Fighting the Low-Fat Lie Since 1996!

Okay, Gotta Try It.

For years I've heard rumors of Pork Rind Cake, and reports that it actually tastes quite good, like a spice cake or carrot cake. I happen to have a bunch of extra pork rinds in the house, left over from the Meet & Greet, so I think it's time to give it a try. Probably alter the canonical recipe some, though. Among other things, it calls for heavy cream soured with vinegar; I see no reason not to use sour cream.

I will report back here, and fill you in on A) my version, and B) if it's any good.

Low Carb Meet and Greet

Finally wrote up the Low Carb Meet & Greet. Go to CarbSmart and see!

Do you use grains?

* Yes, I use grain products so long as they fit into my daily carb limit.
* I'll use some low carb grain products, but avoid wheat, because of gluten.
* I shun grains altogether, no matter what the carb count.

Sweeteners in Products

* Any of 'em -- aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-K (ACE-K), maltitol, xylitol, erythritol, stevia
* No aspartame, but the others are okay.
* I'll only use products with more natural sweeteners, like xylitol, erythritol, and stevia.
* I'll use most of them, but maltitol gives me gut trouble.

Sugar-Free Sweetener Poll

* I'll use Splenda, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners.
* I'll use Splenda, but not aspartame.
* I'll only use natural sweeteners like stevia.
* I prefer some of the up-and-coming sugar alcohols (polyols) like xylitol and erythritol.
* I don't use sweeteners at all; I feel it's best to learn to live without sweet flavors.

What Sort Of Diet Are You Eating

* I eat a Basic Low Carb Diet -- Atkins or Protein Power-style.
* I'm eating Paleo or Primal -- I've dropped artificial sweeteners, processed low carb products, soy, and all grains.
* I'm following the Glycemic Load Diet.
* I keep an eye on carbs, but don't really follow a specific plan.
* I'm restricting carbs in some other way.

Restaurant Review: HuHot

So our friend Scott Merritt was nearby, having been to GenCon, an event about which I know little except it's a huge, big deal for science fiction fans of all sorts, and apparently for Dr. Who fans in particular. Scott makes his living selling tee shirts at such events.

Sadly, having had to be at GenCon this past weekend meant that Scott won't be able to make it to the Low Carb Meet-and-Greet this coming weekend -- he lives in Texas, and it's quite a drive -- so he came by and hung out for an evening. Very good to see him.

Recipe: Cherry-Almond-Coconut Cookie-Snacky Things

The whole idea here was to come up with a recipe that would work for low carbers and paleo/primal folks, both. The only switch needed is to sub real honey and maple syrup for the sugar-free versions. These are mildly sweet; you could add more stevia if you want them sweeter, or even add some Splenda if you like.

I think these would be great in a kid's lunch box. Or bag. Or whatever kids carry lunch in these days.

Cherry-Almond-Coconut Cookie-Snacky Things

2/3 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons sugar-free pancake syrup

This Evening's Cocktail

Almost a year ago, I wrote about my attempts to make sugar-free limoncello. As I said at the time, I've never had the sugary kind, so I had nothing to judge it against. It's nice, but really too sweet for my tastes, drunk alone.

Recipe: Someone Else's Mother-in-Law's Meat Loaf

Over at the Facebook Fan Page, Susan Fortenberry Winkler expressed unhappiness that she didn't have a low carb meat loaf recipe, so I promised I'd post one here. This one is from The Glycemic Load Diet Cookbook, that I wrote with Dr. Rob Thompson.

A Gram Here, a Gram There...

This past week our nephew, Henry, and our niece, Halliday, have been visiting us. They're terrific kids, 13 and 10, and we had a lot of fun -- went to the local county fair, did some geocaching, poked around the pioneer village and the old, old cemetery at a local park, watched a few movies (Halliday is a To Kill A Mockingbird fan), and just hung out.

And as of this morning, I have an extra 5 pounds around my middle. Argh.

This is not due to any major Indulgence, but rather to just a modest relaxation of restrictions for the duration. To wit:

Product Review: Blue Diamond Almonds in Two New Flavors

Back in May, I gave a less-than-enthusiastic review of Planter's Flavor Grove Skinless Almonds Chili Lime To recap, I found them bland and soggy and uninteresting. Indeed, the remainder of the bag is still sitting, untouched, on the side table behind my desk. I should feed them to the chickens.

My Apologies

I have been very quiet recently, and I want to apologize. It turns out that only part of my problem was sodium deficiency. The whirly head upon standing and the cramps when I pointed my toes went away, but after a few days of feeling much better, I was exhausted again, yawning all day, and barely able to think. Part of that was that my insomnia, usually pretty well controlled, has been acting up, but even on days when I'd slept well the night before I was tired and blank.

Clearly, sodium was not my whole problem.

Mark Your Calender

I've mentioned this on the Facebook fan page and the podcast, but suddenly realized I hadn't blogged about it -- and it's one month from today! YIKES!

Folks, on Saturday, August 13, from noon till 4 pm, we're holding the 2nd Annual Low Carb Meet-And-Greet with me, Jimmy Moore, and low carb blogger Amy Dungan. We'll be hangin' in my back yard, eating low carb food and shooting the breeze.

That Nice Boy I Married Weighs In

That Nice Boy I Married, who long since has pretty much taken over the My Total Gym Transformation blog, and mostly writes about our Slow Burn fitness program, has added his voice to the outcry against Hope Warshaw, and her article in Diabetes Health urging diabetics to eat lots of carbs, and take lots of medication. Read his article here.

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