Real Low Carb Diet Tips from Our Followers for Our Followers!

Any time you begin a new dietary lifestyle, the change can be difficult. This is particularly true when it is a complete overhaul of your existing eating habits, such as when you switch to a low carb diet. For those of you just beginning a low carb diet, you may have cravings that are hard to battle, you may not know how to make proper substitutions, or you may have a variety of other questions related to staying on track and achieving your low carb goals. Last week, we reached out to our dedicated followers and asked experienced low carbers to provide any advice they might give to those just beginning a low carb diet. The response was wonderful, and we have a lot of advice to impart to you given by those who have been in your shoes. Read on to get some of the best real-world advice you will find on low carb dieting:

Ignore negative comments – Cindy Loving pointed out that there will be people who will try to dissuade you from the lifestyle, telling you it is unhealthy or not the best option. As she said, “if you do your research and follow the principles, low carbing can be life changing.”

Be prepared – this was a recurring comment made by many of our low carbers. Preparing snacks and other foods in advance of traveling so you aren’t tempted to stop at a store and purchase foods that don’t adhere to the low carb lifestyle is one great tip. Three great items to keep in the car, according to follower Cheryl Burns Perkins, are water, pork rinds and peanuts. Another way to be prepared is by planning for meals in advance and making purchases for the week based on your low carb list. As Mary Ann Galvin Anderson stated, “If you don’t buy high carb junk food, you can’t eat it.”

Know your substitutions – Learning about substitutions for sugars (such as splenda) and finding ones that work for you can be key to sticking to a low carb lifestyle. The same is true with substitutions for flour (such as ground oatmeal) and bread crumbs (oat bran is a great option). Learning about, and using, substitutions when cooking can make sticking to a low carb diet much easier.

Take advantage of available foods – As Haroon Jawadi points out, with the low carb diet gaining more popularity over the last few years, there are more commercial products available that allow you to enjoy the foods you love without ruining your low carb diet. With these available options, unlike even 10 years ago, you are able to “eat breads and pastas and sweets and still be low carb,” as Haroon says.

Set realistic goals and stick with them – Any time you try a new diet, it is important to set realistic goals so you aren’t tempted to give up when you don’t reach a goal that was set too high in the first place. By doing so, you will be better able to stick with your low carb plan. Even on the hard days, it is important to try to stay on track to reap the benefits of a low carb lifestyle. As Josephine Sooknanan said, “Don’t give in or give up…the lifestyle is so worth it!”

If you want to take advantage of the available low carb products that make the lifestyle easier than ever, be sure to visit us at Linda’s Diet Delites! Thanks for reading our blog, and we would like to say a special thank you to all of our Facebook fans that took the time to offer their advice to new low carbers! 


Diabetes Prevention – 4 Tips in Addition to a Low Carb Diet

Many of our customers have chosen to live the low carb lifestyle because they are diabetic and they want to manage or potentially reverse the disease. Many others do so because they are either prediabetic or may have a history in their family of diabetes, and they want to prevent the disease from ever presenting. It’s no wonder people are afraid of developing the disease – according to the International Diabetes Federation, one in ten adults will have diabetes by the year 2030. A low carb diet is one of the best things you can do for your body to help manage diabetes as well as prevent the disease. There are, however, additional things you can do in addition to maintaining this healthy diet that can benefit those who are diabetic or those who want to avoid the disease. Read on for a few things to incorporate into your daily life along with a low carb diet:

Limit alcohol intake – although most low carb dieters already do this, thinking consciously about limiting your alcohol intake can help you reduce your chances of acquiring diabetes even further than a low carb diet alone.

Stop smoking – studies have shown that smoking can be a contributing factor to the development of diabetes. Lessen the chances of a diabetes diagnosis by quitting as soon as possible.

Get regular exercise – some doctors recommend walking two miles per day several days a week. It doesn’t have to be walking, though. Getting at least 20 minutes of exercise at least three times a week can work well in conjunction with a low carb diet to reduce the risk of diabetes.

Maintain a healthy body weight – for those on a low carb diet for an extended period of time, this is often a naturally-occurring side effect. For those who have not yet begun the low carb lifestyle, doing so in order to achieve a healthy body weight (between 18.5 and 24.9 BMI) is a great start to the prevention of diabetes. Even if you don’t adhere to a low carb diet regularly, losing enough weight to achieve a healthy body weight can help in preventing diabetes from developing.

Thanks for reading our blog! Whether you choose to solely use a low carb diet as a prevention or for management of diabetes, or you opt to do so in combination with any of the above, be sure to visit us at Linda’s Diet Delites for some great low carb foods!



Can a Gluten-Free Diet Help Migraine Sufferers?

There are many side effects of having Celiac disease, but one of the lesser-known sufferings is migraine headaches. In a recent study, researchers determined that sufferers of Celiac disease and those with a gluten sensitivity are more likely to have migraine headaches than those who don’t have either of the conditions. Read on to learn more about the study and what researchers have to say about a gluten-free diet as a way to fend off migraines:

About the study relating Celiac disease to migraine headaches –
According to the study, 30% of all patients with Celiac disease reported experiencing chronic headaches and  56% of those with gluten sensitivity reported the same. Although there were more people with gluten sensitivity reporting chronic migraine occurrence, the severity was opposite. Among those who said they suffered headaches often, 72% of those with Celiac disease graded them as severe, while 60% of those with gluten sensitivity also said theirs were severe in intensity.
Did switching to a gluten-free diet reduce migraine headaches?
The study did conclude a certain decrease in the amount or intensity of headaches that patients experienced when they switched to a gluten-free diet. However, many patients did report positive results. Although more studies would be necessary in order to determine if a gluten-free diet could work to reduce the frequency and pain of migraines in those who do not suffer from either of these conditions, doctors say it can’t hurt. Since many people opt for gluten-free diets without harm, regardless of whether or not they have a gluten sensitivity, it might be a diet to consider for those who suffer migraines frequently. For those who suffer migraines often, it is common to try a variety of home remedies – anything to help prevent or relieve the pain. A gluten-free diet is one possibility that could potentially have an effect on the frequency of migraine headaches.
Future studies may be possible –
Given the connection between migraines and gluten sensitivity in this study, it is possible that in the future, those who suffer migraines may be tested for this type of sensitivity or other related conditions. In addition, there may be studies performed on whether a gluten free diet can help those who suffer migraines but do not have Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity.
Thanks for reading our blog! If you opt for a gluten free diet in order to combat migraine headaches, visit us at Linda’s Diet Delites to find a wide selection of foods to suit your needs.