Health Show Episode #14 – World Diabetes Day

Health Show Episode #14 – Diabetes and insulin resistance


World Diabetes Day (14 November 2017) is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign. Diabetes gives rise to damage of blood vessels throughout the body which causes blindness, retinopathy, heart disease, kidney disease, amputation, and even early mortality.

Diabetes Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, where little or no insulin is produced by the pancreas.
Diabetes Type II is a chronic disease caused by our lifestyle. Over 226,000 people in Ireland alone have been diagnosed, but many more will be in a pre-diabetes stage of Insulin Resistance. If your blood insulin levels have been high for years, the cells of your body start to ignore it and becomes less effective at this important job in your body.

Insulin is a hormone that reduces blood glucose in your body by pushing it into your cells that use it or burn it to make ATP (our pockets of energy). If you don’t use up your ATP then any glucose left over will be stored as fat.

If you eat too many carbs and over processed foods, have abdominal obesity, get hungry and cravings for sugar, high blood pressure and PCOS, then you have some of the signs of elevated insulin. The problem is we get used to how we feel, and don’t realise the problems being stored up for later in life. Perhaps the most alarming of all though is that this was once considered an adult-onset disease, but now children are being diagnosed earlier and earlier.

In the jam-packed Health show, we covered a range of topics including :

* Understanding and reversing type 2 diabetes
* How in Systematic Kinesiology we test for insulin resistance
* Steps to Reduce the risk of Developing Diabetes

* Importance of Essential Fats

While so many people being regularly diagnosed with this chronic disease, and millions more people walking around with the disease and don’t know it (27.8 percent of people with diabetes are undiagnosed). Symptoms of diabetes vary from person to person. But, the earlier you catch them, the better it is for your overall health and diabetes care. It is worth getting to know, and keeping a lookout for the symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes


Your Plan to Reverse Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Certain foods negatively affect your blood sugar levels, cause inflammation and trigger immune responses. To reverse diabetes naturally, the first step is to remove these foods from your diet:

Refined sugar: Refined sugar rapidly spikes blood glucose, and soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages are the worst culprits

Grains: Grains, especially gluten-containing grains like wheat, contain large amounts of carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar within only a few minutes of consumption.

Remove Dairy: Stay away from all other forms of dairy because the A1 casein produced by conventional cows will harm the body and trigger an immune response similar to gluten.

Include Foods high in chromium:Chromium is a nutrient that’s involved in normal carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Broccoli has the highest amounts of chromium, but you can also find it in raw cheese, green beans.

Use Cinnamon: Cinnamon has the ability to lower blood sugar levels and improve your sensitivity to insulin. (Several small studies have linked cinnamon to better blood sugar levels)

Add Magnesium-rich foods: Magnesium can help regulate blood sugar levels because it plays a role in glucose metabolism. Research shows that diabetes is frequently associated with magnesium deficiency. Eating magnesium-rich foods, like spinach, pumpkin seeds and almonds.

Use Healthy Fats: Use coconut milk, grass-fed butter (Kerrygold) can also help balance out your blood sugar levels.  Eat oily fish 2-3 times a week (or more).  Eat avocado, and use avocado oil (great for cooking due to a high smoke point).

In an effort to control blood sugar and weight some people are turning to Ketogenic diet.

What is the keto diet?

Special diets for type 2 diabetes often focus on weight loss, so it might seem crazy that a high-fat diet is an option. But the ketogenic (keto) diet, high in fat and low in carbs, can potentially change the way your body stores and uses energy, easing diabetes symptoms.With the keto diet, your body converts fat, instead of sugar, into energy.

 Understanding “high-fat” in the ketogenic diet

Many people with type 2 diabetes are carrying extra weight, so a high-fat diet can seem unhelpful. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to have the body use fat for energy instead of carbohydrates or glucose. A person on the keto diet gets most of their energy from fat, with very little of the diet coming from carbohydrates.

The ketogenic diet doesn’t mean you should load up on saturated fats, though. Heart-healthy fats are the key to sustaining overall health. Some healthy foods that are commonly eaten in the ketogenic diet include:

Books we recomend– 

If you are interested in learning more, the books recommended on the Facebook live event are –
The Insulin Factor – Anthony J Haynes
Keto Clarity – Jimmy Moore
The Obesity Code – Jason Fung
Why we get fat -Gary Taubes

Episode 11 we also discussed sugar and insulin, so to learn more, click here for Health Show #11.

Our next Health Show- episode #15 will take place on the 6th December and with Christmas almost upon us we will talk about ”Surviving Christmas” in healthy and happy way.

And if you’d like to learn more about Systematic Kinesiology and how life could be easier! you’re invited to a Taster Event taking place in Enniscorthy next week. There you’ll learn how to reduce stress, identify food sensetivities, and discover how you can feel great with simple yet powerful techniques using our whole person approach, then ome along to one of our Taster events happening in Enniscorthy this month.

Good verus Bad – Why we all need Fat in our diet


We know that diet plays a big role in the health of the body, but an essential nutrient that has been demonised for the past 50 years or so is fat.Low-fat foods have been recommended to be healthy, yet long term chronic health issues are on the rise which are much nastier than the acute health issues from the past.

By eliminating fat from the diet and replacing it with sugar and artificial sweeteners has not made us healthier; yet society in general relies on sugar and carbohydrates for energy and continue to struggle without essential nutrients.

If you’re interested in learning more about the role of fat and want to help your clients get healthy, lose weight and improve their lives, then this two day workshop is a must. With obesity and weight related illness rising year on year worldwide, Alison Astill-Smith will delve into this significant subject.You’ll gain an understanding of the biology of body fat and fat loss during this two day workshop. Understand ketosis, the nutrients that support fat loss and how to help clients lose weight. Carrying too much fat is more often a problem with hormones not will power and Alison will teach a protocol to bring a client back to normal fat function and metabolism.

You’ll also learn the harmful effect of excessive fructose on the body, how this switches the client into fat gain, and how to reverse this. This will not only impact your clients weight issues, but you’ll be able to help those worried about alzheimers, dementia and early cognitive decline, as fat plays an important role here too.

If you’ve ever been confused about fat, known instinctively that not all fats are as bad as we’re lead to believe, and want to educate your clients, join us on this exciting workshop on 4-5 November at CityNorth hotel.

This is open to all who have muscle testing skills.

If you’d like to attend then please secure your place with a €49 deposit.

For all the details and what topics will be covered, read more on the website:

You will have time to workshop so that you can start helping clients the very next day.


The Health Show Episode #11 – Sugar Insulin and Diabetes

The Health Show Episode #11 – Sugar Insulin and Diabetes

Sugar Insulin and Diabetes – How understanding blood sugar, insulin, insulin resistance, macro nutrients, supplements, essential fats and reading labels will help you prevent diabetes!  There’s a LOT in this month’s Health Show!

Sugar Insulin and Diabetes KinesiologyZone Health Show Episode 11 Sugar

For every expert recommending some new health fix, there’s someone else telling you to try the opposite. But something we are all on the same page about is sugar – specifically, added sugar, that is doing us more harm than good.  But overall our love of carbohydrates is making us fatter, more tired, and less happy!

While we all know we should consume sugar “in moderation,” it’s easier said than done, especially when it is found in foods as added, and often hidden, ingredients.  The WHO (World Health organisation) recently published guidelines on sugar intake for adults and children saying that no more than 10% of a person’s energy intake (calories) should come from free sugars. In Ireland, the National Adult Nutritional Survey in 2011 showed that on average our diets contained 14.6% energy from free sugars.

Watch Siobhan Guthrie’s overview and introduction to this big topic – about our nutritional needs, proteins, essential fats, carbohydrates and what to do to keep our insulin levels low, which will prevent many long term health conditions

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Sugar Insulin and Diabetes KinesiologyZone Health Show Episode 11

In today’s Health Show we offer practical tips on helping get the focus away from carbohydrates (such as sugar) and onto proteins and essential fats into the diet, so that you feel satiated, have more energy and long term good health.

Symptoms of blood sugar imbalance:

  • Tiredness, ratty, stressed, HUNGRY all the time,
  • Prone to infection (especially your teeth and gum disease)
  • significant health problems because it’s associated with obesity, heart attacks, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cancer and other serious conditions.

INSULIN – a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas in response to the foods you eat.

Health Tips:

– Add oily fish into your diet
– Use Avocados – great for adding essential fats into your salad
– Hummus – This middle eastern snack is high in protein!
– Beans -Most beans have about 7-10 grams of protein per half cup
– UDOs Oil has the perfect blend of Omega 3/6/9.

Become sugar smart

Understanding food labels is a great tool in becoming sugar smart. Added sugars can come under many different names and are listed to disguise how much sugar is in the “food product”:

• Corn syrup, Golden syrup, Maple syrup.
• Honey, Malt syrup, molasses

• Glucose (twice as sweet as fructose)
• Fructose
• Sucrose
• Maltose
• Dextrose
• Galactose
• Lactose
• High fructose corn syrup
• Invert sugar
• Hydrolysed starch

And the list goes on!  Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Barley malt, Beet sugar, Date sugar, Diatase, Fruit juice, Fruit juice concentrate, Dehydrated fruit juice, Fruit juice crystals, and Agave.

Supplements to help reverse Insulin Resistance and help with sweet cravings

If you are interested in getting some chromium, zinc, magnesium or other supplements to help balance your blood sugar you will find the ones Siobhan recommended by visiting this site. or from your local Systematic Kinesiologist.


Our next Health Show- episode #12 will take place on the 20th September and with kids heading back to school we will be discussing ”Children and young adolescents achieve their potential academically in today’s world”

If you want to know about the muscle testing Siobhan demonstrated come along to one of our Taster events or find our about our upcoming Balanced Health Courses.

KinesiologyZone Course Leadership team