Saturday, January 12, 2008

Product review: Blue Diamond's Almond Breeze Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk

This may be hard to find in some parts, but Blue Diamond's Almond Breeze Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk is well worth searching high and low for! With a bit of liquid or granula sugar-free sweetener, this drink becomes so close to chocolate milk that you'd never know the difference between this and the "real stuff."

Keep in mind that there are two kinds out there... sweetened and unsweetened. Remember to buy the unsweetened and sweeten it yourself. I bought mine online, but the sweetened stuff can be found all over. I need to convince the grocery stores around here to start carrying unsweetened!

The best part: You get only 2 net carbs per serving (8 oz. - 1 cup). Adding granular Splenda will add a carb, while adding a liquid Splenda will not. I used three drops of Sweetzfree and that was plenty! Even two would have likely been enough.

This is a great product!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Livin' La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube (Episodes 21 & 22)

A two-part series on using True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A few good low-carb recipe links

Here are a few really good low-carb recipe links that I use all the time!

- CARB-LITE Low Carb Recipes and Advice

- Low Carb Luxury

- Blaine's Low Carb Kitchen

- Hold the Toast Press

- Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes

- Stella Style

-'s Low Carb Recipes

I consult these sites constantly. They are excellent resources! If anyone is "bored" on low-carb... they just aren't trying hard enough. Pretty much ANYTHING can be adapted to low-carb!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Quit crapping on low-carb!

I heard someone on the radio this morning talking about the low-carb lifestyle and they added the word "loathsome" in front of it.

I was not impressed... because this person obviously knows nothing about low-carb or the studies that show it is a perfectly safe and effective way to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight after that. In fact, the American Diabetes Association finally came out and said that low-carb diets are a safe and effective way to lose weight.

Well duh.

The fact is that the real "fad" here is LOW FAT... not low carb. Before the introduction of white flour, white sugar, white pasta and packaged food to western civilization's diet, obesity was hardly rampant - except among the rich... who could afford -- guess what -- expensive white sugar, white flour, etc.

If you want to fatten up a bunch of pigs on a farm, nothing will do it faster than lots and lots of white bread.

I'm so sick of the popular notion that fat makes you fat. It doesn't. Sugar makes you fat.

A generation of low-fat eating has given us a huge obesity and diabetes problem.

Low-carbers eat from the low end of the glycemic food index. All that means is that we eat like we're the worst diabetics on Earth. We eat like diabetics SHOULD eat.

Check out some recipes on diabetic websites. They include SUGAR and WHITE FLOUR. Can you imagine?? Great way to regulate blood glucose, eh?

I eat low-carb and I eat fresh foods... meats, cheeses, nuts, non-starchy vegetables, fruits (berries). Do I feel deprived? No. For the first time in years, I'm making my own food. I'm not spending $100/week at take-outs like I used to. And I'm not stopping at the corner store before work every day to pick up $10 worth of candy to munch on during the day.

I'm eating real food and the scales prove that it's working. And yes, it's absolutely 100% sustainable. I can live without potatoes, bread, pasta and sugar, thanks very much. No potato or piece of bread is going to regulate my life.

Loathsome indeed. Tell that to the 82.5 lb I've lost so far.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Recipe: Low-carb almond pancakes

Wow! I never thought low-carb pancakes could be so delicious! These were absolutely amazing! I used a bit of sugar-free maple-flavoured syrup on them and was in Heaven!

This recipe is courtesy of Laura Dolson's Low Carb Diets site at

- 1 cup almond flour (= "almond meal" / "ground almonds" -- all the same thing)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder (not in the original recipe but it was suggested by someone who reviewed the recipe as a way to make the pancakes puffier - and it worked...)
- 1 tbsp low-carb sweetener (i.e. Splenda)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional - amazing!) (updated March 8, 2011)

Cook them in the usual fashion. This makes three large pancakes or six smaller ones. Just know that they won't bubble on top in the pan like "regular" pancakes do.

Simply put, these are the best pancakes I've ever had.

There are six net carbs in the entire batch.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Recipe: Low-carb no-bake cookies

Courtesy of the always excellent Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes.

I made these at Christmas and they were a huge hit with the crowd! Very simple to make.

- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp heavy cream
- 2 tsp cocoa
- liquid Splenda equal to 2/3 cup sugar (I used Sweetzfree)
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 2 tbsp oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup almond flour (1 ounce in weight)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (I doubled this)

Bring the butter, Splenda, cream and cocoa to a boil in a very small pot. Boil one minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the peanut butter until well blended, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Drop onto wax paper. Mixture will be crumbly, so you may need to shape them with your fingers. Chill or freeze until firm.

Makes 12 bite-sized cookies. Can be frozen.

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Week #29: Down -1 lb for a total of -82.5 lb

Vacation... Christmas... it's all over now. It will be good to go back and return to a regular schedule. Vacation was great! Got a lot accomplished here at home, that's for sure! Did lots of organizing, visioning, etc. Am looking forward to tomorrow, though. :) Time to go back.

By anyone's measure, I did well over the holidays and came out the other end with a weight loss, which is not the case with 99% of people, I'm sure, who filled themselves to the brim with goodies from December 1st onward!

Looking forward to a nice loss next week now that things are getting back on track, routine-wise.

Things are great! 2008 is starting off wonderfully and am looking forward to the next 50+ weigh-ins this year with anticipation of more success and a healthier me!