On Saturday we attended a Sugar Free Breakfast at the Table Bay Hotel hosted by the Cape Times. The event was put together by Lesley Byram, who saw it as an opportunity to educate those interested in the health benefits of living a sugar free life. The adage “knowledge is power” is one that Lesley is clearly familiar with, evident in her lineup of speakers for the morning.
The Cape Times brought together some of the most knowledgeable and “powerful” professionals and sugar free activists from around the world to share their research and experience within their respective fields of health, nutrition and medicine. Individually, Professor Tim Noakes, Sugar Free Revolution founder Karen Thomson, London-based cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra & Australian-based dietician Caryn Zinn are all stirring things up within their respective professional fields and communities, but together they are driving a movement that could change the world.
On Saturday, they all did what they do best and shared with a group of 250 people why they believe so vehemently in the lifestyle and how they would like to make a difference in the lives of those who will listen, and hopefully eventually those who won’t. Karen spoke beautifully of her struggle with food addiction and how living sugar free has saved her life and equipped with boundless hope for the future. Dr Malhotra spoke eloquently, factually and powerfully about the positive effects that removing sugar from ones diet can have on the heart and general health. Dr Caryn Zinn spoke of her inspiring journey of rejection & judgment from her professional peers over speaking out on a controversial topic and still not giving up.
Hot on the heels of his current trial, Prof Noakes shared of his hope for educated and empowered masses, starting with the previously disadvantaged communities around the Western Cape. His talk gave way to Euodia, from The Noakes Foundation, spontaneously taking to the stage to tell us about their campaign, Eat Better, South African, geared towards educating, empowering and saving the lives of South Africans by changing the way they eat and live.
After this amazing lineup of speakers had all said their pieces, the discussion was opened up to the floor and guests were urged to ask questions of the panelists. What came of this, for me anyway, was a sense of connectedness and hope for the future through the readiness of people to share their stories of success, their fears of change, and their hopefulness for a better way of life for both themselves and their loved ones. I am not ashamed to admit that at several points throughout the morning I had tears in my eyes – it was one of the most public yet personal experiences I have ever had the privilege of being a part of.
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