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Remembering Kevin Moore

Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words For October 2011

It’s picture time again in my “Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words” series that began in this post in June 2011 and continued on in August 2011 and September 2011. When you keep your eyes open as you walk through this thing called life gazing at things through the prism of living healthy, then you can’t help but see stuff that just makes you shake your head or smile from ear to ear. It’s amazing how things that once seemed so totally innocuous are now glaring examples of what is wrong with society concerning nutritional health today. At the same time, there are also signs that the message is penetrating the hearts of minds of real people which should give us hope that good things are on the horizon for healthy low-carb living! Let’s example a few examples of this for October 2011:

I’m a long-time fan of Apple products (may Steve Jobs rest in peace) and had to get my hands on the brand new iPhone 4S when it released last Friday. These smart devices from Apple, including the iPad, have helped keep me in touch with you my readers through incredible integration with my Twitter and Facebook pages as well as e-mail and web site updates. A neat new feature of the 4S besides the stellar new HD camera is the voice activation personal assistant known as Siri. Ask it literally anything and it’ll find the answer for you. The programmers at Apple got creative in some of the responses, like this one to the question “What is the meaning of life?” Unfortunately, the high-carb, low-fat vegan diet message that Jobs believed in (Dr. Dean Ornish was his diet guru) crept into Siri’s vernacular in responding to this philosophical question:

But the fact of the matter is we are all really vegetarians. Some of us are direct vegetarians and a lot of us low-carbers are “indirect vegetarians”:

And yet being vegetarian for moral purposes of preserving life really doesn’t hold water when you stop and think about it:

If we are what we eat, then here’s the perfect food for us to consume:

Wouldn’t you LOVE to go to a restaurant like this:

Of course, knowing where your meat comes from and that the animals are treated with respect is an important part of healthy nutrition:

Speaking of animals, here’s a photo of my oldest cat Muffin who will be turning 12 in December. She’s pretty much been a “fat cat” (literally!) for most of her life as an indoor feline friend since we brought her home from the animal shelter. This is what she looked like six months ago:

After my podcast interview with low-carb veterinarian Dr. Travis Einertson in the early summer was recorded, I decided to put all of my cats on what he describes as the “Catkins” diet. Here’s my calico Muffin in a photo I took of her last night after losing six pounds in five months to go from a morbidly obese (and probably pre-diabetic) 16-pound cat to a normal weight of 10 pounds–and she’s no longer our biggest cat:

Now Muffin is LCHF–low-carb, high-fat as my Swedish friends describe it–with her dietary plan like my enthusiastic reader from the state of Michigan so proudly displays on his brand new license plate:

I should probably send Christine a bouquet of “Bacon Roses” for her birthday coming up on November 11th–think she’d dig getting these:

This sign makes a statement that I can’t help but agree with (although I’d say “or you’re lying” instead):

For those who still maintain it’s dietary fat that’s increasing obesity, here’s an interesting statistical graph that begs to differ:

Do you wonder who had their billboard up first and whether this was intentional or not:

I’m all for finding a cure for juvenile diabetes through research endeavors, but there’s a certain bit of irony to this fundraising effort:

And despite assertions by people like Dr. Neal Barnard who said in my interview with him that “babies don’t want meat,” check out this vintage advertisement for a meat-based baby food bragging about it being a great source of protein, B vitamins, iron, immunity to disease, and more:

Of course, nowadays we think using weighted utensils is a way to cut down on obesity–THIS IS FOR REAL (see Dumb-Bell Cutlery for the shocking price on these “heavy” utensils):

I bet these these Australian aboriginals from the 19th century would be laughing at modern culture’s approach to managing weight:

Let’s make Cream of Wheat better by…er, adding the flavor of sugary Cinnabon to it?! Don’t you love how they describe this “food” as “wholesome” with the insinuation that it’s somehow good for you? Does the fact that it contains something that’s considered healthy in it get negated by the sugar and carbohydrates that are loaded into it for that “delicious flavor”:

Why does this Halloween display at Wal-mart seem prophetic–candy aisle, Grim Reaper, hmmmm:

This was an actual sign at a state fair one of my readers sent to me. It’s probably one of the most honest signs you’ll ever read if you see the word “diabetic” as an adjective of what happens if you eat the funnel cakes:

Speaking of truth in labeling, look carefully at the front of these cereal boxes to see how the food manufacturers would describe their popular products if they were being honest:

Instead, we get garbage like this promoting a high-carb cereal to “lower cholesterol”–this goes against everything I have learned and experienced about what happens to lipids when you consume a food that is virtually all carbohydrates:

Because of our cultural denial of the science supporting carbohydrate restriction, idiotic weight loss products like “weight loss chocolates” is allowed to be marketed to people who want to shed pounds:

It’s time we stop messing with all the “carbage” that passes for food these days and get back to a novel concept–REAL FOOD:

The “organic” craze has gotten so bad that even gunpowder is labeled that way:

I don’t wanna know what kind of freaky genetic modification that took place to make this happen:

What if carbs were treated in the same way as cigarettes:

And finally, I could “bear”ly contain myself when I saw this cute cartoon about a big grizzly lamenting being on the Atkins low-carb diet:

If you see a picture that you think fits within the scope of this “Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words” series, then please feel free to e-mail the link or the photo itself to me at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I’m sure there are some goodies out there well worth sharing for the holiday season. Send ’em on! We’ll post them on my blog soon!

  • Lunchfortwo

    Lots of great pics but I do have a nit to pick here. There is a green tea that is called gunpowder. Doubtless that is what is pictured. Of course, it’s entirely possible you already know that and my sarcasm detector is broken. :)

    • Anonymous

      HAHAHA! I get it. 😉

  • Definitely worth more than a thousand words -especially the Grim Reaper in the candy aisle. I value this at 1,437 words.

    • Anonymous

      You sure it’s not 1,438? LOL!

  • Jimmy, all of these photos are priceless, as is your commentary!  I really like before and after pics of Muffin.  She now looks a lot like our tortie, Dagny….but Muffin’s lighter by about a half pound :)  Loved the entire post!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Franziska! Looking forward to having you on LCC tomorrow.

  • The bacon roses won’t wilt.

    • Anonymous

      True dat!

  • Carolyn

    I remember from your interview that one of your cats doesn’t like wet food. Did your kitty ever figure out that wet food is supposed to be a treat? I’m put my cats on the Catkins diet and it’s been rough, they are still kibble carb addicts and have been fighting me the entire way. It would be interesting to see a blog post on the process you went through to switch them over to wet food.

    • Anonymous

      Peaches still struggles to eat the wet stuff, but we feed her apart from the others.

  • David Greenspan

    Not that babies don’t need protein eventually, but the marketing of strained meat for babies at 3 weeks old is, and was, misguided. Babies aren’t able to digest meat at that age, and this practice of adding food to a baby’s diet so early in life has been attributed to increased allergies and asthma. My mother did this to my sister. Babies don’t need anything but breast milk until they are able to snatch it off of a table (and hopefully it won’t be bread).

  • Lucy

    LOVE the vegetarian jokes! They need to be framed and hanging in my office! And your cat! Wow!

    • Anonymous

      It’s pretty darn WOW! She is a real kitty now. And healthy.

  • The Siri response regarding fat is a quote from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.  I think most of the witty comments are quotes from various places.

    • Anonymous

      Gotcha!

  • Very good!

  • health and exercise over 50

    Loved the pics.  Too funny.  I particularly enjoyed the cereal boxes.  It’s amazing how untrue marketing has become to sell a product.

  • Anonymous

    Feel free.