June 20, 2011

Testing Blood Glucose Levels on a Low Carb Diet – Facts and Myths

Last month Jimmy Moore started testing his blood sugar after eating popular low carb products. Here’s the facts and myths about blood glucose levels when eating low carb.

Do Popular Low-Carb Products Raise Blood Sugar?
Truth About Blood Glucose Tests
Saturday was the first time I heard about Jimmy Moore testing his blood glucose levels after eating some of his favorite low carb foods.

Many low carbers stop by Jimmy's blog every day or two, but I quit stopping by about a year ago when videos became the norm there. At that time, I didn't have a high-speed internet connection, so I wasn't getting anything out of that blog.

Saturday, I just happened to be reading tweets at Twitter and saw that Jimmy had announced that his blood sugar testing results from eating Julian Bakery’s CarbSmart breads was in. Since I now have high-speed access, I clicked on the link he provided, and began to read the post.

June 13, 2011

Low Carb Veggies, Fruits, and Pesticides

The Environmental Working Group released their latest Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list for pesticide contamination today.

So how did low carb veggies and fruits do?

Avocados Make a Clean Low-Carb Food
How Do Avocados Stack Up?
Non-starchy vegetables and low-glycemic and botanical fruits are the mainstay of a healthy, low carb diet. High in fiber and nutrients, low in carbohydrates and calories, they help to keep blood glucose levels from spiking too high.

However, many people find it difficult to meet the high cost of organic produce. Since the path to diabetes is paved with:
  • insulin resistance
  • fatty liver disease
  • autoimmune problems
  • and beta cell damage or death
There’s much more at stake for ignoring the part pesticides play in our metabolic issues than just cost. If you're wondering which low-carb vegetables and fruits are clean enough to go conventional, this post is for you.

June 08, 2011

Peas Are Not Evil!!!

Peas and Carrots Make a Great Low-Carb Side Dish for Fish
Starchy Vegetables are
Rung 8 of the Atkins
Carbohydrate Ladder
I stopped by The Lighter Side of Low Carb’s Facebook fan page the other day, and noticed that Cleo had posted a picture showing what her personal USDA plate looks like.

She had 3 strips of bacon, an egg, and 3 peas smiling up from the plate.

While most of the comments shared how they would personally alter the foods in the graphic (I would have added another egg and more peas, myself), the one comment that caught my attention said:

"Peas are evil.”

It's a common practice within the low-carb community to demonize foods not listed on the Atkins 2002 Induction menu chart. I don’t know how or when that idea about starchy vegetables being evil was born.

Just to make sure, I checked my 1972 Atkins book, but Dr. Atkins advice was completely different: