Low Carb Cultural Diet, Menopause and Plant Toxins - Ep 39 - Dr Nelum Dharmapriya

Low Carb Cultural Diet, Menopause and Plant Toxins - Ep 39 - Dr Nelum Dharmapriya

The Power of Low Carb: A Journey to Better Health


Welcome to another episode of the Meat Medic podcast! Today, we have a very special guest joining us - Dr. Neelam Dharmapriya, a GP and low-carb doctor. Dr. Neelam will be sharing her personal health story and how she got into the low-carb lifestyle. We will be focusing on the benefits of a low-carb diet and its impact on overall health.

The Benefits of Low Carb

Switching to a low-carb diet can bring about numerous benefits for your overall health. Here are just a few of the advantages you can experience:

Improvements in sleep, memory, energy levels, and weight loss

Many people who adopt a low-carb lifestyle report better quality of sleep, improved memory and cognitive function, increased energy levels, and successful weight loss. By reducing your intake of carbohydrates, you can stabilize your blood sugar levels and avoid the energy crashes often associated with high-carb diets.

Reduction in heartburn and snoring

Low-carb diets have been found to alleviate heartburn and reduce snoring in individuals. These improvements can greatly enhance your overall sleep quality and prevent discomfort associated with acid reflux.

Personal experience with improved metabolic markers

Individuals who switch to a low-carb diet often notice positive changes in their metabolic markers, such as improved blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and blood pressure. These changes indicate improved overall metabolic health.

Positive impact on patients' metabolic health

Dr. Neelam Dharmapriya has seen positive results in her patients' metabolic health after implementing a low-carb program. By following a low-carb diet, patients have experienced weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and reduced symptoms of metabolic disorders.

By adopting a low-carb lifestyle, you can experience these benefits and make significant improvements to your overall health and well-being.

Navigating Cultural Cuisine

Adapting Sri Lankan cuisine to a low carb diet may present some initial challenges, but with the right alternatives and approach, it can be successfully achieved. Here are some tips for navigating cultural cuisine:

Finding Alternatives to High Carb Foods

Sri Lankan cuisine is known for its abundance of high carb foods like rice and flour-based dishes. However, there are alternatives that can be used to replace these high carb ingredients. One popular option is cauliflower rice, which can be used as a low carb substitute for regular rice. Additionally, nut flours can be used as a replacement for wheat flours in recipes.

Balance Traditional Meals with Intermittent Fasting

If you're looking to maintain the traditional Sri Lankan meals while following a low carb diet, intermittent fasting can be a helpful strategy. By incorporating periods of fasting into your eating schedule, you can balance out the high carb content of traditional meals and promote better insulin sensitivity.

Prioritising Protein and Animal-Based Proteins

When adapting Sri Lankan cuisine to a low carb diet, it's important to prioritize protein consumption. Protein is essential for satiety, muscle repair, and overall health. Incorporating animal-based proteins like meat, fish, and eggs can provide a nutrient-dense source of protein and help meet your dietary needs.

The Link Between Insulin Resistance and Memory

Insulin resistance, a condition in which the body's cells become less responsive to insulin, is closely linked to both type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Understanding this connection is crucial for managing cognitive health and memory. Here are some key points to consider:

Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin resistance is a hallmark of type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition characterized by high blood sugar levels. When the body's cells are resistant to insulin, glucose cannot enter the cells efficiently, leading to elevated blood sugar levels. Over time, this can damage blood vessels and organs, including the brain.

Insulin Resistance and Alzheimer's Disease

Recent research has shown a strong association between insulin resistance and Alzheimer's disease, a progressive neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behaviour. Insulin resistance in the brain can lead to the accumulation of harmful proteins and impair cognitive function.

Personal Experience and Memory Improvement

Many individuals, including myself, have experienced improvements in memory and cognitive function after adopting a low-carb diet to manage insulin resistance. By reducing carbohydrate intake and stabilising blood sugar levels, the brain can better utilize ketones as an alternative energy source, which has been shown to support cognitive function.

Managing Stress and Mindfulness Practices

In addition to dietary changes, managing stress and incorporating mindfulness practices can have a positive impact on cognitive health. Chronic stress can contribute to insulin resistance and impair memory. Engaging in activities such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can help reduce stress levels and promote mental well-being.

Prioritising Protein and Reducing Insulin Resistance

When it comes to managing insulin resistance and supporting cognitive health, prioritising protein intake is essential. Protein is a crucial nutrient needed for satiety, muscle repair, and overall health. By reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing protein consumption, individuals can better manage insulin resistance and promote brain health.

Overall, understanding the link between insulin resistance and memory is vital for optimising cognitive function. By prioritising protein, managing stress, and adopting a low-carb approach, individuals can support their cognitive health and potentially reduce the risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

Educating Doctors on Low Carb

  • Dr. Neelam's workshops for primary care doctors on prescribing low carbohydrate diets
  • Challenges of changing established medical practices
  • Importance of personal health journeys in motivating doctors to learn about low carb
  • Need for continued education and awareness in the medical community.

Dr. Neelam Dharmapriya is taking proactive steps to educate primary care doctors on prescribing low carbohydrate diets through her workshops. These workshops provide doctors with the necessary knowledge and tools to confidently prescribe low carb diets to their patients.

Changing established medical practices can be challenging, as doctors are often taught to follow guidelines that may not align with the benefits of a low carb diet. However, by educating doctors on the science behind low carb and its positive impact on health, Dr. Neelam is helping to break down these barriers.

Personal health journeys play a significant role in motivating doctors to learn about low carb. Dr. Neelam's own experience with weight gain, poor sleep, fatigue, and memory loss led her to explore the benefits of a low carb lifestyle. By sharing her story and the positive changes she experienced, she encourages other doctors to open their minds to the potential of low carb for their patients.

Continued education and awareness in the medical community are crucial for promoting the benefits of low carb. Through workshops, conferences, and ongoing discussions, doctors can stay informed about the latest research and evidence supporting low carb diets. This knowledge can then be translated into improved patient care and better health outcomes.


Dr. Neelam's personal health journey and her work with patients have demonstrated the positive impact of a low-carb lifestyle. By adopting a low-carb diet, she has experienced improvements in sleep, memory, energy levels, and weight loss. Her patients have also seen positive changes in their metabolic health, including weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and reduced symptoms of metabolic disorders.

As we look to the future of metabolic health, low carb holds great potential. Dr. Neelam's story and the success of her patients demonstrate the power of this approach. By reducing carbohydrate intake, stabilising blood sugar levels, and prioritising protein consumption, individuals can make significant improvements to their overall health and well-being.


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