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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 27, 2010 8:51 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Please come in and share what you know.
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ImageLance
Jul 28, 2010 7:24 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
This is the same response I left in my other section, in my article on garden recipes, in response to a request for low carb recipes.
I highly recommend avoiding low carb diets, as I have seen several people get messed up on them, have read very little good about them, and a lot of bad. Unless there is some specific medical condition necessitating carb removal, it is much better to pay attention to the types consumed, concentrating on whole grain, not as processed, whole food based items. The white bread, pasta, sugared cereal and drinks, and similar items are what cause most of the negative reactions in people, as these simple carbohydrates react fast with the body. Complex carbohydrates are digested much more slowly, and of course fiber (non-digested carbohydrates) cleans you out. Thumbs up Thumbs up Whistling Whistling
You may want to check out Dr. Weil's website for more information. He likes to push his supplements, but has lots of good information on his site, as well.
Here is a recent email link I received: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP03758/Cooking-Whole-Grains.ht...
I am sure there are many other valid opinions, but this is what I have read and experienced. Most cultures also base their diet on plant material, as only the more affluent cultures or people can afford the resources required to have a meat based diet like the American diet.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 28, 2010 9:17 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
My daughter did the low carb diet for about two years. Now she mostly exercises and controls her portions and sees that she has a balanced diet. I can't offer much info on low carb as I have never really gone on a weight loss diet.

I just stay away from anything white for my diabetes which is totally controlled through my diet. And exercise produces more usable insulin for me. I have more protein in my diet these days as it keeps my blood sugar more stable.

I love carbs too much to give them up but I can go multi grain high fiber.
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Imagetcs1366
Jan 9, 2011 2:59 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
A lot of people are very critical of low carb diets... I for one have had very good success with it and my blood work is excellent. [i have it checked usually annually.] When i go off "LC" my numbers get all out of whack again.

It works for me and it works for many others.

It's all about making smart choices.

it is not 'right' for everyone - but it is for many.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 9, 2011 4:14 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
That's great to hear.

Could you explain what you typically eat? I know AloyaHoya is LC and always looking for new ideas.
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Imagetcs1366
Jan 9, 2011 5:06 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
generally meat, cheese, eggs, veggies.

I do eat grapes - as Dh is in a grape-phase so they are always in the house.

I typically eat eggs for breakfast, sometimes with a slice of LC wheat toast
or a protein shake [consisting of Kefir, flax meal, protein powder - sometimes a halfa banana]

Lunch - open face sandwich [LC wheat breat or LC tortilla, or lettuce wraps]
ham, turkey and cheese [i eat a lot of cheese] egg salad or tuna salad
or big salad - toss whatever i want - meat, cheese, hard boiled egg, real bacon bits, sunflower nuts, greens, cottage cheese - with a paul newmans dressing. [they are my fave]

I make "Green Soup" [made a big pot last night]

in a blender.... chx broth, cooked [frozen] broccoli & Spinach, H&H, cheese [there is a recipe, but that is the general ingreds. I usually add cubed ham to it. Heat and serve.

Dinner -- i eat a lot of fish fillets, chicken breast, pork and Veggies. sometimes a tossed salad instead of veggies. I will make Chx Parmesan where i use just a bit of flower but instead of bread crumbs, i use Parm CHeese for the 'breading'

I snack on nuts - probably too much - but its more calories than anything. I do get a lot of fat in my diet, but most of it is "good" fats.

I have the occasional cocktail, i drink about 80-110 ounces of water a day and my 2-3 mugs of coffee in the AM.

Sometimes you do have to be creative with meals... I have a few LC cook books [i've some how managed to lose my favorite though] tons of LC recipes on the internet...

We do go out for Pizza about 2x per month where i may nibble on the crust.

I am in the more 'rigid' phase as I have about 25# to lose... once i get closer to my goal weight, i will increase my carbs a bit... more fruits and say, brown rice or yams. You just have to watch portion control.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 9, 2011 5:57 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
So with the availability of LC bread and tortilla's that helps a lot.

I thought some LC people made something similar to say, Spaghetti, by substituting something for the pasta.

Are there certain vegies you stay away from because they are too high in carbs?
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Imagetcs1366
Jan 9, 2011 6:11 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Arlene -- I'm very finicky with veggies. I dont like a lot.
[i do not like, mushrooms, onions or any type of pepper, I do not prefer peas but will eat them. ]

I eat carrots where many don't because they are higher in carbs, and I know initially - folks avoid onions - since I dont eat them.. .I cook with them and the rest of the family eats the onions.

For 'spaghetti' -- I've used green cabbage for noodles with chicken alfredo and you can use spaghetti squash too. My Dh does not like squash... so I have not done that a lot as I'm the only one that eats it.

OH and you can make wonderful 'faux tatoes' for a mashed potato substitute. For thanksgiving, I found this recipe and DH just loves it. It's high in fat but oh so wonderful. it was more of an au gratin [sp?]

You can just google "faux tatoes" but basically over cook your cauliflower, I mash it with a hand masher [some use a food processor, but Dh likes more of 'pieces' ]
mix in a few ounces of cream cheese .... Hmmm, now can't recall the recipe. but I used some herbs, maybe some garlic, and pepper... put in a casserole dish, top with cheddar cheese and bake til cheese is starting to brown on the edges.

But they are honestly a replacement for mashed potatoes.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 9, 2011 6:44 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
These are the kinds of things some LC people are looking for. Copies of something similar to those old favorite carbs. They all know what they can't have but are looking for ideas to substitute the cravings for them.

Cauliflower seems it would be a good substitute for potatoes. Thanks for posting; I'm sure someone will be coming in here for the ideas you have.
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Imagetcs1366
Jan 9, 2011 8:07 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I found your recipe area... i'll try to get some posted.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 9, 2011 8:12 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thanks a lot Terese; we've got some low carber's here who will appreciate that. I know I'll try the cauliflower one.
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 14, 2011 11:48 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thanks for posting the recipes. Here are the links for anyone else who wanders along:

Almond Cake-Low Carb
http://cubits.org/YumYum/db/yumyumrecipies/view/87557/

Flax Seed Muffins-Low Carb
http://cubits.org/YumYum/db/yumyumrecipies/view/87556/

Green Soup-Low Carb
http://cubits.org/YumYum/db/yumyumrecipies/view/87554/

Mock Danish-Low Carb
http://cubits.org/YumYum/db/yumyumrecipies/view/87553/

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Imagetcs1366
Jan 15, 2011 8:46 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I'v got a few more to add... just need to find the time.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 15, 2011 10:08 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Take your time; you're doing good.
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Imagetcs1366
Jan 17, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I was reading a thread on the LC web site i participate in, and one gal's post which mentioned Gary Taubes', "Good Calories, Bad Calories" so i googled that. one of the links i clicked was to a GMA page that had an excerpt of is book....

this was an interesting read... for me, i always knew Low Carb worked, but in reading that... i understood more behind it and obesity.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/NewYearNewYou/story?id=3654291&page=1
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 17, 2011 7:07 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thanks for the link; I will read that. I am in a payroll crisis at the moment. The IRS is changing the tax brackets again and we have a payroll to get out this week. I will mark this as "unread" so I can come back and read it when my little crisis is over. Life . . . don't cha just love it.
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ImageLance
Jan 18, 2011 4:35 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I wish to provide a different perspective, not to be controversial, but to provide alternative information. I imagine there is a study to support just about any lifestyle you want, and there seem to be many people that do better on various specific diets, so what is good for one may not be good for others. Many years ago, when I was in my 20's, I had my blood checked for cholesterol and found out it was quite high, and that my ratio of good to bad stuff was very bad. I started reading about nutrition, diets, and other health affecting habits. The overall consensus I found was that a diet based on whole plant based foods seems to be the norm in most cultures, and that the increase in animal products is often linked to increases to various diseases often termed 'diseases of the affluent'; heart disease and cancer being two big ones. They are called this because the amount of resources to maintain an animal product based diet are much greater, 10-20 times, than that needed to eat a plant based diet, so only the more affluent could afford to consume the higher animal content diet.
One commonality with all of the diet studies seems to be limiting simple carbohydrate intake, such as refined sugars and flours. After that, the recommendations seem quite varied. However, there are numerous studies that link low fiber and high animal product intake to many lifestyle type diseases, including colon cancer and even breast cancer.
My Dad had a heart attack a few years ago, and my whole family has high cholesterol, even though we now eat much different diets. My Dad tried a little experiment about 2 years ago, whereby he increased his whole egg intake, and his cholesterol levels went up, even though he was on cholesterol medication. Since then, he has reduced it back to one yolk per week. My Mom is working hard on maintaining her weight and food intake so she does not have to go on diabetes medication, and so far it seems to be working. She monitors her blood sugar, and can tell when she has been off her diet of restricted alcohol and refined flours. Personally, before I became fully vegetarian (not quite vegan), I had already reduced my meat intake to a very small portion. The switch to no more meat was easy, and produced really no noticeable health differences. The biggest difference in my own health I noticed is when I started taking vitamins on a regular basis, whereupon the amount of illnesses I seemed to contract was greatly reduced.
Here are some links to alternative perspectives, should anyone be interested. I highly recommend reading various perspectives prior to making a switch to more animal intake.
http://www.cancersupportinternational.com/janeplant.com/
http://tctutoring.net/pdf/ChinaStudy.pdf
http://www.vegforlife.org/health_experts.htm
http://www.pcrm.org/
I hope this helps to make a more fully informed decision, as the varied information can be quite confusing, but sometimes also important.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagetcs1366
Jan 18, 2011 4:54 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Everyone needs to find what works best for them. and as with every thing... YMMV [your mileage may vary]

No diet is 'cookie cutter'

I have found what works best for me.

Had my blood tests taken about a month ago... my numbers are all in line where they should be,
total = 173 [my lowest level ever!! ] was 203 in 7/2009
HDL = 62 ... was 54 in 7/2009
LDL = 99 .... was 130 in 7/2009
Triglycerides = 62 ... was 94 in 7/2009
VLDL = 12 .... was 19 in 7/2009
Ratio = 2.8 ... was 3.2 in 7/2009
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

AlohaHoya
Jan 22, 2011 11:27 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Shoot...wrote a long post ...it got lost.

In short: I am 70, have lost weight and have never felt better on a low carb way of eating. My LDL went from 150 to 109, and I am NOT deprived. I eat a lot of bacon, cheese, fats, meat, nuts....

I feel younger than ever....

am I going to change?

No.
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagetcs1366
Jan 23, 2011 11:11 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
another favorite recipe.... DH did not care for this.. but i love them.

One Minute Muffin

Melt 2t butter in a tea or coffee cup
mix 1/4c of [any of the following or combination of ] Flax meal, Almond meal or protein powder
[I use 2T flax and 2T almond]
1/4t baking soda
[mix soda and flours]
add 1 egg
add 1 sweetener packet of your choice [i use Davinci's syrup]

mix well. "nuke" 1 minute

it will look a bit 'wet' when done. Turn out on to a plate.


Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

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