Thinking About Going Low Carb?

Photo of Me, Vickie Ewell, Owner of Kickin Carb Clutter Blog

Hi. I'm Vickie Ewell. In 1975, I lost 40 pounds and reached goal following the original Atkins Diet. It took me only 6 weeks, but I didn't understand the value of a strong maintenance plan.

In 2007, after a long, hard road of health challenges -- which left me bedridden for 2 years and required me to learn how to walk again -- I returned to a low-carb lifestyle.

Unfortunately, it didn't seem to work as well as it did before. Determined to unearth what was going on, I decided to embrace the ketogenic journey that had worked so well in 1975 and went in search of Dr. Atkins original principles and recommendations.

By tweaking the modern-day Atkins Diet to be more like it was in 1972, lower in fat and calories, I lost over 100 pounds. 

If you'd like to check out the details of my weight-loss story, you'll find a brief history of my background at our first post, My Weight Loss Journey So Far, and Before and After Pictures that I published on the blog in 2009.

I am working on an updated version of the story, a multi-part series and mega guide, which goes into detail about what I actually did to ditch the weight. These posts offer examples and menus for those who need extra help. I did a similar series in 2012 that dealt with some of the things I did to tweak the Atkins Diet, but this latest version will be much more in-depth and helpful.

How We Can Help You

If you're like me, you might have struggled with your weight for most of your life. While I wasn't born a fat child, I did put on a few pounds in my teens and started having serious weight problems after having my appendix out when I was 18.

Over the years, I chased many of the popular diets and methods for carving off the pounds, but none of them were any more successful than keto was, so when the time came to get serious about my health conditions and weight, I returned to what I knew best:

The Atkins Diet.

And from that new commitment, this blog was born.

The site has gone through many transformations over the years. What started out as a daily log and journal has morphed into a major resource for those seeking a permanent way of life that will enable them to take charge of their health, lifestyle, and inner being.

To help you do that, I have divided the site into various content pages to help you find what you need quickly and easily. You'll get links to those pages in the top navigation bar. Just click on the three dots next to the link for the Low-Carb Recipes page and you'll get instant access to our large variety of topics:
  • All of the Atkins Diets
  • LCHF Diets (Nutritional Ketosis and Keto)
  • General Low-Carb Articles
  • A Beginner's Guide to Get You Started
  • State of Ketosis 
  • Mindful Eating Tips and Strategies
  • Health Articles and Concerns
  • Weight Loss Stalls and Plateaus
  • Weight Management (Maintenance)
  • Holidays Ideas and Special Occasions
  • Low-Carb Recipes, Meal Ideas, and Food Posts
Switching to a low-carb diet can be rough when you try to go it alone, but Kickin’ Carb Clutter is here to help make the transition easier. We want to do everything we can to assist you in making your weight-loss journey a success.

Since my professional background is cooking and recipe curation, we have delicious low-carb recipes and food posts, lots of nutritional information, and plenty of in-depth guides. We try to tackle the hard questions that no one else wants to ask. Instead of blindly accepting theory as fact, I have tried to forge my own trail, and want to share what I have learned along the way.

Many of our articles deal with the science behind low-carb diets, what little we know about it, but they also include tips and strategies to make the low-carb lifestyle easier and more fun for you. Lifestyle changes can be quite challenging, so we seek to inspire, support you in your daily efforts, and share our own personal experiences with diets and weight loss, even when that might be embarrassing or go against the low-carb party flow.

I'd rather tell you the truth than feed you a bunch of promises that may or may not happen.

Switching to a low-carb diet will affect your daily life, of course, but also the lives of your family, friends, and co-workers. It will uproot everything you thought you knew about nutrition and health, impact your financial situation, and require you to take a good look at yourself and personal habits. If you have medical conditions, those may or may not be impacted as well.

Whether you’re just beginning your low-carb journey, are in the middle of the journey, or you have traveled many miles already, Kickin’ Carb Clutter will introduce you to a healthier mindset and a different way of thinking about your self and the world.

Here, you'll get practical ideas for daily living, the information you need to make your own personal decisions, and a sense of empowerment that goes beyond common diet advice. Sure, we offer menu ideas, tasty recipes, and help for the holidays, but we also provide everything you need to get started on your new way of life.

Despite the bad press, a low-carb way of eating isn’t a slab of bacon for breakfast, greasy cheeseburgers for lunch, and 16-ounce Rib Eyes for dinner. It’s hearty, tasty food that includes:
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • dairy products
  • eggs
  • fruit
  • healthy fats
along with an adequate amount of protein foods. But a low-carb lifestyle isn’t just about food. It's about:
  • becoming more active
  • finding new ways to pamper yourself
  • enjoying and appreciating what you have
  • learning about your emotions
  • becoming more aware of your food habits and urges
  • overcoming a lifetime of bad eating habits
  • and getting excited about Life
Conscious actions are as important to your health and well-being as what you put in your mouth.

Whether you’ve always been curious about a low-carb diet, want to give it a trial spin, are returning to a low-carb diet, or have been at this for a while now, pull up a chair and let’s talk.

You won’t find any preaching about low-carb magic here.
  • No exaggerated claims
  • And no broken promises
Just the truth.

Unlike other low-carb blogs, we seek to cut through the puffy clouds of fantasy that can leave a low-carb dieter discouraged and get right to the heart of what’s important. For that reason, we don’t always follow the crowd.

In fact, following what everyone else is doing is pretty rare around here. Since we launched in January of 2007, Kickin’ Carb Clutter has been cutting its own path in the low-carb world. Sometimes, that makes us unpopular with the low-carb experts.

We believe that:
  • calories count
  • a high-fat diet can make some people fatter
  • and low-carb diets are not the perfect choice for everyone
Even so, the standard American diet with its average 300 to 500 grams of carbohydrates per day is disgustingly unhealthy. It’s purposely designed to make you fat, sick, and poor.

But low-carb diets can be unhealthy as well. And that's where we come in.

If you’re looking for:
  • a different twist on low-carb diets
  • one that takes advantage of nutrient-dense foods
  • deals with the subconscious reasons that you overeat
  • and focuses on balancing mind, body, and spirit

Then this is the perfect place for you!

Keto Calculator

Keto Calculator - The Keto Diet (at Reddit) includes eating at a calorie deficit, so I'm linking to the calculator that can help you set up your stats. These macros will tell you how much protein, fats, carbs, and calories you need to eat each day to lose a reasonable amount of body fat week after week.

The calculator can be a bit confusing, so if you can't figure it out, contact me at:


And tell me your:
  • age
  • gender
  • height
  • current weight
And I'll run the stats for you.


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