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Low Carb Revelations

3 years living low carb – verdict?

After about three full years living (and learning) the low carbohydrate lifestyle – I have to say without a doubt, it is the one and only sustainable long-term health “plan” you can provide for yourself.

But that is not to say it is (or was) without revelations, new discoveries, hiccups and roadblocks.

Because the world is constantly moving in all directions, and as we learn (or un-learn, or re-learn) subtle (and often risky) facts about about nutrition in general – it absolutely pays to stay on your toes, keep educating yourself, and remain active in the low carb world.

Human Guinea Pig – will try almost anything

In the past year or so – I’ve experimented with foods and methods that were essentially outside of the direct “comfort zone” of a true low carb / high fat (LCHF) diet.

They weren’t the same “bad” things I used to eat – but as I’ve realized, they are NOT necessarily good either. Let’s take a look.

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  • “Gluten Free” is VERY over-rated: About the ONLY benefit of “gluten free” (besides the obvious Celiac reasons), is that you don’t suffer from the same inflammation and “bloating” you’d experience if you ate a substantial wheat-based meal. Other than that – and as we’ve read in Dr. William Davis’ new book: Wheat Belly – Total Health – is that ALL GRAINS ARE BAD. Rice. Corn. Oats. Barley. Human beings were NOT “designed” to eat the seeds of grass. Period. We’re not cows with four stomachs, or dogs with two. We have one single stomach, and our bodies are plain and simply NOT made to process those “edible” items. A majority of diseases and unpleasant “symptoms” can be traced back to grains. Eliminate them entirely.
  • Organic – still open for debate: While I certainly don’t want to eat pesticides or GMO products – I’m still on the fence with certain organic foods. One, the cost per unit of measure is substantially higher – which may or may not present a problem long term. Additionally – I’m a bit concerned with the authenticity of most commercial organic products. Unless I was there on the assembly line, how can one be 100% positive it’s genuine? Furthermore – any kind of carby snack that boasts “all natural” and organic should still be avoided if they contain grains of any kind. I will add though, that we had some organic blueberries the other day that were out of this world. Way better than the cheaper chemical-laced berries.
  • “Cheating” never has an upside: Even if you’re on a huge “winning streak” and feel better than ever – there is NEVER a time to “cheat” just because you “deserve it.” Because cheating is just punishing yourself. One, you’ll most likely get a stomach ache (or experience body pain and stiffness). Two, it will raise your blood sugar levels and knock you out of nutritional ketosis. Could be a day, two or more before you’re burning stored body fat again. And lastly, once to have that taste of the addictive carbs – you’re prone to cheat a few more times within a short time-frame (until the suffering wakes you back up). Staying on track is much more rewarding than 15 minutes of “palate pleasing.”
  • Watch your alcohol: After drinking nothing but red wine for a few years – I had the cravings for an ice-cold frothy beer during one of our warmer days this past summer. That kicked off a week or two long streak where I didn’t care. The beers went down nice (and you got a different “buzz” too, believe it or not) but I felt worse the following days. I don’t care if beer has a different sugar (Maltose), it’s still not a smart choice if you need that drink. Stay off the beer (think “beer belly.”)

Recommended Low Carb Reading

The Big Fat SurpriseOther than the awesome latest edition of the Wheat Belly book I mentioned above – here are a few others we’ve read and recommend:

  • The Big Fat Surprise – Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz: A NY Times Best Seller and filled with 1000′s of references, The Big Fat Surprise was the result of over a decade of research that absolutely DESTROYS conventional “wisdom” about nutrition we were all force-fed for the past 40+ years. Bottom line, our obesity epidemic is most certainly a “western disease” thanks to misinformation, the industrial revolution, and more. Quit “counting calories” and being afraid of good fats and you’ll be in great shape.
  • Wheat Belly Cookbook and Wheat Belly 30-minute (or less) Cookbook: Together, these two cookbooks will give you over 350 dishes you can create that are wheat and grain-free. Absolutely fantastic (especially the 30 minute version). You’ll never miss bread again, and if you start today – perhaps by next summer you’ll be ready to wear a bikini at the beach for the first time in a long time!

Good luck to whomever is finally about to take the low-carb plunge! You’ll be amazed at how you can turn you life around for the better!

Crumbs Bake Shop – Revived

Crumbs Bake Shop brought back to life… for now

Shortly after Crumbs Bake Shop closed, millionaire and liberal TV talk show host Marcus Lemonis stepped in with a $6.5 million dollar plan to revive the fledgling diabetes store sweet bakery.

Now at least three NJ locations will be brought back to life. Bridgewater, Hoboken and Westfield. They should be opening up any day now.

Lemonis called the bake shop “iconic” (why? because it was a “brand name?”) and said that it was important to step in because of the “delicious products.” I smell something, and it doesn’t smell like cupcakes.

For one, the entire grain industry is “commoditized” purely for profit and he must know people in “Big AG” in order to peddle what amounts to drugs destructive to the human body, one or two “gluten free” items or not. More and more people are waking up to low-carb each week, so I wonder why they’re betting on it.

I suspect there are enough ignorant, uneducated people out there for this place to maintain a profit. But for how long, is anybody’s guess.

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Never Ending Pasta: WHY?

Olive Garden luring Americans with “Never Ending Pasta Pass”

Pasta makes you fatWow.

Olive Garden recently had a promotion, featuring diabetes a “Never Ending Pasta Pass,” which for a mere $99, you can eat all the pasta you want for seven weeks! The promotion sold out in minutes as nearly a million boneheads bombarded the Olive Garden website in order to snatch up this belly-busting deal.

If you haven’t woken up yet, those carbs will hurt ya! I bet anyone taking that promotion to the fullest will undoubtedly impact their health in a very negative way.

Even sadder is the fact that over 6 million people are fans of those “endless bread sticks” and other insulin-wrecking food-stuff that is plain and simply dangerous to eat regularly, especially in excess. But it’s “cheap” and tasty, so what do people care, right?

David Letterman’s Top 10 “fine print clauses” for this pasta-shoveling stunt is hilarious!

Cereal Killers

Independence Day Cereal Killers

As the whole country will be “celebrating” the Independence Day holiday this upcoming long-weekend, here is a documentary you might enjoy being enlightened by: Cereal Killers. (It will be available for free viewing at Dr. Mercola’s website for just for another day – afterward, you’ll have to purchase the video for $14.99).

You might want to think carefully about what you shove in your pie hole at any holiday BBQ in Hoboken. While “handy” burgers and hot dogs sure may hit the spot – and you may think you’re perfectly lean and so on – but ask yourself, “what’s going on inside my body that I cannot see?”

Below is a preview, and it echos what we’ve been telling you about low-carb living for years:

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The film follows Donal – a lean, fit, seemingly healthy 41 year old man – on a quest to hack his genes and drop dead healthy by avoiding the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family.

Donal’s father Kevin, an Irish gaelic football star from the 1960s, won the first of 2 All Ireland Championships with the Down Senior Football Team in 1960 before the biggest crowd (94,000) ever seen at an Irish sporting event.

When Kevin suffered a heart attack later in life, family and friends were shocked. How does a lean, fit and seemingly healthy man – who has sailed through cardiac stress tests – suddenly fall victim to heart disease?

Can a controversial diet consisting of 70% fat provide the answers?

60 Second Review: Crepe Guru

Crepe Guru blesses Hoboken with tasty grub!

Crepe Guru – at 315 Washington Street opened up just a week or two ago, and they’re already “knocking ‘em out of the park.”

Great owners, a fabulous product, and a unique niche filled in Hoboken. What a winning combination.

Crepes are 10x better than “wraps”

Crepe Guru Hoboken 60 second reviewWhen thinking of “crepes,” most people typically refer to the dessert kind… sweet. But Crepe Guru does those, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner! Egg sandwiches, chicken, steak, vegetarian, and even salads if you want to go way low-carb.

For the purpose of this review – let’s get the one product I tried out of the way first. The “Dyno-mite” Chicken Crepe. (See Crepe Guru menu here).

The “Dynomite” Chicken Crepe – is grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, honey mustard and cholula sauces, plus diced tomatoes and lettuce. For those who still might have trouble picturing what a crepe really “is,” think of it as a “super deluxe” Hot Pocket, or even better – a “gyro” that doesn’t squirt all over and end up on your back.

Your crepe is prepared on one of six electric crepe pans in the center of the store. (The back kitchen area is for “prep.”) The “dough” used for the crepe “sandwiches” differs slightly from the softer dessert kind – as it’s “stronger.” Consider it a light, crispy superior to the god-awful carbohydrate-dense “wraps” that have probably killed more people than all gun and knife violence in the world.

And if you’re lucky enough to have co-owner Peter Alvarez be the one that makes it for you – be in for a symphony of crepe-making magic. Quite amazing he does it with such finesse and attention to detail.

Overall, the taste was fantastic, crepe was piping hot and fresh, and hit the spot perfectly. Not overly stuffed, nor was I left feeling hungry. Can’t wait to try the breakfast crepes!

PS – you can also see artwork from Ocean Clark on display in the store, which is also available for purchase. Give Crepe Guru a call if you’re hungry for a tasty, well-prepared meal! (201)795-4878. Oh, and they’re open early (at 7am) and late on weekends (till 3am).

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60 Second Review: Slider Street

Slider Street “gourmet sliders” in Hoboken

“Sliders” can take many shapes and forms. Such as White Castles, to ultra-mini “squished meatballs” on even tinier buns – and everything in-between. Then you have Slider Street (138 Park Ave.) who specializes in gourmet sliders of all kinds.

But how are they? Read on to find out…!

Breakfast lunch and dinner at Slider Street

After months of agonizing construction, a bad winter, Slider Street opened about two weeks ago to much fanfare, and almost 10,000 sliders sold already!

They offer a top-to-bottom menu of various sliders. From egg sandwiches in the morning, to hamburger, steak, chicken – even veggie sliders of all kinds. Each slider is given a “Street name” (which was too clever for me to pick up on at first!) And they deliver every minute they’re open – including that hungover breakfast for those too embarrassed do the “walk of shame.” Rounding out the MENU are various potato sides (tater tots, french fries, sweet potato, etc) and a few dessert options.

For this purpose – we “sampled” just a few items – and can report back very positive results!

Slider Street Hoboken NJ chicken egg sandwiches

New U2 song? Where the Sliders have a Street (name?)

  • Las Vegas Blvd: Pretty much a bacon egg and cheese. But it’s nicely packed. One egg on a small brioche bun is incredibly more satisfying (per bite) than a diner egg sandwich so puffy with bread you can have a kids bounce-house party on it. And the way they “grill” the bread gives it that hybrid “toasted / grilled” taste. A+
  • Mulholland Drive: A grilled chicken (I ordered mistakenly – wanted a burger), with provolone, bacon, arugula (fancy lettuce to the layman), and this awesome creamy avocado spread (on the same nice bun – you have to request the “grilled” bun for non-breakfast sliders, FYI.) Delicious and hit the spot like a champion dart player. A+
  • Poppy Street (not pictured): A burger “stuffed” with bacon, cheddar, jalapeno’s – the same fancy lettuce and some mystery “slider sauce.” KEY WORD: STUFFED. Initially, we shamefully didn’t see the word stuffed, and thought we got stiffed out of those “toppings.” After further review, the menu does indeed say “stuffed.” The burger tasted ok, but we felt it was way too small. After speaking with one of the owners, they’ve since “re-calibrated” the portion size of the “stuffed” sliders to take into account the extra ingredients “stuffed” inside. As for this verdict? INCOMPLETE due to first day “kinks.” We’ll try again later this week. Happy reviews from other customers put the Poppy Street burger in the Top 5 category.

We sacrificed our low-carb lifestyle temporarily to taste these hand-held gourmet delicacies (when you can run a marathon in your sleep – you’re allowed those privileges), and can assure you – they have this genre down pat.

For those not in the mood for carby buns – can also get their sliders in a salad version too! We’ll sample that for the next update one day soon.

Call Slider Street at 201-683-9444 to place your order to pick up or have delivered. Can’t imagine they’d have one unhappy customer – ever!

Kudos to Slider Street for starting out of the gate with tasty creations and rock-solid execution!