Who Low Carb Skipton are
Low Carb Skipton is a voluntary not-for-profit group based in Skipton and has members from across the North of England.
We were formed nearly two years ago after staging a training course demonstrating the benefits of low carbohydrate eating. The course, aimed primarily at diabetics, saw participants lower their blood glucose levels significantly with some Type 2 diabetics putting their condition into reverse.
Low Carb Skipton’s founder is respected food scientist Dr Verner Wheelock who has spent much of his professional life researching and teaching food science. Dr Wheelock has held a number of academic positions, his last being Special Professor of Food Science at Nottingham University.
Dr Wheelock is also the author of a new book, Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake, which dismantles the official high carb/low fat dietary thinking and shows how it has adversely affected those with serious conditions ranging from diabetes to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and obesity.
The chairman of the group is Verner Wheelock and the deputy is Sarah Thomas.
What Low Carb Skipton do
We meet every month at The Rendezvous Hotel (a supporter of the group) in Skipton. The meeting provides information but also encourages those attending to share their own experiences and concerns during group discussions – if they want to.
The meeting is open to all but has particular relevance to Type 2, Type 1 and pre diabetics, those with other serious conditions (such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s), as well as people who just want to be fitter and healthier or perhaps want to lose weight.
The group explores a range of subjects from low carb/ high fats eating, including the provision of new recipes every month, to sharing knowledge about the latest developments and research in food and how it affects our health, particularly our blood glucose levels.
Part of our regular focus surrounds diabetics and the plethora of issues and challenges they face.
Low Carb Skipton also holds Low Carb lunches at the Rendezvous throughout the year to showcase the delicious and healthy LCHF way to eat, as well as attending community events to get our message across.
What we say
Low Carb Skipton’s key mission is to make people aware that the way forward to better health is to embrace the low carb/healthy fats eating regime, now promoted by an increasing number of scientists and nutrition experts.
We believe that the official low fat/high fat thinking has been disastrous for our health and share the growing view that many serious conditions are immeasurably better served by a low carb/healthy fats approach.
In the case of diabetes it has now been proven that LCHF eating, if fully adopted, can in fact reverse Type 2. With Type 1 diabetics this cannot be achieved (because the pancreas has stopped producing insulin altogether) but Type 1s can significantly reduce their blood glucose levels, and thus their health, with this diet.
The group is also focused on the myths surrounding cholesterol and statins.
There is comprehensive reliable research, which demonstrates that lowering cholesterol is NOT beneficial. The reality is that those who comply with the official guidelines on cholesterol have the HIGHEST death rates due to all causes.
Low Carb Skipton also seeks to provide lots of evidence, via recipes and recent food research, of the strong nutritional value of LCHF food. Our view is that a number of so-called healthy foods such as porridge are not the way forward. If you really want a healthy breakfast go for high fat yogurt with berries or the original super food – eggs.
We are also convinced that carbs (pasta, rice, potatoes and bread) are the wrong way to go even for those who simply want to improve their health and fitness. For people grappling with obesity recent science proves that they are disastrous.
Meanwhile diabetics have been told for years that eating carbs is OK. Some medical professionals says it’s not just OK, it’s essential – as long as you match it with the requisite tablets (for Type 2) or insulin (for Type 1).
Our view, based on an ever-growing catalogue of scientific studies, is that the GPs are wrong when they say carbs are needed to provide energy for the body: there are many alternative, and much healthier, energy providers to carbs.
Critically, we back those experts who now say the only way for diabetics to improve their glucose levels is to massively reduce their carbs intake and incorporate more healthy fats (butter, cheese etc) in their diets. Without this, the Type 2 epidemic will continue to spiral out of control.
We are therefore engaged in a local grassroots campaign to show people that an increasing number of researchers are pro low carb, and that the government, as well as many of our GPs and pharmaceutical companies, are continuing to travel down a wrong and dangerous road.