Tag Archives: Low Carb

My Podcast Debut

Yes. It’s true. Someone was crazy enough to ask me to discuss topics on a podcast. And here it is. Thanks to Jimmy Moore, the hardworking low-carber at Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb, for having me on the show. I was so nervous at first, which is funny because there was no audience looking at me […]

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Enjoy G&Ts? Read This.

Our house drink of the summer so far has been Gin & Tonics with a generous squeeze of lime. Because they’re low carb and it’s easy to control the potency, they seemed like the perfect Sit-On-The-Deck-And-Watch-The-World-Go-By drink. Until we checked the label of our tonic water. *Cue dramatic music* Not THAT side! But while we’re […]

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They Always Blame the Meat

I’m glad Melissa McEwan said it (here), ’cause I’ve been thinking the same thing. After reading The End of Overeating by David Kessler, McEwan couldn’t help but wonder, “When I see a study that shows meat causes weight gain, I kind of want to know ‘what meat?’.” Apparently, the book blames meat for the epidemic […]

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In Pursuit of Paleo Perfection; or, A Response to Don Matesz

A well-known figure in the Paleo community has recently gone rogue. Don Matesz of PrimalWisdom.com has bid adieu to the Paleo diet he says he’s been following for 14 years (post here). Disclaimer: I’m only 6 months into my own Paleo/Primal experiment. I’m not as strict as many adherents. I follow this diet the same […]

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Quick Links: Consumer Reports and Their “Unbiased” Diet Ratings

My friend Juliann recently alerted me to Consumer Reports’ report reporting on which diets are best. Astoundingly, Jenny Craig wins, followed by Slim-Fast and Weight Watchers, and with Atkins pulling up the rear. *Sigh* Well, what do you expect when their standard was the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines? But, as Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La […]

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Quick Links: Even MORE Support

Well, it’s damn-near official: Processed carbohydrates, which many Americans eat today in place of fat, may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease more than fat does—a finding that has serious implications for new dietary guidelines expected this year. In March the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a meta-analysis—which combines data from […]

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Substitutions and You

We’ve all been there. You’ve been SO good, doing your Paleo/Primal thing and loving it. Then somewhere, deep in the recesses of your complicated stomach-brain-food-craving center, an itch develops. Maybe it’s an itch for the richness of a brownie or the best melty-cheese-and-sliced-meat delivery system of all time: pizza. And rather than do full-on nuclear […]

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Quick Links: LA Times on Carbs

Forgive me for coming late to this one. The LA Times published this in December, but I wanted to link to it because it’s one of the most concise and matter-of-fact summaries of the low-carb movement I’ve seen. Carbs wouldn’t be an issue if our metabolisms were designed to handle them. But as Dr. Stephen […]

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Quick Links: Fat, Glorious Fat

  Kristin Wartman over at Civil Eats has a great article about how researchers, media influencers, and the medical establishment are beginning to change their tune when it comes to dietary fat. She acknowledges, as I did in my observations on pop culture’s messages, that this change in policy will be a huge undertaking. Several […]

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Is Conventional Wisdom Catching Up?

For a decade, from roughly 1997 to 2007, I read all the magazines I thought would help me with the whole diet and exercise rigmarole: Shape, Self, Cooking Light. I wanted tips, tricks, and recipes. Thinking back now from the vantage point of Primal, it occurs to me that during that time there was a […]

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