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This issue features the The Low Carb Dieter's Page, and
was sent to us by Brett and Wanda Railey.
The Low Carb
Dieter's Page . . . In the Beginning
"Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings,
Which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them."
— Anne-Sophie Swetchine
I began a law enforcement career in 1977, one year out of high school. As a
6'3" 185 pound young man, I though I had the world by the tail and was
looking forward to rising through the ranks of the department. I began
working with my current police agency in 1981 and was on the S.W.A.T. team,
in good shape and thought I would never have to worry about weight issues
because I was active at the time. As things go in that line of work, I was
injured on the job and due to my injury and two subsequent operations, I was
placed on "light duty" for a year. During that year, my weight slowly
"crept" up on me due to my inactivity until my health was jeopardized more
by my excess weight than my injury! You know the reputation we cops have for
loving our donuts!
Should you be in the Orlando area vacationing, feel free to stop in and
allow us to supply your low carb needs!
In early 1995, I was introduced to the Atkins "Diet" by a fellow police
officer who like me, had been trying every new "gimmick" to hit the market
that would assist in losing weight. I "played" with the diet when I wanted
to lose 15 or 20 pounds, only to go back to my former way of eating.
LowCarbDieters.com began in 1997 as a result of my need for a good tasting
sugar substitute. I was driving over 150 miles to visit a small store in
South Florida just to buy the few things that were available for low carbers
back then, but nothing tasted remotely like sugar to me.
I began searching the Internet and the message boards for anything that
would replace the sugar I was so addicted to, and came across the sugar
substitute Splenda. At that time, Splenda was not available in the United
States and I began ordering it in case quantities from Canada. Many of my
low carb friends asked that I also order for them and I was glad to do so.
Their friends had friends who also wanted Splenda and I decided that the
best way to provide this product to everyone was to place it on the
Internet, and allow orders online.
I had also compiled a collection of low carb recipes for my personal use
because in those days there were few if any low carb products available for
purchase. If you didn't cook it yourself, you didn't eat low carb! I ended
up loaning my recipe collection out to more and more low carbers and those
who borrowed the recipes encouraged me to put it into book form. Four
hundred and thirty four recipes later, "The Skinny on Low Carb Cooking" was
the end result.
After much skepticism about this new "diet", my wife Wanda was won over to
the low carb way of eating and her support was instrumental in my losing 50
pounds in 4 months and for our business expanding and prospering. As new
products were developed, we added the more popular ones to our web site and
currently offer over 550 products for the low carb and sugar free dieter.
Today, we are still a family business with Wanda "running the show" while I
continue in the 23rd year of my career as a Lieutenant commanding the
detective and vice divisions of my local police department. We have
expanded our business to include 4 low carbohydrate diet businesses and have
employees assisting us with the operation. After 4 moves in 5 years due to
growth, we have expanded from shipping Splenda out of my office at the house
to our current warehouse facility in Orlando. While we are primarily an
online business, customers knocking on our warehouse door have necessitated
our opening a retail outlet at the warehouse. In May of this year, we are
looking forward to expanding our current operation into a 2,400 square foot
Orlando, Florida retail location while continuing our online presence.
Brett and Wanda Railey
The Low Carb Dieter's Page
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"A rather splendid company called Home Bistro have put their talented chefs Dennis Chauvin and
Scott Stillman to work on creating complete low carb meals that would rival most fine restaurants.
...these meals are exceptional. Our kudos to the chefs."|
Carb Luxury Review :: December 3, 2002.
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