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.
For our anniversary we decided to have lunch at Fat Noodle. It is located inside the Treasury Casino, so we were not allowed to take our camera in, (which is why there are no photos). Although having said that, our neighbours were taking photos with their phone cameras, so I don’t know how strict they are on their no camera policy in the restaurant.
The menu consists mainly of Vietnamese dishes, with a sprinkling of Chinese, Thai and Malay. The restaurant is owned by Luke Nguyen, so we expected the dishes to be authentic and fresh.
We were greeted with Jasmine tea, but I decided to try the fresh ginger lemonade while Matt had a glass of wine. Entrées were bought out pronto, and I devoured huge fluffy BBQ pork buns, while Matt sampled the delicious prawn and pork rice paper rolls.
For a main, I couldn’t go past the signature dish, Fat Pho Noodles, which is a 20-hour beef broth, with thinly sliced Angus sirloin and brisket, bean sprouts, fresh Thai basil, fresh chilli and rice noodles. It was a huge dish with plenty of noodles and a great meaty flavoured broth. I regretted eating the pork buns and I struggled to finish my dish. Matt ordered the Singapore Laksa, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Overall Fat Noodle served generously sized dishes with authentic Asian flavours.
130 William St
Ph 07 3306 8888
Open 7 days, lunch, dinner and late