The Big Fat Fix – Film Review


The Big Fat Fix is a documentary about food, health and fitness. It is independently produced by British Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and former international athlete Donal O’Neill.

Donal has produced two other documentaries on the low carbohydrate and high-fat diet called ‘Cereal Killers’ and ‘Run on Fat’, but this one is my favourite of all of them.

The documentary begins in the Italian town of Pioppi where we hear about the Mediterranean diet and how it has been misconstrued by the media and Dr Ancel Keys. There is no Mediterranean Diet – the Greek word ‘diaita’ actually means ‘lifestyle’.


Dr Malhotra demonstrates clearly how inflammation impacts on the arteries and heart health. He then talks about his prescription for avoiding and turning around obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It is possible to turn around the disease process and become more heart healthy in just 21 days.

Donal addresses functional fitness and leds Aseem through some fitness activities in a natural park with logs, rocks and trees. (He calls in tabata but it looks more like movnat to me). They talk about the benefits of vitamin D, sleep, quality olive oil, fatty acids, local produce, avoiding sugar and the re-engineering of wheat.

The Big Fat Fix is a great introduction to the low-carb, high-fat lifestyle. You can download and stream the documentary from the website.

Bird calls

One day this week I awoke to a new bird shrieking away in a predictable rhythm. I have gotten used to waking up to the sound of bird calls, as it is our favourite setting on the alarm clock. This was a new sound though, coming from our backyard. I dragged myself out of bed to discover it was just Matt pumping up his bike tyres for his daily commute to work!

There are a number of birds that regularly visit our garden, including Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, Noisy Miners, Butcherbirds and Magpies. On a rare occasion it’s been a treat to see Rainbow Lorikeets. Nearby live some happy-as-larry Kookaburras. There’s another bird in the neighbourhood that has a very distinct screech, but we have yet to find out what it is.

If you are interested in twitching (aka as the sport of bird watching) you may like to read Sean Dooley’s “The Big Twitch“. He takes a year off to see if he can beat the Australian record for spotting the most number of birds. You will need to really like birds though.

I’m surprised how easy it is to write our semi-weekly updates. The garden is constantly changing. The biggest differences are the growth spurts that always occur after some rain.

We finally have a full house in the vegetable patches. The fourth bed has been taken over by a pumpkin vine. There were some small tomato plants but now they’re lost under the huge umbrella leaves. The capsicums never did come up, even after three attempts. Next time I’ll try them first in seedling pots.

The soil in all of the beds has sunk down two corrugated rings. The potatoes are dying back, and I’ve tried to convince Matt to harvest some baby taters. But he flatly refused.