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Zest For Life at Durlacher Hof tonight

Food, fitness and fun are on the menu this weekend at Durlacher Hof as Dr. Doug and Diane Clement visit the local pension Friday and Saturday evenings, March 28 and 29.

The Clements will present Zest For Life on Friday evening, a casual open forum where the doctor will discuss his ideas on keeping fit, avoiding stress and seeking a balanced lifestyle. The chef, meanwhile, will be discussing healthy eating while still being able to indulge in a few special treats. She’ll be preparing a selection of appetizers from her latest cookbooks, Zest For Life and Simply the Best.

The Friday evening affair is a special fundraiser for the Karen Kogler Memorial Award, a fund set up with the University College of the Cariboo Foundation that presents scholarships to two students in the Adventure Travel Program each year. A donation to the fund and a call to the Durlacher Hof (604-932-1924) to make reservations is all that is required.

Saturday evening’s sit-down dinner focuses on the Olympic bid and supporters of the Games. It’s described as "open forum on the magic and positive impact that hosting an Olympic Games can have on your community and those involved."

Doug Clement is a two-time Olympian, professor emeritus at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, former physician for the Vancouver Canucks and Canadian Olympic teams and co-founder, with wife Diane, of the Vancouver Sun Run. Diane Clement is also a former Olympic competitor in athletics and team manager. She is also a renowned chef, former owner of The Tomato Fresh Food Café, author of four bestselling cookbooks and host of Global TV’s Saturday Chefs series.

Steak, and kidneys fly

A new study has discovered that diets that are high in protein can lead to and accelerate kidney diseases.

The study, which was conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, followed 1,624 women aged 41 to 68 over a period of 11 years. They would routinely fill out questionnaires about their eating habits, as well as answer questions about their health, such as their height and weight, if they have diabetes, cholesterol levels and drinking habits. The researchers also checked their blood to look at kidney function.

The study showed that the subjects with mild kidney problems who ate a high-protein diet of meat showed more deterioration than the other subjects.

According to scientists, an excess of protein hampers a body’s ability to effectively deal with waste products, and the ability of kidneys to filter waste out of the blood stream.

Researchers acknowledged that while high protein diets do stimulate weight loss, they are not recommended for people with unhealthy kidneys. Many nutritionists have been skeptical of high-protein diets since the beginning, believing that the risks outweigh the benefits.


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