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Desserts and Sweets / Re: Pork Rind Cookies
« on: January 14, 2012, 01:20:18 PM »
Hi Umpa!
I'm doing great.

I got a little off track due to the holidays but I'm back on strict low-carb. I will be experimenting a lot and if I come up with anything good I'll be sure to post it. I have 25 - 30 pounds to go and I want it off by summer.

Funny, I'm watching all these women at the gym who just started their resolutions and are on low-fat/high carb diets. I feel so sorry for them. They are obsessed with food and suffering needlessly. They don't want to hear "low-carb" and argue that it's unhealthy despite the fact that I've dropped 45 pounds and my bloodwork is great, so I figure I'll just have to wait it out and let them see me lose weight while they stay hungry and fat. That is really the only way to get the point across.

I invited a few of them to go to lunch next week. There is a restaurant out here that makes an awesome wild salmon and green bean entree. One woman said she loved their asparagus but that it was "fattening." I was thinking, what could they do to asparagus to make it fattening, batter and fry it?? She said they cook it in olive oil and butter. The other women nodded their heads in agreement.....     Sigh......

Desserts and Sweets / Re: Pork Rind Cookies
« on: January 13, 2012, 04:12:57 PM »
I made them last night and they are really good.

I am going to experiment with this. I was thinking of making these only instead of chocolate, using a vanilla/peanut butter flavoring. Kind of like a pork rind pie or tart crust where you could top it with greek yogurt, sugar-free cheesecake, or something like that.

The crunch in these bars really hit the spot and you really couldn't tell it was rinds. If I served it to someone who didn't know they would probably think I made them with crushed Chex cereal or something.

If I come up with anything good I'll let you all know.

Beverage Recipes / Re: Low Carb Egg Nog for the holidays by Rena
« on: December 25, 2011, 02:32:10 PM »
I posted in another section about this recipe but I wanted to post here so others will see my input.

This recipe rocks! It is going to be my holiday recipe for egg nog every year now! Thanks again Rena!

Beverage Recipes / Hibiscus Mulled "Cider"
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:39:55 AM »
The fall festivals where I live all had hot, mulled cider. I had a little taste and thought about how I could make a sugar-free mulled cider. Here is what I did and it tastes really good.

I brewed a 12 cup pot of Davidson's Organic Herbal Te de Hibiscus. Here is the link:

I brew it in a big coffee maker. Just put a coffee filter in there and then the loose tea. I would brew it a little strong because you want the rich, red color and flavor. (I drink this iced and it's awesome.) This tea is delicious plain and even better if you add a little sugar-free sweetener to taste.

Then I took the sweetened, brewed tea and poured it into a small crockpot. I added about a tablespoon of mulling spices in a metal tea strainer and let it brew for about 2 hours. A 1.5 quart crockpot is perfect for this.

It was really good and with zero carbs!

General Discussion / Re: Cooking For the Holidays Contest
« on: December 04, 2011, 04:35:34 PM »
I just made Rena's FTS Eggnog. It's good! I was so glad to see that recipe. I was visiting a friend the other day and she was sipping on eggnog. I'm not a huge eggnog fan but seeing her drinking it made me want some. I checked the back of the eggnog carton and almost keeled over: 44 carbs per 8oz serving. NO WAY.

The FTS Eggnog recipe was perfect for me. Thanks Rena!

Product Reviews / Vitamix Juicer
« on: September 13, 2011, 05:08:48 PM »
Before you all scream "we're not supposed to drink juice," hear me out.

I had a Vitamix that has been sitting in my garage for years. I figured I'd never use it again but last week I had an idea. I get very busy and one thing I've noticed, for me, about living low carb is that I sometimes tend to get lazy with vegetables. I end up eating too much cheese or just grabbing some sliced lunchmeat, drinking Atkins shakes, etc. and sometimes don't get my veggies unless I go out to eat and order an entree and ask the server to substitute extra veggies for the rice or potatoes. For me, veggies bring down my blood sugar and I know they are good for me.

I like vegetables but lately I get so busy sometimes that when the time comes I don't feel like cooking, steaming, chopping or sauteeing, and while canned vegetables are easy - I don't think they are as good for you as fresh ones.

Years ago, I had a regular juicer and ditched it because it was a pain in the rear to place the pulp filter in it, clean it, clear out the pulp, make sure the blades were not clogged with pulp, dismantle and then reassemble it, and the pulp in my trash was nasty, that is why I bought the Vitamix in the first place: It grinds everything up so you get all the fiber and leaves nothing behind. It looks like a giant blender but it has the strength to juice all fruit and vegetables whereas a regular blender just can't handle that.

What I have been doing is "juicing" green veggies. I don't go overboard, I only place as much in there as I would a salad so I am not getting an overload of carbs. You can throw just about anything in it.

Example: A handful of fresh spinach, a cut up zuchini, a handful of cilantro, half an avacado, parsley, jicama - whatever you have on hand. If I want it a little sweet I might toss in a handful of berries or add a scoop of vanilla low carb protein powder. I also put a little raw ginger root in there (my 95 year old aunt avoided gall bladder surgery for the past twenty years by eating ginger root and watching her diet).

Most of the recipes for smoothies online are too sugary so I just decided to improvise and I have been very pleased with how much I can do with this thing. Chard, romaine lettuce, broccoli, the Vitamix can handle it. All I do is rinse the vegetables - you don't have to cut the stems off the spinach or anything. If it's too thick, just add more liquid.

Warning: Watch out for onions! Years ago I made a veggie drink and like an idiot I put a huge chunk of onion it there and had a burning stomach all day. No onions in the Vitamix for me!

It is so fast and easy and now I am getting my vegetables - fiber, vitamins, minerals and all, every day. I never dreamed I'd eat veggies first thing in the morning but now I am. The Vitamix is so easy! Just put it all in there with some water, coconut milk or almond milk and it takes less than a minute to juice. To clean it you just rinse with water. So easy, convenient and healthy.

Oh yeah, the Vitamix can also make fresh butter. I have't tried that yet but I will some day.

The Vitamix is pricey, I think they run around $500, but I think it's worth it. That thing was in storage for almost ten years and it fired up perfectly last week. I am so glad I kept mine and didn't toss it after I figured out that fruit juices just aren't in my diet anymore. I feel a lot better getting vegetables in every day. It also fills you up for quite a few hours.

Product Reviews / Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
« on: September 09, 2011, 08:47:36 AM »
I really enjoy this drink. I was researching the benefits of apple cider vinegar and I read that it might help my blood sugar so I figured, what the heck, I'll try it. I'm not thrilled with downing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar by itself so I was really happy to find this product.

There are a few different Bragg's ACV drinks that have 4 - 5 carbs per 4oz. serving - avoid these and try the two that have zero calories and zero carbs:

Bragg Ginger Spice Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
Bragg Sweet Stevia Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

My local health food store carries it in the cold section. I haven't tried the Sweet Stevia one yet but I absolutely love the Ginger Spice. It has a nice vinegar tang to it. Nice to have in my fridge as an option. 

Here is the link:

Product Reviews / Re: Flackers
« on: September 09, 2011, 08:33:38 AM »
One cracker measures 2" X 3.5". It's the denseness and quality of these crackers that makes them so good.

They aren't like regular crackers because they are made of flax seed and not flour. 

They are a nice change from GG Bran Crispbread once in a while.

Product Reviews / Flackers
« on: September 07, 2011, 05:11:06 PM »
Flackers are made by Doctor in the Kitchen. They are hard to find in stores, which is a shame. These crackers are dense and tasty. 3 Flackers have: 110 calories, 8 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbs and 7 grams of fiber. You don't need many to satisfy your "crunch" cravings. I eat 3 of them with Laughing Cow cheese spread and it is delicious. You can buy them online.

Ask Umpa / Re: Rena's Milkshake
« on: September 06, 2011, 07:51:07 PM »
Found it! Can't wait to try it.

Ask Umpa / Rena's Milkshake
« on: September 06, 2011, 05:04:12 PM »
I wasn't sure if you get that in a store, online, or if it's a recipe somewhere on this site. I want to try it!

Product Reviews / Re: SANS soda
« on: September 05, 2011, 05:27:02 PM »
I tried the Lemon Lime SANS soda and I don't care for it much. Funny, the reviewers online said they loved the Lemon Lime the best so I had high hopes, but I prefer the Root Beer. Just thought I'd update my post.

Product Reviews / Re: sassafras
« on: September 05, 2011, 05:25:47 PM »
Is that a product you can buy online or a recipe from someone who posted it here?

General Discussion / Proud of myself
« on: September 01, 2011, 06:20:36 PM »
A good friend died unexpectedly last week. His service was last Sunday. I attended and there were a lot of women who pitched in and brought food. The majority of them were really overweight. The buffet table was really long.

There were only 4 items I could eat on that whole buffet. I had salad and beef. I really realized when I was there that my craving for carbs is pretty much gone. I wasn't even tempted to eat all of the different kinds of potato salad, pasta salad, chips and bean dip, lasagna, rice, potatoes, bread or the gigantic table filled with desserts.

It was hot out and I was drinking water. At one point I saw an iced tea dispenser and decided to have a glass. I took my first sip and it was loaded with sugar. Well, I discreetly tossed that into the trash.

One person there was talking about how she needs to lose 50 pounds and that she just can't seem to get it off no matter what she does. I told her that I lost 35 pounds, easily, eating low carb. Funny how their eyes glaze over when you say that! She listened for a second and then got "distracted" and changed the subject.

I have friends who still argue with me that carbs are good for you and that the way I eat is unhealthy, even after I lost over half of the weight I need to lose and I tell them that my bloodwork is vastly improved by eating this way. My A1C went from 9.2 to 6.4 and I am sure it will be even better the next time I test. My cholesterol, HDL/LDL ratio, ALL of my other bloodwork is within range and it was not a year ago when I was trying to "manage" my diabetes and weight by eating the standard "healthy" low-fat, carb foods.

Anyway, I was darn proud of myself for eating right at the memorial service even though I was emotionally devastated over my friend's death and facing that wall of carbs!

General Discussion / My friend's story
« on: September 01, 2011, 06:06:07 PM »
My friend is not diabetic and was not hugely overweight. She has smoked her whole life - from age 14 until age 53. Last December she got a scare and couldn't breathe. She knew she had to stop smoking but was really scared of gaining weight. Every time she tried to quit smoking she gained.

She saw how I lost weight eating low carb and that's what she did. She stopped smoking last December, eats like a hog (all low carb), has not smoked since, lost that last 20 pounds and she told me her cholesterol, blood pressure, basically everything is normal for the first time in years.

She says she will never eat carbs the way she used to again.


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