Real Health Conversations
Real Health Conversations (Formerly Low-Carb Conversations) is hosted by Holly Jean Mullen, FNTP and features a variety of voices in the world of modern nutrition and health science, expressing many different points of view.

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Ash Sierra's "PALE9y)Ogini" blog
Whitney Ross' "Nutrisclerosis" blog
"High-fat diet ‘injures brain’"
Stephan Guyenet's take on this study that he participated in as an author

"Easy Ways To Reduce The Amount Of Fat In Your Diet" from the UK's "Change4Life" campaign

Sugar-free, super simple, key lime mousse by Ash Sierra

1 small soft ripe avocado (about 9 Tablespoons)
1/2 juice of a lime (or -- if you can -- use a key lime)
3 tablespoons coconut milk from native forest (in can, they don't use BPA)
pinch of salt
1 dropper vanilla stevia extract (I use the Now brand glyercine based)
5 Tablespoons coconut oil

Toss everything except coconut oil in a blender (I use a magic bullet type thing for this) and blend!
Heat coconut oil to liquid, add, and blend!

Finito! Be careful, you may eat the whole thing! If you put it in the fridge it will get much more solid....
Be creative, add 2 tablespoons of cashew or mac nut butter for extra richness, make a creamcheese topping..
I love to add some ground flax (not presoaked to avoid toxins!) it gives the mouse a built in crust taste

Dutch oven fail safe beef roast recipe by Whitney Ross


Beef roast

Broth (I use my home made beef broth, but I have used mushroom or vegetable)

2 Bay leaves

3 -5 cloves Garlic

1 Onion

Seasoning (I like Penzy's beef roast seasoning, 8th Wonder, Herbamare or just garlic powder, salt and pepper)

Rendered lard, coconut oil, avacado oil, bacon fat


Pre heat oven to 350

Heat oil in the dutch oven on medium high. (I have this dutch oven Costco Dutch oven but I wish I had this one Dream one )I use about 1/3 to 1/4 inch of oil.

Season the beef which has been brought to room temperature by taking it out of the fridge for 15 minutes to an hour. (not totally important)

brown the meat 4 minutes per side

Turn the heat off, add the onion, bay leaves, garlic and broth. The broth should just cover the meat, there can be some meat sticking out of the top of the broth, but not a lot.

Cover the pot and put it in the oven for 3 hours.

Primal meatballs by Whitney Ross

Ingredients for 25-30 meatballs

3 lbs of grass fed ground beef
3 eggs (farm fresh egg yolks for AIP)
3 C pulverized, cooked cauliflower (7 minutes in the microwave to cook it, no water stir halfway through)
1/2C parsley
3-6 cloves garlic chopped or pressed
1TBS salt
pepper to taste
1C raisins (omit for strict AIP, include if you are eating some sugar or some fruit)
1C grated parmesan (omit for AIP or find grass-fed, top quality cheese)
1/2 inch of oil in the pan to fry, bacon fat or olive oil or coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients together except the oil and then make 1 meat ball and fry it in hot oil with the temperature on medium - medium low in the pan. Brown it on all sides, about 2 minutes each side. Try that meatball and see if you need to add anything to the mixture like more salt. We cook these in a really large stainless saute pan and cook them in batches of 6. Don't crowd the pan or they will not brown properly. Don't mix the meat and ingredients too much or it won't stay together in a ball.

Direct download: LCC-ep-38.mp3
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Our hosts Jimmy Moore and Mindy Noxon Iannotti share a fabulous conversation with friends Dan Pardi and Jimmy's wife Christine Moore in Episode 37 of Low-Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore & Friends! Listen in as they talk about a column discouraging people from eating a Paleo-styled "caveman" diet and a thought-provoking piece on whether the Paleo diet is actually healthy or not. The special surprise appearance by Christine who adds her own unique contributions as well as Dan from "Dan's Plan" chiming in on the great work he is doing (including sharing some amazing low-carb recipes) makes this an episode you won't want to miss. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk about it on the Virtual Porch in the wonderful world of livin' la vida low-carb!

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Christine Moore on Facebook
Dan Pardi from "Dan's Plan"
"Don't Eat Like A Caveman"
"The Caveman Diet: Is It A Healthy Option?"


Paleo Buffalo Burgers by Daniel Pardi


2 lbs ground organic buffalo meat
1 diced medium red onion
4 crushed cloves garlic
2 organic eggs
1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp coconut oil (refined or unrefined)

1 head of red or green leaf lettuce
1 thinly sliced avocado
1 thinly sliced tomato
homemade mayo (from coconut oil and olive oil), mustard & ketchup


Combine buffalo meat, onion, garlic, eggs, flax meal, parsley and salt
& pepper and knead together until well mixed.
Scoop about 1/2 cup of the mixture at a time and form 8 - 10 patties.
In a skillet melt coconut oil. When hot, lay patties in and cook for
about 5 minutes before flipping and cook for another 5 minutes on the
other side.
Remove and serve patties sandwiched between lettuce leaves. Add
avocado, tomato and condiments to taste.

Serves 6 - 8

Alternatively, this prepared buffalo meat mixture can be made into
meatballs, fried in a skillet, and served over roasted spaghetti
squash and tomato sauce.

Direct download: LCC-ep-37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

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"Underground Nutrition" Barry Cripps
Alyssa Palomares' "Sketchbook" blog
"'Stop Sugarcoating' Child Obesity Ads Draw Controversy"
"Play your carbs right"


LC Cocoa by Alyssa Palomares

-6 - 8 oz. boiling water
-1 tbsp cocoa powder
-2 tbsp sweetener of your choice (I use Stevia in the Raw)
-2 tbsp softened extra virgin coconut oil OR 2 - 3 tbsp cream
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
-Dash of salt

-Whipped cream, for garnish
-1/4 tsp each cinnamon and cayenne pepper (WARNING: texture is a bit gritty if you add these; not sure how to get around it)

At the bottom of your mug, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the coconut oil or cream and stir into a paste. Add enough boiling water to cover the paste, and stir before adding remaining water. If desired, top with whipped cream.
It is VERY important that you do not pour all the water into the mug at once, otherwise it won't mix neatly.


Brownie Recipe adapted from

Single-serving LC Brownie by Alyssa Palomares

I should note that this recipe was intended for a toaster oven, but it can be adapted for a regular oven. The original recipe was supposed to be microwaved, but that might dry out the brownie. The texture is more like a cake instead of an authentic brownie, but I'm not sure how to fix that. Some people might consider it dull by itself, so feel free to give it a frosting, mix in some chocolate chips, put low carb ice cream on top - whatever you like!

I wanted to give measurements for making multiple servings, but I'm not sure how that would affect the cooking time. I did increase the measurements to make two brownies once, but I don't remember how much I had to adjust the time or if I had to. Sorry if this is inconvenient! I know how inefficient it might be to heat up a regular oven for just one brownie.


-3 tbsp butter OR coconut oil, softened - or you can use a mixture of both!
-1 egg
-3 tbsp coffee (black or with cream - instant is fine)
-1 tbsp cocoa
-2 tbsp coconut flour
-2 tbsp sweetener of choice (feel free to adjust to your liking)
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
-Dash of salt


Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a bowl, mix butter/coconut oil with the sweetener thoroughly. Add egg, and beat. Alternate between adding the coconut flour and coffee (in that order), 1 tbsp at a time. Add cocoa powder and vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly. Pour batter into a ramekin and put in the oven for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Alternatively, you can scoop the batter onto a cookie pan lined with aluminum foil to make pancakes. It might also work if you put the batter in a skillet, but I haven't tried that.

Direct download: LCC-ep-36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am EST