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Curried Coconut Chicken Soup

I made a big pot of chicken bone broth this weekend, and strained it out tonight, so soup for dinner was a no-brainer. Got started kind of late, so I didn't want to do anything complicated. Fortunately, one of our very favorite low carb soups is dead simple, yet rich and luscious. I didn't measure, but trust me, you can eyeball this one:

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread!

Remember I said I hadn't written down the first slow cooker pumpkin bread recipe? I did! And I found it after I sent in the manuscript with the second recipe, also great. So I can give you this one now, and you can have the other one when the book comes out in the autumn.

This calls for a big, round slow cooker -- my biggest Crockpot(tm) just exactly fits a bundt pan hanging from the rim. If you don't have a slow cooker that fits a bundt pan, you could bake this at 350 for about 50 minutes, maybe an hour. Why bother baking it in the slow cooker? Several good reasons:

Tofu Shirataki

Okay, I'm going to delve briefly into the realm of Too Much Information, but only because that information is needed to impart other information:

Some of you have written me, worried about the soy in the tofu shirataki. My stance has been that the quantity -- about a teaspoon of tofu per serving -- wasn't enough to worry about, since I only eat the noodle occasionally. However (TMI Alert), I can now tell you that the shirataki I ate last night are, ahem, still recognizable. How much soy can I have absorbed?

My Encounter With The New Doctor

As I mentioned in my most recent podcast , I saw a new doctor yesterday. His name is Dr. Andry. I found him by googling "Bioidentical hormones Bloomington IN." I'm 52, and I was concerned about my estrogen levels. About 18 months ago, my primary care physician and I had hormone tests run. They showed I was estrogen deficient, and yet estrogen dominant -- ie, not enough estrogen, but considerably more estrogen than progesterone.

New Podcast Is Up

New podcast is up!

The Protein Bandwagon

Have you seen the new Kashi GoLean (sic) Crunch ads? They're selling cereal, 'cause we all know that whole grains are low fat! and high fiber! and good for us!! (note heavy sarcasm) But what are they pushing in the ads? Protein. Their cereal will keep you full, they claim, because it's a great source of protein.

Well, it's a better source of protein than, say, Rice Krispies or Wheaties, but then, they're pretty pathetic. But is Kashi GoLean Crunch high protein?

Why I'm Not a Purist

I have, over the past many years in general, and in the past few days in particular, taken some heat for not being pure enough or restrictive enough or something enough about the diet I eat and the ingredients I use in my recipes. I was accused of something very close to a major character flaw in a discussion about sucralose, by a woman who was infuriated that I would use such an evil, evil ingredient , and that I dared to suggest that perhaps stevia was not utterly safe beyond all question. I've been taken to task for using/eating polyols.

How, Um... Healthful.

I know, I know, you can't blame McD's for offering what the public wants. I get that. And when they offer stuff that isn't what the bulk of the population wants -- see grilled chicken salads -- they do it to avoid what they call the veto factor, the one person in the group of three or four who says, "Oh, no, I can't eat burgers and fries, I'm on a diet," and so influences the whole group to go elsewhere.

Halfway to Spring!

As I write this, it is February 1st, and there is a nasty, driving ice storm going on outside. Much of the midwest is getting socked with snow, but down here, close to the Ohio River Valley, we're getting ice pellets, freezing rain, and all that dangerous stuff. I have no idea how we're going to get out to shut up the chickens for the night without falling on our butts, or worse. Heaven forbid we actually hurt ourselves; I have no idea how an ambulance would get here.

Lowcarbezine! Article Reprint: Dreamfield's Pasta

Dreamfield's Pasta has come up four or five times in the past couple of day in various Facebook discussions I've been in. Then, just last night, I had a reader email me and ask me what I thought. Seemed like it was high time I reprinted this article from December of 2004:

Dreamfield’s Pasta – Is It Really Low Carb?

Great LA Times Article

Great LA Times coverage of Dr. Eric Westman.

5 Low Carb Steps To Weight Loss

As you have probably heard, Reader's Digest did a cover article this month on low carb diets. They consulted Dr. Eric Westman, one of the nation's top low carb researchers, one of the authors of New Atkins For a New You, and all-around super-nice, super-smart guy. That Reader's Digest went to such a credible low carb source speaks very well of them.

We’re in iTunes now!

Thanks for holding out for our acceptance of "Dana's Low Carb for Life" podcast into the iTunes Podcast Directory; we’ve finally made it! All of us working with Dana are thrilled and ready to take it by storm. Here are the deets:

Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/danas-low-carb-for-life/id416877191

Here’s what we’re asking you to do: Please, PLEASE go to the above link and leave a comment or review of this show and Dana’s work in general, then subscribe. The more of you that do this, the better our chances of getting Dana in the New and Notable section at iTunes, and that means more subscribers. More subscribers means we can keep going with this show and that Dana can help more and more people! So, please share widely with anyone who you think might be interested. (Use the "+ Share/Save" gadget below to share this blog post to FB and various others.)

If you are a Windows user, iTunes is a free download available from Apple: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Update: "Help! How do I install iTunes or subscribe or sign in to leave a review???" I hear you cry! Here is a help page that gives some quick-start instructions on iTunes.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna-Noodle Casserole

8 ounces mushrooms -- coarsely chopped
21 ounces canned tuna in water -- (3 cans) drained well
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon concentrate
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt or Vege-Sal
2 ounces cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup frozen peas, `NOT thawed
2 packets tofu shirataki -- fettuccini style

Jack Lalanne, Godfather of the Nutrition and Fitness Movement, Dead at 96

There he was, in the full glory of black and white -- a handsome, friendly,ultra-energetic man, with slim hips, broad shoulders, and biceps to spare, urging Americans to stop eating garbage, and get a little exercise. He was doing this as far back as 1951. I can remember watching Jack Lalanne when I was a tiny child, maybe three; it was the first time I saw someone do jumping jacks. When they gave him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he did push ups on it.

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