Friday, November 21, 2008

Low Carb Recipes for Christmas

This is the biggest question usually asked on any low carb forum during this time of the year. I don't know about other forums but it never really gets addressed that much in the form of low carb Christmas recipes, usually every body forgets about low carb for the day. One thing I have noticed over the years is that, when fellow lowcarbers go all out on the carby stuff on Christmas day they end up in an all out carb fest which leads to a carby boxing day then the day after that and so on and before you know it, it is News Years Eve, you get the picture. A lot of people tend to get totally derailed with trouble getting back into the swing of things.

Now I don't do low carb completely, I do still treat myself on Christmas day but I try to eat mostly low carb. I find this helps getting straight back into it the next day, particularly because it is usually at my place so there's always plenty of leftovers so the more leftovers that are low carb, the better!

Because of this, I decided that I would have a play with some low carb recipes and thus as promised in a previous post I thought I would share what I have done so far, click on the recipe name to go to the recipe:

Low Carb Buche De Noel (Christmas Yule Log)


Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake

And for something savoury:

Low Carb Slow Cooked Roast Lamb with Cranberry Sauce

The last pic doesn't really do it justice, the lamb is really, really yummy:)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dying to be thin: The diet craze sweeping Britain with a punishing 500-calories-a-day

Remember, Kimmer and the concerns for members following her plan Kimkins, where calories appeared to often fall close to and even below 500 calorie's a day?

Whilst they were eating real food, there was no real plan behind it to ensure members were eating adequate nutrients to meet their most basic needs...

Actually I should rephrase that because not all were eating real food on kimkins, she also had a shake plan and it is to my understanding she also had given out advice for an even low calorie version for faster weight-loss. And these shakes were just protein shakes you buy yourself from your local store which could have been anything...

During this time when everyone was in an uproar, I posted about sudden deaths in the old protein shake diets in my post here: Rabbit Starvation, Sudden Death and Resting Metabolism. It was thought that a lot of the issues with these deaths boiled down to the amount and the type of protein in the liquid diets at that time however, here is an article on a current liquid diet known as Lighter Life. In this article, they discuss the side effects and also the death of one lady whom had been following this diet for 6 months:

A LighterLife slimmer dies

Two years ago, 25-year-old Matilda Callaghan died from heart arrhythmia after spending six months on LighterLife.

The coroner recorded an open verdict, as to what caused the fatal arrhythmic heartbeat, recognising that while - as the company argued - being obese can kill, so too can losing weight quickly.

But leading obesity expert Professor John Garrow was unequivocal: he blamed Matilda's death on her rapid ten-stone weight loss which, he said, reduced the lean tissue in her heart.

Professor Garrow says: 'Studies show semi-starvation diets deplete the protein and muscle of internal organs, resulting in an increase of heart arrhythmias among obese people following them.'

And of course, like many stories I have read by former kimkins followers this articles finished off with a story about a lady whom developed an eating disorder.

Read through this article and remember, this is a diet that is supposedly designed to ensure adequate nutrition. If these are the risks, what about very low calorie diets designed by just your average person trying to make a quick buck with no professional nutritional and medical background or input from people with such qualifications?

No matter what diet you're on, don't let some numbers on the scale cloud your judgment and possibly destroy your health...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Low Carb Vege Garden

Hey Guys :)

Sorry for being so slack, my forum has been very busy and I have been struggling to keep up with it at times as well as struggling with motivation.

Whilst my last doctors appointment showed I had great cholesterol numbers despite my high fat diet, it was a horrible appointment with her and really took the wind out of me. I have been struggling to get my thyroid/chronic fatigue looked at for over 5 years. Anyway, I have been doing lots of reading on this subject and will post about it soon. The good news is, I have an appointment that I have been waiting for almost 3 months coming up in 2 more weeks, that I hope will start solving this once and for all. Getting very anxious now!

On a better note, I have been looking at starting my first vegetable garden. My partner and I, decided some time back that we want to live in the country and aim towards eventually being self sufficient. We have been renting a place out here since Maya was born to get a feel for it and make sure this is what we want, with plans to buy a property as soon as prices start coming down (they are extremely inflated here at the moment). Anyway, I decided now is a good a time as any to start learning this stuff ready. It is currently spring here and I have been buying wine barrels etc in hopes to learn to grow veggies in pots with an aim on using non-hybrid and mostly organic seeds and growing them in an organic way. If anyone has any tips I would love to see them!
I was in a funk for a while but last week I finally planted a bunch of seeds which are just starting to come up this week. The ones in the photo above are cucumbers.

I have also started playing with some Christmas recipes, I made a low carb yule log which turned out good I will post it soon. Oh and the other month I made some yummy low carb friands that you might be interested in. Friands are like a yuppie type of muffin: Low Carb Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Friands.

Anyway, I just thought I'd update, I will post some more recipes soon and hopefully will be able to show more progress with my veggies, wish me luck as I do not have a green thumb but I am trying! :)