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Monday, April 9, 2012
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
New research from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that a specific brain region that contributes to a person's appetite sensation is more activated in response to food images after one night of sleep loss than after one night of normal sleep. Poor sleep habits can therefore affect people's risk of becoming overweight in the long run. The findings are published in theJournal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
The research described in this article backs up what I already know from personal experience: The less quality sleep we get, the more our body craves energy rich foods. While the article discusses sleep loss rather than the poor quality sleep, I think scientists should be able to note similar patterns in those who suffer from sleep apnea, abnormal breathing while sleeping. Common symptoms include loud snoring, restless sleep, and sleepiness during the daytime. Often with sleep apnea, doctors say it is caused by being obese. While it may be a contributing factor, I think that sleep apnea itself increases appetite and contributes to gaining weight. Therefore, treating sleep apnea may be yet another way to keep your weight in check.
I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments on this blog entry.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This morning I made another netrition.com order. I love this place. It's easy to find good diet foods and vitamins on this website. And, it sure beats running around to 3 or 4 grocery stores to find everything I need. And, no matter how much you order, you have a small fixed shipping cost that is offset in my state by not having to pay sales tax. Today, I bought vitamins, sweetener, and sugar free adult beverage mixers.
First and foremost, the reason for my order was to get some more Baja Bob's drink mixers. I don't know of anywhere else to buy low-carb sugar free mixes to make Margaritas and other frozen beverages. Honestly, the Baja Bob's original margaritas taste better than most high-carb sugary margarita mixes. You'd never know it was diet. The powdered version is much cheaper than by the liter and I actually like better because I can mix it a bit stronger and keep the drink nice and thick with ice.
While on the netrition website, I also searched for liquid sucralose and found it. I can't wait to try the EZ Sweetz and hope it is as good as the sweetzfree that I usually buy on line elsewhere. I'll let you guys know how it is once I try it.
And finally, I am buying 3 different types of Biotin. My children have a biotinidaise deficiency and must take this daily. I purchased tablets, capsules, and lozenges. If they can swallow them easily, I will come back for more. Netrition has many other vitamins for sale. I suggest you try chromium to help your body burn fat.
Qty SKU Description
3 177-0007 Baja Bob's Original Margarita Powdered
Mix 1 packet / $3.99
1 177-0008 Baja Bob's Wild Strawberry Margarita
Powdered Mix 1 packet / $3.99
1 177-0015 Baja Bob's Tropical Trouble Hurricane
Mix 1 liter / $5.99
2 520-0001 EZ-Sweetz Liquid Sucralose 0.5 oz / $6.99
1 64-0008 Nature's Way Biotin, 1000 mcg 100
lozenges / $5.49
1 69-0966 Natrol Biotin, 10,000mcg - Maximum
Strength 100 tablets / $6.49
1 153-0207 NOW Biotin, 5000mcg 60 capsules / $5.49
Itemized Subtotal $53.40
Shipping - UPS Ground $4.95
Grand total is $58.35
Friday, January 21, 2011
My low carb cookbook is now available! This is simply a collection of the fantastic delicious and healthy recipes from this website in a handy book format that you can keep in your kitchen. CLICK HERE to access the online store. This book will also soon be available on Amazon.com, other online retailers, and possibly some retail stores.
Since August of 2006 Daron Rainer has been the author of the weight loss blog "Big Daddy D's lowcarbohydrate.blogspot.com". He is neither a dietitian nor a doctor. In fact, his only credentials are that he lost 85 pounds and loves to cook. For several years, Big Daddy D has experimented in his kitchen finding ways to make everything he craves but in a low-carb way. The recipes in this cookbook are reprinted from his blog and include various comments from his blog readers. Whether you are trying to lose weight or are diabetic, this book will bring you comfort.
Publication Date: Jan 22 2011
ISBN/EAN13: 1456546570 / 9781456546571
Page Count: 150
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Cooking / Health & Healing / Weight Control
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Hello all. I just wanted to let you know that I will soon be publishing all of my recipes in a cookbook. This is pretty much a reprint of the recipes on this blog put into a handy book format that you can keep in your kitchen or personal library for reference. It should be available in a week or two. I will post a link here once I have reviewed the proofs and released it for production.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I am almost ashamed to admit that I am no longer following a low-carbohydrate lifestyle. However, there are many things I cook such as this that are low-carb and as such I thought I'd share it with you.
My wife and I recently moved from Lexington to Northern Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. One of our favorite restaurants that we are leaving behind is called Oasis which is considered Mediterranean but is more precisely Lebanese. Since we will no longer be able to eat there weekly, I decided to learn how to cook some of our favorite Mediterranean dishes. This recipe is my take on the yogurt chicken which is one of my favorites from Oasis. The aroma as it cooks is absolutely to die for.
6 servings at about 3 net carbs per serving.
2 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon Juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
6 boneless chicken breasts
Whisk together yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic salt. For marinade, put half of yogurt mixture in another bowl. To marinade, add in cumin and chili powder then whisk. The remaining yogurt mixture (without the cumin and chili powder) is a sauce which will be used later.
Coat chicken with marinade and let set for at least 20 minutes.
Grill chicken for about 8 or 9 minutes on each side over medium heat. During the winter, you can grill on a "George Foreman" type grill (adjust cooking time accordingly). I often use a cast iron grill over my stove top.
Microwave sauce for one minute so that it is at room temperature or slightly warm. The idea here is to simply keep the sauce from being cold.
Plate chicken and spoon yogurt sauce over top.
Serving Suggestions: If you can afford the carbs, serve over a bed of rice or moc-rice. Garnish with parsley and chives mixed with a small amount of olive oil. This main course goes excellent with my thintoush Mediterranean salad.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
My wife and I love Mediterranean foods. One of my favorite dishes is fattoush salad. It is pronounced "fat-toosh" which sounds an awful lot like the word fat "tush" (ie. fat buttocks). What gives fattoush it's name is the pieces of crispy baked pita chips mixed into the salad. The veggie ingredients vary from recipe to recipe but the dressing remains roughly the same. So, here is my version of a thintoush salad. You can leave out the pita or try the other options I offer you.
4 servings at 4 net carbs per serving.
2 cups Romain lettuce
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 green onions
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sumac (a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern spice)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Chop up salad ingredients and put in bowl. Mix together dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and toss salad.
Optionally: If your diet can afford it add 1 cup toasted pita or pita chips (about 20 net carbs). If not, you can make your own by deep frying low carb tortillas, low carb pita, or low carb flatout (carbs vary). Or, for the lowest carbs, simply eat the salad without the fattoush (pita chips).
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I posted this recipe many years ago. At the time, I called for a crust. I no longer use crusts on my cheesecakes. Sometimes I just grease the pan and dump in the filling. Other times, I grease and coat with a dusting of ground almonds. Either way, it's fabulous.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Why is it that I find it so hard to not fall off the wagon? And then once off, it is so easy to find excuses to stay off. About a month ago, when my son was born, I was very short on sleep and spending most waking hours around the hospital. I was very tired and low on energy which means my body was craving energy dense high carb foods. Plus for convenience sake, I was stuck with mostly fast-food restaraunts as options. A salad from McDonalds just didn't seem to be what my body wanted. So, I slipped. I ran over to Rally's and bought a burger and fries. But, I didn't stop there. I thought to myself, "hey, you already gave in... why not grab a candy bar from the gift shop? Maybe 2 of them." I told myself that I'd go back on the diet once I got the family home. But, I didn't follow through.
You know, the low-carb diet is not bad at all. And as long as I don't have many carbs in my system, my body usually doesn't crave sweets nor breads. So, why is it so hard to get back up there, on the wagon. How come it's so easy to push it off to anohter day? Next month, I will be spending some time in Mexico. Now, instead of going back on the diet, I'm telling myself, "when you return from Mexico, you should go back on the diet.". Why is it that I tell myself to wait when I know it's best for me to change my habits now? Even if it was too difficult to do low-carb abroad, I could squeeze in a few more weeks of low-carb before I go. It's hard to understand the inner workings of my mind. Why is the short term small high from carbs such a powerful de-motivating factor?
Luckily, even off-the-band-wagon, I haven't gained back much weight. But I haven't been losing fat either. Thanfully, I have had some physical activity from planting my vegitable garden as well as other yard. Without this, I'm not sure if I'd have gained more weight.
For now, no promises on when I will return. I might find motivation here in the next few days or I may just return to the lifestyle when I return to the country after 2-3 weeks in Pueblo, Mexico. I'm just not sure yet. Pathetic, huh?
On a side-note: A couple of days ago, I bought Wii Fit Plus to replace my old classic Wii fit. And, I'm happy to say that even with clothing on, I am still under the 330 pound weight limit. I'm not much into the exercise routines but find the balance games to be fun. My 4 year old son likes to play them with me.
Friday, April 2, 2010
I'm sitting in my wife's post-partem hospital room watching her breastfeed while I serf the net. I'm pondering how many calories are "burned" by breastfeeding. And, after a quick web search, I found the answer.
Breastfeeding burns an average of 500 calories a day with the typical range to be from 200 to 600 calories burned a day. It's estimated that the production of one ounce of breast milk burns 20 calories.
This is according to eHow.com: How Many Calories Do You Burn a Day Breastfeeding? eHow.com .
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Reprinted with permission of author Su Rollins who writes for hypoglycemic diet plan, her personal hobby blog focused on tips to prevent and cure hypoglycemia using the right diet and nutrition.
What effect does exercise have on glucose levels?
It is quite easy to manage diabetes when you incorporate a program for exercise in your daily routine. Such exercises have been shown to have positive effects for people who are suffering from diabetes, especially those who have low glucose levels. One example is exercise being able to channel muscle energy, convert it into glucose and then using that glucose as fuel. At the start of it, the body will just use the glucose that has been converted into glycogen from one’s muscles. Glucose is also found in your bloodstream. If you maintain a long term exercise program, it is highly likely that the levels of your blood glucose will not dip. Also, glucogen and other hormones found in your body will also be released. These hormones and glucogen work together and break down all of the liver’s stored fat and then converting such stored fat into more glucose. It is best that you engage in exercise frequently, because your body will improve. It will develop a sensitivity to insulin, as well as help you gain better control of the body’s glycemic index.
Why is the effect of exercise on glucose levels important to those with type 2 diabetes?
Exercise, as mentioned before, has an effect on the levels of glucose. This is important for people who have type 2 diabetes. Many studies show that diabetes patients have better control of their glycemic when they exercise regularly. Those who do not have a regular exercise regimen are not better off. With exercise, your insulin sensitivity improves. This translates to having to use fewer medicines in order to have control over one’s blood sugar levels. Sometimes, people who have type 2 diabetes are somewhat at risk of hypoglycemia, which is exercise-induced. This is during and also after exercise. Then again, there are also some patients who have poor control of their diabetes and are also high risk for hyperglycemia.
Should patients with type 2 diabetes exercise more often or differently than otherwise healthy people?
There are, of course, people who become at risk for hypoglycemia due to the combined effects of their diabetes and engaging in high stress exercise. This happens during exercise and after it, too. If you think about it though, people can also be at risk for hyperglycemia simply for having poor control over their diabetes. Therefore, the leaders in this field recommend engaging in moderate exercise for a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes, or 90 minutes if they want to do vigorous exercise.
What type of exercise is best for type 2 diabetes patients?
In light of this, the frequency of the routine is more important that the kinds of exercise one engages in. There are many researches wherein an abundance of benefits result from both weight training as well as aerobic activity.
When should patients be discouraged from exercising?
There are times when you one shouldn’t exercise, especially if you are at risk for cardiac conditions .It is best to start slowly and tentatively just to be safe.
About the Author - Su Rollins writes for hypoglycemic diet plan , her personal hobby blog focused on tips to prevent and cure hypoglycemia using the right diet and nutrition.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Recently, I posted about a Netrition order in which I purchased several items I'd not tried before. Below is my opinion of these products:
153-0114 NOW Almond Flour, Unblanched 10 oz. $4.69 - Pretty much your typical unblanched almond meal. Because it's unblanched, it's a darker color. The bag is somewhat smaller than I am used to but the price per ounce is quite a bit lower than many other brands.
394-0047 Walden Farms Syrup, Blueberry 12 fl oz $3.79 - This is pretty good. It tastes like real blueberries. Mixed in Hood Calorie Countdown milk and it tastes a bit like the milk in the bottom of a cereal bowl where real blueberry's had been added. It would make an awesome pancake syrup. Other than this, I can't think of many uses.
230-0008 Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Bread Mix 1 lb. $4.39 - It's just okay. As with many low-carb breads, there is a mild displeasing after taste. It's not bad but it's not great.
230-0009 Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix 1 lb. $4.39 - This has pretty much the same ingredients as the bread mix. I've not tried it yet but expect it to taste about the same.
443-0001 Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Pita Bread 6 pack $$3.09 - These are a bit thicker and more bready than Joseph's Pita but not as big of round. They have a very subtle soy-like taste but it's not overpowering. While I do like them, I think I still like Joseph's brand pita better. It's really just a question of do you like your pita soft and bread-like or thin and more tortilla like. If you like it bready then this pita is for you.
464-0004 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Tortillas 6 tortillas $2.79 - A bit on the rubbery side. I still prefer the Mission brand low-carb tortillas even though they have a higher carb count.
464-0005 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Lavash Bread 4 square breads $2.99 - The sheets of Lavash were stuck together. I had a very difficult time pulling them apart without tearing. If they didn't stick together so bad, I think I'd prefer these over just about any low-carb tortillas. But due to their being hard to pull apart, I will not buy again.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Servings: 8 @ 2 net carbs each.
1 lb. ground turkey
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup mayonaise
salt & pepper
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Brown meat in skillet. Transfer to 10 inch pie pan. Sprinkle with onion and cheddar cheese. Beat eggs with mayonaise, salt & pepper, and evaoporated milk. Pour over meat in pie pan. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Friday, March 12, 2010
I just placed a new Netrition order. The $4.95 for shipping is not much different than the sales tax that I would have had to pay if I bought at the local grocery store. I can honestly only say good things about Netrition. The delivery is fast and everything has always arrived fresh. I am telling you about it and I advertise for them because I like their company and want to share it with you.
These are items I like and have bought before:
- 177-0005 Baja Bob's Loco Lemon Sweet-n-Sour Mix 1 liter $5.99 (Yes, I still drink alcohol)
- 230-0001 Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour 1 lb. $8.99 (many uses)
- 394-0048 Walden Farms Syrup, Strawberry 12 fl oz $3.79 (yummy in Hood Calorie Countdown milk)
- 464-0001 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread 6 pack $2.99 (Awesome! We can hold our food again!)
- 89-0959 Atkins Nutritionals Ready-to-Drink Shakes, Cafe Caramel Shake, 11 oz 4 pack $6.99 (Quick breakfast for the road)
These are items I am buying for the first time. I'll be sure to let everyone know if they are any good:
- 153-0114 NOW Almond Flour, Unblanched 10 oz. $4.69
- 394-0047 Walden Farms Syrup, Blueberry 12 fl oz $3.79
- 230-0008 Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Bread Mix 1 lb. $4.39
- 230-0009 Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix 1 lb. $4.39
- 443-0001 Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Pita Bread 6 pack $$3.09
- 464-0004 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Tortillas 6 tortillas $2.79
- 464-0005 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Lavash Bread 4 square breads $2.99
Once again, over the last two weeks, I have experienced no significant weight loss. But, the waist-line keeps getting smaller. Ketosis sticks are still showing moderate levels so I know I'm burning fat. If I were to only be watching the scale, I would be very frustrated right now. Lesson for my readers: measure progress in inches, not pounds.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Right now, I'm insanely busy. My wife is pregnant. The baby is due mid April but we may take him out a bit early. So at home we are getting the house ready. My home office has moved into the master bedroom. The 3 year old has moved into my office and we are trying to turn his old room into a nursury. My 3 bedroom, 2200 square foot house once seemed enormous to me but now seems way too small. I'm thinking of buying my parent's house in Cincinnati when they move into a new house that they are currently building. In the meantime, at work my 5 year information systems project is coming to a head with our first North American implementation going live next week at one manufacturing plant in Mexico and one in Indiana. My company originally asked me to be in Mexico the entire month of March, which I refused. I absolutely will not be out of the country during my wife's 3rd tri-mester. At the same time, we are preparing to role the new systems out in 6 more plants in July. So, I am on the road more than ever. After July, I don't have any idea what I'll be doing at work. My project will be done. They want me to either work in California or Canada both of which would suck as I'd only be home on the weekends. I'm sick of being on the road. Anybody know of any good paying ERP or logistics jobs in Cincinatti?
I'll be working from home next week and in Indiana the following week. When I return, they will make a decision on when to induce labor on my wife. And I am taking off a week whenever the baby is born.... plus it'll be hard for the company to get me out of my home office for a while.
But anway, the point I am trying to make is that my life is crazy busy right now. I've got more work on my plate than any normal person plus more than I can get done at home on the weekends.
And throughout all of this, I am dieting. With all of this stress, I wonder if I'd be losing weight even if I wasn't "on a diet". I lost a little over 3 pounds this week. At this rate, I'm guessing that I can reach my target weight in six to nine months... just a little too late to wear a speedo at the beach this summer (yeah, right!).
Friday, February 12, 2010
Today is the second Friday in a row that I weighed 315 pounds. But, I'm not worried. It's not really a stall. My waist and hips are both an inch smaller than they were last week. And, for the first time in a long while, I checked my urine with a ketosis stick. It measured 1.5, meaning that I have small amounts of ketones in my urine. The positive ketone reading proves that my body is indeed still burning fat.
"What the heck is going on?", you may ask. Obviously I am losing fat. My lean body weight calculation says that I have gained 4 pounds of non-fat. So, I am either gaining muscle, retaining water, or have former food sitting in my digestive track. I'd like to believe that I have gained muscle. It is unlikely because I've had little to no exercise. But then again, I could be gaining muscle due to increased protein intake. However most likely, it is because I ate some salty pistachio nuts last night as a snack. The salt is probably causing my body to hold onto water.
My advise to my readers is: Don't trust the scale. Measure your success in inches not pounds.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
For those of you looking for good low-carb blogs to follow, I have a companion feeds site:
Here you will find a list of blogs with links to their most recent posts by topic. If any of you know of any good low-carb blogs that I'm not aware of, please respond to this post with their links so that I can add them.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Since many of my readers are looking at my feeds rather than this website, I thought it would be good to occasionally post my recipe list.
Recipes - Main Course
- Beef with Mushroom Gravy - 4 net carbs per serving
- Better Carbquik Pot Pie - 5.5 net carbs per serving
- Brandi's Breading for Frying - 1 net carb per serving
- Brandi's Salmon Patties - 1 net gram per patty
- Cheeseburger Pie - 2 net carbs per serving
- Chicken Chimichangas - 6 net carbs per serving
- Chicken Enchiladas - 3.7 net carbs each
- Classic Meatloaf - 3.6 net carbs per serving
- Coconut Battered Shrimp - 0 net carbs
- Crunchy Tacos - 0 net carbs per shell
- Egg Salad for Sandwich - 1 net carb per serving
- Fettuccini Alfredo Impasta - 3.5 net carbs per serving
- Fried Chicken (Pork Rind Version) - 1 net carb per serving
- Kentucky Hotbrown - 8 net carbs per serving
- Pizza Crust - 2.5 net carbs per slice
- Pumpkin Soup - 8 net carbs per serving
- Salmon and Swiss Cheesecake 3.6 net carbs
- Sausage and sauerkraut - 5 net carbs per serving
- Simply Chicken - 4 net carbs per serving
- Simply Scallops - 10 net carbs per pound
- Soda Pop BBQ Chicken - 4 net carbs per serving
- Spaghetti - 4 net carbs per serving
- Thin Crust Pizza - 8 net carbs per serving
Recipes - Breakfast
- Biscuits - 1 net carb each
- Cheeseburger Pie - 2 net carbs per serving
- Chipped Beef - 4.5 net carbs per serving
- Cinnamon Streussal Flax Muffins - 2.5 net carbs per serving
- French Toast - 3.5 net carbs per serving
- Jicama hash browns - 5 net carbs per serving
- Pancakes - 1.75 net carbs each
- Salmon and Swiss Cheesecake - 3.6 net carbs per serving
- Satisfying Biscuits and Gravy - 7 net carbs per serving
Recipes - Appetizers and Salads
- Buffalo Chicken Dip - 4 net carbs per serving
- Bulgarian Shopska Salad - 2.5 net carbs per serving
- Carb Freedom Fries w/ Bacon & Cheddar - 2 net carbs per serving
- Cauliflower Salad - 2.9 net carbs per serving
- Cheese Crisps - 0.5 net carbs per serving
- Coconut Battered Shrimp - 0 net carbs
- Country Cucumbers - 1.5 net carbs per serving
- Fried Green Tomatoes - 4 net carbs per serving
- Garlic Relish Sauce - very few carbs
- Grilled Romaine with Ceasar-cardo Dressing - 6 net carbs
- Guacamole Dip - 3 net carbs per serving
- Rainbow Slaw - 4 net carbs per serving
Recipes - Breads
- Better Bread - 3 net carbs per serving
- Biscuits - 1 net carb each
- Cinnamon Streussal Flax Muffins - 2.5 net carbs
- Cornbread - 5 net carbs per serving
- Crepes - 0.5 net carbs each
- Hamburger Buns - 0.4 net carbs
- Pizza Crust - 2.5 net carbs per slice
Recipes - Desserts
- 3 Minute Brownies - 3 net carbs per serving
- 3 Minute Lemon Cake - 3.5 net carbs per serving
- Almond Macaroons - 1 net carbs per cookie
- Chocolate Mousse - 6 net carbs per serving
- Cinnamon Streusel Flax Muffins - 2.5 net carbs per serving
- Classic Cheesecake - 6 net carbs per serving
- Coconut Macaroons - 0.6 net carbs per cookie
- Crumb Crust for Desserts - 12 net carbs entire recipe
- Divine Zucchini Cobbler - 9 net carbs per serving
- Fried Ice-cream - 8 net carbs per serving
- Lemon Birthday Cake - 7 net carbs per serving
- Peanut Butter Mousse - 7.2 net carbs
- Pecan Pie - 7.5 net carbs per serving
- Pumpkin Cheesecake - 5 net carbs per serving
- Strawberry Delight - 7.2 net carbs per serving
- Strawberry Lemon Pie - 7.5 net carbs per serving
- Yum Yum Salad - 6.25 net carbs per serving
Recipes - Beverages
Friday, February 5, 2010
I am happy to report that I can now play with my Wii fit without first taking off my clothing (Wii balance boards have a 330 pound weight limit). In about a month, I have lost over twenty pounds. For the first 3 weeks, I lost between 4 & 5 pounds per week. During the 4th and 5th week, progress has slowed resulting in under 2 pounds lost per week. I had hoped that having 1 carb up day per week would prevent this slow-down but it apparently hasn't. My calculated lean body weight has dropped about one pound which means there has been no real muscle loss. My waist and hip measurements haven't changed much in the last two weeks but I can see a big difference in my face and neck. So, because I am making progress and have not plateaued, I will continue with my current strategy.
For those of you who are new to this blog, my current strategy is to keep meals under 15 net carbs. Snacks under 10 net carbs and not within an hour of a meal or another snack. The idea is not to limit daily carb intake but to avoid blood sugar spikes. Essentially, I'm using low-carb to control my glycemic load. Also, I am taking 1 day off of the diet per week in hopes that it will prevent my body from going into starvation/conservation mode thereby avoiding plateaus.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Last night, I was experimenting with making cheese crisps. These are snacks similar to crackers or tortilla chips made out of cheese. They're quite simple to make. I tried three kinds last night: American cheese (the real stuff, not cheese "food"), cheddar cheese, and pepper jack cheese "food". The American cheese slices I cut into 16 squares a little less than an inch across. The other cheeses I just sliced thinly off the end of the block. All three turned out with very different textures. The American cheese crisps were the most crunchy and reminded me a little of tortilla chips. The cheddar ones were a bit greasy with little bubble holes in them but still yummy. The pepper jack cheese "food" turned out with a similar texture to a saltine cracker. I will continue to experiment with different types of cheese and share the results on my blog.
As I was munching on these this morning during work, I was thinking about my crunchy taco recipe. For the tacos, I told everyone to use cheddar. After last night's experiment with cheese crisps, I think I'm going to try tacos with American cheese next time. On a side-note, I just received a blog comment this morning from someone talking about cheese crisps and taco shells. Isn't it awesome how life is full of little synchronicities like this?
Cheese Crisp Recipe
Servings: As many as you want. Check the cheese package for carb counts.
Cheese (American, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, you name it)
Optional Spices (salt, garlic powder, chili powder, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheet with silicon mat or parchment paper. Do not grease.
- Cut cheese into desired size squares as 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Depending on the type of cheese you use, they may spread out or hold form. American and cheddar will come out much larger with rounded edges even if cut into squares. Some "un-real" cheese "foods" will hold their shape.
- If using spices, mix spices and toss cheese in them. Or, sprinkle on just before baking.
- Spread squares out on lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 8 minutes. Cheese will crispen up as it cools. After cooling, if rubbery then put back in the oven for another 2 minutes.
- Serve with dips, salsa, or enjoy plain.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
If your lover is on a low-carb diet, I have the perfect idea for a Valentines day gift. Instead of a box of chocolates, give a netrition low carb gift box. These gift boxes contain a variety of sugar free candy, low carb snacks, and baking mixes. Now they can indulge in yummie comfort foods without cheating!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
About a month ago, in preparation to my starting my low-carb regiment, I picked up another low-carb cookbook. I've tried six recipes out of it and must tell you that "Eating Stella Style" is the best low-carb cookbook I've come across. Just about every recipe looks great. The following is a summary of what I have tried so far from the book.
Some of the successes are:
- Easy Tzatziki Sauce - a simple Greek cucumber cream sauce that is out of this world!
- Pork Souvlaki - marinated pork kabob (excellent with the Tzatziki sauce).
- Crazy Egg Meatloaf - meatloaf with a twist... it's stuffed with whole boiled eggs.
- Breadless Bread Pudding - This was a quite tasty dessert. I think next time I will top it with blueberries or strawberries with whipped cream. To me, it was nothing like bread pudding. Really it's just a cheesecake with ricotta instead of cream cheese. This is a traditional way to make cheesecakes in many cultures however very different from the cheese cake that you see in the United States.
- Baked Zucchini Fries - This recipe is the only one so far that didn't work for me. I didn't think it'd turn out right but thought it was worth trying. The spices were overpowering and the "fries" never got crisp. Even with the ends burnt the were soggy and floppy. I'm not sure where I went wrong but don't plan on trying this one again.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I have lost 12 pounds in a little over a week. Today is my first "carb-up" day. My strategy of including "carb-up" days is very contraversial. Most of my readers don't think "carb-up" days are helpful. But by occasionally increasing carb intake, I am attempting to keep my metabolism from adjusting to the low-carb diet. I am taking 4 days off each month, typically 1 day per week. It was hard to take myself off the low-carb today as I've been on a great ketosis streak and have had few cravings for carby foods. But I do believe that it is good to break the rapid weight loss streak as it should help sustain weight loss and avoid plataues over the long run. Also, having floating "carb-up" days as part of my official plan allows me to eat the foods I am craving without feeling like a failure. So, today I had pizza for lunch... one of my favorite foods and I have no reason to feel guilty. It's all part of the weight loss strategy. Tomorrow, I'm back to low-carb with only 3 more "carb-up" days available this month. It will take me 2-3 days to get back into ketosis which is where the pounds fall off very quickly. But it's worth it to protect my metabolism and to allow me to feel "normal" once in a while.
Friday, January 8, 2010
This week has gone pretty good. I have lost 9 pounds, some of which I am sure is just water. My waist has shrunk by 2 inches and my hips by 1 inch. I feel good. Other than a little sledding in the park, I have had almost no exercise. The only vitamins I am taking are potassium and chromium.
Weight: 327 pounds
Waist: Sucked in 52 inches, relaxed 55 inches, puffed out 57 inches.
Hips: 54 inches
Body Fat: 36.37%
Lean Weight 208.8 pounds (estimated)
Pounds Lost: 9
Pounds to left to lose: 92
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
It is the 5th day of the year and also the 5th day into my low-carb adventure. I'm in Nashville, Tennessee this week. For lunch yesterday, I at a Chili Relleno and Juevos con Chorizo (Eggs with Chorizo sausage) at a restaraunt called Las Palmas. For dinner we went to the Long Horn steakhouse where I had a salad, sauteed mushrooms, and grilled Salmon. Today, for breakfast, I choked down Drury Hotel scrambled eggs & sausage patties (tastes like it must contain lots of soy). It's almost lunch time and I think we're going out for buffalo wings. For snacking, I bought a 6 oz. can of Blue Diamond brand Bold Jalapeno Smokehouse Almonds which taste awesome. Everything is going great except that I woke up yesterday with ketosis breath. I had forgotten about this nasty side effect of rapid weight loss. I know the bad breath can be improved by drinking lots of water to flush out ketones. Regardless, I still bought a pack of sugar free chewing gum.
Here is a very low-carb, simple sand-which that I grew up on. The recipe below is for two but you could make one big sand-which out of it. I usually put this on low-carb bread which has six net carbs per slice but I suppose it could be served in other ways such as on a bed of lettuce.
Servings: 2 at about 1 net carb each.
3 boiled eggs
2 T. green onion
1 T. yellow mustard
2 T. Mayonnaise
Salt & Pepper to Taste
- Boil eggs: Place eggs in sauce pan with cold water. Put on burner at high heat until water begins to boil. Cook an additional 15 minutes. Place pan in sink and run cold water into it until eggs are cool enough to handle.
- Peal eggs and place in bowl. With a fork, mash up eggs. Mixed in diced green onion, mustard, mayo, salt, and pepper.