Bacon, Egg, Avocado and Tomato Salad

This recipe is based on on one from Marks Daily Apple blog. It is a delicious filling warm salad and so quick to make.

INGREDIENTS – 2 SERVINGS

Egg, tomato, avocado and warm bacon salad

  • 1 avocado, cut in chunks
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, cut in chunks
  • 1 small tomato, cut in chunks
  • 2 strips bacon,
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Carbs: 4.5g approx per serving
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Low Carb Cauliflower Pizza

Low carb cauliflower pizzaCauliflower Pizza is one we’ve had on our list to try for ages and we finally made it recently. It’s a much healthier option than regular pizza and was surprisingly good. Also not difficult at all especially if you have a blender – we do and we use it most days. (A tip someone gave me was to leave it on your kitchen counter – that way you are more likely to use it). This recipe is based on this Cauliflower Pizza from Popsugar, You can leave out the cheese if you need to make a dairy free version and it still works well. Just top with your favorite toppings.

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A new report by world experts urges us to Eat Fat and Cut the Carbs

A report entitled “Eat fat, cut the carbs and avoid snacking to reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes” was published by a UK charity called the National Obesity Forum (NOF) on Sunday 22 May. It has caused quite a controversy with Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England saying that it “irresponsible and misleads the public” and other nutritionists making similar statements.

Healthy saturated fatsThe paper, drafted by authors from around the world, was coordinated by Aseem Malholtra, a UK cardiologist who has been a leader of the anti-sugar movement. It’s authors include Dr Robert Lustig, who has been one of the leaders of the anti-sugar movement in the US and NOF chairman Professor David Haslam. Continue reading

Atkins is individualised

An important aspect of the Atkins diet that is often not understood, is the fact that it is individualised. By progressing through the four phases, you discover which foods you can eat and how many grams of carbs you can eat a day and still lose weight. And once you have reached your goal weight, you will know how many grams of carbs you can eat a day and remain at your goal weight – for good.

If a man is not faithful to his own individuality he cannot be faithful to anything - Claude McKayThe amount of carbs an individual can eat and maintain their weight loss will vary considerably from one individual to the next. It depends on lots of factors from how carb intolerant you are, your metabolism, your genes, medical conditions and your level of activity. However, before you read that list and think, “I can’t do anything about my genes/metabolism or certain medical conditions”, Atkins will still work once you keep to the Acceptable Food List and reduce the carbs sufficiently. This is evident once you understand how Atkins works. Continue reading

Meal plans on Atkins

Atkins meal plan

Atkins meal plan

Whether you are cooking for one person or for a larger group planning meals is a good idea – you put more thought into what you eat, you are more likely to eat a wider variety of food, you do more cooking from scratch, you are less likely to get take away or eat junk food, you eat tastier healthier meals and you save money. However, while it is a very good idea in general, it is essential, in my opinion when starting with Atkins. Continue reading

Low carb Moussaka

This delicious low carb Moussaka has become a regular meal in our house and is perfect for winter time. It is a lovely low carb warming dish and suitable for the induction phase. It works well with beef mince as well as lamb mince. It is best to slice the aubergine and cover with salt (see step one) a few hours beforehand. Continue reading

Low carb Fish Chowder

This delicious Atkins friendly low carb fish chowder is one we make all the time for lunch and is a perfect candidate for making extra so you have enough for a few lunches. Not only is it a good way to get fish into your diet, but it is also a nice option for a warm lunch. The original recipe is from the following excellent website: http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012/11/hearty-fish-chowder.html All we’ve done here is translate the measurements to grams and millilitres instead of cups. Continue reading

The REAL Heart Healthy Foods

We’ve been told for years now to avoid the ‘artery-blocking’ saturated fats and to eat more ‘heart healthy’ whole grains to lower our cholesterol and reduce our risk of heart disease.. So is it true and has it worked?

If this is your first introduction to the idea that the health advice we have been given for so long in relation to diet is questionable, I completely understand that it is a lot to take in but please keep an open mind and do check out the extra resources at the end. Continue reading

Low Carb Valentine’s Feast

valentine's heartAs the Beatles once sang, “all you need is love”. And on St. Valentine’s Day we all should be receiving and giving some love to the one closest to us. Maybe you’ll pamper that special someone, buy them a sensual gift or treat them to a night out or maybe you will stay in, light some candles, put on some romantic music and treat to them to a lovely home cooked meal for two. If you are planning on cooking a special meal here is a Valentine’s Day themed menu, all low carb of course! Enjoy! Continue reading

Thai Chicken Curry and Cauliflower Rice

Back in 2011 when we began following a low carbohydrate lifestyle and the Atkins diet, one meal that we felt we would miss was currys. However as we learned more and more about the types of food that can be eaten, we discovered that there are ways to cook and enjoy meals such as curry and rice while still keeping it low-carb.

So, here is one of our top low-carb recipes of all time.  We know you’ll love it! Continue reading

Harmful myths – the death of Dr. Atkins

‘Didn’t Dr Atkins die of a heart attack?’ or ‘Wasn’t Dr Atkins obese when he died?’ are questions we’re asked from time to time. Unfortunately, many years after the death of Dr Atkins these harmful myths are still out there.

The reason I say they are harmful is that they have prevented (and possibly still do) people who believed them, from following the Atkins way-of-eating. Or maybe they stopped following it when friends/co-workers derided them. Based on false information those individuals may not have been able to reach and maintain their weight loss goals and even more importantly gain the health benefits offered by the Atkins Nutritional approach. That is the real damage done by these myths.. Continue reading