Ha­rassed and banned health ad­vo­cate to get Dubbo wel­come

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN

CHRIS­TINE Cronau is of­ten re­ferred to as “the orig­i­nal keto queen”, and was ad­vo­cat­ing low carb, high fat long be­fore keto be­came a buzz word. In fact, Chris­tine her­self trans­formed her health and her weight al­most two decades ago and hasn’t looked back.

It was her own jour­ney that in­spired her to study nu­tri­tion, and even­tu­ally get her mas­ter’s de­gree in pub­lic health.

Chris­tine is a best-sell­ing au­thor and speaks both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, and af­ter a per­sonal re­quest from Dubbo health food busi­ness oper­a­tor Mike Par­ish, she is com­ing to share her in­sights with the cen­tral west.

Chris­tine grew up ‘low fat’ and says she did all the right things.

“I should have looked a pic­ture of health, but I was over­weight and un­healthy,” Ms Cronau said.

She tried ev­ery­thing to lose weight with zero suc­cess and even­tu­ally elim­i­nated as much fat as pos­si­ble from her diet and be­came veg­e­tar­ian.

Chris­tine even spent a year ve­gan and thought she was on the health­i­est diet in the world, but in­stead of her health im­prov­ing it started de­te­ri­o­rat­ing even more and she ended up with chronic fa­tigue, irritable bowel syn­drome, un­der­ac­tive thy­roid, and in­sulin re­sis­tance.

She said her hor­mones were a mess and she was suf­fer­ing with bone loss in her early 20s.

Her sit­u­a­tion changed dra­mat­i­cally about 20 years ago.

“I lit­er­ally had a five-minute con­ver­sa­tion with a friend of mine, a doc­tor, who told me she had been do­ing some re­search that in­di­cated we should be eat­ing more fat, not less – sat­u­rated fat in par­tic­u­lar,” Ms Cronau said.

“At first I thought it was non­sense. I thought ev­ery­one knows we should be eat­ing less fat, but some­thing about it in­trigued me and I started re­search­ing my­self. What I found was as­tound­ing, and it even­tu­ally dawned on me that my break­fast of whole­grain ce­real with soymilk and a ba­nana wasn’t what hu­mans evolved to eat.

“Ini­tially it was hard to start eat­ing meat and fat again, but I felt an im­me­di­ate sense of relief, like my body was get­ting what it needed,” she said.

Chris­tine suf­fered from so many health con­di­tions that it took some time to re­cover, but the shift was dra­matic.

“I did re­cover, it was life-chang­ing,” she said.

“Not only that, I haven’t had to think about my weight, calo­ries, di­et­ing, or de­pri­va­tion in all th­ese years, and that brings an enor­mous sense of free­dom.”

Af­ter her own trans­for­ma­tion Chris­tine de­cided she had to her new­found knowl­edge with oth­ers.

“I was so out­raged that I had been lied to about nu­tri­tion, diet and health, I wanted to get the mes­sage out to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” Ms Cronau said.

“But it hasn’t been smooth sail­ing.”

Like many oth­ers who have been speak­ing out against con­ven­tional wis­dom and the fail­ure of the di­etary guide­lines, she’s come un­der at­tack.

On a 2017 tour, she was booked to speak at Edith Cowan Univer­sity in Perth and the Univer­sity of Ade­laide when a Perth-based di­eti­tian launched a pe­ti­tion re­quest­ing the uni­ver­si­ties can­cel the events.

That pe­ti­tion was suc­cess­ful and both uni­ver­si­ties can­celled her book­ings to speak.

At that point, Chris­tine got Vice Chan­cel­lor ap­proval to speak at two more uni­ver­si­ties, but af­ter con­tin­ued ha­rass­ment, both uni­ver­si­ties caved the week be­fore her event was sched­uled.

De­spite the last-minute changes and mov­ing to less-than-ideal venues, both events went ahead and sold out.

Ear­lier this year, Chris­tine was tour­ing with world-renowned car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Aseem Mal­ho­tra and the same di­eti­tian at­tempted to have Chris­tine’s book­ings at three uni­ver­si­ties can­celled, but this time was un­suc­cess­ful.

Fear­ing ri­ots, the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne hired se­cu­rity for the event.

“I knew there would be no ri­ots; they may be brave be­hind a key­board, but they never show up in per­son,” Ms Cronau said.

She’s been sub­jected to plenty of on­line bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment but says it’s only when the other side has no fac­tual ar­gu­ment that they then re­sort to name-call­ing.

Her pre­sen­ta­tion will be staged on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 27, at the Dubbo RSL Me­mo­rial Club.

Tick­ets are avail­able at www.christinec­ronau.com/ events

Au­thor Chris­tine Cronau has with­stood mul­ti­ple speak­ing bans and cam­paigns against her to con­tinue shar­ing her “bring back the fat” mes­sage to Dubbo. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.

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