Hi! I'm Nina . . . of the LoCarb Di-nah! That's me on the right when I weighed 160 lbs.
OUR "BEFORE" PICTURE - COMING SOON
Ruth got me into this. I was whining about my bulging mid-section as I was stuffing myself into size 16 jeans, and Ruth said she knew just what I needed to do. While I was complaining about my double chin, she told me about this weird Atkins diet where you get to eat meat and cheese and butter and eggs. I told her I was tired and hungry and grumpy all the time; she told me I needed to stop eating bread and rice, potatoes and pasta. She offered to do all the shopping and cooking required to keep us both on a Low Carb diet, but I continued to whine about macaroni and toast and French Fries. She said I could lose weight – and feel great – eating chicken wings, steak and salad, ham and eggs. I said "that can't be – it's full of fat!" She said "Here, read this book."
Well, I never did read the book – I'm much too busy for that. But I did listen to the book-on-tape in my car on the way to work! It sounded so logical, but I still wasn't ready to commit to major changes in my eating habits. (I was such a big baby!) Ruth started cookin’ and I started buying appliances. We bought a freezer, a hand drink mixer, an electric meat slicer, and a Ronco Rotisserie. We arranged to have tasty spring water delivered to the house. All I had to do was eat what Ruth put in front of me. She fixed me protein shakes and delicious ham & cheese roll-ups. She fed me Atkins supplements. She taught me about ketosis, and she even got me to test my urine! She made sure we had a steady supply of protein bars in pockets and glove compartments and in our desk drawers at work.
Eventually, I started noticing that I was feeling better! That was my first clue that there might be something to this. I found out I actually liked Chicken Caesar salads without the croutons. Then I noticed the pounds coming off – and I wasn't even hungry! We switched to Diet Rite Cola to get away from aspartame. We switched to decaf coffee, and I didn't even get those caffeine-withdrawal headaches this time! Oh, and the trips to the mall! I got to go out and buy new clothes in size 14, then size 12, then size 10.
Next, we found a low-carb dieters' support group on the Internet and attended several local potlucks and restaurant gatherings. This is when we found out about the chocolate candy bars! We also tasted microwave cheese crisps and crustless cheesecake for the first time. (Thanks, Anne!) In restaurants, we practiced asking for broccoli, coleslaw, or cottage cheese as substitutions for potatoes or rice. We ordered steaks! We learned to say, "hold the croutons" and "take away those dinner rolls, but leave the butter, please." We asked for real cream for our (decaf) coffee.
Forty pounds lighter and sporting new size 6 outfits, I had to switch over to "maintenance mode" lest I would disappear. (Ho-hum.) Well, actually, this was hard for me to do because by this time I had discovered I am so incredibly carb-sensitive. If I'm not careful (which I often am not), I can transport myself into a miserable period of angry, short-tempered depression. It's so cool to know now that that angry person isn't really me, and I can make "her" go away by not feeding her carbs! So I've had to phase in a few carbs in very limited doses. I have to snack between meals – on bars and shakes, nuts and candy! I still call it "cheating" when I have an occasional light beer, or a slice of low carb bread from our bread machine. And, yes, I do occasionally reach over to someone else's plate for a French Fry or a spoonful of fried rice. (I'm still such a baby!)
Hello, this is Ruth. (And that's the truth!) I'm on the left, weighing more than I care to admit.
Life just isn't fair. I do all the work, but Nina loses 40 pounds? She gets to look great and feel great and buy new clothes? I'm one of the unlucky ones – I'm insulin-resistant. I always eat small portions and I almost never "cheat" but ketosis eludes me. Actually, I have lost about 35 pounds, but I've been at this a lot longer, and I gain some back and then lose some and then gain some again. My goal weight is down another 15 pounds, and I feel like I'll never get there! Fortunately, I have found something else that works for me – the Turbo-Protein diet. When I drink Almased for about two weeks, I can jump-start my metabolism and drop a few pounds.
I love to cook. I've been making us delicious chickens and roasts in our rotisserie. I've experimented with low-carb bread recipes and have developed one that tastes great! I keep the frig stocked with cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, Black Forest ham, fresh green vegetables, and all the salad fixin’s. I shop free-range, nitrate-free, aspartame-free, and genetically-unaltered, whenever I can. I cook ahead and freeze ready-to-eat portions. I've perfected omelets and crustless quiche.
OK. Here's our current picture. Nina gets to call this her "after" picture, but mine depicts "progress toward goal."
Last November, our friend Vici invited us to attend the Whole Foods Expo in Washington, DC. This was a trade show for owners of Health Foods stores. We went along to look for healthy, environmentally-friendly backpacking items for our camping gear web site (