Welcome all seeking refuge from low carb dogma!

“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact”
~ Charles Darwin (it's evolutionary baybeee!)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Podcast Appearance Tomorrow: Superhuman Radio

Hello inmates!  I'll be appearing on Superhuman Radio with Carl Lanore tomorrow, August 10, at 12 noon EST.

You can listen live HERE

You can always listen to rebroadcasts, and I'll post a link once the podcast is "in the can".

Our topic will be A New Perspective on Type 2 Diabetes.  This was inspired by a meme on Carl's Facebook wall and my response that carbohydrates are neither the cause of diabetes or the the direct cause of the associated hyperglycemia.   Basically challenging the notion that diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance.

Should be good!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

J.E.R.F.? Just Eat Real Food ...

... an acronym most closely associated with Sean Croxton.   [ Or as I call him in my head:  Sean Ton of Crocks, because Croxton is the king of the alt func med summit marketeering spree].  But now it looks like Croxton is in the processed convenience food biz, releasing a J.E.R.F. bar!  

screenshot of today's home banner

One of the things that most annoys me about Noakes and his "Real Meal" revolution.  Many in paleo talk about eating "real food", and many exclude from this definition foods that aren't part of their restrictive food paradigms.  You know, such UNreal aka fake foods like whole grains and legumes for the low carbers,  soy and veggie oils for the "ancestrals", maybe dairy for the vegans, regular sugar for just about everyone.    "Real food" is a foolish label.   If what you mean by *real* is "whole" foods, then concoctions don't fly, no matter how "clean" the ingredients list is, and almond flour and butter are not almonds.  If by *real* you mean "natural" -- as opposed to synthetic or artificial -- then Fritos qualify as they contain only corn and oil.  If by *real* you mean "clean" (according to your definition of allowed foods for your paradigm) you're the worst of all using the term as a fraudulent marketing one.

Real food?  Most food is real food, or likely upwards of 95% by weight *real*.  Even many food additives are real -- take lecithin for example, that can be derived from a number of foods such as eggs, soybeans or sunflower seeds.  Sugar is real.  Flour is real.  White rice is real.  Coconut oil is real, but so, too is corn oil.  

The #IRONY is soooo thick with this JERF bar.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Disabilesity ~ Part II: An Epidemic?

This series was inspired by my own "journey" through what I'm going to call disabilesity.  If you haven't done so and would like some personal background, read Disabilesity ~ Part I: Intro and My Own Journey.

This installment is about increased risks and rates of physical impairment, preceding and including formal physical disability, that have coincided with the rising rates of obesity.  A theme of this series is that unlike the chronic metabolic disease risks (diabetes, CVD, etc.), the impairment of physical ability is often overlooked.  In my opinion, this does a disservice, especially to younger obese individuals who are not properly educated/warned about these very real consequences.  Most people don't die of things like osteo arthritis, but quality of life can be greatly affected.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Disabilesity ~ Part I: Intro and My Own Journey

This post was inspired by my own "journey" through what I'm going to call disabilesity.  It got insanely long and cumbersome, so I'll break it up into parts:

  • Intro and My Own Journey of Disabilesity
  • The Forgotten Disabilesity Epidemic
  • How the Obesity Industrial Complex does a disservice to those at risk or suffering from Disabilesity

It has been my observation for a while now that various interests I shall refer to collectively as the Obesity Industrial Complex, are only marginally interested in *fixing* any problems attributable to the obesity epidemic in affluent countries.  Instead, for various reasons and in varying ways, the different factions seem more intent on maintaining some level of the status quo for profit, relevance, notoriety or some combination of the above.

Monday, June 26, 2017


It's been a very long time since I've highlighted a post or podcast from someone else on this blog.  It's also no secret that my own blogging has fallen off big time.  This has been from a "perfect storm" of burnout, frustration, personal priorities, and search for a future focus/mission in blogging.    I feel like "I've blogged on that" a zillion times already. 

Around a year ago I listened to a podcast from someone I'm honored to call a friend.  On my list of "people I've met online I must meet someday", she's right up on top.    I know it sounds egotistical to say this, but I don't care.  There are so very few out there whom I consider valued sources of information.  I try and link them up, support them, share their work.  I'm not a marketer, and although a few years ago I incorporated, I've yet to really take a leap into much in the way of selling anything or making any sort of living off of doing what I do in this area.  My inaugural venture in that vein didn't work out so well, and then, as they say, life got in the way.  Still, there were a few good things to come of said debacle, and a connection with Leigh is top on that list.

This person is Leigh Peele 

When I listened to this podcast I was well on my way through already having figured out a lot of things that had stymied me.  I was still in a very tenuous place with a lot of other things (mostly personal).    I just re-listened AGAIN (I think this may well be the fourth or fifth time now) before sharing this, because I will reference this in some upcoming "off topic" blog posts.    I really hope you will all give a listen, and show Leigh some love afterwards.  She's a fitness person, but just lean back and apply what she has to say to whatever and wherever you are or are coming from.

If you like what you hear, I'd love for you to give Leigh some support love and leave a review on iTunes.  Defensiveness is the Enemy

Oh ... and I'm calling out a few people who REALLY need to listen to this.  
  • Dr. Sarah Ballantyne PhD.
  • Stacy Toth 
  • Melanie Miller
  • Jimmy Moore (X 1000)
  • Diane Sanfilippo
  • Melissa Hartwig
  • Robb Wolf
  • Mark Sisson
This is not an all inclusive list by a long shot.  Some may not understand why I listed who I did.  So be it.  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

If Fat Doesn't Make You Fat, Explain Tokelau vs. Pukapuka

In light of the recent brash of coconut oil articles following the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association, I thought I'd bump this post.  Of course all the coconut oil advocates are up in arms over this.  Mind you, coconut oil is the most nutritionally bereft oil out there ... "empty calories".  This post discusses a study in the Sixties on two Atoll island populations that live in virtually the same environment, etc. but with nearly opposite diets in terms of total fat content, where the majority of fat comes not from coconut oil, but the more nutrient dense coconut meat and embryos.

One Line Summary:  The increased fat content in the Tokelauan diet correlates in increased adiposity in this population as compared to nearby Pukapuka.  

While the cited study abstract says the following:
Vascular disease is uncommon in both populations and there is no evidence of the high saturated fat intake having a harmful effect in these populations.
... it is important to point out that they did not assess atherosclerosis in any direct fashion, only looked at  TWELVE ECGs .    The oldest participants numbered roughly 30 in each top age group of age 55-64.  This paragraph is the more accurate to quote:
The influence these traditional diets may have on development of atherosclerosis is an important question. Twelve lead ECGs have been taken in both groups and the rate of subnormal Q waves, Minnesota Code 1 ı and 12 was very low in both groups. The samples of adults on the two atolls are, however, too small for definitive studies of coronary heart disease and vascular disease.
Here are the cholesterol differences as reported in the paper.  

Even if this study demonstrated a lack of CVD in its aging populations, this still tells us nothing about the healthfulness or wisdom of consuming refined coconut oil in the context of modern diets.  Everything from putting it in coffee with butter to frying "paleo starches" in it bears no resemblence to the traditional dietary context in which both the Pukapuka (to lesser extent) and Tokelauan (to greater extent consumed whole coconut.

What we do see, definitively, is a progressive and distinct trend toward greater adiposity in the higher fat culture.  It is no major leap of logic to see where this could lead with even minor deviations from the traditional context.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Silly Epiphany ...

Allow me to share just one "a ha" moment I came to in the beginning of 2016.   

Me photobombing Nobel laureate Michael Brown and Kevin Klatt (aka @Nutrevolve) October 2016
I'm kinda cute, huh?  
I met my now husband the October after graduating from college and getting my first real job.  He was a co-worker and friend of my apartment neighbors and friends.  At the time I was far from the fattest I'd been, but I believe the pants I was wearing were size 14 at the time.  We hit it off instantly.  Movie magical type stuff.  In my sleep-deprived state the next day at work I even told my co-worker friend that "last night I met the man I'm going to marry".

Monday, June 5, 2017

Jimmy Moore's 10 Year Scam-aversary ~ Remembering Kimkins!

Jimmy Moore has been complaining a lot about criticism lately.  This is nothing new.  

  • livinlowcarbmanThis comment I received today is a great teachable moment to share with you a bit more of my philosophy on how to share feedback with someone online. Thank you @creativename79 for sharing this!
    Here was my response to Kris:
    I love and appreciate genuine constructive feedback and always have. It's why I've attained the level of success that I have and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be even better than I am now. *
    But what you're not privy to is an intense ramping up lately of personal attacks and outright nastiness behind the scenes unlike anything I've seen in my 12+ years of doing this. I don't think it's by accident as my profile has risen in the past few years that the scrutiny of my work would be magnified even more. *
    And here's the thing--allowing such stuff to linger unchallenged creates a mob mentality of a lot of me too comments that serves no other purpose than to tear down and destroy. Anyone who follows me knows I am an uplifter and encourager with a positive attitude which is the antithesis of this new wave of criticism. *
    Yes, I am constantly aiming to be the very best I can be in all my endeavors just as everyone should strive for excellence. But there is a tact for sending constructive feedback that doesn't involve sharing personal comments about me or my style and sent via email rather than posted on social media, for example. *
    I'm always available at If you're a long time listener, then I welcome your comments through the proper channels. It's the others who just want to spread hatred and dissent who can move along. Hope this clarifies my friend. Appreciate your comment!

This is a great remindable moment for everyone.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Productive Why-ning


Back in the early days of the Asylum, there was a commenter who repeatedly fixated on "why do we overeat".  Eventually I coined the phrase "why-ning" for this questioning.

This post is about how seeking external whys in the scientific literature is most likely a futile effort.  Science can provide easy answers, it turns out, to how to eat to normalize weight.  Putting that into practice in the *real world*, is a whole 'nother issue!!!

If you struggle with weight ... if you're putting all manner of effort in anyway ... this post is a suggestion to alter your "why-ning".  From unproductive questions of why, to more productive, individual and personal questions of yourself as to why.

It is emotionally incorrect these days to acknowledge that for many, adult obesity is, indeed, a lifestyle choice.  It may not be conscious.  It may not have started out that way (e.g. if you have always been obese).  Nonetheless, it is far more within our power to reverse obesity than the Obesity Industrial Complex would lead you to believe.  If you don't believe me, ask yourself why it is often people with all the cards stacked against them, but with compelling motivation, who are able to take charge and lose and keep off more weight than they could ever successfully do decades before.

This is really it.  Nowadays it's becoming easier and easier to be overweight and obese.  It's more "normal", speaking for myself as a middle-aged woman, to be overweight/obese than it is to be normal weight.  There is a wave of body positivity that has helped this along as well.   Sometimes you really just don't have that *why* to make it work.  That is OK too.  Just accept it (for now?) and live life.  But if you're truly unhappy with your weight, keep searching INward.  You'll find the answers.  You may need professional, qualified, assistance.  You may not.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Collection of "Accidental Experimental Evidences" Against Sugar/Fructose Addiction

This post will be added to from time to time, to collect in one place evidence against the concept of sugar/fructose addiction.   When added to it will be bumped, and the "skip to using browser search" table of contents below will be updated.  

I am unable in Blogger to link to sections within a blog post.  In lieu of this, you can use your browser search on the phrases below to skip to the following sections:

  • Accidental Experimental Evidences
  • Mice Fed 18% Fructose
  • Mice Fed 60% Sugar or Starch
  • Unmotivated Fat Rats