The low-fat diet is ideal
for people who are overweight - who are more prone than the less well-padded to
develop kidney trouble, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure,
psychological problems, liver damage and liver disease such as hepatitis. They
also invariably have a high level of cholesterol in the blood. A low-fat diet
is also recommended for people who show signs of hyperglycaemia.
Fats should be
avoided where possible - saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats are found
mainly in animal products. Cholesterol blood levels are raised by saturated
fatty acids. Unsaturated fatty acids are found in vegetable fats. Two notable
exceptions are cocoa oil and coconut oil, which are almost saturated. Heated
vegetable oil and the fats in roasted nuts are saturated. Fish tends to have
more unsaturated than saturated fats.
While it is true that
unsaturated fats lower cholesterol levels in the blood, they create havoc by
raising triglyceride levels. Over the long term a high consumption of fats in
the human body leads to the following problems:
depletion of vitamin E
promotion of tumour growth
Also, fats provoke the
production of bile acids, which in excess can lead to the growth of anaerobic
bacteria, a carcinogenic environment.
All fats form a fatty
film around elements in the blood - particularly the red blood cells - and
prevent them from functioning properly. The effects can be felt instantly. Note
how tired you feel after a meal that is rich in fats. This is because the body
and the brain have failed to receive a sufficient supply of oxygen. It is by
contrast possible to feel energized after a lighter and more balanced meal.
When we eat fatty meals, the body burns glucose very quickly to force it to use
the large fat reserves. A byproduct of burning fats is an acid-metabolite
called ketones. Too many ketones in the body create a collapse - ketosis. A
diet low in fats is thus the most beneficial.
Cholesterol is a sterol -
like a wax - and does not dissolve in the blood plasma. The body needs a
certain amount of cholesterol to make bile acids for digestion and steroid
hormones such as progesterone and the adrenal glucocorticoids. It is also found
in nerve fibre sheaths and cell membranes.
But an excess of
cholesterol in the blood causes it to stick to artery walls, hardening and
narrowing them. These deposits are especially dangerous in the coronary
arteries. The more the plaque builds up, the more slowly the blood flows
towards the heart. If the plaque builds up to such an extent that it
effectively closes the blood vessel, the tissue dependent on the blood fed by
that artery dies. When part of the heart begins to die, a myocardial infarct
occurs. When a section of the brain is similarly starved, a stroke
Have an eggcup of
safflower oil (25ml) on an empty stomach. Then suck a slice of
Weak black tea, herbal or
fruit tea - skimmed milk and sugar can be added if you wish.
Raw or stewed
Porridge or breakfast
cereal with skimmed milk and sugar.
Boiled smoked haddock or
Brown bread toasted, with
honey or syrup.
Glass of lemon barley
Boiled or steamed white
fish, chicken, turkey, stewed liver or kidney, or very lean beef or
Potatoes, boiled or baked
in jackets or mashed with skimmed milk. Boiled vegetables - such as cabbage,
cauliflower, spinach, celery, carrots, parsnips, turnips - or salad.
Boiled rice,skimmed milk
pudding, stewed or fresh fruit. Glass of lemon barley water.
Weak tea, herbal or fruit
tea - skimmed milk and sugar are allowed.
RETIRING (and during the night if awake) Glass of lemon barley water
- hot or cold.
EAT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
Butter, cream, margarine,
dripping, suet, lard, oil, mayonnaise, eggs - or any dishes containing these
items. Fat fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, bloaters, kippers. Duck,
goose, foie gras. Fat meat, pork, ham, bacon, sausages. Fried foods. Roast
potatoes, potato chips, fried onions. Yorkshire pudding, suet dumplings, crust
and pies. Suet pudding, pastry, fritters, ice cream, cake mixture puddings,
macaroni, cakes. Chocolate, cocoa flavourings. Whole milk. Chocolate, coffee,
caramel, marzipan, nuts. Shortbread, biscuits containing fat.
These may seem unusual,
but consider performing them in the interests of your health.
1. Sing loudly for 10
2. Skip with a rope for
3. In the shower, run hot
and cold water on the spine - 3 minutes hot and 1 minute cold. Do this 3 times
and finish with a cold shower.
4. Have a tickling
session with a partner for 10 minutes.
5. Eat an avocado, a
papaya and a cos (Romaine) lettuce every day.