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Low Carb Coffee Sweeteners

Of all the things I had to give up over the years, coffee was one I could never, ever get rid of. I’ve quit smoking, completely changed my diet, stopped drinking soda or any sugary drinks, etc. You get the picture. Coffee is the one vice I cling to, and I cling to it fervently, with all of my might. I’ll probably be buried with my favorite coffee cup because no one could pry it out of my hands.

So when I had to figure out a way to enjoy coffee while keeping it low carb, it took a lot of trial and error to come up with something that didn’t taste like a compromise. Here are the low carb coffee sweeteners I’ve tried. Some fell by the wayside and a couple of them remained staples in our cupboards. I hope you find one that works for you! Continue reading “Low Carb Coffee Sweeteners”

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Hippeas Low Carb Puffs Snack Review

I stumbled across these Hippeas puffs at our grocery store the other day.  The package looked interesting so I took a second look.  At just 18 carbs for 20 pieces, I thought it was worth a try.  That they were on sale for $.99 made the temptation pretty much irresistible.  I thought I’d do a Hippeas review, so I picked up two varieties there: Far Out Fajita and Sriracha Sunshine.

I was hungry when we got home from the grocery store (try shopping with four hungry kids sometime, it’s really fun), so I decided there was no time like the present to give them a try.  Here are my impressions of both flavors.

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs, Far Out Fajita

This is the first package I tried.  The package size is four ounces, with a serving size of one ounce.  The ingredients list is pretty small and full of goodness: Continue reading “Hippeas Low Carb Puffs Snack Review”

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A Weight Loss Milestone Today

low carb success storyI have struggled with weight for years.  When I got married, nearly 9 years ago, I started gaining and gaining.  Altogether, I gained 45 pounds over the years.  Between pregnancies and raising kids, my weight fluctuated wildly but I never saw that pre-marriage weight again.

My husband went to work out of state in August and I started eating better.  Today, I stepped on the scale and I am finally back to my pre-marriage weight!  Since he left, I have lost a total of 29 pounds now, and boy does it feel great.  I was overweight then, too, but a lot less overweight.  Now, it doesn’t seem like I have that far to go.
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What’s Your Excuse?

What's your excuse for not staying on track?Countless well-meaning people start diets or try to stop a bad habit, only to fail shortly after takeoff.  The reasons for this are as varied as the people behind them, but how often is the excuse really valid?

I smoked for 13 years, watching my mother, uncle, grandma and grandpa all die from smoking.  Despite that, it wasn’t until I thought of telling my firstborn I wouldn’t be around to see him grow old that I was finally able to kick the habit.  When I started eating low carb, I weighed 202 pounds.  Over the past few years, I’ve lost and gained, gained and lost and am on a losing streak (in a good way!) again right now, down to about 160.  Through all this addiction — to sugar, to cigarettes — I gave myself all kinds of “good” excuses as to why I could keep going for just one more cupcake…one more cigarette.
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Low Carb for the Holidays: Tips for Staying on Track

Low Carb treats for the holidays - it can be done!Ugh, this is such a hard time of the year to stay on track with a low carb diet.  In our house, we also have all three kids’ birthdays lumped up together this time of year, making it even more difficult to be good.  It’s not even Christmas and I’m all carbed out!

One thing I’ve noticed, call it a blessing if you will, is that the longer you stay on a low carb diet, the less you even want to eat all that junk food.  It makes it easier to say “no” when temptation hits, but it’s almost a loss to be mourned when you consider that most of us started out enjoying a lot of those favorite comfort foods.

It’s difficult to make good choices when most of the options at holiday parties are sweets and high carb foods, so here are some tips to help you make the most of your low carb diet during the holidays.

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Weekly Diabetes News: Heart Disease Risk, Metformin the Wonder Drug and Good Old Meat

it´s whats for dinnerWhat do meat, Metformin and heart disease have in common?  They’re all showing up in diabetes headlines this week, and for good reason.  Could meat really be connected to diabetes?  Will Metformin, the wonder drug, shine again through this new research?  Read on to see the top diabetes news stories for the week. Continue reading “Weekly Diabetes News: Heart Disease Risk, Metformin the Wonder Drug and Good Old Meat”

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Flame Retardants Linked to Increased Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Flame Retardants and DiabetesNew research published by the American Diabetes Association shows a connection between flame retardants and risk for type 2 diabetes.  According to the Korean study, those who were exposed to higher amounts of PBB-153, a common flame retardant, had twice the risk of diabetes and metabolic disorder than those who had the lowest exposure. Continue reading “Flame Retardants Linked to Increased Type 2 Diabetes Risk”

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Have Diabetes? Your Hearing Could Be At Risk, Too

Diabetes can cause hearing lossIn a new study from Japan, experts examined previous research to see if there was a correlation between diabetes and hearing loss.  There was.

In fact, those with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing trouble than those without.  Additionally, younger diabetes sufferers seemed to be more affected by hearing troubles than older patients.

What this means for treatment and prevention is still unclear, but researchers do believe uncontrolled blood sugar levels (high blood sugar) may damage blood vessels in the ears, leading to hearing impairment. Continue reading “Have Diabetes? Your Hearing Could Be At Risk, Too”

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Mission Tortilla Chips Review

Mission Tortilla chips are my go-to snack food for those times when I want something simple and versatile. Perhaps the best feature for most of us on a low carb diet is the fact that they aren’t marketed as “low carb,” and don’t have the typical high price tag of a low carb snack. They are light, wholesome and made up entirely of good ingredients, a feat that seems to be getting more difficult in these days of highly processed mystery foods. Continue reading “Mission Tortilla Chips Review”

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Low Carb Crackers: Ryvita Crispbread Review

Purely by chance, I happened across some Ryvita Sunflower Seeds & Oats crackers at my local grocery store the other day.  They looked scrumptiously natural and healthy, and with just 14 grams of carbs (10 net grams) for two crackers, they seemed a perfect cracker to pair with cheese slices for an afternoon snack.  After munching on them for a couple of days, I’ve come to the conclusion that these might just be one of the best low carb crackers in the world.

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