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 The Low Carb Luxury Online Magazine  
    April 2005    Page 5       > About LCL Magazine     > Cover Page      > Inside Cover    Feature Pages:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11  12  13  14     


Feature Articles
 Why Coenzyme Q10?
 Handling Food Safely
 Make it Low Carb: Saucy!
 Springtime Recipes
 A Time of New Beginnings
 5 Ways to Beautiful Skin
 Food and Wine Pairings
 Time Management Tips
 Recipes from Dreamfields
 Living Authentically
 Panel: Exercise & Weight Loss
 GL, GI? Oh My!
 Top Picks: Low Carb Books
 Perfect Scrambled Eggs



  The Low Carb Connoisseur


                                                     "We look for depth in a well
                                              A pearl in its shell
                                                     A face behind a veil..."

Spring is the season of awakening, rebirth and new beginnings. If your New Years? resolution went astray, now is the time to recommit to success. And if you're still on track, it might still be a great time to look at how it's going for you...

  • Are you feeling good?
  • Are you seeing results?
  • Are you being realistic in your carb counts and portions?
  • Are you working toward a realistic goal?
  • Are you including exercise?
  • Are you drinking lots of water?
  • Are you taking your supplements?
Take your time with these... think hard about what's been happening. How you answer these questions should give you a pretty good idea if any "new beginnings" are called for.

Now let's look at what steps you can take if need be to get going in the right direction...

Drink Your Water!
At least 8-10 8-oz glasses of water a day. Water helps transport vital nutrients, regulates body temperature, eases digestion, keeps joints supple, cleans out your body, keeps skin healthy and young. Not drinking enough leads to dehydration, resulting in headaches, fatigue, dizziness, constipation, and foggy memory.

Not drinking enough water can lead to excess water weight, because our bodies will store water outside our cells. That's where you feel bloaty and heavy. Water helps the liver do its job more efficiently, namely in metabolizing fat. If you're not consuming enough water, your liver has to work overtime with its other primary function: detoxifying the body.

Water helps maximizes the liver's efficiency of both jobs, so you keep your insides clean, your weight healthy, and get rid of fat.

Feed your body well:
Being on a lowered carbohydrate diet alone can help prevent illness and disease. But don't buy into the media hype that says low carbers don't eat vegetables. You can and SHOULD have veggies every day. And eat a variety of them - in different colors. These colors will give you a greater spectrum of valuable disease-fighting nutrients. If you're further along in the diet, you may be able to eat a number of low sugar fruits as well... primarily berries and melon.

Be a label reader:
Don't go by carb count alone. Understand that the ingredients in any product matter. If you are taking in trans fats (hydrogenated oils), or high fructose corn syrup — even in small amounts — this can derail a low carber fast. Be aware of sugar alcohols, and don't go over 8 grams in any one sitting. If you stall (no weight loss for more than 4 weeks), you might look at removing the specialty foods and sugar alcohols from your intake.

Your fitness routine might include strength training, aerobic conditioning, and/or flexibility. Being fit helps you to enjoy life. It increases mental sharpness and physical endurance. An energized body helps give you a positive outlook on life, plus you look great, feel great, and reduce your risk of disease. You'll be better equiped to make good food choices too.

Supplements matter:
At a minimum, you should be taking:
  • A good multivitamin with NO iron
  • CoEnzyme Q10 ? 75-150 mg per day.
  • Acetyl l-Carnitine ? 1000 mg per day
  • A good Essential Fatty Acids supplement if you don't eat some form of salmon, tuna, or olive oil every day.
Be courageous:
Helen Keller once said, "Life is either a series of adventures, or it is nothing." We all have this shield of armor that protects us from some aspect of life. This shield is your comfort zone, and for many of us that armor has been formed with food. Comfort foods. Bad food choices. When you take off this armor, success is more easily grasped.

Live in the present:
Yesterday's gone. Tomorrow never comes. Don't dwell on past failures. Even if it was only yesterday. Didn't I just say yesterday is gone? Everything is always in the present moment, so live it fully and forge forward.

Make time for yourself:
Keep reminding yourself that you matter and that your goals must remain uppermost in importance. You need TIME to prepare proper meals, to learn more about your diet plan and your body. Time to shop for the right things. Time for you. You're worth it.




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