2 Nov 2013

Part two of Catalyst, this time about cholesterol.


Part two of ABCs program about fats and cholesterol.

I get so upset when I think about all the lies that have been told and the cynism from the big pharma companies makes me sick. It's ALL about the money.

First, do no harm- what a joke.

26 Oct 2013

Heart of the Matter Part 1 - Dietary Villains

Things are happening here in Australia. Winds are turning and a small revolution is about to happen! And i'm sitting on the front row :)

Look especially at the guy from the Heart Foundation, he looks really uncomfortable and probably wish he never agreed to be on television.

24 Oct 2013

Wiener schnitzel with a sauce from heaven

We don't often eat veal in the smorgasbord house, but when we do, it blows our pants off. 
This was actually one of the best things I've eaten in a very long time. 

Start with the sauce and you'll need:
1 brown or red onion, diced
6-8 mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
200 mls of full fat cream
2 tbls gluten free worcestershire sauce
zest from 1 lemon
black pepper

1. Fry the onion, garlic and mushrooms in the butter until the onion are glossy and the mushrooms have a bit of color. 

2. Add the cream, worcestershire sauce, s&p and lemon zest and cook on low heat until thickened. Don't forget to taste! 

Now start with the veal.  Grab yourself the following items: 

As many slices of veal as you desire 
1 bag of pork crackles
a piece of sharp cheddar
dried parsley
onion powder
garlic powder
black pepper
olive oil

1. Pound the veal with a meat mallet, place it between two pieces of grease proof paper so you don't break it. Rub some oil on the meat, this will stop it even further to rip. You don't want the meat to become paper thin, just enough to reduce the time in the frying pan.

2. Place the pork crackling in the mixer (or in a plastic bag and use the mallet again) and grind it up. 

3. Grate the cheese, you want the same amount of cheese as you have pork. 

4. Mix in the herbs and spices. 

5. Rub the meat with some olive oil and s&p.

6. Use a baking brush and paint the meat with mayonnaise, then dip it in the pork/cheese mixture.

7. Fry in a pan with a L-O-T of butter, a couple of minutes on each side. Serve immediately. 

8. Don't forget to bow and wave to the cheering crowd. 

15 Oct 2013

Photo shoot for the Swedish news paper Expressen.

Today I've done something I thought I never do; I was photographed for an hour and a half by a professional photographer!

Expressen wants to feature me and my story, not so much about the weight loss, but how I changed my life thanks to LCHF. But of course they want after-photos, which really are during-photos since I am far from done. How can you ever be done with becoming a better person? How can you ever stop being curios in whats next?

The photographer, Andrew, was a cool guy and very professional. We had a really good time and trust me, modeling is not something I want to make a living out off . My cheeks hurt after all that smiling :)

14 Oct 2013

Stuffed mini capsicums

Take one grilled chicken, shred the meat and mix with creme cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, lots and lots of salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic, onion and fresh chili. Taste. Add more if necessary.

Cut and slice the capsicums in halves (leave the stem but remove the seeds) and stuff with the chicken mix. Place a slice of bacon on top and bake in the oven until the bacon is cooked.

Enjoy as a snack or an appetizer with a glass of wine. We ate it as-is and it was delicious! And very filling!

21 Sep 2013

I am mad! Press release...

Press release

Mia Ringsparr HealthWellness will hold an information session in Flagstaff Hill, SA on Tuesday 24 September. The information session is on LCHF-Low Carb/High Fat and it will address the increasing numbers of obesity and lifestyle related illnesses and what to do about it on an individual level. 

During the past three decades obesity has increased to almost the double and in 2030 diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death. We have been told that saturated fat are the main cause of high cholesterol and thus cardiovascular disease.                                                             

Gary Taubes science author, says that: “These numbers are astounding. Throughout this entire period... This coincides completely with this argument that we should eat a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, during which sugar consumption increased steadily. It's hard to argue that we were given the right advice.” And further that: “Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease, or any other chronic disease of civilization.”

Using a LCHF approach to dieting and health is not only the healthiest way to lose weight, but it is also the most revolutionary with today''s low-fat-run-more advice that is surrounding us. LCHF is the only way to eat as we, as humans, we were designed to eat.  Through the power of evolution we grew stronger and multiplied on meat and fat, not grains and margarine. 

Alongside the keynote addresses,  the attendees to the information session will also get individual advice as well as the chance to win a 6 week course on How to eat LCHF.  This is a initiative of Mia Ringsparr, who believes that obese and sick people should have the opportunity and access to all available data and make a decision based on own knowledge, not old inaccurate advice. Learning LCHF techniques and applying them in everyday life can, and will, create significant savings in health costs and loss of excess weight. 

Mia Ringsparr HealthWellness information session about LCHF- Low Carb/High Fat will be held at 56 Bellaview Road, Flagstaff Hill, SA, Tuesday 24 September at 7 pm. Members of the public are invited, but registration is advised. 

Register by contacting:

Mia Ringsparr HelathWellness

16 Sep 2013

Nutty nutella

I'm not a big fan of hazelnuts but in nutella you can have any kind of nuts you wish. Almonds for instance! Superduper tasty! 

250 gr blanched and peeled almonds
100 mls macadamia oil
2.5 tbls cocoa powder
3 tbls natvia
a pinch vanilla 

Put everything in the blender and run until it has turned into a butter.
Keep in fridge and have spoonful whenever you need something yummie real fast :)

Procrastination at its best.

This would be me at the moment. I have so much to do and don't know where to start. Therefore I post this instead. Yowsa.

29 Aug 2013

diets and what they do to us

Since I started to blog, in mid August, I have read numerous other food blogs and amongst them more than a few low carb blogs.
And I feel sad. Not because the other blogs are bigger and better than mine, but because a lot of the girls blogging share the same story about food, overweight and, eventually, lack of confidence and self worth. So many of us have followed the same path with so many years and so much time wasted. 

I read over and over again about young girls starting to become a bit chubby and are put on low calorie, no-fat diets by loving parents, concerned doctors and school nurses.

It never helps. It never, ever helps that young, chubby girl to lose those few kilos we are talking about here, but instead she's been given the tool to become bigger, more miserable and unhappy.
And eventually even bigger. Sure, one diet to lose a few kilos works, probably like clock work. Maybe it even works a second time around, after the kilos you lost all of a sudden came creeping back. And the only reason they'll come back is because you don't have enough self control. And that of course is your own fault, because everybody knows that a fat person lies about how much she really eats. A fat person is lazy and not motivated to change herself.
Everyone knows that.

Maybe you had two low fat yoghurts instead of one, but aren't aware of it? Maybe the kitchen scale isn't working and the fat free cheese slices are heavier than you think? How much is a tablespoon fat free mayonnaise really? If you run for another kilometer and sign up for another class at the gym, maybe something will happens on the scales.
The constant questioning of yourself, the constant feeling of losing control and the constant lack of self motivation.  You want to do this, you want to lose the kilos, but somehow you can't. Somehow you are constantly cheating with a fresh bread roll with butter or a big bowl of your favorite pasta dish with a creamy sauce and garlic bread on the side.
After the self loathing session (which will come) you pick yourself up and keep telling yourself you CAN do this, you can conquer hunger and cravings because you ARE eating as you should. It must be something wrong with you since you're always hungry. Right? Because that is what you've always been told, you are lacking self control. If you only could control yourself. If only you could eat less and run more.
Because that is the ONLY way to lose the weight.

Everybody knows that. That's the truth.

Or is it?

This is a reality for many children. Alone amongst their stick friends.

28 Aug 2013

Logo for business

The second one could very well be my logo for my business. 
Business?! You betcha! 
Tell you more later.

5 May 2013

What is a calorie and is it important?

Some people say that some diets suits some people better than others, but that is not just true. Humans were designed for a certain way of eating in order to reach our highest potential. We can choose what we want to eat i.e being vegetarian or even vegan, but that is certainly not the most healthy way to eat for anyone. We were definitely not made for pasta, sweet fruit, food from a box and definitely not loafs of bread made from wheat. Humans are not grass eaters, never have been, never will be. We don’t need a, so called, balanced diet. No other animal has to eat a food from a pyramid or a circle in order to get the right amount of nutrition. It has never been necessary for people to count calories before 1940, how on earth did we survive and evolved if we didn’t know that? What did they know, that we don’t? Or maybe they didn’t know and didn’t have to.
What is a calorie? Something that makes you fat, right? Not really. A calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. Example: 4 calories is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of water from 3.5 degrees C to 4.5 degrees C. It does not say anything about the food you eat, what it consists of or how your body will react to it. And still it is used every day to tell people how they’re eating. It is so wrong I don’t know where to start, so I leave that for another post.
Another topic I quickly want to say something are myths about carbohydrates and fat:
Carbohydrates- a must for the brain. Without it we will get tired, get brain fog and our development will stop. False. Your liver will produce enough glucose to cover your brain. There is no reason to eat high sugar food for that sake. In bad times, when we don’t have enough food, our brains still get enough energy to thrive and evolve.
Carbohydrates- a must for endurance, especially during exercise. False. There is enough glucose in your muscles to provide enough energy to keep you going for a v-e-r-y long time. Eventually your body will use the fat as energy. If you don’t have enough, the protein you eat turns into glucose when necessary. If you are involved in explosive sports, you may need a small amount of carbohydrates, but for a normal, non-competitive jog on the treadmill there is no need for anything else than water.
Fat- makes you fat and miserable and it will clog your arteries and you will get a heart attack and then a stroke which will make you paralyzed before you fall down dead when you least expect it. Right? This is most definitely NOT true. Again, how can natural fat be deadly to us? Our bodies consists of saturated fat, we evolved as humans eating no margarine, no low fat cream, no vegetable oils. Instead we ate everything from the animal we hunted and killed ourselves, as well as seasonal fruit and berries, nuts and seeds. The milk we feed our babies are filled with saturated fat, what day in the child’s development does that become dangerous? The truth is that it is crucial we get (the right) fat throughout our lives. New research suggests that Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia are due to insulin resistance (and is actually called Diabetes type 3) in the brain, which in turn will stop the fat metabolism. The fat will build up in the brain causing inflammation which in turn will lead to dementia.
How many more people are going to die too early, leaving loved ones behind, thinking they did the right thing? Only because they listened to the official dietary advices. This has to stop and it has to be stopped now.

3 May 2013

Platter after a long week

This is just a short post after an awfully busy week which ended right now, this very minute. I am in one sofa, Mr Smorgasbord in the other, between us a bottle of Shiraz, as well as a platter thrown together after a brain freeze in the store earlier today. Young Mr S is in front of the computer after a long first week after the school holidays.
Gotta love Fridays!

The platter has cheeses, kalamata olives, macadamia nuts and prawns with mayo.

28 Apr 2013

Chili-cauliflower pancake

This was the tastiest I have eaten in a long time. We are big fans of cauliflower and even if I am a big promoter of the simple things in life, plain cauliflower can sometimes be a bit..well yeah, a bit plain  :)

Make this instead! It does contain some cheese, but I reckon its just as easy to omit it.

You'll need:
1/2 head cauliflower
1 egg
150 grams grated cheddar cheese
2 tbls psyllium husk
chili powder
olive oil

1. Grate the cauliflower
2. Mix with the rest of the ingredients. Add another egg if necessary.
3. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
4. Make patties and fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Serve with you favorite meat and caramelized mayonnaise based dressing. Recipe to come :)

24 Apr 2013

BBQ spiced up chicken with garlic cabbage and mushrooms

I know, I know- another chicken recipe? You betcha ;) Because: 

Chicken is delicious. 
Chicken is good for you.
Chicken is quick.
Chicken is not expensive. 
Chicken does not talk back to you. Unless you have girls in the backyard who is telling you off every time you walk out side and don't bring something to them. Trust me, then they talk back.
Chicken does not do the dishes. Or the vacuum. Or the washing.  Sad, so sad.

All of the above is, of course, only applicable to free range, organic happy chucks. Because nothing else is morally right to buy. N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

I got the biggest craving for pasta with garlic and parmesan and since that is out of the question, cabbage it is. And since I have been really good for 98 days, I figured I could have some parmesan. Just a tiny bit.

For 4 people you'll need:
8 chicken thighs
1/4 head cabbage
10 mushrooms
olive oil
1/2 tbls garlic powder
1/2 tbls onion powder
parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

1. Marinate the chicken in olive oil and this spice mix.
2. Bbq or fry the chicken together with the mushrooms.
3. Shred the cabbage
4. Fry the cabbage in the oil, add the spices
5. When soft and a bit caramelized, add the parmesan and remove from heat.
6. Serve with extra cheese on the side and fresh basil.

20 Apr 2013

What is health? What does it mean to you?

My idea about this blog post was to write about health and being healthy. What does that actually mean? What does it mean to you? And what does it mean when people talk about being healthy? It is a very difficult topic and I have gone back and forth with how and what, to write. We all want to be healthy, but in order to be that we first need to establish what healthy is. According to WHO - World Health Organization, health ‘...is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being’.

In other words, health has different meaning for different people.  We all have different lives, circumstances, dreams and hopes. And the meaning of the word health has different meaning to all of us. My father i.e. has been ill most of his life. He is getting worse by the day and he is slowly losing the function in his hands and feet, he is bound to a wheel chair and have difficulties to use the computer. But his mind and his will to be the best he can be have never left him. For instance, he took his electrical wheelchair to a meeting and have now signed up to be on the list for his political party during the next election. Having been a full time ex-politician, the engagement and the desire to make a difference has never left him.But according to some people he is not healthy and should be very sad not to function properly. And yes, he is much worse than 1 year ago, 5 years ago he still walked outside and lets not talk about what he did 10 years ago.  But he is present here and now. He makes the best out of the situation he is in today and wont let other people tell him what he can and can not do. Three years ago the doctors told him he was getting worse and he should take it very easy and he did listened to them and he did take it easy. After he and Mum traveled from Sweden to us in Australia. 

But what is really interesting is that many people have no idea about their own health, they have been told what and how to feel and thats the way they live their lives. They have a tad high blood pressure and the doctor give them pills. The cholesterol is a bit over the limit, they are prescribed statins. They are on the verge of becoming diabetic, the dietician puts them on a low-fat, high carb diet. They are fat and the same dietician tell them to run more and eat less. But does this work? Do the person taking these pills, feel a true difference in their health? Do they actually feel better? Or do they only fell better because someone else is telling them they should?

Or am I just patronizing people I don’t know and people who have decided to eat and live differently? Who am I to say, MY way is the best way? I really don’t know. I look at my father and are confused. How would I react if my body failed me so tremendously? We can’t tell people how to live, we can’t tell people what’s best for them, it needs to come from within, its our own journey. No one can make that trip, but you.