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These Pictures Are Worth More Than A Thousand Words

The old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is an understatement when it comes to some of the images I’ve found recently related to diet, health, nutrition and fitness. Some of these will need no explanation while others I could write volumes about. I’ll include a brief blurb and share these pictures that are worth MORE than a thousand words! ENJOY!

Have you seen what our government thinks is a “healthy” plate of food:

There have been some creative low-carb versions of that “Food Plate”:

Here’s one from my “Low-Carb Conversations” co-host Mindy that’s more realistic:

Frankly, this customized license plate I had made for my car says it all for me:

Thanks to the Wikholms–my Swedish friends–Christine and I are rockin’ LCHF, baby:

There’s a BIG difference in the quality of local farm eggs and Eggland’s Best:

Now that they’re putting graphic warnings on cigarettes, can THIS be coming to food labeling?

Even The New Yorker is getting in on the negativity of consuming carbs:

Who can forget ads like this that used to PROMOTE sugar consumption for weight control:

We’re not doing much better today with Big G bragging about their “whole grain” prowess:

Parade isn’t helping matters by encouraging doughnuts over skipping breakfast–UGH!:

Somehow, the reason these obesity statistics exist is now becoming clearer and clearer:

At least Good Housekeeping is getting closer to the truth about milk than most:

What could be better than a pork rinds product featuring my favorite iPhone app:

My buddy Sean Croxton gave me props at the end of his new TV show:

Got an interesting pic about nutrition, health, food, diet, and fitness that you think I need to see? Pass it along to me anytime at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. It’s funny how different everything looks when you observe it through the prism of livin’ la vida low-carb!

  • Anita

    Great post but green pork rinds (ewwww)

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      LOL! Gotta love it. Plus, the pigs in Angry Birds are green, so it makes sense. Yummy pigs! :D

  • Nancy

    Well the donut one got me. I was a total donut addict so I noticed that one the most.
    Eating a piece of fruit is truly no better as it will do the same thing to your blood
    sugar that a donut will. Even though fruit has a splash of nutrients and fiber in it…
    they still don’t get it. EAT PROTEIN!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      If more people got that one point, Nancy, we’d be so much better off wouldn’t we?

  • Mary Lewis

    Great collage of dietary/sugar madness, Jimmy!

    Must say I was not aware and had never seen the “have an icecream cone before lunch” stuff.

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!

    Keep on, keepin’ on !!! Great job!

    Mary

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      THANKS Mary! One day we’ll look back on these crazy low-fat, high-carb days and say WHAT WERE WE THINKING?!

  • Lori B.

    Reminds me of high school where lunch was 2 Snickers bars and a 6 oz. bottle of Coke. (for 35 cents!) Parade would probably tell me that it was better than skipping lunch! :-/

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      I remember those days.

  • Sarah Balfour

    Sorry Jimmy, but the pork scratchings (as we call ‘em over here) look like congealed snot!

    At the moment I’m attempting Whole9′s Whole30, but I’m REALLY struggling a) because of my living circumstances (I’m considerably older than you, and I’m STILL stuck with my folks, who basically seem to be on a mission to make my life a living hell. Why don’t I move out…? I’m autistic, and there’s b*gger all support round here!)

    Anyway, it appears to be easier in the States to get pastured ruminant flesh at reasonable prices, as you appear to have more farmers’ markets (logical, you do live in a nation with a population 5 times that of the UK). I’m on disability welfare, and have to buy what I can afford, which usually boils down to what is termed ‘economy’, ‘value’ or ‘basics’ meat; this does, of course, bother me, not only for my own health (because these animals could have been fed less-than-adequate diets, and then shot full of antibiotics to compensate) but because I’m a fully paid up donor to CIWF and this makes me feel like a total hypocrite. But what am I supposed to do…? I live in the most expensive part of the UK, and get less than £200 ($300) per week which has to cover EVERYTHING! If I wanted grass-fed beef, I’m looking at around £30-£40 a kilo MINIMUM, lamb is even more than that and as for chicken – well, that used to be cheap, now you’re looking at £10/kg just for the caged stuff!

    I try to buy O3 free-range pastured eggs (even though they are £3 ($5) per half dozen) and I DO fry everything in coconut oil. I have quit dairy for the most part (though I do still have caseinate shakes at bedtime and to take out with me if I know I’m not going to be able to get anything ‘safe’ to eat; though a favourite snack is now a hard-boiled egg mashed up in guac; hit on that the other day when I was looking for a substitute for mayo). I’m leery about buying bags of nuts, cos I WILL just sit there and mindlessly scoff the lot (particularly macs or brazils) and I’ve FINALLY found a place online selling bags of unsweetened, completely unadulterated coconut slivers, so I ordered a 1kg bag yesterday (we have a chain of ‘health food’ stored over here called Holland & Barrett; I paid a visit to my local branch the other day in my quest for coconut; I could have it 2 ways: – on its own caked in sugar (the ingredients read: – sugar, coconut (32% – so presumably the other 68% was the sugar!) or in a mix they call pina colada (yep you guessed it with crystallised pineapple!) I gazed over the shelves: – I could, if I wanted dried fruit, have it crystallized, covered in dark, milk or white chocolate, or dipped in yoghurt – but unadulterated…?! You’re kidding! If I wanted nuts, I could have them choc-coated, or salted, or roasted or sugar-coated – but again, plain? Forget it! And while we’re on the topic, since when were jellybeans considered a health food…? I don’t give a damn if they ARE Jelly Belly sugar-free, what are they doing in a store which is meant to be selling healthy stuff (okay, none of it is – all those grains, legumes and pseudo-grains). They also do a good line in chilli and wasabi coated edamame, soybeans, cashews and peanuts and Bombay mix. And pretzels (the hard kind, not the doughy, doughnutty kind)) Sorry rant over!

    I also ordered, on the same order, a 500g bag of raw, organic FairTrade (as it should be) cacao nibs. Never seen them before, but 99% of all chocolate over here (whether it’s cheap crap or the posh 85%+ stuff) contains soya lethicin (sorry could never spell that, but you know what I mean!) and, as I’m 100% off ALL soy products, I can’t eat it so, when I saw these, I leapt upon them because I NEED my cocoa fix (and eating raw 100% cocoa powder just wasn’t cutting it, because I needed something to chew).

    I just want to do this right as best I possibly can; Dallas and Melissa claim “it’s not hard” and, no, I would agree it isn’t hard – IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE RIGHT FOODS – which I don’t, really; yes, I have meat, but it’s cheap crappy meat, because that really is the best I can afford (if I bought more expensive meat, I couldn’t afford the gas to cook it!) the only way to eat cheaply round here is to turn veggie and shove fermented soy down yer gullet and there is NO WAY I’m doing that! I’ve cut down the fruit, now only eating berries and cherries once a day (cos I’m sure they’re packed with stuff that’s REALLY good for me, but I’m mindful of the fructose). I’m now able to go into town, buy my paper, sit in Costa (it’s a bit like Starbucks, but more expensive) read my paper, do the crossword, eat MY food and not feel compelled to order anything (though I could have gone for a peach & raspberry iced tea yesterday – it was 92 in the shade! But I had my cool-bottle of sparkling lime water (soda water with fresh lime juice) and that did it for me! I also take a shot (25ml) of neat ACV 3 times a day.

    I’m doing this for 3 primary reasons: –

    1) To lessen the symptoms of PCOS (my face became FAR less hairy when I gave up the soy stuff 5 years ago, but it’s got worse again, so I’m thinking it could be dairy)

    2) To relieve my IBS symptoms (I’m fecking sick and tired of having a distended belly; I’m now worried that I’ve been alternating between the two types of bowel movements for so long, no matter what ab exercises I do, I’m always gonna have a paunch, and that’s killing my self-confidence and self-esteem)

    3) For fat loss (I want to get back down into the low 110s again; I’m not very tall, and I’m very slight, so 1lb on anyone else, is about 2-3 on me)

    Oh and I know how much better I feel when I eat ‘clean’ (except this isn’t really that clean, is it…?)

    Jimmy, if you can think of any other ways I can implement the programme (I’m sure you know the rules) then let me know; the problems I’m having at the moment is upping my fat; I bought a load of reasonable chook breasts on special and chook’s about 30% protein, and very little fat; I did make a korma the other night, as I found a can of coconut milk in the cupboard, but I’m avoiding nightshades, so that’s not really what I should be doing, obviously…

    I’m a rubbish cook, and having my mother standing over me all the time stresses me out (this is why I’m finding it hard; when they’re here, I’m stuck up in my room most of the time, because I just can’t cope with the stress!) I’ve never been very good on the veggie front; I like spinach, watercress, rocket, beet leaves, chard, mustard greens, but that’s about it; I HATE avocado – but LOVE guac (go figure!) and I’m NOT going to force myself to eat things I hate, just for the sake of a detox… I’ve quit ALL caffeinated beverages, and I’m not using ANY sweeteners (and that includes stevia).

    I’m just worried this could become boring and I’ll quit (which for the sake of my health, would be a disaster!)

    oh Lori? We have Snickers over here too except, up until about 15 years ago, they were called Marathon. Just like we have Starburst candies over here, but we used to call them Opal Fruits. We can get Hershey bars (YUCK!!!) and Reese’s cups too (tried the dark s/f – nope, hated them!) as well as Nerds and Wonka bars. In fact, there is a store in town which sells all your crappy, cruddy, junky food (Froot Loops, Lucky Charms, Mallow Fluff, Fritos, Lay’s, Lifesavers (we have similar, they’re called Polos, and come in mint, fruit and they used to come in butterscotch, but I’ve not seen those in years). You think of everything evil you can pick up at the grocery store, and this place sells it (well we have a very large US ex-pat community over here, particularly in this town, so they want to make them feel at home…).

    Right, I’ll STFU now; reckon my Touch must be juiced by now (so much for me going out at dawn!) so I’ll leave you all in peace!

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      Tell me more, Sarah! LOL! Just kidding. Just make sure you are eating a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet. If that means adding in healthy saturated fats like butter, coconut oil or even lard to your chicken meals, then that’s what you do. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

  • Alms

    Sorry Jimmy, the low carb plates don’t look right to me. The problem is that they suggest that fat should form the VOLUME of the meal which I’m sure is not what is meant. Unless you were to have a bowl of olive oil/coconut oil along with your protein and vegetables! By CALORIES then the plate looks about right for low carb eating however the government healthy plate is clearly based on the volume of food. Back to the drawing board I think.

    I’m not a low carber myself but I find it interesting that some people actually seem to do it with ease, something I could never manage. Bottom line, there isn’t really a one size fits all approach to nutrition.

    PS – I like the fact that the low carb plates now say protein and not meat. I know your thoughts on red meat already Jimmy but I was never convinced. How can I when research like this is coming out all the time?? http://www.wcrf-uk.org/audience/media/press_release.php?recid=153

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      Actually, they are perfect Alms. A healthy low-carb nutritional plan is one that is high in dietary fat, especially saturated fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates. Atkins is a 70/20/10 fat/protein/carb plan as are many other reputable low-carb plans. The plate is representative of the percentage of calories from each group.

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      Those studies on meat are way overblown because they lump in processed meat into the equation. Ample evidence exists that there is no harm from consuming grass-fed meats. None.

    • Dana

      Actually, remember that fat is 9 calories a gram to protein’s and carbohydrate’s 4 calories?

      If you think of the plate partitions as caloric value, it makes perfect sense. What it would look like in *practice* is the fat section would be about roughly the size of the protein section. But it would contain about twice as many calories.

      If you get fatty cuts of meat and try to get in a few tablespoons of coconut oil a day it shouldn’t take much. I say shouldn’t, because I haven’t gotten myself together to run the numbers in my cookbook software yet. Another thing you could do is teach yourself some of the fatty sauces like Hollendaise and get into making your own mayo and salad dressing. The more saturated fat you eat, the less omega-3s are necessary (saturated fat has an omega-3 sparing effect).

      As for red meat, how in the world did we survive three million years eating it? (Jimmy will disagree with me–that’s fine–I go on the evidence and I don’t think it threatens God any…) And red meat would have been the *first* meat we tasted. Current thinking says we started out scavenging dog kills (possibly why human and canine tapeworms are *so* similar in characteristics–I know! Yuck, huh?), and then we figured out how to make our own hunting implements and it was all downhill from there. But it would have been things like antelope–you know, ruminants.

      I don’t even think processed meat is a problem, *necessarily.* Sausage tends to contain organ meats, and those are *very* good for us. Now when you get to talking about MSG or sugar in the sausage, yeah, depending on how much you consume, that could be an issue. But I think the reason they find links between processed-meat eating and disease is, who’s more likely to eat the stuff, someone who is stereotypically health-conscious, or someone who eats a lot of bread and chips and junk? THERE is your link, right there. It isn’t the meat at all.

      Stop equating good health with vegetarianism in the public mind, and watch the link go away completely.

      • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

        Correct Dana. I suppose the plate visualizes the need for people to be eating more fat than they do now.

        And there’s no need to be critical of my faith in God, Dana. We’re on the page nutritionally here dudette. ;)

  • Jennifer

    I dunno, Jimmy, I kind of agree with Alms. Apples and oranges trying to compare percent with volume. Since it’s a direct comparison with the volume USDA plate, it should either be in volume as well, or say it’s in percent. Mindy’s plate is a good idea, but it needs a different representation.

    And with just saying “fats” someone could assume that meant some godawful vegetable oil is OK. I know all of us reading here understands it, but to people who aren’t educated about good, real food and correct nutrition (like the USDA “Plate” people)would seize after reading it. :>

    Interesting and fun pics, though! I hate pork rinds and the green ones look icky! You know it’s gotta be food colouring in them. :)

    Jennifer

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      This underlines the fallacy of a Food Plate concept anyway. This is more complex than a simple diagram. And of course the pork rinds have food coloring. ;)

  • Eric

    I just read that the LCHF revolution has spread to Finland!

    “Exceptional rise in butter consumption:”

    yle.fi/uutiset/news/2011/06/exceptional_rise_in_butter_consumption_2688718.html

    I think the butter consumption is up +40% or something like that. This is not surprising considering more than 1/2 million Finns live in Sweden and both Swedish & Finnish are the Official language of Finland.

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      Yep!

  • marilynb

    I like the Doritos bag. Excellent idea!

  • Mary Titus

    Like the LC/HF tee shirts BTW.

    One thing that I really like about my diet is being able to understand fat and use it freely. Although I use it freely, I find myself wondering if I am getting enough. When I am on top of my fat cosumption, my weight and overall well-being, are also tops.Viva buttah!!! Peri-menopause does not help at all. Anyhoo, good job Jimmy.

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      Viva buttah! I LOVE IT! ;)

  • http://www.lchf.com Katarina wikholm

    I can’t help noticing the sexual undertone in the ice cream diet dodge ad (from Sugar Information, no less). That add could easily have been x-rated… which is how I prefer my sugar, anyway. on the back-shelf, only-to-be-asked-for and in plain wrapping, LOL.

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      Bwahahaha!

  • http://www.danspinato.com/ Dan Spinato

    MyPlate is definitely the new Food Pyramid! Oh and those pork rinds are actually good, it’s a delicacy in Asia, just don’t eat too much or your blood pressure will be shooting waaaay up before you know it!

  • Tula

    Great images, Jimmy! I’ll have to show my friends, whom I still haven’t convinced about the low-carb diet. One of them keeps insisting that I have an eating disorder because I eat so little (< 1000 calories per day). Early menopause (due to medication) has contributed to decreased metabolism and a study I just read about this week mentions that 3 medications I take for RA (rheumatoid arthritis) seem to inhibit development of diabetes, possibly because of metabolism reduction. Throw in the corticosteroids and is it any wonder my metabolism is slower than a turtle crawling through molasses going uphill in January? Definitely not an eating disorder :-) Low carb is the only thing that will help me maintain a healthy weight and body chemistry numbers. At least my food bills are small, LOL!

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      Wow Tula…carry on my friend.

  • tam

    The grains plate should be divided into high GI carbs (whole wheat, brown rice, …) and low GI carbs (oats, quinoa, …). I dare them to say that wheat sucks!

    • http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com Jimmy Moore

      They see no difference.