November 21, 2016

Low Carb Retreat

Calling all introverted low carbers!

Are you intimidated by the mere thought of attending one of the huge, flashy, noisy, low-carb, Paleo, and ketogenic conferences and festivals that are all the rage these days? I remember several years ago, when Jimmy Moore’s Low Carb Cruise was the only event where like-minded low carbers could meet in person, do fun stuff together, and best of all, chow down on low-carb food (and not-so-low-carb food…it is a cruise, after all). Now, however, you can’t shake a stick without hitting an event having something to do with low carb, Paleo, Primal, ketogenic, or ancestral eating.

Just off the top of my head, we have: 

Some of these events are somewhat subdued and more academically focused, while others are basically kombucha keg parties disguised as events about health & fitness. (Not that there’s anything wrong with a good keg party!) Each has its place, and its ideal audience/attendees.

For those of you who prefer something quieter, smaller, and maybe aren’t totally into the Bulletproof-barefoot-orange goggles-six-pack abs-being terrified of Splenda and omega-6-do-you-even-lift-bro, and you wonder if you even really belong to any of the communities where these things reign supreme, I have good news for you!

If that sort of stuff isn’t your speed (lord knows it ain’t mine), but you’d still like to mingle with like-minded people (at least where food is concerned), and do it in a peaceful and beautiful place, where nothing is asked of you but to enjoy nature, take a nap, go hiking or fishing, and eat yummy low carb foods, I’m putting some feelers out for Wendy, a long-time blog reader who has generously offered to organize a low carb weekend retreat near her home in Kemptville, Ontario, just a little south of Ottawa. I’ve haven’t been there, myself (yet), but she assures me it is quite beautiful, and is a great setting for those of you who would enjoy nature walks, kayaking, cycling, or just simply “getting away from it all.”

We would schedule a few sessions throughout the weekend—maybe a couple of talks from yours truly, some group discussions, and a class or two on low-carb cooking and meal planning. (We’re open to other ideas if anyone has any.) Mostly, it would be pretty low-key, with people free to come and go as they please, attend everything or nothing. If all you want to do is take naps in the grass and have someone wake you when it’s time to eat, that can be arranged! (Thinking about doing that, myself, to be honest...)

Anyway, this is all very nebulous right now. This is in the early, early planning stages and at this point we’re just trying to gauge if there’s even an interest for something like this. So if this is something that appeals to you—and if you have ideas for specific things you would like and would not like to be part of the weekend, please contact Wendy directly at (I told her I’ll be happy to attend but am not a good planner and organizer. As I said to her, I make a great Indian but a terrible chief. A bad leader, but a great follower.)  ;-)

Thanks, everyone, and maybe I’ll see you in Canada sometime!

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  1. I'm probably going to do the Low Carb cruise this year. I live in the Seattle area so no reason not to do it!

  2. Sounds like something I would enjoy.