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Study on Carb Addiction Enrolling Participants

#TastingHappiness DonutWe are enrolling participants in our study on carb addiction. Attention fellow Whole30 and LCHF fans, Paleo, Banting and Keto-Warriors of the Cape, you can become the proof of the pudding with our help!

As you probably imagined already, Nutrition is a constant topic in our house and we like to look at it from a few different angles.Ann my wife and Liefie is currently doing her Masters Thesis in Neuro Psychology and guess what: our plates are at the centre and what we’re trying to prove is that the gut-brain connection does really exist and is at the core of (even) psychological disease.
I will just post a short introduction here and leave the rest to the .PDF (Participant questionnaire and info), should you be curious or even dare to participate. All you need to do, is follow a closely guided Whole30 (again?!) and fill out a questionnaire before and after. We will help recording your status quo before and after by taking a few measurements.
Easy as pie!
aka: the ‘Tasting Happiness Study’ or #TastingHappiness Study

Exploring the efficacy of nutritional intervention (LCHF diet – low carb & high fat diet) to improve the ability of self-control and regulation in carbohydrate-addiction, curbing addictive behaviour while facilitating positive physical and mental health.

“This paper proposes a ‘treatment option’ (and possible diagnostic measure) concerning carbohydrate addiction, which I believe to be the core element of not only physiological stress on our organism as a whole, but also of detrimental psychological consequence. Stress leads to a systemic communication breakdown which we call disease. What if we knew that a main stress factor could be alleviated by nutritional intervention as opposed to a lifelong prescription of costly drugs and a still ‘untimely’ death?” (Ann Kistenmacher in her Study Aim & Motivation)
Call us to arrange an info and intro session for a small group at:
We will explain the reasoning and what the study of carb addiciton practically entails. Basically every self-confessed carb-addict can participate after the status quo (Day 0) is recorded and the intake questionnaire is filled.
Participants can attend a #WalkAndTalk once a week and are invited to participate in a #TastingHappiness FB Support Group (by invitation only).
You may of course share with your #SweetToothed friends and people you think would survive a little challenge like this. Afterwards you might want to join my alumni group #CarbAddictNonAnonymous and tell others how easy it actually is to handle carb addiction after you have survived the first 7-14 days and stayed strong to finish the Whole30 challenge.
Chat soon


    • Chris

      Hi Jo-Anne, we have finalised the 2nd round. The results are nothing short of amazing! We are busy writing it up now. But you are welcome to follow the study protocol. Please reach out to me via email and we can be in touch.
      Have a blessed xmas

  1. Heather Dittmar

    My daughter is 13 and I wondered if she would qualify as a participant. She started suffering from depression and panick last year and is on anti-depressants.
    Food is her comfort?

    • Chris

      Hi Heather
      think ‘my family’ rather than ‘my daughter’… watching myself and my own daughter, I recognise a similar tendency to all things ‘sweet’ at certain times that are ‘demanding’ for the psyche (i.e. exams or stress full situations).
      I challenge you to take-on the study protocol with her together (maybe involving the whole family) in a playful, yet determined manner. Take it with a pinch of mindful curiosity about your cravings and body signals! Surely you are going to have a good and positive bonding experience and a lot of time together. Time that you spend on choosing, searching, discovering, shopping and preparing food and less time spent on snacking and constantly ‘worrying’ about food.
      Although the Tasting Happiness Study is long over, a lot of people are still following the basic low carb healthy fat approach (LCHF) with only positive and life changing experiences.
      As a health care provider I do however caution you, to consult a doctor before you change medication. Also any food will have an effect on your metabolism and medication (positive or negative) and often it becomes necessary quickly to ‘adjust’ the medication. In 99% of my personal experience only to reduce or stop the pills altogether.
      I invite you to send me an email and request a free 15min meet&greet consultation and the still ‘up to date’ study protocol according to (Whole30 and Eat this.) guidelines.

  2. Candice Erasmus

    When can I schedule a consultation with you for my 10 year old daughter? I am particularly interested in seeing the doctor who has more experience in hormone imbalances.
    Candice Erasmus

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