Thursday, August 25, 2011

A brand New Look

September is a start of a lot of new things.  And to prepare, we have made some changes now.

We will soon start a
New School Year,
New Job

I've got
New Hair
Renewed Exercise plan
New weight lose goals

I also have Renewed the Blog.  It was looking as tired as my hair!  So, I've updated it, and given it the whole whole new look it deserves.

It now will be easier to find information, and recipes you might be looking for.

I've included links to some Great Low Carb Books, New Monthly Polls, my Weight loss tracker, (So I have someone to own up too!) and Video Links to Recipe How-To Videos.

I've even included a Community Answer section.  Have a question?  post it.  Can answer a question?  Do-it.  It a great place to have a discussion and help each other out.
I've started a few topics I would LOVE some help on, so, take a moment and check it out.

Come and take a look and let me know what you think!  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Low Carb Recipes For You and Me

 If you are a working man or woman on a low carb diet, meal times often pose a big challenge, especially lunch. On a busy workday, how on earth will you find time to go to a low carb restaurant or cook two special meals?

Low carb diets are based on the principle that a diet low in carbohydrates leads to decreased production of body's insulin, resulting in consumption of fat stores as energy source. So the easiest and greasiest options - fast food such as burgers, fries and sodas -- are a definite no-no. Low carb dieters like us often end up confused about what to eat when hunger pangs strike and end up giving in to carb cravings. To avoid these speed bumps and the ensuing guilt pangs, the best option is to plan your meals by learning about low carb recipes.

The idea is to plan, prepare and portion your small carb meals ahead of time so that you are not starving without any adequate food around. Most of us really don't have the time to cook separate meals, but you can always cook an extra serving or two during dinner and pack a low carb lunch the next day from the leftovers.
For example, chicken can be boiled, grilled or barbecued over the weekend to make a variety of meals such as chicken salad, wraps, stir fry with veggies etc. The same goes for fish and egg.

Let your imagination run wild! Use toppings, garnishes and olive oil to spice up your meals. Low carb does not mean eating bland food. You can eat pizzas too by using vegetable toppings and cheese on a small-carb thin crust!

Join a club
Low carb clubs or support groups are also a great way to meet like minded people and get some ideas for meal plans. You can swap recipes, discuss your diet plans and trade information about stores which sell small-carb snacks at the monthly meetings.

Raid the library
Do not forget the humble local library as a resource for free low carb recipes. Most libraries allow you to borrow a book for at least a month, so you have plenty of time for trial and error to figure out the best low carb recipes for you.

Google it
Thanks to the popularity of the Atkins Diet and scores of small carb enthusiasts, there are thousands of small carb recipes also available on the internet. Just key in the right search terms and explore! Many recipe sites offer a chance for members to rate recipes and comment. Do read the ratings to see which recipes taste best and suits your needs. These are given by people who have tried and tested these delicacies, saving work for you! Reading the comments is also helpful as they may offer tips and ideas for making the recipe even better.

You can check out our and browse through a wide variety of low carb snacks, desserts and sugar-free drinks which can be used to prepare or supplement your low-carb meals and mocktails.

I am a health food promoter, a fitness enthusiast and a sworn disciple of healthy living. And what better way to share my thoughts and advice on natural health than on my blog? I want to talk to you, my anonymous friends and readers, about ways to become healthy, stay healthy and feel fabulous every single day! I truly believe that when good health comes, wealth and prosperity follows.
Laurel Health Foods

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Low-Carb Bible

This low carb bible is a great book to start on the low carb diet.  It has great recipes, and information on different diets, and what they are all about.

Well worth the read.

Yummy Low Carb Recipes - Vanilla Ice Cream for the Atkins Diet

Mmmmm. . .Vanilla Ice Cream for Low Carb Dieters! One of the great things about the Atkins Diet is that you can indulge in some fantastic foods that you just can't eat on any other diet.

Of course, there are also a bunch of foods you can't eat, but most Atkins Dieters are happy with trading the low-fat, high-carb foods for delicious treats like the ones you can now eat.

That's why this Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream recipe is such a treat. It's my own adaptation of Ben & Jerry's Vanilla Ice Cream. The difference is that this one is made with artificial sweeteners -- and several other changes as well.

The recipe gets RAVE reviews from family and friends who try it. And the great thing is that unless you tell them, they'll probably not even know that there is no sugar in this recipe.

Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe yields 2 pints of ice cream (not ice milk!) at only 5.5 grams per 1/2 cup serving. Compare that to 21 grams for Ben & Jerry's vanilla ice cream! And it tastes GREAT. Enjoy.

1 large egg
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
7 packets Equal or Sweet'n'Low

Whisk the egg in a bowl till it's fluffy. Should take a couple of minutes. Whisk in the sweetener for another minute. Pour in the cream and vanilla and keep on whisking for another 2 minutes. Pour this concoction into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer.

If you don't own an ice cream maker and really want to make this ice cream from scratch, do this:

Get two clean and empty tin coffee cans with the plastic lids: one a 3 pound can, the other a 1 pound can.

Put the smaller can into the larger one. Remove the small lid, fill with the ice cream mixture, and replace the lid. Pack ice cubes all around the small can, inside the larger can, all the way to the top.

Sprinkle rock salt or Kosher salt liberally on the ice. If you don't have rock salt, try table salt. Put the lid on the larger can, tip it on its side, and roll the can back and forth every minute or so for about 10 minutes. Open both cans to see if the ice cream is solidifying along the edges of the smaller can. Replace the small lid, pack more ice around the small can, sprinkle some more salt, put the large lid on, and keep rolling.

You'll have ice cream in about 20 more minutes.

Probably the best you've ever tasted.


Mark Wild created this Low Carb recipe, and has many more Atkins Diet Dessert Recipes and Atkins Diet Advice at