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Old 08-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #31
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Habaneros are a lot hotter than jalapeños, but they are also fruitier. I love that fruity-spicy flavor of the pepper, and I use them often.

I buy whole habaneros, which are easy to find here, and mince them myself. I leave in most of the ribs, but remove the seeds before mincing.

They're small, but pack a punch. I make poppers about 4 peppers (8 poppers) at a time, and half a habanero works for my spice level preference. Keep in mind, I'm a chili-head!

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:27 PM   #32
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haha my husband has discovered that he likes playing with bacon wrapped poppers.
So I just let him have the kitchen and enjoy the fruits of his labors.

We've been doing them with chevre and water chestnuts.
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Habaneros are a lot hotter than jalapeños, but they are also fruitier. I love that fruity-spicy flavor of the pepper, and I use them often.

I buy whole habaneros, which are easy to find here, and mince them myself. I leave in most of the ribs, but remove the seeds before mincing.

They're small, but pack a punch. I make poppers about 4 peppers (8 poppers) at a time, and half a habanero works for my spice level preference. Keep in mind, I'm a chili-head!

I'm a "chili head" too. I love spicy hot foods. Thanks Ntombi.

Slightly off topic, but I remember when I used to think it was my love for spice and hot foods that caused me heart burn. Since I've gone LC, I've had absolutely NO HEARTBURN, no matter how spicy and hot I eat. Which leaves me to believe that for me, heartburn was a matter of carbs. I think this is another great myth waiting to be busted---what really causes heart burn?!

If you buy into the health/medical consensus, it's all about spicy foods. But if you hang around here long enough, you find out that many of us lose our heartburn by cutting our carbs, and don't have to worry a bit about how spicy we're eating beyond that.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:46 PM   #34
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #35
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Great thread!

Ntombi, can't wait to try your recipe thank you!!!

I, too, completely eliminated my heart burn by going low carb. I used to keep antacids in my vehicles, desk, purse, everywhere. Now I never need them. That's a huge benefit!!
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I'd say either being empowered by mastering my eating disorder, or crispy chicken skin.

Tough call.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:38 AM   #37
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for me it's as you say - no going to bed hungry. I can't do hunger! Also control over my sugar binges and not having to weigh or count or measure anything

but mainly, for me, the lack of hunger
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:54 AM   #38
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Love this thread! Got to agree with Emel-probably controlling a long term eating disorder is the main benefit! Followed by enjoying lovely food and producing tasty dinners for all the family.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:51 AM   #39
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I can actually lose weight eating low-carb! That didn't happen with low fat, low calorie, high exercise (eat less, move more).

My almost daily migraines are gone.

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The three B's - butter, bacon and beef.

I can lose weight fairly readily and my body becomes more muscular - without exercise, which I dislike.

And truth be told, I do sort of like the "counter-culture" aspect of it. I am something of a rebel by nature.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:31 AM   #42
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Ok Notombi ,, you have convinced me that this is the right diet for me!!! I failed so bad at WW this week,, stuck to the points and felt I was starving! I could eat a few of these and feel happy!
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I'm so glad so many of you like this thread!!

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And truth be told, I do sort of like the "counter-culture" aspect of it. I am something of a rebel by nature.
Love it!
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Best Thing #4631: going out to eat at restaurants isn't automatically "cheating"...as long as you're insistently suspicious and interrogate the waiter
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I like that it is a realistic way to eat--- sustainable, as Phinney and Volek term it.

The food can be as involved or as simple as you like, and it can be delicious without a lot of effort. I like it that I enjoy my food--- not a fan of dry chicken breast and lettuce with fake fat-free gunk on it.

Alcohol with carb-free mixers can be a part of a LC plan--- of course we have to use moderation, but for me, having an adult beverage and naked wings with my friends on a Saturday night is a lot more fun than carrot sticks and lemon water.
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I like that it is a realistic way to eat--- sustainable, as Phinney and Volek term it.

The food can be as involved or as simple as you like, and it can be delicious without a lot of effort. I like it that I enjoy my food--- not a fan of dry chicken breast and lettuce with fake fat-free gunk on it.

Alcohol with carb-free mixers can be a part of a LC plan--- of course we have to use moderation, but for me, having an adult beverage and naked wings with my friends on a Saturday night is a lot more fun than carrot sticks and lemon water.
Emel, how does your adult beverage work out for you diet-wise? I'm so worried about stalls that this martini fiend has been grudgingly teetotaling.
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Emel, how does your adult beverage work out for you diet-wise? I'm so worried about stalls that this martini fiend has been grudgingly teetotaling.
I'm not losing fast but I'm losing. 20 lbs in 10 weeks and that includes 3 1/2 slow weeks (right after the week 1 whoosh) when I was eating a lot to control my eating disorder. So not so bad for an old post-menopause non-exercising lush.

If you want to lose weight quickly, I'd skip it. I'd skip a lot of things if I wanted to lose quick. But I'm not racing to the finish. I'll get there, and I'm happy while I'm chugging along.

I do set limits, both for quantity and for frequency.
I drink very light bourbon and caffeine-free diet pepsi. Perfect? No. But I alternate with water, and I can stay cheerful all night long when we're out, all on about 3 oz of booze.
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I make my own Chinese food fairly often, BTW.

I have never done any other eating plan, so I don't have a comparison, but I love meat and I love non starchy veg, so this is the plan for me.

As for the best things? Bacon fat and heavy whipping cream. And cream cheese. And jalapeño poppers. And Marie's blue cheese dressing. And ribeye steaks with a pat of Boursin cheese.
I second the jalapeño poppers. I love them too much, though. I'll make 24 and eat them all over the course of two hours. Then....next day...on the toilet....nuff said.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:52 PM   #49
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Oh, yikes!

I make one meal's worth at a time, which for me is four or five peppers (8-10 poppers). Then that's my meal and I'm happy at the end. Both ends!
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I'm not losing fast but I'm losing. 20 lbs in 10 weeks and that includes 3 1/2 slow weeks (right after the week 1 whoosh) when I was eating a lot to control my eating disorder. So not so bad for an old post-menopause non-exercising lush.

If you want to lose weight quickly, I'd skip it. I'd skip a lot of things if I wanted to lose quick. But I'm not racing to the finish. I'll get there, and I'm happy while I'm chugging along.

I do set limits, both for quantity and for frequency.
I drink very light bourbon and caffeine-free diet pepsi. Perfect? No. But I alternate with water, and I can stay cheerful all night long when we're out, all on about 3 oz of booze.
That's really not bad at all!

I'm envisioning vodka/club soda with a twist sometime in my future, but today I decided to go on Atkins '72 so that's pretty much out the window I think! Skip skip skip

(and it's all about staying cheerful)
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Habaneros are a lot hotter than jalapeños, but they are also fruitier. I love that fruity-spicy flavor of the pepper, and I use them often.

I buy whole habaneros, which are easy to find here, and mince them myself. I leave in most of the ribs, but remove the seeds before mincing.

They're small, but pack a punch. I make poppers about 4 peppers (8 poppers) at a time, and half a habanero works for my spice level preference. Keep in mind, I'm a chili-head!

Habaneros?! wow. You're hardcore.

I remember I tried one once and I felt like my brain had melted and was streaming down out of my nose. Plus teary eyes for days. It was way sexy.
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Nothing, but nothing, can transport my tastebuds into raptures of joy like the taste of the dark brown caramel that comes from cooking meat in fat.

The sun comes out, angels sing, and I begin to moan and sigh in a way reminiscent of a famous resturant scene
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Best Thing #4631: going out to eat at restaurants isn't automatically "cheating"...as long as you're insistently suspicious and interrogate the waiter
Bwahahahahahhahahahaha!!!

We've pretty much figured out what we can eat at our favourite resturants BUT a couple of weeks ago my daughter asked if we could swap out the fries for something like a salad. The waiter came back and said we could....for mash

So we ordered meat lovers pizza and triple stack burgers, shared the burger meat and pizza topping amoung our table, and left the carbs. The waiter couldnt figure out if we had finished or not for the longest time.....

I drink bourbon and coke zero on my socilising nights. I dont lose, but I dont gain either. I sort of just retain a little bourbon for a day or 3.
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Going all day without eating.

I can have one meal at 6am and not be hungry until 6pm. And, be full on 1200 calories a day while maintaining my goal weight of 110 pounds.

I was raised on full fat everything so fatty meat and dairy don't really excite me, but I do like that I can eat all the different vegetables that I love.

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Whenever I'm feeling grumpy about not being able to have gnocchi or whatever, I tell myself "yeah, but you're losing weight and NOT going to bed feeling hungry" (like I did on 1,200 calorie, low fat, high carb diets before) and it really helps w/ perspective.
http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...dumplings.html
I make gnocchi using this dumpling recipe! I just made a copy cat recipe for Olive Gardens chicken and gnocchi soup for lunch using these. They taste pretty great and have a similar texture to olive gardens as well. I just roll the lill balls on my palms before dropping them into the water. A few pages in they talk about making it that way and said they even freeze well. Low carb is even more awesome with gnocchi!
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I make gnocchi using this dumpling recipe! I just made a copy cat recipe for Olive Gardens chicken and gnocchi soup for lunch using these. They taste pretty great and have a similar texture to olive gardens as well. I just roll the lill balls on my palms before dropping them into the water. A few pages in they talk about making it that way and said they even freeze well. Low carb is even more awesome with gnocchi!
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Everything about me seems healthier.
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I don't finish every meal, not full at all, and wondering how on earth I will hold on until I can have my next meal. Also, if you are close to running out of carbs mid day, you don't have to starve to death the whole rest of the day. There are so many extremely low and very filling choices. How well I remember desperately trying to find something with only 100 calories in it that would last me from mid afternoon until bedtime!
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I love the fact that I can eat all I want of the foods that are low carb. I have a problem with eating only a small potion of something. I also like the "well felling" I get after getting all the sugar out of my system.
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I like it that I enjoy my food--- not a fan of dry chicken breast and lettuce with fake fat-free gunk on it.
I feel like I have to start inviting people over to my house to eat chicken and salad so they can be converted into loving chicken like I do. I make chicken without any added fat and it tastes great. You just have to season it right and not overcook it. And, fat free gunk belongs nowhere near vegetables, it's just as vile as all those lc products like Walden Farms.
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