What Should We Eat? seminar

When I first heard there was an American guy who had a podcast called Livin’ La Vida Low Carb I thought I would never ever listen to it. Not because I thought low carb wasn’t a valid approach, but because I hate all things Ricky Martin with a passion. It wasn’t until recently that I warmed up to the possibility of learning something useful from Jimmy Moore’s podcast, mainly because the man himself was coming to Oz.

What Should We Eat? was the title of the series of seminars organised by Low Carb Down Under and Nourishing Australia, the organisation that was behind Nora Gedgaudas’ visit last year. This time we had the privilege of hearing 12 knowledgeable speakers talk about the whys and hows of low carb eating.

Tickets costed $85 and this time did not include any meals. Coffee and tea, and water were available during breaks. There were some stalls, most of them with books, but also the now traditional Nui coconut products.


The Fat Revolution

Should Meat be on the Menu?

The official event page has information about the speakers, and Suz’s roundup post is a great roundup summary of the day. Instead of copying and pasting, I’ll leave you with some bullet points and quotes I found useful.

  1. Dr Ron Ehrlich – “Lessons from the Past”
    • If you haven’t heard about epigenetics, you will very soon.
  2. Dr Simon Thornley – “Has Dietary Research Helped Us With Our Food Choices”
    • The problem with science is ego.
    • The evidence that fructose is harmful is consistent, there is no association that links saturated fat with cardiovascular disease.
  3. Jimmy Moore – “Update on low carb around the world”
    • It’s better to measure blood ketones than urine ketones.
    • Low carb does not mean high protein. Should be high fat and low to moderate protein to avoid gluconeogenesis.
    • Naturally high fat foods to base a low-carb diet on: avocados, grass-fed butter, pastured eggs, coconut oil, bacon, sour cream, grass-fed beef, cheddar cheese, dark chocolate (choose the ones with less sugar), cream cheese, fish oil.
    • When you get keto-adapted you’re not hungry. Intermittent fasting happens naturally.
    • The best way to measure blood ketones is with the NMR lipoprofile (only available in North Carolina, US). A good alternative in Australia is the Apo B test.
    • When you’re keto-adapted, fat gives you more than 40000 Calories of energy, compared to the 2000 available from glycogen.

    Jimmy Moore

  4. David Gillespie – “Sweet Poison and Big Fat Lies”
    • Glucose = fat. Fructose = fat + metabolic disorders.
    • Fructose is invisible to the appetite control system.
  5. Sarah Wilson – “I Quit Sugar”
    • With autoimmune diseases there’s no cure, only modulation.
    • If you want to help people: go gently and be your message.
  6. Costa Georgiadis – “Product Not Produce”
    • Living soil = living food.
    • “We’re a walking talking composting system.”
    • Composting = turning death into life.
  7. Christine Cronau – “The Fat Revolution!”
    • Sugar metabolism summarized: stored as fat -> body stops producing insulin -> diabetes -> no glucose for the brain -> cells die -> Alzheimer’s disease.
    • We can’t overeat fat because it produces the satiety hormone cholecystokinin (CCK).
  8. Dr Rod Tayler – “Doctors, Health, Weight and Carbohydrates”
    • Sugar restriction (a drug-free intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease): watch fruit intake, watch alcohol, eliminate bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc.
  9. Aaron McKenzie from Origin of Energy – “Combining Fitness and Nutrition”
    • There has to be a lifestyle approach to changes, otherwise there are no results.

    Aaron McKenzie from Origin of Energy

  10. Suzanne Crawt – Paleo in Australia
    • There are Paleo meetups in all major cities in Australia. Find the closest one here.
  11. Rob Blomfield – “A farmer’s journey to primal health”
    1. Healthy soil -> healthy pastures -> healthy animals -> healthy people.
    2. Selenium is very deficient in Australian soils because they’re very old. Selenium has an effect in reducing cancer.
  12. Vicki Poulter – “Why grass-fed animal foods are good for the planet”
    1. If you eat, you’re involved in agriculture.
    2. Nutrients in grass-fed animals include omega-3, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), vitamins A, D, K, fat-soluble pigments and carotenoids.
    3. “We are fed by a food industry which pays no attention to health, and healed by a health industry that pays no attention to food.” —Wendell Berry
  13. Panel discussion session MC’d by Jimmy Moore, with questions from the audience
    1. In Australia most dairy cows are grass-fed. The same in New Zealand. The problem is when milk gets homogenized and pasteurized.
    2. To overcome the “low carb flu”: salt + magnesium.
    3. Best source of nutritional information in Australia here.
    4. 95% of bacon in Australia is lot-fed.
    5. Good options to fuel athletes: root vegetables, coconut water post-workout.
    6. In Australia athletes carb-load, in Kenya they fat-load.
    7. Ask your butcher if their grass-fed beef is also grass-finished.
    8. Look at the colour of the fat: pristine white = grain-fed, yellow = grass-fed.
    9. Is more important to buy quality (pastured) pork than beef because pigs are omnivores and as such have no upper threshold for unsaturated fats (omega-6). Cows have an upper limit.
    10. The reason fiber helps to keep “things moving” is because it damages the bowel wall, this generates mucus, and thus bowel movements.
    11. “Nutrients satisfy hunger, energy doesn’t.”
    12. “It’s easier to believe a simple lie than a complex truth.”



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