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[Our Mission] [Paleo FAQ] [HEALTH Unplugged FAQ] [Venue FAQ] [Being Involved FAQ] [London FAQ]

Our Mission

The mission of HEALTH Unplugged

Founded in 2014, HEALTH Unplugged is a not-for-profit organisation officially setup in 2016 as a social enterprise, which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders.

The mission of HEALTH Unplugged is to empower our audience with practical cues on living a healthier lifestyle.

The modern environment is making us more sedentary, and coupled with questionable food choices, elevated stress and poor sleep habits are leading many to be burdened by chronic lifestyle disease, affecting us individually, as well as our circle of family, friends and the community at large.

We take inspiration from the healthier aspects of ancestral life. Our regular events will bring together researchers, doctors, authors, and health leaders who are passionate about helping promote this ideal.

Furthermore, we wish to build a community whereby true health and wellbeing is realisable for the many not just the few.

Paleo FAQ

Q: How did the Paleo Diet originate?

The Paleo Diet, also known as the Stone Age, Caveman, Ancestral and Hunter-Gatherer diet, is a modern interpretation of what our ancestors ate in Paleolithic (Paeleolithic) times (during the stone age) as hunter-gatherers.  The paleolithic (paeleolithic) era is assumed to cover over 2.5 Million years.  The foods consisted mainly of meats, fish, vegetables, nuts and fruits. It limited or excluded sugar, grains, dairy products, legumes (beans), salt, sugar and processed oils. Processed foods, of course, were non-existent.

Researchers have found that our ancestors were lean, fit, in good health and not plagued with modern lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  Life expectancy was usually as good as the present day (as long as they were not being eaten by predators, suffering from poor hygiene or contracting an infection!).

10,000 years or so ago we entered the Neolithic era and began eating a diet which was dominated by grains.  This was the genesis of agriculture and thus the types of food we ate began to change.  With the Industrial Revolution of the 18th Century and the advances in manufacturing and food science of the last 50 years mass-produced food based around grain, sugar and man-made substances became the norm. Unfortunately, bringing with it a corresponding deterioration in food quality as well as our health.

 

Q: What is the Paleo Diet in today’s world?

While some prescribe to the Paleo Diet based on eating the way our ancestors ate, others choose it for health, weight-loss, and/or because it’s just tasty and delicious food.  It’s nutrient-dense, real food that keeps you healthy.  The following list isn’t exhaustive but can be used as a base platform to ensure you make healthier food choices more often than not.

The Paleo Diet consists of eating:

  • Meats
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Healthy Fats

It AVOIDS:

  • Grains (including wheat – even wholewheat, corn, rice, barley, rye, etc)
  • Dairy (including milk and milk products, such as cheese, yoghurt, etc)
  • Legumes (including beans, soy and peanuts)
  • Additional sugars added to foods
  • Processed Oils & Fats
  • Other Processed Foods (pretty much anything that comes in a box or a can and has more than a few ingredients!)
  • Alcohol

 

Q: Is there any evidence supporting the Paleo Diet?

There are many studies that support this modern take on the Paleolithic diet as exemplified in a systematic review and  meta-analysis study.[1]

This study systematically reviewed randomized control trials (RCTs) that compared the Paleo diet with other diets. Four RCTs, involving 159 participants resulted in greater improvements on metabolic syndrome components with the participants undertaking the Paleo diet. The metabolic syndrome includes five risk factors of waist circumference, blood pressure, and serum concentrations of triglycerides, glucose, and HDL cholesterol in the fasting condition. The metabolic syndrome is an indicator of the predisposition to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (the biggest single killer in the UK [2]).

A longer term study of 2 years is available here: Randomised Controlled Trial of the Paleo diet shows that it is superior health-wise to a low fat, high carb diet.

Links to numerous other studies can be found on Dr. Loren Cordain’s site: www.ThePaleoDiet.com.

[1] Manheimer, Zuuren, Fedorowicz and Pijl. Paelolithic Nutrition for Metabolic Syndrome: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. American Society for Nutrition, 2015.

[2] Townsend, Williams, Bhatnagar, Wickramasinghe, Rayer. Cardiovascular Disease Statistics, 2014. British Heart Foundation: London, 2014.

Q: While researching Paleo I keep hearing about the Primal diet, the Perfect Health Diet, GAPS, AIP, the Whole30, etc… What are they?

“Paleo” tends to be the word that is currently used to encompass a whole movement of eating only whole, real, nutrient dense foods and eschewing processed foods.  We’ve already detailed what Paleo is, so here’s a quick look at some of the other diets and protocols that are sometimes listed under the Paleo umbrella or are closely related.  As with all dietary changes we would advise seeking the advice of a suitable professional before embarking on any programme.

  • Primal – The Primal Diet is basically the Paleo Diet with the addition of whole-fat dairy and a few other exemptions.
  • Specific Paleo Protocols – These protocols are used to help combat different ailments.  They use the Paleo Diet as a base, but have modifications:
    • AIP – This refers to the Autoimmune Protocol, it is used to bring autoimmune conditions into remission.  It excludes nuts, seeds and nightshades (a sub-group of vegetables including ones such as tomatoes and potatoes) in addition to the normal exclusions in Paleo.
    • GAPS – The Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet aims to heal the gut to help with psychological problems such as autism and depression.  It’s a great one to follow even if you don’t have any psychological issues as it heals and seals the gut and, as we now know, many lifestyle diseases originate from a leaky gut.
    • Ketogenic / LCHF – This protocol is meant to put your body in ketosis (where you’re burning fat instead of carbs for energy) by eating low-carb and high-fat.
    • Low-FODMAPS – FODMAPS are dietary sugars that can be problematic for some resulting in things like Irritable Bowel Sydrome (IBS).  Avoiding them may help clear up those gut issues.
    • Low-Histamine – Histamines are chemicals produced during an allergic response, however, they can also be in some of the foods we eat.  Some people are more sensitive to histamine levels in their body and so have allergy-like symptoms when these build up.  These people may need to follow a low-histamine diet.
  • Popular Paleo Elimination Diets – There are a few popular Paleo elimination diets that are meant to help detox your body over a short period (21 – 30 days):
    • 21-Day Sugar Detox
    • Whole30
  • Paleo’s “Cousins” – These are a few diets that are very close to Paleo, but are not quite:
    • Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
    • The Perfect Health Diet (PHD)
    • Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF)

 

Q: Is Paleo Just About Food?

No!!!  This is a common misconception because Paleo is touted in the press as a “diet” and when people think about getting healthy they usually only think about what they’re eating and/or the exercise they are (or are not) getting. The problem here is that our body is not just a sum of it’s parts; those parts are synergistic and ever-changing.  If one piece is out of sync, everything will be affected.  While food is a very large part of contributing to our overall health, it’s not everything.  The cool thing about Paleo is that it encourages a holistic plan for our health, not just a change in our diet.  What else then do we need to focus on to make sure our entire body is healthy?

  • Movement – Most modern-day exercise is hard on our bodies – it jars them and pushes them past their natural limits.  Alternatively, more and more people are not moving enough.  What we all should be focusing on is more natural, functional movement.  At Health Unplugged this year we have several speakers lined up who will be showing you how to do this (and you can join in!).
  • Sleep – Our bodies need to regenerate every night and this means that our sleep plays an important role in our health.  There are so many things that go into healthy sleep – circadian rhythms, seasonal variations, the number of hours you sleep, melatonin levels, stress levels, environment – that it’s easy to not get the quality sleep that you need.
  • Avoiding Toxins – This includes in the environment (like chemicals and other nasties in our air, water, where we live and work and the products we use) as well as in relationships and daily life.  Stress can be as toxic as a nerve agent!
  • Mindfulness – Taking time to center oneself is very therapeutic.  Practices such as meditation, yoga and prayer all help to calm our bodies and our minds and help with stress.
  • Getting Outside – Being outside in nature has lots of health benefits including grounding you (direct contact with the soil can help ground your body), raising Vitamin D levels (the sun is the best way to get Vit D) and getting Magnesium (from being in salt water), to name only a few.
  • Vitamins, Minerals and Other Nutrients – If you’re doing everything you can to get healthy – by improving your diet, movement, sleep and mindfulness and are avoiding toxins and getting outside more – but you’re still having problems, then you many need to get your vitamin and mineral levels checked and supplement. Due to today’s agricultural and animal husbandry practises even whole foods lack a lot of the nutrition they once contained.We recommend that you work with your doctor or an experienced practitioner before adding any supplements into your regime.

There is a lot of information out there for you to read and some great professionals who can help you out.  We hope Health Unplugged will give you even more resources for your journey.

 

Q: Is the Paleo Diet popular?

The Paleo Diet was the most Googled diet of 2013 and increased by 241% in 2014 according to Google Trends. It was just as popular in 2015 and is still one of the most popular diets searched on Google in 2016.

 

HEALTH Unplugged FAQ

Q: What is HEALTH Unplugged?

HEALTH Unplugged aims to assist those who are passionate about holistic health and wellbeing, by covering various facets of the Paleo/primal lifestyle with tips and tricks on implementing the best of the past blended with the best of the present – to help re-build the human body.

Q: What time is Registration for HEALTH Unplugged Special 2017 – “What’s With Wheat”?

HEALTH Unplugged 2017 – “What’s With Wheat?” registration is from 12.15 pm – 12.55 pm.

Q: When and where is HEALTH Unplugged Special 2017 – “What’s With Wheat”?

HEALTH Unplugged Special 2017 – “What’s With Wheat?” will be on 4 March 2017, located in Hammersmith, London starting at 12:15 pm and finishing at 3:40 pm. This will be the sixth event with the first held in 2014.

Q: Will tea/coffee be provided at HEALTH Unplugged Special 2017?

This event  we won’t be offering tea/coffee during the break and have simplified the administration so we can concentrate on doing what we do best – in delivering great content. This also means that we are able to pass on the savings by bringing down the event ticket cost.  The venue is being made available to specifically host the event, and the on-site cafe will not be staffed on the Saturday.

Q: How much is HEALTH Unplugged Special 2017 and where can I get tickets?

You can buy tickets HERE, however there are only a limited number of “Early Bird” tickets available on a first come, first served basis. You will need to purchase tickets in advance as there will be no “At the Door” ticket sales for this event.

 

Q: How can I sign-up to the HEALTH Unplugged mailing list to receive the latest information about the event?

Fill in the form below. We won’t send any SPAM (it’s not Paleo anyway)!

 

Q: What should I bring to the event?

Please bring along your smartphones and cameras to Tweet, Facebook and Instagram the event on the day! Use the hashtags #HealthUnplugged and #WhatsWithWheat?

 

Q: How can I keep up-to-date with news and announcements from HEALTH Unplugged?

Sign up to the mailing list. 

 

Q: Is there a #hashtag for your event we can promote on social media?

YES!!! It is #healthunplugged. Please use this hashtag whenever you discuss and share this event.  Thanks for your support!

 

 

Venue FAQ

 

Q: How do I get to the Venue?

Please go HERE to get directions to the venue.

Q: Is there parking?

Yes, but it’s expensive.  You’ll be better off to just use public transportation like the tube or the bus. Even better, if you live or are staying locally you can walk!

Q: Is there a local tube station?

Yes!!! It is Hammersmith. You can use the Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith and City Line or the Piccadilly Line to get there.

Q: How long will it take to get to the venue?

Here’s the time it will take to get from the following stations to the Hammersmith tube station (per www.tfl.gov.uk – please check to see if there are any travel disruptions on the day and plan accordingly):

  • Victoria: 14 minutes
  • Kings Cross St. Pancras: 24 minutes
  • Liverpool Street: 33 minutes
  • Euston: 23 minutes
  • London Bridge: 26 minutes

Being Involved FAQ

 

Q: I would like to be considered for a panel discussion, as a speaker or host a workshop at HEALTH Unplugged, who do I contact?

Please email: [enquiries]@[healthunplugged.co.uk]

 

Q: I would like to be a partner for HEALTH Unplugged, how do I participate?

Please email: [enquiries]@[healthunplugged.co.uk]

 

Q: I would like to be a sponsor for HEALTH Unplugged, how do I participate?

Please email: [enquiries]@[healthunplugged.co.uk]

 

Q: Can I volunteer to help at Health Unplugged?

There are a limited number of spaces left for volunteers.  If you are interested, please contact [enquiries]@[healthunplugged.co.uk]

 

London FAQ

 

Q: Where can I stay in London?

You can find several hostels, B&Bs and hotels in the area, though they may be a bit of a walk.  You may want to enter “Hammersmith” as an area to search for other options.  Go to www.hostelworld.com or www.hostelbookers.com to book.  You could also look at www.airbnb.com, www.lastminute.com,www.hotels.com, www.travelocity.com or other travel / hotel websites for the best deals.

Please note that we do not recommend or endorse or have any affiliation with any of these websites or any of the accommodations mentioned.

 

Q: What’s the best transportation to use in London?

You can drive your own car if you like, but CONGESTION and parking charges can make this cost-prohibitive.  For short rides a TAXI or Uber will work, but your best bet is public transportation: a BUS or the TUBE. If you’ve never used Uber before make sure you use the promo code ‘UberExplorer’ to get a discounted first ride, it could even be free!

 

Q: Are there any Paleo or Paleo-friendly restaurants in London?

Going out to eat doesn’t have to be hard! Here’s a few tips & tricks to eating out:

  • Don’t worry about being “That Person” as most reputable restaurants will be more than willing to answer your questions and let you amend your order. Be up front and let them know you have to follow a special diet for health reasons (as we’re all doing this to be healthy!) and then they know that you’re not just being picky and obnoxious.  Some questions to ask:
    • Do you have any [gluten, dairy, grain, soy, etc] Free-From menu items?
    • What kind of oil do you cook with?
    • Are you willing to do substitutions?
  • Look for the protein plates on the menu: fish, chicken, lamb, pork and steak – or some variation thereof – is usually on most menus. Ask them to leave off the sauce and to bake, grill or saute in butter, coconut oil or ghee.  Then ask for plain steamed, grilled or baked vegetables as a side.
  • Order a burger, sausage roll or bacon butty without the bun (remember that many sausages and burgers do have fillers so ask if they are gluten and grain free).
  • Ask for a side of vegetables instead of bread or potatoes.
  • Check to see if they have sweet potato or other vegetable fries rather than eating chips.
  • Use vinegar, olive oil and lemon as a dressing – most restaurants have these ingredients on hand and will serve them on the side if you request them.
  • Take your own mini bottle of your favourite dressing or sauce into the restaurant and use it to flavour your food.

 

Q: How does location affect life expectancy in London?

Life expectancy varies considerably across London. Travelling east from Westminster to Canning Town for example, each stop on the Jubilee line correlates to approximately one year’s reduction in life expectancy.  [source: London Rebuilding Annual Review 2010]

 

Q: What are childhood obesity levels in London?

More than one in five (22 per cent) of London children aged 10-11 years-old is at risk of being obese; this is above the average for England as a whole (18 per cent). [source: London Councils government website]

 

Q: Is London just a concrete jungle?

London is actually the greenest city of its size in the world. Green space in terms of public parks alone covers almost 40 per cent of greater London that’s roughly 173 square km. [source: Greater London Authority]

 

Q: Do Londoners like gardening?

30,000 people in London rent allotments to grow vegetables and fruit, and 14 per cent of households grow vegetables in their garden.  There are 17 city farms and more than 100 community gardens in the capital. Many are open to visitors or offer opportunities for volunteering, work training or education. [source: London Councils government website]

 

Q: Why are there so many ambulances in London?

London has the largest emergency ambulance service in the world, with 4500 staff across 70 ambulance stations that respond to around 2,800 incidents every day. [source: National Health Service]