Jimmy Moore, the Livin’ La Vida Low Carb blogger, has posted a video of Good Calories, Bad Calories author, Gary Taubes, giving a lecture at Stevens Institute of Technology on February 6, 2008.   Long, but good.  thumbsup.gif 

Read about and watch the video here.

Just thought I’d spread the news to my little corner of the world.  smile.gif


I’ve just discovered that I’ve been tagged for a book meme by Sheri.  icon_biggrin.gif

Rules of the meme:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people

Hmmmm….A few inches from my left hand is Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease.  A meaty 601 pages; the last 140 of which contain endnotes, the bibliography, and index.  Well documented! 

(Why, oh, why does my blog make italicized words red?)

Taubes is an award winning correspondent for Science magazine.  His point in a nutshell?  Everything we’ve been led to believe about low-fat/high carb diets and their use in the  prevention of obesity, heart disease, and other ailments is wrong.  No wonder he’s making waves! 

Anyway…..page 123….This brings us to Chapter 7:  Fiber.

(OK, before I continue I need to reveal my inner engineer….because I want to know – need to know: Should I start counting with the first complete sentence on the page?  Do I include the fifth sentence and post sentences 5, 6, and 7?  The instructions seem to indicate that I should post 6, 7, and 8, do they not?  Why not just say that?  OK….I’m done with that weirdness.  I shall start with the sentence that appears on the first line of the page – even though it begins on page 122, and post the 3 sentences after the fifth one.  Does your mind ever work like this?  You have my sympathy.)

Here we go:

Cohen testified that there was no “direct relationship” linking heart disease to dietary fats, and that he had been able to induce the same blood-vessel complications seen in heart disease merely by feeding sugar to his laboratory rats.  Peter Cleave testified to his belief that the problem extended to all refined carbohydrates.  “I don’t hold the cholesterol view for the moment,” Cleave said, noting that mankind had been eating saturated fats for hundreds of thousands of years.

I haven’t gotten that far yet, so I really can’t properly put it into context for you.  You’ll just have to read the book yourself. 😉  I was going to post about Good Calories, Bad Calories anyway, so Sheri’s tag was great timing.  As for me tagging five friends, I believe most, if not all of you, have already been tagged!  If, however, you’re a quiet visitor to my blog…consider yourself tagged.  Keep it going. icon_biggrin.gif

As for me and my book…it’s time to snuggle up on the sofa. 😉

Just thought I’d share a site I’ve been using to track my daily food intake and exercise.  The Daily Plate.  I think I’m in love.   Truth be told, I signed up for TDP a year ago and quickly fell off the wagon, then forgot all about it.  I came across it again doing a nutrition label search for a food item and discovered that my account was still active. 

The Daily Plate has a huge database of food entries, including many brand names and restaurant menu items.  They use the wiki approach, so anyone can enter information into the database (it has to be approved by the moderators).  This does, however, present certain problems.  If the title to an entry is slightly different, it makes a new entry, so there are many duplicates.  Also, I’ve discovered that there can be differences in the nutrition labels of brand names depending on the region of the US the item is sold.  If you have your label in front of you, you can easily choose the correct one, or a different brand with identical information.  That one little drawback is still easier to deal with than entering many custom items into a food diary, which is what some online nutrition software requires. 

You can also save meals to your “plate.”  Remember That Cake?  For grins and giggles (and shear shock value) I added all of my ingredients for it to my meals folder and learned that it contains 6,280 calories, 432g of fat, 586g of total carbohydrates, and assorted other stats that would curl your hair.  That was for the whole cake.  But I was able to add a serving as 1/16 of the cake (which TDP rounded to .06333…), and TDP gave me the stats on just one slice: 373 calories, 27 g fat, 37 total carbs.  That’s a little easier to swallow.  Literally.  I’ve also just discovered tonight, that I can add recipes to the main database and TDP will determine the nutritional value of the recipe per serving. 

The Daily Plate also has an extensive database of exercises/activities, and can determine how many calories you burn in a period of time based on your weight.  There are also charts and graphs that make all of this fun for a chart/graph lovin’ chick like me. 😉

AND……..the vast majority of the features at TDP are free.   There are also discussion boards and groups you can join, if you’re looking for support from people following your way of eating, or in your particular circumstances.  I haven’t joined any because I’m already on the boards at Protein Power and the last thing I need in my life is another group/discussion board.  

Go….click the link above or the button to the right and go see what you’re eating.  Me?  I gotta go log a cheesestick. 😉