I will admit to feeling a bit like a little kid today. I just spent this last weekend at the Nutrition and Metabolism Society Symposium in Seattle, WA (as an extension of the Western Regional Obesity Conference put on by the American Society Of Bariatric Physicians) listening to and learning volumes from some of the top experts–physicians, writers, researchers and clinical experts– in the field of nutrition, medicine, diet and health, focused mainly on the low carbohydrate perspective. It was also an opportunity to forge personal relationships, network and pick the brains of some of the finest minds in the field over dinner and in a more socially relaxed environment.
The names read like a Who’s Who of heavy hitters: Gary Taubes (talked about the well established but forgotten history of carbohydrate restricted diets), Jay Wortman, MD–a former guest on my radio show (talking about carbohydrate restriction in different populations), Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD–my new favorite genius biochemist (why saturated fats exist–aligning physiology with evolution), Richard Fineman, PhD (the logic behind carbohydrate restriction as the default diet), along with Jacqueline Eberstein, RN (who presented on practical applications of a low carbohydrate lifestyle), Mary Vernon, MD (the benefits of carbohydrate restriction on medical illness), Donald Layman, PhD (on the effects of protein thresholds on body composition), Diane Stadler, PhD, RD (the many positive hormone altering effects of low carbohydrate diets). There were also some legendary names in attendance such as Michael and Mary Dan Eades and (my long time hero) Ron Rosedale.
Blogger and radio show host Jimmy Moore of “Livin’ La Vida Low Carb”, along with his wife, Christine were also in attendance and a good time was had by all. There were also rich discussions about new physiological findings concerning fat metabolism, obesity, diabetes, sports performance and many many other fascinating topics from a pure science perspective that kept me riveted from sun-up to sundown.
Call me a total geek—this symposium was MY idea of a thrilling party. I’m on cloud 9…and maybe just a little giddy.
Rest assured, bit by bit the findings of this weekend (all absorbed in my head like a sponge) will be seeping into my blog posts and other places along the way for all to share. I’d have too hard a time keeping it all to myself.