Bariatric surgery as an option for teenagers

In today’s Daily Mail there is an article by an eminent medical practitioner.  In it Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) comes to the conclusion that NHS surgery for overweight teens could be the only way to ‘rescue’ them from the ‘vicious cycle’ of a poor diet and bad health.

One of the causes of obesity
One of the causes of obesity

This article is very thought-provoking but ultimately comes up with what I consider to be a most unhelpful solution. Whilst the ban on junk food he suggests would help in a small way I believe he is misguided in promoting bariatric surgery as the only solution. Bariatric surgery is major surgery and is also a very expensive option, costing between £4k and £15k, depending on the procedure undergone. I cannot believe that the risks of this surgery and its cost can possibly make it a first-line treatment for obesity when low risk alternatives such as eating a ketogenic or #LCHF diet have been shown to make such an amazing difference to people’s weight and fitness. Surely the medical profession has got to try non-invasive techniques before it goes for what might be considered the ‘nuclear’ option. As an example can I recommend this article by Dr Andreas Eenfeld MD? This article describes how Johanna Engström lost 112lbs on a keto diet rather than by undergoing bariatric surgery, which she was scheduled for. The advantages seem numerous – no surgical and post-operative risk, weight lost naturally and healthily, little if any cost to the healthcare system.

It seems very clear that the ketogenic diet is a highly effective means of weight loss that is safe and healthy, as proved beyond doubt by the many thousands of people who have their own success stories, including those whose own doctors have found that their blood tests demonstrate the healthiness of the approach.

I know which approach I would prefer.

Bulletproof coffee is fantastic stuff

I absolutely love the idea of a creamy, foamy, frothy coffee. But if someone had told me a year or so ago that the best version of it would come by cutting a chunk of butter, a big spoon of coconut oil and blending it in coffee I would’ve laughed at them.

But my son got in touch one day to ask if I’d tried Bulletproof coffee (BPC) and had I heard of Dave Asprey? No to both questions. He explained what it was, I mimed a barfing reaction to the thought of it and figured Dave Asprey must be a little loony. Turns out he is actually rather bright and successful and the coffee is awesome.

Dave Asprey calls himself a ‘life hacker’ and he certainly is that. I don’t agree with/fancy doing all he tries (infusing himself with young blood, for example) but that is personal preference rather than any notion of it not doing what he wants it to do.

One of his earliest hacks was to create BPC. Apparently it came about after he was exhausted in the Himalayas and he made a fantastic recovery after drinking tea made with Yak’s butter. He then developed a version that uses cow’s butter and coconut oil. This then developed into a highly specialised version using his own sourced coffee beans and MCT oil (a specific type of oil that is digested quickly in the liver to produce ketones). It then went even more specific, using certain types of MCT oil and other specific ingredients.

My own take on this is that you can get exactly the same quality of experience, far cheaper, by using decent butter, ordinary coconut oil and a good blender. I live in the UK and source my coffee, butter and coconut oil from Aldi. TBH even my blender is from Aldi – what can I say? I like a bargain.

So here is how to make Butter/Coconut coffee

First put some fresh water to boil. I make two large mugs worth of BPC every morning.
Put coffee into a cafetiere to taste (I use two scoops for two mugs)Add butter and coconut oil to the blender (I use about one ounce of butter and about one ounce of coconut oil for the 2 mugs)Add the boiling water.
Blend well for about 30 secs. You will find you have a gorgeous, frothy, foamy coffee.
ENJOY!

The perfect bulletproof coffee

This works out as having about 350-400 calories worth of BPC for the two mugs – 100% fat. You’ll probably find you feel incredibly full for hours. I can easily do without food all day after this and the other great thing is that it is fabulously , unashamedly ketogenic.

You will see many articles online that try to complicate things by using specific MCT oils, specific butters from specific cows fed in specific ways, specific coffees from specific countries grown in specific ways. There are lots of interesting discussions around mould, toxins, grass-fed cows (definitely the best for so many reasons, including cow welfare) but if you’re in the EU area you are well protected against coffee moulds and the other issues are not as great. Many consider salt-free Kerrygold butter to be the gold standard. It is delicious but I honestly couldn’t discern any taste difference or effect difference when using Aldi butter.

If you drink BPC let me know how you get on. Whether or not it is the real thing or my generic version I’d love to hear how you get on.

All the best,

Steve – the keto coach UK

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

As the cold of Winter continues to be felt there is nothing nicer than a delicious bowl of soup.

Broccoli and Stilton soup is a gloriously silky and tangy soup, perfect for warming your bones after a day out in the country.

I believe in simplicity in pretty much everything and this soup is ridiculously easy to make.

Ingredients (this makes enough for 4 normal people or 2 large meals)
2 large heads of broccoli (include the stems too)
1 onion – chopped into small pieces
1-2 Tablespoons olive oil or a chunk of butter
Enough boiling water to cover the broccoli
Salt and pepper to taste
About 100-150g of blue Stilton cheese, cubed

Instructions
Heat the oil or butter in a pan then add the onions. Cook until cooked how you like them, Sometimes I go until they are caramelised but I also just soften them sometimes.
Chop the broccoli and add to the pan. Immediately add the boiling water until it just about covers the broccoli. Bring to the boil and simmer with lid on for about 20 minutes. When the pieces of stem are soft use a hand blender to blitz the soup. Add salt and pepper to taste and also the cheese. Blitz again and enjoy.

Broccoli and Stilton soup
Broccoli and Stilton soup