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Should Selena Gomez Lose Weight? Kris Jenner Reportedly Thinks So!

Selena Gomez reportedly has a new manager, and it’s one of the most reputable “momagers” in the entertainment industry – Kris Jenner! Although the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has a track record for success, things may be getting off to a bumpy start for her and the former Wizards of Waverly Place star, reports Hollywood Life.

For those who missed it, Selena recently opened up on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about her plans for her career. She revealed that she plans to focus on her acting career as opposed to directing all of her attention toward music. Of course, she has aspirations to perfect her craft, and her new manager has reportedly given her advice about how she should do so.

Apparently, Kris feels some type of way about the 22-year-old singer-actress’ weight because she reportedly told her it would be beneficial for her acting career if she dropped a few pounds.

An insider close to the Kardashian clan recently shared details about Kris’ rumored advice for Selena. According to the insider, weight loss isn’t all they’ve discussed. Plastic surgery has also been a topic of discussion.

“Kris wants Selena to harden up her body and get a Kate Hudson six-pack and has signed her up for Barry’s Bootcamp, which Kim [Kardashian West] does,” the insider reportedly told OK! magazine. “She’s [Kris] giving her tips and advice on everything from surgery to body hair Selena’s completely in awe. She’s really stepped into Selena’s departing mum’s shoes and is mentoring like she was her own daughter,” the insider said. [Kris] thinks Selena’s got a huge amount of talent and plans on making a ton of money out of managing her.”

The “Come Get It” singer is reportedly in awe of the 58-year-old Kardashian matriarch. However, only time will tell if Kris’ influence on Selena is as strong as the rumors suggest.

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Tim Noakes changed his mind again? Batty on Banting? Fat chance!

A South African Sunday newspaper has sided with critics of Cape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes and his low-carb, high-fat (LCHF, aka Banting) diet. It calls Noakes a ‘mampara’ (idiot), and accuses him of changing his mind on his diet, and blaming co-authors of his runaway best-selling The Real Meal Revolution. It adds to attacks on Noakes that his diet is dangerous – and so is he. Here’s what’s behind the latest full-cream-milk storm in a teacup about Noakes and Banting.  MS

By Marika Sboros

Tim Noakes

Cape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes

Has Cape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes really changed his mind again? You could be forgiven for thinking he has – if you read a report in the South African Sunday Times saying he has done just that.

Or if you saw the newspaper’s street poster posing the (presumably rhetorical) question: “Is Tim Noakes A Joke?”

If you are one of Noakes’ many enemies, you’d be licking your lips in anticipatory glee at more vicious meat to attacks on him, his low-carb, high-fat (LCHF, aka Banting) diet, his runaway best-selling Real Meal Revolution book, and the prospect of apparent rebellion in Noakes’ so-called “Banting” ranks.

You’d be bitterly disappointed.

Turns out once again the report is without foundation, a fabrication that feeds off the anti-Noakes hysteria among doctors and dietitians who regularly claim his LCHF diet is dangerous, a killer – and so is he; that if you stay on it long enough, you’ll have a heart attack, a stroke, develop dementia, diabetes, colorectal cancer, or any other disease they can think of to blame his diet.

Noakes says he hasn’t changed his mind on anything – not the vast body of solid science on which his diet is based, and definitely not on dairy, the food that set off the latest wave of vitriol against him.

Tim Noakes Real Meal RevolutionIt’s true though, that Banting fans have been having a hard time of it recently, as the fury directed at Noakes continues unabated, including from his own university. And the more successful Noakes has become, the more weight people lose on his diet, the more they report feeling better and healthier on it, the more vicious the attacks become.

These stem  mostly from medical and dietetic establishments who have turned him into a dietary antichrist. They appear especially affronted by Noakes having the temerity to change his mind spectacularly on the role of carbohydrates in the diet in 2009, for promoting his LCHF diet and documenting it in The Real Meal Revolution.

The anti-Noakes camp has swelled after a vigorous bout of Banting bashing by British nutrition guru Patrick Holford, during his recent lecture tour in South Africa. Holford believes Noakes is “right about the cause of obesity, diabetes and heart disease” – it’s too much sugar and insulin resistance – but “wrong about the cure”. He says Noakes’ LCHF diet is unsustainable long term, has too little fibre, and its “high-protein” emphasis on meat and dairy makes it a “recipe for colo-rectal cancer”.

Bowel cancer fears

By way of back up, Holford cites British bowel specialist Dr Roger Leicester and others that Atkins diets (and by inference Noakes’ diet, though Noakes says it’s neither high-protein nor Atkins in disguise) are at the root of a “worrying increase in constipation and colon cancer”. Leceister is quoted in a Daily Mail report saying: “Bowel cancer is more likely to develop when people eat a lot of animal fat and there is slow-moving transit of food in the gut”.

Holford also refers to research in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this year, saying that the association between red and processed meat consumption and colorectal cancer is “convincing”.

Noakes says that’s all unscientific twaddle, including the Sunday Times report that sets the scene with the headline: “Noakes admits to souring on dairy”.

The report’s author says that after complaints from dieters who weren’t losing weight fast enough, Noakes “admitted” that mainstays such as cream and full-fat yoghurt were “quietly removed” from his diet’s all-you-can-eat “green” list on his Real Meal Revolution website; that these products were moved to the site’s “orange” list; “branded” as to be “eaten with caution”, but are now “back in favour”on the green list.

Jonno Proudfoot

Cape Town chef and co-author of The Real Meal Revolution, Jonno Proudfoot

The newspaper also gives Noakes its ultimate insult: declaring him “mampara” (idiot) of the week, for “changing his mind again” and giving dietary advice that “sure is a moveable feast”. It accuses him of  passing the buck for his mind change by blaming the authors of his Real Meal Revolution: Cape Town nutrition therapist Sally-Ann Creed, chef Jonno Proudfoot, and chef David Grier (who just happens to have had nothing at all to do with this almighty ado about nothing.)

So where on earth does this full-cream-milk storm in a teacup come from?

Noakes says the Times report is a “disgrace” – the journalist who wrote it has selectively misquoted and/or deliberately distorted what he and his co-authors told her,  and what they’ve all said and written on the diet.

He says he has not “soured” on dairy; he did not remove dairy from the “green list”, the products were not “branded” as bad, they couldn’t possibly be “back in favour” because they’ve never been “out of favour” – except for some people who may not lose weight fast enough.

“Nothing at all has changed,” Noakes tells me via email. “I told the reporter that, and I’ve always said dairy can be a problem for some people wanting to lose weight fast, and in that case, we advise that they should simply restrict intake. It’s all there, in the book, on the website. There’s nothing new.”

Noakes also makes clear in emails to the reporter before publication (copies of which he sent to me), that many people, including himself, do very well on the diet even when they include dairy products.

“I’ve lost 20kg,” Noakes told her, “and I’m rock stable at this new weight despite eating lots of dairy. But for some individuals, it seems that they do eat too many calories when they include dairy.”

So who made the changes to dairy on the green list and why?

Sally-Ann Creed

Cape Town nutrition therapist and co-author or The Real Meal Revolution, Sally-Ann Creed

Proudfoot runs the website. He tells me he removed dairy from the diet’s “green” (eat freely) list, onto the “orange” (with caution) list, after complaints from some dieters that they were not losing weight fast enough, after suggestions from Creed that it could be because they were eating too many calories in dairy, and because it’s in the book and on the website that dairy can be problematic for weight loss.

After queries from dieters on and off social media, Proudfoot says he decided to put it back on the green list, with a note to visitors to the site, explaining dairy in more detail.

That’s all there is to this saga – no change to the science and theory on which the diet is based, no hidden agendas, and no buck passing.

The Real Meal’s green, orange red and orange list is simply “a way for us to communicate to people which foods should be enjoyed freely and which foods should be approached with caution”, Proudfoot says.

“Dairy should be enjoyed freely unless you are struggling to lose weight. In this case, we advise that you omit it. That’s all there is to it.

“I explained all that to the  reporter on the phone. She ignored 95% of what I said, and took the rest  out of context”.

‘Good faith lacking’

And far from “scrambling” to release a press statement on the change, as the Times reporter wrote of The Real Meal Revolution camp, Proudfoot says he told her he was preparing a release to clear up confusion about dairy. She repeatedly asked him not to release it until after publication of her report, he says, saying her newspaper had “a greater reach”, and her report would be “positive”.

“I agreed, thinking she was acting in good faith. In hindsight, that wasn’t so smart,”  Proudfoot says.

Creed too confirms there’s no change of thinking by The Real Meal Revolution authors.

And what of accusations that  Noakes’ diet is so lacking in fibre, it’s lethal, and Leicester’s media quote that Atkins-type diets trigger “constipation, causing bloating and swelling, and psychological problems such as lethargy and lack of sex drive”?

Another dietary red herring, says Noakes, and lack of  science.

Leceister should “update his knowledge”, says Noakes. He and other gastroenterologists would help “many more of their patients if they were to read the growing literature of the value of this eating plan on gastrointestinal function”.

Noakes makes some points about fibre in his diet:

  • The Real Meal Revolution is full of fibre – see all the vegetables on the “green list”.
  • The clear evidence is that carbohydrate in the diet is linked to colon cancer.
  • Bloating and swelling are due to wheat in the diet, as anyone on this diet will tell you. Once they stop eating wheat, their bloating miraculously cures itself, as do most other intestinal problems such as reflux oesophagitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Most people on this diet report a great surge in energy, their mental health improves and they would absolutely never go back onto the diet that Prof Leicester promotes.

Another criticism often levelled at Noakes is that there is no science behind his diet, and he is in effect “experimenting” on the public.

In an emailed response, Noakes says:  “How are we experimenting on the public? Every time you put something in your mouth you are performing your own experiment.

“For 50 years we’ve been told to do an experiment (high-carb, low-fat eating) that is killing us.  Is it not time to say: perhaps there is a better way.  We are saying:  if what we say does not work, then maybe there is a reason; maybe there is a better way,  for example eating more protein and less dairy produce. How can that ever be wrong?

And in answer to whether there will be changes to his diet in future, Noakes gives the answer he gave to the Sunday Times reporter before publication:

“I am sure there will always be changes, as new knowledge appears (early on in the diet, he removed alcohol from the list, and nary a word was said) But the key – to reduce the carbs – will never change. It’s the key on which the diet is based.  Without low carbs, there is no benefit to the eating plan.”

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A helping hand via a healthy diet

A group of enterprising self-employed persons are addressing the special diet needs of senior citizens — be it the low sodium and high fibre intake recommended for those with hypertension, or the sugar-free diet for diabetics.

The food delivered from the home kitchens of the caterers are priced on par with fare from a good quality restaurant but is tailor-made to the requirements and has the attention to detail that only home cooks can deliver. The other advantage is that it is not uniformly spicy, unlike food from most hotels.

“I live alone and need a special diet. So, I buy food instead of troubling my son and daughter-in-law living next door,” R. Devaki from Thiruvanmiyur says. Every day, she receives three meals from the caterer next street.

Jehara Begum, who runs a catering service in Santhome, says: “A large part of my clientele comprises senior citizens. Many of them prefer food with very little spice and a lot of vegetables. Millets like ragi and jowar are getting popular.”

Chennai Geriatric Catering Services in Anna Nagar caters only to senior citizens with such needs. Eight women run it on a non-profit basis. U. Vijayalakshmi, one of the women, says: “We got the idea from geriatric physician V.S. Natarajan. Most senior citizens require food that has little oil and spices, so we have decided to cater specifically to their requirements.”

Doctors say the elderly need a balanced diet. Undernourishment is a serious problem, says former head of the geriatrics department at Madras Medical College, B. Krishnaswamy. “A study by the Geriatric Department at MMC a few years ago showed that around 70 per cent of the patients were undernourished. They should eat a lot of fruit and vegetables,” he says.

It is also recommended that senior citizens consult their doctors for a tailor-made diet. “People with hypertension would need to cut down on salt. Those who have diabetes should cut down on sugar and those who have had heart or renal problems should cut down on fluids,” he says.

‘Good’ carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet

(CNN) – Carbs sometimes get a bad rap, but that’s because there are good carbs and bad ones. 

Beans, brown rice, fruits and vegetables – these are all good, healthy carbs.

White bread, white rice, cakes and cookies – no surprise here. They’re bad carbs.

“Carbs are simply a string of sugars,” said dietitian Marisa Moore. “Some are more complex than others and those sugars are broken down into glucose so that our bodies use that for energy.”

What is it the good carbs have that the bad carbs don’t? Plenty of natural fiber but little if any added sugar.

“They are digested pretty slowly,” Moore said of good carbs. “So they help to keep you full a lot longer and they help to keep your blood sugar levels very even so you don’t get hungry. And it also helps to regulate your mood, as well.”

Eating certain good carbs may also help lower our cholesterol and reduce the risk for diabetes. Don’t fall into the trap of low-carb or no-carb diets.

“Skipping carbs can sometimes leave you feeling fatigued, irritable and just overall tired,” Moore said. “And you might find it hard to concentrate because carbs are important to keep your brain going.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests adults get 45 to 65 percent of their daily calories from healthy carbohydrates.

The next time you’re out buying bread, reach for the whole grain instead of the white.

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At U of M, Muslim students struggle to stick to religious diet

Omar Adam hesitates before ordering from a restaurant where French fries might swim in the same deep fryer as the pork dumplings do.

Amanda Hassan watches with a wary eye to see if the same utensil that sliced her cheese pizza also made its mark on a neighboring sausage one.

Muno Ali has squirmed in discomfort more than once before asking a sandwich shop employees to swap gloves in case they recently prepared a ham sub.

The three University of Minnesota students are Muslim, and like many others who share their religion, dietary restrictions mean taking extra precautions to make sure the food they consume aligns with their religious beliefs.

While Muslim students have different ways of following the halal diet that dictates what foods they may eat to practice their religion, many say they’re frustrated with a lack of halal eateries near campus. Being restricted by limited options at university dining and in nearby neighborhoods can make it difficult to socialize, some say, and doesn’t reflect the University’s diversity missions.

Ten years after its last attempt to expand kosher options for Jewish students, University Dining Services is examining whether to offer more kosher items and begin catering to students who follow a halal diet.
The program is gauging interest and assessing the potential cost of adding more options, university spokesman Tim Busse said.

“It’s something that’s on their radar,” he said.

For some Muslims, their religion dictates meats must be halal-certified, which means the animals are processed in a humane way. For example, the animals must be raised in the best possible conditions and not have witnessed another’s slaughter. Some Muslim students also eat kosher foods that adhere to the dietary laws of Judaism, which like Islam, forbids pork.

Halal certification applies to both meat and animal byproducts like gelatin, and is not a government-regulated process.

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