A week after the Whole30 seminar…

… and after time to reflect, what do I think about what I heard and experienced?

I think Melissa Hartwig is an extremely accomplished public speaker and,as you might expect, totally on top of her subject. She spoke for more than three hours without notes or a PowerPoint presentation to guide her and dealt with every question a diverse audience, that had come from all over Europe, threw at her. She didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know but it was useful to hear it from her directly and and the whole experience has really cemented the ideas in my head. She repeated a few times that the Whole30 is not a “weight loss programme” to which my inner imp replied “Sure, except it is!” and that a key concept of the Whole30 is that you don’t weigh yourself to which my imp answered “right.. except you do”. The most surprising revelation (for me) was that Melissa is a recovering drug addict, I did not know that, maybe I should have done as it is no secret:


All in all the seminar reinforced my view that, for 10, 20 or 30 days (pick your own number between 10 and 90) the programme is a great way to re-set your relationship with food (and alcohol), it provides a set of rules that help you eat and shop is a simple to understand and follow, paleo friendly, way and kick starts a new or stalled weight loss programme. Sorry , Melissa it just does. Look at my data 😉

Finally, while finding the “Coming Clean” post above, I found this post by Dallas Hartwig:


Which gave me more pause for thought than the fact that one of its founders is a recovering drug addict… not only does the other founder not use it any more, he has only used it twice ever.

Does that change what I think about the programme? No not really, I have my own experience, results and feedback from clients to go on. It works.







At the a Whole30 seminar!

Enjoying the Whole30 seminar in central London. People from all over Europe here. No cheats, no slips, no excuses! More later…

Dr Michael Ruscio describes dietary solutions to improve gut health (AIP = Auto-immune Paleo/Protocol)

Off to Hell in a sugar-filled hand cart.

A disappointing start to the year in the UK as Diabetes UK releases data that shows that the number of people in the  UK living with diabetes has now topped 4 million for the first time.

“The new figures, extracted from GP patient data, show that there are now 4.05 million people with the condition in the UK, which includes 3.5 million adults who have been diagnosed, an increase of 119,965 compared to the previous year, and an increase of 65 per cent over the past decade. There are also thought to be 549,000 people with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.”

Diabetes UK

So that’s 4 million people living with a hugely increased risk of heart disease, amputation, kidney disease, blindness, problems with their nervous system and a whole host of other complications that may, without the proper care, make their lives a misery and shorten their lifespan. Disturbingly, it looks like our health service may already be failing to cope:

“At the moment, more than 24,000 people a year with diabetes die before their time, which is because:

  • Only 60 per cent of people with diabetes are getting the eight NICE recommended checks, which are key to identifying any problems early enough to prevent complications.
  • Diabetes education courses are not being commissioned for people in over a third of areas in England.
  • Hospital care for people with diabetes is consistently poor and, in a significant minority of cases, is putting people’s lives at risk.

This is despite clear evidence that improving care would help avoid health complications that, as well as being personally devastating, account for 80 per cent of the NHS’ £10 billion annual spend on diabetes”.

In a post yesterday, Diabetes UK reports on a study published in a Journal of The Lancet that reducing sugar in soft drinks by 40% would result in 300,000 fewer cases of Type 2 diabetes annually:

“A new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal suggests that reducing sugar content in sugar sweetened drinks in the UK by 40% over five years, without replacing them with any artificial sweeteners, could prevent 500,000 cases of overweight and 1 million cases of obesity, in turn preventing around 300,000 cases of type 2 diabetes, over two decades. “

Finally,the UK government seems to have woken up to the catastrophe that is overtaking public health in the UK and has said that it does not “rule out” introducing a tax on sugary drinks (although seemingly not on other sugary products, like sugar!):

BBC News

Too little too late in my view but at least the government now recognises there might be a problem. Personally, I don’t think taxing the consumer is the answer. The answer is education so that people can make wise choices about what they consume and proper care for the unfortunate people who succumb to this awful disease – both of which will cost money. In my view the money should come from those people that have profited from the current situation – the sugar producers and the soft drink manufacturers. Make them pay the clean up costs for the mess they have created.


January 1 2016

I am starting January 2016 in the same way that I have started every year for the past several years, with a concerted effort to strip off some body fat by doing a Whole 30. I use the autoimmune version of the plan as it seems to work best for me. I usually aim for 7lbs loss over the month. Recently however I seem to have been achieving that in 10 days so I will see how I go over the month. I really don’t want to lose any muscle so I need to watch out that I don’t over emphasise the cardio-vascular exercise over resistance.

Here are my stats from 2015. The big drop in January is a Whole 30 and the three falls in the final third of the year are 3 Whole 10s.

weight 2015


This January’s Whole 30 comes with an added bit of excitement in that on the 16th I have a ticket for a seminar on the Whole 30 by its originator, Melissa Hartwig. I am very excited about that!!


I will certainly blog about it afterwards.

So good luck with whatever resolutions you have made. If you are resolved to lose some body fat in 2016, get fitter and stronger and live a longer happier life, I wish you every success!

Stay primal in 2016!!