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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Agave Nectar - Is it the Answer for Health-conscious Consumers?

We've used Splenda Granular in great quantities at times for almost 20 years. My sons grew up on Splenda. I feel fairly certain no one else will consume as much as we have - so, I feel confident in recommending Splenda over sugar or Agave syrup, for instance, which so many health-conscious consumers are gravitating towards. Agave syrup is nothing less than mostly fructose in disguise, hence the low glycemic value. We all know that HFCS is a problem and has been implicated in the rise of obesity.

Here is a recent quote by Dana Carpender "All of this is why high fructose corn syrup is the current Nutritional Enemy Number One, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving substance. And I have to tell you, consuming lots of fructose in the form of "natural" agave nectar (no more natural that HFCS, which is also made by converting other carbohydrates into fructose using enzymes) is no better for you. Worse, actually, since the percentage of fructose in agave nectar is actually higher than that in HFCS.

In short, agave nectar is not your blissfully natural and healthful substitute for those evil artificial sweeteners. While I am not sure Splenda is 100% safe, I'm darned sure it's safer than nearly pure fructose."

Friday, October 30, 2009

A Possible Stevia Side Effect - Hypoglycemia

Goodness knows, people have said all kinds of things about Splenda too, however, it's good to know the pitfalls and to choose one's sweetener carefully. Seriously, wish I could do without any sweeteners in my life, but with my sweet tooth, that isn't going to happen.

Stevia could possibly cause hypoglycemic symptoms in some susceptible people, and should not be used by people who need insulin, because Stevia increases insulin sensitivity.

"Researchers in Denmark published a study (in 2000) which demonstrated that the in vitro hypoglycemic actions of stevioside and steviol are a result of their ability to stimulate insulin secretion via a direct action on beta cells. They concluded, "Results indicate that the compounds may have a potential role as antihyperglycemic agents in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus." an excerpt below:

"Because of its blood sugar-lowering and blood pressure-lowering potential, the sweetener Stevia should be evaluated first on an individual basis, before being regularly used by anyone suffering from hypoglycemia, or general glucose tolerance problems. Feedback has been mixed, with stevia being well tolerated by some, but less so (i.e. aggravated low blood sugar symptoms) by others."

Here is a very interesting story:

"I visited a cousin in NC a few days ago and his wife had made a delicious lemon pudding sweetened with Stevia. The iced tea was also sweetened with Stevia. I had never used Stevia but did not hesitate to eat the dessert. I thought it would be safe to do so. I had had a 60 carb meal 30 minutes earlier at a restaurant. Two hours after the dessert my BG was 114, at 5 PM it was 79, at 9 PM it was 62 and at bedtime it was 68. I ate glucose tabs but they did not seem to help. Then at midnight it was 181 and at 3 AM it was 286. I have researched Stevia and I now realize that it slows down the absorption of glucose into the blood stream. My insulin was working on schedule but the carbs and glucose tabs were held back by the Stevia. Then at midnight the Stevia was no longer effective and the bolus insulin was out of my system. That resulted in very high BG's.

I will never again use Stevia. I suggest that Type 1's should never use Stevia. A Type 2 who is NOT insulin dependent can use Stevia safely since there is no insulin injected that will cause the low BG's after the meal.

One article contained the following statement:

"In South America, stevia has been used to lower blood sugar in individuals with diabetes. Evidence from laboratory and animal studies seems to show that stevia may help to control blood sugar levels by delaying the absorption of sugar from the intestines. It may also improve insulin sensitivity, which is the ability of the body to use insulin."

This implies, to me, that a delay in absorption of glucose/sugar and a possible increase in insulin sensitivity may be double trouble to someone who has injected/bolused insulin and then eats a meal containing Stevia. Small amounts of Stevia may not be so bad but the dessert and tea combined in my meal contained a significant amount of Stevia. It does seem strange though that the Stevia delayed the absorption of my glucose for eight hours. Maybe my age contributed to that. The delay may be much less for other individuals."

Here is an excerpt from an article in a Canadian newspaper:
"As consumers become ever more health-conscious, they continue to look for lower-calorie beverages and importantly all-natural beverages,” said Stacy Reichert, president of PepsiCo Beverages Canada.

Coca-Cola Canada is planning to introduce beverages made with Truvia in this country, but public-affairs manager Leigha Cotton wouldn't disclose a timeline.

But not everyone is enthusiastic about stevia moving into the mainstream. Although it has a long history of use, there are fears that introducing stevia and its extracts in a wide variety of products could lead to potential health problems.

For instance, some studies have suggested it can lead to male reproductive problems, interfere with metabolism and cause genetic mutations.

“There are a lot of risks and none of the big players seem to care,” said Curtis Eckhert, professor in the environmental health sciences and molecular toxicology department at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Eckhert helped prepare a report last year for the U.S.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest that urged more testing on stevia extracts before it is widely introduced into the population. "

Basically the giant companies that refine stevia to reb A pressured the FDA to approve the highly purified form as a food (sweetener), but the whole plant extract, or formulations with multiple stevia extracts are considered a supplement because they are not GRAS (generally recognized as safe) as a food additive.  If you poke around on the FDA website you can find more info such as:

Is Stevia an 'FDA approved' sweetener?

Is Stevia an 'FDA approved' sweetener?
FDA has not permitted the use of whole-leaf Stevia or crude Stevia extracts because these substances have not been approved for use as a food additive. FDA does not consider their use in food to be GRAS in light of reports in the literature that raise concerns about the use of these substances. Among these concerns are control of blood sugar and effects on the reproductive, cardiovascular, and renal systems. Food additives and GRAS affirmation petition or pre-petition submissions for the use of such substances that FDA has received in the past have not contained the data and information necessary to establish the safe use of these substances as ingredients in food.
What refined Stevia preparations have been evaluated by FDA to be used as a sweetener?

What refined Stevia preparations have been evaluated by FDA to be used as a sweetener?
At this writing, FDA has not objected to the use of these highly refined Stevia preparations in food products. Refer to the following Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) notices:
  • Sweet Green Fields
  • Blue California
  • McNeil Nutritionals
  • Cargill
  • Whole Earth Sweetner/Merisant
But, these products are not Stevia. In general, Rebaudioside A differs from Stevia in that it is a highly purified product. Products marketed as "Stevia" are whole leaf Stevia or Stevia extracts of which Rebaudioside A is a component.

The GRAS notification program and contact information is available in FDA’s Web page. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Light-hearted Happy Tale - Little Happy Meets the Professor

The Three Brothers on Happy's 14th Birthday, 8th September, 2009. Click on the photo, if desired, to see a larger image.

Little Red (Happy) Meets the Professor (written by my husband, Ian).

Note: This is probably one of the last notes about Happy, as I should get back to low-carbing. It is healing for me to write about him (although I'm not much of a writer, I'll admit) and to honor his memory.

This event with the professor happened many years ago - before I became a low-carber. I was overweight, sick with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (I am in remission now) and depressed over what my birth mother was doing to me and my family (it was beyond emotionally painful, believe me!). Just before Happy joined us, Ian vowed he would find a new addition to our family - a dog (a Shiba Inu - Japanese dog) - to pull our family together during a very stressful time in our lives. While taking a shower, he determined that little dog would be called Happy Eloff, because he wanted at least one happy Eloff in the household. (smile) Happy took his job seriously, and we all stayed together, despite my mother's intentions to break us up as a family. We became a very close knit family. The boys are still with us in our new tropical abode, working on their entrepreneurial pursuits. We home schooled the boys from an early age and never regretted it. It was wonderful and they were brilliant students - even later at university, they were top students. Happy was their little study buddy, keeping them company on their beds or in their bedrooms during the day, and even at night, they would take turns with him. He provided many laughs and we all showered our attention and love on him. He was such an easy little dog. He only asked for two walks a day - i.e. he did not do any of his business until then. He was amazing that way. He rarely barked. Sometimes if he spotted people below from his perch on our high deck (a Swiss Chalet-style wooden home in the forest overlooking the Okanagan Lake in British Columbia), he would bark, but not for long. He did not drive the neighbors crazy. He was well-behaved.

Happy had a personality that was very interesting in so many ways. He gave the most wonderful, excited "welcome homes" to other "members of the pack", putting his little ears back, eyes closing to slanted slits, grinning, sometimes whimpering (if we'd been gone very long) and covering us with kisses. He was, however, not beyond being a bit cheeky and wanting his own way, or wanting all the attention for himself. He could be quite jealous of anyone else in the family getting attention (like a hug or kiss) in front of him. He would usually come sit between the two people on someone's foot! Happy loved to eat and was always on the scrounge around meal times. He became quite chubby later on, but I still thought he was beautiful. In fact, the boys sometimes gave me a hard time, wanting me to cut back on his food, so that he could lose weight - but I was such a soft touch around Happy, that that resolve would not last long. Happy defied the odds and lived a wonderful, long life anyway! Thank you, Lord!

Happy had an encounter with a big Malamute dog when he was just a puppy and we were living in a rural area on the outskirts of Calgary, Alberta. We were walking in the field behind our house, and I met our neighbor who was walking his dog. Barry assured me that Rocky would not harm Happy. Happy jumped up in puppy-style to kiss Rocky's nose. Well, Rocky just went for Happy and was trying to kill him, like a dog would kill a gopher and shake it to break its neck. My son and I were screaming and crying. I pulled Rocky's tail until I almost heard something give. Barry, to his credit, got his hands in there around the dog's mouth and by some miracle managed to pry Happy loose. Poor Barry himself was bleeding as he placed Happy in my arms, and I ran off crying, not sure whether the little bundle of fluff in my arms was going to make it or not. He was bleeding from several wounds. My husband promptly took him to the vet and since they had to put him under anesthesia to stitch him up, the vet suggested that he be neutered at the same time. The vet argued that he would live longer and make a better pet. I'm not sure if my husband made the right decision, however, Happy did make a wonderful pet and he did live very long. Since that day forward, Happy did not like other dogs, except female dogs. He did not mind other dogs at the kennels apparently, but he always had an opinion of himself as a "big" dog, and would think of attacking first and asking questions later. LOL We had to protect him from other dogs for his own good. He was too small to harm any other dogs, but they could possibly have hurt or killed him. Other than that, only we knew what a sweet dog he was, and how timid he really was, despite pretending to be fierce. Happy also had no sense of roads and cars, so we had to be ever-vigilant. He simply accepted that we would protect him. One day Rocky got loose and came a calling at our house. Happy was on a long run and Rocky was just about to lunge at Happy, when my youngest son (only 8 years old) grabbed the bear spray and sprayed the dog full in the face. Rocky took off with a yellow face, yelping, and Happy was spared. Rocky was fine, but we built Happy an enclosure after that. It was so funny as we were living on the Prairies in Alberta at the time with about 2 1/2 acres of Prairie land (literally flat and fully grassed), and Ian built this gigantic enclosure for a small dog (probably 1/4 of an acre). Haha. Happy also had a love-hate relationship with that same neighbor's cat called Tibs. Even on a walk, if we mentioned the name, Tibs, he would would stop dawdling and run ahead determined to find Tibs. We liked Tibs and she liked our family, so she would visit frequently, despite the threat of our Happy.

In the last year of Happy's life, he was my little fur ball shadow. He followed me everywhere I went in the house, and only when I would settle somewhere, did he settle down and go to sleep. May God bless him wherever he is now. He did his job well on this earth - our little, furry, red fox - an angel in disguise.

Rest in peace, dearest Happy. Thank you for everything. We love you sooo much and that will never change. You are greatly missed, but you are in our hearts, very close to us. May God bless you wherever your spirit is now.

Happy Eloff (or Langans Brushwood Happy Eloff) (8th September 1995 to just before midday on 25th October 2009)

Happy's Parents: Langans Brushwood Switch and Langans Brushwood Bambi from Beaverlodge, Alberta

Information about the breed, Shiba Inu: Shiba Inu breed info Wikipedia - Shiba Inu

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Beautiful Poem Sent to Me by a Dear Friend

Jen, I saw this in a catalog I just received at work. The magazine just happened to fall open on this page. HUGS to you’all. Jan

Receiving this beautiful poem, felt like God allowing Happy to reach out to us, through my friend, Jan, who is a believer as well. Jan says God does not usually "talk" to her via a page of a book or the Bible just falling open in a spot - but that is often the way God has communicated with me through the years, so I feel confident (and this will seem weird to some, I know), this is a message meant for us. Many Christians, I know, do not believe that dogs or other animals are important to God and, therefore, when they die, they're dead and that's the end of it in their minds. Truly, I say, those people have never loved an animal before. Is it not true that the Bible says that God is even aware of when a sparrow falls to the ground? If what those people think is true, why would He care to know? What about the animals He saved to put on the ark and what about the psalms that speak of every creature "that has breath" who will eventually praise God (in fact, that is how Psalms ends: "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.")

In the last couple of days or so leading up to Happy's last day on earth, Ian wished that Happy could talk to us and tell us what he wanted. You see, we could no longer watch Happy suffer. It had been 4 months since he first became very ill with a urinary tract infection. Although, that came right, by keeping him on medication the whole time, he was throwing up every day. Eventually he was throwing up 12 times a day and in the last week, he was also throwing up blood. Unbeknown to us, until the very end, we did not know he had throat cancer (hence he could not drink or eat properly), his kidneys were failing and his lungs were filling up with fluid. The vet immediately picked up on the fact that Happy was not breathing properly. He reckoned Happy had another 48 hours to live and maybe 4 days at the utmost, but that his death would have been particularly brutal, as he would have suffocated to death, and most likely during the night all alone while the family slept unaware. It was a terrible decision to have to make and I pray I'll never ever have to make one like that again. I think it takes a lot of love to make such a decision, because when one is present for something like that, it leaves an emotional scar - no question about it. However, it was unthinkable to let Happy suffer any more. He was on no pain medication (they typically don't give dogs anything - people, who are dying and are in pain, manage in a haze of morphine) and was in pain for at least an hour or two a day to my knowledge (let alone the other times I was unaware of).

Anyway, when Ian would wish in those last days of anguishing over the decision, that Happy could talk and make his needs known, I would reply: "Ian, Happy is voiceless." Well, Happy is no longer voiceless, wherever he is, as this poem proves. Thank you, Happy. You were the best friend on this earth to our family!


I know that it must be different, now that I am no longer here.

I realize how much I was loved

And how all of you did care.

I know it will be hard at first,

When you look around for me.

Expecting to find me in my bed or beside my favorite tree.

Someday you will begin to see,

Although it’ll take some time,

The happy times you shared with me,

The memories are yours and mine.

I’ll remember you, my family,

And how much you meant to me.

So please don’t grieve and don’t be sad,

It was just my time to leave.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy went on his final Happy adventure

Today was one of the most difficult days I've had to live through in a long time. We had to make the decision - the one no one wants to make - because Happy's kidneys were failing and he was being slowly poisoned. We probably waited too long, but we could not let go... We did today - we did what was right and humane for Happy. People get help for pain, but dogs generally don't. We tried everything to prolong Happy's life. I think he got 4 more months than he would have, and saw his 14th birthday, plus 2 more months. He was so brave.

Happy passed peacefully next to the river in a gazebo, held by my husband and I, while we gently stroked him and talked to him. Kind vets and a compassionate assistant were in attendance as well.

My heart is very sore and heavy tonight. I miss Happy already. My poor husband is devastated and never ever wants another dog (that's what he says). Our young, adult sons are okay, thankfully (this was the doggie they grew up with). They are more resilient than one realizes.

The reviews to this book helped me quite a bit.

P.S. Happy was buried today (26th Oct. 2009) in our beautiful garden under a gorgeous, shady tree. I planted some beautiful, colorful Impatience around the grassy spot which marks his grave. In time, we will make it a pretty garden with lots more beautiful flowers. I want to find a little statue of a dog that resembles our Happy to place in that spot. There have been such lovely, caring notes sent to me via email. I'm going to ask permission of all those people and see if I can share some of them here under the comments as a further tribute to Happy, but also to perhaps help alleviate the pain that others may be going through at this very moment with their own pets.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dynamic Weight Loss Phase

Induction sometimes brings out the rebel in one (I know this too well, unfortunately). One starts out great and then falters a week later. That can happen, especially when stresses in one's life are distracting. Losing weight is a mind set that has to be with one 24/7 during that process. What one is seeking is the dynamic weight loss phase. When the body enters this phase, weight comes off fairly easily and fairly quickly. Whatever you do, if you enter this phase, don't stop the ball rolling. It might be months or a year later before you get back into that phase again, and I'm not kidding. One gets there, the weight is coming off, and one is distracted, adds in no-no carbs, weight stalls - end of weight loss! No wonder the late Dr. Atkins said that eating anything off the diet was "the kiss of death" for weight loss.

Remember veggies and protein, veggies and protein every meal with some healthy fats - leave the carbs to add in later, when you don't mind weight loss slowing down. However, if you add in the carbs - like bread, potatoes, cookies, higher carb fruit, even low-carb baking too soon - game over, possibly, for quite a while, until one gets serious again.

Remember to keep reading the book. Keep the momentum going and keep focusing on the task at hand. Join a forum, plan meals, keep a journal, count carbs, etc. - whatever it takes, keep focused. If there is a slip-up, forgive yourself, and jump on the wagon the very next snack or meal. Don't wait until the next day or the next.

The goal is to get into a "dynamic weight loss" mode where the weight comes off seemingly effortlessly and at regular intervals. All the best to anyone reading this!


P.S. I know the previous post is a contradiction to this post, however, take or leave that one - this post is much more important. There are a few things that I listed there that would help make very low carb eating more palatable, especially if one continues after the initial two weeks with 20 to 30 grams of carbs a day.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Carby-tasting Alternatives For our Old Loves

These low-carb alternatives below are carby-tasting enough to deflect cravings for something similar. One or two of these ideas could be used on induction, and definitely can be used at some point in OWL or on the Protein Power Diet from the get go.

I don't do deprivation very well. In fact, I'm horrible on Induction (kudos to those who do it with ease), because I never want to kill my sweet tooth and that's a fact. One probably can and some probably do, but I don't want to! LOL So, if I want to be good on induction, I choose something in my cookbooks that will be sort of okay or even legal on induction and not break the carb bank - and not be too sweet either (I do try to go slow on the sweet stuff during induction). Then I'm fine.

By the way, many of my recipes are actually flourless.

Ultra-Low-Carb Crepes

Drop Scones (see recipe listing on blog)

Egg "Crepes" - simply eggs mixed with a little water. Pour a small amount into a 5 or 6" nonstick pan. Cook and flip and cook slightly longer. One can make a lot of thin "crepes" this way.

One Minute Bread, the Next Minute Toast (recipe listing)

Crunchy Almond Crackers (recipe listing - Crisp Nutty Crackers), plus I have another two cracker recipes in Splendid Low-Carbing

Plain yogurt sweetened with Splenda Granular and topped with my low-carb "granola" (Splendid Low-Carbing, P. 109, or Splendid Low-Carbing For Life, Vol. 1, page 22), OR chopped walnuts, OR ground flax seed

Nutty French Toast (More Splendid Low-Carbing, p. 28)

Numerous waffle, pancake and crepe recipes in books

Muffins - many recipes

Loaves - many recipes


Biscotti and cookies

Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler

Real low-carb bread - many recipes


Low-Carb Pasta (Dreamfields all the way!)

Cauli-rice - stir-fried, Chinese-style (More Splendid Low-Carbing)

Cauli-mash (2 recipes)

Faux Stuffed Potatoes

Crispy Potato skins

Eggplant Parmigiana (recipe listing)

Many bake mix alternatives for flour in baking - takes the guess work right out of making your old favorite recipes!

Tacos (made out of grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese)

Low-carb Pizza crusts - several (some rival the real thing!)

Comfort Food

and, of course, low-carb desserts (pies, cakes, cheesecakes, puddings and the like), candy, chocolate, protein bars and fudge galore

Monday, October 12, 2009


My favorite “quickie” breakfast for when I want eggs. Triple or quadruple the recipe to feed a crowd. Good stick-to-your-ribs Induction food.  

2 eggs
1 tbsp half and half, OR whipping cream (15 mL)
salt sprinkle
pepper sprinkle
2 tsp butter (10 mL)
2 tbsp cream cheese (25 mL)

In small bowl, combine eggs, half and half, OR whipping cream, salt and pepper sprinkle. Beat lightly with fork. In medium saucepan, melt butter and add egg mixture. Add cream cheese cut into small pieces. Allow eggs to begin setting around edges. Lift and fold eggs, so that uncooked portions flow freely underneath. Continue cooking in this manner until eggs are set.

Yield: 2 servings, 1 serving:
180.8 calories; 7.9 g protein; 15.9 g fat; 1.3 g carbs

Variations: Scrambled Eggs Archduchess: Omit cream cheese. Scramble eggs until they thicken. Add 1/4 cup (50 mL) canned, sliced mushrooms and 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced cooked ham (1.6 g Carbs).

Shrimp Scramble: Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) cooked salad shrimp. (1.3 g Carbs)

For other great Low-Carb, Gluten-Free recipes by the team & me:
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Here it is: (technically, these things are not allowed on induction, however, if you have already done your two weeks or two months stint, then maybe it is time to branch out slightly, still keeping carbs around 20 grams, if necessary, for continued weight loss).

Here is something similar to give you a photo to look at One Minute Bread, The Next Minute Toast - The recipes below are similar but more robust-looking, thicker and sturdier. As well, the bread is much darker in color and has a different taste - better!

This is probably my top favorite variation. This particular recipe tastes fabulous - almost like black rye, almost like there is wheat bran (the recipe with ground almonds) in it - I don't know - not sure how to describe it. However, it makes great toast. I imagine adding a tablespoon of rye flour instead of one of the "flours" specified might be another variation.

I made it in a cereal bowl, cut into two slices and toasted one slice really well in a regular toaster. I buttered it generously, sprinkled with grated Cheddar/Mozzarella mix, microwaved 12 seconds, added a bit more grated cheese and enjoyed with a cup of tea. Yummy!! It tasted for all the world just like a slice of specialty bread, toasted. Put it this way, it tastes real carby!

To be fair, these are variations on the OMM (thanks to whoever first created that recipe - sheer genius!), but I really prefer doing it in a cereal bowl - the slices are bigger and more bread-like and able to be toasted more easily.

Recipe #1
2 tbsp flax meal
1 tbsp Carbalose flour (well worth ordering from Netrition!)
1 tbsp ground almonds or almond flour
1 tsp whole or skim milk powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sweetener (I used Splenda Quick Pack), or 1 Splenda packet
1 egg
1 tbsp water
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In cereal bowl, combine flax meal, Carbalose flour, ground almonds, whole or skim milk powder, baking powder, cinnamon and sweetener. Stir well with a fork. In another cereal, combine egg, water, coconut oil, vanilla extract and pinch of salt; whisk with fork. Add to dry ingredients and whisk well with the fork. Nuke 1 minute to 1 minute 15 seconds, depending on how hot your microwave oven runs. Turn out and slice in two horizontally. Toast or save in a baggy (is that a word, or just my word?) and eat later when cool as bread (pretty nice too).

Yield: 1 serving = 2 slices
250.6 calories; 13.2 g protein; 18.5 g fat; 4.6 g carbs

Helpful Hints: Sometimes I add just a little bit of water if the batter seems very thick (sometimes measuring the ingredients can be a little less than accurate). You can skip the milk powder and water and use 1 tbsp cream instead, but that brings the calories up to 282.6, with a slight reduction in carbs - 4.1 g carbs. I don't know about you guys, but 250 calories sounds better to me, and besides I usually only eat one slice in a sitting (125 calories - a little more than one slice of regular bread (100 cal), but the carbs are substantially less than 15 grams, which is normal for regular bread - and don't forget - we're getting the equivalent of 2 slices!). If I'm only eating the bread for my meal, then I'll probably eat the whole thing. However, if I'm eating it with a full breakfast, one slice will do. It is really filling.

Recipe #2:
instead of the ground almonds, use another 1 tbsp Carbalose flour. The sweetener is not required with this bread. I like the cinnamon in it, but my husband is not sold on that idea. He likes more of a savory, blander bread.

Yield: 1 serving = 2 slices
235 calories; 13.9 g protein; 16.1 g fat; 5.3 g carbs

What to Expect on Induction

What is the first thing you'll notice as soon as the first 3 to 4 days of Induction are over? You're NOT hungry!! This is the beauty of getting back into induction. Finally, one is back in control and carbs no longer call one's name so strongly. It is easier to resist, especially when one is simply not hungry. The reason for the lack of hunger is one's glycogen stores are depleted and you've entered ketosis.

This means that you're starting to burn body fat and with the relative lack of hunger, one starts to eat much less - and soon the result is seen on the scale and felt in your clothes becoming looser. Oh, joy!!

The second thing that is noticeable is an increase in energy. One feels lighter and more energetic, even if one is still relatively far from goal.

If the Induction Flu' is really bad, then the late Dr. Atkins suggested going a little slower and adding in some carbs. Really bad Induction Flu' often means one is losing weight too fast.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Getting Started on Induction

After being on the carb wagon for a substantial period of time, can there be anything more difficult than getting back to induction eating at 20 grams of carbohydrate? Those first few days are hell as the carb cravings will still be in place, and sometimes one feels like one has been run over by a truck (fondly or not so fondly referred to as induction flu'). Then all of a sudden that status quo changes and one has a burst of wonderful energy and a feeling of well-being. That is when dynamic weight loss has kicked in. Refrain from weighing those first few days to a week. Stick with it by the book and you will be successful.

When restarting, it sometimes helps to remember it is probably not something you want to do, but something you have to do - either for you own health or to encourage your spouse or children in healthier eating. Also, remember, that little voice that says you will fail is a little voice that everyone hears - ignore it!

God bless you in your weight loss journey! :-)


Friday, October 2, 2009

A Note about the Search Feature on my Blog

Perhaps most of you are aware of the search feature on my blog (top lefthand corner), however, I have to tell you, it was many months later after beginning my blog, that I even knew it existed. It is very handy to type in a word or two of a topic that you're interested in, and have the articles or recipes come up.

For instance, if I were to type in the word, "cheesecake", a number of cheesecake recipes would show up on the screen, including any article that mentions cheesecake. Also, if I typed in "inflammation", the articles about inflammation would come up. I use this feature on my blog quite often.

Hope this is useful information. :-)

UPDATE: There is now a more prominent search feature at the top of my blog - right hand side.

Happy Low-Carbing!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Getting the better of the Middle Aged Spread

Read the Dr. Eades' new book: The 6-week Cure for the Middle-aged Middle.

A friend in the low-carb world - Pat - has just done a neat review of their book and is being successful putting their advice into practice.

Check it out and check out the Eades' doctors talking on video. Very interesting indeedy! Curing Pat's Middle Aged Middle.