SALLY-ANN CREED ANSWERS 4 READER QUESTIONS
AND 3 OTHER READER QUESTIONS FOR SALLYANN CREED
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.