Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Take a look at my items.Send me a message thru ebay and tell me what you think about my items. The person that looks at the most items and emails me the most in one week will win a low carb item...shipping included. USA only...(sorry) Read my feedback and quote one in the email and that counts as two.
Doesn't hurt to look: )
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Can Chocolate Actually Brighten Your Mood?
Willy Wonka, meet the Dalai Lama: The latest ingredient to infuse dark chocolate is the goodwill of meditating monks, which is said to lift one's mood above and beyond the usual bliss. O staffers were more than happy to put it to the test.Intentional chocolate, a Los Angeles–based company, uses an electronic device that supposedly "records" the good intentions of meditating Buddhist monks and broadcasts them into a room where its confections are stored. According to a 2007 pilot study, coauthored by company founder Jim Walsh and published in the journal Explore, eating one ounce of the candy per day boosted positive mood and energy levels by an average of 67 percent after three days (as gauged by a psychological questionnaire). Skeptical? We were, too.
So we set out to mimic the study's design as closely as possible, enlisting the expertise of Dean Radin, PhD, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California, who led the Explore study. The company graciously sent us two batches of dark chocolate, one infused with the monks' intentions and one not. (Important to note: We were double-blind—i.e., clueless—as to which was which.) Twenty-two of our staffers were divided into two groups—"intentional" and "control"—and filled out a mood questionnaire while eating their chocolate for three days.
The results? It was actually the control group who showed a positive trend of increased well-being—although the intentional group did have the biggest mood surge on the first day of chocolate eating. Still, we're inclined to believe Walsh when he says, "There's more to food than simply what's sitting on our table." For centuries, the religious have blessed water, bread, and wine. And who would argue that a meal cooked with love by a friend or spouse isn't more satisfying than takeout?
(Article taken from Oprah.com)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
great weekend. good food. angela and i canned homemade bruschetta. buddy and michael planted crepe myrtle down the lane.took grandkids for 4-wheeler ride...FYI..DON'T let a 4 year old push the gas...yee-haw......went to the lake.....sister weekend in wichita coming up.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This is a recipe I found on Cooks.com I substituted cream for the milk and used Cheddar
Cheese ( That's all I had in the fridge) And sliced the onion. Pretty yummy. My husband
thought it was potatoes and that we were celebrating something.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AU GRATIN
2 lbs. butternut squash
1 med. onion, finely chopped (about 1 c.)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. butter, melted
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. finely shredded Swiss cheese
Peel outer skin of squash with peeler or knife. Discard skin. Halve squash lengthwise and cut into thin slices. Place slices in bowl with onion, salt, pepper and melted butter. Toss well. Spoon mixture into buttered 9-inch baking dish. Bake, covered, at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat eggs, milk and cheese. Remove cover from baking dish and pour cheese mixture evenly over squash. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thanks to everyone who ordered from thelowcarbshop.com
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Smaller quantities confer less protection, but are still better than none, according to the study, which appears in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine.
Earlier research had established a strong link between cocoa-based confections and lowered blood pressure or improvement in blood flow.
It had also shown that chocolate cuts the rate of heart-related mortality in healthy older men, along with post-menopausal women.
But the new study, led by Imre Janszky of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, is the first to demonstrate that consuming chocolate can help ward off the grim reaper if one has suffered acute myocardial infarction -- otherwise known as a heart attack.
"It was specific to chocolate -- we found no benefit to sweets in general," said Kenneth Mukamal, a researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a co-author of the study.
"It seems that antioxidants in cocoa are a likely candidate" for explaining the live-saving properties, he told AFP in an exchange of e-mails.
Antioxidants are compounds that protect against so-called free radicals, molecules which accumulate in the body over time that can damage cells and are thought to play a role in heart disease, cancer and the aging process.
In the study, Janszky and colleagues tracked 1,169 non-diabetic men and women, 45-to-70 years old, in Stockholm County during the early 1990s from the time they were hospitalised with their first-ever heart attack.
The participants were queried before leaving hospital on their food consumption habits over the previous year, including how much chocolate they ate on a regular basis.
They underwent a health examination three months after discharge, and were monitored for eight years after that. The incidence of fatal heart attacks correlated inversely with the amount of chocolate consumed.
"Our findings support increasing evidence that chocolate is a rich source of beneficial bioactive compounds," the researchers concluded.
The results held true for men and women, and across all the age groups included in the study.
Other factors that might have affected the outcome -- alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking -- were also taken into account.
So should we all be loading up on cocoa-rich sweets?
"To be frank, I'm pretty cautious about chocolate because we're working on weight problems with so many individuals," said Mukamal, who is also a practising physician.
"However, I do encourage those who are looking for healthier desserts to consider chocolate in small quantities," he said.
"For individuals with no weight issues who have been able to eat chocolate in moderation and remain slim, I do not limit it," he added.
The researchers caution that clinical trials are needed to back up the findings of their study.
In the meantime, however, a bit of chocolate may not be amiss, they suggest.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
well, i have decided to join the farmers market this summer. besides my low carb goodies, i'll have fresh flowers & veggie's from the garden. i think it will be lots of fun.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I had not looked at a package of the Splenda with fiber. I had just seen it on TV. thanks for getting me to look it up. It's a no go for me.. It has 9 calories per serving, 2 carbs ---1 g fiber, so you would be getting 1 carb plus 9 calories. I guess it would be ok if you wanted to get more fiber. Thanks.
Splenda With Fiber....Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 packet
Amount per Serving
* Calories 9
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
* Total Fat 0g 0%
* Saturated Fat 0g 0%
* Monounsaturated Fat 0g
* Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
* Trans Fat 0g
* Cholesterol 0mg 0%
* Sodium 0mg 0%
* Potassium 0mg 0%
* Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
* Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
* Sugars 0g
* Protein 0g 0%
Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat 0.0% Carbs 88.9%
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I am determined to save the rest for my husband.
Who thinks i can do it?
Have more orders going out tomorrow. Wow...getting up at 4:00 am is hard.
"It's Time To Make The Doughnuts"
" It's Time To Make The Cookies"
"It's Time To Make The Cookies"
Saturday, February 7, 2009
To maintain your weight loss.You still eat all your food groups. You just make wiser choices.
Go here to see The Weight Loss Pyramid
Low carb follows this also, we just learn the amount of carbs in our choices and pick low carb veggie's - fruits -breads ( like whole wheat and brown rice)
Take a look at the Food Pyramid here.
We limit our sweets, Some actually cut out sugar completely. ( That's a good thing)
Still eat the 2-3 serving in the dairy, just aware of the carb count
2-3 servings in the Meat group, staying away from breaded,fried choices(more baked & broiled)
3-5 servings in the Vegetable group ( probably more ) but choose low carb veggie's.
2-4 servings in the Fruit group ( maybe smaller portions, but choose low carb fruits)
6-11 in the bread group ( not this many, but try to stay with whole wheat)
Lots of Water ( Which is good)
And I personally drink oolong and green tea ( no sugar added) Which is full of antioxidants.
And even Enjoy sweets, if you can't drop the habit.
That's why I started baking and selling my low carb sweets.
For those of us that need a goody now and then.
See them at www.thelowcarbshop.com
For easy clean up, line a baking dish with foil. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Select larger white mushrooms, clean, and remove stems. For 2 servings, I usually use 8 to 10 mushrooms, depending on their size.
Place mushrooms-- TOP side down to expose the cavity,for easy filling.
In a small bowl mix together-
Cream Cheese ( you judge the amount that you will need, by number of mushrooms to fill )
Crumbled, Cooked Bacon or Bacon Bits. ( 1 piece for 8 mushrooms is usually enough )
Fill the mushroom cavities with this mixture.
Top with a little mound a grated cheese - Cheddar or Jack work well.
Slice half a stick of real butter and lay in the bottom of the pan, around the mushrooms.
Top butter with just a LITTLE-- TINY pinch of garlic powder,salt or fresh ( whatever you have)
Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
Place a teaspoon or two of the melted butter on a small plate or bowl.
Set your mushrooms on top of the butter. And Enjoy.
Quick method. Casserole Style.
Grease your baking dish with spray, oil or butter.
Cut up your mushrooms and place in baking dish.
Add cream cheese,bacon, butter and garlic.
Cook in microwave or oven until cream cheese and butter are melted.
Stir it all together, Top with Cheese and bake in oven 15 minutes.
I make this quick style totally in the microwave, only reduce your cooking time. It just takes minutes. Give it a final stir. Add the grated cheese and cook another minute, until melted.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Didn't last till 4:00 or so....oh, well, it was only 1 carb.
3 cookies---3 carbs....not bad
Thursday, February 5, 2009
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When we lost the weight we wanted, we only added carbs by wheat bread, found low carb tortillas for wraps loaded with cream cheese, ham and lettuce, and the low carb pasta I sell on my site. Half-Caff coffee, and diet drinks.The is the biggest difficulty we ran in to. I started making my husband Sugar free instant pudding with cream instead of milk and adding the in the spray can ( no Carbs). has some excellent low carb candies that helped us until I developed my cookies. My recipes for the is my best seller and our personal favorite. Each cookie only has 1 carb, but big chocolate taste. I have found that reading labels takes a long time while shopping. But after a while you kind of know what has carbs and what doesn't. Be warned, that if a product says sugar-free or low-fat ....it doesn't always mean low carb. Read, Read, Read the labels. You can see my products and testimonials at www.thelowcarbshop.com I have all kinds of sweets, breakfast items, pasta, salsa, and soup. And Shopping for clothes in smaller sizes is SO much fun. Take my word for it, You don't have to go hungry on the low carb diet. It's worth it to look in the mirror and like what you see.