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 The Low Carb Luxury Online Magazine   Low Carb Connoisseur
    October 2004    INSIDE COVER       > About LCL Magazine     > Cover Page      > Inside Cover    Feature Pages:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11  12  13  14     

Feature Articles
 Make it Low Carb
 Sweet Comfort Foods
 Cookin' with Pumpkins!
 The Trouble with Trans Fats
 Here's What's New!
 Got Umami?
 Measuring Success
 Industry Interview
 Appetite or Cravings?
 Makeup Tips for Halloween
 Halloween without the Sugar
 DC Report: CAC Conference
 The Carb Credit Card
 Waiting for the Woosh Fairy



 Framed Prints from Neil Beaty

   Lora Ruffner

   Neil Beaty

   Lori Markham

   Michael O'Dell

   Position Available

      Joan Hedman

      Joy Pape, RN BSN CDE

      Keith Berkowitz, M.D.

      Debbie Judd, RN

      Mark Uhrmacher

      Jonny Bowden, MA, CNS

      Linda Genaw

      Regina Schumann-Wilshire

      Pamela Merritt

      Cerise Cauthron

      Christine Witt-Trzcinski

      Cybil Solon

      Daphne Hochfeld

      Susanne Koch

      Kris Carabetta

      Linda Mann

     Keith Berkowitz, M.D.
     Center for Balanced Health

     Richard Feinman, Ph. D.
     Professor of Biochemistry

     Michael R. Eades, M.D.
     Eades Scientific

     Mary Dan Eades, M.D.
     Eades Scientific

     Joy Pape, RN BSN CDE
     Pres., Enjoy Life! LLC.

     Dan Maiullo, Atty
     Corporate Counsel

     Mark Uhrmacher
     V.P., Expert Foods

     Jonny Bowden, MA, CNS
     Fitness Expert

     Fred Pescatore, M.D., MPH
     Integrative Medicine

     Pete Maletto
     CSO, DynaPure Nutrition

     Elaine Payne
     Pres. Low Carb Connoisseur

     Gil Wilshire, M.D., FACOG

     Arne Bey
     CEO, Keto Foods, Inc.

  The Low Carb Connoisseur
  Happy Halloween
                          "I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween."

Why do we celebrate Halloween? Maybe it's because we've been celebrating it practically forever. Halloween is the modern version of one of the Western world's oldest holidays. Its roots are in the ancient Celtic New Year's festival, Samhain, but it also includes elements of Christian and ancient Roman traditions. In pre-Christian Ireland, the Celts believed that on October 31, the spirits of the dead returned to earth. So each year on that night, the Celtic priests, or Druids, would build bonfires and offer sacrifices of crops and animals. The people dressed in costumes to disguise themselves from the spirits. This was probably the origin of our custom of dressing up for Halloween.

In the eighth century A.D., the pope declared November 1 to be All Saints Day in the Christian world. In English, this holiday was also called All Hallows Day, which later became Halloween. Christianity had recently spread to the Celtic countries, and elements of the old festival of Samhain were incorporated into the celebrations of All Hallows Day and the following day, All Souls Day. On All Souls Day, people gave treats called "soul cakes" to beggars at their doors who promised to pray for the family's dead. Children eventually became the ones to beg for these treats, and this eventually gave rise to the "treat" part of trick-or-treating.

Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine popularized Halloween in the United States in the 19th century. They brought with them the jack-o'-lantern, which symbolized a mythical ghost doomed to walk the earth forever because he had angered both God and the devil. The new Americans found that pumpkins made even better jack-o'-lanterns than the turnips and rutabagas they had used in Ireland.

American Halloween festivities have evolved over the years, from raucous events filled with pranks and ghost stories to quieter family fun, safe trick-or-treating at malls, and neighborhood gatherings. But many of the holiday's ancient traditions make it the unique celebration that kids still love today. And although the trick-or-treat tradition is usually all about the sugar, we're going to give you some ideas that side-step that nicely!

                                       Lora and Neil

Cover photo "Witch's Cauldron" Copyright © 2004  Neil Beaty for Low Carb Luxury

Center for Balanced Health Center For Balanced Health
Founded by Dr. Keith Berkowitz, former Medical Director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine. Their mission at the Center for Balanced Health is to optimize health and improve quality of life. To help treat weight loss, they use metabolic testing and to help treat immune disorders, they use intravenous vitamins and minerals. Dr. Berkowitz sits on the Low Carb Luxury panel of experts, and is Lora's personal physician.


Product Of The Month
Our product review team features a "Product Of The Month" in each issue of our magazine. These products are a group consensus of those we find to be the most innovative, healthy, tasty, and/or helpful to the low-carber's daily dietary regime.

Scooter Snacks!

Scooter Snacks
Okay, so I was never really a fan of jerky before. In fact, not a single member of our review team would admit to being a card-carrying jerky lover. That may be why we've yet to review a jerky product, despite there being a lot of them on the market. So we think that makes it all the more "dramatic" (for want of a better word and at the risk of hyperbole) that we're spotlighting such a product now.

Yes, I had to be convinced to try them. (Neil pulled off a piece of his and laid it in front of me.) But guess what? I liked it. Quite a lot. And that was the general consensus of everyone else (though everyone had a favorite flavor.) So what is this exceptional jerky? They're called
Scooter Snacks, and if you think you're not the jerky type, you might want to try these anyway.

Scooter Snacks are actually gourmet Kippered Beef made with 93% lean ground beef, spices, and cure. And each serving provides 9 grams of protein, but only 3 grams of fat, and only 1 gram of carbohydrate. They come in resealable plastic bags, are stable at room temperature (unopened) for 6 months, and are cut into individual 1" x 1" pieces. Each 2 oz bag contains 2 servings which is 12 pieces (not a small serving at all!) Watching calories too? They're only 70 calories per serving.

Scooter Snacks come in 4 varieties:
King Creole, Island Chipotle, Jamaican Jerk, and Jalepeno Popper. My personal favorite is the Jamaican Jerk, but as I said, everyone had a favorite and they were pretty evenly divided. All varieties are also sugar-free, and contain no MSG.

They're available in health food stores, and online at the Scooter Snacks website.



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