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Another reason to avoid Carbs!

30 Jun

NYTimes: How Carbs Can Trigger Food Cravings   milkshake
Sugary foods and drinks, white bread and other processed carbohydrates appear to stimulate parts of the brain involved in hunger, craving and reward, which may explain why they might drive some people to overeat.

Low-Carb Research Update

10 Feb

I found this article today.   It has some great information for those of you thinking about starting the low carb life.  It is also a great source for those of us already doing the low carb thing.

Hope this gives you some inspiration!  As appetizing as this picture may look, you might want to think twice before eating bread, grains and pasta.  Promise me you will feel better! high carb foods

Low-Carb Research Update.

Leg cramps?

18 Nov

I have heard from lots of people that they suffer from leg cramps when starting the low carb life.  Many times they are not getting enough salt and may be dehydrated.  Taking a multivitamin helps and again lots of water and salt.

All those years of being told too much salt is bad for you, now you NEED that salt.  Especially when first starting out. Here is a another great link from Livestrong.  Check it out for tips on leg cramps and what to do.

Take care of yourself-

18 Nov

Living the low carb life you will notice a few changes in your body. One thing many people complain of is constipation. Here is a great link from Livestrong that has some helpful tips.  I can’t stress enough how much water you should be drinking. It really helps. I always have a thermal mug of ice water with me.

Low Carb Diet News – How Low is Low for a Low Carb Diet and Weight Loss? – Low Carb Diet News

26 Oct

If you are looking for some guidance on how many carbs to have each day, the link below is a great reference point.

Have you reached a plateau and finding it hard to lose a few more pounds?  I recommend keeping track of what you are eating, every morsel. Not as hard as it sounds.  I use My Fitness Pal to keep a record, pretty easy with the iphone app.  You may be surprised at how many carbs you are eating without realizing it.

Low Carb Diet News – How Low is Low for a Low Carb Diet and Weight Loss? – Low Carb Diet News.

Get outside while you can!

23 Oct

No matter what you eat to stay fit and healthy, you can’t forget to get outside weather permitting and exercise. We all were told to go outside and get some fresh air when we were kids, I think it is still a great idea today.  I was fortunate enough to be in New England this weekend and the leaves were beautiful!  I am so lucky to have an extra weekend of fall because in Minnesota the leaves had already fallen.

So remember to pack your sneakers when you travel and grab some sunshine and exercise at every opportunity.


I am not a runner but I walk pretty fast and keep track of my walks on the Nike + app on my iphone. It is great to see my progress as my pace increases. Then all you need is some great music or a talkative partner and you are good to go for miles.

I was not always out in the countryside walking.  On Saturday I walked what seemed like  miles as I window shopped  along Newbury Street in Boston!

Can Carb Refeeds Boost Stalled Weight Loss? | Mark’s Daily Apple

20 Oct

I have heard so many people mention the plateau they reach after a few months eating low carb. Many times they have reached a comfortable weight and just want to lose a few more pounds or inches. Below is a great explanation and plan that I personally can’t wait to try!

Can Carb Refeeds Boost Stalled Weight Loss? | Mark’s Daily Apple.

Trouble remembering things…

17 Oct

Do you sometimes wonder if eating “low carb” is a good thing?

Need some motivation before you reach for a big chocolate chip cookie?

Read this link!

Dining out with Friends or so I thought!

5 Oct

Look at what they are eating! Even in my carb heydays, I don’t think I ate desserts like this. Maybe my talking about low carb eating during dinner and how great it was drove them to it?  Maybe I said too much and this is their way of shutting me up? I have to say it looked so good, I was getting weak. But somehow I just have this resolve because I feel so much better not eating like that anymore. Somedays I wonder where is Patty and who is this person I have become? Bon Appetite ladies…I promise to lighten up!

Light headed?

1 Oct

My friend Amy just started the low carb life and she complained of feeling dizzy. This is a very common feeling. Amy googled this symptom, and I want to share with you this link from Live Strong which she found helpful.

I have adjusted to this by always carrying a thermal mug with ice water, everywhere. Around the house, in the car and at my desk. It is so refreshing and I keep hydrated .  The feeling of dizziness does not last forever.  Most noticeable in the first few weeks. The guy in the photo may be going a bit overboard but hopefully it reminds everyone how important drinking water is!

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