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Old 01-23-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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Carb free seasonings?

I finally figured out why I've been sticking directly to plan and NOT seeing results!

My two favorite spices look like this nutritionally:
Garlic powder (1tbsp = 7 carbs)
Onion powder (1tbsp = 5 carbs)

Holy cow! I knew that seasonings had carb content, but I had no idea how HIGH they could be...kind of ashamed for not doing my homework months ago.

So, any suggestions for favorite seasoning combos that are very low or NO carb?

Still can't believe I ruined my progress for freakin' spices!
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:43 PM   #2
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I'm also a huge fan of both of those spices. However, it is likely a few weeks before I would use a tbsp of either one. That's a lot! A few dashes here and there would be minimal carbs. I think spices are fine in moderation as long as the mix doesn't contain any sugar. My favorite blend for steaks/chicken is Cavenders Greek seasoning. It lists 0 carbs per serving (1 oz) so you could count it as 1 carb to be on the safe side.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:49 PM   #3
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Basically all seasonings are plant-based, and therefore have carbs. Coffee and tea is the same, NOT carb free. I count them, but I do not stress about them.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:51 PM   #4
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*sigh* maybe I'm missing something else?
Started a meat/egg fast four days ago, and am feeling a bit lighter already. Even without seeing the scale move, I feel exponentially better on a LC WOE, so I have no plans on going back. However, not seeing the weight loss is incredibly frustrating.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:55 PM   #5
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A tablespoon of garlic or onion powder is a LOT, though. Have you ever measured out 1/4 Tbsp? Or even 1/8? You need to measure these amounts so you get a visual of how little you are really talking about. I seriously doubt you would be using anything close to even half a tablespoon on anything you'd be eating, and I really don't think your use of these seasonings is affecting your weight loss.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:12 AM   #6
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Use Mrs Dash or Garlic Salt every now and then but mostly its just good ole Salt and Pepper.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:45 AM   #7
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I add spices in moderation, and always check if there aren't any hidden sugars or fillers in the product. I count them, but they don't add up much. As for onion and garlic, I use the fresh stuff...

Your weight could be stalled for a number of reasons, which could very well have nothing to do with the spices.
Do check for hidden sugars or fillers. If there's a long list of ingredients on your spice containers, my tip is to bin them!
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:00 AM   #8
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Fellow garlic lover I had no idea a lot of carbs in the spices
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:10 PM   #9
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HawaiiHoney - really, there aren't that many carbs per eaten serving. I can't think of any recipe where I'd use a tablespoon of garlic powder.

I suppose if you're in induction and trying to stay under 20 grams per day, you might take this into consideration, but beyond this, you could round out the spices you use in a dish to a gram and still continue to eat LC.
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