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Why I Created This Blog

by Eric on June 2, 2012 · 13 comments

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Welcome to Slow Carb Diet Experiments, and I hope you enjoy your visit here.  In order to make sure that this site isn’t viewed as “just another recipe site,” I thought it might be helpful to explain why I created this blog, and what I hope to accomplish with it.

First and foremost, I love food.  There’s no denying that, at just about any event (be it a vacation, a baseball game, or a relaxing Sunday at home), my world revolves around food.  There is simply no other necessity in life where you can find such variety and enjoyment.

The biggest problem I have is finding a way to eat healthy while still eating food that tastes really good.  I know there are several types of food that are both delicious and good for your body, but overall, most good-tasting food isn’t going to help you lose weight.  I don’t consider myself overweight (although perhaps I am 10-20 lbs. heavier than  my optimal “healthy” weight), but I feel like I’ve been on a continuous mission for the past 5+ years to lose weight and keep it off.

Most diets I have tried have worked initially, but eventually falter, and the weight comes back.  I’ve tried to exercise on a regular basis, but find myself unable to get into a regular routine.  This leads to random (long) periods of inactivity, where I play the game of “I’ll start working out regularly starting next Monday” only to find that “next Monday” never arrives.

The one diet I have grown fond of is the slow carb diet – the overall concept isn’t original (high protein, low carb), but this particular version of this type of diet was coined by Tim Ferriss in the book, “The 4-Hour Body.”  It’s an interesting read, and the diet is only a small part of the book.  I liked the fact that, while you eat healthy and follow the diet strictly for 6 days a week, you’re given one “cheat day” to eat whatever you want (literally).  It’s a cool concept that makes the diet interesting for at least first few weeks you’re on it.

Over time though, I found that this pattern of eating probably wouldn’t be sustainable for me, and slowly started having mini “cheat days” on a regular basis.  This was a sure fire way to fail the diet and not really lose any weight.

What was the problem? I think it comes back to the fact that I just really love food too much – I don’t like putting myself in a position where I’m only eating to “survive.”   I need to enjoy it too.

So, I started this blog to experiment with ways that I can make food that generally fits the slow carb diet, while still eating food that I enjoy.  When possible, I’m going to find ways to make these meals taste just as good as the high calorie, carb-filled meals that I’ve always enjoyed.  It’s going to take a bit of creativity and experimentation, but I’m up to the challenge.

It’s going to be more than just recipes.  I’ll write more detail about the slow carb diet itself, and I’ll occasionally write about what types of exercises I’m doing.  Perhaps I’ll write about cool new tools and utensils I’ve purchased for my kitchen and other random, related topics.  At the end of the day though, the food will be the focus.

I’m not a professional chef by any means (I’m actually an accountant) – so if I can find a way to make this work for me, so can you.

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Dee July 11, 2012 at 8:10 am

Sounds like we are in a similar boat… love food, need to drop pounds! I’ve done South Beach but since I’m training for long cycling events (50-100 mi rides), no-carb doesn’t cut it! Right now I’m trying to cut down on carbs significantly w/o eliminating them altogether, and keeping a “cheat day” so allow for my love of craft beers. Just started Monday, if I don’t see much results in 2 wks, I’ll do trial & error reducing carbs further. Good luck!

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Eric July 12, 2012 at 4:43 am

Thanks for the comment, Dee! Yes, we are in a similar boat indeed. It sounds like you a have a pretty good plan in place. Let me know how it goes, I’m always inspired by others who can make it all work for them.

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Dana August 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

FYI, most people who are doing low-carb are *not* doing no-carb. But you could technically do no-carb. Despite the claims of the “safe starches” crowd, your body makes all the glucose it needs, and you technically don’t need to eat any.

The South Beach Diet is *not* a no-carb diet. You couldn’t have read the book and come to that conclusion. Next time you adopt a diet plan, please read the book it comes from. I have my issues with the SBD but a lack of carbs isn’t one of them.

Also FYI, you can be an endurance athlete and still be very low-carb. You have to get into a state called keto-adaptation for it to really work. That takes time and it takes monitoring something called blood ketones. This means the ketones actually circulating around in your blood, not the ones you can detect with a Ketostix in the urine. And no, it’s not the same thing as ketoacidosis, which is actually near-impossible to induce in a healthy person. Again, I know there is a contingent of experts that says this is undesirable or not possible–but thousands and thousands of traditional Inuit can’t be wrong on this one. I can’t think of many other areas of the world in which *everyday living* is endurance athletics, as it is above the Arctic Circle.

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Brian July 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

Eric,
You followed me on twitter so I followed back and checking out your blog. I have read the Tim Ferriss book a year or so ago but never actually started to do it. I like the format of the site and that its informative on multiple levels. I have been on several diets over and over but this is something that I can get behind. I am a banker however I have an associates in culinary arts so you would think I have the ability to get some recipes together for this diet. I am using this weekend to get a plan of attack going and then starting monday slow carb in full effect. I will probably be tweeting you a bunch to track progress. @bankingonDC and hopefully I can come up with some good recipes for it.

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Eric July 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Thanks a lot for the comment, Brian. I too have tried several different diets, and all have been very difficult to stick to. So far, the slow carb diet has been the easiest to follow (although I’ve cheated on it several times – outside of the “cheat days” that you’re allowed once per week). The only way to have a sustainable diet is to truly enjoy it. With the right recipes, I do think the slow carb diet is very enjoyable, and the cheat day helps a lot.

Anyway, I’m glad to hear that you’re going to give it a shot. With an Associates degree in Culinary Arts, you’ll have no problem creating meals that work well. Keep me in the loop on how it goes, and if you come across any great recipes for meals that you’ve enjoyed on the diet, I’d definitely appreciate you sharing them. Hope to hear from you on Twitter soon!

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CJ at Food Stories August 5, 2012 at 8:09 am

Love your blog concept :-)

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Eric August 5, 2012 at 8:12 am

Thanks CJ. :) I was recently checking out your blog too – I love all the different food tips/tricks!

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Dana August 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

See, I’m just the opposite. I like food OK, but I don’t like cooking because it doesn’t matter who does the cooking in this house, I am ALWAYS stuck with the cleanup. And, well, I’m a much cleaner cook than the other adult in the house is. It’s to the point I equate culinary *anything* with drudgery, and I’m sorry to realize it, because there are some really tasty LC recipes out there.

But I can deal. I could actually eat the same thing pretty much every day and be fine. So if I wanted to follow this diet, it wouldn’t be a problem. I’d want to leave out some of the stuff he allows, though. I find my body’s not terribly fond of legumes.

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Eric August 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

Thanks for the comment, Dana. I agree, the clean up part is the worst. :) It sounds like you would do really well on this diet.

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Joe September 11, 2012 at 3:01 am

Great idea for a site!

I’ve just started a site on Working Out at Home as opposed to the gym and your project seems to go hand in hand with mine in terms of getting in great shape with a DIY ethos such as constructing your own home workouts or cooking your own food.

Are you doing any exercise or fitness training along side your diet?

I am currently doing Intermittent Fasting and have had good results with it and find it easy to follow but will be keeping an eye on your site for tasty recipes!

Good luck!

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Eric September 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

I like your DIY ideas – I’ll definitely be checking them out. Right now I don’t have any set routine, but I usually do a couple sets of push-ups every other day, and on the off days, I do kettle bell swings. I also mix in some crunches and other random exercises – nothing fancy, just something to slowly build muscle without going to the gym or spending a ton of time working out.

I’ve heard of intermittent fasting but have always been afraid to try it. Thanks for the comment!

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Joe September 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm

No need to be afraid of IF. You can do it in quite a moderate way and still lose fat. I eat between 12pm to 8pm and have had good results.

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Eric September 26, 2012 at 6:04 am

One of these days I’ll try it. :)

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