Why I Chose This Title

The Messenger of God (peace and blessing be upon him) said: “Islam started as something strange, and it will revert to its (old position) of something strange. So glad tidings to the strange ones”

Sahih Muslim book1 no.270.

For my first post I may as well explain why I chose my title. This is a pretty well known hadith (at least I think it’s pretty well known) in the Islamic tradition about describing Muslims who practise their faith properly.

It has quite a multifaceted meaning but one aspect of it in a nutshell is about being different and doing things that are percieved as strange by others as they aren’t mainstream. These things are good and beneficial but since they don’t conform to the rest of society then they are seen as strange and those that practise them as ‘strange ones’ or ‘strangers’. I think a lot of what many people are doing now to improve their health can be seen this way.

Take for example Mikhaila Peterson and her ruminant meat only diet (I think she’s calling it the Lion Diet now). It’s literally red meat, salt and water. I’m pretty sure most dieticians would be alarmed if they heard someone subsisting on such a limited diet yet it has pretty much cured her crippling autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and depression (this is her site). Keeping an open mind, especially in regard to nutrition, is for me pretty important particularly since the science regarding nutrition is mostly based on weak epidemiology and not randomised control trials which produce stronger science (if conducted well).

There are others who have cured ailments such as type 2 diabetes through a ketogenic style diet where the carbohydrates are extremely restricted. To a mainstream dietician restricting a whole food group is taught as unnecessary, unhealthy and a ‘fad’ way of eating (I know since I’ve had many interactions with NHS dieticians). But these anecdotes are becoming so numerous that they shouldn’t be ignored or dismissed as easily as they are being by mainstream dieticians, so one has to ask the question about why is there such a dogmatic approach by our nutrition authorities on what everybody should be eating – especially since the science they rely on is not the strongest.

I have been dabbling with ketogenic style diets since 2012 when (surprisingly) an NHS dietician introduced me to a high protein, moderate fat and low carb diet to lose weight quickly. The NHS don’t promote this anymore at all which I find curious because I got great results on it as long as I was following it. The minute I was put on the mainstream portion control diet I slowly began to put all the weight back on despite eating pretty ‘clean’ (at the time) and sticking to home cooked meals which focused on a lot of vegetables and salads. At the time I was told that the high protein diet can only be followed for a temporary amount of time as it can potentially damage kidneys so eventually I would need to come off it when I’d lost the bulk of my weight (I lost 3 stones over 6 months). I really wish I knew then what I’ve learnt now about insulin spikes and how they affect your ability to shift weight. But like I said this is a journey of learning for me so I will not dwell on what ifs. Peace.

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