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My Encounter With The New Doctor

As I mentioned in my most recent podcast , I saw a new doctor yesterday. His name is Dr. Andry. I found him by googling "Bioidentical hormones Bloomington IN." I'm 52, and I was concerned about my estrogen levels. About 18 months ago, my primary care physician and I had hormone tests run. They showed I was estrogen deficient, and yet estrogen dominant -- ie, not enough estrogen, but considerably more estrogen than progesterone.

New Podcast Is Up

The Protein Bandwagon

Have you seen the new Kashi GoLean (sic) Crunch ads? They're selling cereal, 'cause we all know that whole grains are low fat! and high fiber! and good for us!! (note heavy sarcasm) But what are they pushing in the ads? Protein. Their cereal will keep you full, they claim, because it's a great source of protein.

Well, it's a better source of protein than, say, Rice Krispies or Wheaties, but then, they're pretty pathetic. But is Kashi GoLean Crunch high protein?

Why I'm Not a Purist

I have, over the past many years in general, and in the past few days in particular, taken some heat for not being pure enough or restrictive enough or something enough about the diet I eat and the ingredients I use in my recipes. I was accused of something very close to a major character flaw in a discussion about sucralose, by a woman who was infuriated that I would use such an evil, evil ingredient , and that I dared to suggest that perhaps stevia was not utterly safe beyond all question. I've been taken to task for using/eating polyols.

How, Um... Healthful.

I know, I know, you can't blame McD's for offering what the public wants. I get that. And when they offer stuff that isn't what the bulk of the population wants -- see grilled chicken salads -- they do it to avoid what they call the veto factor, the one person in the group of three or four who says, "Oh, no, I can't eat burgers and fries, I'm on a diet," and so influences the whole group to go elsewhere.

Halfway to Spring!

As I write this, it is February 1st, and there is a nasty, driving ice storm going on outside. Much of the midwest is getting socked with snow, but down here, close to the Ohio River Valley, we're getting ice pellets, freezing rain, and all that dangerous stuff. I have no idea how we're going to get out to shut up the chickens for the night without falling on our butts, or worse. Heaven forbid we actually hurt ourselves; I have no idea how an ambulance would get here.

Lowcarbezine! Article Reprint: Dreamfield's Pasta

Dreamfield's Pasta has come up four or five times in the past couple of day in various Facebook discussions I've been in. Then, just last night, I had a reader email me and ask me what I thought. Seemed like it was high time I reprinted this article from December of 2004:

Dreamfield’s Pasta – Is It Really Low Carb?

Great LA Times Article

Great LA Times coverage of Dr. Eric Westman.

5 Low Carb Steps To Weight Loss

As you have probably heard, Reader's Digest did a cover article this month on low carb diets. They consulted Dr. Eric Westman, one of the nation's top low carb researchers, one of the authors of New Atkins For a New You, and all-around super-nice, super-smart guy. That Reader's Digest went to such a credible low carb source speaks very well of them.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna-Noodle Casserole

8 ounces mushrooms -- coarsely chopped
21 ounces canned tuna in water -- (3 cans) drained well
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon concentrate
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt or Vege-Sal
2 ounces cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup frozen peas, `NOT thawed
2 packets tofu shirataki -- fettuccini style

Jack Lalanne, Godfather of the Nutrition and Fitness Movement, Dead at 96

There he was, in the full glory of black and white -- a handsome, friendly,ultra-energetic man, with slim hips, broad shoulders, and biceps to spare, urging Americans to stop eating garbage, and get a little exercise. He was doing this as far back as 1951. I can remember watching Jack Lalanne when I was a tiny child, maybe three; it was the first time I saw someone do jumping jacks. When they gave him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he did push ups on it.

You Need To Read This

My friend Tom Naughton, the guy who made the hilariously informative documentary Fathead, writes one of the most informative blogs out there. That it's also entertaining is just a bonus. The post he wrote this week about statins is a must-read. So go read it!

How Quickly They Forget...

Ran across a generally stupid and useless article , the jist of which was "carbs are good, but don't eat them before bed." Good advice, as far as it goes, but of course I don't eat them at breakfast or lunch, either. Or at mid-afternoon. Or at tea parties. Still, I didn't have to read that far to know it was a stupid article. It was clear from the first few sentences, which read:

Voices From the Past

In random wandering around cyberspace, I found a article from 1940 regarding constipation.. (This is part 2, which included the paragraph quoted.) One paragraph, in particular, caught my eye:

Satisfying. Yeah, Sure.

It's always amusing watching the ads during the January Diet Season. They're so transparently full of BS. Like the ads for Campbell's Select Harvest Light Soups. They show women zipping up dresses and pants, and say that fitting into clothes is "naturally satisfying." They then make the pitch for this particular line of canned soups, which have 80 calories or less per serving. Which, they say, makes the soups very "satisfying."

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