Archive for May, 2011

The Top 5 Foods to Buy ORGANIC!

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Organic means growing produce without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.  But it also means not using GMO (genetically modified organisms -like fly genes spliced with tomatoes) and also doesn’t use irradiation (when they nuke the food for longer shelf-life) or contain man-made chemicals or food additives. I once saw an interview with James Olmos who painted […]

Grass Fed Beef

Friday, May 27th, 2011

It’s all too easy to get carried away with trying to eat organic, preservative free, free range & cruelty free products, especially when you are eating a low carb diet.  But there are some basic things to be aware of that can help make this process easier. One of those things is Grass Fed Beef.  And […]

What to do after low carb?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Having lost a bunch of weight eating very low carb over the last several months, the next question then becomes “What do I eat after I lose all the weight?”.  And that’s a great question. I don’t think carbohydrates are the enemy or are somehow bad.  Remember, low carb doesn’t mean no carb.  I do think […]

8 Tips to making it through the first week

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The first week of going low carb is by far the hardest part.  The main obstacle you’ll face is your body literally craving sugar.  And it’s not subtle about it either.  These cravings will subside the longer you can stay on low carb, so it’s critical to make it through the first week or so. Here’s a […]

It’s nearly summertime, are you ready?

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Spring is quickly turning to summer.  It’s been a beautiful spring here.  I know other parts of the country have been flooded and hit with massive storms.  But here in Virginia Beach, it’s been one of the nicer Springs I can remember.  And I am looking forward to summertime. This summer is going to be […]

Whole foods and low carb

Friday, May 20th, 2011

There’s been some activity in the low carb world pertaining to a study on the effects of low carb alternative foods (low carb variations of high carb foods), like low carb pasta for example.  And one of the studies was suggesting that they might have an impact on blood sugar levels after all.  I don’t […]

Tennis star reduces processed carbs & wins big

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Novak Djokovic is on a serious roll.  The #2 tennis player in the world hasn’t lost a match yet this year.  He’s beaten the #1 player, Rafa Nadal, four times this year already, including a straight set win on clay most recently. The one thing he attributes to his phenomenal success?  A gluten free diet with less […]

5 Common Mistakes Made on a Low Carb Diet

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

I know many people who have told me that low carb doesn’t work for them.  And it’s possible that you might do everything correctly and after a month realize that low carb just isn’t for you. But I’ve also seen people make some very simple & common mistakes and are probably the reason why low carb really isn’t […]

Q: How can I tell if low carb is working?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Question: I’m starting low carb today…How can I tell if low carb is working?  How soon will I lose weight? Answer: From what I’ve read and experienced personally, people are able to tell within the first week or two if low carb is working.  How so?  They feel it!  And they’ll probably notice some weight loss. Reducing carbs […]

Fat, lazy and unmotivated?

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Are fat people really just lazy and need to exercise more?  Is it really all about calories in vs. calories out?  Is it just a lack of motivation and that’s why people are so fat?  I’m sure that’s what some people think.  That just hasn’t been my own personal experience. Having been one of those ‘fat’ […]

The Low Carb Mind Set

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Having been fairly successful at losing weight eating low carb (like nothing else I have ever tried), there are some useful beliefs to have about a low carb diet.  These are the things that I keep in mind, a so called low carb mind-set: 1) Eat protein, fats and veggies with each meal.  I get carbohydrates from the vegetables I […]

Do I need to count calories while on a low carb diet?

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

This is a great question.  And it’s actually a yes and no answer. In the beginning, I don’t think you have to count calories.  I don’t even worry about counting calories for the first month or two of eating low carb.  My goal is to focus on getting into ketosis first and foremost.  This puts […]

Q: Carbs in luncheon meat?

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Question: How many carbs in luncheon meat?  Johnsonville brats are 3 grams per link?  Is that too many?  How many is too many? Answer: Luncheon meat in general is safe to eat low carb-wise.  And unless you plan on eating 10 thick slices of luncheon meat, then there probably isn’t enough carbs in luncheon meat […]

Easy Flax-Mustard Sauce

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

A very quick and simple mustard sauce.  I use this to add a little more flavor to chicken or pork and to get more flax oil into my diet.  Sometimes chicken can get a little boring and no matter what you do to it, it still tastes like chicken.  So that’s when I break out this […]

Q: Want to lose weight before wedding?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Question via email: I want to lose 50 lbs before my wedding in the fall?  Is this possible?  How soon will I see results?  And any tips? Answer: Let’s say you were getting married about 5 months from now.  50 pounds is definitely possible.  Even at 10 pounds per month (2.5 lbs per week) which is […]

Southwestern Chicken | Low Carb Dinner Recipe

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

What’s for dinner tonight?  In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I went Southwestern.  And would have topped it off with a nice guacamole, but there were no ripe avocados at the grocery store – maybe next time. Ingredients: 1 Chicken Breast – Grilled 2 Tblsp Black Bean and Corn Salsa 1 Chipotle Pepper 1/4 Cup […]

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) is a Mexican holiday primarily celebrated in the US.  Apparently it’s based on a victorious battle of the Mexican Army over the French.  I doubt the French pay much attention to this ‘holiday’.  It has become simply more of a recognition of Mexican heritage here in the US. Anyway, Mexican […]

Which supplements are worth taking?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Any visit to a health food store would leave the newbie consumer a bit shell shocked.  There are tons of different vitamins, herbs and other supplements to choose from.  The shelves are literally stacked with different colored bottles and packages filled with just about every consumable thing you can get into a tablet or capsule. Having more than a […]

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