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Old Tue, Feb-18-03, 15:15
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Cool Maclean's magazine Feb 24 issue features our Karen Barnaby


KEN MACQUEEN in Vancouver

"Want to see a picture?" asks Karen Barnaby, setting down her camomile tea to fish a photo from a pocket of her chef's whites. It shows a near-spherical Barnaby at 235 lb. That was four years and 70 excess pounds ago. "Such a lard-ass," she says with a ready laugh. Barnaby, a Vancouver cookbook author and executive chef of the Fish House in Stanley Park, accepted her weight as an occupational hazard -- until her mother died five years ago. "She was only 64," she says. "I thought: wake-up call."

She endured almost a year on a low-fat diet -- things like brown rice, tuna and vegetables. "I thought I was going to kill myself by the end of it," she says. "The weight loss was so minimal and I just felt crazed all the time." Then she read the low-carbohydrate best-seller Protein Power, by doctors Michael R. and Mary Dan Eades. "They're describing me to a T," she thought.

Dealing with her carbohydrate "addiction" meant giving up pop, eliminating great lashings of sugar in coffee and ignoring the ever-present mounds of bread, french fries and pasta at the restaurant. There's plenty of meat, fish, cheese and greens in their stead. "The energy you get is amazing," Barnaby says with evangelical zeal. "My skin cleared, the soreness in my knees went away. I used to have heart palpitations -- that stopped. My cholesterol level is lower. My blood pressure is low-normal now."

She used her flair for innovation to create diet recipes. Really, New York-style cheesecake with Brazil nut crust is diet fare. Some are posted on a diet support Web site: More are slated for a forthcoming, still untitled cookbook. She's started popular low-carb theme nights at the restaurant. On the latest menu: Hungarian-style mushroom soup with leeks and sour cream. Winter greens with prawns, prosciutto and pine nuts. Braised lamb shank. Cauliflower and roasted garlic puree. Spinach with three cheeses. Banana bread pudding with chocolate sauce. Abundance is Barnaby's hallmark. "Cook well. Eat well. That's always been my philosophy," she says. "I've just translated it into low-carbing."
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Old Wed, Feb-19-03, 14:29
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Plan: Atkins, Newcastle
Stats: 260/221.8/165 Female 5'3"
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Very nice article. It's good to read an article about low carbing that stresses the health benefits and also the fact that you can eat very, very well with this WOE.
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Old Wed, Feb-19-03, 17:34
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Great article and great picture! Thanks, Karen, for being such a good spokesperson for this way of life.
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Old Wed, Feb-19-03, 19:37
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Yay Karen!!

After reading the depressing article posted today about PCRM's advertising propoganda, it's so refreshing to see sanity prevail. Wonderful article and picture!
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Old Wed, Feb-19-03, 20:16
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And for everyone out there in ReaderLand .. you can experience Karen's gourmet low-carb recipes in person .. here, or click on Low Carb Recipes on the orange menu bar near the top of the page.
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Old Wed, Feb-19-03, 22:35
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I'm always proud to be used as a LC role model by the Vancouver media, but this made me the proudest yet because it's national!

Another giant leap for dedicated low-carbers everywhere!

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Old Thu, Feb-20-03, 10:04
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Yeah Karen. What a great article. Nice to see positive press about this wol. Thanks for being such an inspiration and for all the amazing recipes.
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Old Thu, Feb-20-03, 10:29
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Cool this is great, karen!

how wonderful that you're featured in one of our national magazines! congratulations! i'll be sure to pick up a copy.

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Old Sat, Mar-15-03, 13:01
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you rock momma!!!

good going Karen! another BC success!
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Old Sat, Mar-15-03, 16:15
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I am so very impressed! are great.... .BUT your recipes are awsome! I had a visit to my endo last week and he was impressed with my labs and weight loss...but not with the fat in my LC eating. Hmmmmm..I am hoping to be the one to make him change his views! I feel and look better than I have in years...and I still have my FOOD! LIFE is GOOD! Have a great day everyone! Sillychili
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Old Sat, Mar-15-03, 16:16
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Default great article

Whoooooo Hooooooooooooo Karen
You Go Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Mon, Mar-17-03, 08:11
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karen, u are really doing great!

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