You will very likely object to Dr Walker’s prescription.
‘How can I NOT have my spag-bol, meat pie and chips? Bread rolls, rice or pasta with my mains? Wine with my meals? Dessert??’
‘I always have fruit and sugar with my cereal – what a load of RUBBISH this is!’
Dieticians or nutritionists among you might say, ‘Never heard of Dr Walker – food gets digested altogether anyway!’
What did I do?
Reading Dr Walker’s 3 books set me thinking.
I knew it would be difficult to follow the ‘no starch with protein’ rule, so I first tried eating fruits on an empty stomach.
I desperately wanted to get rid of the stomach cramps (and my antacid-dependence) every time I had fruit after a meal (esp. watermelon).
I bought a plastic fruit squeezer for $2.00. And got rid of the bottled orange juice.
First thing in the morning before my wakey-wakey cup of tea, I squeezed half a fresh orange, half a grapefruit and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a large glass diluted with warm water.
Surprisingly, my mother’s warnings of oranges being ‘too acid’ and the cause of my ‘stomach pains’ didn’t occur. I actually felt good.
I waited 30 minutes, showered, dressed, and then had my tea and breakfast – enough time for the fruit to go through my system.
Second, I avoided all soft drinks before, during and after food.
Third, I said goodbye to dessert after main meals.
Result? No more stomach cramps. No more bloating. No gas. No antacids.
It was not easy to resist the after-dinner creme caramel and coffee. Not easy, with my brain signalling ‘You’re not yet full!’, and my stomach urging, ‘Go on, there’s more room – have that custard tart in the fridge … ’
‘Overloading the stomach overtaxes all functions of the body and shortens life.’1
I discovered that after an hour or two (depending on my food intake), I felt completely full and lost the urge for something sweet. My body had by then converted the starch in my meal to sugar, and my craving for dessert had GONE.
Forty years on from that initiation, I don’t have a distended abdomen or a flabby waist. I’m totally content after a meal, with no desire to look for ‘something sweet’.
This may not work as well for you – perhaps I was lucky, but it’s worth a try. If nothing else, you’ll limit the insulin the pancreas has to produce to control your blood sugar.
Information on insulin resistance from the NHS in the UK can be found here.
I do recommend you also read Dr Walker’s Colon Health in its entirety. It will help you understand how your colon works together with your glands, hormones and vital organs to keep your body healthy. For instance:
‘You will better understand how your body functions and better able to cope with your own aches and pains.
‘This may even help you avoid the pitiful state of premature senility so prevalent today.’2
My next goal was to reduce my consumption of carbohydrates, and refined carbs especially. It was hard. I so loved rice and having a muffin with my cappuccino.
I recently found a great science-based book that explains exactly why we’re so addicted to our ‘pleasure foods’: How to Eat like the Animals, by Professors David Raubenheimer and Stephen Simpson. Put simply, we should substitute processed ‘factory’ food for food that’s actually grown. In a Sydney University press release of the book, Professor Simpson says:
‘We have made low-protein processed foods taste unnaturally good. … We’ve diluted protein in the food supply with ultra-processed fats and carbs. We’ve also disconnected the brake on our appetite systems by decreasing dietary fibre. Perfect for getting us to eat and buy more but devastating for our health.’3
But it was only when I was pushing 40, going from a size 8 to a 12, that I was forced out of my carb-cocoon. The thought that I would soon be a size 14 scared the hell out of me!
I decided to deal with my rice addiction first, slowly reducing it by just a little each day. I also had half a muffin with my cappuccino, sharing the other half with a friend.
I found that by adding protein and reducing carbs (e.g. having cheese or an egg with toast for breakfast instead of jam), I fought off the craving of wanting more.
It took time. But by 6 months, I was down to a size 10. As I got used to less rice, my craving disappeared. I also found that the milk in the cappuccino fully sustained my hunger so I could dodge the muffin.
A year later, I returned to my original size 8 and felt incredibly liberated! Slow and steady was the only way I could achieve this result.
I still missed the pleasure of at least having some of my favourites – cheesecake, caramel custard, chocolate tarts. I figured, ‘Why not have a small slice mid-afternoon with my cup of tea??’ It seemed the perfect time – not too soon after lunch and at least 2 hours before dinner. If I didn’t have a cake then, a slice of toasted rye or sourdough bread with peanut butter did just fine.
In my opinion, leaving a ‘space’ between meals to indulge in something sweet will not make you put on weight, as your metabolism will burn it up much quicker. Having your snack at this time will also prevent you feeling ‘starved’ before dinner time, and craving anything salty, fatty or fried. For me, it was ‘Kettle Chilli Chips’, beckoning while I tossed the salad …
So, a fast metabolism is the key. Dr Ross Walker, a regular health contributor on Sydney’s 2GB radio, says:
‘Metabolism plays a significant part in weight loss’.
To conclude, do enjoy your buffets and dinner parties. But you’ll feel much better if you cut the wine and limit the starch. The decadent dessert? Politely ask if you could pack it up and take it home!
1 Walker, N.W. (1940/1970). Diet & Salad, p.109. Norwalk Press: Summertown, Tennessee.
2 Walker, N.W. (1979). Colon Health: The key to a vibrant life, p.27. O’Sullivan Woodside & Co: Phoenix, Arizona.
3 The University of Sydney. (2020, May 6). How to eat like the animals for good health: What nature teaches us about the science of healthy eating [Press Release]. Retrieved from https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/05/06/How-to-eat-like-the-animals-for-good-health.htm