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Jimmy Moore Interviews Keith Runyan, M.D.

Jimmy posted a recent interview with type 1 diabetic Dr. Keith R. Runyan, who is a nephrologist and internist.

Dr. Runyan is training for his first Great Floridian Triathlon in October, 2012, so he naturally has a great interest in high level athleticism as it intersects with diabetes.

Dr. Runyan’s current carb consumption level didn’t come up specifically in the interview, but his website indicates he’s on a ketogenic diet heavily influenced by Dr. Richard Bernstein.  So I figure he’s eating under 50 grams of digestible carbohydrate daily.  He also tried Loren Cordain’s paleo diet; my sense is that it didn’t help much with his diabetes, but perhaps some.

Overall, the interview strongly supports carbohydrate-restricted eating for folks with diabetes.  Definitely worth a listen for anyone with diabetes who’s not sold on a very-low-carb diet.  If you’re sitting on the fence, at least check out his “About Me” page.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Triathlon: run, swim, bike

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Eliminate Diabetes Drugs By Eating Right

Jimmy Moore has posted a podcast interview with internist Luan Pho, who thinks that the right diet can help reduce or eliminate usage of diabetic drugs.  I’m sure involves type 2 diabetes, not type 1.  I haven’t listened to the podcast, but you may want to.



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Book Review: Low-Carbing Among Friends, Volume 1

I just read “Low-Carbing Among Friends, Volume 1” by Jennifer Eloff, Maria Emmerich, Carolyn Ketchum, Lisa Marshall, and Kent Altena.  Per Amazon.com’s rating system, I give it five stars (“I love it”).

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If you’re serious about low-carb eating, you’ll want this book.  Five well-known low-carb cooks and chefs present many of their best recipes in a straightforward format.  All recipes are gluten-free, wheat-free, and sugar-free.  I read through over half of the recipes and understood all the instructions; I’m confident I could make anything in this book.

Some of of the recipe ingredients will be a little hard to find. You may have to order a few of them online, and the authors tell you where to order. Unless you’re just dabbling in low-carb eating, you’ll want to stock up on some of these anyway. 

I have an incurable sweet tooth.  I like to share my cooking with my wife, but she has, um, (ahem)… “gastrointestinal problems” with my usual non-caloric sweetener, Splenda.  That’s not very common, but is a well-known phenomenon.  I was glad to learn herein that erythritol is a trouble-free alternative, GI-wise.

One thing I miss about standard high-carb eating is baked sugary items like cakes and muffins.  Sure, I’ve read that if you stay away from those for four to six months, you’ll lose your desire.  Not me.  And I tried.  In my next stretch of days off, I’m making a batch of Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix and spending some time in the kitchen!

Not being previously familiar with him, I was particularly impressed with Kent Altena’s background.  Starting at over 400 pounds (182+ kg), he lost over 200 pounds (91+ kg) and reenlisted in the U.S. National Guard and started running marathons (26.2 miles)!  Thank you for your service to our country, Mr. Altena.

The book is laced with commentary from low-carb proponents, including Dana Carpender, Jimmy Moore, Dr. John Briffa, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, Dr. Robert Su, and me.  I am honored to have been invited.

By the way, recipe measurements are given in both U.S. customary and metric units, which non-U.S. residents will appreciate.  Serving size nutrient analysis includes digestible carb grams (aka net carbs).  All recipe carb counts are under 10 g; most are under 5 g.   

If you’re tired of eating the same old things, I’m sure you’ll find many new dishes here that will become time-honored classics in your household.

Steve Parker, M.D.

 Disclosure: As a supporter of low-carb eating, I contributed two pages to the book.  I did not and will not recieve any remuneration, and I purchased my own copy of the book.

PS: Recipes I want to try: Cinnamon Swirl Cookies, Green Bean and Bacon Salasd, Gingerbread Biscotti, Tuan Burgers, Blueberry Muffins, Pecan Sun-Dried Tomato and Bacon Cauli-Rice, Spicy Shrimp with Avocado Dressing, 24-Hour Chili, Harvest Pancakes, Breakfast Casserole, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, Stuffed Mushrooms, Broccoli Bacon Salad, Seven Layer Salad, Sausage Quiche, Low-Carb Pancakes, Stuffed Hamburgers, Eggplant Parmeson, Flax Bread, Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix, and Mock Danish.


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Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Sugar-Free: “Low-Carbing Among Friends”

Low Carbing Among Friends: Low-carb and Gluten-free V1 (Low Carbing Among Friends, Volume-1)I’m very excited about a brand new cookbook for folks limiting their consumption of carbohydrates, wheat, and gluten.  It’s a unique collaboration among five chefs (Jennifer Eloff, Maria Emmerrich, Carolyn Ketchum, Lisa Marshall, and Kent Altena) and other low-carb luminaries like Jimmy Moore and Dana Carpender.  I was honored to contribute a couple pages myself.  The book is Low-Carbing Among Friends, volume 1.

All 325 recipes limit digestible carbohydrates to a maximum of 10 grams; many have five or fewer grams.  This should be great for people with diabetes and anyone trying to manage excess weight with low-carb eating.  All recipes are gluten-free, wheat-free, and sugar-free.

I can’t wait for my copy.  I’m “online friends” with several of the contributors, so I’m familiar with the great quality of their work.  You can get the book at Amazon.com, but I ordered mine from the book’s website, figuring the authors make more profit there.  (If we want good books, we have to support authors.)  It’s not too late to order this as a Christmas present.  Don’t you know someone who could use it?  

Steve Parker, M.D.




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Book Review: 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb

Here’s my review of Jimmy Moore’s new book, 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: How the Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew.  I rate it five stars, Amazon.com’s highest rating.

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Thinking about quitting your low-carb lifestyle?  Read this book first.

Jimmy Moore is a leading advocate for low-carb eating.  His purpose with this book is to educate, encourage, and inspire overweight people to begin or maintain their own low-carb journey.  And he succeeds in spades.

Mr. Moore assumes the reader already knows how to do low-carb eating.  If you don’t, I’m sure Mr. Moore would recommend Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution as the single best source.  As with all diets, low-carb eating has a high drop-out rate.  Most people lose some weight then return to their old way of eating, gaining the weight back.

Even as the author of a balanced, calorie-restricted diet book, I’ll admit that many people have had phenomenal success with low-carb diets, without caloric restriction.  Mr. Moore is one of those: 180 pounds (82 kg) weight loss in one year, and sustained over five years.  Could he be lying?  Sure.  But my gut feeling is he’s not. 

This book is not only a survey of the low-carb world covering the last decade, its an autobiography.  He shares his traumatic upbringing and the frustrating premature death of his morbidly obese brother from heart disease.  You’ll learn about Mr. Moore’s movie career alongside George Clooney.  I was also surprised to learn that Mr. Moore lost 170 pounds (77 kg) in 1999, not on a low-carb diet, but a low-fat one!  Then what happened?  I won’t spoil it for you.  Mr. Moore also owns up to his regrettable and embarrassing affiliation with the Kimkins diet in 2007.

The only weak chapter is the one on childhood obesity.  Mr. Moore moves away from his previous science- and evidence-based arguments, using personal opinion and anecdote more often.  This partly reflects the fact that childhood obesity hasn’t been studied nearly as much as the adult version.

I particularly like Mr. Moore’s review of the scientific evidence in favor of low-carb eating.  The science was inspired and driven by the low-carb craze of 1998-2004.  But the study results weren’t published until after the fad peaked.  So most people aren’t familiar with the science.  Mr. Moore presents it in very understandable terms, which is a gift.

As heavily invested as he is in low-carb eating, does Mr. Moore condemn other methods of weight management?  By no means.  He repeatedly writes: “The point is to find the proven nutritional plan that works for you, follow that plan as exactly as prescribed by the author, and then stick to it for the rest of your life.” 

Steve Parker, M.D.

Additional information: Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Blog

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