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Friday, March 11th, 2005
1:43 pm
I just fell off the wagon again, all the wonderful stuff people bring in to work really make it hard on me.

what can I keep in my desk drawer that'll be really GREAT and keep me from eating bad stuff???
Thursday, January 27th, 2005
12:48 pm
Carb Solutions and Carb Wise bars Round 1
I had the Carb Solutions Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Carb Wise Lemon Yogurt Crunch bar today during my morning math class, and this is how I felt about them:

The Carb Solutions CCCD bar is not all that bad tasting, but it does put forth a rather bland flavor. Not much actual CCCD flavoring, but occasionally you may get a good bite that tastes like a sugarless CCCD piece. Overall, it has a chewing consistency of a candy bar, and isn't that bad if you just want to give it a try. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being a Russel Stovers Carb Free snack, and 1 being the worst possible thing ever), I give this bar a cool 3.5.

On the other paw, I did give the Carb Wise Lemon Yogurt Crunch bar a run for its money... I am a fan of the fruit snacks and usually like a good strong fruit flavor when I eat one. After taking my first bite into the crunch bar, the first thing I thought of was that the flavor is very close to a lemon-flavored Starburst candy. The crunch in the bar defiantly added a nice effect, since the bar (along with other atkins 'crunch style' bars) is similar to a rice krispy in density and design. On a scale of 1 to 10, i'd give this bar a cool 6, and would defiantly enjoy another in the future.

Also, since i'm on the subject of food, i'd like to recommend the Hormel family-sized meals... there are flavors like Pork Au Jus, Beef Au Jus, Chicken in spicy mexican sauce, Beef in Gravy, and maybe some others (those are what i've seen so far). They are very good, and supposidly provide enough food to feed a family if you "provide your own side dishes". I do not know how much all of you eat, but one of these is a main course for me... I usually eat a baby spinach salad before hand with some blue cheese, and one of those for the main dish. Could be just me... but you might want to dip your paws into that section of the grocery store if you're so inclined.

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
6:51 pm
Shopping spree at Wal-Mart
My mom met me at Wal-Mart to buy me some Atkins-friendly bars for my diet, so that I can have a portable breakfast and/or snack in the afternoon... this is what I acquired for a grand total of ~$16 before coupons and $7.58 after:

Advant Edge brand:
Double Chocolate Crisp (3g o' carbs)
Chocolate Cream Pie (3g o' carbs)

Carb Solutions brand:
Mint Chocolate Chip (2g o' carbs)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (2g o' carbs)
2x Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter (3g o' carbs)

Carb Wise brand:
2x Chocolate Peanut Crunch (3g o' carbs)
Lemon Yogurt Crunch (4g o' carbs)
Blueberry Cobler (4g o' carbs)

I'll try to eat two of these at a time and bring you reviews of what I feel/think about them... if any of you are interested. When I did the previous taste testing (over a year ago), the roommate I did it with had actually left the apartment in the night, taking her stuff with her, so I couldn't really get those reviews to you... i'll try to make good on my promise to bring the anthro-atkins community some form of reviews. I tend to eat about 2 bars a week on a normal basis (or whenever I get money), so after this payload, I can do some more reviews... also, my mom is stocked up on coupons, so I can probably do this once a week... until I run out of stuff to try.

Have a good day, and good luck with your diet!

Current Mood: happy
Monday, January 10th, 2005
9:38 am
Week one update
With carful eating patterns and some exercise (Hockey last night, Cuts fitness 3 times last week) I have made some headway.

248---->243 in a week.

Mostly water I would asume, it should slow to a pace of 1-2 pounds a week soon.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
3:24 pm
Thats me, I have ruined a good bit of my progress.

Life took the option to dunp on my hard at the end of last year. I took comfort in food and pity.

I'm back up to 248 from my low of 235. I had stoped going to the gym, stoped doing my morning exercise..

That stops here, now...

Back to the gym yesterday, it hurt, bad. But will get better. I will begin eating sensibly again. Maybe not full boat Atkins but smarter. Good stuff, not pizza, coke, corn dogs and other crap.

Did morning exercise this morning too. gotta keep it up.

Will update as the weeks go on. I need the weight hanging over me to perform. To do what I need to do.

Current Mood: cranky
Friday, December 31st, 2004
3:00 pm
Snapple's Atkins Friendly Tea
Snapple has a diet peach tea running around that is really good and only has 1 carb (per serving, 2 servings per bottle), 0 from sugar. It also has surprisingly low stats as well... 0 calories, 10mg of Sodium, 0 Fat and nothing else is really listed... 0 protein. It is labeled as 'diet Snapple Iced Tea'... I tried the peach kind, but that is the only kind readily available to me at my next door neighbor (Diamond Shamrock). If you have less then $1.50 to spare on a decent tea, then try it out.

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
2:12 am
Low carb zingy soup
When my spouse comes home and is hungry but only mildly, I will quite often give him soup broth, like chicken or beef with an egg cracked in it.  Well tonight I started the usual bit of chicken soup and as an experiment I added about 1/3 a cup of tomato sauce (I use Hunts tomato sauce, 3 carbs per 1/4 cup) to about six or seven cups of chicken broth.  The result was amazingly tasty!  I also added some dashes of red pepper, but that's because I'm evil.

I think next time I'm going to add some chopped low carb veggies and cubed chicken to the concoction.  But I just had to share.  It was good stuff!
Thursday, September 30th, 2004
8:14 pm
Question about Atkins
I've been considering trying this diet since so many folks I know are on it and doing well.

But one of my main concerns is the price of doing it. Obviously meats and fresh veggies are more expensive but so is all the 'carb smart' stuff that's being made.

About how much did y'll grocery bills go up since starting this diet?

Friday, June 11th, 2004
8:31 am
Just a hello.
Hi, gang.

Just wanted to drop in an introductory note. I'm new to Atkins (just started Monday), and haikujaguar pointed me here. I'm looking forward to learning from all of you. :)


Current Mood: good
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
9:19 am
Drive-by Low-Carb Bread Review
I see some of the bigger bread-makers are jumping on the low-carb bandwagon... hooray! Because I don't know about you, but the teeny-tiny tasteless breads that Atkins offers are not worth the money.

So, in the fresh bread aisle, both Arnold and Pepperidge Farm are making low-carb breads. I tried the whole wheat loaves from both manufacturers. The Arnold bread is 6 carbs a slice and tastes rubbery and graceless. The Pepperidge Farm is 5 carbs a slice and tastes more like bread.

So for those of you who are longing for a piece of bread you don't have to reheat... I recommend the Pepperidge Farm. :)
Thursday, May 13th, 2004
3:07 am
New pasta
Dreamfields Foods has come out with a pasta that is comparable in carb amounts as the Keto stuff, but instead of being made with soy and costing $6 a box, it costs about $3 a box and is made from actual wheat products. I assume that this is along the same lines as the sugar alcohols that many low carb products use.

I bought a crate of it recently because pasta is one of the things I miss the most. I made a batch for my husband and myself, and it was amazing. It tastes almost exactly like the real thing. No protein-ish taste, no bitter artificial sweetener aftertaste, just pasta.

You can order it direct from the retailer, or hunt around your local grocer. I saw some at Winn Dixie recently, although not at Publix or the Super Wal-Mart. I'm sure they'll jump on the bandwagon though.

Just thought I'd pass it along. This stuff is REALLY good.
Wednesday, March 5th, 2003
5:31 pm
Low-Carb Lasagna?!
I got this tip from a bouncy little lady who runs a "Low Carb Pantry" store in a nearby town. She's successful on the diet herself and very glad to hand out recipes, reviews, and general ideas to anyone who wants to talk to her. This was a particularly good one.

Feeling the need for lasagna again? Try making one using low-carb tortillas instead of pasta noodles. Two tortillas per layer, depending on the size of your pan. My 8-serving lasagna only uses 4 tortillas total and we can't tell the difference from noodles.

Other ingredients in the lasagna I've made, just in case you don't have your own favorite recipe to hand --
Sauce Layer: 2 lbs ground beef, a medium onion, 8 oz canned mushrooms, one jar Rao's Marinara sauce (pricey, but some of the lowest carb I've found except for Alessi's brand), italian spices to taste, garlic
Cheese Layers: 6 oz cottage cheese (4%), 10-12 oz ricotta cheese (whole milk variety), parsley flakes, 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella, a sprinkle of parmesan

Not for induction, but not bad overall. :)

Current Mood: awake
Friday, April 16th, 2004
1:18 pm
Products people might be interested in. I don't want to bog this down with huge details. So if you want details, just email me what you want to know about. I can also email .pdf files of nutritional info.

I get all of these online from Quixtar. You have to be referred by a member to join (join as at Client for FREE). So if you want to join, you can use my IBO # 1533494 and last name WILSON.

If you don't want to join, then email me and I can make an order for you by credit card or PayPal.

XS Energy Drinks
0 carbs and no sugar energy drinks. Compare to something like Red Bull, but no carbs or sugar and only 12 calories. Flavors are Cran-Grape, Citrus Blast, Tropical Blast (also in non-caffinated), and Tea-Berry Blast with green and black teas (good to detox body).

Carb Blocker 2
Block up to 500 carbs per meal. And believe it or not, it's guaranteed. This dietary supplement provides an exclusive blend of natural plant extracts that blocks both sugars and starches to help you lose weight. See it here.

Trim-Advantage Protein Bars
Is it candy or is it a protein bar? Protein bars that actually taste GOOD. With only 4 grams of net available carbs. Good energy source without risking adding fat. Flavors: Carmel Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Fudgy Brownie with Almonds, Orange Creme, Roasted Peanuts (my favorite), and Stawberry Creme.

Ready-To-Go Protein Shakes with Soy
It’s a meal replacement drink that offers 15 grams of soy and dairy protein, plenty of amino acids, and only 140 calories. Flavors: Chocolate Carmel, Chocolate Fudge, Strawberries and Cream, and Vanilla.

These are all good things to use every day, or simply to keep on hand when you're craving so that you don't binge on something unhealthy and fattening.

There are a lot more products I could recommend. All are guaranteed satisfaction by Quixtar so I've tried a lot of things and they've all been better than anything else I've ever found.

Outside of Quixtar, there is the Lean For Life weight management program that has helped a lot of people.

Thank you.
Friday, April 2nd, 2004
4:33 pm
i just started atkins yesterday, and i have a few questions.

1. i know you should only have 3-4 oz of cheese per day, but what if the package says 0 carbs? can i eat a few more, then?

2. i eat normal portions, and then continue to be hungry. is this normal?


Current Mood: confused
Thursday, April 1st, 2004
5:32 pm
New stuff!
Carb control Ice cream now comes in mint chocolate chip and butter pecan. It tastes exactly like the real thing too.

Progresso is catering to the low carb market as well, offering canned soup that is 7 carbs per serving. I haven't tried it yet, but it makes things awfully convenient.

Heinz makes a low carb ketchup that is comparable to the Ketch-a-Tomato low carb ketchup, with the added bonus that it's in a squeeze bottle! I loved Ketch-a-Tomato, but it was always a bother to try and get it out of the container.

Hershey now sells low carb Easter candy! I saw chocolate marshmallow eggs on the shelf just recently.

My local grocer, Publix, now sells low carb bread and sandwich rolls in the bakery. A whole rack of them to choose from. It continues to catch on!
Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
10:14 am
Pepsi wants in on Atkins....
According to this article on Reuters, Pepsi is going to introduce a new soda called "Pepsi Edge" that uses a mixture of corn syrup and Splena for sweeteners. "Edge" will be marketed as a "mid-carb, mid-calorie" drink for those who can't or won't switch to the zero-calorie/zero-carb diet soda but are following a low-carb dietary plan.

It's an interesting approach, but I think it's going to be fence-sitting too much to ever see any actual success. Diet soda drinkers don't want the calories/carbs and regular soda drinkers want the taste. Something that lies between the two just doesn't seem like a very good bet.

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, March 7th, 2004
8:01 am
Entenmanns now has low-carb pound cake and chocolate chip cookies. Anyone tried them? :)

Current Mood: fear!
Friday, March 5th, 2004
7:59 am
Low Carb Tortillas... of meat?
Sounds like we're paying scientists way too much money in our higher-education systems, because this easily should have come from a culinary school! duncandahusky pointed me to this article at WCJB.com about a new low-carb tortilla that has been developed by researchers at the University of Florida. Called the "flaquita," it is made of either chicken or fish, and can be given nearly any flavor.

Weird as it sounds, I'm sort of eager to try one of these.

Current Mood: hungry
Monday, March 1st, 2004
7:58 am
CarbWatchers Gourmet Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate
I saw these at Wal-Mart in passing and figured, 'hey, why not?' So I grabbed one of the Pistachio Creme bars and hoped that the 'With Belgian Chocolate' part was for real.

Verdict: No weird maltitol aftertaste, but no real discernible flavor either. It has the same inoffensive quality of most low-carb chocolates, and the pistachio cream didn't taste strongly of pistachios (though pistachios actually are an ingredient... not artificial pistachio flavor. Maybe artificial pistachio flavor would have made it taste more like pistachios?).

No, really, I actually liked it. At 0 net grams, you can't really ask for much and it didn't taste weird or yucky. I seem to recall it being about a dollar, which is a lot for an ounce of chocolate candy, but if you've got a craving and have been burned by icky-tasting low-carb chocolate before, these are worth checking out. They also come in hazelnut, raspberries & cream, oranges & cream, vanilla creme and praline mocha. Website's here, they're the second bar listed.
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