she suf­fers from ex­cep­tion­ally high blood pres­sure. But she lost one of her kid­neys over a year ago, and the one she has left isn’t do­ing that well. Most re­search and doc­tors ad­vise that she shouldn’t eat much pro­tein, and foods con­tain­ing potas­sium are also a no-go. We know that go­ing back to ba­sics will work: cut­ting out pro­cessed non­sense and carbs, opt­ing for full fat, or­ganic etc. But we’re used to just hav­ing meat with salad or veg, and a meaty break­fast that mostly con­sists of ba­con and eggs, and that isn’t good for her kid­ney. Please help us plan her meals. A: I’m so sorry to hear about your mother in law’s trou­bles. Un­for­tu­nately, as I’m sure you know, once there is kid­ney dam­age, it’s not re­ally re­versible. Hav­ing said that, I have seen kid­neys re­cover and im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly. This is what we can hope for in her case. The most im­por­tant thing is to leave out the grains as grains are known to cause kid­ney dis­ease. It’s true, she shouldn’t eat too much pro­tein, but she can fill up on healthy low-potas­sium veg­gies and fruits (like berries, green ap­ples, cab­bage, broc­coli, cauliflower cu­cum­bers, brin­jal). She’ll be fine with as much fat as she likes, but not too many of the high-potas­sium veg (like toma­toes, spinach, mush­rooms, sweet potato with skin and white beans). So: low an­i­mal pro­tein, plenty of low-potas­sium veg and as much fat as she en­joys is the best ad­vice I can of­fer. Eat­ing real, fresh, or­ganic food is the best thing for any­one’s health, even with one kid­ney. Re­mem­ber too that you can live a 100% healthy life with just one kid­ney.


Through bant­ing, my brother-in-law has now lost 38kg in 7 months – we’re so ex­cited and proud of him! As a fam­ily we also want to start a new life­style. But my daugh­ter (11) is a high­per­for­mance gym­nast who trains four and a half

hours ev­ery week­day, and some­times 3 hours on Satur­days. She’s very gluten-in­tol­er­ant, but eats carbs in the form of corn thins, fruits, pota­toes and rice. Can she bant while train­ing those long hours? A: Great news about your brother-in-law! It is a way of life the en­tire fam­ily can follow, but your daugh­ter would need to eat slightly dif­fer­ently be­cause she does such ex­treme ex­er­cise. I would ad­vise her to give up corn thins – empty carbs with no nu­tri­tional value – and pota­toes: she ac­tu­ally needs more fat than carbs for en­durance ex­er­cise. Hav­ing said that, she can eat more root vegetables like sweet potato and but­ter­nut and a lit­tle bit of rice (not too much!) Th­ese are more or less the mod­i­fi­ca­tions swimmer Roland Schoe­man made to his diet, with ex­cel­lent re­sults – see LoseIt! Vol­ume 4.


I’ve been bant­ing for the past few months and feel great. I haven’t lost much weight, but I’m not dis­cour­aged! I do have a ques­tion, though – in Lose It! Vol­ume 3 there was an ar­ti­cle called ‘Can You Eat Too Much Pro­tein?’, and the gen­eral guide­line given was around 1,5 to 2g of pro­tein per kg of body weight per day. I weigh 70kg, so does this mean I can only have a 140g steak and no more pro­tein for the rest of the day? A: This is re­ally a guide­line, and re­mem­ber, dif­fer­ent pro­teins have dif­fer­ent weights. It would be pru­dent to look at your carb in­take and other pos­si­ble prob­lem ar­eas first – like nuts, too much bil­tong and any other hid­den carbs (say in sausage, or some pro­cessed foods, which are full of hid­den carbs). Dairy can be a real stum­bling block if you’re eat­ing too much of it, as with too many nuts. First do the ba­sics. Chart the amount of carbs you eat in a day – and then in a few weeks, if you’re still not los­ing weight, it may be time to look at your pro­tein in­take. Bil­tong and droe­wors are two very easy ways you can overdo the pro­tein, so I tend to steer clear of those. It’s likely that you are hav­ing more carbs than you re­alise, rather than too much pro­tein. Check that the foods you eat are not pro­cessed and watch the carb count on foods with la­bels. Eat plenty of green veg­gies, some fat and pro­tein. Fo­cus on not eat­ing any­thing from the ‘Some­times’ list – watch your dairy in­take too – and you should start los­ing weight again.


Since my hus­band and I started bant­ing, we’ve had ter­ri­ble cramps in the back of our legs. We do eat a lot of salt and cook with it too – could it be some­thing else that we are lack­ing? A: This is very common when you first start bant­ing, as carbs hold on to wa­ter (think wa­ter re­ten­tion), in which many min­er­als and salts are trapped. When you be­gin to bant, you lose this wa­ter (not that any­one’s com­plain­ing!) and the min­er­als and salts dis­ap­pear with it.This means that in­clud­ing more salt in your diet, and es­pe­cially tak­ing a mag­ne­sium sup­ple­ment (or rub­bing mag­ne­sium oil onto the body) will be in­valu­able un­til the cramp­ing stage is over. There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways to in­clude mag­ne­sium other than by tak­ing a sup­ple­ment (Ep­som salt baths, more leafy greens, mag­ne­sium-rich foods), but gen­er­ally adding more Hi­malayan salt and tak­ing around 400mg Mag­ne­sium Ci­trate (not car­bon­ate) does the trick – and quickly.

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