June Is ‘Obesity Awareness Month’ In South Carolina, But What Are We Doing About It?

Filed under: Health — @ June 16, 2009

‘Eat Smart, Move More SC’ a nice idea but won’t work for fighting obesity

As obesity rates and associated healthcare costs have risen dramatically over the past decade or two, state governments have begun implementing their own strategies for dealing with this problem in ways that they think will be meaningful and effective. In my home state of South Carolina, where obesity has more than doubled since 1990, the governor has declared June Obesity Awareness Month and has set out to educate the public on obesity prevention through a new campaign called Eat Smart Move More SC. Rah rah rah, yeaaaaaaaah! Don’t we all just feel better now?

Click here to find out why I am so pessimistic about this new initiative from one of the most obese states in America today (hint: what do you think “eat smart” REALLY means?).

The ‘Fat Nocebo’ Effect: The Secret Underlying Issue Driving Cardiovascular Disease Today

Filed under: Health — @ June 15, 2009

We may need shock therapy to remove all that fat phobia indoctrination

Lost in the ongoing debate over what constitutes a “healthy” diet is the power that the mind has over the body. Most people are completely unaware that their negative thinking towards things like cholesterol and saturated fat, for example, is precisely what is leading to a self-fulfilling prophecy that ends in an unexpected heart attack, cardiovascular disease diagnosis, or even sudden inexplicable death. Ironically, all of those health calamities have absolutely nothing at all to do with any of those things we think are the culprit. That famous quote from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is absolutely right: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

In Episode 72 of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube”, Christine and I talk about a phenomenon that I recently read about called the “nocebo effect” (translated from Latin as “I will harm”). Most of us are familiar with the “placebo effect” where a drug provides a beneficial health effect simply because the person expects it to. The converse of that is the nocebo effect where a negative reaction happens as a result of something simply because a person expects it to. In the case of consuming saturated fat and cholesterol, which has been hammered into our heads for decades as being “harmful” to your health, this has never been more true for a large segment of the population.

What if all those stern warnings we’ve heard from the so-called “experts” against consuming saturated fat and cholesterol over the years have actually perpetuated the problem and made it even worse than it would have otherwise been? Could it really be the STRESS brought on by all the constant worrying people have about what saturated fat and cholesterol might be doing to their health that is actually the culprit in the heart health problems people are experiencing today? Is this “fat nocebo” the secret underlying issue driving cardiovascular disease as one of the top reasons for preventable deaths in the world today?

Click here to watch this video and YOU decide if this is just mind games or not.

Swedish Triathlete Jonas Colting: Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet Extending My Athletic Career

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Sweden’s top athlete Jonas Colting has a passion for low-carb nutrition

If you’ve been paying any attention to the shifts in nutritional thinking around the world over the past year, then you probably already know about the huge low-carb diet explosion that is happening in Sweden right now. It’s exciting to see such a public debate about saturated fat happening in that country right now thanks to the work of people like Dr. Annika Dahlqvist, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, Per Wikholm, and others. Today I’m privileged to share my frank interview with a surprisingly strong voice on behalf of LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) diets.

In Episode 262 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we have world-class Swedish triathlete Jonas Colting with us to talk about how the high-fat, low-carb nutritional approach has not only improved his health but also maximized his athletic performance in competition–he won the Ultraman World Championships in 2004 and then again in 2007 as well as high finishes in the Long Distance World Cup in 2001, 2004, and 2005. Jonas credits livin’ la vida low-carb for his athletic breakthrough over the past few years.

Hear Jonas Colting talk in-depth about how the traditional diet promoted by the Swedish government for athletes was harming his health, the positive impact of Dr. Dahlqvist on the dietary changes happening in Sweden, the special interest groups that are opposed to LCHF, what a typical day’s worth of meals looks like for him, why American Olympic athlete Michael Phelps will need to cut back on his carbs and calories as he gets older, how LCHF has extended the length and abilities of his athletic career, which popular American low-carb blogger he’s a big fan of (no, it’s not me!), his inaugural Tour of Sweden this year, the interesting traditional Swedish foods, and the perils of consuming margarine! This is an encouraging podcast from one of the finest triathletes in the entire world–and he’s an amazing ambassador for healthy high-fat, low-carbohydrate eating. ENJOY!

Click here to read more about and listen to this compelling 45-minute interview with one of the world’s finest elite athletes talking about how low-carb, high-fat nutrition has completely transformed his athletic performance.

There’s Low-Carb Diet And Health Science Everywhere For Me To Share

Filed under: Health — @ June 12, 2009

These 7 new research studies are designed to get your brain in gear

Somebody asked me the other day if I enjoyed science class growing up since I read so many research studies and analyze them for my readers. And the honest answer is absolutely not. In fact, science was my worst subject of all! I enjoyed social studies, English, and math the best and usually made an “A” or “B” in those classes. But science always dogged me and I struggled to get a “B” or “C.” That’s probably why I decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English and then a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Science was for the birds–or so I thought!

It’s ironic how much diet, health, and nutrition have to do with science, but it’s true. The research that comes out in study after study either confirms or denies a pre-existing belief people have about a particular subject. While a singular study will probably not change the minds of someone who has strong anecdotal evidence or even other direct scientific evidence to support their dietary philosophy, the new research that comes out in this prestigious publications certainly should give you pause to think about the ramifications of the information that is being shared. And I have seven such new low-carb diet and health research studies to get your brain juices flowing today.

Click here to see brand new studies on low-carb diets, Vitamin D, obesity, food portions and calories that you WON’T want to miss.

Sally Fallon From Weston A. Price Foundation: High-Fat, Low-Carb Diets Good For Health

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PODCAST UPDATE: Well, despite the fact that I’ve been hammering away at all the exciting changes that are happening at my podcast show right now, there have been numerous e-mail inquiries from listeners this week asking me where the new episodes on iTunes are. Well, I’ve got GOOD NEWS–you can access them on iTunes by simply subscribing to the new podcast web site feed for “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.” Please click on the feed link to get all the new shows as they come out on Mondays and Thursdays and we appreciate your patience during this transitionary period of moving the old episodes over to the new podcast web site. We hope to have all this fixed in the near future. THANK YOU!

Weston A. Price Foundation Founder and President Sally Fallon

There are some really genuine leaders out there on the front lines in the high-fat, low-carb movement and I’ve always been an admirer of the work so many people out there are doing on behalf of this healthy way of eating. With all the endless negativity about fat and even saturated fat that still exists to this day, it’s nice to have voices of truth who can articulate why the continued fat-phobia is really much ado about nothing. Today we have one of the most renowned names in the field of high-fat nutrition today.

In Episode 261 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Sally Fallon who serves as the Founder and President of The Weston A. Price Foundation as she discusses the work she is doing promoting traditional high-fat eating. You may have seen her amazing books co-written with Dr. Mary Enig entitled Eat Fat, Lose Fat and the 1999 classic high-fat cookbook Nourishing Traditions. Listen to today’s interview to find out what Sally shares about who Weston Price was, why high-fat eating is superior, the startling continued success of her first book, what she thinks Gary Taubes left out of his classic 2007 release Good Calories, Bad Calories, what would make the Atkins diet even better, the best sources of fats to consume, why modern vegetable oils are poor choices for fats, the story behind how she met the great Dr. Mary Enig, and her unique take on some of the common objections to high-fat, low-carb living. This is one fabulous interview that I’ve been anxious to share with you. Soak it up for all it’s worth!

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 261:

1. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site for the podcast:

2. Download the MP3 file of Episode 261 [37:53m]:

3. Calling (818) 688-2763 to listen via Podlinez

The official iTunes page for the podcast

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What did you think about what you heard from Sally Fallon today? Discuss it in the show notes section of Episode 261. Be sure to visit Sally’s web site for The Weston A. Price Foundation and pick up your own copies of her books Eat Fat, Lose Fat and Nourishing Traditions. And for more information about her raw milk movement, visit the “Campaign For Real Milk” web site. I tried raw milk for the first time this week and wrote about it on my menus blog. THANKS for the suggestion, Sally!

What a GREAT week of podcasts and we’ll have two more superb ones for you next week with Swedish Olympic triathlete Jonas Colting talking about how low-carb nutrition has helped him succeed athletically on Monday followed by the great Dr. Malcolm Kendrick who wrote The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It on Thursday. Hang on tight because you’re not gonna want to miss a single episode of the podcast in the coming months, including fabulous ones featuring diabetes legend Dr. Richard Bernstein, diet expert Julia Ross, real foods advocate Nina Planck, Paleo diet leader Mark Sisson, fitness guru Craig Ballantyne, and so many more! I’ve got your summer stacked with some of the biggest names in the world of diet, health, fitness, and nutrition!

Now more than ever, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Consider making a donation to the podcast show by visiting PayPal and submitting your financial support to livinlowcarbman@charter.net. Or you can click on the “Donate” button on the side panel of any of my web sites to help us to continue spreading the healthy low-carb message with others. THANK YOU so much for your faithful support of the work I am doing. God bless you!

Low-carb eggplant lasagna recipe

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — @ June 11, 2009

I’m always in awe at the incredible creativity that so many of my readers possess when it comes to creating delicious low-carb recipes out of ingredients that are acceptable when you are livin’ la vida low-carb. Sometimes it just takes a little experimentation in the kitchen to come up with something fabulous to eat and a recent submission by one of my regular “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog readers proves this point exactly. It’s an ingenious pasta-less low-carb eggplant lasagna that will blow your mind.

Here’s what she said about it after she made it for her family recently:

I just made a low-carb lasagna that my kids didn’t even realize didn’t have noodles! If you like eggplant, then this is for you. It’s very time-consuming but well worth it because the leftovers last for days.

So, I’ll stop teasing you with this recipe and just share it with you now! ENJOY!



  • 1 or 2 eggplants
  • Eggs
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • One large can of no sugar added tomato sauce
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Packet of dry Italian dressing seasoning
  • Your favorite cheeses
  • Garlic powder, salt, pepper to taste


  1. Cut eggplant into round slices, dip in egg batter, and then dip in parmesan cheese and fry in hot oil. These will become your lasagna “noodles” in the recipe.
  2. Cook up the ground beef ahead of time and then work on your homemade spaghetti sauce by mixing one large can of tomato sauce, a dry packet of Italian dressing seasoning mix, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bring the spaghetti sauce to a boil for a few minutes and then add cooked ground beef.
  4. Here’s the layering pattern for the lasagna: eggplant, homemade spaghetti sauce, cheese, grated parmesan
  5. Repeat layering two more times and then bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted to a golden brown

Possible Solution To The Ongoing Low-Carb Diet Debate Found In 1999 Book

Filed under: Health — @ June 10, 2009

This book may have the solution to the neverending low-carb debate

Over the past year or so, my wife Christine has been to see quite a few doctors to help her deal with chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety attacks, and other such health issues. She’s dealt with a variety of issues that require medical professionals with specific areas of expertise to assist her. So I’ve gotten to know the inside of a whole bunch of doctor’s offices very well.

In the waiting room of these physicians is generally some reading material including current and popular magazines such as Sports Illustrated, People, and Reader’s Digest. But one of these doctors Christine went to see had a book that immediately caught my eye as soon as I saw the title–CLICK HERE to find out about how this book I read in that doctor’s office may have the solution to end the controversy over low-carb diets once and for all.

2010 Low-Carb Cruise Update: Date Change And Full Special Guest List Announced

Filed under: Events — @ June 9, 2009

We have some important updates about the 2010 Low-Carb Cruise

Back in April, you’ll recall that I announced we would be going on The 3rd Annual Low-Carb Cruise to the Bahamas leaving out of Jacksonville, Florida port from March 1-6, 2010 on the Carnival Fascination. Many of you have already signed up to be a part of this special event featuring guest speakers like Drs. Mike & Mary Dan Eades, Dr. Eric Westman, Dr. William Davis, Dr. James E. Carlson, Jackie Eberstein, and Karly Pitman and we’re so excited about the prospect of having well over 100 enthusiastic low-carbers on board with us this year. But there’s been a slight change in the dates because of circumstances out of our control.

CLICK HERE to find out why The 3rd Annual Low-Carb Cruise to the Bahamas has been moved to March 6-11, 2010 and to see a full listing of the more than a dozen special low-carb guests who will be joining us.

Are Calories Really All That Important In Healthy Low-Carb Nutrition?

Filed under: Health — @ June 8, 2009

We hear about calories all the time, but their relevance is overstated

Calories, calories, calories! If you’ve ever been on a diet before, then you have no doubt heard all about calories before. Cut your caloric intake and exercise like a madman to “burn” the calories if you want to lose weight–so they say. It’s one of those things we just all accept as nutritional gold because it seems to make logical sense. If you work off more calories than you take in, then you can’t help but lose weight. Creating what is known as a “calorie deficit” is the basis for what most nutritionists and weight loss professionals would have you believe is essential to bringing about success. And they would be dead wrong!

In Episode 71 of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube”, Christine and I take on this subject of calories and ask some genuine questions about it: If it’s only about calorie consumption, then is eating 1200 Twinkie calories the same as eating 1200 prime rib steak calories? All things being equal, can you really equate the two? If it’s not the quantity of calories, then does calorie quality play a role in managing weight and health? Are fat calories really that much worse than carbohydrate ones or vice versa?

Dr. James E. Carlson wrote a book entitled GENOCIDE: How Your Doctor’s Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You where he explains quite lucidly how our bodies do not “burn” calories–they DIGEST them! So this notion that there is some kind of internal combustion going on to fire up those calories you eat is a real misnomer. The truth is your body uses different kinds of calories in different ways and it DOES matter what the source of those calories are. This is why on low-carb, you don’t have to count calories. It’s just not necessary.

Check out all of our 70 previous YouTube videos anytime like so many brand new viewers are doing every single day. Christine and I are honored to have over 1300 subscribers to our video series now, so we’d love to have you be a part of that too so you can receive all the new videos as soon as they are posted to YouTube. E-mail us your feedback about the videos anytime at livinlowcarbman@charter.net.

Low-Carb Health And Fitness Superstar Sean Croxton From ‘Underground Wellness’

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PODCAST UPDATE: If you want to get the new episodes as soon as they are posted online while we are still moving all the old archives to our new web site, then sign up for the new site feed to access “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore” in iTunes and other outlets. I signed up to see if the new shows would be downloaded although they’re not showing up at the iTunes page for the show–and they do! THANKS again for your patience as we work through this big move.

You’ve seen him on YouTube, now hear him on my podcast show!

One of the coolest parts of sharing about healthy low-carb living on the Internet is when you find like-minded people who are also out there spreading the TRUTH about nutrition, fitness, and health. I’m constantly looking for those people who are communicating the high-fat, low-carb message passionately and in an entertaining manner to join forces to get the word out there even more. And YouTube is brimming with a whole slew of people like this, including someone you’ve probably seen a time or two with his engaging video series–Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness.

I thoroughly enjoy enthusiasm and passion from someone like Sean because it is just so infectious. How can you NOT get excited about healthy living after watching a video like this? In Episode 260 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we are graced with the presence of the gotta-love-him-Croxton to talk honestly about such subjects as fruit juice, saturated fat, cholesterol, carb-loading for athletes, eggs, and much more! You’ll hear Sean talk about how he got interested in health, why he had it wrong when he first started, how adrenal glands are tied to obesity and disease, why cardio exercise is futile, the fortuitous circumstances behind why he started his popular YouTube video series, how he deals with the critics, why a Paleo-type diet is best, his new podcast show, the work he does with his clients to help make them well, and a sample menu of what he actually eats on a daily basis. This is definitely one hour that will be well worth your time to listen to. You can’t help but love this guy because he is one of the nicest, most genuine people in the low-carb community and I’m so happy to share his work with you in today’s interview!

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 260:

1. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site for the podcast:

2. Download the MP3 file of Episode 260 [55:36m]:

3. Calling (818) 688-2763 to listen via Podlinez

The official iTunes page for the podcast

We are in a transitionary period for the podcast show right now, so I need your help! With new shows not being updated on iTunes for at least a few more weeks, I would love to have your assistance promoting the podcast there. Go to the iTunes page for my podcast and write a review about the show. THANK YOU to all of you who have already done this because it has helped keep the show in front of an audience of people who need to hear the message we share. I’d love to push the total number of reviews over 100 to make a REAL statement. Just a quick moment of your time will make a real difference!

What did you think about Sean Croxton and his “Underground Wellness” brand? Does he make you excited about livin’ la vida low-carb? Talk about it in the show notes section of Episode 260. Get your fix of Sean Croxton by bookmarking UndergroundWellness.com, his YouTube videos, blog and brand new Blog Talk Radio podcast show. Get a FREE consultation with Sean by calling him at 619-236-9782 or by e-mail at sean@undergroundwellness.com. If you weren’t a fan of “Underground Wellness” before, then hopefully you are now!

Would you consider making a donation to help keep this podcast going? Click on the “Donate” button on the side panel of any of my web sites to give us the funds we need to continue spreading the healthy low-carb message with others. Don’t miss my interview this Thursday with the founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation named Sally Fallon. She is the co-author with Dr. Mary Enig of the fantastic books about the health benefits of eating fat–Eat Fat, Lose Fat and the 1999 classic Nourishing Traditions. It’s another GREAT week of low-carb podcasting!

L.A. Lakers Forward Lamar Odom’s Sugar Addiction And The Health Implications

Filed under: Celebrity,Health — @ June 4, 2009

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom and Dr. Daniel Amen

Fans of professional basketball know that tonight is the beginning of the 2009 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic. Superstars like Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, and all the rest will be putting their playing talents on full display for all the world to see them do what they get paid to do. And most of us who will be watching these games will automatically assume that the players are some of the healthiest people on the planet, right? Well, looks can be deceiving as one medical professional who happens to be a Lakers fan noted this week about Los Angeles forward Lamar Odom.

Dr. Daniel Amen is a Newport Beach, CA-based psychiatrist who has written a series of books on brain health over the past ten years. He is also rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Orlando Magic starting tonight, but is concerned about Odom’s obvious love for anything and everything that contains sugar in it. And this isn’t just some passing adoration for sugary foods–you could quite accurately calls this obsession with the sweet stuff a bona fide addiction that must be dealt with.

Click here to see some shocking video about Lamar Odom’s sugar-eating habits, what Lakers coach Phil Jackson thinks about this, how they’re trying to justify his actions, and why this is setting a very bad example for the kids who are watching him as a role model.

Dr. Jonny Bowden’s Revised And Updated ‘Living Low Carb’ Releases In January 2010

Filed under: Publications — @ June 3, 2009

Dr. Jonny Bowden’s updated book will be called “Living Low-Carb”

One of the very first people from the low-carb community to contact me when I started blogging about low-carb in 2005 was a man named Dr. Jonny Bowden. At the time he didn’t have “Dr.” in front of his name like he does now, but he was already an established bona fide expert on fitness and health. He sent me an autographed copy of a book he had written in 2003 on low-carb diets called Living The Low Carb Life and I absolutely devoured the information he shared in that masterpiece comparing the various low-carb plans so that people could find the plan that was right for them. He then went on from 2007-2008 to write four highly successful bestselling health books on Fair Winds Press ( The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth , The Most Effective Natural Cures On Earth, The Healthiest Meals on Earth, and The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy) that never once mentioned “low-carb” on the front or back cover anywhere–although the content inside the books was decidedly geared towards low-carb living. For all intents and purposes, “low-carb” was abandoned as a marketing tool for future Bowden books–or so it seemed!

In late 2008, I received notice that Sterling Publishing was interested in an updated and revised version of Living The Low-Carb Life to include much of the new low-carb research as well as the new diet plans that have come out since the 2003 release, including including The All-New Atkins Advantage, The Low GI Diet, The Ultimate New York Diet, The Maker’s Diet, The Biggest Loser, and many more! And the look of the book will be very similar to the original except for the title. The new book set to be released on January 5, 2010 will be called Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss.

Did you see that–they put “low-carb” in the title! The world must be coming to an end for something this monumental to happen. I gotta tell you, only someone with the writing credentials and marketing prowess of the caliber of Dr. Jonny Bowden could have ever convinced a publisher to allow him to use that term on a major book release in 2010. Are we seeing the beginning signs of a serious low-carb rebirth within publishing circles? Is the science behind low-carb living FINALLY catching up enough that it can no longer be ignored and proclaiming “low-carb” is not something to be ashamed of anymore? We can only hope!

Click here to find out more about this newly revised and updated version of the classic Jonny Bowden low-carb book!

Maureen Sullivan From ‘Lite For Life’: If You’re Overweight, Then You’re Likely Dealing With A Blood Sugar Disorder

Filed under: Health — @ June 2, 2009

PODCAST CHANGES UPDATE: We’re still working through the kinks with the new podcast web site at TheLivinLowCarbShow.com/ShowNotes, so THANK YOU for your patience as we continue to move all the old podcast episodes over to this new site. My producer Kevin is working hard to get this finished by the end of July so that the new shows will resume being picked up by iTunes again. In fact, you can sign up for the feed and you’ll get the new shows updated on your iTunes feed. It’s not a perfect system right now, but we’re doing the best we can. I appreciate your support!

“Lite For Life” blood sugar control program founder Maureen Sullivan

For most people who start on a diet plan, obviously their expectation level is to lose weight. Unfortunately, weight loss in and of itself is not going to resolve the underlying issues behind why the weight got on your body in the first place. Control the blood sugar and insulin levels and weight loss will almost inevitably happen for anyone and everyone. My podcast interview guest today knows all about this personally and with the clients she works with.

In Episode 258 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from the founder of a program called “Lite For Life” named Maureen Sullivan who advocates a lower-carb nutritional approach for controlling blood sugar levels. In this podcast, you’ll hear Maureen’s personal story about how she got her sugar under control, details about what the “Lite For Life” program is about, why it is perfect for diabetics, how this plan differs from the Atkins low-carb diet, and information on future openings of “Lite For Life” centers coming soon. While she advocates for a few more carbohydrates than many of us might consume, I think Maureen is contributing greatly to the low-carb education that is necessary to get blood sugar and insulin under control. Enjoy this interview with a disciple of the late Dr. Seale Harris.

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 258 (iTunes will return in a few weeks!):

1. Listen and comment about the show at this temporary web site for the podcast:

2. Download the MP3 file of Episode 258 [17:52m]:

3. Calling (818) 688-2763 to listen via Podlinez

What did you think about Maureen Sullivan? Did she say anything that you’d like to respond to directly? Tell us about it in the show notes section of Episode 258. Pay a visit to Maureen’s web site for her “Lite For Life” program and get all the details about this lower-carb nutritional program by clicking here. Coming up on Thursday, we’ll have fitness and nutrition expert Ricardo Boye from Spa On Green Street with us!

It’s a transitionary period for the podcast show right now, so I need your help! With new shows not being updated on iTunes for at least a few more weeks, I would love to have your assistance promoting it there. And there’s something so easy that YOU can do to help make this happen. Simply visit the iTunes page for my podcast and write a review about the show. Special thanks to all of you who have already done this because it has helped keep the show in front of an audience of people who need to hear the message we share. I’d love to push the total number of reviews over 100 to make a REAL statement, so THANK YOU for doing your part to make that happen. Also, we would appreciate it if you clicked on the “Donate” button on the side panel of any of my web sites to make a contribution towards continuing the work of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” Your faithful support for the work I am doing does not go unnoticed. God bless you guys!

Low-carb fish sticks

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @ June 1, 2009

I don’t know about what you ate in your family when you were a kid, but fish sticks were a pretty big mainstay in our household. They were conveniently packaged in a box you could shove into your freezer and then nuke ‘em for a couple of minutes in the microwave when you were ready to eat them. Of course, they tasted a little better when you baked them in the oven, but that used to take so long that my brother Kevin and I hardly ever bothered.

This “food” was about as disgusting as they come now that I look back on it through the eyes of my healthy low-carb lifestyle. Sure, the “fish” (what DID they put in those sticks?) was pretty good for you with healthy fats and protein in it, but that breading was absolutely LOADED with carbohydrates galore! And when you cooked these frozen fish sticks in the microwave, they came out all soggy and nasty. Ahhhh the memories of growing up as a fat kid totally oblivious to what I was doing to myself at the time!



  • 1/4 cup light olive or canola oil
  • 1 cup Dixie Carb Counters bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, black pepper, and paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup CarbQuik
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound white fish fillets such as cod or tilapia, cut into “fish-stick-size” strips (about 3 inches by 1 inch)
  • Lemon wedges
  • Duke’s Tartar Sauce
  • Heinz One Carb Ketchup


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Spread oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Toss crumbs, grated cheese, and seasonings together in a shallow dish until blended. Put CarbQuik into another shallow dish and beaten eggs into a third shallow bowl.
  3. Coat each piece of fish evenly with the CarbQuik. Then dip each floured piece into beaten eggs. Last of all, turn each piece around in crumb mixture until evenly coated.
  4. Place each coated piece of fish onto the oiled sheet, then turn pieces over so both sides are oiled. Bake until golden brown–about 10 to 14 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, Duke’s Tartar Sauce, or Heinz One Carb Ketchup.

Serves 4

Deon van der Merwe: The Jimmy Moore Of South Africa

Filed under: Health — @ May 29, 2009

PODCAST CHANGES UPDATE: As you know, we are working to move all the old archived podcast episodes over to our brand new web site TheLivinLowCarbShow.com/ShowNotes and the process is going to take a few weeks to complete. In the meantime, the new episodes will likely not show up in iTunes for a while so be sure to visit the newly-updated podcast site on Mondays and Thursdays to access the latest interviews. THANKS again for your patience as we go through this frustrating process.

Deon van der Merwe went through an amazing low-carb transformation

There sure are a bunch of losers in this world–low-carb losers that is! Livin’ la vida low-carb is a global phenomenon and there are quite literally tens of millions of people who are implementing carbohydrate-restriction into their life. Bucking the trend of traditional medical wisdom, people are finally taking back control of their own weight and health by educating themselves and doing it for themselves–support or no support from their doctor or dietitian. One great example of this is a man from the country of South Africa who accomplished triple-digit weight loss on a low-carb lifestyle.

In Episode 257 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Deon van der Merwe who was able to shed 170 pounds in a period of seven months following a strict low-carb eating plan last year. Today he is motivated to help other South Africans improve their weight and health with an exciting support group called Low-Carb Diet Club as well as a Low-Carb Challenge and his unique Diet-In-A-Box concept. Hear Deon share his incredible low-carb weight loss success story, what his keys to success were, how Gary Taubes was such an instrumental part of his low-carb lifestyle change, and what life is like for him today weighing 170 pounds lighter thanks to livin’ la vida low-carb. Be encouraged and inspired in your own low-carb journey by listening to Deon speak so passionately about his low-carb way of life.

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 257 (iTunes will return in a few weeks!):

1. Listen and comment about the show at this temporary web site for the podcast:

2. Download the MP3 file of Episode 257 [31:40m]:

3. Calling (818) 688-2763 to listen via Podlinez

What did you think about Deon van der Merwe’s incredibly inspiring low-carb weight loss change? Express your thoughts about it in the show notes section of Episode 257. Visit Deon Vander Merwe’s South African low-carb web site, his Low-Carb Diet Club web site, his Low-Carb Diet Challenge and his Diet-In-A-Box concept. CONGRATULATIONS to Deon for his low-carb weight loss success!

Now more than ever we need YOUR help to push this podcast show to a larger audience of listeners who need to hear the positive and healthy message we bring each and every week. Visit the iTunes page for my podcast and write a review about the show so that others can know how influential it has been in your life. It would mean so much to me and we would also appreciate it if you clicked on the “Donate” button on the side panel of the podcast web site to make a contribution towards continuing the work of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.” The money collected helps us continue to bring high-quality, low-carb podcasts twice a week on a regular basis.

Next week, we’ll have Maureen Sullivan from Lite For Life with us on Monday and then fitness and nutrition expert Ricardo Boye from Spa On Green Street on Thursday. THANK YOU for listening!

If Fiber Is Not Digested, Then Why Do We Count The Calories And Carbs In It?

Filed under: Health — @ May 28, 2009

Do fiber calories and carbs from foods like broccoli count?

If you are looking for support and encouragement in your healthy low-carb lifestyle, then you could not do much better than to join in on the conversation with all the wonderful members over at my “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Discussion” forum. The people who frequent there are some of the kindest, most helpful, and enthusiastic supporters of low-carb living that I’ve ever met and I’m honored to call many of them my virtual friends. Although we may not have ever met in person, the common bond we share with the use of low-carb for weight and health improvements makes it seem like we’ve known each other for years. I’d like to personally invite YOU to jump right in and make yourself at home there.

One of the benefits that people enjoy on my forum is the ability to ask questions about livin’ la vida low-carb that they are most concerned about. We all have our collective wisdom from this way of eating and are able to offer opinions and insights that you may not hear elsewhere. However, there are also several low-carb doctors, nutritionists, and others who linger on the board to offer feedback to the more difficult questions and I’m always watching out for new ones that may warrant a more detailed explanation.

Last week I noticed a very thought-provoking question about fiber from one of my very active members there that, quite frankly, I’d never really thought about before. We know that those of us who follow a low-carb regimen do not generally count dietary fiber in our total carbohydrates, so my reader asked the following questions regarding the caloric value of fiber:

If fiber is not digested (i.e., not metabolized into simple sugars), then why do we count the calories in it? If it “just passes through” then we should not count either carbs or calories. Alternatively, if we DO get energy (calories) from it, then it IS digested, right?

Click here to see what low-carb nutrition experts Jacqueline Eberstein, RN and Dr. Jonny Bowden have to say in response to my forum member’s question.

June 2009 Global TeleClasses: Training Without Traveling Featuring Presentation On Jimmy Moore’s New Book

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Plan on attending these incredible TeleClass sessions in June 2009

Hey there low-carbers, it’s certainly a great day to be livin’ la vida low-carb to effectively manage your weight and health in ways that most people cannot even begin to fathom until they decide to take that fateful plunge into this exciting and effective way of eating for themselves. As each days passes, brand new people are finding out about the amazingly healthy low-carb lifestyle and I’m privileged to be on the front lines of this incredible movement to see lives being changed forever for the better! THANK YOU for your support of my threefold mission to educate, encourage, and inspire others to take back control of their own weight and health.

I wanted to let you know about a unique opportunity I have been given to participate in and lead a special training class at a speaking platform like no other and YOU are personally invited to come and listen. There are a series of FREE TeleClasses that you can participate in and there is no limit to the number of classes you want to participate in from the comfort of your own home and convenience of your telephone or computer.

At this platform you will be trained, motivated and inspired by some of the most respected speakers in the Health, Personal Development and Sales & Marketing Industries. Go to GlobalTeleClass.com for more information about the speakers who are scheduled to give presentations during the month of June 2009, including the following:

Health: Marc Lebert, Dana Ullman, Adoley Odunton, Raymond Francis, Tom Nicoli, Dr. Leonard Coldwell, Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby, Jimmy Moore, Kelley Herring, Will Green, and Gina Cloud

Sales & Marketing: Marsha Bressack, Mary Beth Lozano, Joe Nunziata, Max Steingart, Andrea Conway, Meira Findel, Sherri Petro, and Janet Beckers

Personal Development: Rhonda Findling, Mike Newton, Rebecca Marina, Kelly Sullivan Walden, Kurek Ashley, Katherin Scott, Barbara Friesner, Fran Capo, Eva Gregory & Jeanna Gabellini, Rich German, and Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter

Remember, these classes are being offered at absolutely no cost to you and you can listen and participate from your telephone or through your home computer. It’s a one-of-a-kind way to receive some truly invaluable information about how to improve your health, salesmanship, and personal well-being.

My TeleClass is scheduled to air LIVE on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 9:00PM ET and it will feature the first exclusive sneak peek into my upcoming Summer 2009 new book release STILL Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: 21 Indelible Lessons From The First Five Years Of My Low-Carb Journey. I’ve been working hard the past few months on this book and I’m approaching the end of the writing process very soon. You’ll get to hear all about what life has been like behind-the-scenes over these past few years as a leader in the low-carb community and the many lessons I’ve learned along the way. Life in my shoes hasn’t always been a bed of roses, but everything I have experienced has helped to shape me into the man I am today attempting to help others begin their own low-carb journey to better health.

Be sure to sign up for any of the other Global TeleClasses that interest you and be prepared to receive some awesome “training without traveling.” ENJOY!

DC Fat-Loss Expert Josef Brandenburg Creating Low-Carb Transformations

Filed under: Health — @ May 25, 2009

PODCAST CHANGES UPDATE: My wonderful podcast producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien worked all weekend long to create a brand new web site for the new episodes at TheLivinLowCarbShow.com/ShowNotes. As you may or may not know, we’ve been locked out of the old podcast site and so Kevin has begun the process of manually moving all the old podcast episodes over to the new site one at a time. This will take several weeks to complete and there will be no updates on iTunes during this time, although the new episodes will be available on the new web site as well as on the RSS feed. Once all the archived shows have been completely merged to the new site, the old site will then be redirected to the new site and iTunes should begin picking up the new shows by late June. THANK YOU for your patience during this frustrating transition, but it’s gonna be AMAZING when it’s all done. One thing you’ll already benefit from is a search box in the upper right-hand side of the new podcast web site. Check it out sometime!

Award-winning Washington, DC low-carb personal trainer Josef Brandenburg

Although I don’t want to take away from the great work that many personal trainers and fat-loss coaches are doing across the country, I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for those who have lived through the trauma of being obese and out of shape and changed their lives forever for the better. These people bring a tremendous amount of credibility in the eyes of those they are helping because they can empathize with the plight of those they are working with. Today’s podcast guest is one such fitness expert who used his own personal weight and health transformation to become one of the best personal trainers in the United States today–and he’s a low-carber, too!

In Episode 256 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we are exposed to the work of Washington, DC’s #1 fat-loss expert for busy people named Josef Brandenburg. His strategy with his clients is to help normal people with hectic schedules and average genetics create the bodies they want in the time they actually have. He has a decade of professional experience and is being honored this year as a nominee for 2009 Personal Trainer of the Year from Personal Fitness Professional Magazine. You’ll hear him talk about growing up as a fat kid, why low-fat diets are useless for a lot of people desiring weight loss, how the recommendation to eat less and exercise more is making people fatter, the controversy over artificial sweeteners, why he’s not a big believer in counting carbohydrates, and the dreaded “brown fat.” You can read more about “The Body You Want” program and find out how Josef can help you change YOUR life, too!

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 256 (iTunes will return in a few weeks!):

1. Listen and comment about the show at this temporary web site for the podcast:

2. Download the MP3 file of Episode 256 [37:53m]:

3. Calling (818) 688-2763 to listen via Podlinez

What did you think about Josef Brandenburg’s approach to helping his clients shed the pounds and get into shape? Discuss your thoughts about this interview in the show notes section of Episode 256. Be sure to check out JosefBrandenburg.com and his program The Body You Want. And if you like low-carb recipe ideas, Josef has a whole bunch of them to share with you in this section of his blog.

Don’t miss Thursday’s podcast with a triple-digit low-carb weight loss success from South Africa named Deon Vander Merwe who will share his extraordinary experience losing nearly half of his body weight in just seven months of livin’ la vida low-carb. Now more than ever we need YOUR help to push this podcast show to a larger audience of listeners who need to hear the positive and healthy message we bring each and every week. Visit the iTunes page for my podcast and write a review about the show so that others can know how influential it has been in your life. It would mean so much to me and we would also appreciate it if you clicked on the “Donate” button on the side panel of the podcast web site to make a contribution towards continuing the work of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.” The money collected helps us continue to bring high-quality, low-carb podcasts twice a week on a regular basis. THANK YOU for your support!

A Low-Carb Double Feature On YouTube: The Cholesterol Myth And ‘Obese’ Thin People

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Double your LLVLC On YouTube video pleasure with two new episodes

Christine and I are committed to cranking out the YouTube videos this year and our goal is to reach 100 episodes by the end of 2009. I was doing the math the other day and that means we need to average about one new show a week for the rest of the year to hit our 100th show! We’re excited about sharing more fun and quirky videos about healthy low-carb living and appreciate the growing number of viewers who are flocking to our low-carb YouTube channel (which has a pretty snazzy new design, by the way!). Since January, our subscribers have nearly DOUBLED (1200+ and counting!) without any kind of marketing effort to make it happen and I have to credit all of you who have helped spread the word about our videos which we try to make entertaining and educational about the subject of livin’ la vida low-carb.

Today, I have not one, but TWO new videos to share with you:

In Episode 69 of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube”, Christine and I take a look at the myth that having high LDL and total cholesterol will lead to heart disease, heart attacks and death and explain why this needless scare-mongering is not grounded in any scientific evidence which actually points more to the ratio between HDL and triglycerides as a key indicator of heart health risks. The reality is it’s not about the total LDL but rather the LDL particle size that is most important when you are measuring your lipids, so having one of the two major particle size tests done is critical. The VAP Cholesterol Test and my favorite NMR LipoProfile test provide you with this essential information. Get your doctor to run one of these tests to know if your LDL particles are the large, fluffy, protective kind or the small, dense, dangerous ones you want to avoid.

In Episode 70 of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube”, we decided to address an issue that has come up quite a bit from people in e-mails who are frustrated with their low-carb lifestyle because the scale isn’t moving the way they want it to while their skinny friends seem to be able to eat all the carbohydrates they want and never suffer any consequences for it. But as low-carb physician Dr. Mary C. Vernon said at the recent ASBP/Nutrition & Metabolism meeting in Charleston, SC last month, there are a bunch of thin people walking around who are, in essence, “metabolically obese.” In other words, despite the fact these people look like they are healthy on the outside, some very specific health markers say otherwise–including low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and elevated levels of the small, dense LDL particles that are the main culprit in heart disease. Not surprisingly, a low-carb diet has been shown in numerous research studies to raise HDL “good” cholesterol to over 50, lower triglycerides to below 100, and change the quality of your LDL particles to the large, fluffy, protective kind while virtually eliminating the small, dense, and dangerous kind. So even when the scale isn’t cooperating and the weight loss on your low-carb lifestyle may not be where you’d like it to be, take solace in the fact that you are working your way towards the most incredible health you’ve ever experienced in your entire life by livin’ la vida low-carb no matter what your size.

Christine and I hope you enjoyed this special double feature of our videos today and urge you to subscribe to our YouTube video series to keep track of all the brand new videos as they are released. And keep spreading the word about our “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube” videos so others can be educated and inspired to start on the healthy low-carb lifestyle for themselves. We’d love your feedback anytime, so e-mail us with your topic suggestions, comments or questions about our YouTube videos at livinlowcarbman@charter.net.

Low-Carb Podcast Changes, Tulsa Mom Creates ’24/7 Low-Carb Diner’ Program

Filed under: Health — @ May 22, 2009

SPECIAL ALERT: For those of you who are subscribed to my podcast show in an RSS reader, on iTunes, via e-mail, or directly at the official web site, you might have noticed you didn’t get Thursday’s podcast this week. I apologize for that, but the web site decided to go bonkers on us this week by locking me and my producer Kevin out of it for good. Currently, Kevin is diligently working to move all the archived podcasts moved to a new web site manually one by one to a brand new and improved podcast site that will feature a cool search feature. In the meantime, he’s set up a temporary web site for you to access the new episodes like the one I’m going to share with you today. THANKS for your understanding.

Lisa Marshall is a mom whose low-carb kitchen is open 24/7

We all live busier lives now than we ever have in our entire lives. You’d think with all the advancements in “time-saving” technology these days that we’d have PLENTY of time to do whatever we want. Unfortunately, we probably try to cram even more into our day, so our time gets away from us. When it comes to cooking for your healthy low-carb lifestyle, it can be quite time-consuming. But today’s podcast guest shows you how to practically make low-carb meals for you entire family all week long in just a few short hours a week.

In Episode 255 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we have a mom from Tulsa, Oklahoma named Lisa Marshall whose husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and she needed to come up with a plan of action for creating meals for him that the rest of her family will eat. Lisa created a concept called 24/7 Low-Carb Diner and an accompanying $10 e-book that will give you all the information you need to implement her timesaving strategies for livin’ la vida low-carb. Hear her discuss how she reacted to her husband’s diabetes diagnosis, why she chose low-carb cooking to help control his disease, what her children think about mom’s attempt to get them to eat healthy, and all the details about the specifics of her program. Listen to Lisa talk about this simple, yet effective low-carb cooking method that will help you feed your own family healthy low-carb meals. ENJOY today’s interview!

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 255 (iTunes will return soon!):

1. Listen and comment about the show at this temporary web site for the podcast:

2. Download the MP3 file of Episode 255 [36:26m]:

3. Calling (818) 688-2763 to listen via Podlinez

Do you like Lisa Marshall’s 24/7 method for cooking healthy low-carb meals? Tell me what you think in the show notes section of Episode 255. Get your copy of Lisa’s e-book, visit the official 24/7 Low-Carb Diner web site and blog. Coming up next week, we’ll have interviews with low-carb fitness expert Josef Brandenburg on Monday followed by South African triple-digit low-carb weight loss success Deon Vander Merwe on Thursday. I can’t wait to share these exciting podcasts with you!

If you want to learn more about and get your own EatSmart Carb-Factor Scale that I talked about during today’s podcast, then simply CLICK HERE.

In this transition period from the old podcast site to the new one, now more than ever we need YOUR help to push the show to a larger audience of listeners who need to hear the positive and healthy low-carb message. Visit the iTunes page for my podcast and write a review. It will make a world of difference! And we’d appreciate it if you clicked on the “Donate” button on the side panel of the podcast web site and make a contribution towards continuing the work of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.” This is mostly a labor of love, but every little bit helps. THANK YOU SO MUCH!


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