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Low Carb Meet and Greet

Finally wrote up the Low Carb Meet & Greet. Go to CarbSmart and see!

Do you use grains?

For years, I used grains and grain products so long as I could keep my carb load low enough -- low carb tortillas, some low carb bread, wheat germ or bran or some rolled oats in a baking recipe, to give a grainy flavor. I've gotten more and more suspicious of grains over the years, and now eat them very rarely, even in their low carb forms. Heck, I've even pretty much given up on light beer, and stick largely to dry red wine. (And the occasional tequila. I do like tequila.) So how about you? Are you using low carb grain products? Or no?
Yes, I use grain products so long as they fit into my daily carb limit.
37% (23 votes)
I'll use some low carb grain products, but avoid wheat, because of gluten.
5% (3 votes)
I shun grains altogether, no matter what the carb count.
59% (37 votes)
Total votes: 63

Sweeteners in Products

This is for those of you who do use low carb and sugar-free products. What sweeteners will you and won't you accept in products?
Any of 'em -- aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-K (ACE-K), maltitol, xylitol, erythritol, stevia
33% (15 votes)
No aspartame, but the others are okay.
24% (11 votes)
I'll only use products with more natural sweeteners, like xylitol, erythritol, and stevia.
13% (6 votes)
I'll use most of them, but maltitol gives me gut trouble.
30% (14 votes)
Total votes: 46

Sugar-Free Sweetener Poll

I've learned that no matter what sweetener I use in a recipe, someone will object. This one is really all over the map. So tell me: What sweeteners will you and won't you use in your own cooking? Again, comments are fine, but please do actually vote in the poll.
I'll use Splenda, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners.
38% (21 votes)
I'll use Splenda, but not aspartame.
36% (20 votes)
I'll only use natural sweeteners like stevia.
9% (5 votes)
I prefer some of the up-and-coming sugar alcohols (polyols) like xylitol and erythritol.
14% (8 votes)
I don't use sweeteners at all; I feel it's best to learn to live without sweet flavors.
4% (2 votes)
Total votes: 56

What Sort Of Diet Are You Eating

I'm trying to determine where my readers are now, so I have an idea how best to serve you, what sort of recipes I should be working on, what books I should be reading, etc. To help with that, I'm putting up a series of polls. Comments are fine, but please, actually vote in the polls -- the ability to see at a glance what the trends are is very helpful. First question is what sort of diet are you eating? Are you eating an Atkins-style low carb diet -- keeping carbs low, but eating dairy, artificial sweeteners, low carb products like meal replacement bars, low carb tortillas, sugar free chocolate, and the like? Are you trending more toward a paleo or primal diet, cutting out soy, artificial sweeteners, and processed low carb stuff? Are you following Dr. Rob Thompson's Glycemic Load Diet? Are you just keeping an eye on carbs, but not really counting or being strict? Is there an option I'm forgetting?
I eat a Basic Low Carb Diet -- Atkins or Protein Power-style.
46% (29 votes)
I'm eating Paleo or Primal -- I've dropped artificial sweeteners, processed low carb products, soy, and all grains.
24% (15 votes)
I'm following the Glycemic Load Diet.
2% (1 vote)
I keep an eye on carbs, but don't really follow a specific plan.
24% (15 votes)
I'm restricting carbs in some other way.
5% (3 votes)
Total votes: 63

Restaurant Review: HuHot

So our friend Scott Merritt was nearby, having been to GenCon, an event about which I know little except it's a huge, big deal for science fiction fans of all sorts, and apparently for Dr. Who fans in particular. Scott makes his living selling tee shirts at such events.

Sadly, having had to be at GenCon this past weekend meant that Scott won't be able to make it to the Low Carb Meet-and-Greet this coming weekend -- he lives in Texas, and it's quite a drive -- so he came by and hung out for an evening. Very good to see him.

Recipe: Cherry-Almond-Coconut Cookie-Snacky Things

The whole idea here was to come up with a recipe that would work for low carbers and paleo/primal folks, both. The only switch needed is to sub real honey and maple syrup for the sugar-free versions. These are mildly sweet; you could add more stevia if you want them sweeter, or even add some Splenda if you like.

I think these would be great in a kid's lunch box. Or bag. Or whatever kids carry lunch in these days.

Cherry-Almond-Coconut Cookie-Snacky Things

2/3 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons sugar-free pancake syrup

This Evening's Cocktail

Almost a year ago, I wrote about my attempts to make sugar-free limoncello. As I said at the time, I've never had the sugary kind, so I had nothing to judge it against. It's nice, but really too sweet for my tastes, drunk alone.

Recipe: Someone Else's Mother-in-Law's Meat Loaf

Over at the Facebook Fan Page, Susan Fortenberry Winkler expressed unhappiness that she didn't have a low carb meat loaf recipe, so I promised I'd post one here. This one is from The Glycemic Load Diet Cookbook, that I wrote with Dr. Rob Thompson.

A Gram Here, a Gram There...

This past week our nephew, Henry, and our niece, Halliday, have been visiting us. They're terrific kids, 13 and 10, and we had a lot of fun -- went to the local county fair, did some geocaching, poked around the pioneer village and the old, old cemetery at a local park, watched a few movies (Halliday is a To Kill A Mockingbird fan), and just hung out.

And as of this morning, I have an extra 5 pounds around my middle. Argh.

This is not due to any major Indulgence, but rather to just a modest relaxation of restrictions for the duration. To wit:

Product Review: Blue Diamond Almonds in Two New Flavors

Back in May, I gave a less-than-enthusiastic review of Planter's Flavor Grove Skinless Almonds Chili Lime To recap, I found them bland and soggy and uninteresting. Indeed, the remainder of the bag is still sitting, untouched, on the side table behind my desk. I should feed them to the chickens.

My Apologies

I have been very quiet recently, and I want to apologize. It turns out that only part of my problem was sodium deficiency. The whirly head upon standing and the cramps when I pointed my toes went away, but after a few days of feeling much better, I was exhausted again, yawning all day, and barely able to think. Part of that was that my insomnia, usually pretty well controlled, has been acting up, but even on days when I'd slept well the night before I was tired and blank.

Clearly, sodium was not my whole problem.

Mark Your Calender

I've mentioned this on the Facebook fan page and the podcast, but suddenly realized I hadn't blogged about it -- and it's one month from today! YIKES!

Folks, on Saturday, August 13, from noon till 4 pm, we're holding the 2nd Annual Low Carb Meet-And-Greet with me, Jimmy Moore, and low carb blogger Amy Dungan. We'll be hangin' in my back yard, eating low carb food and shooting the breeze.

That Nice Boy I Married Weighs In

That Nice Boy I Married, who long since has pretty much taken over the My Total Gym Transformation blog, and mostly writes about our Slow Burn fitness program, has added his voice to the outcry against Hope Warshaw, and her article in Diabetes Health urging diabetics to eat lots of carbs, and take lots of medication. Read his article here.

Atkins Wept

Found this on a fitness message board. It was from 2006, or I would have pointed out to this poor person that A) this diet wasn't even a teeny bit low carb, B) eating low carb and low fat at the same time is a bad idea, and C) there's no need to restrict sodium on a low carb diet.

My low fat, low carb, low sodium diet

I'm 57 and need a low fat, low carb, low sodium diet. Following is the diet I've been using. Am I missing anything? Does anyone have any suggested changes?

Cheerios (1 cup)
Fat Free Milk
Banana
6 oz can of apple, orange or pineapple juice

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