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Have You Tried a Sardicado Sandwich?

California or Hass avocado

California or Hass avocado

Several years ago, Alton Brown lost a significant amount of weight, and one of the items on his diet was sardine-avocado sandwiches. I like sardines. I like avocados. But I never ever would have considered eating them mixed together.

A while back, I read Franziska Spritzler’s The Low Carb Dietitian’s Guide to Health and Beauty (great book; my review). One of her recipes involves the sardine-avocado combo, so I’m resolved to give it a try. Her recipe was simply 4 oz (120 g) canned sardines mixed with 1/2 medium avocado and sea salt, stuffed in a large red bell pepper. I bet the sardine-avocado mix would be good on a bed of lettuce if I don’t have a bell pepper. A little black pepper and a squeeze of lemon, too?

If memory serves, I paid $1.29 for this tin of sardines. "Best used by" date is five years from now.

If memory serves, I paid $1.29 (USD) for this tin of sardines. “Best used by” date is five years from now.

I may even try Franziska’s Chocolate Avocado Pudding, another combo I never would have imagined.

Click for Alton Brown’s sardicado sandwich.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: If you don’t like the smell of sardines, my books won’t offend your olfactory sense.

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New Podcast Episode Features Professional Low-Carb Diet Proponents

Jimmy Moore posted an interview with Dr. Troy Stapleton and Franziska Spritzler, R.D. They both advocate carbohydrate-restricted diets for management of blood sugars in diabetes. Dr. Stapleton, by the way, has type 1 diabetes; I’ve written about him before. Franziska is available for consultation either by phone, Skype, or in person.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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Franziska Spritzler Explains Why So Many Dietitians Are Against Low-Carb Diets

Click for details. Briefly:

1. They think it’s dangerous. 
2.They believe the diet-heart hypothesis. 
3. They think the diet is unbalanced.  
4. They think no one will follow it long term.

Franziska debunks these ideas one by one.

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Excellent Advice For Women Approaching Menopause

…and struggling with weight gain and other hormonal issues. Visit Franziska Spritzler’s blog for details. A quote:

While the aging process is inevitable and to some extent dependent on your genes, there are ways to make the transition easier in terms of weight management, loss of muscle mass, and blood sugar control. My advice is to cut back on carbs to a level that allows you to achieve a healthy weight and optimal glycemic levels, keeping in mind that this is highly individualized and may change over time. Some women at this stage may be able to continue the same moderate-to-high-carb diet they’ve always consumed without any issues, but after looking into the research and hearing many anecdotal accounts, I know that many are simply not. It saddens me to hear about  ladies in their mid-40s to mid-50s eating low-fat diets and continuing to struggle with food cravings and weight. I feel many would benefit from the hunger-reducing, hormone-altering, blood-sugar-stabilizing effects of carb restriction.

Franziska recommends women consult their doctors before starting a low-carb diet or exercise program.

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A Dietitian’s View of Ketogenic Diets

You get it?

Registered Dietitian Franziska Spritzler recently reviewed the concept of low-carb ketogenic diets.  She thinks they are a valid approach to certain clinical situations.  Among dietitians, this puts her in a small but growing minority.

I hesitate to mention this, but I will anyway.  Many, if not most, dietitians too easily just go along with the standard party line on low-carb eating: it’s rarely necessary and quite possibly unhealthy.  Going along is much easier than doing independent literature review and analysis.  I see the same mindset among physicians.

Franziska breaks the mold.

Steve Parker, M.D.


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