I 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.
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.
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.
What 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
New 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
In 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
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
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.
Hey guys! As some of you know, I started this site after dealing with gestational diabetes with my pregnancies. After having my last baby, I slacked off and started eating poorly again. About two months ago, I decided to start back on a low carb diet. Having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), I suffer from insulin resistance and I can feel when things are getting out of control, which they were again. So I thought I would post to you my results and show you that good things can happen by just changing your diet! Here’s my low carb success story, and I’d love to hear yours, too! Continue reading
Have you noticed there are different groups of people, such as dog people or cat people, morning people or -not- morning people, etc.? There are also sweet people and salty people, and if you’re a salty person, it can be really hard to go without your salt fix. Fortunately, there are many low carb chips and crackers to help you get your fix without compromising your blood sugar control. The suggestions in this article are based on the recommended 15-20 grams of carbs for a “low carb snack.” Remember, the key to blood sugar control is testing and monitoring, so check your blood sugar after eating these snacks to make sure they work for your unique dietary needs. Continue reading