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Remembering Kevin Moore

Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words For September 2011

One of the most surprisingly popular new features I’ve introduced on my “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog this year has been a simple idea: post a bunch of pictures that interest me that have to do with diet, food, fitness and health and add a brief comment about it. I first introduced this concept in this June 2011 post and people started sending me so much stuff to use for a follow-up post that I did it again in August 2011. Well, I’m still getting lots of pictures from you guys that I think are worth getting out there–so it’s time for yet another post. If you see a picture that you think fits within the scope of this series of posts, then feel free to e-mail the link or the photo to livinlowcarbman@charter.net. I can appreciate seeing a picture that is worth more than a thousand words to describe that really needs no explanation. Let’s see what we have for you this time around.

This epitomizes the general attitude that most people have about doing what it takes to get into shape. It doesn’t take willpower to accomplish, but rather the “want”power to make a steadfast resolve to make better choices and that nothing is gonna stand in the way of your success–including (and especially) yourself:

My local Sam’s Club offered a free diabetes health evaluation a couple of weeks ago (I’m not a diabetic, but I like to regularly monitor key diabetes health markers as EVERYONE should to avoid this horrible disease) and Christine and I both had our A1c numbers checked. Christine had a fabulous 5.0 reading and mine is listed below. But I was disgusted to see the ranges of what is considered “normal” and even “medium risk” going upwards of 8.9! Holy cow, no wonder we have a diabesity epidemic if we somehow think an A1c that high is just fine:

As someone who is eating a low-carb Paleo diet and enjoys the occasional class of yoga for downward dog, tree pose, and cat pose, this photo made me smile:

Here’s another throwback advertisement from many moons ago that PROMOTED giving babies sugary soda for (get this!) an “active lifestyle,” “personality,” the “essential sugars” as well as “gaining acceptance and ‘fitting in’ during those awkward pre-teen and teen years.” A “strict regimen of sodas and other sugary carbonated beverages” will produce “guaranteed happiness.” O…M…G! Could you imagine if Coke or Pepsi tried pulling something like this in the 21st Century:

With nearly 350 rabid responses I’m still receiving to this blog post from March 2011 on the vegan propaganda film Forks Over Knives, it’s obvious these people need to read Dr. William Davis’ new book Wheat Belly to see what all those grains are doing to them! I don’t doubt many of them are just a bunch of “zombies” starving for fat in their diet:

Yum-my! Look at this fantastic vegan meal of lentils, chickpeas and avocados. I love the disclaimer that “a vegan lifestyle may not be for everyone” but then it goes on to guilt trip you into eating that way if you truly care about your health and the environment. You know, that’s getting kinda nauseating now because not one single vegan has ever told me what’s wrong with consuming locally-raised, grass-fed and pastured meats. They are chock full of healthy nutrition that is good for my body to keep me strong and vibrant. I agree we should “slow down, eat real food and enjoy the results of your mindful choices.” But it doesn’t have to be a vegan diet for everyone:

Here’s a definition for “vegetarian” that’s quite apropos:

Look at this graph displaying the distinctively carnivorous low-carb Paleo diet of a wolf. We’d all be a lot better off if we ate like our howling animal friends:

Caveman comics crack me up:

Here’s a painting of Paleo Indians having a meal after a big kill. Do you see any “healthy whole grains” or tofu anywhere in this meal? How did they ever survive eating all that artery-clogging saturated fat in the meat? Again, we could learn a lot about how to stay happy and healthy by mimicking the diet of our early ancestors:

And finally, Newsday had this photo at the top of a column entitled “Start treating obesity as a disease”. I disagree with the conclusion that there is “no cure” for obesity, though. It’s just that there is no “one-size-fits-all” remedy for it. Help people find the plan that will work for them and give them encouragement to do it without vilifying their nutritional choices (like these wonderful doctors who recognize the importance of carbohydrate-restriction in their medical practice):

  • Great post!  The first one is so true, I really think people “expect” there to be a magic cure that can instantly cure their obesity.

    As for the cola advert – wow!  Thank goodness times have moved on, though perhaps not that much as I often hear people pushing the “benefits” of sugar… 

    • Anonymous

      That creepy Corn Refiner’s lady especially so.

  • Clabbergirl

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the ad was true, but Snopes and others, are skeptical. 

    http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=59204

    Besides, ‘Soda pop board’?  

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t put it past them though. 😉

  • ValerieH

    I love the zombies t-shirt!  The wolf diet picture is from the Brookfield Zoo wolf exhibit. I take issue with the graphic with the coffin. I know a couple skinny women at work with serious, chronic, digestive issues. Maybe there should be coffins on both sides of the pic.

    The vegetarian salad looks delicious! I wish I could eat lentils and chickpeas without gaining. It would be easier on my food budget. I work with many people from India. Many of them are vegetarian by culture and religion. Their diet has sustained them for over 5000 years.  Even though they have known chronic illness, Ayurvedic medicine has also evolved to guide them towards health. This diet has allowed them to exist with a high population on the subcontinent for thousands of years. This is one glaring example that proves to me there is no one diet for all humans. It is so interesting when people find the diet that works for them. It leads us all one step closer to knowing more about diet and health.

  • Orea15

    I tried being a vegan for about six months, many years ago.  I actually felt pretty good on that diet, but after a while, my body began craving meat, red meat.  Eventually, I decided to listen and dove into a lovely steak.  My body was very happy.  Now I know why.

  • Lil

    Great A1c #’s!  Everyone should know their number.   I can’t believe they used a range of normal that went so high.  If people can’t get theirs doctors to add the test to their blood work ReliOn (Walmart) sells a home test for $9 w/$1 for shipping. 

  • I hope I am reversing the trend in the last photo of thin in my twenties and then each decade getting fatter.  I also tried vegan which was supposed to cure my weight and I gained weight.  Like you Jimmy, I have to watch my carbs like a hawk to lose weight.  Following in your footsteps I have started a blog to keep me accountable and IT IS TOUGH!!  Writing about when you mess up is not fun.

    Keep up the good work I am following Paleo which feels great and losing weight gradually.  Can’t wait to listen to podcast 500 and 501 while I do some chores.  You are such a great inspiration.
    -PJ
    pjpaleo.blogspot.com

  • ff

    Uhh pretty sure Indians ate corn…

    • Anonymous

      And your point is.