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HOW HARD CAN LOW CARB EATING BE

As long as you can understand carbs and sugars you are halfway there. Again your body turns sugars (including things like fruit) and carbohydrates into glucose. Carbs and sugars are the easiest things to turn into glucose. If your diet is high in carbs and sugars and fats your body will store the fat in the usual places.

If you are serious about being healthy and slim then you do need to look at everything you eat. To make your body live on mainly fats you need to lower your carb intake to below 50 grams of carbs a day. Easy as you say but thats only 4 slices of white toast bread.

So you will only eat fruit and vege’s, one apple and one peach thats 27 grams of carbs, half way to your day’s target. One large carrot 10 grams and one tomato 12 grams. You now see how even eating healthy can put weight on.

Generally any vegetable that grows above the ground is lower in carbs than those that grow below. I’m not saying don’t eat the below ground stuff just eat them sparingly. Berries have the lowest amount of carbs. Meats are high in fats and have no carbs but your body does turn protein into glucose so eat more fish and chicken. Meats should be the highest food group to eat.

Eat other fats like butter, avoid artificial spreads which are harmful.

Things to avoid include white flower (70 percent of white flower is carbs) and everything containing this flower. includes pasta’s, corn flours. All is not lost as we have put recipies and alternatives to carbs, sugars and flowers on this blog. If you are not sure on what I am saying here google it and make your own mind up. If you are gluten intolerant then be carefull with some alternative flowers.

Look at the back of packets when you shop for carb content. Once you get the hang of this you will only visit 2 or 3 isle’s in the whole supermarket. But be warned anything that is really healthy is expensive but you will save money by not having to pay for weight watchers (look at the amount of carbs in weight watchers meals at the supermarket, you slim by porsion size).

We have spent hours researching all this stuff for our own well being and our intension is to show you our journey and not push you into anything, we encourage you to look things up and make your own mind up.

below is a pyramid guide to how much of different food groups to eat.

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CAULIFLOWER RICE

If you want to try a replacement for high carb rice, try this it tastes great.

Blend half a cauliflour till rice size.
Add 50 grams butter, 1 tbls of garlic paste, 1 tsp of tumeric and half tsp salt.
Fry on medium heat till cooked.
Place on plate, place your stuffed chicken breasts (check other recipies) or anything low carb you want to try.
*white rice cooked has 35 grams of carbs per 100 grams.
Cauliflower rice has 5 grams of carbs per 100 grams.

BREAKFAST MUFFINS

Grease 3 large ramakins and line the bottom with baking paper.

6 eggs.
4 tsp of coconut flour.
1 tsp of baking powder.
Pinch of cayenne pepper.
Half a cup of grated cheddar cheese.

Beat the eggs then add the dry ingreadients.
Mix well then add the cheese.
Fill ramakins evenly.

Bake at 180 degrees C for 20 to 25 minutes.

When cold cut in half and toast, great with home made jams.
*about 2.5 grams of net carbs per muffin.

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KAURI DIE BACK

As you may have seen on tv here in New Zealand our native Kauri trees are being killed off by a disease in the roots caused by a microscopic fungus like organism called phytophthicida. Was this fungus always in the soil, so where did it come from and why does it effect the trees now?

I watched a documentry on the health of all forests and the scientists showed a whole eco system in and around the tree roots of all trees which helped with nutrition and the general well being of the trees. This micro climate was very suseptible to foriegn organisms.
Was the areas affected by the die back been used as a dumpimg ground for the deadly 1080 toxin? Has 1080 in some way caused the fungus to become toxic to the kauri or allowed the fungus to multiply to the extent it’s killing the kauri?

I know that 1080 has been used in a lot of our forests to kill possums but has it only been a recent addition to the kauri forests. Are the kauri less tolerant to deadly toxins than other trees?
Food for thought.

SAVOURY DINNER ROLLS

Cook 4 strips of bacon (cut small) and quarter of a cubed white onion then drain and cool.

Half a cup of coconut flour.
Half tsp of baking powder.
Two tsp of pysllium husk.
Quarter tsp of himalayan salt.
Pinch of ceyenne peper.

Beat 4 large eggs in a bowl.
Add three quarters of a cup of water.
Add above dry ingredients mix well.
Add bacon, onion and one cup of grated cheddar cheese.

Roll into 9 balls, place on baking paper and place on an oven tray.
Cook at 180 degrees C for 40 minutes.

*taste better than savoury scones.

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WENDY’S LOW CARB SALAD

Quarter cauliflower cut small.

Half green capsicum cubed.

3 radishes cubed.

Quarter of a cucumber cubed.

Quarter of a white onion cubed.

5 cooled hard boiled eggs cut into quarters.

Half of a butter nut pumpkin roasted cut into small cubes and cooled.

8 slices of bacon cut small and cooled.

Mix all well in a large bowl and add Heinz seiously good mayonnaise.

*makes 8 side dishes or 4 main meals.

This salad has boiled chicken instead of the bacon.
If you don’t like some of the vege’s shown add your own favourite raw veg’s

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This is one of the very low carb mayonnaise out there.

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STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS

Slice a pocket in the top of 2 chicken breasts.

Mix half a pottle of full fat cream cheese into a bowl.

one cup of spinach leaves.

two tsp of basil paste

Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix ingredients by hand.

Stuff into chicken pockets.

Wrap each stuffed breast with tin foil.

Bake at 180 degree C for 30 to 40 minutes.

Enjoy

LOW CARB QUICHE RECIPE

PASTRY

1 cup almond flour

quarter cup coconut flour

half tsp xanthan gum

quarter tsp himalayan salt

45 grams butter

1 large egg lightly beaten

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1, add almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum and salt pulse in food processor to mix.

2, add cold cubed butter, pulse to mix (looks like course breadcrumbs).

3, add egg and vinegar, pulse till combined.

4, turn dough onto glad wrap, pat into a ball, seal glad wrap refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.

Roll the chilled crust between baking paper thin enough to cover a 22x26cm tray, place in tray.

Line tray with baking paper, then add crust.

Line top of pie crust with baking paper and fill on top with baking beads.

Bake for 15 minutes, remove paper and beads and let crust cool.

Reduce oven to 180 degrees C.

FILLING.

half a pottle of cherry tomatoes cut in half.

quarter onion cut small

half green capsicum cut small.

one 300 gram pottle of thickened cream.

5 large eggs.

half tsp of pink salt.

quarter tsp of pepper.

Fill the cream pottle with grated tasty cheese.

230 grams cooked and cooled bacon.

Combine the eggs, cream, salt and pepper into a large bowl, using a hand mixer beat until well mixed.

Layer the bacon, capsicum and onion onto the pie crust.

Cover with cheese then pour egg mixture over the top, then place cherry tomatoe halves on top.

Place tin foil around pastry edge to prevent burning.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

* Makes 8 slices net carbs 3 grams per slice.

*carbs do not include tomatoes, leave off if you prefer.

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LOW CARB APRICOT LOAF

Half cup of coconut flour.

2 tblsp of Psyllium husk. (supermarkets)

Half tsp baking powder.

Quarter tsp pink himalayan salt.

4 large eggs.

tsp of liquid sugromax liquid concentrate. (new world)

tsp of no sugar vanilla essence.

60 grms melted butter.

Three quarters of a cup distilled water.

100 grms of dried apricots cut into small pieces.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.

Put 4 eggs, sugeromax, vanilla, cooled melted butter and distilled water into a bowl beat with hand mixer till well combined.

Fold dry ingrediants into bowl until all moisture is absorbed.

Pour into a greased loaf tin and Bake for 40 minutes at 175 degrees centergrade.

Place on cooling rake until cold then enjoy.

Makes about 14 slices

5.3 grams of net carbs per slice.

 

 

 

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