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New Cookbooks from CarbSmart

Sunday June 1, 2014
CarbSmart The CarbSmart cookbooks are a great concept. They are short, inexpensive cookbooks by top low-carb recipe developers, each with about 50 recipes. The most recent one has now been released: Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Living Cookbook by Dana Carpender & Caitlin Weeks.

This cookbook contains the following sections: Condiments, Beverages, Cookies, Cakes and Pies, Sweet Treats, Breakfast, and Breads, Crackers and Muffins. Many of the recipes are Paleo-Friendly, although a lot of them do use sweeteners such as stevia, xylitol, and erythritol. (CarbSmart is also selling collections of the more unusual ingredients in the cookbooks, just scroll down the page.)

Dana Carpender is the author is my very favorite low-carb cookbook: 500 Low-Carb Recipes, and many others. Caitlin Weeks publishes Paleo recipes and other great info on her Grass Fed Girl blog.

Other CarbSmart cookbooks include the Fat Fast Cookbook by Dana Carpender, Amy Dungan, and Rebecca Latham, and Easy Low-Carb Living cookbooks by Theresa Sloam and Tracy Westbrook.

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Bathing Suit Time is Around the Corner

Monday May 26, 2014
bathing Have you found yourself lagging a bit in your low carbing? Have a few pounds crept back on? Perhaps it's time to "reboot" and get back to basics so you can be ready for swimsuit season. Heck, even the most stalwart of low carbers can benefit from a tune-up from time to time! So let's look fresh at our eating, renew our exercise programs, and get ready for summer fun!

1920's Bathing Beauty Postcard Courtesy of Wikipedia Public Domain Photos

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Get Out the Grill!

Thursday May 22, 2014
babyIn the U.S. the first long weekend of the summer is almost here, -- the traditional beginning of the summer grilling season. There's so much to love about grilling. It gets us outside. The cooking and cleanup are easy. Plus, I love the informality of entertaining with grilled food. All this and delicious, too!

Photo © Ric Wallace

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A Key to Making Life Changes: Support!

Sunday May 18, 2014
holdingOne thing seems certain when it comes to making life changes: we humans rarely find success by trying to "go it alone". We need each other! That's why this site has lots of opportunities to participate. Of course, our great Low Carb Forum is a wonderful place to start, with friendly knowledgeable people. Then, explore more ways to connect with what others are doing and thinking. I've compiled this List of Ways to Share Support and Information. Find out what your fellow low-carbers are eating, read success stories, and read and write reviews, and much more!

Photo © Marc Dietrich

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10 Ways to Break a Weight Loss Stall

Wednesday May 14, 2014
manWe've all been there - our weight loss slows or stops or even (horrors) starts going in the wrong direction, while we stand by helplessly. Ah, but we are not helpless! Here are 10 techniques that have been successful in helping people to break stalls. I wrote this article in consultation with Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of A New Atkins For a New You. Check Out 10 Ways to Break a Weight Loss Stall on a Low-Carb Diet.

Photo © Laura Dolson

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More Carb Than You Think in These Foods?

Sunday May 11, 2014
alt Do you ever think "well, it's low-carb so I can eat it?". Most of us do. But there are some healthy low-carb foods which only have a little carbohydrate and can get people into trouble if they eat too much. Here are 6 foods that are perfectly fine to eat in moderation, but some people find to be problematic. Check Out 6 Foods Which May Have More Carb Than you Think.

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Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday May 6, 2014
On Mother's Day, usually kids and spouses think of feeding Mom some high carb treats. But what if Mom's body really does better without all the sugar and starch? In that case, what would really be special is give Mom treats which are healthy for her. Here are some delicious, low-carb ideas for Mother's Day - I guarantee you that the Mom in your life will remember your thoughtfulness. If you are a mom, print out this Low-Carb Mother's Day page and place it strategically within the view of your loved ones. Bottom line requirement for Mother's Day - enjoy each other. That's the best gift of all!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Photo © Laura Dolson

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Low-Carb Cinco de Mayo!

Friday May 2, 2014
lowBreak out the sugar-free margaritas and guacamole! It's Cinco de Mayo, the most celebrated Mexican holiday in the United States. I've collected a lot of low-carb resources together, and included features from About.com's Mexican, Cocktails, and Entertaining Guides in this guide to your Low-Carb Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy!

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Spring Greens

Wednesday April 30, 2014
bagHave you heard of a CSA? That stands for "Community-Supported Agriculture" and it's basically a subscription to a local farm. Every week I get a box of whatever produce is ready for harvest at that time. It's a good time of year to check out what CSA's might be in your area, and one place to do that is LocalHarvest.org.

At this time of year, it's greens galore (and asparagus - yum)! This is great, because not only are greens superior sources of a vast array of nutrients (check out the nutrients in, for example, chard), but I find that eating a lot of greens helps to keep my fasting blood glucose lower (I'm pre-diabetic).

Photo © Ina Peters

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Spring is Salmon Season

Friday April 25, 2014
low-carbI live near the Pacific side of the U.S. and it's salmon season! This means I have access to super-fresh salmon -- delicious, nutritious, and one of the few fish my husband will eat. That's actually great, because wild salmon is simply one of the best things we can eat, both in terms of flavor and because it's so good for us! Salmon is a true super food, with healthy fats, Vitamin D, protein, and other healthy nutrients. Are you a salmon lover? I have lots of great info for you:
Photo © Karen Struthers

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