Harassed and banned health advocate to get Dubbo welcome
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.