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March 1998

Volume 1, Issue 1

Living LowCarb

Inside this Issue

1

Introduction

1

Why Low Carbohydrate?

2

Who is going to contribute?

2

News from the world of medicine

3

Recipe Corner

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Introduction

This newsletter is dedicated to articles helpful to those individuals who desire to pursue a low carbohydrate diet in an effort to live a higher quality lifestyle.

Many people choose lowcarbing to lose weight an maintain that weight loss. Others chose certain diets as a more natural way of eating. Still others choose lowcarb in an effort to allieviate symptoms of diseases of modern western society including type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary disease, syndrome X and candida albicans overgrowth to name a few.

Articles appearing in this newsletter are not dedicated to any particular diet. Every individual is just that. We are all individuals are react according to our own set of biological rules. What works for one may not work for anyone else. Most results of scientific studies are based on statistical probability. That means it applies to only a percentage of the population. There are no absolute truths.

I have more experience with my own HiMoLoCarbÔ diet, but there are things in the diets such as Protein Power, The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, The Dr. Atkins diet, Neanderthin and BodyOpus which are common to all or can be transferred from one to another. Some individuals may find a little of this and a little of that is needed to accomplish their goals.

The goal of this newsletter is to try to give the reader another conduit for information which they can use in their everyday life. This will include summaries of pertinent scientific publications, news and people in the news as it relates to dieting, and advice, recipes and websites to help you achieve and maintain your goals.

Why Low Carbohydrate?

Why all the fuss about low carbohydrate dieting? Because it works. We have known for a generation that it is the dietary carbohydrates that are at the center of many of the ills that are befalling late 20th century westernized societies. However, attention was diverted to dietary fats and cholesterol. They were demonized by the scientific and lay press. There are literally tens of thousands of scientific articles dedicated to "proving" that dietary fats and cholesterol are responsible for coronary heart disease. The statisticians rolled out impressive tables showing that eating this or that food was "causing" untold misery by promoting disease. All this time they were promoting lower and lower fat content and higher and higher carbohydrate content of your daily diet. They invented the "food pyramid" to graphically push their dogma. With government funding and billions of dollars in marketing efforts by international agribusiness, they have created a new religion. It is the Church of the low fat. Woe unto anyone that stands up and says "You are worshiping a false god". That is heresy of the worst sort and the proponents of such a thesis are dutifully crucified in the popular press and on talk shows.

One of the reasons you are reading this newsletter is that perhaps you have finally seen the truth. What is the truth? The truth is that while "they" have been brainwashing society to cut fat and increase carbohydrate we have simultaneously observed an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The lack of fat in the diet is causing subtle deficiencies of essential fatty acids leading to a variety of complaints.

Why is there a welling up of support for Alternative Medicine and nutritional supplements? Why is traditional medicine beginning to lose respect of millions of citizens?

Traditional Medicine is not traditional at all. It is very, very modern. Alternative medicine is the truly traditional medicine. Modern medicine is a marvel of our times and its use of technological advances make the art of medicine a science. Treatment of acute illnesses make light work of what was a death sentence just a generation ago. We truly have improved our quality of life knowing that there are skilled physicians and surgeons who can treat a lot of what ails us.

Acut care medicine stole all the glamour. It got most of the funding. This left chronic care as the orphan child and that is where the dissatisfaction has its roots. Many more people suffer from chronic ailments than the acute ones. Most acute disease is self limiting. That is you will recover from a cold whether you treat the symptoms or not. Most diarrheal diseases will clear up in a few days. But conditions like asthma, obesity, arthritis, cancer and Alzheimer's disease remain a scourge on society.

It is one thing to not be able to cure the condition, its another to advocate lifestyles which contribute to the condition. The recommended lowfat, high carbohydrate diet does wonders for about one third of the US population. It is probably neutral for about one third, but it is downright harmful for the remaining third. Have you noticed that more people have severe allergies today? Certainly asthma is on the rise. Cancers of many types are also increasing. These are the diseases of a highcarb diet society. Many try to lay the blame on pesticides and food additives and preservatives. We need objective review to see the correlation between carbohydrate consumption per capita and the incidence of these diseases. OK, enough pontificating. Onto the meat and (I was going to say potatoes, but that wouldn't be politically correct for this bulletin).

Who is going to contribute?

We are all travelling down this path together. No one has all the answers. As we have seen in our mail-lists, everyone is an individual and things that work for one person may be poison to another.

If you have anything to contribute, whether a story of your experiences or a favorite recipe or a new hyperlink you think would be of interest to the readers, please e-mail it to me at himolocarb@yahoo.com. There is no charge for this newsletter. It is a service as a way I can repay those many contributors to mailing lists who helped me get through some rough stretches on the way to a slim life.

The one thing I think is a fundamental truth to all dieters is that it's tough to go it alone. That is why diet clinics are so successful. Each of us needs the support and encouragement of others to help us through this dramatic lifestyle change. Old habits remain dormant until giver the right opportunity. We all have our moments of weakness when we fall to the temptation of a piece of chocolate cake at a wedding, or a fruit buffet at a cocktail party or a slice of pizza after a ball game. If we were on our own, those little transgressions would lead to others. But when we have each other as role models and talk to each other through e-mail or in person, we can overcome those weak moments and get back on the true path.

There I go pontificating again. But please think about contributing. The internet is a world wide community. Certain ethnic and racial groups have problems or solutions to problems that the rest of us would love to share. Feel free to print out this newsletter and distribute it to friends who do not have internet access.

News from the world of medicine.

Medical literature is full of supporting evidence for the validity of our low carbohydrate lifestyles. I will attempt to find interesting papers and abstract them for you and possibly try to interpret what the impact may be. Where possible, I will give you the URL (internet address) of interesting sites which deal with low carbohydrate dieting or the effects of foods and diets.

 

Recipe Corner

This month we start with a medicinal recipe.

Chocolate Coconut Bites.

Combine 1/4 lb (110g) butter with 1/4lb (110g) cream cheese and 2 oz (55g) unsweetened baking chocolateinto a bowl. Stir together over a hot water bath or microwave for about 1 - 2 minutes. Stir until combined and smooth. Add one cup (about 220 ml dry volume) of unsweetened dried grated coconut and 1/2 cup ground flaxseed (optional). Add 8 oz (half pint) of double cream. Add 12 to 16 packets of sweetener (except saccharine which tends to make the chocolate bitter). Stir until mixed. Drop teaspoon blobs onto a greased or nonstick cookie sheet and refrigerate until cool. Makes about 20 - 25 candies each containing just over 1 gram of carbohydrate. Here is the USDA table for coconut, dried desiccated, unsweetened. Effective carbohydrates is 24 .4- 16.3 = 8 g/100 g.

 

 

 

NUTRDESC:

UNITS:

Per 100g

Protein

g

6.88

Lipids

g

64.53

Carbohydrates, by difference

g

24.41

Ash

g

1.94

Energy

kcal

660

Water

g

3

Energy

kj

2762

Fiber, total dietary

g

16.3