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New year’s resolutions are ironically as old as time itself. Each new year brings with it hopes for yet another beginning, another chance to do better and live more holistically. We’re one week into 2018 and most people are still on track with the changes they want to make in their lives. If your resolution this year is to become healthier, you are hardly one in a million; if you actually stick to the plan throughout the year, you just might be. So why is it so hard to stick to a diet and exercise routine, even when you’re really determined to get in shape?

During the festive season, indulgence is the order of the day. Large amounts of deliciously greasy, salty and sugary foods often rule the dining table, and you probably thought, it’s okay, this is just for the holidays. When January comes, however, and your favorite jeans won’t button-up, and you’re feeling tired and lethargic, this may signal that some changes need to be made. So you might scour the internet looking for ways to lose the weight and keep it off.

The web is full of diets, exercises, hacks, tips and tricks for losing weight. If some of the ones you’ve looked at seem impossible, that’s because they probably are. No wheat products, no dairy, no fried foods, animal products, no carbs after 3 pm…the list goes on and on. Now, most people might be able to do this for a few days, but after that old eating habits return. This way of eating is simply not sustainable.

If you really want to achieve and maintain weight loss and an overall healthier eating style, it is crucial to modify your relationship with food. After the festive season, you may also want to consider a method of detox to give you a fresh start. At Holistic Living, our qualified physicians offer Lifestyle Coaching for correction of poor eating habits and Digestive System Detox.

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If you thought weight loss is all about aesthetics, you might want to think again after this. Research shows that one of the major causes of hypertension and type II diabetes is excess weight. This rarely crosses most of our minds as we gorge ourselves on the fatty, salty and sugary foods that we simply cannot get enough of. Putting on a few kilos here and there seems harmless, until it’s not. Nancy knows this all too well.

Over a period of time, Nancy put on quite a bit of extra weight which she struggled to get rid of. All the weight loss plans she tried, simply did not work. After receiving some difficult news from her doctors, she knew something had to be done. Here’s her story.

It’s hardly news that junk food and obesity are linked. However, we seldom think about the impact of the fast food chains and processed food companies mushrooming in our country. Kenyans will spend hours in queues just to get a taste (or take pics for the gram) of the newest American eateries or European snacks as soon as they become available locally, but do we really think about the long-term effects on our health and economy?

An article recently published on The New York Times website described in detail how the multinational Nestlé is making its mark on the Brazilian market. The article begins with the story of Celene da Silva, a 29-year-old woman who is one of thousands of door-to-door vendors for Nestlé. Through her work, she helps the world’s largest packed foods conglomerate expand its reach into 250,000 households in Brazil’s furthest-flung corners. Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel wrote:

“Nestlé’s direct-sales army in Brazil is part of a broader transformation of the food system that is delivering Western-style processed food and sugary drinks to the most isolated pockets of Latin America, Africa and Asia. As their growth slows in the wealthiest countries, multinational food companies like Nestlé, PepsiCo and General Mills have been aggressively expanding their presence in developing nations, unleashing a marketing juggernaut that is upending traditional diets from Brazil to Ghana to India.

A New York Times examination of corporate records, epidemiological studies and government reports — as well as interviews with scores of nutritionists and health experts around the world — reveals a sea change in the way food is produced, distributed and advertised across much of the globe. The shift, many public health experts say, is contributing to a new epidemic of diabetes and heart disease, chronic illnesses that are fed by soaring rates of obesity in places that struggled with hunger and malnutrition just a generation ago.

The new reality is captured by a single, stark fact: Across the world, more people are now obese than underweight. At the same time, scientists say, the growing availability of high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods is generating a new type of malnutrition, one in which a growing number of people are both overweight and undernourished.

There are now more than 700 million obese people worldwide, 108 million of them children, according to research published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine. The prevalence of obesity has doubled in 73 countries since 1980, contributing to four million premature deaths, the study found.

For a growing number of nutritionists, the obesity epidemic is inextricably linked to the sales of packaged foods, which grew 25 percent worldwide from 2011 to 2016, compared with 10 percent in the United States

In many ways, Brazil is a microcosm of how growing incomes and government policies have led to longer, better lives and largely eradicated hunger. But now the country faces a stark new nutrition challenge: over the last decade, the country’s obesity rate has nearly doubled to 20 percent, and the portion of people who are overweight has nearly tripled to 58 percent. Each year, 300,000 people are diagnosed with Type II diabetes, a condition with strong links to obesity.”

Seeing as more and more processed foods are making their way into the Kenyan market, is it possible that we are headed in the same direction as Brazil?

Click here for the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/16/health/brazil-obesity-nestle.html

In the Daily Nation newspaper of 28th April, 2017, Holistic Living’s Dr. Lyudmyla Shchukina had a brilliant opportunity to educate the youth and public on the dangers of junk food.   The article raises the concern of the growing number of fast food outlets in urban areas and the falling prices of their foods so that more and more youth are finding this option more accessible to them.

The target market for these food establishments is mainly young people, living fast-paced lives requiring fast food on the go and eager to appear cool among their peers.  The writer reached out to Nutritionist Faith Kariuki of Afya Bora Nutrition and Wellness Centre for her opinion as to why so many young people tend to get drawn to junk food.  She believes this is because these foods are marketed as the cooler alternative.  She also says that some parents should bear responsibility for having exposed their children to junk food at an early age.

Anand Grover, UN rapporteur on the right to health in a 2014 report warned that junk food is dangerous because it curtails your health.  According to the report, 2.1 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, and at least 2.8 million people die every year because of weight related complications brought about by unhealthy foods.

Dr Lyudmyla Shchukina, the Co-Founding Medical Doctor of Holistic Living — the first Medical Clinic in Kenya that specialises in scientifically proven medical weight loss solutions — gave her expert opinion saying: “The subject of junk food is very important because it has harmful, invisible effects on our bodies.  We must begin by realising and assessing the effects of junk food and extra weight in our bodies”.   The effects of bad eating habits eventually begin to show, regardless of age.  These negative effects may manifest as discomforts in the body like indigestion, or bloated stomach, heart burn, extra weight, obesity, allergy or unexplained tiredness.   Dr. Shchukina went on to say that “people who give priority to junk and high calorie food have very high chances of developing early arteriosclerosis and obesity while they are still young.”

Dr. Shchukina advises that we should ensure our bodies receive all the vital nutrients by making proper choices on a daily basis when it comes to the regular foods we consume.


“Medical science dose not completely prohibit junk food,” she added, “Indeed, no food is categorically prohibited.  You can have chips or croissant, or a piece of cake, provided this does not happen on a daily basis.  Two-three months gap is good. Your regular food should be healthy – meat of animals grown on organic feeding, fish, a lot of vegetables, full grain cereals and some fruits.”

“It is not possible to totally avoid some of these foods that are harming our systems but we are encouraged to give priority as much as possible to the healthy foods because not doing so means we are putting ourselves at the risk of many lifestyle diseases, which are more hazardous and causing a lot more deaths than the traditional chronic illnesses,” she says.

With Holistic Living’s comprehensive approach to healthy living that address mind, body and spirit, the youth of Kenya’s urban areas can learn healthy eating habits that will last them a life time.

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By C. Njuguna