Your Diet Could Be Causing Your Depression

Research was done that shows us that carbohydrates can cause inflammation (besides your waistline)–causing depression!!!

http://www.medicaldaily.com/pasta-and-depression-grains-and-other-carbs-could-be-affecting-your-mood-261266

Results indicated that women who ate red meat and refined grains such as bread, pasta, and chips were at a 29 to 41 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with or receiving treatment for depression.  Prolonged use can cause damage to parts of the body and the brain.

The good news is that there are certain foods which boost mood and control inflammation: Olive oil, coffee, wine, fish, and certain vegetables.

So, for those of you who have been fighting to get off of refined flour products and bad carbs, does this information help you want to do it?

If you choose to do it, follow the rules:

https://skinny-rules.com/?s=rules&submit=Search

 

 

Sometimes You Will Miss Wheat, So Alternatives!

I am off wheat products because of how badly the product is grown now and how it makes me gain weight and get a big belly (read the Wheatbelly by Dr. William Davis http://www.amazon.com/dp/1609611543.

But, I feel that I can have it once in awhile, but it has to be a low-carb version.

Here is a list of 10 food ideas that you can have once in awhile and know that you won’t be hurting your low-carb diet.

1.  PANCAKES!  You can go to Lindora.com and buy their mix, which is about 13g of carbs for a small stack and they taste great.  Make sure you get lite syrup that has few carbs per tablespoon.  Remember that Pancake Syrup is about 53 g of carbs per 4 tablespoons.  I can get a quarter of a cup for 10g of carbs in my syrup.  (See picture)

Also, there are mixes at Netrition.com:

http://www6.netrition.com/lc_foods_pancake_mix.html and http://www6.netrition.com/tova_carbquik_page.html (which can be used for waffles and pizza too)

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I haven’t bought it yet, but if it is as good as their syrup, I am going to like it.

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2.  FlatOut Bread, with less than 10g net carbs per piece.  Make wraps or pizza.

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3.  Western Bagel Perfect 10 Bagel (10g net carbs per bagel vs. over 35g for most bagels):

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4.  Netrition and other online sites have breads and pita breads that are low carb.  Look at Netrition.com for choices.  Also, there are some low-carb and diabetic sugar free places in different cities and states.  Look them up online.

5.  Almond Flour substitution in cakes like the one I blogged about.  YUMMY.  

finished cake6.  Soy pasta noodles by Shirtaki.   I have had them and they smell when you open, but after you microwave, DELISH!

But, Netrition.com and Lindora.com also sell low-carb pasta noodles for sphaghetti, lasagna, etc.

shirataki

 

7.  LOW carb protein bars.  This one and Power Crunch are my favorites, although my sister in law likes the lower carb Kind bars.

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8.  There are lower carb small flat breads in the market for sandwiches, but watch the carb count on those.  Remember, you want between 50 and 100g of carbs a day and no more, to lose weight.  The closer to 50, the faster the weight falls off.  However, the low-carb tortillas that I have bought at Costco and Trader Joes make a nice enchillada with turkey, cheese, tomatoes and sauce.

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9.  Cauliflower-based pizza crust pizza.  So good, you won’t miss the wheat crust.  SO low carb.  I can eat the whole 9 inch pizza for about 10-15g of carbs vs. 30g per slice of a normal pizza.

 

 

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10. My zucchini instead of pasta noodles lasagna.  Delicious.  However, if you really want to get LOW CARB pasta, you can get it online at places like Netrition.com or a low carb shop.  If you eat the regular noodles, it is fattening!  Too many carbs!20130325-223344.jpg

 

 

Low-Carb Noodles or Pasta

Sometimes I just want something different.  Sometimes I just miss pasta.  Sometimes I just want something that feels like comfort.

I have written about this before, but I want to remind people that you can have pasta noodles with a little bit of sauce, just make sure they are the tofu kind and not the wheat-based kind.  Only 3g of carbs per serving.  Not available at every store.  But, you can look online to locate them.  They are also on Amazon.com.

http://www.shiratakinoodles.net/

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They are good.  They smell funny until cooked and then they are awesome.

Try them.  Inexpensive too!

I think I am going to have some right now.