“Everything is on fire, and you’re in hell”


“Managing type 1 diabetes is as easy as riding a bike … except the bike is on fire, and you’re on fire, and everything is on fire, and you’re in hell!”

Having a sick child is stressful for parents. Imagine worrying about your child every minute of every day and every night. Poorly controlled children with Type 1 diabetes are sick every day.

LCHF can give these children wellness. It can give not only children, but their families, their lives back.

In this incredibly powerful presentation Patrick’s parents; Justin and Julie, share the heart-wrenching story of their Australian family’s two-year journey to ‘normal blood glucose readings’ after Patrick was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 6.

“The hospital dietitians told us to feed him according to the standard food pyramid. We followed this advice to the letter.

The hospital had assured us that such post-meal spikes were expected in T1D, and that we were doing an excellent job.

… So, we did what any parents would do when facing an impasse regarding a serious condition threatening their child’s health … We consulted YouTube, and a bunch of strangers on Facebook!

We made the switch to LCHF without having to wait for the world to change.

We didn’t have to grin and bear the high carb approach. We didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission to turn things upside down. We didn’t have to argue, shout, or convince anyone else.

We just quietly switched …

The transition to Low Carb Healthy Fat was initially overwhelming for us, not only because we were grappling with T1D, but also because Patrick has anaphylaxis.

He started the LCHF journey with life-threatening allergies to peanuts, sesame, egg, all tree nuts (except almonds, which we had only just started introducing) and all dairy (except a small amount of hard cheese, such as parmesan).

So what did we do? We started by converting one meal at a time.

Along the way, many of Patrick’s allergies have resolved. He is now happily eating dairy, eggs and most tree nuts, and this has helped us lower his daily carbohydrate intake even further.

Despite us not following the standard food pyramid, Patrick is exceeding the year level expectations at school and participates in extension programs for maths and spelling.

It appears that his brain is functioning efficiently on a Low Carb diet.

We have regular reviews with Patrick’s paediatrician and diabetes educator. They monitor his diabetes and our management strategies, his allergies and his overall growth and development.

Patrick’s growth has continued on the 50th centile for weight and 90th centile for height.

Children need normal blood glucose readings to reduce the risk of serious complications in their brain, eyes, heart, kidneys and nerves.

These complications explain why a diagnosis of T1D typically reduces life expectancy by about 12 years.”


Personally, I also highly recommend TYPEONEGRIT, an incredibly knowledgeable and supportive group of people who follow Dr. Richard Bernstein’s approach to achieving normal blood glucose levels for people of all ages with Type 1 diabetes. https://www.facebook.com/Type1Grit/?fref=ts

Most of the people in the TYPEONEGRIT group (1000+ people) report normal blood glucose levels and A1cs in the 4s and 5s.

Bernstein’s approach involves eating Low Carb, Proper Protein for age, and Healthy Fat, and offers a range of other diabetes management techniques.

I want to thank Justin and Julie for giving me permission to share the PDF of their slides on our website http://www.nutritionforlife.healthcare/…/low-carb-for-type-…

Belinda Fettke

To view Justin and Julie’s talk from the Low Carb Down Under Epworth Meeting, 2016, please click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLg4vBGpLM0


Preventing Alzheimer’s disease

Suzi Smith, used with permission

“Despite swimming in a sea of glucose, brain cells in people with insulin resistance literally begin starving to death.” says Dr. Georgia Ede, a Harvard- trained psychologist.

A staggering 80% of people with Alzheimer’s Disease have insulin resistance or full-blown type 2 diabetes. The connection between insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s Disease is now so firmly established that scientists have started referring to Alzheimer’s Disease as “Type 3 Diabetes.

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease may just be easier than you think.

Start by removing refined carbohydrates from your diet, which can be challenging for many people because they are ‘delicious’, inexpensive and convenient, but don’t forget that they are also very addictive.

If it is primarily your diet, not your DNA, that controls your destiny then we recommend you #choosehealth.



New school on cardiovascular disease

Challenging traditional cardiovascular risk assessment. It has little to do with the cholesterol and more to do with the insulin.

High levels of insulin look to be more predictable of heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is an inflammatory metabolic condition and the high insulin levels are linked to excessive refined carbohydrate intake.

Another reason to cut back on the processed food – again.

“Let’s not bully white bread” …

Please feel free to draw your own conclusions on the health benefits of white bread from this ‘sponsored’ article.

Let’s balance out opinion of this recent ‘advertisement’ from Tip Top bread appearing as a blog post in the Huffington Post. It has respected health experts supporting the ‘information’.

I note it has already been edited since May. Wonder what the original post included?

The Tip Top advertisement promotes the added fibre. It’s hard to work out what they actually add in the processing to increase the fibre. Still sounds like processed food going by the ingredients list.



In case you missed it. We are a sick nation and getting fatter and sicker.

Obese adults

What are we doing about it as a nation?Not a lot. It’s a bit like watching the Titanic go down.

What are we doing about it at Nutrition for Life? A lot for those that want to choose the option of cutting back on processed food, lowering sugar and refined carbohydrates, increasing the healthy fats and balancing out life.

What are our results? Great.

#LCHF #wecantwait


Declaration of interest:
Nutrition for Life was cofounded by Gary and Belinda Fettke in 2014 to help people take back control of their health with personalised nutrition advice from a team of health professionals. Neither Gary nor Belinda see any clients in a clinical setting at Nutrition for Life.



“Big Sugar’s campaign may have started in the sixties , but we are still paying for it today.”

Revelations that the sugar industry funded science to suit its aims serve as a reminder of big companies’ willingness to push aside inconvenient information in pursuit of their economic interests.

“The sugar industry … wasn’t interested in creating uncertainty. It explicitly sought to villianize fat, and to place sole blame on it for coronary heart disease.”

Unfortunately the governments of the day and since then have ‘swallowed’ that research/advice/guidelines and we are now sicker as a result.

‘That Australian Paradox’

 Two bowls of sugar, one containing sugar cubes and the other with castor sugar.

As our lifestyle related diseases such as obesity and diabetes rise it amazes me that senior academic dietitians at Sydney Uni continue to promote the Australian Paradox.

Jennie Brand Miller and Alan Barclay, with his links to Coca Cola, promoted the concept that sugar consumption went down when obesity levels went up.

They have been shown to be wrong and their data was flawed. Brand Miller doesn’t seem to respond to requests for interviews about it. Sort of leaves a bad taste in your mouth.




Are the current guidelines for dietary management of diabetes sheer madness?

hba1c-centiles-typeonegritRD Dikeman is someone I greatly admire and I encourage you to listen to his logic.

Gary lent support to RD and his son David a few years ago when they announced to the world, on a short video, how David was running low carb with his previously unstable Type 1 Diabetes.

Low carb has given David his life back. He has great control of his blood glucose, less medication and is having as close to normal a life that he can. The results mean the likelihood of avoiding most, if not all, of the complications of poorly controlled diabetes.

It also means David’s parents are not stressed beyond comprehension like most parents of children with this potentially devastating condition.

RD is now leading the Typeonegrit group of 1500+ Type 1’s that are working towards the same results as David.

Low carb is brilliantly simple if you have diabetes. If you are ‘allergic’ to glucose and that’s carbohydrate, why do the current diabetes guidelines still recommend 50%+ of the diet as carbohydrates. Sheer madness 🤕

As with any change in diet, especially lowering carbohydrates, it is important to monitor blood glucose carefully and work with your healthcare team as there will be less insulin required.


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