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The LLVLC Show (Episode 498): John Theobald’s Vegetarian Low-Carb ‘Flexi Diet’ And Veterinarian Dr. Travis Einertson’s ‘Catkins’ Diet

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In Episode 498 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome an interesting gentleman from Iowa by the name of John Theobald. He’s come up with a way to eat a low-carb diet with a vegetarian angle to avoid the problems he sees with conventional meat. He calls this plan The Flexi Diet that is vegetarian without saturated fat and no soy. His plan started out as a booklet he handed out to the heavy vegetarian population in his area–now he’s turned it into an e-book for people who are interested in having some flexibility in their low-carb lifestyle. There’s lots of food for thought here if you are committed to living low-carb.

Listen to John Theobald discuss vegetarian low-carb:

  • Why he decided to create this vegetarian low-carb diet
  • The role whey protein isolate plays in his plan
  • How he doesn’t have a problem with meat or saturated fat
  • What he includes in his Flexi Diet booklet
  • Why there needs to be options with low-carb living
  • How he is able to eat for about $8 a day
  • The constant new research updates he adds to the e-book
  • Where the diet purists have gotten it wrong
  • His personal belief in a meat-based high-fat, low-carb diet
  • How vegetarians lack quality protein and is high-carb
  • Why not convince vegetarians of benefits of eating meat
  • The damaging impact of consuming soy on the body
  • What the good plant-based sources of protein are
  • The serious problem a vegan has to be healthy
  • How sauerkraut helps with digestive adjustment to low-carb
  • The supplements he believes people should be taking
  • Why it is important to take potassium starting low-carb
  • His plan for helping people break a long-term stall
  • Why he’s not eating very many carbohydrates in his diet
  • The psychological benefit of having structure in diet
  • How his health has improved eating low-carb
  • Why he decided to focus on a vegetarian low-carb diet
  • How eating meat and fat alone can be healthy
  • Why we need to be mindful of accommodating vegetarians
  • What the macronutrient breakdown of The Flexi Diet is
  • How people who exercise should eat on his plan
  • His experience being without power after a hurricane

    We also have an exciting interview with Rochester, Minnesota veterinarian Dr. Travis Einertson from the Heritage Pet Hospital who is a huge fan of the low-carb lifestyle. As a specialist working with his obese and diabetic feline patients, Dr. Einertson has devised a nutritional plan he calls the “Catkins” diet that has worked with stunning success! If you’re a pet lover–especially dogs and cats–then you need to listen to this engaging conversation.

    Listen to Dr. Travis Einertson share the “Catkins” diet:

  • How he became interested in becoming a veterinarian
  • The “interesting critters” he worked on living in Alaska
  • How much nutrition is discussed in veterinary school
  • What led him to low-carb for treating feline diabetes
  • The diabetes epidemic that is befalling cats nowadays
  • The canned food “Catkins” diet he uses with cats
  • How minimal use of insulin is needed until remission
  • How he’s cured 70% of his diabetic cats with “Catkins”
  • Whether he’s considered publishing a study of his data
  • How he used to be vehemently against the Atkins diet
  • Why he decided to start Atkins and his personal results
  • His embarrassment over his own fat cat
  • His use of over-the-counter canned cat food
  • Why it can be difficult to switch from dry to wet food
  • His frustration over the labeling of cat food
  • Binky’s Page for tips with your cats
  • How a cat owner can test the blood sugar of their cat
  • VIDEO: How To Test Your Diabetic Cat’s Blood Sugar At Home
  • Why increased drinking and urination is a sign of diabetes
  • The reason he uses fructosamine test instead of A1c on cats
  • What the specifics of the “Catkins” diet is
  • Why he believes water is an important macronutrient
  • Why all dry cat foods are too high in carbohydrates
  • What he thinks about an all-raw foods diet for cats
  • How an ancestral diet for pets is probably optimal
  • The transition that happened to more high-carb pet food
  • How it would work for multiple cats on an all wet cat food diet
  • Jimmy using the “Catkins” diet on his cats
  • Why a little bit of dry food messes up the “Catkins” diet
  • Whether adding in coconut oil is beneficial to pets
  • Why he joined The Nutrition & Metabolism Society
  • His love for the work of Gary Taubes
  • Whether “Catkins” is used by other veterinarians

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    What did you think about the vegetarian low-carb diet promoted by John Theobald? And what about that “Catkins” diet advocated for by Dr. Travis Einertson? Talk about it in the show notes section of Episode 498. Check out John Theobald and his “Flexi Diet” and visit Dr. Travis Einertson at Heritage Pet Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Next week will be a special one in the history of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” as we celebrate our 500th episode on Thursday with a very special treat–messages from many of your favorite podcast guests over the years. This is something you WON’T want to miss. But first we’ll hear on Monday from Jamie Scott from the “That Paleo Guy” blog in New Zealand sharing about nutrition and fitness from a Paleo perspective. We’ll also have a fascinating man named Green Deane from “Eat The Weeds” who believes we all need to be foraging for our food no matter where we live. It’s gonna be another banner week of health podcasting next week!

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    • Digger

      Our dog was diagnosed with diabetes six years ago. The vet said to put her on a low carb diet immediately. She lost 20% of her body weight, and is now eleven years old and fit  as a fiddle (but still requires insulin). How come our veterinarian knows to do this, but our doctor doesn’t?

      • Anonymous

        It is odd.

    • My son, who works at Whole Foods and studies yoga, is under constant pressure to “go vegan” or vegetarian. After an intensive yoga retreat where the meals were all vegetarian, he took a 50-day vegetarian pledge. Because he has several years of experience studying diet and nutrition and experimenting with his own dietary needs, he thought he could find a way to be a vegetarian that would work for him. By the end of the 50 days, he was convinced that he could not. His mental focus and moods are what really suffer without adequate dietary fat, and I am of the opinion that getting enough fat is the major problem with a vegetarian lifestyle. Since we are extremely insulin resistant, the protein sources are also to high in carbs for us. The most interesting result of my son’s vegetarian attempt was that his co-workers at Whole Foods commented about how irritable and easy to anger he became, since he is normally a very easy going “zen” kind of guy. His conclusion was that vegetarianism, though it fits his philosophy about the environment and concern for animal welfare, is not healthy for him, and he will just have to find ways to be as ecological and compassionate as possible in his consumption of animal foods. (He has suggested that he might like to learn archery and become a deer hunter, lol)

      • Anonymous

        Wow, that’s quite the story Peggy. Kudos to him for giving it a try and seeing he couldn’t do it.

      • Anonymous

        Wow, that’s quite the story Peggy. Kudos to him for giving it a try and seeing he couldn’t do it.

    • Jennifer Eloff

      This was very interesting to me – the write-up you gave, Jimmy.  Vegetarians in my mind consume lots of soy and honestly, I don’t trust soy at all anymore.  I used to use it in the very beginning of my low-carb journey, only because Dr. Atkins recommended it, but in hindsight anyone with thyroid problems should avoid it.  At the same time, it’s horrible for me as it is estrogenic – as is flax meal by the way – not great for men and quite frankly questionable as to whether it is safe for women to consume!  I don’t have time to listen to the podcast right now, but I definitely want to listen to this one.  With my first low-carb cookbook, I learned of the dangers of soy towards the end of writing it and had to go back and retest recipes with alternatives.  That was such a big job and very stressful as there was a time crunch – always is, right?

      • Anonymous

        Indeed, a big job–but so worth the effort!