Low Carb Cruise Lectures Online (Includes Vegetarian Diet and Carbohydrate Addiction topics)

Pam and Terry Young have recently posted lectures from the 2012 low carb cruise. I was truly blown away by the nutritional knowledge in that conference room everyday and I am very excited to have a chance to pass these lectures on. In addition, a few of the powerpoint notes from the cruise are at the website for the 2013 Low Carb Cruise. As an aside, the cruise is open to ANYONE who wants to learn the latest and most accurate information on diet and healthy living. I highly recommend it – we really felt at home the moment my wife and I stepped onboard.

There are a couple of topics that I’ve wanted to blog on but I would rather just forward you on to the experts:

The first topic is the vegetarian diet. Now I DO REALIZE that people are vegetarian or vegan for many different reasons. What I want to emphasize is that the science behind the vegetarian diet is WRONG. The goto book for vegetarians/vegans is “The China Study.” Denise Minger is a former vegetarian (for 10 years) who finally decided to look at the science (the last straw for her was when she walked into her dentist and was found to have 16 dental caries). She has since healed herself and currently is working on a new book project “Death by Food Pyramid.” I have never seen a study picked apart as skillfully and completely as Denise Minger does. If you understand science, you will walk away convinced that there is no scientific basis for the vegetarian diet. AGAIN, I am not here to judge people who choose to eat this way. But science is not on your side. I think culture and finance probably play a bigger role here. Denise has a wonderful blog called Rawfoodsos.com. In addition to her stellar critique of The China Study, she does a wonderful job showing why the movie “Forks Over Knives” has no scientific basis as well.

The second topic I wanted to highlight (and again only because I don’t think I’ve done an adequate job covering these subjects on my blog yet — each lecture is worth your time) is Carbohydrate Addiction. Jacqueline Eberstein, R.N. worked with Dr. Atkins for 30 years while he saved lives. Dr. Atkins’ accomplishments are a cornerstone of the low-carb/paleo movement. He has been vilified for many reasons, NONE of which involve science or public welfare. It is interesting to note that in her lecture, she admits to being as much of a skeptic as anyone. She took the job because she needed a job. Of course, over time she realized that Doc knew what he was doing! Anyway, Carbohydrate Addiction is real. I don’t think anyone truly denies that. We are not judging people who are addicted to carbs. Our job is to point out that evidence exists to support the concept. In addition, she gives some wonderful tips on how to beat carb addiction. In the beginning of the lecture, she talks about her early days when she would come home after work and eat an entire Entenmann’s chocolate cake! Finally, available online are her powerpoint notes (right side).

The Office Challenge!

About 6 months ago, our office management team came up with a weight loss challenge! We encouraged our staff to watch their diet and keep track of the results. Most of them are anonymously reporting the results. A few are keeping track of their results without reporting. The environment is extremely supportive. At our annual staff meeting the cumulative results were announced! So far we have lost a total of 200 pounds! Yeah! Needless to say, we are all inspired by this. Each person has a chance to decide how to lose the weight whether it is LCHF (they know LCHF better than most medical offices ;-) ) or through weight watchers. We are not officially keeping track of who is doing which plan. But I will say this, several have come up to me to tell me their personal results and which method they are using. Anecdotally, LCHF is winning hands down. I am so proud of them!

One of the new things we are doing is keeping the heavy whipping cream near the coffee machine (refrigerated). It is definitely ok to drink a cup or 2 of coffee each day. You really should avoid adding sugar. Instead try some of the heavy whipping cream! It tastes delicious AND it give you some normal dietary saturated fat. This will keep you from getting hungry and give you some healthy calories for fuel! We are going through heavy cream rather quickly so it is a favorite!

Melanzana Margherita Pizza – Savory!

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You may remember the cauliflower cheese crust pizza that is a huge hit in the low carb blogosphere. Here is an alternative: pizza crust using eggplant. You won’t be disappointed (I’ve added mozzarella to the crust mix successfully, similar to the cauliflower recipe).

Parents Are Starting to Report In!

We are closing in on 20,000 site visits here at lowcarbpediatrician.com from over 50 different countries! I’ve posted before about our success stories with the patients in my office. These are kids we have been working with over the past couple of years. NOW, I am starting to get wonderful feedback from parents themselves who have decided to change their dietary lifestyles using REAL food. This week I received reports from a couple of parents that they’ve lost over 20 pounds in the last 2 months! They have decided to follow science rather then culture. They have decided to listen to their bodies rather than FAILED dietary rhetoric. They are not “counting calories.” They are not trying to “control portions.” They are not feeling hungry all the time! Of course, this is not all about weight loss. This is about FEELING BETTER. Less fatigued and more energetic. Fewer headaches and upset tummies. Being less moody and able to think more clearly. My patients are feeling better too! So what are YOU waiting for? Find the real YOU starting today!

Repeat after me “Correlation does not imply causation, correlation does not imply causation,…..”

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We are back.  We had a great week! We fished quite a bit — we were lucky enough that I had a chance to teach the boys how to clean and cook the fish the way that nature intended. Yeah! I have a lot to post on but for now let’s review some basic statistics when you see those pesky studies in the news.

Alec Baldwin and Dr Lustig — You Don’t Want To Miss It

We will be taking a brief hiatus here at lowcarbpediatrician.com.  Look for a new post on July 16.  It was interesting, I had a great conversation with my father-in-law  today.  He, like many, has had a difficult time rejecting the failed food pyramid.   However, over the last few weeks I think his mind has opened.  “You may be riding a wave here Brad.”  Maybe so.  But I do it knowing that science is on my side.  In addition, I had two teenage come into the office for yearly physicals this week.   Both kids were well above the 95% on their BMI the year before.  Both kids decided, on their own, to cut out the carbs.  The weight loss and BMI change was dramatic.   In this situation, I usually grab a nurse or my nurse practitioner, Judith (who is an LCHF guru) and show them what this patient has accomplished — life long well being.  We laugh and give a high five or two.   I then grill the young person on the specifics and the answer is “low carb.”  It’s not a big surprise.  When I talk about low carb with families, they do not act surprsied.   The reaction typically is “we already knew that, what took you so long to admit it?”   I  shrug and go on to explain LCHF.   Here is a podcast between Alec Baldwin and Guru Dr Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist — two people who live in the real world of Real Food.

Happy Fourth of July!

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We have a lot to be thankful for here in this country.  Time to take a minute to contemplate our freedom and celebrate!  Here is a tasty sugar-free, gluten-free cupcake — Wow!!

Carbs Are Killing You and Eating Fat Does Not Make You Fat

From the Massive Health Blog:
To See A More Readable Version of the Infographic, Click Here

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Dr. Eenfeldt And The Food Revolution – AHS 2011

Independence Day is just 2 days away. If you are like me, you love this country and surely can appreciate everything we have. It’s a time to celebrate for sure. At the same time, however, even our forefathers would agree, the health of our nation is at stake. Over the next twenty years, it is predicted that the number of people suffering from severe obesity (BMI > 40) will jump from 5% to 11% (see chart below). From a medical perspective, this is truly horrifying. This is a problem that will affect all of us. Robb Wolf states “As a society we have become so sick, weak, and broken. We accept abnormal as normal. But common is NOT normal.” He is right!

The old dogma (“eat less and exercise more”) clearly is not working. “Calories In, Calories Out” is a failed approach. Gary Taubes discussed this in more detail recently while commenting on a well designed study proving that low carb works better.The reason for that is simple: our biology/physiology is not designed to handle the excess carbohydrate that we have been eating. We are eating this way because of incorrect advice given to us. Low fat, high carb is a failed approach. Counting calories is a failed approach. Albert Einstein said “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” We need to stop ignoring our bodies. We need to stop ignoring basic fundamental principles of physiology.
We have the answer: Eat real food and do it without feeling hungry. Your body will take care of the rest!

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Smoooooothies!

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We have talked before about making smoothies.  There are a lot of options:  with or without dairy (we often add creamer as well — you can use regular, soy, almond or coconut milk) ; use your favorite fruit; add some whey protein if you want.  Here is a great recipe for those who cannot tolerate dairy or want dairy free.  Search the net for thousands of smoothie recipes.  Great for beating the heat and getting healthy nutrition!

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