It went over so well in 2012 that we decided to bring it back again in 2013! It, of course, is the pre-Low-Carb Cruise dinner and roasting of the guest speakers by the lovable little FAT HEAD himself Tom Naughton (by the way, if you haven’t picked up a copy of Tom’s new FAT HEAD Director’s Cut yet, it’s got brand new updated footage and interviews with more experts–GET IT!). Tom did another spectacular job roasting the guest speakers on this year’s Low-Carb Cruise, including Robb Wolf (who unfortunately had to miss because his mother was hospitalized just days before we sailed–Tom still roasted him well), Diane Sanfilippo, Jonathan Bailor, Dave Asprey, Dietitian Cassie Bjork, Dr. Jason and Mira Calton, Dr. Dwight Lundell, Jackie Eberstein, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, Dr. Jay Wortman and a special little segment about me at the end that I’m sure many of you will get a kick out of. We had a spectacular time on this year’s cruise and hope to have you join us in 2014. Details on the next one coming up in July at LowCarbCruiseInfo.com! Plus, the lectures from the 2013 Low-Carb Cruise will be available in the next month or so. I’ll share how you can access those when they become available.
As has become our annual tradition on the Low-Carb Cruise since 2010, Tom and I did our karaoke rendition of the Oak Ridge Boys classic song “Elvira.” I remember when he first asked me to sing this song with him a few years back, Tom said,”you know this song, right?” Ummmm, kinda. I knew the chorus from hearing my mom play that song as a kid, but I didn’t know the verses at all. That’s never stopped me from singing anything before so I just made up my own notes using the lyrics. It’s been the way I’ve sung it every year since! ENJOY!
As I’m working with my publisher polishing off the final elements of my August 27, 2013 release of Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? it’s gonna be an intense back-and-forth process that will require 100% of my attention all month along. I’ll be sporadic at best with time for blogging for the rest of this month. When that book is completed and ready to be published, then I’ll be back. My goal right now is to return to my regular podcasting schedule beginning again on Monday, June 3, 2013 with brand new interviews and the return of “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” and “Low-Carb Conversations.” Check out the guest hosts and Classic interviews I’ll be sharing with you in the month of May 2013:
Hollywood trainer Vinnie Tortorich and his podcasting sidekick and voice over talent extraordinaire Anna Vocino, co-hosts of the “Angriest Trainer” podcast, are this week’s guest co-hosts for Episode 676 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” Vinnie appeared as a guest on this show in Episode 651 earlier this year and both he and Anna have a ton of experience running their own fabulous low-carb/health podcast. Vinnie, aside from being America’s Angriest Personal Trainer, is also a trainer-to-the-stars who has appeared (twice!) on Oprah. His co-host Anna is a successful comedian and actress having appeared on The Office, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital and multiple episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live! She’s also a highly-sought after vocal talent in video games and commercials. Listen in as this dynamic duo explains why Vinnie’s so angry, and why maybe you should be too!
Clinical Nutrition Specialist and bestselling author Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman is our guest today in this LLVLC Classic interview in Episode 677 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” We continue bringing you some of our favorite long-lost interviews from the archives every Wednesday! Today we have the world famous author of the book The Fat Flush Plan. Dr. Gittleman is the author of over 30 books on all areas of health and nutrition including diet, detox, cleansing and parasites, women’s health, men’s health, menopause, beauty, and environmental health including a couple of New York Times bestsellers. She has also appeared on some major media outlets, including 20/20, Dr. Phil, The View, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Fox News, PBS, CNN, Good Day New York and The 700 Club! Listen in as Dr. Gittleman and I discuss her fabulous book Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet to help those of you still struggling with the sweet tooth. Listen and enjoy this LLVLC Classic episode!
Personal trainer and podcaster Tony Federico of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast is joined by special guests Stefani Ruper, Todd Dosenberry and Joshua Weissman in his guest hosting appearance in Episode 678 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” We are excited to bring you another fantastic guest host, Tony Federico from the “Fitness In An Evolutionary Direction” blog and the awesome new Paleo Magazine Radio (PMR) podcast. Listen in as Tony hosts a fabulous episode featuring “The next generation of Paleo” featuring three inspiring guests who are active in the Paleo movement and are all under the age of 25! Stefani Ruper is the voice behind Paleo For Women and has relied on a combination of Paleo living and natural medicine to correct her health. Todd Dosenberry from Primal Toad discovered Paleo via Mark Sisson at the tender age of 21 in 2010 and he’s been living the life ever since. Finally, 17-year old Joshua Weissman from Slim Palate managed to not only lose 100 pounds on a Paleo diet, but to also escape from an adolescence filled with bullying. Listen in as these four share loads of wisdom beyond their years that should make you very proud for the future of this movement in the decades to come.
Milwaukee, WI-based cardiologist and perennial New York Times bestselling author Dr. William Davis is our guest today in this LLVLC Classic in Episode 679 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” We’re super excited to bring you a pair of great interviews with Dr. William Davis long BEFORE he wrote his blockbuster book that he’s now most famous for called Wheat Belly. In case you weren’t a listener way back when these interviews first aired, you may not realize that even before Wheat Belly came on the scene, Dr. Davis was popular enough to be selected as one of the show’s top five guests of the year, returning for our annual “Encore Week” episodes as one of the best of the best from that year. We knew then that Dr. Davis was destined for greatness and it all started right here on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” Don’t miss this fantastic LLVLC Classic episode where Dr. Davis reveals his thoughts on cholesterol, heart disease and why he advocates for getting a heart scan as a means for determining your true heart health risks!
Guest co-hosts stand-up comedian Dan French, registered dietitian Amy Kubal and moonshine expert Corben Thomas from The Health And Comedy Show podcast bring their own unique style of podcasting to Episode 680 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”Dan French is a fantastically talented stand-up comedian, speaker, writer, and teacher, whose unique career includes being twice nominated for Emmys as a late night comedy writer while also having a Ph.D. in Rhetoric. He lost over 100 pounds on the Paleo diet and now infuses the Paleo message into his comedy routine called “The Comedian’s Diet.” Amy Kubal from “Fuel as Rx” is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian specializing in the Paleo Diet and performance nutrition. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University. Corben Thomas from “Paleo Life 365″ is a “regular Joe” who spent a long time going through just about every major diet plan until he discovered Mark’s Daily Apple and settled into the Paleo lifestyle which he continues to enjoy to this day! Listen in as these three extremely funny folks take us all on a spin through the world of health and fitness with a decidedly skewed (and sometimes whacked out!) perspective. I just happen to be a BIG FAN of their “Health And Comedy Show” podcast and think you will enjoy them too.
Nourishing Traditions author and founder of The Weston A. Price FoundationSally Fallon is our guest today for this LLVLC Classic in Episode 681 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” Sally has had a lifelong interest in the subject of nutrition which began in the early 1970s when she read the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by a dentist named Dr. Weston A. Price. That book was so eye-opening for her that she eventually created a foundation based on the work that he did and even wrote a fabulous bestselling book about the traditional food principles in Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. These days Sally and The Weston A. Price Foundation advocate for eating (and in some cases legalizing) healthy, natural foods and she is one of the leading voices in the real food movement that is going strong today. Listen in to this LLVLC Classic interview where Jimmy and Sally take on topics as diverse as real raw milk, prison food, animals killed in the raising of grains and vegetables and so much more!
Triathlete and host of the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast Ben Greenfield is joined by his Canadian sidekick Brock Skywalker as our special guest hosts in today’s episode of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show With Jimmy Moore!Ben Greenfield is considered by some to be the Internet’s premier free source of information on exercise, nutrition, weight loss, triathlons and wellness. Today he and his “Ben Greenfield Fitness” podcast sidekick Brock Skywalker have been kind enough to fill in while I’m resting up from the recent Low-Carb Cruise, shipping off a my book to his publisher and preparing to return to podcasting at the beginning of June! Ben is taking calls from listeners in this episode and has some highly controversial things to say about very low-carb diets that induce ketosis. In light of my phenomenal results from my one-year nutritional ketosis experiment, this ought to be interesting. Also, you won’t want to miss hearing when Ben sets his apartment ablaze mid-show–see if you can find when! There’s a lot to this episode, so don’t you miss a single second.
Don’t miss these podcasts coming up later this month: May 22, 2013: LLVLC Classic Episode 683 with Dr. Richard Bernstein May 27, 2013: The LLVLC Show Episode 684 with guest host Clark Danger May 29, 2013: LLVLC Classic Episode 685 with Julia Ross
After one year of daily testing of my weight, blood sugar and blood ketones, my n=1 experiment of the concept known as “nutritional ketosis” has come to an official end. Wow, what a year it has been! Little did I know when I started this personal journey just 12 months ago that it would be such a resounding success on so many levels and helping so many of my readers get back on track again after getting just as frustrated in their low-carb lifestyle as I was. We’re all better now as a result of this great adventure.
Deep down inside I was hoping and praying that I could find a way to get my low-carb plan rolling again for me when it had seemingly stopped working in recent years. What I discovered was that it wasn’t so much that low-carb failed me as much as it was that I was making some key mistakes that needed to be corrected. The changes I made were nuanced, but obviously much more profound than I realized. That’s the biggest lesson I have taken from this experience. Now I’m in a much better place than I was even after my original 180-pound Atkins diet weight loss success. If you missed following my NK experiment over this past year beginning in May 2012, get caught up here: Day 1-30, Day 31-60, Day 61-90, Day 91-120, Day 121-150, 151-180, Day 181-210, Day 211-240, Day 241-270, Day 271-300 and Day 301-330.
Let’s take a look at the guy I was BEFORE I started this experiment in earnest last May. I’ll tell you a secret about this fella: he was not a happy camper at all with where he was physically and emotionally despite seemingly doing all the right things to be at his optimal weight and health:
That was then, but this is now AFTER 12 months of NK:
Can you tell I’m just a wee bit different now than I was then? That’d be an understatement! While the weight loss is evident, how about some of the health changes? Look at a recent blood pressure and heart rate reading I had:
Yowsa! Those numbers are pretty stellar and greatly improved from the 160/95 blood pressure and 69 heart rate prior to starting nutritional ketosis. These numbers went from okay to spectacular! They weren’t the only things that got better. Check out what my A1c was just a few weeks ago:
YES! As exciting as the weight loss has been doing this, it’s the health improvements that have made me most proud. Although the official one-year of public updates are over now, I will obviously be continuing to monitor my blood sugar and blood ketones along with other key health tests while continuing to purposely put myself into a state of nutritional ketosis by consuming a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb nutritional approach. When I attended the American Society Of Bariatric Physicians medical conference in San Diego, CA last month, I was able to publicly thank Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek for writing the book that inspired my n=1 called The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. So many physicians attending the event came up to me asking about what I did. It’s something that has the potential to help so many more people. More on that after I share my final 30-day update with all my latest numbers. Let’s take a look what Day 331-360 ended up looking like:
AM BLOOD KETONE LEVELS – DAY 331-360
It was a pretty typical month for AM readings averaging around .8 millimolar with a few high days while I was in San Diego. I’m still not sure why my ketone levels seem to soar when I am away from home. Whether it is the change in food or something else, I find it intriguing that it seems to happen without fail. As long as I am above 1.0 millimolar most of the time, I know I am burning fat for fuel. If you’re testing in the morning, don’t be discouraged if your numbers are lower. Just keep tweaking by lowering the carbohydrates, lowering the protein and upping the fat. It’s something that Dr. Phinney discussed in this lecture he gave about “The Art And Science Of Nutritional Ketosis”:
Some have wondered how often they should be testing their blood ketones and the answer to that is up to you. I think if you measure once or twice in the morning and night each week should give you an idea of where you stand. How about my PM ketone levels for Day 331-360? Let’s take a look:
PM BLOOD KETONE LEVELS – DAY 331-360
It’s an average of 1.6 which is nearly double the morning readings. That’s what you can expect from your nighttime blood ketones as long as you measure at least four hours after your last meal. You should be able to be well above 1.0 millimolar with your PM blood ketone levels when you’ve found your carbohydrate tolerance and protein threshold. Fat is your friend, so eat up on the healthy natural saturated and monounsaturated fats. How about the weight loss in Day 301-330:
WEIGHT LOSS – DAY 331-360
As has been typical since the weight loss has slowed down in recent months, the loss is not a steady daily movement. There’s a bit of ebb and flow and I realize that’s all a part of it. Up a little, down, down, down, up, up, down down down…I don’t fret about what my weight is doing in the day-to-day because in the end the trend is still down. Now that my experiment is finished, I may not weigh everyday anymore. I merely did that as a measurement for this n=1 test. I ended up with a 3.8-POUND WEIGHT LOSS which is about a pound a week. Not too shabby after a year of doing this. WOO HOO! What does that make my total weight loss for this one-year experiment? Check it out:
CUMULATIVE WEIGHT LOSS – DAY 0-360
The final tally came in at a TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS OF 78 POUNDS for this experiment. If you had told me in May 2012 that I’d lose 78 pounds to get back to a weight that is lower than I saw at the end of my Atkins weight loss success in 2004 and that for the first time in my adult life I am wearing shirts that begin with an “L” in front instead of an “X,” I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But it’s not only happened, I’m still excited about what the future holds now that I’ve found that sweet spot that works for me. Not everyone necessarily needs to be in nutritional ketosis to see the same kind of changes that I have seen. But if you’ve struggled and can’t seem to get anything else to work, it’s certainly worth giving it a try. Now let’s look at my AM blood sugar levels in Day 331-360:
AM BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS – DAY 331-360
Yes, I had a few funky blood sugar readings while I was traveling in San Diego and then on the trip to Texas for the Low-Carb Cruise. The average fasting readings in the morning were around 85 which I’ll take every day of the week. Yes, I’m still taking the blood sugar lowering supplement Glycosolve (two in the morning and two at night) to go along with my nutritional ketosis. How about my PM blood sugar readings in Day 331-360:
PM BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS – DAY 331-360
An average of 86 for this cycle which is right where I like it. The fact that my A1c is as low as it is at 4.3 shows that my blood sugar control has been stellar. I fully intend to keep this trend going. It’s interesting how very little it takes to make my blood sugar go up. Even a little bit of cashew butter sets it off–and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of vegetables could as well. Perhaps that could be a future n=1 test to see what impact consuming green, leafy vegetables has on my blood sugar and blood ketone levels. Stay tuned!
Now that the n=1 of nutritional ketosis is over, that doesn’t mean I won’t keep testing stuff. Someone in Spokane, Washington asked me if I tested for pH balance to see if I’m acidic or alkaline and I did this urine test daily over a two-week period–I’m almost always alkaline in the 8.0-9.0 range. One of my medical friends paid for me to have my hair analyzed for minerals and toxins and I’ll share the results from that test in another post soon. If you want to help me keep running tests on my health, then feel free to e-mail me what tests you would like to see along with making a donation towards this effort through PayPal:
Where do I go from here? Stay the course, keep doing what’s working for me, encouraging others in their own NK journey, tracking my health progress along the way, sharing any interesting data with you on my blog, doing lectures on my nutritional ketosis experiment (and even presenting a poster at Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta, GA in August 2013) and pursuing my next big goal–I WANNA SEE MY ABS! Yes, I realize this is a very challenging goal and that’s the point. I will do what I gotta do to make it happen. It may take a few years, but I’ll never stop pursuing this goal.
The day before I left on the Low-Carb Cruise, I signed the book contract to write my next book about my nutritional ketosis experiment called Keto Clarity tentatively set to release in March 2014. This has the potential to help so many people…I can’t wait to get the message out there to the masses! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of your amazing support of me throughout this one-year experiment. I’m grateful for all of your encouragement and motivation to keep me going even when the going got tough. I feel like I’m just now getting started and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
It’s that time of year again when we set sail on the Low-Carb Cruise. This year is our 6th Annual sailing and I’m excited about joining a couple hundred of your fellow Paleo, low-carb and real-food-loving friends and superstars for a fantastic conference and lots of good times May 5-12, 2013. We’re paying a professional videographer to record everything, including all of the lectures, some of the highlights of the fun stuff and, of course, Tom Naughton’s roasting of the speakers which was the HIT of the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise! Stay tuned when we return from the high seas to find out full details about how YOU can get your hands on all of this footage from our great low-carb adventure. I’ll be away for the cruise followed by a little traveling as well as working with my publisher on getting my book Cholesterol Clarity completely polished up well for you through the end of May. I’ll be back to my regular blogging and podcasting schedule again beginning in June.
If you or someone you know has a low-carb, Paleo or health blog or web site that you’d like to see featured in a future blog post here at “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb,” then I’d love to know about it. E-mail me the name of the blog and the URL to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add it to my next big blog update. If you’ve been successful in your weight and health goals by eating a healthy Paleo or low-carb diet, then you should DEFINITELY consider blogging–the more voices we have out there talking about this stuff, the better! I’m anxious to getting back into the regular groove of my schedule again beginning in June when we’ll be celebrating my 8-Year Blogiversary with lots of great giveaways! COMING SOON!
When Oxfordshire Cotswolds native Dr. Barry Groves and his wife Monica decided to start on a low-carb, high-fat diet beginning in 1962, all of his friends and family thought he was crazy. But when this nutritional scientist Ph.D. lost weight and greatly improved his health by eating supposedly-forbidden foods like butter, full fat meats and cheeses and lard while eschewing blood sugar-spiking carbage foods like bread, pasta and rice, Dr. Groves was the one who had the last laugh. It allowed him to live a long and healthy robust life with over a half century of enjoyable low-carb, high-fat living as one of the UK’s strongest advocates for this healthy lifestyle change. Dr. Groves passed away last night, April 29, 2013 at the age of 77.
Interestingly, while I’ve been away writing my book Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? I have been running some classic episodes of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” on Wednesdays. It turns out one of the former interviews I featured just a few weeks back was with none other than Dr. Barry Groves in Episode 669. If you want to hear from one of the most passionate low-carb, high-fat advocates who ever lived, then take a listen to that LLVLC Classic interview where he shares his story about how he found this way of eating and how it motivated him to do research into why it works while living it for himself.
I actually received a personal e-mail back from Dr. Groves on February 8, 2013 after I requested an interview with him for my cholesterol book. Here was his response in typical Groves fashion:
You gotta love the sensibility on issues like cholesterol that man possessed! I only hate I never got to do that interview with him which would have been awesome for my book. But his information-packed “Second Opinions” web site contains a wealth of knowledge and wisdom on a wide variety of health topics. Hopefully they keep the archives up to serve as a resource to the future generations who desperately need to heed this information in the years to come. Dr. Groves wrote three incredible books on the low-carb, high-fat way of eating in the past decade you should check out:
Rest in peace Dr. Barry Groves. You were a true champion for the low-carb, high-fat way of eating that has so radically altered the weight and health of many of us who have struggled on all the conventional wisdom advice we had been taught our entire lives. You are an international hero and a dietary legend and will never be forgotten for your contributions to this world. May God’s comfort be with Monica and the rest of the family during this time our mourning. Leave your tribute comments about Dr. Groves at his Facebook page or sending a private message for Monica to read at email@example.com.
5-1-13 UPDATE: I cannot tell you how disappointing it has been to hear so much negativity from people in the low-carb/Paleo community about this tragic loss of a great leader in the low-carb, high-fat world. I expect this from the vegans, but this kind of thing from our people is reprehensible! Dr. Groves deserves better than this from people in this community. Many have asked what the cause of death was and as of right now that has not yet been determined. But before jumping to any conclusions about whether his diet played any role at all in why he died, why don’t we let the family grieve first and instead celebrate the life of this great man who contributed so much to this cause? A reader who is a family doctor in the United States sent me an email that summarizes exactly how I feel about all of this right now:
Nice post on Barry Groves. My father died at 92 despite eating a somewhat typical American diet. My mother is 95 (she has dementia) and is still going fairly strong. She ate fairly well but it certainly wasn’t Paleo. Groves died at 77 and you didn’t mention the cause of death. To be honest, I don’t really care. He lived a long and principled life and that’s what counts.
I think we need to be clear about one thing–eating a low-carb, high-fat diet does not guarantee a long life. There are too many other variables in play–for example genes or the unforeseen lightening strike. One thing I have seen in my patients is that patients who follow this type of healthy diet tend to live life to the fullest until their last breath. They don’t spend decades in disability because of their chronic medical problems. We don’t choose length of life–that’s up to the man upstairs. We do control the quality of our lives and you are a master at this game.
Let’s celebrate the extremely high quality of Dr. Groves’ life. After all, we are all headed in the same direction. It’s not the end that counts–it’s the beauty of the pathway that we take to get there.
I couldn’t have said it better myself! RIP Dr. Barry Groves.
After months and months of researching, interviewing and writing the manuscript for my next book Cholesterol Clarity, I’m just a few days away from being finished. I have significantly cut back on my blogging, handed over my podcast to guest hosts and repeat shows and pretty much put everything on hold to bang this thing out. I was bummed when I heard a conference I have attended for the past seven years in a row was going to be in San Diego, California in late April 2013 because I thought I wouldn’t be done with my book yet. But when things started coming together a lot more quickly than I expected, the opportunity to attend the Spring Obesity Conference put on by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians taking place April 24-28, 2013 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego suddenly opened up. AWESOME!
For those of you who are new to my blog, this biannual conference is a gathering of mostly medical doctors who are dedicated to helping patients who are dealing with obesity. CME credits are earned by the people who attend as they hear lectures on obesity medicine, the latest science in the field of bariatrics and a lot of information on nutritional therapies. One of the featured patient modalities for weight loss and health has been low-carb living thanks to a collaboration with the Nutrition & Metabolism Society. I have been attending these conferences for many years because it is the very latest and greatest info on healthy low-carb living.
This year has some fabulous lectures you might be interested in like these:
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013 – 8:00AM-5:30PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013 – 8:00AM-5:30PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013 – 8:00AM-5:30PM
Although you may not be able to attend, I’ll be there LIVE-tweeting the lectures on my Twitter page. Follow me and I’ll be sharing nuggets from the speakers there beginning on Thursday morning at 8:00AM PST. This is always fun for me and I look forward to passing along the words of wisdom from these dynamic speakers. I enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones as well. DON’T FORGET: Follow me on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings at the ASBP/NMS Spring Obesity Conference this week.
For those of you who live in the greater San Diego area, I’d love to meet you while I’m in your area. I’ll be hanging out with my friend Bob Montgomery from the Not So Fast! Food Truck on Saturday, April 27, 2013 between 12-2PM. You might remember hearing Bob’s voice on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” last year in Episode 583 talking about the rise in Paleo food trucks. This will be my first visit to one of these food trucks serving locally-sourced Paleo foods and I’m excited to see Bob in action. Here are the details about where the Not So Fast! Food Truck will be this Saturday along with what is being served on the menu:
Come hang out, get some good Paleo/primal/low-carb grub and enjoy a great time together in the beautiful weather we’re expected to have this weekend! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!