Low Carb Skipton, March 11th 2019 Meeting Notes:
Our March Low Carb Skipton evening meeting was well very attended by existing members and a good number of individuals joining for the first time and interested to learn more about adopting a low carb lifestyle to improve their health.
Hilary gave a short introductory talk to welcome our newest members, explaining how starchy carbohydrates convert to sugar when eaten and raise blood glucose levels. The talk explained 10 key points and practical tips to getting started with a low carb way of eating. All new members received printed handouts to take away with them. These starter packs demonstrate how much sugar is contained in common (so-called ‘healthy’) starchy carbohydrates such as wholegrain cereals and pasta, and explain how to get started with a low carb lifestyle. New members also received food guides showing all the tasty low carbohydrate foods.
Verner delivered a talk about cholesterol and shared information from a clinical trial that showed why aggressively lowering cholesterol levels with medication, especially in the elderly, has been shown to be detrimental when death from all causes is the measured outcome.
Following on from this, Sarah delivered a talk to the group about low carbohydrate diets for weight loss. This talk covered a range of factors that affect appetite and weight control including hormone signalling, our hormonal response to foods, hyper-palatable processed foods and an environment which tends to encourage obesity. Members also learnt about the importance of our satiety hormone leptin, and our hunger hormone ghrelin (the Gremlins).
Members then formed into smaller breakout groups for the remainder of the evening where they could find out more information about a particular health concern.
Those with a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis joined the diabetes group where they are supported by existing members who are managing both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
The second discussion group this month was hosted by Sarah and followed on from the weight loss talk. Members in this group raised questions they had about weight loss and low carb eating. One new member was looking for help with getting started with what to eat and low carb breakfast ideas.
The third group this month discussed low carb lifestyles for cardiovascular and blood lipids (cholesterol) conditions. This group was hosted by Verner and also included patient-experts who have experienced dramatic health improvements in their own cardiovascular risk markers.
If you are dealing with health issues including diabetes, excess weight, low energy, aches and pains or brain fog and would like to know more about how reducing your carbohydrate intake can be a delicious way to improve your heath, then join our next Low Carb Skipton meeting.
Low Carb Skipton hosts monthly meetings at The Rendezvous Hotel in a relaxed, friendly environment sharing information and guidance on eating low carb for better health. We bust through the confusing media headlines and conflicting dietary advice and share simple strategies to cut your carbs whilst eating lots of delicious foods that are usually banned on a typical ‘diet’. There is also time during the evening to chat to other members and find out how low carb eating is working for them.
Apart from evening meetings the group also stages afternoon get-togethers. Watch out for details on this website.