We've listed some of our favorite websites, blogs and podcasts for low carb and Paleo lifestyle information and discussion.
What you'll find as you start looking into a low carbohydrate lifestyle is that there is lots of information and some of it may conflict. Our advice is to not worry about this. Diet and health is a very personal thing so we suggest you take and use what makes sense for you.
We've also included a number of links to "Paleo" sites because in many ways Paleo and carb restriction have a lot in common.
In 2004 Jimmy Moore tipped the scales at 410 pounds. He discovered low carb and Dr. Atkins and proceeded to lose 180 pounds and 20 inches from his waist.
His success led him to create this site to help others find the same success. We highly recommend his weekly podcasts, The Livin' La Vida Low Carb Show, Ask The Low Carb Experts and Conversations With Jimmy Moore and Friends, where he features a wide range of topics, guests and lively discussion. There's an archive of previous podcasts which is an extremely rich resource of information. There's also a forum for everything low carb - from general discussion to help and guidance.
This site is a tremendous resource! Be sure to check out his podcasts!
Roger Dickeman and Dr. Colin Champ team up for a lively discussion each week (and an occasional guest) to discuss a wide range of issues related to health fitness and nutrition. And every podcast ends with several "takeaways".
They each bring a different perspective - Roger, as the owner of a fitness/workout facility focuses more on that aspect of health, while Colin, being a doctor brings a ton of medical information to the discussions.
Yet another doctor who has seen the light! Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt is a Swedish doctor who espouses the LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) movement that is sweeping Sweden. He's a regular speaker at health symposiums such as the Ancestral Health Symposium. His webiste is packed with valuable information.
Here's a link to his talk at the 2011 AHS. Well worth watching. He also features many, many videos on his website that are highly informative and entertaining.
In fact one of the first books my husband read that got us onto this path was Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades The Protein Power Lifeplan. In this book they talk about our genetic history and how we evolved over millions of years as hunter gatherers and thrived on a diet of mostly meat (and especially the fat) and some vegetables and fruit.
Dr Eades does have a blog although he's been very busy with some other commitments so has not posted too much recently. It is, however, a rich source of information and worth exploring. His site is a great place to search if you're looking to debunk the published results of some studies that quote outrageous percent changes. Here' you'll learn how easily the data are manipulated.
Gary is a science journalist. He spent about five years researching for the monumentally important work Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health, published in 2007. This is a book that I devoured and started recommending it to anyone and everyone! It's been said that this book "...forever changed the landscape of diet, health, and nutrition." I highly recommend it, although it was written more for professionals than lay people.
In 2011 Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It was published. This is a much easier read and is, indeed, aimed at the average reader. But it's still packed with powerful information and comes highly recommended.
Click on his name above to get to Gary's blog.
Tom created the movie Fathead, which in itself is a great source of information. In addition, Tom's blog is fascinating to read, in part because he often looks at news stories and give you the behind-the-scenes details, picking apart biased data, exposing conflicts of interest, demonstrating how data are manipulated, etc.
A great example is this post with his analysis of a news story titled Vegetarians cut heart disease risk. Don't believe everything (anything?) you read, hear or see in the media. You need to dig deeper.
Wikipedia says, "Robb Wolf is one of the world’s leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition..."
His book The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet is a great introduction to the entire concept of a Paleo lifestyle. Robb studied under Professor Cordain and went on to not only embrace the Paleo lifestyle, but to become one of its biggest advocates.
Dr. Davis is a cardiologist who believes that today's wheat is the single biggest factor contributing to the rapid increase in obesity, heart disease and a host of other problems and diseases. His book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, is well worth reading. If you have any doubts about the risk of eating grains in general and wheat in particular, this book will set you straight.
Get it. Read it. Act on it. Your health depends on it!
Diane is the author of the amazing resource and cookbook, Practical Paleo, a book we have recommended to numerous friends and family. Also check out her blog, Balanced Bites and podcast, available on iTunes.
Abel James is another Paleo enthusiast who has a great podcast. His interview style is very easy to listen to but he gets right down to business with his guests. Highly recommended. Get it on iTunes!
We'll be posting lots of additional low carb and Paleo links for you here in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned!
These should keep you going for quite some time! And of course as you dive into this arena, you'll find lots of additional links and resources of your own. It's a fascinating journey. Enjoy! The best part is knowing that you're taking charge of your own health and well-being. And that is an extremely empowering thing to do!