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Subject: Anyone Low Carbing?
Date Posted: 11/29/2007 4:23 PM ET
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If so what is your favorite snack?  How about the best trick you've learned?  Tips and/or recipes? 

I've done this before and have started again.  I always lose weight doing it, but I always reach a point where I just want to eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and however much I want!  I know that I've got to lose some weight for my health and my happiness.  And I know that it has to be a lifetime committment....it's just so d*** hard!  I'm a food lover and an emotional eater who tends to be depressed a lot which means I want to eat a lot of stuff not good for me!  Anyway let me know if I have any comrades around here and let me in on your tips, etc.  I have some cookbooks by George Stella (the BEST) and several by Dana Carpendar.  Are there any books that you like?  Oh, I have a slowcooker low carb book also. 

Come and post and let's help each other!!!!!

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 6:00 PM ET
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Hi! Amy!

I'm a fellow low carber.  I love Dana Carpender's books.  Her slow cooker book is my favorite.

Right now, I'm reading Gary Taubes book, and it's confirming my decision to low carb.

I like the recipes at the Active Low Carber forums.

Sweet snack or salty snack?

For salty, I'm currently on a cheese crisp jag.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with tin foil.  Spray the foil with non-stick spray.  Use a grated hard cheese, my current favorite is Parmesan.  Add seasoning to taste.  I usually use about a tsp of Emeril's "Bam" seasoning per cup of cheese.  Make mounds of cheese on the sheet and pat them down a bit.  I use about 1/4 cup per mound.  Bake for around 5 minutes, until brown-ing and melted.  You need to watch these because when they go, they go.  I like mine with the edges browned but the cheese more chewey than crispy.  You can eat them plain or with dip or topping.

My sweet choice is coconut bark.  Melt 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil with 1 square Baker's unsweetened chocolate.  I pour mine on a plate and sprinkle with 1 tsp sweetneer.  Chill to firm, makes 4 servings equivalent to 1 tbs oil.

 

 

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 7:59 PM ET
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Hello Ruth,

I'm glad to see a fellow low carber!  Dana's slow cooker book is one of her's that I don't have.  In fact I put it on my wishlist just this afternoon!!!!  I'll probably pick it up somewhere along the way though because I doubt I'll get it from the wishlist. 

I like the cheese crisps also.  I usually just eat Pumpkin seeds or pork rinds.  I love cheese...I'm just lazy...LOL.  I had never seen the recipe for the coconut bark.  I don't think I'd like it since I'm not a fan of coconut, but maybe someone else will see it and really like it.

The Active Low Carber forum that you are talking about...where is that?  Is it here or somewhere else?  I'll look around when I get finished posting this!

Glad to talk to you!  I would love to see us get an active group around here so that we can share with one another!  I don't know about everyone else, but I personally need lots of encouragement!

Talk to you soon!

Amy C

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 9:42 PM ET
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Found the Active Low Carber forum.  I registered and I'll be looking around there over the next few days!  Thanks for the tip!

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 5:15 PM ET
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I have been doing South Beach on and off for a about 2 1/2 years.  I'm kind of off right now...  :-)  I keep meaning to get started again and do ok for a week or 2 than just fall apart.  One of these days I will get really motivated again!

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 9:59 PM ET
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Hello Melissa!

I certainly understand falling apart...lol.  Especially today.  Dh and I are fighting and I'm furious with him and all I want is ICE CREAM.  GRRRRR.  Anyway I am having a Diet vanilla coke from sonic.  It's cheating for me in a way since I am trying to only drink one soda per day and this is my second and it's a RT 44....lol.  But it can't be too bad, the first time I was doing LC and lost 40 pounds I didn't limit my sodas at all and drank these from Sonic constantly...so it's only sort of cheating....lol.  I guess I'm justifying, but oh well!

Anyway glad to have you!

Date Posted: 12/2/2007 11:16 PM ET
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Hi! Melissa!

I like your user name.  I'm a fellow Gabaldon fan.

Two weeks on is better than no weeks on.

 

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 10:59 AM ET
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Hello all!  My ISP was down all day yesterday.  I swear I had withdrawals...lol.  I lost 6 pounds last week!  Yay!!!!!

Talk to you later!

Amy

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 3:48 PM ET
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Hi guys.  Thanks for the welcome!  I am still trying to stick to my diet, but this is a really bad time of year to try and eat good.  Dang Holidays!  :-)

Ruth, isn't Outlander just wonderful?!?!

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 10:29 PM ET
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How is it possible to stick to a diet this time of year? Seriously! I went to the doctor today and gained 1 pound in a month. Not only that but I found out my cholesterol is over 300! Apparently my liver is the culprit and not my diet. Any tips on cutting carbs would be appreciated. That's the problem in my diet. I love bread and pasta and I need an alternative to fill  myself up with besides those things.



Last Edited on: 12/7/07 10:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/8/2007 11:42 AM ET
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Hello Denise,

My best advice is to get a book and read it.  The books by Dr. Atkins are the ones most people start with and loads of people use.  The one I liked the best was "How I Gave Up my Low Fat Diet and lost 40 pounds" by Dana Carpender.  She also has several cookbooks available.  The books by George Stella have both good diet tips and strategies as well as spectacular food.  He and his wife are both chefs at one time he was morbidly obese and dying from the complications.  They then started eating low carb and he lost the weight and his cookbooks are fabulous.  They also tell his families story! 

If you want to explore this way of eating before you can get some of the books there are lots of sites on the internet.  The forum we have discussed earlier in this thread is http://forum.lowcarber.org and there are a lot of people there that can help you and a thread full of recipes. 

I firmly believe that if one is looking to lose weight and improve their health low carb is the way to go.  It works, you aren't hungry so you stick with it!  It's delicious.  Sure there are adjustments that have to be made, but it's the best thing you will ever do for yourself!  So get the books and good luck on your future health and happiness!!!!  Pop in and post anytime!

 

Amy C



Last Edited on: 12/11/07 4:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/10/2007 10:29 AM ET
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THIN TASTES BETTER by Stephen P. Gullo. helped me look at food (carbs) differently.  I stopped thinking of food as a treat.  I found that by controling my food cravings, I eat fewer empty carb, feel-good foods.  According to Gullo cravings are a feeling,---and feelings can pass in 4 to 12 minutes. If I wait 10 minutes 4 out of 5 times, the craving will pass!  I drink a cup of tea or water, brush my teeth or call a friend.  The best reward (treat) was losing weight and feeling better!  Good luck!  

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 1:30 PM ET
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Another very good book is THE CARBOHYDRATE ADDICTS DIET: the lifelong solution to yo-yo dieting  by Heller.    I  found it to be very upbeat and positive!   Its filled with easy  recipes and menu plans.

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 8:32 PM ET
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Hello Anna,

I haven't read either of those books.  I have looked at "The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet" several times, but have never read it.  I may have to try it. 

Hope all are doing well!