Diet Failure

No alliterative theme today.  Just some unpleasant truth, with a little hope thrown in.  Our attempt at the slow carb diet has been an unmitigated and abject failure.

Mike’s perspective:

Over the past 4 weeks, we have followed the diet rather strictly.  There were a few slips here and there, but nothing really dramatic.  And we both gained a few pounds.

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Friday Fun

Well, we’re near the end of week three on the slow carb diet.  So far, not much weight has been lost, but the way we’ve been eating, we should have gained at least 10 lbs if the simple “calories in – calories out” rule was accurate.

So we’ve come to the conclusion that “calories in – calories out” is kind of like “buy low, sell high”: a gross oversimplification.  So whereas this diet has not led to the kind of weight loss we’d hoped for, it’s been far from a waste of time.  Odds are, it will merely require some tweaks, which we are currently researching.

In the course of said research, I found this.  Yes, “The Drinking Man’s Diet.”  If that’s not for us, I don’t know what is :D.  Not sure if we’ll end up trying it as described, but it was certainly worth pointing out.

Lastly, on the subject of the slow carb diet, I had an epiphany last night regarding slow carb desserts, and it is this:  It’s ok to have up to 1 can of diet soda per day on this diet, and said diet soda, if used judiciously, can serve as a sweetener for pretty much anything.  You could probably even make a decent BBQ sauce with diet soda instead of e.g. honey if you use more tomato paste to thicken.

But whereas we haven’t tried BBQ sauce yet, I did, last night, make one of the tastiest beverages I have ever tried; and it’s totally “slow carb kosher,” and ridiculously easy to make:

Add 4 tbsp peanut butter to 1 can of diet Dr. Pepper in a glass.  Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.    Try not to drink too quickly.

Well, that’s it for this week.  Back on Monday with… well we’re not sure yet, but as always, we’ll do our best to make it informative and/or entertaining.

Have great weekend, and Bon Appetit!

Slow Carb Multi-Bean Burgers – Not Too Shabby

Beans are an integral part of the Slow Carb diet. On Monday when we started, we sousvided a pound each of black beans, red beans, white bean and chick peas. (Note to self. . no need to sous vide them. . .just buy the cans and rinse. . .sooo much easier!!)  I like beans, we both do actually, but having a side dish of beans at almost every meal was starting to get a little boring.

Meanwhile, I had created a new board on Pinterest called Burgers  (Just started thinking that burgers really do need a board of their own. Cook them. . . look at them. . talk about them. . . eat. Beef, lamb, bison, chicken, turkey, veggie . . . Who doesn’t love a good burger!!)  and that light went off in my head. Let’s just make some veggie burgers. Unfortunately almost every recipe I came upon included some ingredient we cannot have. Whether it be cheese, flour, breadcrumbs, or some other sort of carb, I was starting worry about how they would stay together. This is what I came up with.

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The Slow Carb Diet — Shami’s Gourmet Style

Welcome back to Mushroom Monday!

After a few months of reading and writing about food, and looking at pictures of food all day, we’ve put on a few pounds.  Well, maybe more than a few pounds :(. In any case, it’s time to put an end to it and start undoing the damage.

We’ve both lost substantial amounts of weight before, using a variety of different diets, and we were dreading having to go through any of them again.  Especially since we continue  to spend our days looking at pictures of and reading and writing about food.  Fortunately for us, we ran across the slow carb diet.

This is a diet we feel we can stick to for the following reasons:

  1. We can have a glass or two of wine every evening.
  2. There is no calorie counting or portion control.
  3. There is a one day per week “cheat day,” during which anything goes.

Pretty cool, right?

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