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Quick. Do not think of a pink elephant.
Oops. Did you see a pink elephant in your mind?
You see, suppressing your thoughts just doesn't work.
So if you wish to go low-carb, it's not effective to tell yourself not to eat carbohydrates. Because all you'd keep picturing in your head are all the stuff you don't want in your body - like donuts, pasta, etc. And guess what you would automatically reach for when your tummy goes growl.
So do yourself a favor and focus on the good stuff that you want and love to eat. For instance, your favorite lean cut of meat, or some non-starchy vegetable.
Perhaps we should start by NOT calling it a low-carb diet and instead calling it a high protein and vegetable diet.
Here's how you can be more aware.
On Day 1, get a notebook and put a check mark in it whenever you feel like eating carbs. Now go ahead, eat the carb.
On Day 2, put a check mark down similarly. Then next to it, write down the emotion that you believe triggered the craving. You're probably right. Really. Next, have the carb.
On Day 3, after putting down the check mark, the trigger emotion and having the carb, notice what the resultant emotion you experienced after satisfying your carb craving. Write that down.
Look through your notes and see if a pattern emerges.
Quite often, you'd discover that you eat for emotional reasons. Starchy carbs are often experienced as an alternate source of comfort. And that's normal. It's ok. But if you choose to, you can decide to do something different.
Without planning ahead and intervening, chances are, every time you experience the trigger, you go straight to the carb. Hence you need to decide what to do whenever you experience the trigger.
Depending on the resultant emotion you wish to experience, you can substitute accordingly. If you eat to de-stress, you might find that exercise could be a great substitute. So forget that snack. Try 15 push-ups instead.
Do also plan ahead where to dine. Choosing a seafood restaurant instead of a pasta joint can really help. It is also useful to note that you should do the planning when you're not hungry so you can make a better choice for yourself.
If you choose to fulfill your carb craving with food still, you could still, at least make a better choice.
Like how about replacing that bag of chips with some almond butter on apple slices? And while you're at it, why not make better choices for all the stuff you used to love?
For instance, instead of sugar, choose stevia. Instead of a soft drink, go for water with a splash of lemon. And instead of simple carbohydrates, why not some complex carbohydrates like non-starchy vegetables and legumes? It's in your hands.
We often sabotage ourselves is by surrounding ourselves with temptation. So please. Do yourself a favor right now. Go to your fridge and pantry. And throw out all the stuff you don't want in your body. It's much harder to cheat when there are no accomplices around to help you!
Next fill your fridge with the food that you have planned ahead to eat. Like the apple and almond butter, and all the healthy choices you made in the earlier tip. Wait. You didn't stop to do it? No problem. I can wait.
Go on, go back to tip #5.
What you resist persists.
That's why we say stop resisting carbs; embrace protein and vegetables. In the same spirit, we recommend one cheat day a week where you can eat absolutely anything you want.
But of course you'd have to go out to eat that day; because it's not in your fridge, right? If it is, please go back to the previous tip and detox your fridge now.
One of the great things about going low-carb is that you don't have to count calories. But to replace the satiation factor of carbohydrates, do have more vegetables. With all that fiber, you'd feel fuller for longer.
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If you’re on a diet or diabetic, mashed potatoes are a no-no.
Fortunately there is a delicious low-carb, low-calorie and low-GI alternative – the Cauliflower Mash, an excellent healthy alternative to mashed potatoes.
8. Antioxidants and phytonutrients galore
Simply replace your regular starchy mashed potato (or fries or rice) side dish with Zero Cuisine Cauliflower Mash and save 90 calories per serving! Assuming your level of daily activity remains the same, you would be creating a calorie deficit that aids weight loss.
Zero Cuisine Cauliflower Mash consists about 90% cauliflower which has a low Glycemic Index of 15. This keeps the blood sugar levels at a low constant which prevents insulin spikes, making it suitable for diabetics.
Every serving makes up 1 ½ serves of the daily recommended 5 serves of fruits and vegetables. This is especially useful for children who dislike eating green, leafy vegetables.
Made from just cauliflower, garlic, herbs, sea salt and guar gum, Zero Cuisine Cauliflower Mash is produced in an FDA-registered vegetarian facility that is also HACCP and Halal certified.
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Move over Kale. Cauliflower has been named one of 2014’s super foods according to The Huffington Post. Here’s why health fanatics are having a blossoming relationship with the Cauliflower.
The secret weapon of the health-conscious dieter, the relatively mild-tasting Cauliflower is the super substitute for all sorts of simple processed carbohydrates. When pureed, they make delicious mock mashed potatoes and when chopped, they become naturally gluten-free cauliflower "cous cous". So it’s possible to have your “carb” and eat it too. And that’s the secret as to how dieters stay on course and maintain their figures for the long haul.
Cauliflower is also the Type 2 diabetic’s BFF. In a bid to to help keep their blood sugar levels more or less constant, the American Diabetic Association recommends that diabetics consume foods with a GI level below 55. And because Cauliflower has a GI of just 15, it’s perfect for Type 2 diabetic sufferers.
Every cup / 100g of raw cauliflower only has 25 calories! So use them to create guilt-free snacks like a healthier popcorn substitute: roasted cauliflower poppers. Chomp away!
For those allergic to gluten, you will love Cauliflower! It has a relatively mild taste and is hence versatile enough to recreate gluten-free versions of the food you can’t eat. This includes rice, cous cous and even bread and cookies.
Here’s a tip for those on diet: Load up on fiber – it’s got virtually no calories and keeps you fuller for longer. Plus of course it helps with moving your bowels for further detoxification. Which makes it great for those suffering from constipation.
Just 1 cup / 100g provides you with 80% of the recommended value of Vitamin C you need! That's about 48.2 mg! Of course Vitamin C is known to boost your immunity, warding off the common cold and also radiant complexion.
With a wealth of Vitamin B including Choline, known for its brain development role, Cauliflower is a good choice for pregnant women to super-charge the brain activity of the fetus. For children, cauliflower may help protect the brain from toxins during childhood. And for the elderly, it may help to reduce age-related memory decline.
Ever heard of anti-cancer phyto-chemicals sulforaphane and plant sterols indole-3-carbinol? If you haven’t, not a problem. Just remember to consume Cauliflower which contains these compounds with proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, and ovarian cancers.
It has been reported that consuming cauliflower in large quantity may cause some gassiness. "Gas" no one's perfect? Not even our superfood of 2014 - the Cauliflower. Still it's a small price to pay to enjoy the phenomenal health benefits of Cauliflower.
Step 1: For every serving of mash, boil 120ml of water.
Step 2: Dissolve 3 tablespoons of Zero Cuisine Cauliflower Mash powder.
Step 3: Stir to create desired consistency and serve with your main course.
Zero Cuisine Cauliflower Mash is available in 2 flavours: Garlic or Wasabi. It is all natural, contains zero preservatives and is manufactured in an FDA-registered facility that upholds international HACCP standards. It is also vegetarian and halal-certified.
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