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London FP finalists in Fat To Skinny book giveaway

- July 24th, 2010

lf_press_logoHere are the finalists in the Fat To Skinny book giveaway who entered via the London Free Press (last names have been removed):

37. Dusty, London Free Press

Good Afternoon, my name is Dusty , and I am responding to the article in the London Free Press on July 5th 2010 in regards to Doug Varrieur’s book Fat to Skinny.

I am a 34 year old guy, working as an Advanced Care Paramedic for the past 14 years.  I am married with two fantastic kids, ages 5 and 7.  I have also been living with Diabetes for the past 16 years.  Myself, like every other young person that is diagnosed with diabetes, looked at that diagnosiss as the end of everything.  Watching what you eat, maintaining a healthy meal plan, and the snacks, and snacks and oh yeah did I mention the snacks.  It almost seems that eating becomes the sole focus of managing Diabetes as well as the multiple injections that go along with it.  I have found the over the past few years, that even though I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, chasing kids and interacting with them, the weight has continued to pile on.  I have seen my injections and the units of Insulin that I take steadily increase.  I have hypertension, and hig cholesterol, mostly in part to Diabetes and it’s effects on the Thyroid.  I would throughly enjoy another prospective, and especially a new way to eat and look at food, as described in Varrieur’s book, and would follow his approach in maintaining a healthy balance of eating and exercise.  I look at the patients I care for, and desperately want to try and help myseld too, so as not to cut my career and my life short.  But most importantly, I want to be there for my wife and two kids to help educate and teach them to enjoy themselves, and be able to live healthy.

Thank you for your consideration.

38. Noreen, London Free Press

I can not write 4oo words to tell how badly I want to loose weight. I just know that I have tried to hard in the past years to know avail. I just want to be healthy and I want my husband to be the same I would relly appreciate it if you would send me your book.  If you don”t pick me where can I purchase it ASP. Sincerely Noreen. Thank you.

39. Sue, London Free Press

My name is Sue and I am 57 years old. I have had a bit of a weight problem all my life, but never as bad as now. I no longer have a family doctor so need to rely on clinics. Unfortunately I seldom get the same doctor twice and every time I go I am bombarded with accusations of what and how I must eat because just look at me. It’s no use trying to tell them I watch every thing, they don’t listen or believe. I weight approximately 184 lbs and am lucky to be 5 feet tall, so yes I am overweight. I have had a specialist look into the extremely huge fibroids I have but he says I am a bad risk for surgery. As of this past Christmas I have developed gout, yet I do not eat rich foods and I  have not had a drop of alcohol in at least 30 years. Several years ago I got deep vein thrombosis in my left leg and the blood specialist says my veins are shot. Lately, my agoraphobia has gotten worse so I don’t go for walks. I also have high blood pressure. I have a garden and work in it during the warm months so I have lots of fresh fruit and vegatables in season and can and freeze some too. I admit I am fairly inactive in the winter but I still, cook, clean, etc. I don’t just sit around. Simply put, my health is at risk and I really want to stick around to watch my grandchildren grow. I can’t seem to get any help and I’ve tried just about everything I know of. I cut carbs and sugar, I dont eat fried foods or fast food. I stay away from ice cream and most dairy products. I do eat fruit and my brother says its got too much sugar. Maybe your book can tell me how to eat and what to eat as I am at a loss. Please be one of the very few people who believes I have really been trying for over 3 years now.
I read this in the London Free Press

40. Tracey, London Free Press

I saw a story in the London Free Press about a gentleman who wrote a book called “From Fat to Skinny” and wanted to win a copy.  I am a 50 year old grandmother who wants to spend more quality time with my grandchildren, but find at times, I am much too tired, winded and like the gentleman, had resigned myself to the fact that I was the fat one, and couldn’t stop myself from eating, even when I wasn’t hungry.  I want to be fit, I want to play with my grandchildren, I want to enjoy whatever comes my way.

41. Tracy, London Free Press

Dear Cary,

I am writing in response to your article in the London free press, ‘Stamping out the sweet tooth’. I would like to enter the contest to win a copy of Doug Varrieur’s book, fat to skinny. All my life I have fought the battle to try to be at a healthy weight. I wanted to say thin, but I am big boned and don’t believe I would ever be thin. I am now @ my heaviest weight ever and it is really bad for my health. Heart and diabetes runs in my family. My father was a diabetic and had heart problems and he died at the age of 64.Then my brother had a heart attack and died at the young age of 45. Next ,at the age of 47,(I am Now 49 soon to be 50 in October) it was me who suffered from a heart attack, in May of 2007. Thankfully I knew the signs and got to the hospital as soon as possible. I had the heart attack when I went out for a ride on my new bike I had just got for mothers day. I weighed about 183 lbs at the time. I went to the dietitian started to eat healthier, but I never really lost any weight, than I lost my job in January 2009. I decided that I would return to school; however due to the stress and sitting all day, I have really  put on alot of  weight. I am now 203 lbs. For the sake of my health I really need to turn this around and get this extra weight off, maybe this low sugar diet will help. I have always had to watch my weight and I usually followed a low fat diet.  I am really hoping that a low sugar diet will help.To top it off my husband is very thin and loves to eat really fatty foods and he loves chocolate bars. I have a really hard time trying to resist.I could  use some help.

42. Delia, London Free Press

Why I need to loose weight:

We just moved to a new home that backs on to a wonderful conservation area.  My son Ethan, 12 years old, as me to loose weight so I won’t be to tired to walk around the pond with him.

Since Oct. of last year I have lost 40 pounds, and still working on it.  Yesterday morning in this heat I walked the around the pond myself to see if I could do it, so I would not be embarrassed in front of my son.  I did it.

43. Joan, London Free Press

Why I need to lose weight!

I have been “watching my weight” since I was 13 years old.  I have watched it go up and up.  I don’t regard my self as fat now but I am seriously overwieght for my age and so on.  I hav lost 100′s of pounds during my lifetime. I am now widowed and live alone.  I am in good health overall and do want to stay that way.  I am now 74 yr. of age; weigh 153 lb; 5″ 3″.  I go to weight-watchers now (for the past 32 years). I do aquafit regularly and walk quite a bit although I have no regular exercise program.  I am active – work one day a week (for pay even) plus a lot of volunteer work.

There is a history of type 2 diabetes in my family – My Father was diagnosed in his 60′s and( my Mother) controlled his weight with diet until he died at age 79.  My brother was diagnosed at age 40 and he was on insulin, became a runner but died at age 55 of a stroke.  Related to diabetes – who knows?

I need to lose wight because  I am terrified of getting diabetes – it is such a terrible disease and  I do not like myself when I weigh more than 140; .  I have had high sugar levels in the past and that was enough to scare me into cutting back on my carbs.  I have a sweet tooth like you, and i can’t seem to control it. I always feel deprived.  I think I am more emotional about my eating choices and choose “feel good itemd” even when I feel guilty and remorseful after I indulge.  Even when I am enjoying pie and ice cream, or tea and cookies, or whatever I have to have – I think about what I am doing to my body.  Sabotage at work all the time.

I am hoping your book can help me.  I must confess I do not expect to win this contest but I do want to know where I can get your book.  Good luck with that.

44. Adele, London Free Press

Hello, this in response to the contest in the London Free Press for Varrieur’s book Fat to Skinny.

My name is Adele , I am 28 years old, 5’1”, and my current weight is 224 lbs. Since my thirteenth birthday I have had two big problems in my life. The first is major depressive disorder and the second that fallows the first like a row of chicks behind a hen, is being over weight. I have lost weight I few times in the past but the reasons for doing it were things such as, getting a guy, being able to fit in, or simply just to look good. These reasons were never solid ones, also with my mind constantly beating itself up because of depression I never had a good chance to make a change. Over the years my self worth became non-existent and I found it very difficult to think anything good about myself.  It has taken me a lot of time to become more in control of my mental illness and with it came the realization that I need to lose weight, not for the reasons before but because my body was telling me so.  My knees and my feet hated me after losing weight three times over 12 years and then gaining it back. My brain despised the fact that I couldn’t possibly keep a relationship going if I was never happy about the way I felt and looked. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so hard if I had help. There was a point where my cousin was working out with me and it had been going well. Then she became too busy to go to the gym and I really didn’t want to go alone.  My other down fall is food, I like it too much and I have used it as a crutch for so long I don’t know how to break the bad habit. Currently I am without support mental or physical and it is make me excessively miserable. I will be honest, I may be over weight but I am not totally unhealthy. I eat good meals most of the time. I guilty say that I do have extreme moments of weakness and binge like a zombie on brains.  I bike and walk almost everywhere I need to go in the city and I am trying to “jog” once and while. I am beginning to see that it may not be the exercise that is my main problem. I can not seem to control myself very well when it comes to food. I’m a sugar slut I admit it, the classic female chocoholic. I know it is my biggest problem and when I avoid it for weeks on end it becomes a time bomb waiting for me to have a depressive episode. These episodes happen less often now-a-days but they still happen and that is when I lose any good work I have done. My physical appearance affects my thoughts about my self, my thoughts affect the way I treat my self and I treat myself  in a way that makes me think poorly of myself and thus some nauseating cycle has been made. You would think that with that knowledge I could fix the problem but it just pisses me off. So in conclusion I need to lose weight so that my knees stop complaining, so my thoughts do not destroy me and so I can receive a better compliment than just “cute”.

45. Ed, London Free Press

Why I need to lose weight….again…

Hi,

My name is Ed and I live in Southern Ontario. Canada. There are thousands of reasons why I need to lose weight…

My daughters, my wife, my knees, my heart, my friends, my happiness….so on and so on.

I’ve been BIG all my life. In my 20’s, I weighed in the low 200’s. I have always been a happy, kind, and well thought of guy,  but I have always been big. I am aware of all the diet needs and plans and have been on many, only to lose small amounts of weight, and then put it back on. I have tried Herbal-Whatever, Physician’s Whatever, Whatever Watchers, Psycho-Whatever and multiple other methods, only to have very limited success.

About 13 years ago, after the birth of my 2nd daughter, I was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. Thankfully, after 4 years of in/out hospitalization, some very unique treatments, and an excellent specialist, I was told I was in remission, healthy, and I still had both kidneys. Today, everything is great.

But the illness gave me an extra 100 pounds….

Now, 49, and 316 pounds, I know the time I have is becoming more and more limited. I know that over the past 2-3 years, I have not concentrated on any diet, just eating well. I have never been very active, maybe due to my weight, but I still dream about being younger and doing things without limitations.

Socially, I am very active. Being part of 2 businesses, various charity groups and being a semi-professional musician, keeps me busy. I am also the main parent at home for my 2 teenage girls. I know in my circle of friends, they would love to see “less” of me, if only for my benefit, and this is the issue. The weight is starting to slow me down.

After reading the article, and having a “jaded” past with diet theories, some of the details do make sense. I have learned in the past that succeeding at losing weight is not a caloric count alone, but a total behaviour system.

I would like to try your method. I am very interested in what it says and how it teaches its method. I am interested in learning more about the author and what challenges he faced while going through the stages.

….I am ready to start a new stage in my life. Please send me your book.

46. Theresa, London Free Press

I weigh 278 pounds and I have several conditions to do with the electrical part of the heart.   I have a rare disease called CPVT which I was diagnosed with in 2002 after having a cardiac arrest in a store with no vital signs for 7 minutes. My life was saved by 6 Paramedics and 2 call takers.    I now have a defibrillator implanted in my chest and I am on a beta blocker which slows down my heart beat and metabolism.

This past Christmas, the top of my heart started to beat too fast and continued to do so until I had surgery for it in March of this year.  I just found out that I still have this problem with my heart beating too fast.  If it gets worse the doctors want to surgically remove my heart’s ability to beat on it’s own and make me dependent on the pacemaker part of my defibrillator for my heart to beat.   Of course just the thought of depending on a machine and it’s battery for my life petrifies me.

A cardiologist and a cardiac nurse have told me that being overweight can cause the top of my heart to beat too fast.  I am desperate to lose weight. I am trying to diet but I don’t know how.  Everything I read seems to say something different and contradictory about how to diet. I find it really confusing and overwhelming.

I want to do everything I can to make my heart healthy and I would love to have a copy of Doug Varrieur’s book ‘Fat To Skinny’.

I am not working so money is a problem for me right now.

Please help me! I desperately want to live without being dependent on a machine and in constant fear of a machine malfunction or a dead battery.  I desperately want to lose weight to increase my chances of solving my heart problems and to have a better life altogether and I believe your book could help me to do this.  Please select me.

Thank you.

47. Emily, London Free Press

I would like to get your book for my husband. He’s been dieting on and off for years and always gains the weight back. He is not obese but definitely overweight. Both his parents have diabetes and I’d like him to do something about his weight and eating habits before he falls victim to diabetes as well. Also, I’d just like him to look better!

48. Diane, London Free Press

Dear Doug,

What a goal you have in life! “To help other people.” Others should learn from you. I always enjoys other people’s stories of success. I have succeeded in two goals. I quit smoking 33 years ago and I beat breast cancer four years now. I only have to conquer my weight. I have over the years, but always temporary. I find I have always used food as a soother. It’s funny to pick up the London Free Press and read your story. I had decided after the long weekend I would start to try and lose weight. You were encouraging.

I am also happy for your wife. To put your experiment in writing to help other people, that’s wonderful. I’ve done everything from grapefruit, eggs,

soup, Topps, Weight Watchers, Dr. Phil, Atkins, Herbal Magic. I, like a lot of others have paid alot over the years for my “Fat,” for a short-term fix. I should tell you Doug, I am 65 years old, weigh 214 and am in general good health. I don’t want my age to stop me from feeling good. I’ve 5;5″..

So I am hoping to win one of your copies of “Fat to Skinny” I promise I won’t waste it. I want to get back to my goal, which is 145-150 lbs. Keep up the good work Doug!

Sincerely,

Diane

Keeping Fit reader disagrees with pH-level concept

- April 5th, 2010

Sam Head Shot_0Not everybody’s a fan of Sam Graci and his heralded alkaline diet.

Here’s a letter a Keeping Fit reader recently wrote to the London Free Press regarding the internationally renowned researcher – along with Graci’s research-backed rebuttal.

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ALKALINE DIET OUT TO LUNCH

Regarding the article The benefits of a healthy pH (March 22).

Back to basics, not back to basic.

The ‘Alkaline Diet’ is allegedly based on an understanding of how food acidity or alkalinity affects the body’s pH. If we’re born alkaline, and changing what you eat changes your pH, then eating alkalinizing foods makes sense. It sounds persuasive, except it lacks any scientific evidence.

Blood pH is maintained between 7.35 and 7.45. Although this is slightly alkaline, any deviation from this range causes severe illness. If the North American diet was leaving countless people with an acidic pH, as Sam Graci claims, not only would they be fatigued, they would be dead. Your pH is not at the mercy of the foods you eat. The body maintains pH within a narrow range using the kidneys and lungs. No food exists that is acidifying or alkalinizing enough to change the body’s pH balance.

There is no doubt a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has benefits. They include fibre, anti-oxidants and low calories — not alkalinity.
Just try searching for publications about the benefits of this diet in any recognized scientific journal, you’ll be left as unsatisfied as the consumers who buy into an alkaline diet.

Julia Wan
Petrolia, Ont.

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Maybe Julia’s pH level is a tad too acidic. Here’s the reply from the Greens Plus guru himself.

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March 25, 2010

Attention: John Miner, health editor, London Free Press

Re: letter to editor ”Alkaline Diet Out to Lunch” by Julia Wan

Yes, blood pH is kept strictly regulated for our very survival. The bones represent an excellent reservoir of alkaline minerals which can be utilized to maintain this strict pH in the blood. This is the central tenant to the research behind acid-alkaline dietary components and human health – particularly that pertaining to osteoporosis. Urinary pH fluctuates throughout the day, with typical differences along the circadian rhythm. The diurnal rhythm of urinary pH is such that it is typically increased at night, possibly because calcium excretion is much higher overnight.

• Reference: Konig, et al. Effect of a supplement rich in alkaline minerals on acid-base balance in humans. Nutr J 2009;8:23

A Western, fast-food style diet has been shown in human volunteers to promote significant elevations in the stress hormone cortisol. When the acidic diet was neutralized with an oral alkaline solution, the cortisol levels were returned to normal. This human study has plenty of implications, not the least of which is that chronically elevated cortisol levels (via a top-heavy acidic diet) can promote obesity etc.

• Reference: Maurer, et al. Neutralization of Western diet inhibits bone resorption independently of K intake and reduces cortisol secretion in humans. American Journal of Physiology and Renal Physiology. 2003;284:F32-40.

Much of the more convincing data on the benefits of an slightly alkaline pH has emerged since 2007. Acid heavy diets have been linked to higher body weight and waist circumference. How about links to cardiovascular disease, hypertension and elevated cholesterol. On the other hand, more alkaline urine is associated with greater lean body mass. A more alkaline diet has also been linked to improved mental outlook. It would be easy to write off these associations because a diet with greater alkaline foods (i.e. fruits and vegetables) is one rich in antioxidants and fibre. Yet the connection with cortisol and an acidic diet makes the associations more difficult to dismiss. As for the connection between acidic diets (in the absence of alkaline fruits and vegetables) and osteoporosis, this has become increasingly robust. The notion of low-grade metabolic acidosis, one that cannot be assessed by blood and/or saliva, is moving from theory in the 1980s to a medical reality.

• References: Logan AC. Acid-alkaline balance: the third dimension of fruits and vegetables. Integrated Health Pract 2009;Sept:50-55.

• Welch, et al. Urine pH is an indicator of dietary acid-base load, fruit and vegetables and meat intakes: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Norfolk population study. Br J Nutr 2008;99:1335-43.

• Murakami K, et al. Association between dietary acid-base load and cardiometabolic risk factors in young Japanese women. British Journal of Nutrition. 2008, 100:642-51.

• Torres SJ, Nowson CA, Worsley A. Dietary electrolytes are related to mood. British Journal of Nutrition. 2008;100:1038-45.

• Dawson-Hughes B, Harris SS, Ceglia L: Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults. American  Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2008;87:662-5.

In health,

Sam Graci