HAVE YOU LOST YOUR PERIOD ON A LOW CARB DIET? IT’S NOT THE DIET, IT’S THE FLAX.

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I saw this coming. I hate to say, “I told you so,” but I’ve been warning about this for a long time. Low-carb and Paleo diets are taking the blame for a problem caused by eating too much flax. Naturopath, Dr. Lara Briden, gave a presentation at The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand symposium on women’s reproductive health. She reported that she was concerned about the number of young women who have lost their periods on a low-carb diet. “It is real and it is happening,” she says…

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SANDWICHES ARE BACK!

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SANDWICH WITH DELI MEAT AND CHEESE AND MICRO-GREENS, (c) 2015, JUDY BARNES BAKER I’ve eaten more real, honest-to-goodness sandwiches in the last month than I have in the last 15 years! My last post featured the recipe for the low-carb, gluten-free, flax-free buns that brought back the good ole days of quick, convenient lunches without cheating! The obvious thing to do with a bun is to put a burger on it and I’ve certainly done that, but I’ve also used them for other sandwiches like…

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BUNS, BEAUTIFUL BUNS!

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I’ve added another bread to my repertoire! I hope you will love these buns as much as we do. They are perfect for burgers and sandwiches or they can be toasted, buttered, and spread with sugar-free jam. They are low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, and flax-free.  Ingredients: 3/4 cup almond, cashew, or other nut or seed flour 2 Tbsp psyllium husk powder 1 Tbsp hemp hearts, chopped nuts, or shelled sunflower seeds 1 Tbsp sesame seeds or other add-ins, optional (*See Tips and Notes    below for…

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BEYOND HAMBURGERS: 15 LOW CARB GROUND BEEF RECIPES

Grass-fed ground beef is available at some of my local stores now, but grass-fed roasts, chops, and steaks are harder to find. One butcher told me he quit ordering the more expensive cuts because they didn’t sell fast enough and he always had to mark them down. I have to admit, the prices are a deterrent for me too. As a result, ground beef has become a staple in my diet and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. Here are some of…

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YELLOW CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE BUTTER CREAM FROSTING

A rich, moist, basic cake that can be varied by using different flavorings, frostings, and toppings. It is sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and delicious. ¾ cup (3 ounces or 85 grams) almond flour ¾ cup (3 ounces or 85 grams) coconut flour ¼ cup (2 ounces or 56 grams) granular erythritol or other bulk sweetener* 1 teaspoon baking powder A pinch of salt ½ cup (4 ounces or 1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature 4 ounces whipped or regular cream cheese, softened to room temperature…

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CRISPY FLOURLESS CRAB CAKES

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FLOURLESS CRAB CAKES, (c) 2015, JUDY BARNES BAKER The secret to making crisp crab cakes that don’t fall apart without flour or bread is to drain the crab mixture very well. It can be made a day ahead and the cakes can be formed and refrigerated for several hours before cooking. (Recipe adapted from one by David Hagedorn featured in the Washington Post.)  1 pound of jumbo lump crabmeat 2 green onions, white and light-green parts, finely chopped 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1/4 cup…

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RHUBARB CUSTARD PIE

    It’s rhubarb season! Shirley Lowry mentioned on Face Book that she was going to give her old recipe for  a rhubarb custard pie a low-carb makeover. I had this recipe in Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat, so I thought I’d save her the trouble. I thought I’d have to make a pie before I could post it because I didn’t have a picture, but I remembered that a friend had made my pie and sent me the gorgeous photo above to show…

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SOCCA: A TRADITIONAL, GLUTEN FREE FLATBREAD

SOCCA, HOT OUT OF THE OVEN, IN NICE, ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 & GFDL Socca is a flatbread traditionally made from garbanzo bean flour, the kind used to make Papadams. (Hear me out before you say, “No, no, I don’t eat beans!”) The cuisines of India, Algeria, Italy, France, and most of the countries that border on the Mediterranean all have their own special versions of this bread. Socca is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free (unless you use ghee…

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MAKING RESISTANT STARCH DELICIOUS

You may have heard that ninety percent of the cells in our bodies do not share our DNA. We are mutually dependent on the billions of microbes that live in us, on us, and around us. We were never meant to live in a sterile world. These friendly aliens must be nurtured, tended, and replenished if we want them to stick around. Many foods contain a kind of starch that is not digested by human enzymes so it survives until it reaches the colon, where it…

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ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR BREADS IS LOW CARB AND GRAIN FREE!

  PAPADAMS, PHOTO BY CHARLES HAYNES PAPADAMS, PHOTO FROM WIKIPEDIA What if I told you that one of the most popular breads in the world is gluten-free, grain-free, and low in carbs? And that it can be purchased in stores or ordered online? All of that is true if you get the right kind. If you’ve ever eaten in an Indian restaurant, you have probably had these big, crackly rounds called papadams. (They may also be called: papadum, popadam, poppadam, puppodum, pompadum, pompaum, pampad, papad,…

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