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Making Low-Carb Cooking a Choice

            There are countless diets existing in today's health-conscience world, and most are limiting in foods available for eating. Low-calorie diets often lead to increased hunger; low-fat eating plans leave the dieter feeling fatigued and lethargic; and let's not forget the myriad of liquid diets that lack nutritional balance and variety needed to sustain a lifetime of healthy eating. With all diets, or ways of eating, there is medical controversy over the lifelong weight loss sustainability and long-term health consequences; low-carbohydrate (LC) diet plans are no exception. However, studies are showing that a diet low in carbohydrates brings us closer to a way of eating that nature intended - foods that are unprocessed and chemical-free.
             A LC way of eating reduces the amount of simple and complex carbohydrates found in many processed and natural foods. Foods high in refined grains (white flour) and refine sugar are completely eliminated and replaced with foods that are closer to nature: meat, fish and seafood, eggs, pure fats, dairy (in the form of cheese), and vegetables. The benefits of a LC lifestyle have been proven time-and-time again by reputable doctors, researches, and university-sponsored studies. After extensive research, Harvard is the latest university to tout and support a restricted LC diet for a lifetime of health.
             For some, the biggest drawback to a LC existence is variety and boredom with the food selection. It's important to focus on foods that you favor, but do not limit yourself to just those. Variety is the key to success. If you have a delicious meal planned for the end of the day, you"re less likely to lean towards convenience or fast foods. Planning is crucial in LC cooking, as convenience foods are limited and extremely high in carbohydrates. Here are some suggestions for easing into this lifestyle.
             • Planning is the key to success. Compile a weeklong menu and shop from that list.

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