Dr Angharad Powell is a general practitioner who has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, in addition to a variety of legal and educational roles. Her interest areas include nutrition, women’s health, mental health and occupational medicine.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
My personal ‘light-bulb’ moment regarding the negative impact that sugar and refined carbohydrates have on our health came in April 2013. I read two editorials published in the British Medical Journal – one by Dr Robert Lustig and the other by Gary Taubes.
This lead me into the world of questioning current dietary guidelines, and the realisation that much of the ill health I was seeing on a daily basis was directly linked to sugar and refined carbs.
Following extensive research, I started providing my patients with the option of dietary interventions – for obesity, PCOS and diabetes to name but a few. The huge improvements I encountered persuaded me that quitting sugar, eating real food and physical activity are the future of health, and not pharmacology. I am now committed to developing my knowledge and skills in identifying and treating diet-induced disease.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
Keep your mind open to new ideas. Medicine has become too focused on pharmacology and high-tech solutions to illness. Dogma is there to be challenged.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
Bracing walks in the Welsh hills, answering ‘why’ questions (courtesy of the 3 year old) and rummaging in charity shops for a bargain.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Too little time with patients and too much emphasis on box-ticking.
In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Warmth, robustness, independence , trustworthiness, inquisitiveness.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
The variety of problems that present on a daily basis, and the opportunity to develop interests in different areas while remaining a generalist.
What’s next on your horizon?
Returning to work after maternity leave and working out how to juggle everything!
If you weren’t a GP you would have been a…
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
Just eating real food is the only way we can tackle the global obesity epidemic and allow people to regain control of their health.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
My current favourite meal: feta, spinach, red pepper and oregano frittata followed by coconut milk and chia seed pudding.
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