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"The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious.."
— Ted Levitt
Do you eat to live, or live to eat?
Like laundry, dishes, death, and taxes, there's no escaping food. We have
to eat. The presence of food in our lives is inescapable. We have to eat
the right things, at the right times, or else we suffer the consequences.
For example, I get extremely grumpy when I get hungry. I have late afternoon
dizzy spells if I skimp on lunch. I've had hangovers from eating too much far
more often than I've had them from drinking. And if I eat the wrong things,
my digestion kicks up for at least two days, warning me never to do it again.
It's not just me, though — obviously. Our entire society is programmed by the
Tyranny of Food. We always want more, or at least the fast food establishment
seems to think so as they've moved beyond "want fries with that?" to the twin
questions, "try a combo meal today?" and "wanna supersize it?" Restaurant
meal portion sizes have grown beyond all sense, too. In an effort to give more
value to their customers, they keep increasing the amount of food they pile on
the plates. Seriously, who needs a one-and-a-half pound steak or a one pound
Having eaten more, we then turn to the drug companies for comfort. Heartburn
sufferers nationwide rejoiced when a popular prescription treatment went "OTC"
and can now be purchased, at warehouse clubs no less, without the advice of
doctor. I'm old enough to remember Alka-Seltzer's "I can't believe I ate the
whole thing," commercials, which were funny because we had all been victims of
our own indulgences; we could sympathize. Nowadays, that ad campaign wouldn't
fly: eating "the whole thing" isn't an occasional splurge, it's a way of life.
Why is that? Because for 30 years now, the low fat diet mantra and the
grain-heavy USDA Food Pyramid have been pushing carbohydrates to an extent that
interferes with many people's insulin metabolism. They eat more because they
are hungry all the time. They're hungry all the time because of all the carbohydrates
they eat. It's a vicious cycle, but fortunately there is a way out.
Controlling carbohydrate intake is the first step. But those carbohydrate
calories have to be replaced with something, right? One of the biggest complaints
I hear about maintaining a low carb diet is that it's monotonous. "I'm just so
sick of eggs for breakfast, and meat and salad for lunch and dinner."
It can even get to the point where the thought of eating one more egg is enough
to make you want to skip breakfast altogether. That would be a bad idea though,
because if there is one common theme recurring in every low carb diet plan out
there, it's that you have to eat to be successful at it. You're trying to
reprogram your metabolism here. If you start skipping meals, your body will
think you're trying to outlast a famine and will hold onto every calorie you
eat. So you have to eat, and eat often enough so that you don't get hungry.
So, what do you eat when you have no idea what you want to eat, but you know
you don't want eggs? You want something quick, hot, tasty, and legal, with
no weird or hyper-expensive ingredients. Does such a thing even exist? You
bet it does! Don't be afraid to give this a try:
Serves 1, usually
In a small microwave safe bowl, soften the cream cheese slightly
by microwaving for 15 seconds or so, depending on the power of
your microwave. Break the egg into the bowl, and stir it into
the cream cheese. Stir in the protein powder, and mix well so
there are no clumps of dry powder. Add your sweeteners, flavorings,
and extras. Microwave on high power for 1 to 2 minutes. You want
it to be cooked but not "fried"; when it's done, it will be set
throughout. Cooking time will vary depending on how shallow your
dish is, whether you are using liquid or powdered sweetener, and
how many extras you've added in. Experiment!
- 1 egg
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1 scoop vanilla whey or soy protein powder
- sweetener to taste
(usually 1-2 packets of Splenda granular, or 1
or more Tbsp of sugar free syrup)
- flavorings to taste: sugar free vanilla extract
[read the label], cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder ?
- extras, to taste: 1-2 tsp sugar free jam, a few blueberries
or raspberries, chopped nuts?be careful not to go
overboard here, as all the extras add to the carb count
Some popular combinations are:
Some popular toppings include butter, maple syrup, sugar free jam, and
softened cream cheese sweetened with Splenda or sugar free syrup.
Toppings can go a long way in mitigating any dryness.
- vanilla sugar free syrup or vanilla extract and Splenda,
- apple pie spices with bits of chopped apple, or dollops
of unsweetened applesauce
- pumpkin pie spices with a 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened
- sugar free cherry syrup to make a "cherry cheese Danish"
- a tablespoon each of cocoa powder and unsweetened peanut
Note: Many people enjoy this recipe without the protein powder, which
admittedly can make it a bit dry. However, for breakfast, it's important
to get adequate protein to start off your day. One egg and 2 ounces of
cream cheese give you about 10 grams of protein, which is probably only
about half of what most folks need. If you're looking for a quick,
complete breakfast, don't skip the protein powder, or make a double
That's it for this edition, but have you checked the MakeItLowCarb
Mailbag recently? You can send your recipe conversion requests and
other questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responses to reader questions may be featured in an upcoming column, so keep 'em coming!
Copyright © May 2004 Joan Hedman and Low Carb Luxury
Title and inset photos Copyright © 2004 Neil Beaty and Low Carb Luxury
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