Your questions answered, 15 March, 2017

Hi everyone

Here are your questions answered in this episode:

  1. I just read we shouldn’t be drinking homogenised milk. Is non-homogenised illegal?
  2. I have been LCHF for 3.5 months and have noticed hair loss. Do you have any answers?
  3. What exercise can I do without raising my cortisol levels?
  4. Can I have cashew paste in the initial phase?
  5. I have been referred to a brand of products called Modere. Are there products ok to use?
  6. What are your thoughts on butter/olive oil mixes?
  7. I have come across an ingredient called sukrin, it seems to good to be true. What are your thoughts on it?

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From: Ines
Location: Queensland, Australia

I have just finished reading The Fate Revolution….. wow!
I have just purchased the cook book and I read that we should only be drinking un-homogenised milk…. In Australia un-homogenised cows milk is not legally available (unless I am mistaken). Does this mean we should be drinking nut milks instead?

Thanks so much Ines.

Un-homogenised milk is legal, it is just the unpasturised (raw) milk that is illegal (although you can buy completely raw milk as “bath” milk, and a lot of people do that). If you look at local fruit shops, they often have milk from local dairy farmers, and they normally have many more options for unhomogenised.

Homogenisation is the process used to mix the cream particles permanently through the milk so they no longer float to the top.

One thing I am very sad to mention is that I just found out recently that Jalna Greek Yoghurt is now homogenised. They didn’t used to do it, but they said that unhomogenised milk doesn’t work as well for their process, so I am quite frustrated to hear that, because it was the only one I knew I could recommend in the supermarket (without milk solids). I purchase sheep’s yoghurt from the health food store, which has a lovely small layer of fat on the top, which is a dead giveaway that it has not been homogenised.

From: Carolyn
Location: QLD, Australia


I am about 3.5 months in on LCHF, and have noticed massive hair loss over the last few weeks. My son who has been doing a few weeks more than me is also having the same issue. I have read on that it is temporary, but I also read many comments by readers, where it has lasted over a year, and they are getting bald patches. I am extremely worried about this. Do you have any answers to this worrying problem.

Every situation could be different, but hair loss is often the result of a previous issue with underactive thyroid. When we start LCHF, often pre-existing issues can get worse before they get better as we detox. Most people find that it settles as their body heals.

One thing that can be worth doing is checking the thyroid to see what is going on. Unfortunately, most doctors only test TSH when they test the thyroid, which only gives part of the picture. If we test thyroid, we also need to test Free T3 and Free T4, and for optimal results, the number should be in the top third of the “healthy parameters” listed on the test.

For anyone who wants to have these tests but have trouble getting your doctor to write them up, we can test them for you if you have a quick consult with Caitlin so she can explain your results (legally we have to do a consult to explain results if we order tests).

She does do all her consults via skype or phone, so she can see anyone, anywhere.

If thyroid function is low, we can also prescribe supplements to help boost its function until things settle down, which often fixes the hair loss.

From: Sarah
Location: Victoria, Australia

Hi Christine,
I’m wondering what exercise i can do at the gym while i’m in the initial stages of trying to reach ketosis? I was at your seminar in Melbourne and also have your book Bring Back the Fat, and I’m worried now about raising my Cortisol levels and hindering my ability to lose weight and turning my body into a fat burner. (I’m 95kg)

I love boxing classes and weights but i haven’t been back to the gym since your seminar because of your comments, and i feel i need to do something because it makes me feel better to exercise.
(Also, can i not have cashew paste in the initial stage?)
Thanks so much. Love your work. Enjoy your day.

Christine’s answer:

Thanks for your lovely comments!

Exercising during the initial phase is absolutely fine if we are not fatigued and if we are not starving (by eating less); we need to eat more if we exercise. One of the advantages to exercising is that we can eat more!

To keep cortisol levels in check, we need to make sure we are not so puffed that we can’t breathe through our nose. This is very hard at first, because most of us are used to breathing through our nose. However, we can increase our fitness by doing as much as we can until we can no longer breathe through our nose, then stopping and recovering, then starting and going again. In other words, interval training. If we get puffed, we can start breathing in through the nose, out through the mouth, but as soon as we have to breath in through the mouth, the body is stressed.

Weights are good because we don’t generally get puffed. With any cardio, like the boxing, if we adjust how we do it, then it can be fine. Most people will only be able to go for a minute or so, then stop for two minutes and then try again, but as we get fitter, we can go for much longer breathing through our nose.

Cashew paste is better left until after the initial phase.

From: Annette
Location: Queensland

Hi Christine
I have been referred to a brand of products called Modere, they are based in Adelaide and I was wondering if you have heard of them and if their products are ok to use.
Thank you for your time.
Kind Regards

Modere is better than some (they say they have removed a lot of the really nasty chemicals), but if you want something completely natural, there are much better brands out there (in my opinion).

The way I like to do it is read skin care labels like you would food labels. If it has ingredients I can understand, then I am happy to put it on my skin.

Just to give you a comparison. This is an ingredient list for a basic moisturiser from Modere:

Water (aqua), dimethicone, cetearyl alcohol, isopentyldiol, hordeum distichon (barley) extract, polyglyceryl-2 stearate, cetearyl methicone, squalane, biosaccharide gum-1, hydrolyzed algin, phellodendron amurense bark extract, santalum album (sandlewood) extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, cetyl phosphate, beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, tocopheryl acetate, caprylyl glycol, xanthan gum, butylene glycol, glycine soja (soy bean) sterols, linoleic acid, phospholipids, camellia sinensis leaf extract, haberlea rhodopensis leaf extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, pyrus communis (pear) fruit extract, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, ferula assa foetida root extract, hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, sodium hydroxide, hydrolyzed wheat protein, disodium EDTA, yeast extract, tripeptide-1, fragrance, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol.

Just one of the things I wouldn’t put on my skin is fragrance. Perfumes and fragrances often contain endocrine disrupters, which means they disrupt our hormones, and that can cause weight gain (and health issues).

This is an ingredient list from the moisturizer I use on my face:

Grass Fed Beef Tallow, Camellia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Desert Lime Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vanilla Bean Extract, Ylang Ylang Oil, Geranium Oil, Frankincense Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract.

If you want to look at that brand, there is more info here. And there are many other brands out there in the market who are using quality, simple, and natural ingredients.

From: Catherine
Location: Warrick
Hi Christine

What are your thoughts on the butter/olive oil mixes



Christine’s answer:

Great question. Unfortunately, they are usually still full of rubbish. I couldn’t even see a plain butter with just added olive oil at Woolworths or Coles. The only options are basically a spread (margarine) with butter in it. They do have some in the U.S. that are just butter, water, and olive oil, but even then, I would question what sort of olive oil was used, was it refined or unrefined, and most likely it would be refined and damaged. If olive oil isn’t cold pressed, it is damaged in the extreme temperatures used to process it.

Re-blended BUTTER (22%) (BUTTERFAT, BUTTERMILK Powder, Water), Olive Oil (21%), Palm Oil, Water, Rapeseed Oil, BUTTERMILK, Salt (1.5%), Natural Flavouring (contains MILK), Lactic Acid, Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Vitamins (A and D), Colour (Carotenes).

From: Carolyn
Location: QLD, Australia

Today I have come across an ingredient on a low carb website used in desserts called Sukrin. I have read a bit about it, and it seems to good to be true, so I wanted to know your thoughts on it.
Thank you

Sukrin is a sugar alcohol, basically the same as xylitol. I personally don’t advocate xylitol or any other sugar alcohol because they are not absorbed by the body (which is why they have no calories) and whenever we consume something that isn’t absorbed, it will interfere with the absorption of other nutrients as well, and could cause digestive upset like bloating, diarrhea, etc.

The other thing that few people know is that if we make a treat with xylitol or something similar, and a dog or cat accidentally gets a hold of it and eats it, it will die unless it is treated very quickly (although a cat is less likely to eat a sweet treat).

And, these products aren’t really as natural as claimed. Yes, very small amounts are found naturally, but not enough to make a sweetener. This means they have to use a very industrial process to manufacturer it. They take the xylose, and use a chemical process, they hydrogenate it with nickel, a dangerous chemical. And anything that is hydrogenated can cause all sorts of health issues.

Stevia is a much better option, it is just a green plant that has leaves that are extremely sweet. I have a plant in my veggie patch.

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