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Old Wed, Dec-09-09, 11:17
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Ok, another tip or two I think is very worth mentioning, especially for the "I Hate to Cook" crowd.

Deep ketosis makes one a bit anorexic. Food doesn't really seem all that appealing, particularly whatever you're currently eating. So increase your carbs just a tad and see if your enjoyment of food returns.

If you don't want to do that then try: Intermittent Fasting

These folks eat only during a "window" during the day. Maybe it's a 5 hour window, maybe it's a little larger. The upshot is you might only be eating one or two meals a day. This does 2 marvelous things (with regards to the original posting).

1) It makes food taste incredibly good. Whatever you were eating before, even if you didn't particularly like it, will taste magical.

2) It means you have fewer meals to prepare. Lots of people enjoy not having to worry about preparing 3 meals a day. -- Although, who does that? I mean, I slam a sausage in the microwave for one meal. Dish out something and reheat it for another. Throw together a salad for another. Most days I don't spend much time preparing meals, maybe 5 minutes? A couple times a week I make a batch of something.

So consider just eating less often if you're experiencing what is commonly described as boredom.
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Old Wed, Dec-09-09, 12:42
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Originally Posted by Nancy LC
I don't get bored on a limited selection of food, or at least on the set of foods I currently eat. I have a suspicion that what people usually identify as boredom really isn't boredom.
Before low carb I could eat the same thing every day and never get bored, if it was a bag of Doritos. Modern products are deliberately engineered to stimulate our endocrine system to an extent that our natural diet doesn't. All that salt, sugar and less straightforward texture manipulations and "flavorings" like MSG. That's how you can be walking through a store, not especially hungry, and something that isn't even food (though it's sold as such) can practically leap off the shelf and grab you by the hypothalamus. It's exciting all right, like jumping off a cliff.
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Old Wed, Dec-09-09, 12:52
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/agree Wyvrn -- That was something I learned from that book by David Kessler.

Then I think some of that feeling of boredom is restlessness... you're really craving that old crap that hyperstimulates you. You really miss that hyper-stinumlation. It's addiction.

I'm reminded of what someone said about resenting having limits. My brother the alcoholic never could come to terms with the fact he needed to have limits when other people naturally limited themselves when it came to drinking. He thought it was very unfair. Eventually his alcoholism killed him.

I wonder if that inability to accept that sometimes we have to have limits has something to do with addiction.
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Old Wed, Dec-09-09, 17:50
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If you don't want to do that then try: Intermittent Fasting


Another vote for intermittent fasting.

I was IF before I even knew what IF was--I was just following the natural cycle of when I was hungry.


Tonight for dinner:

A take on the SB spinach souffle chicken. For dessert, a take on the SB espresso custard. (I can never follow a recipe as "written" ....it's a defect )


Nancy--I guess I just never "clicked" your blog. I'm going there right now. I might find some ideas. (give me some of those maters!!!)
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Old Wed, Dec-09-09, 17:58
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I'm roasting cauliflower right now. Normally I'd put some crushed cloves of garlic in, but I'm too impatient. I just cut up a head of cauli and poured on some roasted peanut oil (smells and tastes just like roasted peanuts) and salt. Yum!
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Old Mon, Dec-28-09, 09:20
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Nancy--

Where is that original thread that was the impetus to start this one.

I wanted to hook this one and that one over in a newbie thread because they're already bemoaning the lack of choice.

I remember in the original thread that started this one you and <someone> had some really insightful musings regarding choice, perception of choice, lack there of etc...

I thought it might help for the newbies. I think I better bookmark this one and that other one. I have a feelingI'm going to be referencing it a bit over the next 2 months.

Lisa
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Old Mon, Dec-28-09, 10:40
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Lisa - check post #7, I think those are the two threads that prompted this one. Nancy already linked to this thread from those. Of course, I might be off base but I think those were the two.
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Old Mon, Dec-28-09, 10:45
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Gypsy--
Thank you!! Those are the ones.
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Old Tue, Dec-29-09, 03:56
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I love being in the Maintenance phase. I always make low carb food, but I can sneak a few things in. I am not allergic to wheat like some people. So I can sneak in some pasta's and bread's, (albeit not all the time) to keep my menu interesting instead of boring.

This is the beauty of maintenance. A restructuring of how I make foods for me and The Girl. We eat HEALTHY foods now, with the occasional indulgence. The occasional indulgence used to happen at every meal, followed by desert.

If you have Google, imagination, and a few cookbooks, it is HARD to get bored with the Atkins diet.
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Old Fri, Jan-01-10, 21:15
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Talking chicken alfredo with spinach

This sounds good!

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Last night, I made chicken alfredo with spinach. It was SO good.

2 8oz chicken breasts
8oz heavy cream
1oz cream cheese
3.5-4oz shredded parmesan cheese
2 cups fresh spinach

Cube the chicken and cook over medium heat until done in a non stick skillet. I used about 1.5 tbsb of olive oil and 1tbsp of butter to cook it in. Salt and pepper to taste. I added in about a tsp of garlic paste (it comes in a tube and I did not measure...put a bit, and then a bit more).

Once the chicken is done, remove from the pan and set aside.

Lower to low heat (I set mine at 2.5). Add cream cheese to the warm pan, and pour in the heavy cream. Slowly combine. Once the cream cheese is almost melted, add in your parmesan cheese. I used a dash of garlic salt to finish it off. Add in the spinach and chicken, and cook until spinach wilts (just a few minutes!)

This made WAY too much sauce, and would likely suit 4 pieces of chicken better. Or for 2, simply half the recipe for the sauce

I added the ingredients into my P.L.A.N, and it came out to (for the recipe as stated) 12.9g carbs, 184.08g protein, 179.5g fat, 1.32g fiber....so just over 6 carbs per serving (with a lot of the sauce left in the pan!)

Here is a photo

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Old Sat, Jan-02-10, 17:18
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Ooh - food porn!!!
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Old Sat, Jan-02-10, 23:01
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I'm not so much bored with the low carb food as much as I'm overeating...
Dangerous territory.
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Old Sun, Jan-03-10, 00:07
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I'm not so much bored with the low carb food as much as I'm overeating...
Dangerous territory.



I hope you will read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. He discusses how the belief that the concept of calories-in/calories-out is a false one. In other words, getting fat from comes carbs, as carbs is what drives insulin, which becomes fat... meaning that overeating itself does not make one fat; rather it is the intake of carbs.

One of the most relaxing things for me, as I've started low-carb/high-fat eating is that calories simply do not matter. I realize this post will make NO sense, as it sounds like a schtick; nevertheless, his book is large and challenging, but what he writes is convining--- at least it is for me.
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Old Sun, Jan-03-10, 07:28
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Hi all , grate place to be (-:

Thanks Nancy LC Ron*

PS I thought n6 was out ??
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Old Sun, Jan-03-10, 08:15
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This is a great thread. Thank you all for sharing. I am not bored per se, but do find that I can only tolerate eggs and breakfast meats for a short time before I get queasy from eating them. I like lighter breakfasts I suppose. I have only be LC for about a week now and am already to that point. The foods are so rich.
Any ideas? Thank you...Debi
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