Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Jill McKeever Reads The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

She goes through the book giving her opinions page by page. Very entertaining!

Because of the way the camera and the chat program work together, all the text is backwards. I've seen this on Chef AJ's live videos on FaceBook, too, and have no idea why that happens.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Healthiest Diet on the Planet - Initial Personal Feedback

WARNING: These are my personal opinions after making a quick perusal of the book. These may not be my final opinions of it once I've actually read the thing.

Dr. McDougall's latest book reached my Kindle today, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet: Why the Foods You Love-Pizza, Pancakes, Potatoes, Pasta, and More-Are the Solution to Preventing Disease and Looking and Feeling Your Best

I didn't get much chance to look it over yet. I do know that he has said multiple times in the webinars that the bulk of the book is being taken from newsletter articles he's written over the past year or so and are still currently available for free on his website. Those chapters are titled: There are Lies, and Damn Lies, and The Healthiest Diet versus Fad Diets.

The next chapter is Red Light, Green Light: Dr. McDougall's Guide to What We Should and Shouldn't Eat, a.k.a. The McDougall Color Picture Book. Nothing new here - just a few paragraphs explaining how the "book" came about and the same exact photos as on the web.

Chapter 5 is the recipe section: Recipes for the Healthiest Diet on the Planet. Most of these are already in either other books or the recipe sections on the web site. Unfortunately, many of the recipes use things like miso (too salty for many people with heart or blood pressure conditions), tofu, cashews - more calorically dense recipes, similar to those in The Starch Solution that people complained about when that book came out. If you're on the Maximum Weight Loss Plan, very few of these recipes are for you. There are Pancakes and French Toast and breakfast burritos; a bunch of bowl meals and sauces, some that use tofu or peanut butter; soups containing tofu, even tahini; a (3 recipe) section devoted to tofu recipes; bean and pasta salads; a section titled Potato, Rice, Bean and Pasta Dishes, again with a few containing tofu and nuts; next comes the Burger, Wraps and Pizza chapter, followed by the Sauces (Yes, more nuts, tahini and tofu in here, too). The Desserts - agave, nuts, back to Wonderslim Cocoa and frozen apple juice concentrate again. Full color photographs of 19 of the recipes comes next.

After this comes the references, 10% of the book. Nobody can say Dr. McDougall slacks off on this! Another 10% for the index.  

Am I happy I bought this book? Well, I'm a completist, and if I didn't buy it now I would have in the future. Will I read it? I'll read until I recognize the article from a newsletter, then skip to the next. Will I make any of the recipes? Maybe one of the few new ones, but I'm trying to lose weight, not gain it, so the majority of the recipes aren't for me or my husband.

I'm happy Dr. McDougall got the offer he couldn't refuse and put this new book out, but, as he warned, there's really nothing new in it that isn't already on his web site, except for a handful of recipes. But if he wasn't offered a boatload of money to do this, unless I see something really extraordinary when I start to really read it, he should have stopped at The Starch Solution and just referred people to his web site's newsletter archives.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

McDougall's Medicine Webinar 2 - Osteoporosis

(Edited 9/25/2016 to correct the video URL. For some reason Gustavo deleted the version that was there and reposted it, hence the need for a new url.)

I just realized yesterday that the chapters from the book these new webinars are based on - McDougall's Medicine: A Challenging Second Opinion - are being given away for free by Dr. McDougall as PDF files on his web site. By the time this series is finished we'll have the entire book in digital form. Thanks, Dr. McDougall!

1 Cancer
2 Osteoporosis
3 Atherosclerosis (Next week's webinar topic)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Senior's Version of "My Favorite Things" by Bill Horn


There are recent rumors that Julie Andrews did a concert for AARP (The American Association of Retired Persons). Ms. Andrews sang a favorite from the Sound of Music, "Favorite Things". There were a few changes to the words, to fit in with the AARP theme.
Here are the new words to this tune:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinning,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinning,
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, when the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
I simply remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Friday, September 16, 2016

McDougall's Medicine Webinar #1 - Cancer

For some reason, Dr. McDougall and Gustavo are now going to do a series of webinars based on the old book, McDougall's Medicine: A Challenging Second Opinion. The info and link didn't appear on Dr. McDougall's site until Wednesday, so I doubt many people had a chance to do the suggested readings first.

Next week's webinar registration link isn't up yet, and the exact topic wasn't announced, but Dr. McDougall did manage to squeeze in a line that next week they'll discuss the next chapter. If he is sticking to the same format as the book, the chapter is titled Osteoporosis.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Correction to URL for Caloric Density Video

Jeff Novick is using another hosting site for his video and has disabled embedding for it, so to watch the video from the DVD Calorie Density: How To Eat More, Weigh Less and Live Longer he would like us to go to this page and watch it from there.

Calorie Density: How To Eat More, Weigh Less and Live Longer - Jeff Novick, MS, RDN
Understanding a few simple concepts about calorie density is one of the keys to safe and permanent weight loss. In this enlightening and humorous talk, Jeff will show you why choosing the wrong kinds of calories is a major contributing factor to the obesity epidemic. His easy to follow instructions will help you reach your goal weight and live a long and healthy life.