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“The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp” 6
AHS showdown: Gary Taubes vs Stephan Guyenet 112
Paleo Wars at AHS! 80
Coming Up Next Week: Obesity Conference in Philadelphia! 6
Lunch at the Diabetes Conference 41
Everything Is Bigger in the US 29
You Can Learn Anything 1
Best of 2013 10
New Visitor Records! 13
My Health Markers After Eight Years on LCHF 142
This Year’s Seafood Platter 8
Encouraging Reviews 6
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Dinner at Diet Doctor’s

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We had famous guests here on Friday. Two of the founders of Sweden’s LCHF magazine stopped by for dinner – Margareta Lundström and Bosse Zackrisson. In addition, Monique Forslund (holding my daughter Alva in the picture) came. A couple of significant  others (Mats and Mattias) and a few children came along too.

We made a big splash with a three-course meal. Here’s the menu with pictures. Continue Reading →

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Try to Get It Right Next Time

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The world’s largest meeting on diabetes research is over, but next year it will be in Stockholm, Sweden – almost my home town. I’ll be there and my suggestion to the organizers is simple. Try to get it right next time.

At least, do have the courage to discuss all the research showing that today’s lifestyle advice isn’t working for people with diabetes, but instead unfortunately makes people sicker. To ignore this fact is unreasonable and unethical when 5 million people die from their diabetes every year.

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Where’s All the Research on Lifestyle and Diet?

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Professor Nyström and Dr Tengblad

What’s wrong with the world’s largest meeting on diabetes research? Nobody talks officially about the real problem. A problem that has been demonstrated in two gigantic studies in recent years. Studies nobody has the courage to talk about.

The market for diabetes research and diabetes medications will only increase as long as the silence continues. More and more people will get sick unnecessarily.

At the meeting, I got the chance to talk quite a bit with Professor Fredrik Nyström and Dr Anders Tengblad. They both have, just like I do, a keen interest in the importance of lifestyle for diabetics.

Official discussions about this were almost entirely absent from the conference. Despite over 1300 presented scientific articles and discussions, there were not very many about eating significantly less of what diabetics don’t tolerate (carbohydrates). How many do you think? The correct answer is… zero!

It’s in the context of this that the junk-food lunches are not only ironic, but also a symbol of the total silence about the real problem. Continue Reading →

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Lunch at the Diabetes Conference

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Here’s the lunch bag we got at the diabetes meeting. And here are the contents: Continue Reading →

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What’s Inside the Bags?

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What kind of lunch is offered at the world’s biggest scientific meeting about diabetes research? This one.

These are the lunch bags all participants at the meeting are offered. The question is what’s inside the bags. What do you think?

Continued: Lunch at the Diabetes Conference

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A Secret Conference

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Unfortunately, I can’t offer you any pictures from the gigantic exhibition hall in Vienna, where all the pharmaceutical companies are. It is “strictly forbidden” to take pictures…

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At the Diabetes Meeting in Vienna

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Here’s one of the 6 lecture halls, in session simultaneously, at the diabetes conference in Vienna…it’s big! Perhaps a little bigger than when I attended the same EASD meeting in Stockholm four years ago.

I spent the first day listening to selected lectures, walking through the exhibitions of vendors (photography prohibited) and a long and nice lunch conversation with Dr Anders Tengblad. This at a lunch restaurant where they served fine food at a nice price. About 0.5 percent of the participants were there. Tomorrow, I’ll have a closer look at the lunch bags that are handed out to all participants.

More reports coming up when I get time to sort impressions a bit more.

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Fancy a Bug Bar?

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Yum! An Icelandic company is developing nutritious energy bars based on bug flour (ground crickets). The bars are supposedly protein and energy dense, as well as environmentally friendly.

The creators say there’s no reason to be concerned about the main ingredient. Insect flour is said to have a mild and nutty taste. In addition, the energy bars contain things like almonds, coconut and cocoa. And then you can’t really taste the crickets very much.

Want one?

BBC: Icelandic business plans energy bar made of insects

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“The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp”

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Here’s a fun idea: A butter knife that makes it easier to spread fridge-cold butter.

The idea was put up on Kickstarter last month to get funding. Their goal was $38,000 Australian dollars from people who wanted to pre-order a knife. Now that the fundraising is about to end, they’ve received almost ten times more. Popular butter knives!

Kickstarter: The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp

The question is what you do with such a butter knife if you don’t eat bread? Continue Reading →

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You Can Learn Anything

After the summer vacation, many people are trying to learn new healthier habits. Often, it works with enough time and motivation.

With enough time and motivation we can learn almost anything. If you’re interested in this – especially if you’re a parent – I recommend the short video above. There are more short videos on the subject at Khan Academy, including an interview with Carol Dweck, who wrote the book Mindset. I recommend this fantastic book to all parents… and others who want to learn something new.

In order to learn something  effectively you have to believe that you can learn. You need a “growth mindset”. It sounds fuzzy, but isn’t. If you don’t believe it, you will for a variety of reasons want to avoid learning opportunities.

So what does efficient learning and development have to do with health? A great deal. If all parents raised their kids on the basis of these ideas, I’m convinced that not only would we get a smarter generation, but they would also manage to learn much healthier habits.

 

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