Hi, I’m Jason, creator of Nuts By Nature Mylk & previous owner of Australia's first ketogenic lifestyle café in Perth – Karibu café. I want to use this page to tell you a bit about me, and why I do what I do. You see, for a while I ran standard cafe's offering the same style of food as most in Perth until I was forced to learn about type 1 diabetes – that's where it all began.
So for those that don't know what type 1 diabetes is, here is the low down:
We all have a pancreas, and if it's working, then it produces insulin which will bring down your blood sugar level after you have eaten. If your pancreas decides not to work anymore, then you will need to inject insulin into your body in order to reduce your blood sugar – this is called Type 1 Diabetes.
The western diet is largely made up of carbohydrates, which turn into sugar and if your a Type 1 Diabetic, then you will need to inject quite a lot of insulin to regulate your blood sugar level, the problem with this is Insulin acts as a fat storage hormone so over a period of time you begin to gain unhealthy weight.
So, I thought, surely if a Type 1 Diabetic stopped eating carbohydrates and sugar loaded foods then they wouldn't need to inject so much insulin and they would easily be able to lose weight? Well this is certainly true, once you replace the carbs and sugars with healthy fats and a moderate amount of protein, also known as a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of eating, you immediately notice your body responding positively to a cessation of sugar and carbs, and you will find yourself having to reduce the insulin required!
So essentially if a Type 1 Diabetic eats LCHF then there is a significantly lower amount of insulin required throughout the day, and that's when magic happens! Blood sugar levels are far easier to manage, and hypo's (blood sugar level drops dangerously low) and hyper's (blood sugar level climbs dangerously high) are reduced and a healthy weight returns, with a significant increase in energy, better mood, amazing sleep and a feeling of being in control.
Now, if your wondering why I'm harping on about diabetes so much, the reason is because it's a big problem in Australia, and the rest of the world, and the effects are devastating if poorly managed.
So, whether it be Karibu Cafe, or Nuts By Nature... there is a common goal, and that is to use these businesses to educate and inspire people to take control of their health and happiness, simply by way of the food they eat.
For me personally, I used to wake up and feel so tired, and then after work I would sit on the lounge and almost fall asleep, I knew at my age (37 at the time) this couldn't be how it was meant to be. Since making the change to a LCHF way of eating, I feel 20 years younger.
Thank you for taking the time to read this page, and having an interest in Nuts By Nature Almond Mylk. Feel free to call me and say hi!