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Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Interview is Now Available

Livin' La Vida Low-Carb

My interview with Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb is now available for streaming online. Jimmy and I discuss the epidemic of childhood obesity, food addiction, disordered eating and a few other interesting topics. You can listen to the interview HERE.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb podcast, here’s a little background info about the host, Jimmy Moore!

“In January 2004, Jimmy Moore made a decision to get rid of the weight that was literally killing him. At 32 years of age and 410 pounds, the time had come for a radical change of lifestyle. A year later, he had shed 180 pounds, shrunk his waist by 20 inches, and dropped his shirt size from 5XL to XL. After his dramatic weight loss, Jimmy was inundated with requests from friends, neighbors and complete strangers seeking information and help. Jimmy is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find the information they need to make the kind of lifestyle change he has made”.

The podcast will be available within the next few days through iTunes, so be sure to check it out HERE!

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Food Additives + A new kid-friendly recipe

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“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes. My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

Corndogs! A favorite of almost every child in the US. What exactly are we feeding our children when we serve them this favorite? Are there any healthier alternatives?

Check out this long list of ingredients one of the most popular brands of corn dogs:

Batter Ingredients: Water, Enriched Wheat Flour (Enriched with Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Enriched Corn Meal (Enriched with Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Contains 2% or Less of the Following: Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Modified Food Starch, Soybean Oil, Honey Solids (with Wheat Starch, Calcium Stearate, Hydroxylated Lecithin), Artificial Flavor, and Onion Powder, Cooked in Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil. Hot Dog Ingredients: Pork, Mechanically Separated Turkey, Water, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Modified Corn Starch, Contains 2% or Less of the Following: Salt, Potassium Lactate, Flavorings, Beef, Extractives of Paprika, Sodium Diacetate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Nitrite.

Enriched wheat flour – Enriched wheat flour is made by removing all the ‘nutrients’ out of wheat when processing it into flour but then decides to the ‘nutrients’ back in once processing is complete. Wheat normally includes fifteen ‘nutrients’, this particular company only added five (likely synthetic) nutrients back in. Same sort of scenario with the ‘enriched corn meal’, but with the addition of corn (one of the most genetically modified crops in the US).

Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate. – Inhalation of this chemical can lead to pulmonary fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and bronchial asthma. Although not inhaled in this case, but I am still not a fan of ingesting this chemical. The FDA does list this on their GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, but consuming an excessive amount of phosphate will lead to bone loss.

Soybean oil AND partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Soy is another of the most highly genetically modified crops in the US. It’s a really unstable oil, especially when heated. Soybean oil also contains polyunsaturated fats and, once hydrogenated, trans fats. Trans fats are associated with major health issues, including ADHD, mood disturbances, depression, heart attacks and strokes. It takes the body nine months to detox from trans fats. You might notice that there is no mention of ‘trans fats’ on the nutrition label of corn dogs. Why? Because the FDA does not require trans fats to be labeled for any product containing less than 0.5 g of trans fats!


Corn syrup, modified food starch, wheat starch, artificial flavor, dextrose, hydroxylated lecithin, flavorings. All possible sources of the neurotoxin, monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG wreaks havoc on many body systems, including the brain. For more information on the effects of MSG, see my article here.

So, what can we serve our children as an alternative to the store-bought corn dog? How about these super fun mini corn dog muffins?

Low Carb Mini Corn Dog Muffins

2 US Wellness Sugar Free Beef Franks (sugar free, MSG free, nitrate free, nitrite free, gluten free, and grass-fed)

1 cup Almond Flour

¾ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tbsp coconut oil (or grass-fed butter), melted

¼ cup plain greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cut the hot dogs into 15 pieces, set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix eggs, coconut oil and yogurt until well combined.

Add in almond flour, baking powder and salt. Mix again.

Pour batter into mini muffin cups or into a greased mini muffin pan.

Push down one piece of hot dog into the center of each muffin.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until edges begin to brown.

Serves 5 (3 mini muffins each)

Nutrition Info (per serving):

245 calories, 20 g fat, 14 g protein, 5 g carbs, 2 g fiber

Nutrition Info for Store-bought corn dogs (baked):
220 calories, 11 g fat, 6 g protein, 25 g carbs, 0 g fiber

Nutrition Info for fast-food corn dogs (fried):
375 calories, 21 g fat, 14 g protein, 36 g carbs, 2 g fiber

Health Benefits of Chick Peas + A Recipe for Mediterranean “Rice” Salad

“In my experience, clients that are in treatment for eating disorders such as bulimia, binge eating disorder, anorexia or bulimarexia are typically faced with an increased risk of inadequate nutrition. To this end, I try to provide my clients and readers nutritious and delicious recipes to enjoy both during and after their recovery journey at ‘The Norton Center for Eating Disorders & Obesity’.”

This dish is great served hot, but also makes a fabulous cold salad. Garlic, zucchini, red onion, chick peas, goat cheese and oregano make a really satisfying dish.

Chickpeas are a great source of protein. They also contain folic acid, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium.

I used cauliflower rice, instead of white rice to cut back on the carbohydrates. This recipe can be made with quinoa, rice or orzo, if you prefer. I grated a medium head of cauliflower in my food processor with the grater attachment. This can also be done with a regular grater. Microwave it in a covered dish for six minutes, no need to add any water.

Based on a recipe by Rachael Ray, this is a quick + easy weeknight dinner. I served this with shrimp cocktail. My favorite shrimp and cocktail sauce are both Trader Joe’s brand. Absolutely delicious!

Mediterranean “Rice” Salad

4 cups organic cauliflower rice

1 medium organic zucchini, diced

salt + pepper

1/2 cup organic red onion, chopped

3 cloves thinly sliced organic garlic

1 can of organic chickpeas (15 oz)

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 cup fresh oregano

3 oz organic goat cheese cheese, crumbled

In a medium skillet, saute zucchini, onion, garlic, salt and pepper in coconut oil. Cook til tender (about 6 minutes).

Add chickpeas, cook til warm.

Next, add cauliflower rice, parsley, oregano and crumbled goat cheese. Gently stir to combine.

Prior to serving, top with additional goat cheese, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Breakdown (per serving)

146 calories

5 g of fat

8 g protein

17 g carbs

7 g fiber