Welcome to the Low Carb High Fat Dietitian
Hi, I’m Joy Kiddie and I’m a Registered Dietitian in private practice.
Several years ago, I began to ask myself how it is that in the early 1970s only ~8% of men and ~12% of women were obese and now almost 22% of men and 19% of women are obese. I wondered if the increase in overweight and obesity might be related to the changes in the Dietary Recommendations that came about in 1977 and which have encouraged us to eat 45-65% of daily calories as carbohydrate and to limit all kinds of fat to 20-35%.
In early 2015, after scouring the scientific literature and reading about the clinical use of a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet, I came to the understanding that those who are insulin resistant or have Type 2 Diabetes (or other indicators that they are not tolerating large amounts of carbohydrate well) could improve their health significantly by following a low carb lifestyle. Such an adjustment in lifestyle seems worth making for the very real potential of significantly improving, and in some cases reversing symptoms of this chronic condition, along with the related conditions of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. With the current treatment approach, the best people can hope for is for symptoms to stay the same or get worse over time.
A low carb diet isn’t new – in fact eating less carbohydrate was the standard medical recommendation for what is now called Type 2 Diabetes prior to the discovery of insulin.
While medications and insulin do lower the primary symptom of Type 2 Diabetes (which is high blood sugar), these medications do little to address the underlying cause which is insulin resistance. A low carb diet on the other hand lowers insulin resistance, which is the main driver of high blood sugar.
It’s my opinion that a lower carbohydrate intake that results in lower blood sugar levels and improved lab results is preferable to simply taking increasing numbers of medications to manage the symptoms of this disease, while eating carb-based meals and snacks every 2-3 hours. At very least, each person should consider these options for themselves and discuss them with their doctor.
I help those who want to improve and aim to reverse their insulin resistance by following a lower carbohydrate lifestyle.
I take a conservative low carbohydrate high healthy fat approach because in some cases, simply reducing overall carbohydrate significantly is sufficient to achieve the results that people are seeking. If a moderate low carb diet is insufficient, then together we’ll gradually decrease carbs further.
If you’re on medication for high blood sugar, blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides then your doctor will need to begin adjust the dosages of those medications, as your body responds to the change your diet.
The Meal Plans that I design include a wide variety of foods – foods such as dairy products, domesticated and wild meat, poultry and fish, low-carb fruit and a vast array of low-carb vegetables. I encourage people to include fat from all sources including healthy saturated fats, but to obtain the bulk of their fat intake from monounsaturated fats such as olives and avocado, nut and seeds and omega 3 fatty acids found in fatty fish. In this way, people are able safely lower their insulin resistance, even if they have a family history of lipid abnormalities.
Some of the natural byproducts of eating this way include lower blood glucose, blood pressure and triglycerides and sometimes lower LDL cholesterol, as well.
Recently published six-month results of an outpatient intervention study using a LCHF diet demonstrated it was so effective at improving blood sugar control in Type 2 Diabetes that at the end of six months >75% of people had HbA1c that was no longer in the Diabetic range. More and more studies are showing a low carb diet is not only effective at improving many metabolic markers; data from long-term clinical trials (2 years) are also demonstrating that it a low carb lifestyle is safe.
Gradual but significant weight loss is also a benefit to eating a Low Carb High Healthy Fat diet. There are more than 2800 scientific publications comparing a moderate to Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet (<130 g carbohydrate per day) with low fat calorie restricted diet (<35% of fat per day), and 85% of randomized controlled studies demonstrated that people that followed a LCHF-diet lost more weight.
About my Services
I have been in private practice in the Greater Vancouver area for more than a decade and for the last 8 years, have provided Distance Consultation services. I offer remote LCHF appointments using Skype or Google hangout, as well as by telephone (local or long distance).
Those in the Vancouver area can see me in-person in my centrally-located Coquitlam office.
Consultations, Coaching & Packages
I offer clinical consultations and LCHF coaching sessions via Distance Consultation on an hourly and half-hourly basis, as well as a handful of packages that are specifically designed to support those who want to eat low carb.
My all-inclusive package is the Complete Assessment Package begins with a thorough assessment of personal and family medical history, establishing risk factors, a review of recent lab tests, establishes their usual food intake and lifestyle and then designs and Individual Meal Plan just for them.
There are also two follow-up packages;
The Weight Management Package is for those that would like some coaching and trouble-shooting sessions for the first while that they begin eating Low Carb High Fat.
The Anti-Inflammatory Protocol is for those that want to go beyond eating Low Carb – to lower tissue inflammation either to reduce pain or joint stiffness or for overall health.
For more details on my services, please click on the “My Services” tab, above.
MY LOGO - In this style of eating healthy fats (blue) form the largest part of the diet, protein (red) comprises the same amount as in a traditional diet and carbs (green) form the smallest part of the diet. For a summary, please read A LCHF Diet.
Clinical hours are weekdays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
*3:00 PM on Fridays
Articles & Blogs
If you want to get a feel for my approachable style, why not have a look at some of my articles and blogs.
Please click on “Contact Me” to send me a note.
Note: Everyone's results following a LCHF lifestyle will differ as there is no one-size-fits-all approach and everybody's nutritional needs and health status are different. If you want to adopt this kind of lifestyle and take medication to control blood sugar or blood pressure, please speak with your doctor, first.
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