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Webwhispering Diet : Early thoughts

I’m in no hurry to start this diet. The planning is important and a diet that suits me will take shape gradually over the next few weeks or months.

Some of the things going through my mind are very clear.

1. There will be no weighing of food or calorie counting. My eye will work it out using knowledge and common sense.

2. I will eat absolutely anything I want to eat. The skill will be knowing how much and how often I eat the foods that are likely to prevent weight loss.

3. Chocolate and home baking will not be excluded.

4. I will control the diet. The diet will not control me.

5. The Webwhispering Diet will be enjoyable.

6. It will become a way of life.

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Webwhispering Diet : the first step

The previous post linked to an educational website designed to help children learn how to eat healthily. Much of this information will be useful for adults too.

It has set me thinking a bit about the weight loss / diet industry.  And industry it is. It must be worth billions of pounds.

Recently too, there has been a new “movement”….surgery for weight loss. Celebrities talk on TV and to the press about their experiences with gastric banding and other procedures.

Private hospitals in the UK advertise their bariatric surgery. Named surgeons are given space on their websites. Their photos appear there. These are not cowboy surgeons although I suppose some may be. The ones I’m thinking about are good competent surgeons some of whom also hold consultant posts in the NHS. Just do a Google search for “bariatric surgery” or “obesity surgery.” You’ll find them.  Smooth, well designed websites made credible by photos of the surgeons themselves. I won’t be linking to them directly.

I hate this. Partly because I hate the idea of doctors advertising their wares. By appearing on these websites that is what they are doing. Old fashioned? Maybe. However the Hippocratic Oath taken by me all these years ago forbade advertising and what we are seeing nowadays is more than simple advertising. It is advertising for personal gain .. profit ….money in the bank for that individual doctor. The individual doctor is now using marketing strategies. He / she is piggy-backing on the now fashionable UK health jargon of “Patient Choice.” One has to wonder if “Patient Choice” is  jargon that is being deliberateley introduced for the purpose of creating a market in UK healthcare. Time will tell.

I hate this marketing, and although am fully aware it is common practice in other parts of the world, it never was so in the UK.

In fact, surgical procedures were always available for the treatment of obesity within the NHS. In the past, it was restricted to patients who were morbidly obese often with some deep rooted psychological problems too. Surgery was the last resort. Nowadays the hurdle is lower.

Another thing that bothers me about the “Surgery for Fatties” movement is that it assumes an individual will not have the willpower to adopt a healthy eating pattern on their own.  It assumes dependency on the medical profession and the huge diet industry.

All of this sticks in my throat.

As it happens, I have been unable to exercise properly for some time now (severe back problem) and so find it necessary to shed a couple of stones in weight without adequate exercise to burn off calories. I don’t know how I am going to do this, but am damned sure it won’t be by gastric banding or any other surgical procedure, buying specific dietary products, or following some quick fix diet. I also know it will be done slowly but surely over the next year or 18 months.

After giving some thought to this, I will post intermittently about what I intend to do. It might help somebody else too.

I’ll file all these posts under “The Webwhispering Diet.” so they can all be accessed by clicking on that category at the side.

And yes, by putting this in writing, it gives me an incentive. I’ll feel a fool if it doesn’t work for me.

I hope what will become  “The Webwhispering Diet” will be a good one, will be easy, will be enjoyable and will last a life time.

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“Eat Smart” for kids

Chocolate is OK…..
but not great slabs of it all at once!

All foods are OK for most people who have no food intolerances or allergies. The difficulty is in how much and how often fattening and sugary foods are eaten.

Great Ormond Street Hospital has an easy to read website for kids to introduce them to to principles of healthy eating.

It starts off with a section on obesity, asking the question “How do you know if you are obese?” Following this is a section on how to measure BMI (Body Mass Index) and a section on why obesity in children is increasing and what they can do about it if they are overwight.

The section on food science covers :

Milk and dairy products
Fruit and vegetables
Meat, fish and vegetable proteins

There is a section on how to magic up smart meals and snacks and another on how to end your hang-up with getting fit and the Exercise Centre.

There is even something the call “Poo Corner”



Sometimes working out if you are obese can be hard. You might feel fine and happy, and after all, children grow fast! Sometimes though you may get comments from other kids or relatives, or hear people talking about ‘puppy fat’ or ‘filling out’.

t might be boring to hear… but you should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Fruit is important for the diet and a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. So don’t say ‘whatever,’ tuck in! If you’re not keen on certain fruit and veg, try them again or mix them with other foods like yoghurt or cheese to help them go down!

Breakfast is a very important meal. You’ve probably heard that before, but want to know why?
After going 10 – 12 hours overnight without food, your energy reserves are low. Your body and brain now need fuel!
Breakfast keeps you going until lunchtime. This helps you do better at school. It also stops you feeling hungry mid-morning. This is the danger zone when you might be tempted to eat crisps or chocolate at break time!

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The Food Pyramid


goldappleThe food pyramid is a graphical way of describing a healthy diet which includes all classes of food but in the correct proportions.

Eat plenty of the foods at the botttom of the pyramid decreasing in amount as you go towards the top.

The Mayo Clinic demonstrates five different pyramids according to different dietary habits. All of them are healthy. They are:

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid…….Mediterranean Diet Pyramid…….Vegetarian Diet Pyramid…….Latin American Diet Pyramid…….Asian Diet Pyramid



Although food pyramids reflect the same general principles of healthy eating, they demonstrate different food choices. These differences reflect dietary preferences, food availability and cultural eating patterns.

For example, the Latin American Diet Pyramid might include tortillas and cornmeal within the grains food group, whereas the Asian Diet Pyramid might emphasize noodles and rice.


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Using DASH to lower blood pressure


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published an eating plan to lower blood pressure or to prevent high blood pressure (hypertension) developing. The abbreviation DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The booklet was initially published in 1998 and revised in 2006.



What you choose to eat affects your chances of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension (the medical term). Recent studies show that blood pressure can be lowered by following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan—and by eating less salt, also called sodium.

While each step alone lowers blood pressure, the combination of the eating plan and a reduced sodium intake gives the biggest benefit and may help prevent the development of high blood pressure.

This booklet, based on the DASH research findings, tells how to follow the DASH eating plan and reduce the amount of sodium you consume. It offers tips on how to start and stay on the eating plan, as well as a week of menus and some recipes. The menus and recipes are given for two levels of daily sodium consumption— 2,300 and 1,500 milligrams per day. Twenty-three hundred milligrams is the highest level considered acceptable by the National High Blood Pressure Education Program. It is also the highest amount recommended for healthy Americans by the 2005 “U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” The 1,500 milligram level can lower blood pressure further and more recently is the amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine as an adequate intake level and one that most people should try to achieve………….

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