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Low Carb Diet: Fat or Fiction

Low Carb Diet: Fat or Fiction

With the big eating holiday Thanksgiving tomorrow, most of you will be presented with a swath of food to consume.

While the benefits of a meal cooked with love “brings people together,” it does not necessarily mean you HAVE to eat everything in sight. And it certainly does not mean you need to suffer because of it.

Below is an interesting investigative report from “down under,” as Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Dr. Maryanne Demasi interviews many proponents of the low-carb lifestyle, and isn’t just pushing an agenda for big pharma.

One astonishing aspect of this production, is that a Doctor / Professor (Tim Noakes) actually admitted that some of his original studies (carb-loading for athletes) was wrong, and apologized for his errors. What a good example to set. And a good reminder that what was once considered “gospel,” can very well change down the line.

So when you’re staring at that “palette pleasing” bread stuffing tomorrow – perhaps thinking about your blood sugar levels and overall health is a better “course” to take!

Low Carb Revelations

3 years living low carb – verdict?

After about three full years living (and learning) the low carbohydrate lifestyle – I have to say without a doubt, it is the one and only sustainable long-term health “plan” you can provide for yourself.

But that is not to say it is (or was) without revelations, new discoveries, hiccups and roadblocks.

Because the world is constantly moving in all directions, and as we learn (or un-learn, or re-learn) subtle (and often risky) facts about about nutrition in general – it absolutely pays to stay on your toes, keep educating yourself, and remain active in the low carb world.

Human Guinea Pig – will try almost anything

In the past year or so – I’ve experimented with foods and methods that were essentially outside of the direct “comfort zone” of a true low carb / high fat (LCHF) diet.

They weren’t the same “bad” things I used to eat – but as I’ve realized, they are NOT necessarily good either. Let’s take a look.

    wheat belly total health
  • “Gluten Free” is VERY over-rated: About the ONLY benefit of “gluten free” (besides the obvious Celiac reasons), is that you don’t suffer from the same inflammation and “bloating” you’d experience if you ate a substantial wheat-based meal. Other than that – and as we’ve read in Dr. William Davis’ new book: Wheat Belly – Total Health – is that ALL GRAINS ARE BAD. Rice. Corn. Oats. Barley. Human beings were NOT “designed” to eat the seeds of grass. Period. We’re not cows with four stomachs, or dogs with two. We have one single stomach, and our bodies are plain and simply NOT made to process those “edible” items. A majority of diseases and unpleasant “symptoms” can be traced back to grains. Eliminate them entirely.
  • Organic – still open for debate: While I certainly don’t want to eat pesticides or GMO products – I’m still on the fence with certain organic foods. One, the cost per unit of measure is substantially higher – which may or may not present a problem long term. Additionally – I’m a bit concerned with the authenticity of most commercial organic products. Unless I was there on the assembly line, how can one be 100% positive it’s genuine? Furthermore – any kind of carby snack that boasts “all natural” and organic should still be avoided if they contain grains of any kind. I will add though, that we had some organic blueberries the other day that were out of this world. Way better than the cheaper chemical-laced berries.
  • “Cheating” never has an upside: Even if you’re on a huge “winning streak” and feel better than ever – there is NEVER a time to “cheat” just because you “deserve it.” Because cheating is just punishing yourself. One, you’ll most likely get a stomach ache (or experience body pain and stiffness). Two, it will raise your blood sugar levels and knock you out of nutritional ketosis. Could be a day, two or more before you’re burning stored body fat again. And lastly, once to have that taste of the addictive carbs – you’re prone to cheat a few more times within a short time-frame (until the suffering wakes you back up). Staying on track is much more rewarding than 15 minutes of “palate pleasing.”
  • Watch your alcohol: After drinking nothing but red wine for a few years – I had the cravings for an ice-cold frothy beer during one of our warmer days this past summer. That kicked off a week or two long streak where I didn’t care. The beers went down nice (and you got a different “buzz” too, believe it or not) but I felt worse the following days. I don’t care if beer has a different sugar (Maltose), it’s still not a smart choice if you need that drink. Stay off the beer (think “beer belly.”)

Recommended Low Carb Reading

The Big Fat SurpriseOther than the awesome latest edition of the Wheat Belly book I mentioned above – here are a few others we’ve read and recommend:

  • The Big Fat Surprise – Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz: A NY Times Best Seller and filled with 1000′s of references, The Big Fat Surprise was the result of over a decade of research that absolutely DESTROYS conventional “wisdom” about nutrition we were all force-fed for the past 40+ years. Bottom line, our obesity epidemic is most certainly a “western disease” thanks to misinformation, the industrial revolution, and more. Quit “counting calories” and being afraid of good fats and you’ll be in great shape.
  • Wheat Belly Cookbook and Wheat Belly 30-minute (or less) Cookbook: Together, these two cookbooks will give you over 350 dishes you can create that are wheat and grain-free. Absolutely fantastic (especially the 30 minute version). You’ll never miss bread again, and if you start today – perhaps by next summer you’ll be ready to wear a bikini at the beach for the first time in a long time!

Good luck to whomever is finally about to take the low-carb plunge! You’ll be amazed at how you can turn you life around for the better!

You are what you eat

In Hoboken – you are what you eat! {carb lovers}

After you’ve “cracked the code” when it comes to proper nutrition – you become much more in tune with the rest of the world (and what’s wrong with it). One such plainly obvious sign is you can tell the general health of certain people – just by looking at their trash (especially on recycling days). “You are what you eat,” remember?

Take this painful display below. In this “doctor’s visit waiting to happen,” you have half a dozen pizza boxes, a Costco-sized box of Special K cereal, a jumbo carton of chocolate-covered chewy granola bars, and a case of “light” beer. I bet there was some “skim milk” tucked away in there too. Now while I can’t guarantee the people in this household are morbidly obese, there’s a good chance they are. And even if they have the special genes to avoid obvious girth – they almost always will have some other kind of health condition (diabetes, restless leg syndrome, blood pressure issues, skin problems, etc.)

Maybe one day they’ll get it – and hopefully before it’s too late.

Hoboken warning signs you are what you eat

Who orders Pizza Hut in Hoboken?

And this one wasn’t as bad – as their refuse wasn’t piled to the sky with glucose. However, I’m wondering – we have tons of authentic pizza places here in Hoboken (that have a better chance of using fresh, natural ingredients). But this family decided to order Pizza Hut? That’s not even supporting local businesses for Christs sake! Double whammy!

If you’re going to indulge – jeez, at least get a tasty brick-oven pizza from Napoli’s or Grimaldi’s… Pizza Hut? Unfathomable!

Pizza Hut Boxes Hoboken NJ who is supporting local business

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Amanda Bananas

Amanda Bananas at Hoboken’s Pier 13

Figured I’d get this addition to the Hoboken Food Truck Directory in before the summer ends! Amanda Bananas is a mobile food truck which is a regular over at Pier 13, but can also be spotted at other spots like the Hoboken Family Farmers Market or other waterfront events (like the Jets Bash at Pier A last week).

What is Amanda Bananas? Well, we tried it recently for the first time. I had one bite because I had to at least taste. It’s frozen bananas. That’s all. No added anything (unless you add toppings). My girlfriend liked it a lot, saying it was “more refreshing” than “FroYo.”

Amanda Bananas Hoboken NJ Pier 13

Tasty, but avoid at all costs if LOW CARB

It’s all fine and dandy, I guess. Amanda Bananas touts the “healthy” nature of a banana, as having about 110 calories each, low cholesterol and fat, high in fiber and rich in other vitamins and minerals. Sounds healthy to the current dieting paradigms that dominate main stream publications, right?

However, each $5 cup appears to have at least two bananas, maybe more. And considering one banana has 51 grams of carbohydrates – each cup of Amanda Bananas (with toppings like pineapple and chocolate syrup like she ordered), probably clocked in at more than 150 grams of carbohydrates.

If you plan on living a low-carb life – we recommend staying away, as you’ll destroy any chance at nutritional ketosis or body fat loss. Remember, “low fat” no longer means anything if you jack your blood sugar up sky high. Maybe that’s why they didn’t mention how many carbs on their web-page?

But we will add – if you’re hell-bent on having something cold and sweet – this beats 99% of the artificially flavored treats out there. So if you’re going to be bad, and “cheat,” might as well be natural about it.

Amanda Bananas Hoboken NJ Pier 13 2

Description: Frozen banana truck
Address: Varies – follow for status and location updates
Phone: 973-495-7718
Online: amandabananas.comTwitterFacebook

Chris Christie needs to live low carb

Christie gets angry over Doc who questions his weight

Not everyone is a “fan” of politicians these days (except those who don’t know better), but this recent “flame war” between an Arizona Doctor and NJ Governor Chris Christie cracked me up.

We all know Chris Christie isn’t exactly in great shape (although he calls himself the “healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”). He became insulted when former White House Doctor Connie Mariano was concerned if he ever became our President: “It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office.”

Hoboken411 agrees, and can solve the problem instantly: Chris Christie needs to live a low carb life.

Christie, in his usually stylistic way, threw a barb back at the critical doc: “I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona who has never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records, knows nothing about my family history, could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away. She must be a genius.”

That was a cop-out in my opinion. Obesity has only become an issue in the last few decades – as “modern technology” and other evils have ruined our food supply. I’m certainly not laying blame on Christie for knowingly fattening himself up – a lot of people are ignorant of the true facts of nutrition after repetitive misinformation. And others suffer from cognitive dissonance, and refuse to open their minds as to how they’ve been misinformed.

Give me one year as Christie’s nutritional consultant – and I’d BET he’d be at least 100lbs. lighter, and even healthier than he claims he is now (only if he stays on plan).

Oh – and check out this great post from Jimmy Moore’s Living La Vida Low Carb Blog – where he shows how CLUELESS the populous has become. Counting calories, excess orange juice, and blatant lies from the giant food monopolies of the world. We’re on a downward spiral for sure.

Do you think Chris Christie needs to live low carb like I do? Or is blaming genetics, family history or anything else a fair argument?

3rd Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival

Hamilton Park BBQ Festival in Jersey City – Sept. 15th

You gotta say, Jersey City does have some unique, fun events!

Like this Saturday, September 15th from 12pm to 8pm is the 3rd Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival!

Just head over to 232 Pavonia Ave. in Jersey City (map) for all the fun!

Tasty (low carb) BBQ food, plus booze, music, games and crafts by Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fairs.

Notable attendees include Hamilton Inn Restaurant, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Jimmy’s BBQ (from PA), Fizzy Lizzy Soft Drinks and many more.

Plus for the kids – NJ Traveling Petting Zoo (Happy Tales Pets) will be there with friendly farm animals and pony rides!

Enjoy!