Low Carb Down Under Aus/NZ Tour November 2014 with Jimmy Moore

A must-see series of Low Carb events is being held in Australia this month! With speakers like USA’s low carb guru Jimmy Moore from Livin’ La Vida Low Carb fame, these events promise to be awesome, informative and life-changing if you take the challenge of going low carb! 

Keto Clarity - Jimmy MooreJimmy Moore’s weight loss and his n=1 experiments, along with hundreds of  interviews with experts in the field, have spawned several best-selling books – Keto Clarity, being his latest. His books and blog are here.

Want to be healthier? Would you like to lose weight? Do you have diabetes and want to keep your blood glucose more stable? Want to understand more about the role a low carb/ketogenic way of eating can play in your life and how it can keep you in optimum health?

All this and more!

The opportunity to see Jimmy Moore in person made me jump at the chance. Bought a ticket about 5 seconds after I first heard. Many of you know that I’ve been promoting a low carb diet. I’ve particularly encouraged you if your diabetes isn’t under good control, but low carb can play a very healthy role in much more than just diabetes. 

The organisers include doctors of medicine, who strongly believe in this way of life. What better validation?

The movement away from sugar and isolated fructose, reducing carbs, and ditching gluten-grains (in fact, preferably all grains) has been gaining momentum since I started on low carb many years ago. I’m absolutely delighted to see the progress made in recent years, particularly the favourable research into low carb and ketogenic diets, and the number of people switching to this way of life.

Eating real food is good for you! Simple, easy to prepare, no ingredients you can’t pronounce, just real food that nourishes you and keeps you healthy. 

Come along!

Information about the Australia-wide events below with links to further information on the Low Carb Down Under website.

If anyone’s going to the Gold Coast event, let me know (use the contact page)? I’ll be there! 

(Event details reproduced here with the permission of Dr Rod Tayler from Low Carb Down Under.)

Melbourne: Saturday 15th November   Details here

Hobart: Sunday 16th November   Details here

Launceston: Monday 17th November   Details here

Byron Bay: Wednesday 19th November   Details here

Gold Coast: Thursday 20th November   Details here

Brisbane: Saturday 22nd November   Details here

Adelaide: Tuesday 25th November   Details here

Perth: Thursday 27th November   Details here

Sydney: Saturday 29th November   Details here

**New Zealand – Auckland: Thursday 13th November** Details here 

Jimmy Moore talks to LCDU about the Nov. 2014 Tour

Here’s an update from Jimmy Moore, who can’t wait to meet you and answer your questions at an LCDU event near you.


Jimmy asked if you could post questions in advance on the LCDU Facebook page.


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I have no idea where I’ve been for the last 8 months. Well, I do know but I also know that the older I get, the faster time flies, and the more I seem to do Groundhog Day. Somehow, this blog seems to have been my last priority lately. Or maybe my first priority has had to be work. My second priority is to think about going off on a few tangents in this blog, most notably, some posts about more healthy living. 

There’s really not much new in the world of my Type 1 Diabetes. Now and then I learn a new tidbit, which I will share with you in due course. What seems to have taken my interest is overall health, which goes a long way to helping the diabetes stay in better control. 

Today, I wanted to share with you one of my forays into the world of alternate, healthy things. It’s something little talked about but should be – deodorant.

Commercial deodorants generally have some very questionable ingredients. Many years ago, a doctor told me to stop using deodorants with aluminium. Who me? The deodorant-challenged sweat ball? I don’t think so. 

Fast forward 20 years, a bunch of research, a desire to live in a healthier environment and to keep eating real food.

The deodorant solution? Make your own! This is good stuff. It works. I’ve been using it for more than 8 months. It costs cents to make and you know exactly what’s in it. This is the recipe I use. I urge you to try it! 

Natural Deodorant
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A deodorant that is natural, no aluminium, easy and cheap to make, and works!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
  1. 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  2. 4 tablespoons baking soda
  3. 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder/tapioca starch
  4. 2 tablespoons cornflour/cornstarch (gluten free if possible)
  5. Several Drops of Essential Oil: Lavender or Lemon, or any other you like. Please make sure that any fragrance you use is food-grade, organic if possible and as natural as possible.
  1. If your coconut oil is solid, then in a small pot measure and melt on very low heat. Otherwise place a small glass bowl.
  2. Mix in rest of ingredients.
  3. Pour a small glass jar.
  1. Use a pea sized piece under both arms (more doesn't mean better).
  2. This recipe will melt in summer - depending on where you live. Keep a small spatula handy and remix when melted.
  3. When solid, scoop some into your palm and warm by rubbing between both hands.
  4. Some have said it's best not to use right after shaving (wait half an hour or so), but it's never bothered me.
  5. If you find that the baking soda doesn't agree with you then change the ratios between baking soda, arrowroot and cornflour/cornstarch.
  6. Remember, this isn't an antiperspirant, it's a deodorant. Let dry before you put clothing on. You can seal with a bit of cornflour/cornstarch.
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As Birthdays Go…

As birthdays go, this year (08/08) mine was… well… there’s no other word for it…. it was crap. Oh wait, that’s right! I’m supposed to be grateful I’ve made it through another year. At fifty-something, it starts to get a tad more precarious as each year passes.

As this year goes, it’s been a pretty horrid one, culminating in an even more extremely blah birthday.

Yes, I had some calls from my wonderful friends who’ve been around me for 20 and 30 years. It’s always a delight that they remember. Most of them are 10 hours drive away. If I could afford to fly them all up and we could go out and do daft birthday things.

It was my 50th when we were all last together. A riot of a party with a Middle Eastern theme and I did a beached-whale-belly-dance in full (but modest) costume! It was more than fun and fabulous. It all went a bit downhill from there. I miss them but I know I could never live back in Sydney. Too busy, to crazy, too everything for me.

Of my other close friends, 1 died early this year and 3 more are overseas with only 1 returning later this week, 1 over there for a few years and 1 coming to visit for 3 months, but nowhere near me.

Birthdays have morphed into days that I take stock. The more psychologically challenging stock-taking is still being mulled over.

Of the more mundane stuff…  What fashion item, shoes or makeup do I now need to throw in the bin because it has ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ written all over it? When do I have to get my hair cut short because I’m over 50? When do I have to go to bed at 10pm, have an afternoon nap, and have a fibre-filled breakfast?

When will I accept that the wrinkles and sags are here to stay and that I’ll probably never fit into the kind of fabulous clothing my 21 year old daughter wears, let alone look ok in it? (Oh, how shallow! Right?)

As I write this, I’m channel surfing and happened to land on the Fashion Channel. It always makes me want to throw up or cry. Wow those girls look fantastic! I was probably never that reed-thin or that gorgeous, but 20 years and more ago, I could certainly wear almost anything out of my mother’s clothing boutiques and get away with it.

Now count me in with weight-gaining insulin, post menopausal pounds and a penchant for good food and you get beached-whale – almost. Not quite in the BMI obese category but hovering and at times, falling in.

These days, I can’t wear heels (sore feet and lack of balance), and designer clothing is made in one size either way of reed-thin and often priced out of my league, so that’s out too. In fact, this past week, I’ve been hobbling around with a fractured toe on my left foot (the middle one), wondering why I still don’t have a car with automatic transmission (because they’re always $2,000 more than I can afford) or special shoes for broken toes.

But there was one good thing amongst a few others today – cake!Persian Love Cake

I was going to makeanother Persian Love Cake, but yesterday, time got away from me. Here’s the one I made last year for my husband’s birthday.

Theoretically, if you have insulin, you can eat whatever you want. On the other hand, theoretically, if you have diabetes, if you keep the carbs down, you can control the diabetes much more easily and blood glucose spikes can be reduced. Both theories are true. I like a combination of the two.

If your diabetes is out of control, lower the carb intake to start with. It goes a long way to help the control.

On birthdays, all that flies out the window.

I have cake-eating with insulin-taking down to a fine art. And while a store-brought piece of cake doesn’t come with carb instructions, I’m pretty good a guestimating after the first bite.

So, tonight my fancy was taken by what was labelled as a Jaffa Chocolate Cake. Yes indeed – carbs multiplied by carbs!Chocolate Jaffa Cake

The first bite was heaven. I could taste the dark chocolate, orange and the surprise of coconut. It was unexpectedly moist, with a measurable layer of thick chocolate ganache on top.  As cakes go, this one took the cake!

With an insulin pump, if you get the carb-guestimate right, it’s so much easier than trying to manage a fat-laden (read: long-absorbing), high carb slice of heaven with injections, although certainly it can be done.

A combo bolus over 2.5 hours did it. At 4 hours post ingestion, I was a tad high at 9.0 mmo/l (162 mg/dl), but all things considered and without an exact carb amount per slice, I think I did ok. A quick correction bolus and I was done.

Maybe it wasn’t such a bad birthday after all! Did the cake make up for the absence of close friends? Um.. I think the right answer is ‘no’, but my honest answer is… kinda… yeah it did, for a few scrumptious chewing and tasting minutes!

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Animas Insulin Pump

I've had an Animas Insulin Pump since June 2009. I absolutely love my pump and I love the wonderful people at Animas (AMSL Australia).

If you are even remotely thinking of getting an insulin pump, please feel free to contact me and ask me why I love mine and what a huge difference it's made to my life.

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