Whole Foods Creates New ‘Healthy Eating Specialist’ Position To Promote The Vegetarian Agenda

Filed under: Business,Health — @ September 24, 2010

Whole Foods CEO John Mackay must not be content with leaving well enough alone. His deliberate push of the vegetarian agenda on his customer base which I first shared about with you in February 2010 is now being taken to the next level with the creation of a brand new in-store position called the “Healthy Eating Specialist” whose job will be to push vegetarianism on any customers who asks questions about healthy eating.

I received some exclusive information from a source inside Whole Foods this week about their grand plans to expand their “Health Starts Here” initiative in each of the 289 stores by hiring someone to fill this position complete with an in-store kiosk/desk to be there to answer questions from customers about health and healthy eating. Right now this “Healthy Eating Specialist” position is being test-marketed in a few stores before it goes nationwide in 2011. In addition to manning this resource center in their local Whole Foods store, the employee will also be giving lectures on health and nutrition in the local community. It’s quite an opportunity for people who enjoy working with the public and are passionate about health.

My source attempted to apply for this position at his local Whole Foods store when he heard about it and quickly realized there were some “sticky details” which he found to be “really absurd” that led him to decline the job. Click here to see what the four issues he found in the requirements for this position that greatly concerned my source who supports carbohydrate-restriction for healthy nutrition.

Top 10 Must-Read Health Books September 2010: #8 ‘Real Food Real Easy’ By George Stella

Filed under: Books,Review — @ September 22, 2010

From the time he burst on the scene as the host of his very own cooking show on The Food Network called “Low Carb and Lovin’ It,” George Stella was a bona fide superstar as an amazing triple-digit weight loss success story and simply amazing cook with a heart for sharing healthy low-carb recipes to an audience hungry for delicious and nutritious options for their low-carb lifestyle. Unfortunately, The Food Network fell prey to the media-contrived notion that livin’ la vida low-carb was just a fad that had become a thing of the past and let Stella go from his popular show which performed well in their ratings. I caught up with him in November 2009 by having him on my podcast show for an interview where he detailed what life has been like for him ever since, including his new cooking show on QVC as well as new book projects under the moniker “The Good Carb Chef.” His first offering in this series is called Real Food Real Easy: 120 Recipes Made Fast With Only A Handful Of Simple, Fresh Ingredients.

‘m pleased to see Stella focusing on real food with this book because the low-carb lifestyle has gotten a bum rap from the massive influx of inferior “products” that do not contain real food in them whatsoever. Anyone who has ever seen George Stella cook or read any of his books knows that this is the heartbeat of everything he does. Put the focus on fresh, real whole food ingredients removing all the white flour and sugar and what you’ll end up with on your plate is a healthy way to nourish your body. Stella knows this personally as he shares the incredible story of how his family literally transformed their lives through low-carb weight loss success. He’s unashamed in naming Dr. Atkins as his greatest influence in helping them shed the pounds. But in his desire to find acceptable low-carb alternatives to the foods he loved, he created what he calls Stella Style which features many of the great recipes we have come to expect from the Stella-meister! You’ll get a ton of brand new ones from the master himself in this new book.

Click here to read the rest of my review of George Stella’s latest book Real Food Real Easy.

36 Superb New Low-Carb & Health Blogs For September 2010

Filed under: Health — @ September 20, 2010

I’m overflowing! My cup runneth over with lots and lots of new and exciting low-carb and health blogs, so I’m gonna break with my tradition of exclusively using vacation time to share with you these superb and exciting blogs to check out. Long-time readers know that I generally let my list of blogs grow and grow until I leave town, but my current crop has grown very quickly since just last month to 36 new ones that I can’t for you to see. As always, these blogs are ones related to fitness, nutrition, and health that are interesting to me and worth taking a peek at when you get a chance. I’m sure you’ll latch on to some and dismiss others, but I’ve personally examined all of these blogs myself and wouldn’t waste your time with sites that’ll bore you. Let me assure you: these will not!

I consider the enormous success of the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog a blessing that I feel compelled to pay it forward. It can be intimidating being new to the blogging world, so help me encourage these bloggers by flooding them with lots of hits, comments, and low-carb lovin’! If you enjoy finding those diamond-in-the-rough health blogs, then be sure to check out all of my previous low-carb and health blog listings by clicking here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, here, and here.

Click here to see the 36 superb new low-carb and health blogs for September 2010.

Robb Wolf Takes The Paleo Baton From Dr. Loren Cordain

Filed under: Books,Review — @ September 16, 2010

Because there are so many diet and health books that continue to come out on a regular basis, I’d like to begin a new regular feature on the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog to help you wade through all the muckity muck and gobbledygook that comes out from the publishing world. Books galore have been written and promoted sharing this, that, and everything else as it relates to the connection between nutrition, fitness, and a healthy way to lose weight forever. If you tried to read ALL of the books on this subject, then your head would probably start to spin with all the conflicting advice and ideas that are put out there by seemingly intelligent and experienced “experts” in the field. Unfortunately, this will always be true no matter what which is why I thought it would be important for me to dedicate a series of book review posts each month to cut through the hype and get right to the heart of the matter. Some months like September 2010 will feature some truly amazing new books for you to check out while other months may feature books that you may have heard about but don’t quite hit the mark of excellence according to the standards we come to expect from those espousing health principles. As always, my opinions are just that–exactly what I think about these books, good and bad. You are welcome to disagree, but hopefully what I share will help you make an informed decision about what books you’d like to add to your personal library! And if you like books, be sure to check out my brand new Low-Carb Book Reviews” blog for my personal take on all the new and popular releases in the world of health!

When Professor Loren Cordain released The Paleo Diet in December 2002 introducing Paleolithic low-carb nutrition and fitness concepts in a way that seemed to make sense to a lot of people for the first time in their lives, it was the proverbial first step forward in bringing about the necessary changes to effectively deal with the very real health problems of obesity and chronic disease. Little did Dr. Cordain know back then when his “caveman diet” (as the media dubbed it) was getting so much attention as a revolutionary concept taking us back to the days of our hunter-gatherer ancestors that he would be grooming a whole new generation of primal living enthusiasts who would take the baton from him and run with it like sprinter Michael Johnson did in his golden shoes during the Summer Olympics in the 1990s! But that’s exactly what we’re seeing happen from up-and-coming voices of reason like Cordain disciple Robb Wolf who has been doing his part both writing and podcasting about Paleo nutrition over the past few years and now he’s ready to take up the mantle that Dr. Cordain started and take it to a whole new audience of people who are ready to change their lives with the highly-awaited release of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet.

Click here to read the rest of my review of Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution.

Book Review: ‘Fat Then Fit Now’ By Dr. Joe Leonardi

Filed under: Books,Review — @ September 14, 2010

Anyone who has the tenacity and determination to personally will themselves to take off a significant amount of weight after being morbidly obese and decidedly unhealthy deserves a whole heap of respect and admiration in my book. I suppose it helps that I myself have personally experienced this kind of weight loss success and know all too well how much hard work goes into reaching that goal with a plan that worked for me. And if you happen to work as a health practitioner and accomplish this amazing weight loss feat, then what an opportunity you could have to make a major impact on both your patients and everyone who is exposed to your life-changing story! That’s precisely what has happened to and enthusiastic chiropractor named Dr. Joe Leonardi which motivated him to write an 86-page book about his incredible 130-pound weight loss success called Fat Then Fit Now: A Life Beyond Weight Loss.

Dr. Leonardi is an energetic man now, but he hasn’t always been that way. Once weighing in at a robust 340 “unhealthy, unfit pounds” as he describes it, today he’s a changed man. He shares how despite his love for weight lifting he allowed himself to get out of control nutritionally. And you won’t find any finger pointing in this book because Dr. Leonardi takes full responsibility for how he got to be so fat in his life. He describes this as the “secret” to making this happen for yourself. The power to bring about change is in YOUR hands and here’s how Joe puts it: “It is not difficult at all to lose weight; however, it takes discipline, desire and determination. You must make it happen. You must change your lifestyle.” If you think anybody else is gonna do it for you, then don’t bother getting Fat Then, Fit Now. But if you’re ready for some tough love that will earnestly help you transform your life without all the “long-winded, over complicated, medical jargon,” then this is INDEED the book for you!

Click here to read the rest of my review of Dr. Joe Leonardi’s Fat Then Fit Now.

400 Low-Carb Podcast Episodes, Immeasurable Lives Changed

Filed under: Health — @ September 10, 2010

In Episode 400 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we celebrate a major accomplishment that not many podcasts of any kind out there have–today is our historic 400th show! Blogs come and go as often as the seasons change and it’s that much more pronounced in the podcasting world. But thanks to the amazing behind-the-scenes talents of my executive producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaein from Disc Of Light Media, we have seen this unassuming podcast with an untrained host flourish in a big way over the past couple of years. This success is due in part to the increased interest in finding new information about healthy low-carb living, the excellent word-of-mouth marketing of the show from its biggest fans, and the fantastic line-up of quality guest speakers we have been fortunate enough to land that have made “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” what it is. And I honestly believe the best days for this show are still to come!

By the grace of God, we’ve been able to pump out brand new episodes week after week for nearly four years and those shows add up to a multitude of impressions that can’t help but influence the people who tune in. And the real payoff of this podcast show is not in the number of people who listen (currently around 50,000/week), but in the lives that have been directly impacted as a result of listening to the hundreds of interview guests who have appeared on the program over the years. Producing positive changes in the weight and health of people from across the globe from every walk of life is an exciting thing to see and I hear from people all the time sharing their stories about how an interview guest has improved the quality of their life in some form or fashion. It got to the point where we had to create a “Praise” page on the podcast web site to share these inspiring examples for others to see. And today we have just a sampling of the lives that have been affected as a result of this program.

Click here to hear from 11 listeners from Canada to France to the UK and the United States who have been positively impacted as a result of listening to “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast.

Gary Taubes Shares ‘Why We Get Fat’

Filed under: Books,Interviews — @ September 9, 2010

Gary TaubesOne of the most in-demand speakers in 2010 on behalf of the science supporting high-fat, low-carb living isn’t a medical doctor, cardiologist, nutritionist, or even a medical professional at all. It’s a science journalist named Gary Taubes who has transformed his love for good scientific truth into a personal crusade to impart on others why they’ve been lied to about what healthy nutrition looks like. From his now infamous July 2002 New York Times Magazine column “What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?” which catapulted him right smack dab in the middle of the diet debate to his bestselling nutritional blockbuster released in September 2007 called Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes has become a bona fide hero in the low-carb universe–whether he wanted to or not.
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Take The ‘Real Food For Rookies’ Online Class From Kelly The Kitchen Kop

Filed under: Health — @ September 8, 2010

Real food is making a huge comeback in 2010 as more and more people are beginning to realize the quality of what is being labeled as “food” in their local grocery store is not even remotely close to resembling anything our grandparents would recognize as ways to nourish our bodies. Thanks to films like Food, Inc. and Fresh, people are now understanding where their food is coming from and they’re shocked by what they are learning about the ugly truth regarding the modern-day food supply. What is sorely needed now more than ever before is a way to reeducate the public about what real food is all about and I’m pleased to tell you about an upcoming 12-week online class designed to do just that!

Click here to learn more about Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s “Real Food For Rookies” online class.

New Study Damning The Atkins Diet Isn’t The Atkins Diet

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Be encouraged, my friends, because despite the negative stigmatism that livin’ la vida low-carb has been receiving over the past few years, we are winning the argument. How you ask? Well, consider this–when the Atkins diet was in its prime of popularity back in the early to mid-2000′s, those in opposition to it said that it was “dangerous” to remove the body’s primary fuel source (carbohydrates) and that consuming fat of any kind is harmful to cardiovascular health. Flash forward now to the year 2010 and there’s a whole new tune being sung by those who have long espoused the conventional wisdom of less fat and calories and more “healthy” carbohydrates like whole grains, beans, and the like. Now they’re conceding that Dr. Atkins was right when he encouraged people to control the amount of carbohydrates consumed (limited to the “good carbs” found in berries and green leafy veggies, etc.) while insuring you get fat in your diet from sources like avocados, nuts, and other sources.

While this may not seem like such a giant leap for those of us who espouse low-carb living as a healthy way of eating, in reality it’s a really big deal. And the acknowledgement of the benefits carbohydrate-restriction brings comes at a time when the low-fat apologists are absolutely giddy with excitement about the results of a new study published in the September 7, 2010 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine that allegedly proves a meat-based low-carb diet leads to higher rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer-related deaths than a low-carb diet that is vegetable-based (dubbed “Eco-Atkins”). We’ll get into the curious details of this study out of Harvard momentarily, but does anyone else see what has happened here? No longer are we simply debating the idea of low-carb vs. low-fat–that argument is ancient history now that the high-carb, low-fat crowd has conceded the uniquely fattening properties of carbohydrates that Gary Taubes wrote so brilliantly about in his 2007 masterpiece Good Calories Bad Calories. And perhaps the Taubes effect is responsible for this seemingly sudden change of heart about the negative role of carbohydrates in the diet. With the upcoming release of his more consumer-friendly Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It on December 28, 2010, all I see are good things to come on behalf of healthy low-carb nutrition in the years to come.

However, now they’ve turned their attention to the fat and protein sources of the Atkins-styled low-carb diet–meat primarily–and are hammering away at the point that red meat will somehow kill you faster than if you chose a low-carb diet that includes mostly plants. They tried making this point with this March 2009 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, but it didn’t pass the scientific muster or the common sense smell test with those of us who actually looked at the data used by the researchers. This is what I like to refer to as the veganization or more appropriately the “Pollan”ization of livin’ la vida low-carb (named after bestselling author Michael Pollan who famously wrote in his book In Defense of Food for people to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”). It seems we are subjected to this kind of nonsense about once a year that makes a big splash in the headlines against a high-fat, meat-based, low-carb diet and this new study is no exception.

Click here to read more about why this study had very little to do with what the Atkins diet is all about.

Paleo Nutrition Expert And Ironman Athlete Nell Stephenson

Filed under: Health — @ September 7, 2010

In Episode 399 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” I’m pleased to share with you an interview with Paleo nutrition and fitness expert named Nell Stephenson. I found out about Nell through one of your fellow podcast listeners who asked me, “Have you heard of Nell Stephenson?” As it turns out, no I hadn’t–but I have now! What a delightful find she was and I am thrilled to share her with you today. Listen to Nell share about her passion for physical activity since the age of 4, her love for running in triathlons, the influence her mom had on what “healthy” nutrition is, her journey from working as a personal trainer in a gym to working with clients on her own, the parasite that led her to learning about Paleolithic nutrition for health, her personal discovery that wheat, legumes, and dairy were causing more harm than good, the lessons she learned from Dr. Loren Cordain’s Paleo Diet, the amazing endurance she’s felt eating Paleo during ironman competitions, why there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet, how you can do Paleo nutrition incorrectly, the importance of getting the proper balance of macronutrients, a sample menu of what she eats in a day, why she chooses to eat egg whites instead of the whole egg, how she trains clients to achieve the fitness goals they desire, the percentage of ironman competitors who use low-carb Paleo nutrition to fuel their body, the various customized nutritional plans she uses with clients, and her motivation to start blogging on a regular basis.

Click here to quickly see why Nell Stephenson is so beloved by her clients around the world.

‘Week Of Weight Loss Success 2′ Interview With Jerome Biggars

Filed under: Health — @ September 3, 2010

In Episode 398 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we bring to a close this special “Week of Weight Loss Success 2″ where we’ve heard from some pretty spectacular weight loss success stories in Deryl Williams, Charles Cicciarella, Caroline Jhingory, and Traci Marshall. But we’ve saved the biggest (LITERALLY!) and best for last in a 47-year old man named Jerome Biggars who has a very-appropriately-titled blog called “Watch Me Lose 300 Pounds”. He’s been featured nationally on The Today Show for dropping triple digits times three times in a little more than a year and a half as a former nearly 500-pounder! Listen to Jerome talk about how he got to weigh close to 500 pounds with all of the health complications that come with that, his heartbreaking Wal-mart story, how he found the Medi Weight Loss low-carb plan, how the embarrassing “booth” experience and “golf” incident got him to seriously think about shedding the pounds, his eagerness to get going with his weight loss plan BEFORE January, the regular exercise he uses to complement his nutrition, the haunting nature of negative comments made to him when he was a morbidly obese man, his fear of dying so he could be there for his grandchildren, his frustration with the low-calorie, low-fat diet being promoted as healthy for everyone, the disappearance of his health complications through his spectacular weight loss, how this experience has given him a mission in life, the obvious loose skin after his weight loss that required a tummy tuck, the specifics of his diet plan and why it worked well for him, why he chose to eat more “lean” cuts of meat, the fat sources he consumed on a daily basis, the way he eats now compared with when he was losing weight, the negative external forces he’s already been getting, his specific strategy for never gaining back the weight, his desire to take this experience to the next level through speaking engagements and becoming certified as a personal trainer, his experience on The Today Show, how he overcame his diet soda addiction, and whether he’s gonna write a book about his weight loss success.

‘Week Of Weight Loss Success 2′ Interview With Traci Marshall

Filed under: Atkins Diet,Health — @ September 2, 2010

One of the most exciting events in the world of low-carb over the past few years has been the annual low-carb cruise where so many of your fellow low-carbers have come together for some amazing times of learning, fun, and excitement! Listen to one of the Low-Carb Cruise Committee member Kim Eidson share about the roster of guest speakers who will be joining us May 1-6, 2011, the fun activities that are on board, where the low-carb cruise will be leaving out of and the three destination spots the ship will be docking at, the kid-friendly cruise line we are using for the cruise, and the brand new official web site at LowCarbCruiseInfo.com for more information and how to sign up. I hope you can join us for The 4th Annual Low-Carb Cruise coming up in May 2011. If you have any questions, check out the cruise Facebook page and forum and feel free to e-mail our Cruise Director Becky Gandy if you have any questions about this premier low-carb event of the year!

In Episode 397 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” the inspiring “Week of Weight Loss Success 2″ continues on adding to the stories we’ve already heard this week from Deryl Williams, Charles Cicciarella, and Caroline Jhingory. Today’s special guest is Traci Marshall who was featured on pages 11-13 in The New Atkins For A New You because of her 95-pound weight loss story. Listen to Traci share about her Atkins diet experience, how the Atkins web site helped her in her health efforts, how she’s adapted to low-carb living with low-carb friendly recipes, the improvements in her health since she started on Atkins, the reaction by her doctor to her weight loss and health success, the misconceptions that persist about what the Atkins diet is, the flexibility of the new Atkins book, how her children has adapted to low-carb living naturally, how her depression symptoms changed when she consumed a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet, the “miserable” and “trapped” feeling she felt after having a baby, the “side effect” health benefits she experienced eating low-carb, the independent studies that are coming out supporting low-carb living, why a vegetarian diet wouldn’t work for her, how the Atkins diet is the REAL “real food” diet, why she encourages people NOT to diet but to just start eating the foods allowed on the Atkins plan, her aspirations for writing a success story/recipe book because of the feedback she’s received from people, and the role moderate amounts of exercise played in her weight loss success.

Click here to quickly find out why Traci Marshall is quite the ambassador for the Atkins diet!

New & Improved Julian Bakery Smart Carb Breads Now Soy-Free And Yummy

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I have a lot of respect for companies who are willing to listen to the informed and educated suggestions made by their customers to improve the quality of their products, take that honest feedback from the people who are investing into the company and give it serious consideration for future product development to make them better, and then follow through by producing a spectacular new and improved version of a desirable product. It just makes good marketing and business sense for companies to do this, but you’d be surprised how many companies all but ignore what their customers have to say thinking they know what’s best. But the reality is those companies that forget who supports them are the ones who will quickly be out of business especially in this tough economy right now. But thankfully there are wise companies who have been in business for decades through all the ups and downs because they’ve never forgotten the most important asset in their success is their customer base. That’s why I’m such a big fan of Julian Bakery.

Click here to find out more about their new and improved Smart Carb breads that are soy-free, high in quality protein, high in fiber from inulin, and contain just 1g net carb per slice!

‘Week Of Weight Loss Success 2′ Interview With Caroline Jhingory

Filed under: Health — @ September 1, 2010

In Episode 396 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we keep going with our very special “Week of Weight Loss Success 2″ that has featured the inspiring weight loss success stories of Deryl Williams and Charles Cicciarella. As a former 273-pounder in a living “Hell” as a 5’2″ pre-adolescent child, Caroline Jhingory knows how difficult it can be living in a body you don’t feel comfortable in. But thanks to low-carb living, she was able to shed 123 pounds and get her life back! Listen to Caroline share what it was like being an obese middle-schooler, how her cousin’s low-carb weight loss motivated her to try it for herself, her own homemade “gumbo” low-carb plan that worked for her, her aversion to consuming high amounts of dietary fat, how she eats now compared to when she was losing weight, the lingering joint problems she deals with from years of being morbidly obese, why she created her web site to “pay it forward” to others, the joy she finds in helping people in their own weight and health goals, her response to people who think she was “disciplined” in her weight loss efforts, how she beat back the demons and negative naysayers that told her she was going to fail, how she beat back her “kryptonite” (pizza and cheesecake) foods, her sample low-carb menus, her exercise routine and why she considers it her “therapy,” how she’s fueling her workouts and weight training, how she has been able to “boost” her metabolism, and her encouragement to people who want to get started losing weight for good.

‘Week Of Weight Loss Success 2′ Interview With Charles Cicciarella

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In Episode 395 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we continue our very special “Week of Weight Loss Success 2″ that began yesterday with the inspiring story of Deryl Williams. Today we continue with the incredibly inspiring weight loss success stories by sharing with you the journey of a Canadian man named Charles Cicciarella who is the author of the upcoming book entitled Life Is A FAT ONION. Listen to Charles talk about what life was like before his weight loss, his fast food addiction which led to his obesity, how what he ate impacted him psychologically and physically, why losing weight quickly didn’t help him adjust mentally to his “new” self, how his life “crumbled” when he went through some difficult issues with close members of his family passing away, how his father motivated him to take better care of himself as he was on his deathbed, the renewed changes he made in his life following the death of his parents when he was able to finish his book, the story behind what the onion is all about in the title of the book, the meaning behind the acronym of FAT ONION, his odd view of fitness as a child and teenager, the inadequacy he felt as an adult in his career because of being bullied as a kid, how he transitioned his nutrition from vegetarian to low-carb, why he chooses to avoid red meat in his diet, the vegetable basics in his menus, the uplifting tattoo he put on his right arm, his appearance on LA Ink on TLC, why he refers to himself as “Chuckie” when thinking of who he was as an obese man, and what his dream for others is as they live their life.

Click here to allow the triumphant story of Charles Cicciarella give you the inspiration you need to overcome life’s struggles.

‘Week Of Weight Loss Success 2′ Interview With Deryl Williams

Filed under: Health — @ August 30, 2010

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In Episode 394 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we kick off this very special “Week of Weight Loss Success 2″ featuring some truly inspiring and uplifting stories of shedding the pounds to help encourage you in your own journey. Today we hear from Deryl Williams from Hyperlife Fitness who weighed in at 274 pounds with several health concerns. Listen to him hear the ultimatum his doctor gave him to lose weight or else, how the South Beach Diet introduced him to the benefits of carbohydrate restriction, the success he was seeing consuming a lower-fat, lower-carb diet and exercise plan, his 94-pound weight loss in 9 1/2 months, why exercise does not cover up the sins of bad eating, his famous P90X television commercial appearance, the physical and mental changes that happened to him by the grace of God, his seminary experience contributing to his obesity problem, why pastors seem to struggle with obesity, say what’s wrong in his thinking with saturated fat, why grass-fed meats are “a different animal” for consuming, the detrimental impact of consuming carbohydrates, the convoluted message being communicated about allegedly healthy foods like potatoes, why you don’t really need to “cheat” anymore when you start eating better, the Shakeology program he promotes to his clients, his mom’s love and affection for my work, the positive impact his nutritional/fitness example is having on his children, why “looking good” is the wrong motivation for making lifestyle changes, his thinking of the “slow” version of muscle-building, why marathon and sprint runners have a different physique, the failure of the “one-size-fits-all” approach, how much time weekly he spends exercising, what he thinks about The Biggest Loser television show, a sample of his typical menus, how the food manufacturers keep us addicted to carb-laden foods, and so much more!

Click here to listen to this first of five inspiring podcast interviews with an incredible weight loss success story this week as part of the “Week Of Weight Loss Success 2.”

Steve Liberati Uses Passion For Underprivileged Kids As Catalyst For PaleoKits Business

Filed under: Health — @ August 26, 2010

In Episode 393 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from “caveman” entrepreneur/philanthropist Steve Liberati, owner of Steve’s Original–makers of the high-quality, grass-fed, low-carb friendly PaleoKits. One thing you’ll notice about this man is how much of a heart of gold he has for helping kids who society has all but given up on. But not Steve. You can tell he has a love and passion for the children he comes into contact with acting as a father figure and mentor to them. Listen to Steve talk about how he discovered the Paleo diet and why he chose to eat that way, the positive impact Dr. Loren Cordain’s work had on him personally, why his desire to “feel good” was what originally led him to Paleo, how his exposure to inner city kids through his father’s job led him to create Steve’s Club to give these children a place to learn about fitness and nutrition, the “Paleo Challenge” weight loss contest he instituted with the kids, how the problem the children shared about the lack of healthy food options at school led to the creation of what would become the PaleoKits formulated by Steve’s wife, the quality of the real food ingredients that you can actually pronounce used in the PaleoKits, why the PaleoKits are a better product than most protein bars and shakes, why it’s important to eat the PaleoKits slowly, the soon-to-be-released “Just Jerky” product is perfect for people on low-carb diets, the real food, high-quality Paleo Krunch cereal products, his video recipe challenge to my listeners, his desire to spread the Steve’s Club concept nationwide to help underprivileged kids across America, and how all of the Steve’s Original employees come from the Steve’s Club kids to give them a positive reference to start their working careers.

Click here for quite an inspiring story from a man who truly understands the concept of putting others first and self last. Kudos to you, Steve Liberati!

PR Firm Tries To Pitch Vegetarian Protein Powder To Low-Carb Blogger

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When you make “health and nutrition” what you do for a living and are successful at reaching an audience of people like I have been the past few years, it opens up a whole new world of opportunities for the public relations companies out there who represent a wide variety of clients offering products and services that fit within that mold to reach out to you. Now that the combined reach of my blog, podcast and other related sites has extended to well over a million faithful readers and listeners each month, these PR hawks have become so hungry seeking out their prey for a chance that maybe, just maybe I’ll talk about their client’s stuff in a positive way that they’ll send you press releases about every item you could ever imagine under the sun. But one thing I have deliberately tried to do especially as the traffic has increased with any potential new sponsors is to be very selective about who I work with making sure I personally like the product or service first and then having the discernment to know whether it is appropriate for my fans. That way when you see a banner on any of my web sites or hear a sponsorship spot at the beginning of my podcast, you can feel confident that it is something I have personally vetted out for myself and believe would be an excellent enhancement to your healthy low-carb lifestyle. That’s exactly what you get from both Steve’s Original PaleoKits and QuestBars–two of my latest sponsors–who have some truly remarkable products that I’m proud to associate with the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” brand!

Unfortunately, sometimes there are some overenthusiastic people working in the PR profession who sees the popularity of a blog like mine and forgets to see the name of the blog is “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb.” I’ve been pitched everything from soy ice cream to “healthy” whole grain crackers to fat-free fruit chews–obviously none of which would be appropriate for people on a carbohydrate-restricted way of eating. Sometimes I’ll get these press releases and have the notion to write back to them explaining why I won’t be doing business with them at all. It’s amazing how ill-informed these people are about what their clients are promoting as “healthy” and I have no problem at all sharing the flaws in their products as I see them. These PR representatives try to sound smarter than they are by cloaking their client’s intent for some exposure for their products or services as a “news” release with an offer to conduct an interview with someone about that subject. There’s nothing wrong with this practice, but common sense would tell you to be sure you don’t turn off the recipient of your press release with nonsensical statements. I got the perfect example of this recently.

Click here to see what a PR company tried to get me to write about and the crazy “pitch” they made to a low-carb blogger about their “plant-based” product.

Holly Johnson Uses Public Speaking Class To Espouse Her Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle

Filed under: Health — @ August 25, 2010

What an awesome job I get to enjoy doing on a daily basis writing, interviewing, videotaping, living and breathing everything I can get my hands on about the low-carbohydrate nutritional approach to share what I’ve learned with some of the most incredible people in the world. And I have had the distinct privilege of hearing from literally tens of thousands of people over the past six years who have quite frankly had their lives turned upside down and improved thanks to the basic principles of livin’ la vida low-carb. Each of these stories is as unique as the fingerprints of the people e-mailing me about how this miraculous way of eating has rocked their world in a positive way both with their weight and health! Seeing how low-carb living has radically altered the course of countless numbers of real people has been a constant encouragement to me to just keep doing what I’m doing sharing from this platform I’ve been given why a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb lifestyle is a viable (and preferable!) option for people who have been frustrated by the failed low-fat lie. One such faithful blog reader who I actually got to meet in person for the first time while visiting Washington, DC last month is a woman by the name of Holly Johnson.

Click here to read the speech Holly gave in her public speaking class about how low-carb changed her life along with illustrative slides and scientific references that knocked the socks off of her fellow classmates.

Low-Carb Transformed Christina Adler From Manic Mom To Bodacious Bodybuilder

Filed under: Health — @ August 24, 2010

The “real food” movement happening in the United States right now is quite encouraging for those of us who are trying to educate the public on the amazing weight and health benefits of choosing nourishing, nutrient-dense options to feed themselves and their families. It’s the very essence of what livin’ la vida low-carb is all about and I’m thrilled to know there are warriors out there spreading the good message about real food living like Kelly The Kitchen Kop. She’s created a brand new education class called REAL FOOD FOR ROOKIES to help show what eating and cooking real food looks like. Listen in at the beginning of today’s podcast for a quick mini-interview about this 12-week course slated to begin on Thursday, September 16, 2010. People like Tom Naughton from Fat Head, Sally Fallon from The Weston A. Price Foundation, and Dr. Kaayla Daniel are all a part of this outstanding lineup. Sign up no later than September 5, 2010 by clicking here! You’re gonna LOVE this real food class!

In Episode 392 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from a dramatic low-carb transformation story in Christina Adler who experienced a rather traumatic health experience that happened to her when she was having children. Listen to Christina share about her active lifestyle growing up as the daughter of physically-active parents, the health difficulties she experienced after her second pregnancy, her severe bout with postpartum depression following the premature birth of her second child, the lack of sleep she began experiencing as a result, the crazy recommendations that her Weight Watchers group encouraged her to do, the predictable weight gain she saw from taking so many prescription medications for her depression and anxiety, the total detachment from life she experienced at her lowest point during her clinical depression, the impact of this experience on Christina’s daughter, her experience going to yoga class with her daughter, the progression to Pilates and weight lifting that followed after coming off of Weight Watchers, the impact of web sites like Sugar-Free Sheila, Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb, and ketogenic bodybuilding sites on her body change, how people tend to overcomplicate low-carb living, why she eats “like a truck driver,” and her newfound mission to help improve herself and the health of others.

Click here to be inspired by the real life story of Christina Adler to see a real person who was changed forever for the better thanks to healthy low-carb living!



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