Is fruit allowed on the Atkins diet

The ‘5 a day’ campaign has been so successful that anyone you ask on the street would tell you that we should all be eating five portions of fruit and veg a day. Fruit is practically the default health food. So is this true and is fruit appropriate on a low-carb diet like Atkins?

Is fruit appropriate on Atkins?

Fruit on AtkinsSo to answer the question on whether you can eat fruit on Atkins –  it depends on your individual carb tolerance and whether you trying to lose or maintain your weight. Fruit contains fructose which is a natural sugar. However, natural or not, it is still sugar to your body and like all other carbs it is converted to blood sugar and used as fuel for the body, with any excess stored as fat. Continue reading

Homemade chicken and beef stock

In last months recipe for Chicken Chowder, I mentioned that you could make your own stock. This post is going to tell you just how and why you might want to do that.

Homemade Beef StockIt is possible to just buy stock cubes in the supermarket though its difficult to find any that don’t contain added sugar. Why stock cubes need to have sugar added to them is another story!? Despite the added sugar, the amount of carbs per 100ml is generally very low and making your own soups etc with shop bought stock is obviously much preferable to buying ready made soups.

However, when I tried making stock recently and realised just how easy it is and when I read about the amazing health benefits of homemade stock, I thought it well worth the effort. It is fantastic for people with arthritis, skin issues, problems with bones, inflammation in the gut and more. See more on the benefits of homemade stock and bone broth here. Bone broth is similar to stock except that it is usually simmered for 24 hours whereas it takes about 4 hours for stock.

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O Broth-er Where Art Thou?

Apologies for the misdirection, if you were lead to believe that this post may be a review of the classic Coen brothers film “O’ Brother Where Art Thou?” and some tasty photos of George Clooney. I’m afraid you will be disappointed in that department.

However, if on the other hand, you have just begun Induction and you are following the Atkins Nutritional way for the first time, you may be experiencing some short spells of dizziness or mild headaches. Don’t worry, it is a very short term and easily rectifiable situation as you can find out by reading our guidelines on the Induction Phase.

What you may be experiencing are the diuretic effects of following the Induction stage of the Atkins Nutritional way. As you may be aware, in the first week or two you will lose some fluids from your body and along with these fluids, some minerals, such as sodium are also lost. So, how to overcome this? Continue reading