Four Challenges for a Good Life

Here’s a little piece I wrote for the Education sector in the Education Gazette, around the big issues for our kids.. Opinion piece: By Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Human Potential Centre at AUT Millennium, and the Ministry of Education’s Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor. Challenge 1: Mobile devices Challenge 2: Getting outside Challenge 3: Free-range kids Challenge 4: Food Grant’s family and friends enjoy a day at Frog Rock in Hikuai, Coromandel. What should a rich, developed country like New Zealand be aspiring towards? I… Read More

New Zealanders eating “too much meat” again – What does the evidence say?

Once again we have headlines about how we need to cut back on meat consumption for the sake of our health, and the planet’s, fueled by a recent review.[1] We’ve addressed the climate effects of ruminant agriculture before, this (most particularly with regard to intensive dairying and least of all with regard to sheep) is a conversation we need to keep having in NZ, but we would prefer experts to stop conflating this agenda with health advice. As we’ll show, no-one has good data about how much meat New Zealanders currently eat,… Read More

Democracy in action, food labelling and sugar. Have your say.

Here’s your chance everyone…The Australian and NZ governments are calling for public consultation on food labelling, especially around sugar. The letter I got is pasted below. Make your submissions at this link  So, they are asking us what we think. Let’s not just complain afterwards…Have a go if you care about what we eat. ———————-paste————— Dear Stakeholder   The Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) is inviting submissions from stakeholders on the labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks. A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (Consultation Paper) has been prepared to seek information… Read More

National Business Review’s fasting challenge

This is a good little watch. Last month I sat down with Todd Scott CEO of the National Business Review, and Chris Keall also at NBR. Chris had let his weight get away on him and needed to front up to this. Todd was in pretty good shape, but is always aiming to be a high performer. He was looking at a reset to be in his best possible shape. So they took on a fasting challenge following our “super fasting” protocol in What the Fast?  Here’s the full article and video… Read More

The same old diet recommendations in New Zealand’s new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management for Primary Care. https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/cvd-risk-assessment-and-management-for-primary-care-v2.pdf Its the same stuff – saturated fat is bad for you. Avoid it, and replace it with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats But hang on minute, is this still the best advice you have?  And will it really prevent people getting cardiovascular disease? The advice to limit saturated fat misses more important effects? We think there are a few holes in the argument. Or at least we aren’t getting the full story. They say…… “Substituting dietary saturated fat with mono and polyunsaturated fats… Read More

#letschangemedicine

Our health system is awesome at fixing up sickness, if I have an accident or get an infectious disease, get ear ache or a sore tooth, then it’s good to know that we have world class medical professionals and a system to deal with all of that. But, let’s face it, our health system is not so awesome at preventing us getting sick, and providing us with the tools to have a great life where we are the best we can be. Let’s face it, we spend billions on sickness and very… Read More

How to reverse the diabetes epidemic in 3 years.

It’s out! I’m honoured to be part of an authorship team with Prof Robert Lustig and Cardiologist  Dr Aseem Malhotra, two rock stars of nutritional science and public health. These two guys are driving change and challenging dogma. The paper, just published here in the Journal of Insulin Resistance, is an up to date report on the science of sugar, and offers an eight-point plan to reverse the diabetes epidemic within three years. From the press release…. “Three international obesity experts, NHS Consultant Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, Professor Robert Lustig of the University… Read More

What the Fast! preorders live

Hi everyone, After a big year of research, writing, and testing of our low-carb fasting method – “Super fasting” we are finally good to go. We are super excited about What the Fast!, and how it continues the challenge on conventional nutritional-science wisdom. We’ve wrapped up the latest science, practice and yum recipes to provide you with a brilliant structure to mange your eating week (the sub-title is “How Monday and Tuesday will change your life”). I really want to take the opportunity to thank the team, especially my co-authors Dr Caryn… Read More

Podcast with Fitter

If you have a spare 30 mins, then you might want to go to 1.03 on the fitter podcast. An interview closing sport performance, low carb, and fasting – especially concentrating on our soon to be released book “What the Fast” https://www.fitter.co.nz/fitter-radio/2018/4/8/episode-208-prof-grant-schofield

Grain fibre, productivity, and type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in New Zealand

You might have noticed claims in the media in the last few days that New research conducted by Deloitte Access Economics and Nutrition Research Australia shows that if every New Zealand adult adds three serves of high fibre grain food to their daily diet, it could save the economy an estimated $607 million a year in reduced healthcare costs and lost productivity, and potentially avert 34,000 new cases of cardiovascular disease and 68,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes. This is from a report (dae-nz-fibre-economics) that Deloitte produced for Kellogg’s. Industry funding was… Read More