A couple of weeks ago as I was getting ready for an amazing weekend at the PaleoFX conference in Austin, Texas, I was wishing that some way, somehow I could be in Birmingham, Alabama on the evening of March 27, 2013. A fantastic debate took place that night at the Alumni House on the campus of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) between two nutritional health powerhouses–vegan diet advocate Dr. T. Colin Campbell of The China Study and Forks Over Knives fame and low-carb nutrition researcher and practitioner Dr. Eric Westman who co-authored The New Atkins For A New You (Dr. Westman is also co-authoring with me on my August 27, 2013 book release entitled Cholesterol Clarity). For most of the 80 minutes of video footage, the two remained very professional in making the case for their chosen nutritional plan. But once questions from the audience came and they had the opportunity to rebut each other, the gloves came off at times and it got quite entertaining. WATCH THE VIDEO for yourself and see who you think made the more compelling arguments:
Researcher and author T. S. Wiley is our guest today in this LLVLC Classic interview in Episode 673 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” T.S. Wiley is a controversial figure in the area of women’s health because on her bold ideas regarding hormone replacement therapy. Her main focus has been on the effects of the body’s hormones on our health and well-being and how to best manage them. In today’s LLVLC Show classic interview she shares information primarily from her fantastic book Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival. Listen in as T.S. and I discuss sleep hygiene, how ambient light and other distractions can wreak havoc on our endocrine system, our ability to sleep well enough and long enough and how insufficient or poor sleep is directly tied to obesity and disease.
Paleo blogger Janet Harlow from the soon-to-be-released “Janet From The Senior Paleo Planet” blog and low-carb nutritionist Franziska Spritler from the “Low Carb Dietitian” blog join Dietitian Cassie and guest co-host/producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien today in Episode 80 of “Low-Carb Conversations With Jimmy Moore & Friends!” Cassie and Kevin welcome guest friends Franziska and Janet to the Virtual Porch as they discuss some of the latest health headlines of the day, including easy ways of incorporating real foods into your diet, how dietary fat fights obesity, why red meat WON’T destroy your heart, a great chia-based dessert recipe and so MUCH more! Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk.
The countdown to the end of my one-year testing of the concept known as nutritional ketosis has begun. After 11 glorious months of purposely putting my body into a state of being primarily fueled by ketones through the use of a customized high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb nutritional approach that works for me, I’m in the final month of my official testing before revealing the final results of my n=1 experiment. The tremendous response received for the standing-room-only ketosis panel I was on at PaleoFX event in Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago tells me there is great interest in seeing what role this could play in weight loss, disease control and exercise performance. The sky truly is the limit! It’s been quite the ride for me personally as I’ve seen every measurable health marker improve even more from what were already pretty good numbers. I only expect that to continue as I keep doing this even after the regular monthly public updates end next month.
Since my time is limited with a big deadline looming on my cholesterol book, I’ll have to make this month’s update a bit more abbreviated than normal. I still have graphs of all my numbers which ended up being impacted a lot more from my 72-hour water only fast on March 17-19, 2013 right smack dab in the middle of this month’s update. Let’s see what Day 301-330 ended up looking like:
AM BLOOD KETONE LEVELS – DAY 301-330
It’s pretty obvious which days I fasted looking at my blood ketone levels in the morning. There were two remarkable things about what happened: 1) How quickly my blood ketones jumped up in response to no food consumed and 2) How much they plummeted over the next week as a means for recovering for the period of starvation. It was an interesting observation. My ketone levels are just now beginning to normalize back to where they were prior to the fast. Let’s take a look at my ketone readings at night for Day 301-330:
PM BLOOD KETONE LEVELS – DAY 301-330
This is a pretty similar graph to the AM blood ketone readings, except slightly higher which is typical of the evening readings. After the huge spike during my fasting period, once again I saw my ketone levels plummet for a week before ticking back up again. For some reason, my ketone production zoomed in this past week to levels I haven’t seen in a non-fasted state since before my trip to Australia in November. With ketones getting back to where they need to be (I like to consistently be 1.5+ to feel my very best), let’s take a look at the weight loss that happened in Day 301-330:
WEIGHT LOSS – DAY 301-330
Yes, it was quite the zig-zag in my weight and that three-day fast didn’t do me any favors either. Obviously there was a huge drop in weight down to the lowest I’ve been during this experiment when I wasn’t eating. But after the fast broke, I found my control over hunger was gone and ended up eating more and more often than I typically do. One of the key benefits NK has given me is complete control over my food and I lost that for the two weeks that followed. Thankfully it’s back now and I ended up with a net 2.2-POUND WEIGHT LOSS that officially brings me down to 231.0! What’s my total weight loss now for Day 0-330?
CUMULATIVE WEIGHT LOSS – DAY 0-330
That now gives me a TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS OF 75.2 POUNDS in eleven months. If I reach 80 pounds lost by the time I update you next following the Low-Carb Cruise, then I’ll be happy with that as a nice one-year weight loss total. As you know, this experiment has not focused on weight loss as a primary goal. Sure, it’s a nice side effect and I’ll take it, but I’m much more interested in hunger and craving control, improving inflammation and lipid numbers, blood sugar control and how I look, feel and perform being in a keto-adapted state. It was encouraging to meet so many fantastic people at PaleoFX who said they have been inspired by my NK journey and I look forward to continuing on this adventure in the months and years to come. Now let’s look at my blood sugar levels in Day 301-330 starting with the AM readings:
AM BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS – DAY 301-330
With ketone levels dropping like a rock after the fast (where my blood sugar hit 65 by the morning of the third day), I was not surprised to see a corresponding elevation in my blood sugar levels that bounced all over the place for a couple of weeks. They’re only just now returning back down into the 80s where they typically are. Even taking my favorite blood sugar-lowering supplement Glycosolve, it was challenging getting that blood sugar under control again. This is all good information to know if I ever decide to fast again. Perhaps the benefits I would have received from doing a one-week fast are actually realized by being in a state of nutritional ketosis. I’d love to see that researched further. Let’s take a look at my PM blood sugar readings in Day 301-330:
PM BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS – DAY 301-330
Ditto what I said about the morning readings. Craziness with my reading ensued in the two weeks following my fast. Hopefully now that enough time has passed and my body realizes I’m back on track again with normality in my eating patterns these numbers will stay in the 80s as well.
What’s next? I would like to have another NMR Lipoprofile test run to see what’s going on with my LDL particles and particle size. A very generous fan of my work paid for me to have genetic testing of my DNA to see if I have familial hypercholesterolemia or not. I don’t think I do, but the test results due in on April 15, 2013 will confirm or deny. Stay tuned! Another wonderful reader has agreed to pay the costs to have my hair tested for minerals. I’m currently letting it grow out to the required 1 to 1 1/2 inches for the test and will scalp the back of my head to do this test. It may not be long enough until mid-May, but I look forward to see the results from this test when I can get it done. I’m still very interested in doing more testing in the coming months, so let me know what you’d like to see me have done. And if you would like to contribute towards helping me run more health tests in the coming months, then feel free to e-mail me what tests you would like to see along with making a donation towards this effort through PayPal:
I’ve been so caught up in finishing my new book Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? that I tee-totally forgot that it’s April. So what’s so special about this month? It was eight years ago that I started the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog after experiencing a life-changing 180-pound weight loss in 2004. Little did I know back then just how big this thing would get expanding into a YouTube channel, a couple of self-published books and three top-rated iTunes podcasts. It’s been an awesome ride!
Regular readers have become accustomed to helping me celebrate my blogiversary (the anniversary of my blog) every April with lots of giveaways galore. All of your favorite low-carb and Paleo loot you could ever want to win have been a part of these prize packages each year, but the 2013 celebration will need to be postponed until June while I’m finishing up my book. I can’t wait to celebrate my 8-year blogiversary with you in a couple of months. Stay tuned for details on the contest along with my annual reader survey in the month of June. Here are the podcasts I have for you this week:
Chiropractors Dr. Brett Hill and Dr. Janah James and Wellness Coach Stephanie Wasylyk from the Australian podcast “That Paleo Show” are this week’s guest hosts for Episode 670 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” We’re continuing to highlight the shining stars of the low-carb and Paleo community with special guest-hosting slots for you here on Mondays. Today, we are so happy to present some friends of mine that I met during my “Low Carb Down Under” tour of Australia in November who now host the #1 health podcast in the land of Oz called “That Paleo Show.” Dr. Hill is a wellness expert, chiropractor and author of the life-changing book How To Eat An Elephant. He is joined by Dr. Janah James, a chiropractor and wellness advocate with a history of healing her own chronic conditions with dietary approaches dating all the way back to her childhood (and a BIG FAN of this podcast!). They are joined by Stephanie Wasylyk, who is passionate about sharing her knowledge of health and wellness with the world and is a strong advocate for lifelong learning and growth. Enjoy this special trio of co-hosts today and get a feel for what their amazing new podcast is all about. ENJOY!
Paleo diet legend Art De Vany, author of The New Evolution Diet, is our guest today in this LLVLC Classic interview in Episode 671 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” De Vany is widely regarded as one of the most influential members of the ancestral health, nutrition and fitness field right there along the likes of Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson and Loren Cordain. But what makes De Vany so unique is how well he has been able to maintain such an incredible display of physical strength as a 70-something year old man demonstrates just how powerfully effective this way of eating living can be. In this special LLVLC Classic episode, we re-air two conversations I had with him a few years back to give you a taste of what “Superman’s grandfather” is like. Listen in as we discuss the value of randomized exercise and eating schedules, intermittent fasting, how modern and prehistoric foods differ and so much more. This is one for the ages that you won’t want to miss!
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Rachel Flowers of Alternefit and cardiac nurse Diane Tim join Dietitian Cassie and guest co-host/producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien today in Episode 79 of “Low-Carb Conversations With Jimmy Moore & Friends!” Listen in as Cassie and Kevin welcome guest friends Rachel and Diane to the Virtual Porch as they discuss some of the latest health headlines of the day, including the deaths caused by the consumption of sugary drinks annually, how obesity is increasing despite the fact calorie consumption is falling, how nutrition can help prevent cancer, a study telling people over 75 not to worry about what they eat anymore, the difference in nutritional quality of breast milk vs. formula, anti-inflammatory foods to eat, common dieting mistakes and so much more! Now you know what to do next: pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk!
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Included are tons of e-books from anybody and everybody in the Paleo community, meal and fitness plans from Mark Sisson, Sarah Fragoso and more, Paleo magazine subscriptions, discounts off of popular Paleo food ingredients and they even threw in my 21 LIFE LESSONS FROM LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOW-CARB e-book in there as well. Just a couple of these products would cost you $39 if you purchased them elsewhere, but you get them all for that insanely low price. Don’t miss your chance to stock up your digital library of great resources. ENJOY!
Crunch time on my forthcoming August 27, 2013 book Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? has arrived. I am less than one month away from submitting the manuscript to my wonderful publisher and so I have very little time to do much of anything else. If you e-mail me, write me on Twitter or Facebook or try to get in touch with me in some way over the next month or so and I don’t respond, don’t take it personally. I just have to finish this book and I’m living and breathing it moment by moment right now. Thank you for your understanding! I promise you it will be worth it all when you see this book. Here are the podcasts I have for you this week:
Inspirational blogger and podcaster Dean Dwyer fills in as special guest host interviewing integrative physician and bestselling author Dr. Sara Gottfried in Episode 668 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” Self-described life hacker Dean Dwyer steps behind the LLVLC Show microphone today with an amazing interview with Dr. Sara Gottfried of the Gottfried Center For Integrative Medicine for a wide-ranging conversation about her exciting new book The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol. Listen in as you’ll hear Dean and Dr. Gottfried share about how she was inspired by the work being done at the HeartMath Institute, some lesser-known effects of certain hormones so much more! This interview falls right in line with what we talk about often on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” ENJOY!
British physician and low-carb, high-fat diet advocate Dr. Barry Groves is our guest today in this LLVLC Classic interview Episode 669 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” Dr. Groves from “Second Opinions” was one of our all-time favorite guests on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” In this special re-airing of a two-part conversation I had with him several years back, you’ll hear him discuss the concepts in his amazing book Trick And Treat. Listen in as Dr. Gorves and I discuss virtually every major health subject out there today, including modern-day diseases, cholesterol, dietary fat, exercise, whole grains, soy, low-fat diets, and, of course, low-carb diets. One thing you’ll immediately notice about Dr. Groves is his incredible passion for what he talks about–it’s infectious to all who listen to him!
Kandice Poirier of Glow So Healthy and Laura Thomas of Happy Sugar Habits join Dietitian Cassie flying solo as host today in Episode 78 of “Low-Carb Conversations With Jimmy Moore & Friends!” Dietitian Cassie makes it an all-ladies trio this week for a great interview with guest friends friends Kandice and Laura. Listen in as these three lovely ladies discuss Coke’s new formulation of their “Fruit Water” product, some speculation into why Monster Energy Drink is changing it’s classification from “supplement” to “beverage,” and why we equate love with food (and what to do about it). It’s a great chat you won’t want to miss. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk!