I avoid the products marketed as "low-carb" just on principle. If the carbs are low, they're still full of other stuff I'd prefer not to have. As someone else mentioned, just eat real food!
There's some good recipes out there. I have a book on cooking with coconut flour that's great! I do use a lot of frozen veggies. There's a misconception that fresh produce is better, but that's only if you know when it was harvested and the growing conditions. Commercially frozen veggies are sometimes processed right on the harvesting equipment, frozen as it's picked! Can't get fresher than that. It's my impression (accurate or not?) that there are lots of street markets where you can get good locally grown and recently harvested produce that you could portion out and freeze. Yes, more of a chore...but you'd still have the convenience of pulling out a frozen bag at mealtimes.
Low carb products may have low carb counts, but the carbs they do have may come from grain or other frankenfoods that I'd just as soon pass on. Take a nice drive out to the country and find someone raising animals and produce that would provide a much healthier alternative!
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I like in the UK and am working on a low carb plan. I kind of like that there aren't the packaged low carb products because then I am not tempted. The hardest thing I have found is that I have to convert recipes or nutritional info. That might be harder for me though because I am from the US and used to American measurements so I have to convert things back and forth all the time for it to make sense to me.
I also miss the mixed bags of frozen veggies here. In the US there are tons of variations that just need to be steamed in the bag - much harder to find here in the UK.
Good Luck to you! Nice to see another UK person around :)
Pinterest also has lots of low carb recipes as well. Just take some browsing.
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Probably the main go-to place for low carb recipes is Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes at www.genaw.com/lowcarb/induction_menu s/ induction_menus.html . It's all good, most of it is reasonably inexpensive (at least here in the States) and easy to prepare. Other than that, I have literally hundreds of cookbooks, with probably 40 or so that are specifically low carb and a whole bunch more that are protein or veggies. And hundreds of recipes I've downloaded from the internet. But if I were you, I'd start with Linda's site.
Fitness Minutes: (1,609) Posts: 18 2/13/13 9:16 A
Yeah I know your right BUDGETMAW. Ive been doing low carb for a few weeks now and feel great. It is frustrating seeing all the low carb products available in the US, but like you said best to stay away from them I guess. Do you have any recipes you follow?
Don't worry about a lack of low carb products. You shouldn't be eating them anyway! Just eat real, honest, natural, unprocessed foods and you'll be much better off. Meat, veggies, eggs, cheese, a bit of cream. That's what you should be eating and what most of us eat.
Fitness Minutes: (1,609) Posts: 18 2/13/13 9:06 A
There is a real lack of available low carb products in the uk compared to America. Anyone else here manage to follow a low carb diet in the uk? Would be great if you could share tips and food ideas etc! Anyone else from outside the uk have any tips would love to hear from you too!
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