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Happy Thanksgiving!


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The holiday season is upon us again, and if you’re new to a low carb or paleo diet this can be a challenging time. Especially when the extended family gets together for Thanksgiving.

Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food compiled a great collection of low-carb, gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes to help you stay healthy through the holiday season:

I know that the holidays can be intimidating on a low carb diet, especially if you are new to it.  You are surrounded by tempting high carb foods and it’s so easy to give in, especially when friends and family are encouraging you to eat, eat, mangia, mangia.  And it’s a holiday, a special day, so you think to yourself: Why not? It’s a special day, I deserve just a little bit. But one bite leads to another and next thing you know, you’ve eaten 3 pies and a whole plate of stuffing and mashed potatoes smothered in flour-y gravy.

Then you spend the next few days beating yourself up and wondering if you can get back on track after such a binge. But this slightly-exaggerated scenario doesn’t have to be a reality. The truth is that there are many wonderful low-carb options for Thanksgiving and other holidays that can keep you from giving  into temptation without feeling deprived. You can eat to your heart’s content and even indulge in a few of your favourites, all while sticking to your low carb, gluten-free diet.  It is possible, trust me.  Because I have spent the past few years perfecting the art of the low-carb holiday dinner.  Many other great bloggers have as well.  So I have collected the best low carb Thanksgiving recipes here for you to plan your holiday menu. Continue Reading →

All Day I Dream About Food: 30 Delicious Low-Carb Thanksgiving Recipes

Paleo Leap: Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner

Mark’s Daily Apple: Make it a Primal Thanksgiving!


Do You Want Tips and Ideas for Handling the Upcoming Holidays?

Are you celebrating the holidays with a non-low-carb family? Or are you out of good ideas for cooking low-carb holiday dishes?

The Low Carb Dietitian has posted a neat overview of potential problems many low-carb fans run into during the holidays, and shares their best tips and food ideas.

LCD: Tips for Healthy Low Carb Holiday Eating

Below are some more tips.
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The Difference in Food Says it All


The difference in food says it all.

In recent years I have attended dozens of conferences on how to treat obesity and other lifestyle-related health problems. But the food at the LCHF conference in Cape Town last week excels.

Here are pictures – and horrible examples from other conferences:

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The Beginning and End of the Fear of Fat


This is the book that contributes to finally dismissing the old fear of fat. When the book The Big Fat Surprise came out in June last year, major American newspapers praised it. It has become a New York Times  best seller and The Wall Street Journal appointed it one of the best books of the year.

This book redefines food for many influential people and the fear of fat is losing its grip on the world.

Finally, I too have read the book. It’s a big book that initially is very similar to the fantastic Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). But once you’ve read the first chapters you realize that this book is so much more. It’s an updated version with a somewhat different focus – and for most readers probably far more entertaining, clarifying and upsetting.

This is the definitive story on how fear of fat was based on how ambitious researchers and well-meaning politicians took short cuts and ignored the lack of real evidence. And as gigantic economic interests entered the picture things went very wrong.

The Problem with Fear of Fat

We know the result: instead of harmless fat – that we’ve been unnecessarily afraid of – people began to eat more sugar, wheat flour and other refined carbohydrates, which increase the fat-storing hormone insulin. Voilá: an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

The book also goes in detail through the tragicomic and terrifying hunt for a replacement for natural saturated fat. Continue Reading →


The Quest for the Eggless Egg

Eggs or not eggs?

Eggs or non-eggs?

What if there were an egg that wasn’t an egg? Scientists in the US are trying to create a plant-based “egg” for vegans. The current version contains half a dozen ingredients, mainly pea protein, but is not getting high grades from chefs:

TIME: Eggless Eggs Exist and This Is What They Taste Like

I myself don’t fancy industrially produced ersatz eggs with many secret ingredients, a taste of “grass” and a chef rating of 5/10. I see no health reasons either.

Those who are not vegans can safely eat regular, good old eggs, at least as long as the chickens have been treated well (egg production only aiming for cheap eggs quickly becomes unethical).

Eggs have developed to perfection over millions of years of evolution. There is no more nutritious food and the old 80’s fear of cholesterol has proven completely unfounded. Eggs provide a good cholesterol profile, good weight and a good blood sugar. Proper health and nutrition pills!

So how many eggs can you eat without risking that it turns harmful? I’ll say what I usually say: Preferably eat no more than 36 eggs per day.

How many do you eat?

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Swedes Eating More Eggs than Ever in the Summer


Swedes are eating more and more eggs over the summer. According to a press release from the Swedish Egg Board, the statistics show a 20-percent increase in a few years.

The average Swede is said to eat 38 eggs over the ten weeks after midsummer solstice. Which leads to the obvious question:

How many eggs will you have this summer?

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Across the Pacific Ocean Without Sugar or Other Junk Carbohydrates


I’ve received many emails about this: A Finnish couple is rowing across the Pacific Ocean in protest against sugar and other bad carbohydrates. Their “Fat Chance Row” goes from California to Hawaii, which they’re hoping to reach in August.

You won’t find any pasta-loading on this row – they are eating real food, such as “dried meat, nuts, coconut butter and dried fruit, things that will keep at high temperatures”.

USA Today: Couple test food and each other on row to Hawaii

The expedition’s webpage:

The words “Fat Chance” are from the title of professor Robert Lustig’s book about the dangers of sugar. The expedition is done in collaboration with his recently-launched organization Institute for Responsible Nutrition.

This is where the couple is now:



Reversing Diabetes After a Visit to the Emergency Room

Before and after

Before and after

I received a fascinating story from Anthony in Australia about what happened when he ended up in the emergency room, where it was discovered that he had high blood pressure. This led him to search for better health on his own, not following the usual diet recommendations he was given. Here’s his story: Continue Reading →