Forget What You Read In The News About Low-Carb Health, Get The REAL Scoop Here!

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

We are inundated with information galore about our health these days and it comes at you sometimes like a ton of bricks. What are you supposed to believe about it all? How is the news you read on the Internet and in newspapers and hear about on television and the radio supposed to impact your life? Those are some difficult questions to answer when you are going about living your life as healthy as you know how and depending on the wisdom of the health “experts” to always tell you the truth. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen–especially when low-carb diets are brought up.

Although I am not a trained nutritionist or doctor, I do try to stay informed about anything related to diet, nutrition, health, and fitness through the prism of livin’ la vida low-carb. Whenever I see a health headline or web site making a claim about what is “good” or “bad” for people, I immediately filter that information through the cumulative knowledge I have gained through my own research and from the real experts I have had the privilege of interviewing in the past. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the health and low-carb headlines from March 2009 that are worthy of your attention.

Click here to see what’s happening in the world of low-carb diet and health for March 2009.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane–No, It’s ‘Dietgirl’ Shauna Reid!

Filed under: Publications — @ March 12, 2009


Popular weight loss blogger Shauna Reid is the amazing Dietgirl!

All of us who have been on a journey to lose a significant amount of weight have a story to share because this kind of significant life event isn’t always a quick and easy narrative. Ask anybody who has lost over 100 pounds–losing the weight was the relatively easy part, it’s what happened prior to and after that attempting to keep the weight off for good where the reality of life can kick you in the tail. It’s this kind of amazing adventure that today’s podcast interview guest detailed in her new book.

In Episode 235 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” it’s a privilege to have with us straight from Scotland by way of Australia one of the most famous weight loss bloggers in the world Shauna Reid from the “Dietgirl” blog. She recently released a book about her experience losing half of her body weight called The Amazing Adventures Of Dietgirl. Starting out at 351 pounds in her early 20s, Shauna went through an incredible path to shed the pounds while going through some stressful times. If you wanna be encouraged in your weight loss, then go check out Shauna’s stunning before and after photos. WOW, what a difference! Hear her talk about what it was like blogging every moment of this extraordinary feat in her life. Although she’s not a low-carber, I think Shauna has some invaluable insights on life that you’ll love and appreciate.

There are FOUR ways you can listen to Episode 235:

1. Listen and comment about the show at iTunes:

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site:

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 235 [34:39m]:

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

Subscribe to the RSS feed or you can click on the “Subscribe” button at iTunes. If you are having trouble, then watch this video tutorial from my producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien.

What did you think about what Shauna “Dietgirl” Reid had to say about weight loss and blogging? Talk about it in the show notes section of Episode 235. Get a copy of Shauna’s new book The Amazing Adventures Of Dietgirl (FREE sneak peek of the first chapter) and by all means bookmark her “Dietgirl” blog to visit it often. Special THANKS to Shauna Reid for sharing her story with me and my listeners in today’s podcast.

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THIS SHOW! If you have not already done so, please go to the iTunes page for my podcast, click on “Write a Review” and share what my podcast means to you. And if you’d like to financially support this podcast, then please consider clicking on the “Donate” button on the side panel of the podcast web site. We appreciate your generosity!

The interviews just keep rolling in and next week will feature two guests with virtually diametrically opposite dietary philosophies. On Monday, I welcome for the first time on my podcast show Dr. Jeff Volek, a noted low-carb researcher from the University of Connecticut and co-author of the famed TNT Diet from Men’s Health magazine. We discussed a wide range of topics related to low-carb living. Then on Thursday, I’ll bring you Dr. Michael Ozner who wrote a book called The Great American Heart Hoax: Lifesaving Advice Your Doctor Should Tell You About Heart Disease Prevention (But Probably Never Will). I really had high hopes about this interview when I heard about Dr. Ozner’s book. But unlike Dr. Volek, he is dedicated to promoting a high-carb, Mediterranean-styled diet that runs counter to what many low-carbers would say is healthy. Listen in to hear what he has to say about heart health and why low-carb is probably not the best way to improve it (we’ll see about that!). That’s what is on tap next week on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.”

Dr. Richard Feinman Exposes Hypocrisy Of The Recent Sacks Calories Study

Filed under: Study — @ March 11, 2009


Dr. Richard Feinman exposes absurdity of the recent Sacks study

What is there not to love about Dr. Richard Feinman? This low-carb diets researcher and professor of biochemistry at the Brooklyn, NY-based SUNY Downstate Medical Center follows the evidence trail and draws his own conclusions based on what the data tells him without allowing any personal bias to get in the way. Unfortunately, not everyone in the research community holds such lofty standards for themselves.

Remember the recent Harvard study from Dr. Frank Sacks that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2009 supposedly declaring that low-fat and low-carb diets are identical and that the focus should be on calories alone? You’ll recall the media was gushing with headlines proclaiming the end to the diet debate because it’s all about the calories. Self-proclaimed health “experts” like Dr. David Katz were quoted in newspapers and on television smugly telling everyone “I told you so” that they’ve been preaching this common sense message for years and now they’ve been proven right.

Dr. Feinman says there’s only one problem with this–the study was DEAD WRONG! Find out why by clicking here to see a brilliant graph Dr. Feinman drew exposing the hypocrisy of the so-called Sacks study.

April 2009 Bariatric Physicians Conference In Charleston Hosts Low-Carb Researchers

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The annual ASBP/N&M conference is April 14-19, 2009 in Charleston, SC

Although much of the science supporting carbohydrate restriction in recent years has been all but ignored by much of the mainstream of the medical and nutrition community, one very brave organization that is fully dedicated to serving doctors devoted to helping their patients with weight loss has stepped up to the plate over the past couple of years to provide a voice to the researchers working in the trenches of low-carb dieting–it’s the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP).

Each year, the ASBP puts on conferences where fresh, new ideas are shared by fellow bariatric physicians to help them improve the work they are doing in their practice. However, in the past couple of years, they have done something truly extraordinary in light of all the negative press that low-carb diets has received in the press and from the so-called health “experts.” They have allowed the Metabolism Society to bring in guest speakers to share with these bariatric doctors the latest developments with high-fat, low-carb diets. It began in Nashville, TN in 2007 and then Phoenix, AZ in 2008. This year the conference is taking place in Charleston, South Carolina on April 18-19.

Click here to learn more about the ASBP/Metabolism Society conference in Charleston and what low-carb researchers will be presenting brand new research on carbohydrate restriction.

Is ‘Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet’ A Low-Carb One In Disguise?

Filed under: Health — @ March 10, 2009


Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet has been helping people lose weight for 30 years

There are a lot of gimmicks people use to try to lose weight. From taking diet pills to buying expensive exercise equipment, it seems everyone is attracted to weight loss plans that are outside the conventional wisdom of eat less and exercise more. And while many of us have found success with the healthy low-carb lifestyle, a lot of people have seen some pretty amazing results following a non-traditional and some would say “fad”-like diet based on consuming cookies. Today I have a podcast interview with the creator of Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet to discuss his unique weight loss program.

In Episode 234 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we’re pleased to share Dr. Sanford Siegal, creator of the original Cookie Diet, who discusses the history of prescribing cookies for weight loss, shares why fiber and protein control hunger and help you lose weight, why he believes people wanting to lose weight should limit calories, what difference the various macronutrients play in weight loss, his opinion of a high-fat diet, why he tries to avoid putting his patients into ketosis, his belief in creating a calorie deficit, why he hasn’t read Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories, and what role low-carb plays in this entire process. You’d think someone who pushes cookies for weight loss would be opposed to livin’ la vida low-carb, but Dr. Siegal had some quite profound comments to make about our favorite way of eating. I think you’ll appreciate what he had to say about the so-called “experts” who started pushing complex carbohydrates. ENJOY this engaging conversation I had with him!

There are FOUR ways you can listen to Episode 234:

1. Listen and comment about the show at iTunes:

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site:

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 234 [32:34m]:

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

Subscribe to the RSS feed or you can click on the “Subscribe” button at iTunes. If you are having trouble, then watch this video tutorial from my producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien.

What did you think about Dr. Sanford Siegal and his Cookie Diet? Are you convinced his cookie formulation could be effective as part of a healthy low-carb lifestyle? Share your comments and if you have been on Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet we’d love to hear from you in the show notes section of Episode 234. You can check out Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet and see if it’s something you’d like to explore for yourself. He mentioned writing a book and I’ll be sure to share about it at my blog when it is released.

Coming up on Thursday, we’ll have Shauna Reid with us sharing about her exciting new book about her weight loss adventures called The Amazing Adventures Of Dietgirl. This Scottish blogger is quite entertaining to listen to, so I look forward to sharing her with you later this week. PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THIS SHOW! If you have not already done so, please go to the iTunes page for my podcast, click on “Write a Review” and share what my podcast means to you. And if you’d like to financially support this podcast, then please consider clicking on the “Donate” button on the side panel of the podcast web site. We appreciate your generosity and for listening to “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.”

Julian Bakery: best low-carb bread

Filed under: CarbWire Review,New Product — @ March 8, 2009


La Jolla, CA-based Julian Bakery makes the best low-carb bread I’ve tasted

Of all the foods people reluctantly give up when they start livin’ la vida low-carb in earnest, I would say bread tops the list as the one they miss the most. People have e-mailed me time and time again over the years to help them find a great-tasting low-carb bread that is packed with nutritious and healthy ingredients. To be honest, most low-carb breads leave a lot to be desired. But I found one in recent months that is not only very nutritious, but it is absolutely mouthwatering delicious. It’s the SmartCarb High-Protein Bread from Julian Bakery.
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Brand New Low-Carb Blogs To Check Out–March 2009

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I’ve been compiling more new and excitingly eclectic low-carb health and weight loss blogs over the past couple of months to share with you some of the up-and-comers within the low-carb community. We all have our own personal way of spreading the message of livin’ la vida low-carb that is unique to us individually and today’s list of blogs are certainly no exception. If you missed any of my previous posts featuring the latest and the best low-carb bloggers on the planet today, then you can check them out here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

For now, enjoy these 18 new low-carb blogs to add to your collection:

1. ANGIE’S JOURNEY
2. THE ROAD TO GETTING RIPPED
3. HEALTHOSITY
4. 24/7 LOW-CARB DINER
5. MEGAN’S LOW-CARB JOTTINGS
6. GOOD FOODS, GOOD LIFE
7. LIVE FIT BLOG
8. BECOMING A BUTTERFLY (Swedish)
9. THE LOW DOWN ON MY LOW CARB LIFE
10. HAPPY HEALTHY
11. NURTURING HOPE
12. VEE’S “GETTING HEALTH AND DIET” RAMBLE BLOG
13. LOW CARBS 101
14. I’M LOSING FAT
15. MIGHTY MINX
16. DROPPING THE FAT
17. BACON IS MY LOVER (FYI: Rated “R”)
18. THE COMFORT EATER’S DIET

You can access many more low-carb blogs and web sites by visiting my “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Links” blog. Do you have a low-carb blog you’d like for me to feature in a future blog post here at “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb?” I’m all about sharing the love with my fellow low-carb health and weight loss bloggers, so send me more information about your blog by e-mailing me anytime at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. THANKS!

Low-Carb Macaroni & Cheese Made With Shirataki Noodles

Filed under: In The News — @ March 6, 2009


Get the flavor of baked macaroni & cheese without all the carbs

It’s no secret one of my favorite foods in the world before I started livin’ la vida low-carb was macaroni & cheese. Christine used to make two boxes of this stuff for me to eat in one sitting back in my sinful high-carb days prior to 2004 when I gobbled up the nearly 200g carbs per box that “meal” gave me. These days I wouldn’t dare dream of eating that many carbohydrates in a day or consuming regular pasta every again. Your body just doesn’t need it.

That’s why I was glad to see a low-carb recipe from our friends at Low-Carb Connoisseur for a macaroni & cheese substitute that looks like it could fill your desire for this favorite comfort food while keeping the carbs low on the totem pole. Using the low-carb House Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti Noodles, you’ll never miss enjoying this favorite dish again. ENJOY!

LOW-CARB SHIRATAKI-RONI & CHEESE-Y NOODLE BAKE
Two 8-oz packages of House Tofu Shirataki Noodles
1 large egg
½ cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
½ tsp. hot pepper sauce

TOPPING
1 Tbs butter, melted
½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
½ cup seasoned dried low-carb bread crumbs

Click here to see the instructions for making this low-carb macaroni & cheese alternative.

Chatting With About.com Low-Carb Diets Guide Laura Dolson

Filed under: Health — @ March 5, 2009


Laura Dolson, the Low-Carb Diets guide for About.com

The low-carb community is full of a lot of extremely talented and articulate people who have dedicated themselves to spreading the positive message of livin’ la vida low-carb to the masses. The online low-carb presence is very strong in 2009 because of some key players who are educating, encouraging, and inspiring people to implement carbohydrate restriction into their own lives. Blogs and web sites abound and you can see a lot of them at my low-carb links blog. Today’s podcast guest is one of the leading professional low-carb voices on the Internet today.

In Episode 233 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Laura Dolson who serves as the Low-Carb Diets guide for About.com. Laura is a good friend of mine because we are both working to share quality information about low-carb living with our respective readers. Her professionalism shines through in her writings and throughout this interivew. Hear Laura talk about what got her into low-carb diets, what the purpose of About.com is, the impact of Gary Taubes that will continue for many years to come, the merits of using artificial sweeteners, the benefits of a gluten-free diet, and so much more! There’s not a kinder person in the world of low-carb than Laura Dolson, so I’m happy to share her with you today.

There are FOUR ways you can listen to Episode 233:

1. Listen and comment about the show at iTunes:

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site:

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 233 [38:13m]:

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

Subscribe to the RSS feed or you can click on the “Subscribe” button at iTunes. If you are having trouble, then watch this video tutorial from my producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien.

Are you a regular reader of Laura Dolson’s About.com Low-Carb Diets web site? Do you find her web site to be an invaluable source of information for your healthy low-carb lifestyle? Tell us about your experience in the show notes section of Episode 233. If you’ve never been there before or if you’ve been hundreds of times, you owe it to yourself to bookmark Laura’s LowCarbDiets.About.com web site to visit often. She’s one of the top names in low-carb today which is why I named her in my Top 10 Movers & Shakers of 2008 list.

As I noted in today’s podcast, PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THIS SHOW! If you have not already done so, please go to the iTunes page for my podcast, click on “Write a Review” and share what my podcast means to you. And if you’d like to financially support this podcast, then please consider clicking on the “Donate” button on the side panel of the podcast web site. We appreciate your generosity and for listening!

Next week, we’ve got a couple of juicy interviews for you to enjoy. On Monday, the inventor of Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet is with us to talk about how cookies have helped people lose weight for more than 30 years. His name is Dr. Sanford Siegal and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn what he thinks about livin’ la vida low-carb. It shocked me! Then on Thursday we hop across the Atlantic to hear from Shauna Reid to talk about her new book called The Amazing Adventures Of Dietgirl. A very popular diet blogger, she’ll be with us to discuss her incredible 175 pounds–HALF HER WEIGHT! She’ll have some inspiring tips to help you on your own journey to better health. That’s all coming up next week on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.”

National Nutrition Month Encourages People To ‘Eat Right,’ But Forgets About Low-Carb Dieters

Filed under: Events — @ March 4, 2009


The American Dietetic Association encourages people to “eat right” this month

Did you know that the month of March has been designated by the American Dietetic Association as National Nutrition Month®? With many people giving up on their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight right about now, it’s the perfect time to get people back on track with their goals to be healthy and fit. Since the warm weather is coming soon with Spring just around the corner, what better time to learn how to “Eat Right” as the campaign theme suggests? Unfortunately, what do they mean by eating the “right” way?

According to the National Nutrition Month web site, this effort “focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” What are those “informed food choices” for “developing sound eating?” This includes:

Beans, peas and barley
Soybeans, other soy-based foods (not soybean oil)
Fruits and vegetables
Salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel
Red grapes and purple grape juice
Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts
Green or black tea
Onions, scallions, shallots, garlic and leeks

While these foods in and of themselves don’t look to be necessarily bad for you, I can tell you now that many of them would not be acceptable for people on a controlled-carbohydrate lifestyle. Find out why and what foods would be better choices for a low-carb dieter to eat as part of National Nutrition Month in March by clicking here.

Dr. David Katz, Get Your Facts Straight Before Spouting Off About Health!

Filed under: Study — @ March 3, 2009


Self-proclaimed health “expert” David Katz gets it wrong again on low-carb diets

Whenever a new study or health research is released to the public, we always get greeted by many of the same people over and over again to interpret the findings and tell us what the take-home message is. And these people are usually deeply rooted in conventional wisdom regarding a “healthy” diet–namely, strong advocates of a low-fat, high-carb, vegetarian-styled diet. While Dr. Dean Ornish certainly receives his fair share of ink blurbing his thoughts about diet studies, another name has become almost as popular–Dr. David Katz.

After Dr. Katz was quoted in an AP news story last week responding to that Harvard study that said weight loss is all about the calories by Dr. Frank Sacks, one of my readers who specializes in analyzing nutrition research took it upon himself to e-mail Dr. Katz directly about where he was wrong. You can read what this reader had to say by clicking here.

‘Complete Beck Diet For Life’ Addresses Eating A Healthy Lifestyle Forever

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Dr. Judith Beck offers up a follow-up to her bestselling “Beck Diet Solution”

Too often people start on a weight loss adventure and don’t really know what they are doing. People just automatically assume they know what to do and start doing those things they’ve heard about. Unfortunately, mistakes will likely happen and usually lead to a dismal failure with the dieter going back to their old habits again and resume the unhealthy, obese habits. My podcast interview guest today has previously written a bestselling book about the mental issues involved with weight loss, but she wanted to arm her readers with some more concrete, practical advice in her brand new follow-up book.

In Episode 232 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we are privileged to hear from one of the leading voices in weight loss and health today named Dr. Judith Beck, who shares about her new book The Complete Beck Diet for Life: The Five-Stage Program for Permanent Weight Loss to provide greater clarity about what people desiring weight loss need to do. After writing The Beck Diet Solution in 2007, Dr. Beck said she secretly checked out how people were doing with the cognitive therapy concepts she shared about in her original book. She quickly realized that her lack of any specifics about diet confused some people, so the new book seeks to remedy that. You’ll enjoy hearing her talk about the negative role of carbohydrates, the mental struggles with hunger, why people are irrational when it comes to dieting, the reason why people so often fail on their diet, and so much more. Dr. Beck has a great deal of information to share, so I encourage you to listen to this podcast interview from start to finish.

There are FOUR ways you can listen to Episode 232:

1. Listen and comment about the show at iTunes:

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site:

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 232 [34:06m]:

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

Subscribe to the RSS feed or you can click on the “Subscribe” button at iTunes. If you are having trouble, then watch this video tutorial from my producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien.

What do you think about Dr. Judith Beck’s Complete Diet For Life? Do you agree with what she had to say about effective weight management? Talk about it in the show notes section of Episode 232. Pick up your own copies of The Complete Beck Diet for Life: The Five-Stage Program for Permanent Weight Loss as well as The Beck Diet Solution. Learn more about the work Dr. Judith Beck and her father Dr. Aaron Beck by visiting their web site BeckInstitute.org.

Coming up on Thursday’s podcast, we’ll have a fun one-on-one chat with fellow low-carb blogger Laura Dolson from the About.com Low-Carb Diets web site. She has a wealth of wisdom to share and I look forward to sharing it with you! PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THIS PODCAST! If you have not already done so, please go to the iTunes page for my podcast, click on “Write a Review” and share what my podcast means to you. THANK YOU for sharing your comments about the show and how much it has enriched your low-carb lifestyle.

Low-carb asparagus scramble recipe

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — @ March 2, 2009

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait for the arrival of one of my favorite low-carb vegetables on the planet to come into season–California fresh asparagus. These succulent green spears are just about in season with Spring coming sooner than you think and I just love experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes utilizing this stylish and versatile veggie for people who are livin’ la vida low-carb. It can be used in a wide variety of dishes or as the perfect side dish to your meat on your dinner table.

In these difficult financial times right now, a lot of people are choosing to eat at home more often while looking for low-carb comfort foods that combine taste, nutrition and value. For those of us who are also trying to cut down on our carbohydrate intake, I’ve got the perfect recipe to share with you today that combines the incredible taste of asparagus with a low-carb staple–EGGS! It’s a Fresh Low-Carb California Asparagus Scramble that can literally be served anytime during the day.

This amazing dish provides a mouthwatering veggie/protein combo that will delight the low-carber in your life. The moist tender asparagus spears are packed with some remarkable nutrients and the simple ingredients and preparation of this recipe will yield you some of the most delicious results you’ll ever see in a low-carb dish. Special THANKS to the California Asparagus Commission for allowing me to share this recipe with my readers today. ENJOY!

FRESH LOW-CARB CALIFORNIA ASPARAGUS SCRAMBLE

  • 1 lb. asparagus spears, ends trimmed
  • 8 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz. whipped garlic and herb cream cheese
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Blanch asparagus spears in medium pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Whisk eggs in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add eggs. Stir until eggs are almost set, about 1 minute.

Add cheese in dollops and then add tomatoes. Stir until cheese melts and eggs are softly set, about 2 minutes.

To serve, cut asparagus spears into 2-3-inch pieces and fold into egg mixture and place on heated plate or oval ovenware. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Option: serve an additional 2-3 spears of cooked asparagus on the side.

Servings: 6

Nutrients per serving:

  • Calories 193
  • Fat 14g
  • Saturated fat 5g
  • Total carbohydrates 6g
  • Dietary fiber 3g
  • Net carbs 3g
  • Protein 12g

Tips for Buying Asparagus
Select spears of similar diameter so that they cook evenly. Tips should be completely closed. Store fresh asparagus, wrapped in plastic, upright in the refrigerator for up to three days. Once cooked, asparagus can again be stored for an additional three days.

New England Journal Weight Loss Study On Calories Conveniently Forgets To Include A High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet

Filed under: Study — @ February 27, 2009


Dr. Frank Sacks thinks his study is a slam dunk on the calorie hypothesis

It’s all about the calories you put in your mouth. Whether it’s low-fat, low-carb, high-protein or whatever, in the end the only thing that makes a difference when it comes to losing weight is calories. That’s the conclusion of this study published in the February 26, 2009 issue of New England Journal of Medicine paid for by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health that you’ve undoubtedly seen plastered all across the news in the past couple of days. And they’re so proud of themselves for confirming in their minds that weight loss is simply about calories in, calories out and not about any particular diet plan in particular. But there’s only one problem with this: they didn’t include a genuine Atkins-styled low-carb diet in the comparison!

CLICK HERE to find out why this famous study by Dr. Frank Sacks from Harvard is about as useless for explaining how to solve the obesity epidemic as all those low-fat diets have been for the past three decades!

Tanya Attebery Shares Her Personal Struggle With Childhood Obesity In ‘Fat-Haters Club’

Filed under: Publications — @ February 26, 2009


Tanya Attebery shares her obese childhood experiences in “Fat-Haters Club”

Were you a chubby kid like I was back in the 1980s? If so, then you know all about the pain and heartache that comes from the constant teasing and names that are hurled in your direction simply because the scale shows you have a few pounds more than the rest of your class. The psychological damage that comes from that experience can impact you into your teenage years and well into adulthood which is why my podcast interview guest today is taking the lessons she learned from her own childhood to help counsel middle school students she serves as guidance counselor for now as an adult.

In Episode 231 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Tanya Attebery discussing the details of her new book entitled Fat-Haters’ Club where she talks about the personal struggles that come from being ont he receiving end of insults, names, and “just jokes.” As an overweight pre-teen, she heard it all and shared parts of her own story into four different characters in her book. The interview shares how Tanya went from being the one hated into a “fat-hater” herself after losing a significant amount of weight in her freshman year of high school. If you or your child have endured the very real pain of dealing with living in the body of an obese person growing up, then this podcast today is for YOU!

There are FOUR ways you can listen to Episode 231:

1. Listen and comment about the show at iTunes:

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site:

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 231 [19:49m]:

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

Subscribe to the RSS feed or you can click on the “Subscribe” button at iTunes. If you are having trouble, then watch this video tutorial from my producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien.

What did you think about Tanya Attebery’s story? Can you relate to the feelings she shared about being obese and then being on the other end of the spectrum? Which side of the “Fat-Haters Club” are you on? Share your reaction to today’s podcast in the show notes section of Episode 231. Grab a copy of Fat-Haters’ Club and pay a visit to Tanya’s Dreams Don’t Fade web site, blog, and MySpace page.

Next week we’ve got two especially compelling interview guests to share with you. On Monday, we hear from Dr. Judith Beck, author of a new book called The Complete Beck Diet for Life: The Five-Stage Program for Permanent Weight Loss which is a follow-up to her bestselling 2007 book The Beck Diet Solution. You’ll hear her discuss the cognitive therapy techniques for weight loss she uses with her clients that her father Dr. Aaron Beck started using in the 1960s as part of The Beck Institute For Cognitive Therapy and Research. Then on Thursday, we get to talk to one of my fellow low-carb bloggers from the About.com Low-Carb Diets web site, Laura Dolson. She is arguably one of the most professional and humble people I know in the low-carb community and I am privileged to call her a friend. I look forward to letting you hear directly from Laura next Thursday!

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THIS PODCAST! If you have not already done so, please go to the iTunes page for my podcast, click on “Write a Review” and share what my podcast means to you. THANK YOU for sharing your comments about the show and how much it has enriched your low-carb lifestyle. And if you’d like to financially support this podcast, then please consider clicking on the “Donate” button on the side panel of the podcast web site. We appreciate your generosity and for listening to “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.”

Sweden: The New Hotbed For High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet Advocacy

Filed under: In The News — @ February 25, 2009


The message of livin’ la vida low-carb is EXPLODING in Sweden

Imagine one day waking up to the following scenario in the United States of America…

After months of controversy over her use of a high-fat, low-carb diet with her obese and diabetic patients as a result of two dietitians who are members of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) complaining because she was causing irreparable harm with her treatment, Dr. Mary C. Vernon is vindicated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) when they declare that low-carb diets are “in accordance with science and well-tried experience for reducing obesity and Type 2 diabetes.” This lights a fire in other practicing physicians who had previously been too afraid to show their open support for carbohydrate-restriction to help their patients improve their weight and health. Now they prominently advertise their use of low-carb diets with patients to draw them in.


Could you imagine these being the bestselling books in America?

Nationwide interest in the healthy low-carb lifestyle begins to spread like wildfire and the online presence of low-carb web sites, including blogs, recipe sites, scientists, doctors, and more sees a nearly ten-fold increase in traffic virtually overnight. The #1 selling health books on Amazon.com tout high-fat, low-carb diets like Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, and Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb (hey, it’s my dream–it could happen!). Newspaper stories, radio talk shows, and television commentary all start questioning the low-fat diet advice that has dominated for over three decades while simultaneously talking up the positive benefits of livin’ la vida low-carb–all the while, the truth about low-carb living starts to sink into the hearts and minds of the average American watching all of this unfold right before their very eyes.


If high-fat, low-carb was deemed “healthy,” what happens to this symbol?

Furthermore, some of the biggest manufacturer supporters of the American Heart Association’s “heart-healthy” low-fat diet come under major scrutiny as sales of fake fats like margarine take a nosedive and the AHA succumbs to public pressure to end their lucrative sponsorship contract with the low-fat product companies using their heart healthy symbol on their packaging because of the limited scientific support that low-fat diets are healthy. Trying to save face, these companies band together what’s left of their marketing resources and try to organize a seminar for the media to educate them on why dietary fat is unhealthy and the outcry of disgust forced them to cancel the event just one day before it was scheduled to happen.

As if that wasn’t enough, a major advertising ethics committee pressures the margarine company to pull their ads immediately for being “exaggerated and untruthful.” Meanwhile, one of the top world champion athletes Michael Phelps comes out in support of eating a high-fat, low-carb diet to keep his body in tip-top condition for competition.

Wouldn’t this be great to see happening in our country which is being starved to death by the lack of truth about low-carb living? And yet doesn’t all of this sound just a bit too far-fetched for your imagination to believe could actually happen in the United States of America? Well, what if I told you every bit of that above scenario is already happening–in the country of Sweden? Would that get you excited about the future prospects of livin’ la vida low-carb?

Click here to find out why it’s time to get pumped up about low-carb all over again because that is EXACTLY what is happening in Sweden and I’m thrilled to share with you the stunning details.

Enjoying Your Diet, Not Just Controlling Hunger Key To Permanent Weight Loss Success

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — @ February 24, 2009


Effective weight management isn’t just about not feeling hungry

I heard a radio advertisement for a new weight loss product the other day and it got my mind to thinking about the whole concept of hunger control and the role it allegedly plays for people wanting to lose weight. The commercial prominently promoted the ability of the product to “control your hunger, so you feel satisfied” in your diet. In essence, they were putting forth the theory that simply keeping the hungry bug from hitting you will make you satisfied and lead to weight loss.

But I disagree.

Whenever I hear this subject of hunger control come up in a weight loss marketing ad, it just makes me wanna scream. So, you take a pill or some gimmick food that makes you not wanna eat so you can get through your day without being hungry, but that leads to the million dollar question–WHEN DO YOU EAT?! And once you do eat, WHAT do you get to eat? Interestingly, these questions are hardly ever answered by the manufacturers of these weight loss products.

Click here to read why I believe satisfaction with your food choices is much more important that controlling hunger on a weight loss plan.

T.S. Wiley: Wanna Lose Weight? Try Turning Off The Lights At Night!

Filed under: Health — @ February 23, 2009


T.S. Wiley is an expert on some unorthodox hindrances to weight loss

Is it possible that the technological advances we have seen over the past 100 years may be causing us to get fatter, sicker, and more tired than ever before? Think about that concept for just a moment. Over the past century, we have seen the invention of electricity, the light bulb, computers, and modern-day conveniences while obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome have reached astronomical levels like we’ve never seen before. Are the two indelibly related? My podcast interview guest today certainly thinks so.

In Episode 230 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we are pleased to welcome T.S. Wiley to the podcast to discuss the concepts in her book Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival and her Wiley Protocol web site which focuses on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. T.S. is a strong supporter of low-carb living, but she takes it a step further. For many people, they are using lights that are much too bright for their living needs and it keeps them awake much longer than they need to be. She encourages turning the lights down low (no overhead lights that would mimic the sun), lighting candles, eating dinner early, going to bed within two hours of sunset, and take melatonin supplements to help them create more ketone bodies and lose weight–just by sleeping when it’s dark and waking up when the sun rises in the morning. Plus, hear why you might need hormone replacement therapy whether you are a man or a woman.

There are FOUR ways you can listen to Episode 230:

1. Listen and comment about the show at iTunes:

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site:

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 230 [37:10m]:

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

Subscribe to the RSS feed or you can click on the “Subscribe” button at iTunes. If you are having trouble, then watch this video tutorial from my producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien.

How about the concepts shared by T.S. Wiley? Are you convinced obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome is connected to light? It’s a compelling argument she makes and I’d love to hear what you think in the show notes section of Episode 230. You’ll want to get your own copy of her book Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival and bookmark her Wiley Protocol web site to get even more from this dynamic woman who is helping people improve their health naturally.

On Thursday, Tanya Attebery will be here to talk about her book entitled Fat-Haters’ Club. If you’ve ever been overweight or obese, especially as a kid, then you’ll connect with what Tanya has to say during this interview. I look forward to sharing it with you!

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THIS PODCAST! If you have not already done so, please go to the iTunes page for my podcast, click on “Write a Review” and share what my podcast means to you. THANK YOU for sharing your comments about the show and how much it has enriched your low-carb lifestyle. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing as long as you keep listening!

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Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb February 2009 Mailbag

Filed under: Health — @

E-mails abound from people who read my blog, listen to my podcast show, are active at my forum, watch my YouTube videos, and read my book. I enjoy hearing from anyone who may have questions, comments, and any kind of feedback about what I am doing to promote the healthy low-carb lifestyle. Although I receive literally hundreds of e-mails a week, KEEP ‘EM COMING! I am more excited now than ever before to keep promoting the positive message of livin’ la vida low-carb to as many people as I can–it’s just TOO IMPORTANT for me NOT to.

Click here for a small sampling of e-mails from my February 2009 mailbag.

Low-carb peanut butter cookies recipe

Filed under: Low-carb Recipes — Tags: — @

Some people are chocolate lovers like me and simply adore the decadent taste of virtually anything with chocolate in it. Others may prefer something a little different than that to satisfy their desire for something sweet–like peanut butter! I’ve never been one to get into peanut butter personally, although it’s not so bad mixed with chocolate for me.

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