Wednesday, October 18, 2006

HHX: New Format, More Hacks, New Shows

Grasshopper New Media expanding into more new shows on health

The show formerly known as the Health Hacks Podcast will now be referred to as HHX (it seems the folks over at Apple don't like people using the term "podcast" to describe this format, although I'm sure Kleenex, Kool-Aid, Coke, Q-Tip, Band-Aid, and Windex don't have any problem with people using their brand name in a generic way!).

Plus, most people seem to be under the impression that you need an iPod to listen to a podcast. Not so! In fact, you can listen to it over your computer RIGHT NOW--in fact, here's Epidode 8 of HHX for your listening pleasure!

icon for podpress  Health Hacks Podcast Episode 8: PopUp Player

This week's show features a new format with more hacks and less music. Let us know what you think.

We have Reinhard Engels from Everyday Systems talking about habits and setting goals. Our newest contributor Eve the OT emphasizing the impact of stress on your health and how to better manager it (boy, do I need that right about now!). You get to hear the final segment of Kevin Kennedy-Spaien's interview with Occupational Therapist Rick Frank on yoga. And I talk about Tricia Cunningham’s new book coming out in December called "The Reverse Diet: Lose Weight by Eating Dinner for Breakfast and Breakfast for Dinner."

Please share your feedback about HHX Episode 8 by clicking here. In fact, check out what this listener had to say about my segment on HHX from last week...I get the feeling she's not very fond of livin' la vida low-carb. HA!

Exciting things are happening at Grasshopper New Media behind the scenes right now that I'd like to share with you and invite you to become a part of. Have you ever wanted to host your own show about health that would reach an audience of hundreds, thousands, maybe even tens or hundreds of thousands? Hey, it could happen if you have something to say! That's why was created.

They are actively looking for fresh voices to start hosting new shows similar to HHX, except with various themes. For example, they have offered to pick up the show I was going to do on the radio locally here in Greenville/Spartanburg, SC area since it did not work out and begin airing "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore" coming soon (I'll let you know more when it happens)! I'm so excited about flying solo with a show focused exclusively on the low-carb lifestyle.

Another show that GNMHealth is wanting to do is one that features people who have lost over 100 pounds that would be geared to people who NEED to lose over 100 pounds. Know anyone like that?! I can think of a few! :D

Or perhaps you have the most unique show idea on the planet as it relates to health. Feel free to share it with the team at GNMHealth by clicking here. This could be YOUR opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions on health to a larger audience. Let me know what you idea is and I'll put in a good word for you with the people at Grasshopper New Media! THANKS for listening and more exciting things are in store coming soon!

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Blogger Calianna said...

Of course we'll have to wait until the book comes out to learn more about it, but there was an excerpt from her book on Trisha Cunningham's site about how she developed her reverse diet. (click on the Tricia's Success Story link on her site)

Yes, it certainly sounds like it's just another low fat, low calorie meal plan. based on the sample menu and recipes she provided. However, the impression I got from that small excerpt was that what she had in mind wasn't developing an earth shaking new diet, but something that would shake up her old eating habits. If you can accept that some people are able to eat a low fat diet and do fine on it (and according to her coment on your review of her diet, she did this 6 years ago, so apparently it's been a long term success for her), I suspect she was really just looking for a way of making low fat palatable to *her* tastes, and removing the temptations to continue with her old eating patterns. In her words:

I knew that everything I had done up to that point with my weight and health had been wrong. I knew that I couldn’t keep living the way I was living. I had to reverse course—to flip-flop everything—to change my life. That was the beginning of the Reverse Diet.

Flip-flopping everything apparently was just what she needed to do.

Yes, it's still very high in carbs, but even though you and I (and many other people) don't do well on all those carbs, apparently they don't cause an overload on her insulin response system.

Even the stuff about shredded wheat mixed with orange juice - that's just what her personal preference was. Hey, even *I* ate shredded wheat or grape nuts mixed with apple juice for years, before I finally came back to low carb, and I know people who are allergic to milk (but who don't have a problem with carbs) who prefer eating their cereal with OJ since they can't have the milk, so I can't fault her on that. Granted she's making OJ instead of milk part of her prescribed diet plan, but it might be just what some people need and like.

Yes, the media will probably be jumping all over this, making a big deal about how she lost so much weight so quickly and has kept it off for so long, using foods which the establishment has deemed "healthy", but if it works to help someone with much needed weight loss, that's fine by me.

For those who try it, but it doesn't help... well, if they're willing to try something as different as the reverse diet, then there's always a chance they'll buck the trend towards low fat and give low carb a try too.

It's not an eating plan I could live with, and by your description of it, certainly not one you could live with either, but live and let live.

10/19/2006 11:41 AM  

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