You have cheated. Now what?

First off I don’t like the word cheating since you never get away with the action on a diet, I prefer to say ‘indulging’ or ‘high carb meal’. Words do matter.

For some of us the holidays bring memories of indulgence and lack of restrain and although these are difficult habits to alter, we chose to make a change in our life and this is the annual test you NEED to pass! Whenever fellow low carbers ask me if they can eat something they should know better for asking about I always answer,” you can eat whatever you want, you’re an adult.” and I get a dirty look, but, What I mean by this is, we chose low carb for life, if you choose to eat high carb foods expect to gain weight. It’s truly that simple.

In reality high carb meals are eaten and self esteem and guilt follow, often by more high carb meals and guilt. I have had a painful history of this and have in the past spiraled out of control only to find myself in a place I didn’t want to be, on the scale seeing a tremendous gain.

QuestionI ate horribly for thanksgiving, I feel terrible, what now?

Answer – don’t beat yourself up, take a breath, think about what you ate and realize that it wasn’t worth it, low carb options could have replaced the high carb ones and next time you will not indulge. Drink some water, make an omelet and realize you are ok, you have a grasp on this and are dedicated to get back on track NOW. Not tomorrow or even tonight, but right now!

It is especially important to remain satisfied and have snacks during this period, water will help flush the high carb food out and snacks will help control your cravings. It will take about 3 days to get out of this rut and back into ketosis but it will be worth it.

Hope is not lost! You can do this!

PLEASE email me if you ever need some advice – we can even chat on the phone 🙂


Frozen meats, half and half and cream – The whole deal!

With all of the amazing sales many supermarkets are having for the upcoming holiday season it is hard to resist many low carb dairy purchases but now that you are home, was it wise to grab the 10 8oz containers of Philadelphia Cream Cheese?  Or 6 quarts of Half and Half and Heavy Cream?  This was my dilemma , I wanted to store ethos stuff and use it in the future, not all at once – here is what i found out

Cream cheese

it’s a texture thing not a taste thing so if you are going to cook with it, it is ok to freeze and thaw it out.  That bar of Cream cheese should be good for up to 8 months!  Low Carb Cheese cake when the cream cheese is not on sale will be a welcomed addition to my meals 🙂

here is an excerpt I found on a very interesting website

“Cream Cheese – You can freeze it directly in the original package. It does changes the consistency once frozen however if are using it in cooking or heated then just use a spoon to smooth the texture then it is no problem. You can also microwave it to smooth as well. As it cools it will not be as creamy as if unfrozen so I find it best to use for cooking or not in its original form for best results.  I freeze it all of the time!  I use it for skyline dip or other recipes that call for cream cheese.  It can also be used for spreading but I do find it to be crumbly so you do have to use a spoon smooth and microwave it to get it back to a somewhat normal consistency. However it will work.”

Half and Half and Heavy Cream

I have done this and regretted it.  Basically, the milkfat separates and becomes ‘clumpy’.  When I added it to coffee it had ‘floaties’ on top and kind of grossed me out.  On the other hand, I have added it to recipes that asked for it (I shook the container before measuring) and it worked out fine so I suppose it’s a YMMV situation.


Meats can be frozen for a very long time and still retain good flavor and color.  the key to this is obvious, buy the freshest and seal the tightest!  I use a vacuum sealer or good freezer bags for most frozen goods.  I find that frozen veggies just don’t last very long in their packaging so I will often put them in ziplocks as well.

For most meats I will usually not let is sit there for more than 6 months and if I do i will most likely chuck it or throw it in the slow cooker and hope for something yummy.  If something looks weird, smells weird or just seems odd – THROW IT OUT

When in doubt, throw it out!

Here is a useful website for more about freezing meats and meat safety – fun for hours!

I’m off to buy some more goodies for my freezer and fridge – until next time!

Stuck in a Bland Low Carb Food Rut? End it now!

As many of you already know, eating many of the same foods can get tiresome which is why I try to eat as many different proteins and fats as possible (minus when I was on a 2 week Egg-fast) but it is also why I use so many seasonings. In order to make it into my cupboard it must be sugar free, MSG free and free of any chemicals that may interfere with our WOE.  It is important to also view the sodium content since too much is of course, not a good thing, and anything over-salted tastes awful. There are so many seasonings out there but before you buy please read the label, if it has additives that you cannot pronounce, ends in ‘OSE’ (like dextrose, another form of sugar you cannot have on induction) or simply has more than say 6 ingredients: Put it back, step away and keep searching to find a good one.  Here is a list of ones I have

Trader Joes has a small collection of simple herbs like Basil, Thyme, Garlic Powder, etc.  They have no additives and are a very nice quality. In general Trader Joes in notorious for having Low carb friendly foods like Almond Butter, Almond Milk, Frozen fish, meats, veggies and other stuff.

Many good brand names are Lawry’s,  McCormick, Mrs. Dash, Chef Paul Prudhomme and a bunch more – click here to go to my website which lists the most popular ones and links to their websites

McCormick makes a good collection of seasonings and I have probably 15 different ones which include onion dehydrated flakes (these are great in mashed cauli), Italian blend, Montreal Steak (low sodium) Seasoning, A newer awesome Montreal Chicken Seasoning, Garlic powder, poultry seasoning (a little salty), Sugar free BBQ smoke, cayenne, chili powder, etc.

Mrs Dash makes a lot of amazing salt-free seasoning perfect for Low Carb eating!  I use the Chipotle and Lime Seasonings all the time.

Hot Sauces
Tabasco is amazing, it’s a very unique and delicious hot sauce, try it – made only on Avery Island!
Franks Red hot Sauce is a staple in my food but there is a lot of sodium so be careful (I make fiery hot wings with a mixture of Franks, Tabasco, garlic and a few other things – yummy – and serve with a blue cheese dip with celery)

For salt I use Sea Salt or Kosher Salt – I have never found one brand to be better or worse than another.  There have been some interesting salts that have popped up like Hickory Smoked salt, Bacon Salt (Kosher, believe it or not!) and Garlic Salt.

I know these can sometimes cost quite a bit and you will be tempted to buy lower priced ones but with seasonings you truly get what you pay for.  It’s a rarity, I know!  Seasonings get old fairly quickly (no more than a 9-10 month life span in my kitchen) I found this page to pretty good to track down some McCormick coupons

A Collection of Seasoning Brands

I will update this post and write my personal review for each one of these seasonings as I try them – I will add which to use and which to avoid.

McCormick & Company, Inc.
Spices, herbs, seasonings, extracts, and flavors.
Chef Paul Prudhomme
Offers his Magic Seasonings line and also includes recipes, tips, links, and more.
Mrs. Dash
Offers a selection of zesty seasoning blends. With cooking tips, recipes, and message boards.
Ginger People
Passionate about all things ginger and dedicated to promoting its virtues.
Great American Spice Co.
Offers spices, blends, oils, hot sauces, and sausage making supplies.
Atlantic Spice Co.
Offers spices, herbs, seasonings, extracts, and flavours.
Provides information on, and recipes for, their line of seasonings and marinades.
Offers Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, and Malaysian recipes, hints for cooking, popular dishes, and cultural information.
Spice Hunter, The
Makers of spices and salt-free blends as well as freeze dried soups, cereals, dressings, dips, and beverage mixes.
Kernel Seasons
Gourmet popcorn seasonings in flavors from white cheddar to sour cream and onion to chocolate marshmallow.
Garlic Valley Farms
Makers of natural and roasted pressed garlic spray.
Spices Etc.
On-line catalog of herbs, spices, specialty seasonings, and natural flavorings.
Select and store recipes; interactive herb & spice guide.
tsp Spices
Organic spices that come in perfectly measured, freshly sealed, single-use packages.
Red Monkey Food
Offers flavors, blends, and seasonings for different types of meat.
Chef Merito
Coyote County Seasonings Co.
Flavored seasoning packages and shake on seasonings for dip mixes, salsa, chili mix, cowboy bean mix, and more.
Betts Foods
Low salt vegetable and meat spices featuring low sodium gourmet seasoning for meats, soups, casseroles, dips, dressings, and more.
Great American Land & Cattle Company
Selling steak and meat, chile and cajun seasonings.
TexJoy Spices and Seaport Coffee
Ordering and cooking information.
Gravy Master, Inc.
Makers of a concentrated blend of spices, blended to enhance the natural flavors and appearance of meats, fish, and poultry, and vegetables.
Susie Q’s Brand
Featuring Santa Maria Style seasoning, pinquito beans, beef jerky, salsa, and more.
Village Roaster
Offering gourmet and green coffees, tea and spices.
Charles H. Baldwin and Sons
Manufactures vanilla and other flavoring extracts, as well as running a country store.
AVT McCormick Ingredients Ltd.
Manufactures sterilized spices.
McCormick Foods Australia
Includes celebrity recipes, hints and tips, and special offers.
Char Crust Co.
Dry-rub seasonings. Includes catalog, recipes, restaurants, cookbooks, and retail stores.
Looks, pours and measures just like regular salt.
Big Bruce’s Gunpowder Foods
Source for zesty American seasonings presented individually or in gift boxes. Mail order or wholesale.
Fiddes Payne – The Spice Trader
Old Savannah Spice Company
Offers a range of spices and sauce seasonings including, barbecue, cocktail and tartar sauce, Cajun, and more.
Corbin Brothers Eastern Shore Seasoning
Manufacturer of a seasoning originating on the Eastern shores of Maryland.
Uncle Freds Fine Foods
Gourmet condiments, sauces, and spices.
Everson Spice Co.
Gourmet spices, seasonings and foods for the home chef, restaurant and hotel industries.
Olde Westport Spice & Trading Co.
Pleasoning Seasoning
Offers a variety of low-sodium seasonings.
Chef Merito
Maker of spices and flavorings such as a salt, lemon and chili seasoning.
Johnny’s Fine Foods
Seasonings, salad dressings, packages mixes and sauces.
Distributor and retailer of peppercorns, salts, spices, and sugars for the home gourmet. Includes advice and products from featured chefs.
Asian Home Gourmet
Pan Asian spice pastes for rice, meat, or curries.
Makers of masala blends of spices, herbs, and condiments.
Complete pre-mixed spice packs for numerous curry recipes.
Pine Island Herb and Spice Co
Culinary herb and spice blends, gift baskets, herb pastas and seasonal speciality spice blends. Descriptions of blends and an online ordering form.
Adams Rib Rubb
Seasoning/tenderizer that after rubbed onto meat, covered, and chilled will break down and form a liquid marinade.
Aida’s Seasonings
Offering Puerto Rican style seasonings, herbs, salsa, and hot sauce.
Magic Dust
Gourmet spice seasoning for chicken, pork, and fish.
Glutamate food flavor enhancer.
Flavo Drop
Offers a line of concentrated liquid spice extracts. Flavors include cardamom, ginger, garlic, and curry.
Cookme Spices
Specializes in Indian spices, curries, and masalas.
Chaka’s MMM Sauces and Seasonings
Offering sauces, marinades and spices to enhance meats and vegetables.
American Spice & Seasoning, Inc.
Offers Adkins spices and seasonings.
All American Spices
Offers McCormick spices, blends, sauces, herbs, and dry seasoning mixes.
Tyck Shin Co. Ltd.
Manufactures rice-mixing seasoning, seasoned seaweed paste, instant soup-base for cooking and sushi seasoning.
Offers Malabar masala spices, seasonings, and lentils.
Isabel’s Chili
Powdered New Mexico chili blended with spices for authentic tasting recipes.
Gary’s Secret Rub
Barbeque seasoning for ribs, beef, fish, steak, chicken, pork, and vegetables.

Video support, discussion and more on Google+

hey all

I created a page on Google+ and if you don’t know what Google+ is, don’t worry, I’ll explain 🙂

Google+ is Google’s answer to Facebook or MySpace.  It offers many of the same functions but also a lot more.  First off, many (if not most ) people have a Google Mail or GMail account which means, yup, you’re signed up already for Google+!  Rad!  If you don’t have a GMail account or don’t know how to get one, shoot me an email and I’ll send one of the handy invites I have.  With Google+ or G+ you can subscribe to other’s posts (which includes, images, video, comments, discussion, live chats, etc) in something called a ‘Circle’ like a circle of friends but the cool thing is how circles work.  Say you have some co-workers who you aren’t your FRIENDS but well, co-workers, you can create a circle called, Co-Workers and organize them into an easy to find category.  That way when you post photos of the baseball game you skipped work for you can omit this group 🙂  Personally I have circles of Chefs I like, Friends, Family, Recipe People, Diet People, Health People, Controversial Health People, and on and on.  I find this is a great way to learn what is going on with the people I follow and learn SO much.

I will be using Twitter, Facebook and Google+ from this point on and if you haven’t added me to your friends list, circle or twitter following please feel free to add me.  I would love to interact with you guys more and more.

BTW – G+ has a function called Hangouts which connect I think 12 people via webcam, I would love to set up a support group or chat about low carb in this manner, any takers?

Here are all of my Social Media links – please add me