Ontario Optometrist Implores Canadian Government To Consider Low-Carb For Diabetes

Filed under: Health — @ August 19, 2009

An encounter with Canadian Minister Of Health Promotion Margarett R. Best

I’ve always maintained that any major changes that are going to happen with the low-fat dietary recommendations in the United States and in other industrialized countries around the world is going to have to happen at the grassroots level first from concerned citizens and medical professionals who say enough is enough with the same old failed methods for weight loss and disease control. We have already seen it happening in the nation of Sweden the past couple of years and now it seems to be moving to North America–in Canada!

Ontario-based optometrist Dr. Jim Bjork, a carbohydrate-restriction advocate out of necessity because of his Type 2 diabetes, has corresponded with various people in positions of power over health and nutrition policy in recent months. He shared quite a bit of information with the Canadian Diabetes Association, including links to web sites like mine to show them there are alternatives to the high-carb, low-fat diet they are promoting for diabetics.

Click here to read the dismissive e-mail Dr. Bjork received from the CDA as well as a well-written letter he wrote to the Minister of Health Promotion Margarett R. Best.

Heart Disease Can Be Cured With Low-Carb Diet, Says Leading Cardiologist

Filed under: Health — @ August 17, 2009

Dr. Dwight Lundell says the cure for heart disease doesn’t come in a pill!

Heart disease has quickly become the #1 killer around the world impacting nearly one-third of the deaths annually, according to a 2008 report by the World Health Organization. Medical professionals all have their theories about how to prevent cardiovascular events from happening, namely lowering consumption of dietary fat (especially saturated fat), dietary cholesterol, and overall calories in conjunction with an exercise routine. But there is a growing group of physicians who are fed up with what they have seen as a failed approach and are doing their part to get the truth out about how to properly treat heart disease. Today we are privileged to have one of the leading voices in this movement.

In Episode 280 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Dr. Dwight Lundell, author of two eye-opening books exposing the cholesterol myth entitled The Cure for Heart Disease: Truth Will Save a Nation and The Great Cholesterol Lie. He started off in heart health care doing bypass surgeries to “cure” cardiovascular health problems until he realized we’ve been sold a bill of goods by the pharmaceutical companies who rake in billions annually on the cholesterol con. Listen in to hear the frank comments from Dr. Lundell as he points to the inflammation, not the fat or cholesterol, that is what people should be most concerned with regarding heart health. He’s a very strong proponent of livin’ la vida low-carb for keeping your heart strong and healthy! Be encouraged in your low-carb life with this interview today.

Click here to listen to this dynamic podcast interview with pro-low-carb cardiologist Dr. Dwight Lundell.

‘Mindless Eating’ Author Dr. Brian Wansink Opens Up About The 2010 Dietary Guidelines

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Dr. Brian Wansink opens up about the 2010 dietary guidelines process

If you’ve been following my work over the past year, then you already know about my concerns regarding the forthcoming 2010 Dietary Guidelines that will tell the American people how they SHOULD be eating to be healthy. I was encouraged when my podcast interview guest today was appointed by former President George W. Bush to become the Director of the USDA’s Nutrition Policy And Promotion and especially when they asked for nominations to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines panel. But not surprisingly, there was not a single low-carber named to this panel and the committee has gone on to ignore much of the positive research that has come out about low-carb. Today we hear directly from the director himself in a bit of a tell-all about what is happening with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines panel.

In Episode 279 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Cornell food psychologist Dr. Brian Wansink, author of the bestselling Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Hear him talk about the research he has been doing with food portions, the strange story behind how he became ABC World News’ “Person Of The Week,” and the seeming blackout of the low-carbohydrate experts on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines panel. If you’re at all interested in getting the low-carb message considered for the upcoming dietary recommendations, then you need to listen to this interview with Dr. Wansink. This is too important an issue for the low-carb community to ignore!

Click here to listen to this dynamic, eye-opening interview with Dr. Brian Wansink!

What Do ‘Nude Mice’ Have To Do With Medical Research? Cyndy Kryder Explains!

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CHECK OUT THE #1 LOW-CARB PODCAST AT ITUNES! We would love to have you go to the iTunes page for my podcast show and we are working hard with Apple to add back all the old archives that are now appearing at the brand new web site for the podcast. You can keep up with all the new and older episodes at the podcast feed site. Use the search function on the official web site to find the ones you are looking for and e-mail me if you don’t see your favorite interview online. My producer Kevin has been VERY good about getting up YOUR favorite past interviews, so let us hear from you.

Cyndy Kryder arms the layperson with interpreting medical jargon

Medical terminology can make your head spin if you’re not familiar with what you are reading. And honestly, to most of us non-medical people this stuff just sorta makes your eyes glaze over. But it really comes down to breaking down the root prefixes and suffixes of these long million dollar words. That’s exactly what my podcast interview guest today helps virtually anyone do with two fabulous books that I highly encourage you to get your hands on.

In Episode 278 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Cyndy Kryder, author of THE ACCIDENTAL MEDICAL WRITER: How We Became Successful Freelance Medical Writers. How You Can, Too and NUDE MICE: And Other Medical Writing Terms You Need to Know. She walks us through how she just sorta stumbled upon a career in medical writing and how others can get involved in this field as well. Hear her talk about what all is entailed with medical writing and some common technical terms that are misunderstood by the majority of the general public. Cyndy is such a delightful person who has an obvious passion for what she does.

Click here to listen to my one-on-one interview with Cyndy Kryder!

Check Out These 39 Hot New Low-Carb And Health Sites!

Filed under: Publications — @ August 6, 2009

Will be spending the next week in Indiana with Christine’s family

Whew, what a summer this has been! With 20-year high school reunions in Pensacola, Florida and then in Bolivar, Tennessee the past couple of months along with putting the finishing touches on my upcoming new book 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb, it has been an exhausting few months. To that end, I’m ready to get away for a few days up to the Hoosier state of Indiana to spend time with some of my wife Christine’s family on her dad’s side. There’s a big reunion on Sunday and we’ll have a good time playing golf, Texas Hold ‘Em and all sorts of other restful and relaxing things for the next week. I can’t wait!

As has become my tradition before leaving off on an extended trip away from the blog, I have some of the best up-and-coming low-carb and health blogs and web sites for you to check out while I’m gone. This list of 39 of them that captured my attention has got to be one of the strongest ones I have compiled to date. I don’t know if the writing talent is getting better or what, but you won’t want to skip over a single one of these blogs. You can see all my previous low-carb blog listings by clicking here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

You’ll have PLENTY of time to check out these 39 low-carb diet and health blogs and web sites this week. And believe me, it’ll be well worth it. Check ‘em out by clicking here.

What’s The Deal With Dreamfields Pasta? Is It REALLY Low-Carb?

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Is Dreamfields pasta really low-carb? Your questions answered today.

Have you tried the Dreamfields pasta promoted as a low-carb alternative yet? If so, then you have very likely been impressed by how delicious it is and might be wondering if it is truly low-carb or not. More than just about any other low-carb product out there except for maybe Atkins bars, doubts about the veracity of Dreamfields pasta’s claim of being low-carb have been floating around out there in the low-carb community. To that end, I have been working hard to get someone from the company to appear on my podcast show to share more about this pasta and today we have the head honcho himself to explain what sets Dreamfields apart.

In Episode 277 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Dreamfields Pasta President Mike Crowley about the founding of his company, what is different about Dreamfields pasta compared with conventional pasta and even other low-carb pastas, the unique way Dreamfields products are created to make “protected carbohydrates,” the fiber/protein blend used to make Dreamfields, the noticeable complexity of the Dreamfields pasta matrix compared with typical pasta, why you don’t want to overcook the Dreamfields pasta, why Dreamfields doesn’t make a spaghetti sauce, some of the new rice and other products that are in the works with Dreamfields, why you need to be careful about eating too much Dreamfields, where you can find the Dreamfields products, and so much more! If you have ANY questions about the Dreamfields low-carb pasta products then don’t miss this interview with Dreamfields President Mike Crowley!

Click here to listen to my one-on-one interview with Mike Crowley about the Dreamfields pasta brand.

Weight Loss Is So Simple, Just Change Your Eating Habits To Low-Fat And Avoid That ‘Fad’ Low-Carb Diet

Filed under: Health — @ August 4, 2009

There are some really “interesting” people out there reading my blog

One of the bummers about summer are all of our favorite television shows are on hiatus and you’re pretty much stuck with reruns and lame reality TV. But this year Christine and I found a new summer series on FOX-TV on Friday nights at 8:00PM ET that is absolutely fabulous called Mental. Featuring psychiatric doctors helping patients with various forms of mental illness work through their issues, this show is a gentle reminder that there are people out in the world who deal with a variety of brain-related ailments that could make them unstable.

Take, for example, the following e-mail I received over the weekend from a man who couldn’t wait to share his miracle weight loss plan with me and boy was he excited about it! How do you respond to something like this?


I don’t know if you are bankrolled by a low carbohydrate diet fad company. If you are, then that’s fine and you can stop reading at this point and I understand.

However, if not, I was curious at your obsession with this fad. It encourages lazy people to be even lazier. Carbohydrates are fine as long as you are even mildly active and eat healthy.

Case in point:

Just recently (May 2009-June 2009) I dropped 55 pounds. The first 10 pounds in less than 3 days, 40 pounds in less than 4 weeks, and 55 pounds (and counting) in a grand total of a WHOPPING (watch out now…) SIX WEEKS!

“How how how? Drugs? Surgery? Excercise?”, most all people ask me.

Then I give the answer (and watch their mostly disheartened reactions):

Changed eating habits. Period. No gym, no extra exercise than normal daily errands, no trendy fad diets, etc.

It actually started a little before this time, not the weight loss but the eating habits. Cut out all booze in April, started eating around one salad a day (bright green, not as healthy as I eat now in the dark greens).

Then, it escalated. Cut out almost all sugars, all restaurant food minus a little Del Taco now and then (just their red or green burrito & chicken soft taco), then to mostly organic foods, and at the request of a doctor, started eating a very small breakfast daily for the first time in over a decade.

As I progressed, I was not as hungry as before nor had the desire to eat as much, and meat has almost become foreign to me. Also, soy and rice milk is what I use instead of cow milk 99% of the time, and I take a combination of supplements (multi-vitamin, fruits, herbs, etc) as well as my bottles of pure goji juice just came in the mail last week.

I do every once and a while snack on a piece of candy here and there.

The other almost amazing thing is that I grew up not eating healthy, nor have ever really watched my weight, and since adulthood have fluctuated from 160 to 230 pounds at one point or another. I have not been a big fan of food for years now, as it has a slowing effect on me (much more so before when I ate junk).

Right before I started my new eating habits (influenced by a very close friend), I was the type to order the large medium–rare steak, cow milk with my cereal, eating at all different times of the day, cheeseburgers, and boozing it up a couple of times a week. Got fed up with looking at my double chin in the mirror, back problems (which have all but vanished), and loathed being sluggish at times and sleeping too much.

My point is that not only did I drop a decent amount in a shorter time than almost all other humans do, but I still sometimes eat breads, bagels, spaghetti, cereal, etc. proportionate to my activities. Carbohydrates do not make people obese and fat, inactivity and the AMOUNT that they eat and also I understand that genetics play a factor too. I am intelligent enough to weigh the genetics factor, HOWEVER,
would offer people the simplest solution: change your diet.

Fast food, most meats, and booze are now like poison to me. Even if I eat too much at a meal, I get VERY sluggish and fall asleep. I had energy before, now it is off the charts and people can’t understand it. Most humans complain and whine about working EIGHT hours a day, I laugh at this as I am self-employed and regularly and almost every day “work” TWENTY hours in the day on average over the course of the week (some days are short naps, and when my body needs it, it makes me sleep 8 or 9 hours sometimes, of which I get upset but accept).

Besides the back pain clearing up and the energy boost, I have dropped 6 inches (36 to 30, and I can fit into 28 even when I find pants that a man can use, the crotch area being way too snug) off my waist (tried to get a tailor to alter some pairs of dress pants, she took one look and said in her accent, “not possible!”), and the passport authority worker had to do multiple glances between my drivers license (fat pic) and my newly taken passport picture to believe it was really me.

I have given away 97% of the fat clothes that I had and my shoes are not fitting so
well anymore either, as I assume dropping weight affects shoe size a little, but for now I wear 2 pairs of socks and that seems to solve it until I buy new pairs. Re-purchasing an entire wardrobe, and in my case multiple sports coats, shoes, is VERY pricey and a lengthy process. Some people that lose weight do not factor this in, and if there had to be an issue and this is the one, then so be it! Also, trimming down and drilling new holes in ALL of my belts so they can function as intended.

My point is this: again, if you are on salary with scamkins or any other fad diet, then disregard my lambasting and carry on with your job. If not, consider cluing fat people in on my “secret”, which I will henceforth call the “change your diet and maybe get off of your fat butt cheeks fast track to lower weight quickly & simply” diet plan. You may be surprised at how the TRUTH, in it’s raw form, can and will motivate human oinkers into at least attempting to feel and look better. Enjoy.

P.S. I am male, early 30s, 5 foot 8 and currently 155 pounds (down from 210 pounds in May 2009), and have been considering getting a gym membership as to feel even better and rid myself of the ‘deflated balloon’ skin that slightly hangs off my otherwise flat stomach. I do have muscle mass, so the lowest I am considering is 142 pounds or so.

See what what I mean? Click here to read my response to this fella who thinks he has all the answers to obesity in America.

Rachel Tomkinson: My Baby Was Sick With Eczema Until I Fed Her Saturated Fat

Filed under: In The News — @ August 3, 2009

New Zealand nurse Rachel Tomkinson says fat saved her baby Jenna

Imagine this…you’ve been educated in nursing, nutrition, and personal fitness with all the conventional wisdom that is being taught about the best dietary choices and you believe it because everyone else in your profession is reinforcing the same ideas as truth. But then you have a beautiful baby girl and feed her a “healthy” low-fat, vegetarian-styled, high-carb diet and something really odd begins to happen–you little baby girl develops a severe case of eczema, a series of food allergies, and other perplexing debilitating health conditions that seemingly came out of nowhere. It wasn’t until you start feeding her foods like butter, cream, and other saturated fat-laden foods that her health improves and you realize everything you had been taught about nutrition was wrong. That’s the story you’re gonna hear from my podcast interview guest today.

In Episode 276 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” I’m pleased to share with you the infectious energy of Rachel Tomkinson, a New Zealand nurse, personal trainer, and massage therapist who was involved in the health industry through her Better Bods, Better Health business for many years believing saturated fat was bad. But when her baby Jenna developed an ugly case of eczema and other health complications, she started to do research and found that her baby NEEDED to eat fat–especially saturated fat. See the difference in the photos of Jenna for yourself:

Eating fat gave Jenna an incredible turnaround in her health

I first found out about Rachel and Jenna’s story in April 2009 in a New Zealand television story about what she did to cure her baby. Rachel wrote a book about what she learned through this experience entitled Jenna’s Journey and today she has a newfound appreciation for doing her own research on what good nutrition should actually look like. You’ll hear her disdain for conventional wisdom on diet and health and realize she is on a mission to share with the people of New Zealand and around the world the TRUTH about nutrition that comes from saturated fats and proteins. What an AMAZING interview that I am so excited for you to hear!

Click here to listen for yourself about the remarkable change that happened to baby Jenna because of her mother Rachel Tomkinson’s decision to feed her saturated fat.

Try Drinking Tea To Enhance Your Health And Weight Loss Routine

Filed under: Health — @ July 30, 2009

THE PODCAST IS BACK ON ITUNES AGAIN! Just in case you missed the announcement by my podcast producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien’s “State of the Update” post about the show being back on iTunes again, we’re baaaaaaak! NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP to get brand new reviews back up on iTunes again to replenish the nearly 90 or so that were on the old site. The brand new podcasts are being added to iTunes and we’re working hard to get iTunes to add back the archives. In the meantime, you can access the older episodes at the new podcast web site as well as the new web site feed site. THANKS so much for your consistent support through this change for the better. You guys are the greatest listeners in the world!

Mark “Dr. Tea” Ukra believes drinking 6-8 cups of tea is necessary

We all know about about how changing the foods you eat is vitally important for health and weight loss, but how about what you drink? Other than water, is there a beverage that is beneficial for people desiring to be thinner and healthier than ever before? My podcast interview guest today certainly thinks so and he says it is something that most of us are already enjoying–we just need to enjoy it more often!

In Episode 275 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Mark “Dr. Tea” Ukra, a world-renowned tea expert whose family genealogy has a long history of being tea connoisseurs. He wrote a book entitled The Ultimate Tea Diet: How Tea Can Boost Your Metabolism, Shrink Your Appetite, and Kick-Start Remarkable Weight Loss that details the weight loss and health benefits of consuming the #2 drink in the world (water is #1). “Dr. Tea” is quite enthusiastic about the subject of tea as you will hear in today’s interview.

Click here to hear him discuss why he transitioned from being a coffee drinker to a tea drinker, the negative effects of drinking coffee (like it makes you dehydrated and raises insulin levels) compared with tea, the specific benefits of the caffeine found in tea, how to decaffeinate your tea naturally, the three-pronged benefits of tea that comes from caffeine, L-theanine and EGCG, creating recipes and cooking with tea, his dream to create the tea version of Starbucks, the countries that emphasize tea-drinking heavily and the impact that is having on health, how to extend the life of your tea leaves to make it an inexpensive, healthy, and nutritional beverage choice, and so much more!

New iPhone/iPod Touch App Lets You Track Carbs, Water And Weight

Filed under: Business,New Product — @ July 29, 2009

Dr. Brian Young’s “Carb Tracker” app from Healthy U Technologies

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a very nice gentleman named Dr. Brian Young, a periodontist who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, who wanted to tell me about a brand new iPhone/iPod Touch application he developed that he thought would be of great interest to my readers. At the time, he had submitted his software idea to Apple for inclusion in the Apple iTunes store for consumers to download what he had developed. The resulting product which is now available for purchase is called Carb Tracker.

Click here to learn more about this new Carb Tracker iPhone app software that tracks your carbs, water, and weight.

Low-Carb Podcast Back On iTunes, Dr. Marshall Deutsch Says Fat-Fearing Populace Making Heart Disease Worse

Filed under: Health — @ July 28, 2009

If you missed my podcast producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien’s “State of the Update” post about all the improvements that are happening with the new iTunes page for the show, then be sure to check it out. WE NEED YOUR HELP to get brand new reviews back up on iTunes again to replenish the nearly 90 that were on the old site that are now gone. The brand new podcasts are being added to iTunes and we’re working on getting them to add back the archives. In the meantime, you can access the older episodes at the new podcast web site as well as the new web site feed site. You all have been very patient through all these changes and we are very grateful for your understanding. THANK YOU for your help in getting the show back to where it was before on iTunes.

Dr. Marshall Deutsch says the fear of fat is a self-fulling prophecy

A few months ago, I was reading a column online called “A Fat Nocebo” which hypothesized that the reason why there is so much heart disease these days isn’t because of the fat and cholesterol we are consuming, but because of our fear of what that fat and cholesterol is going to do to our health. The author of the column says this is what is known as the “nocebo effect” which is the opposite of the placebo effect where people can see improvements in their condition because you expect it to. The nocebo effect, though, brings about negative health consequences because people think something bad is going to happen to them–such as from eating fat and cholesterol. And we have the author of that column as our podcast guest today.

In Episode 274 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Dr. Marshall Deutsch who is a member of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (THINCS), an organization dedicated to sharing the truth about why saturated fat and cholesterol aren’t the health demons they have been made out to be. Dr. Deutsch writes occasional columns online and the one on the “nocebo effect” was especially fascinating. Listen to him discuss the intricacies of how we become such a fat-fearing populace, how Ancel Keys fudged the numbers for his famous 7-nations study, what the definition and workings of the placebo effect is, why the nocebo effect is causing much more harm to people than saturated fat and cholesterol, the natural trans-fats that are found in real butter that is actually good for you, how the pending expiration of the patents on the statin drugs will likely bring an end to those nauseating cholesterol-lowering television ads, and some of the more than 60 medical inventions that he has been a part of including home pregnancy tests and the A1c test.

Click here for one of the most fascinating discussions I have ever had on my podcast show. DON’T MISS IT!

David Jay Brown Recommends Everyone To ‘Detox With Oral Chelation’ For Heavy Metal Poisoning

Filed under: Health — @ July 23, 2009

THE PODCAST IS BACK ON ITUNES!!! At long last, we have been able to get “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore” on iTunes again, but we had to create a brand new iTunes page for the podcast. If you click on that new link, then you will be able to subscribe to the latest interviews as well as some of the backlist. My producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien has been working very hard to get the rest of the archives listed on iTunes this week and we are so grateful for your patience through this process. Now we need your assistance with something–because we had to abandon the old iTunes page, all of the nearly 90 wonderful reviews we had there are now gone. If you have a few moments, I’d be honored to have you leave a review for the podcast at iTunes by clicking here. And you can also check out the podcast by visiting the new feed link as well.

David Jay Brown promotes the benefits of oral chelation therapy

In mid-2008, my wife Christine and I first heard about chelation therapy for heavy metal toxicity from Dr. Eric Westman at Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, North Carolina. He saw that Christine was suffering from severe headaches, joint pain, and other chronic pain issues at the time that were diagnosed as fibromyalgia by her general practitioner. She’s dealt with these issues for years and Dr. Westman thought that Christine may have heavy metals in her body causing this. So he recommended we go see a doctor who performs intravenous chelation therapy a few hours from where we live and we did in late 2008. Watch this YouTube video we made about this experience for Christine.

In Episode 273 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” you get to hear from David Jay Brown, health and science writer who has authored a series of books, including one with Dr. Garry Gordon entitled Detox with Oral Chelation: Protecting Yourself from Lead, Mercury, & Other Environmental Toxins. David states rather bluntly that EVERYONE who breathes and eats very likely has some level of heavy metals in their body, including lead, mercury, cadmium, and more. It’s in the soil, so we cannot avoid being exposed to it. But the good news is, there is a way to remove these dangerous toxins that are threatening our health and it’s with chelation therapy.

Although those treatments Christine received last year intravenously were extremely expensive (we’re still paying off that bill and will be for a while!), the oral chelation with EDTA that David discusses during today’s interview is quite affordable and easy to administer. In the two months since I read David’s book and interviewed him, Christine and I both have been taking EDTA as part of our daily supplementation. We take it first thing in the morning, wait a couple of hours to let it do its work, and then take our regular vitamins and supplements. It’s difficult to tell what this oral chelation is doing for us right now, but I am confident the heavy metals are being remove effectively and affordably. ENJOY hearing about this cutting-edge information from David Jay Brown today.

Click here to find out more about how oral chelation therapy can safely, effectively, and affordably remove dangerous heavy metal toxins from your body. This podcast should NOT be missed!

Dr. Mary C. Vernon, ‘FAT HEAD’ filmmaker Tom Naughton Join 2010 Low-Carb Bahamas Cruise

Filed under: In The News — @ July 22, 2009

The majestic Grand Atrium on the Carnival Fascination cruise ship

We’re just over seven months away from setting sail out of Jacksonville, Florida port on the Carnival Fascination cruise down to the Bahamas for The 3rd Annual Low-Carb Cruise and I’m excited to share that we already have over 72 people signed up to come with us March 6-11, 2010–TWICE as many as we had in 2009 already! We fully expect to have well over 100 people sharing in the food, fun, and fellowship with some of the biggest names in the world of livin’ la vida low-carb.

One of the prominent guest speakers we had scheduled to come with us was Drs. Mike and Mary Dan Eades from Protein Power. Unfortunately, when we were forced to change the original date of our cruise because of Carnival booking the entire ship to another group, this caused a scheduling conflict with the Eades’. They have assured me that they REALLY wanted to come, but could not get out of this other event. Although they won’t be sailing with us in 2010, Dr. Mike said he looks forward to joining us in 2011.

Although we lost a really fantastic speaking duo, we picked up a couple of other fascinating special speakers to go along with this impressive line-up already booked. Dr. Mary C. Vernon said she would be happy to headline one of the main talks during the cruise. A noted low-carb practitioner and co-author with another speaker on the cruise named Jackie Eberstein of Atkins’ Diabetes Revolution, Dr. Vernon brings tons of enthusiasm, experience, and enlightenment whenever she speaks. I’ve had the privilege of hearing her many times at various scientific meetings and you’re in for a real treat to be exposed to what Dr. Vernon has to say.

Another exciting guest speaker development that was just confirmed this week is that Tom Naughton will be joining us to share his dynamic documentary film FAT HEAD which just so happens to be the #1 comedy documentary on Amazon.com! While it is indeed a funny movie, the subject matter is 100% dead serious: we’ve been lied to about how to lose weight and get healthy. Tom exposes how the low-fat scam got dropped on the American public by a radical few and why low-carb living is much more preferred for both weight and health control. And Tom is a stand-up comedian who will have you in stitches laughing so hard.

Other new guest speakers and cruise attendees include Connie Bennett from the SUGAR SHOCK! blog, Valerie Berkowitz who co-wrote The Stubborn Fat Fix with her husband Dr. Keith Berkowitz, and Judy Barnes Baker who will be returning again in 2010 to talk about her new low-carb cookbook project that she first shared with us about on the 2009 cruise. We are going to be loaded for bear with all the superstars of the low-carb world on this cruise–DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

Just a reminder about the FREE CRUISE ESSAY CONTEST that is still happening through September 30, 2009 where you and a guest can win a spot on the cruise PLUS $500 spending cash! Tons of entries have come pouring in from people who feel they deserve to go on The 3rd Annual Low-Carb Cruise. Do you have a compelling story that makes you worthy of coming with us down to the Bahamas? Don’t be bashful, share your story!

Because we have had such an incredible response to the 2010 Low-Carb Cruise, I wanted to make you aware that there may be some price increases if you delay in booking your spot. The travel agency we are working with only had a limited number of cabins they could hold for us and those are quickly vanishing. If you REALLY want to go and want to stave off the expected price increase on your cabin, then put down your deposit now to lock in the lower price. Those of you who have already booked are guaranteed on the price you paid.

I’m really excited to meet so many of you in person on the cruise. That’s one of the things that makes these cruises so special to me is the privilege to see and hear from the people who are a part of the loving and caring low-carb community. The low-carb speaking sessions will certainly expand your knowledge and understanding of nutrition and health, but the friendships and bonds you make while onboard a luxurious cruise line down to an exotic vacation destination are priceless. Plan on going with us down to the Bahamas in March 2010 by clicking here.

Dixie Diner To Atkins Nutritionals: We Meant No Harm Trying To Trademark And Market ‘Eco-Atkins’

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Dixie Diner Founder Bob Beeley denies attempt to trademark “Eco-Atkins”

Developments in the emerging Dixie Diner “Eco-Atkins”-gate scandal that erupted last Tuesday continued today when its founder and chairman took direct aim at my columns exposing his attempt to use the good Atkins name under a perverted term meant only to capitalize on the successful branding created by the late great Dr. Robert C. Atkins. You’ll recall I told you about the possible legal ramifications that Tomball, TX-based Dixie Diner would face attempting to trademark the term “Eco-Atkins” and using this in the marketing of their low-fat, low-carb food products as well as the subsequent stern response from Atkins Nutritionals (who was completely unaware of this attempt to trademark “Eco-Atkins” before I told them about it) stating their legal department would be handling this immediately.

Well, it appears the Atkins Nutritionals attorneys laid down the law over the past few days.

Click here to read the full story, including Dixie Diner founder Bob Beeley’s mea culpa backpedaling and cowtowing to Atkins Nutritionals.

‘Faith & Fat Loss’ Author Takes Offense To Being Questioned On His Low-Carb Diet Stance

Filed under: Health — @ July 20, 2009

Ron Williams addresses faith and fat loss, but don’t ask about low-carb diets

Some of my podcast listeners are under the mistaken notion that I must be in 100% total agreement with the guests I have on my show before interviewing them. If that were the prerequisite for coming on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show,” then I’d never have anyone to interview. No matter who I am privileged to be able to interview, I always take away something I can apply to my own health routine. And even with people I don’t have much in common with philosophically (such as Dr. Dean Ornish), I have tried to be respectful enough even when disagreeing. But this didn’t sit too well with the podcast guest I want to share with you today.

In Episode 272 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Pastor Ron Williams who wrote a book called Faith & Fat Loss. As a man of God who is also a natural bodybuilding champion, I was anxious to speak with Pastor Ron about his fitness and nutritional beliefs.

But the interview took a decidedly negative turn when he started talking about how Dr. Atkins died of a heart attack, that the Atkins low-carb diet causes cardiovascular disease, how the body needs carbohydrates more than anything else to function well, why eating protein and the process of gluconeogenesis puts too much stress on the liver, and a whole lot more. When I gently challenged his contention against low-carb diets, Pastor Ron became belligerent and defensive to the point that he hung up on me during the interview. This was the most bizarre ending to a podcast I’ve ever done, although I thought much of the information provided at the beginning about the toxins in our water and environment keeping us from losing weight was quite informative.

Click here to to listen in to hear some of the positive behind-the-scenes banter I had with him prior to the interview and decide for yourself whether you thought I was in any way disrespectful towards Pastor Ron Williams.

Atkins Nutritionals Response To Dixie Diner’s Attempt To Trademark And Use ‘Eco-Atkins’

Filed under: Business — @ July 17, 2009

Atkins Nutritionals VP Nutrition Communication & Education Colette Heimowitz

A potentially ugly legal firestorm is currently brewing between two of the largest low-carb food manufacturers in the United States–Dixie Diner vs. Atkins Nutritionals.

As I shared earlier this week, Tomball, TX-based Dixie Diner has filed papers with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to secure use of the term “Eco-Atkins” that was first used by researchers in a published June 2009 study. Dixie contends that a low-fat, low-carb nutritional approach is what they have represented in three decades of being in business and that this new marketing term that they want to plaster on the front packaging of their hundreds of mostly soy-based food products helps to streamline that message.

I contacted Colette Heimowitz, Vice-President of Nutrition Communication & Education at Denver, CO-based Atkins Nutritionals (ANI), to request an official response to this possible trademark infringement by Dixie Diner on their name. They were unaware of the issue when I brought it to their attention, but Heimowitz quickly issued a response to this attempt to use the name “Eco-Atkins.”

Click here to read the reaction by Atkins Nutritionals to this attempt by Dixie Diner to use the Atkins name.

A One-On-One Chat With Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne

Filed under: In The News — @ July 16, 2009

Craig Ballantyne’s fat-burning, muscle-building ‘Turbulence Training’ plan

All you have to do is Google the terms “fat loss” and “fitness” and you’ll find well in excess of 3 million web sites from people with all sorts of philosophies regarding nutrition, exercise, and health out there. For people who are overweight, obese, and/or out of shape and want to do something positive for themselves, it can be extremely difficult to cut through the forest to get to the real solution you are looking for. But today’s podcast interview guest has come up with a program that is helping people shed the fat and build the muscle.

In Episode 271 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Craig Ballantyne who created the Turbulence Training plan to help busy people who want to maximize the impact of their workouts in less time. Hear Craig talk about how he got involved in the fitness industry after being a stellar athlete growing up, his aversion to cardiovascular exercise for weight loss, what solid nutrition can do to help enhance your fitness, and the common myths that surround fat loss and fitness that too many people still erroneously believe. Learn from the experiences of this personal trainer who knows from whence he speaks.

Click here to listen to my 45-minute one-on-one chat with Craig Ballantyne.

Low-Carb french toast and grilled cheese (video)

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — @ July 15, 2009

Earlier this year, I told you about one of the best low-carb breads I have ever tasted from a company called Julian Bakery. Their Smart Carb #1 regular bread has just 1g net carb along with 12g fiber and 12g protein and their Smart Carb #2 cinnamon almond raisin bread contains only 2g net carbs, 13g fiber, and 16g protein. These low-carb breads are indeed the real deal and I’ve enjoyed incorporating them into my healthy low-carb lifestyle over the past few months.

Dixie Diner vs. Atkins Nutritionals: Possible Trademark Violation Could Lead To Low-Carb Legal Battle

Filed under: Business — @ July 14, 2009

Dixie Diner’s low-fat, low-carb products fit the “Eco-Atkins” diet

Bob Beeley, chairman of Dixie USA Inc. which has manufactured and distributed the Dixie Diner product line for three decades, issued a statement last week to stores selling his products regarding his company’s decision to start using the “Eco-Atkins” term (using that logo you see at the top of this column) on the front packaging of their products to proudly promote their low-fat, low-carb products. He said this is a natural continuation of the work they have been doing since they first started providing a line of low-carb products to the Atkins Nutritionals company a few years back.

“From the beginning, Dixie was the leading supplier to Atkins Nutritionals of lower-fat low carb products. We were proud to have been their largest third-party vendor. Most of the original products were developed by Dixie for Atkins, and continue to be manufactured and sold by Dixie today. But it didn’t stop there. Dixie continues to develop better low carb products. Eco-friendly is a new word for Dixie’s original products. It still applies today,” Beeley stated.

He went on to say that this new research published last month confirms his long-held belief that a vegetarian version of the Atkins diet is much more preferred for people who are on a low-carb diet than the original high-fat version created by Dr. Atkins.

“Based upon the recent studies showing the substantial benefits of vegetarian-based low carb eating, Dixie has adopted (and registered) the moniker “ECO-ATKINS” and will begin using it on many of its low carb products,” Beeley added. “Dixie has been eco-friendly since its beginning more than thirty years ago. We will continue to do so and welcome you as partners in good health, good nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.”

But there’s only one problem for Beeley and Dixie Diner and it’s a pretty major one–the term “Atkins” they are so blatantly using is a registered trademark of Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. (ANI) and has been since 1999.

Click here to read more about this developing legal battle over a possible trademark violation by Dixie Diner.

Mark Sisson: Conventional Dietary Wisdom Nearly Ruined My Health Until I Found ‘The Primal Blueprint’

Filed under: In The News — @ July 13, 2009

Mark Sisson discovered “The Primal Blueprint” for healthy living

Whenever you want to start from scratch on building a house, any contractor worth his weight will tell you that you the necessity for having a solid blueprint to show you precisely what needs to be done for a strong foundation to build upon. But blueprints aren’t limited to just buildings. As you will hear from today’s podcast interview guest, even our diet and health regimen could use a solid blueprint that is both proven and effective.

In Episode 270 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Mark Sisson who has authored a brand new book entitled The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes For Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, And Boundless Energy. After flailing in his own health as a high-level athlete following conventional wisdom for nutrition and healthy living, Mark realized there had to be a better way. He found it by going back to our original ancestors who ate “primal” and found his health improve dramatically. Now he’s sharing about how others can incorporate this traditional way of eating with the right fitness plan to create unbelievable genetic changes that are essential to being successful in your weight and health goals. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Mark’s new book, then you owe it to yourself to get it ASAP! Enjoy hearing him share about what you’ll get from this truly remarkable book.

Click here to access my 40-minute conversation with Mark Sisson about his new book The Primal Blueprint.


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