Category: Nutrition

Winter Skin Care

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Winter comes with unique challenges for our skin. The low humidity and indoor heat combine to create challenges where skin care is concerned. Nutrition  aimed at giving us healthy skin can make a difference  in these cool, arid conditions.

1-Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel  and herring are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids which help to maintain skin health. They help keep the skin thicker, more supple and moisturized. Omega-3’s also decrease  inflammation which can cause redness and acne. There is some evidence that they also help protect the skin from UV light and help with psoriasis.

Fish is also a source of good protein which helps increase the strength and integrity  of the skin. The zinc in fish helps with production  of new skin cells and overall skin health.

2-Avocados are also a source of healthy fat that is essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized. This fat is also thought to help with protection  from UV light which can cause wrinkles and other forms of sun damage. Avocados are also a good source of vitamin  E which helps protect  the skin from oxidative  damage.

Vitamin E is believed  to be more effective  when combined with vitamin C and 1 avocado contains about 20% of the RDI for vitamin E and 34% of the RDI for vitamin  C.

3-Walnuts are a good source of essential fatty acids which your body cannot make itself. They are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. While omega-6 is thought to produce inflammation, since the ratio of these fats in walnuts is good, walnuts are thought to fight the inflammatory response. Walnuts also contain significant zinc and small amounts  of vitamin  E, vitamin C and selenium.

4-Sunflower seeds  are an excellent source of vitamin E and selenium, zinc and protein. Nuts and seeds are good sources of good-for-your-skin nutrition.

5-Sweet potatoes are an excellent  source of beta-carotene which acts as a natural  sunblock. This is not to say that you can leave off the chemical sunblock but beta-carotene definitely helps it do it’s  job. This may help prevent wrinkles, cell death and sunburn. The beta-carotene also gives your skin a warm glow which adds to a healthy skin appearance.

6-Red and yellow bell peppers have huge amounts  of vitamin  A and are a great source of vitamin C which creates collagen in the skin to help it stay firm and strong. This can help decrease wrinkles and dry skin as we age.

7-Broccoli is a good source  of vitamins A and C and beta-carotene and sulforaphane. Sulphoraphane is a powerful protector from the sun. Winter sun can be intense when it is reflected off of snow and we tend to use less protection in the cold so nutrition  that assists in protection is an excellent  idea for Winter months.

8-Tomatoes contain all of the major carotenoids and vitamin  C along with lutein and lycopene. Lutein and lycopene also help to protect  your skin from the sun. Pair carotenoid foods with a fat like olive oil to boost absorption  of carotenoids.

9-Soy contains isoflavones which have been shown to improve skin elasticity and moisture and help protect from the sun. Since soy has estrogen-like properties it’s  better suited to women’s  needs.

10-Dark cocoa has been shown to decrease scaliness and roughness of the skin after 6-12 weeks of consumption. While we don’t  advocate eating chocolate with sugar in it, we have chocolate recipes that do not contain sugar. Just search for Lava Cake or Brownies on our Home Page!

11-Green tea has been shown to decrease roughness and improve skin thickness and elasticity. A cup of hot tea on a cold Winter day can do more than warm you.

Use a serum for more supple skin on your face and neck and moisturize with a rich body moisturizer immediately  after bathing and again 12 hours later. This will help to keep your skin soft and supple through the dry Winter months. Never go to bed with make-up on your face because it’s  drying and promotes wrinkles. The already dry Winter air will compound this effect so take it off, Ladies!

You are not destined to rough, red scaly Winter skin. With a little foresight and planning you can emerge in the Spring soft and supple.

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Pasta Zero and House Foods Brand Shiratake Noodle Review

One of the toughest foods for many on a weight loss journey to give up is their pasta. Many of us who have lived on tight budgets have made spaghetti such a large part of our subsistence that it is hard to even begin to imagine a life without it. However, eating a spaghetti dinner, or one consisting of any other pastas can cause a huge downfall in our weight management, especially for the carb addicted.

What’s not to love? Pasta is full of simple carbs and is such an excellent carrier of tomato, cream and cheese sauces which are often also loaded up with added sugars. These delicious meals are easy on our budgets and also create an instant endorphin rush as we eat them. Meals high in simple carbohydrates are quite enjoyable, but are the devil for one trying to lose weight. After all, who eats just one serving of spaghetti? I never could…

Having family members who cannot stand the thought of giving up pasta in order to lose weight has been a catalyst for me to find a type that is suitable by not being high in simple carbohydrates. This seems to be an almost impossible task, despite the many which are marketed as lower carb, rice pasta, gluten free pasta, along with others made from black beans and lentils. I have scoured the shelves in all of my local grocery stores to no avail, and then began a search upon the internet to see if there is anything out there to fill the bill of a truly low carb pasta. Enter Pasta Zero.

What is Pasta Zero ?

This food product doesn’t contain any wheat, making it gluten-free. The low calorie spaghetti is made from the root of the konjac plant, which is sometimes called a konnyaku potato. It’s a soluble fiber food that’s packed with calcium, fiber and folic acid. This gluten-free spaghetti also doesn’t contain any fat, egg or dairy. It’s just 15 calories per serving and has a slightly firmer texture than traditional wheat pasta. This pack of noodles pairs deliciously with your favorite pesto, red or white sauces. Each 8 oz Bag of Nasoya Pasta Zero Shirataki Spaghetti is easy to prepare. Simply heat, serve and enjoy. Have this spaghetti along with side dishes and meat for a fulfilling meal. It’s vegan and can be stocked in a cabinet until needed.

Ingredients: WATER, KONJAC FLOUR, CHICKPEA FLOUR, POTATO STARCH, CALCIUM HYDROXIDE, REDUCED IRON.

As you can see from the nutritional information, despite Pasta Zero being very low in carbs and calories, it is not any different than any other pasta as there is almost no nutritional value to the product. The only nutritional plus is there are 3 grams of fiber per serving. Other than that, this product is a nutritionally empty vessel to carry your pasta sauce of choice. While this product is maybe a better choice than regular pasta being as it is not full of simple carbs, I simply do not advocate eating any foods that are lacking nutritional values.

When you first open a bag of Pasta Zero, you will notice a mild earthy smell. I have read reviews where it was reported the odor was a bit fishy, but that was not my experience. Once I drained and rinsed the product as per the instructions, I tasted it plain, without sauce. I found the flavor to be mild and somewhat earthy, but it was not too bad. I then transferred the pasta to a pan and heated it with a tomato basil pasta sauce and plated it. The product looked like any other spaghetti in appearance, some might not know the difference if they are not paying close attention.Once heated, I thought the earthy flavor came through with a bit more prominence, but is was not anything over powering. I honestly cannot think of anything I have ever eaten to compare the flavor too. It tastes different than anything I have ever consumed.

We all have different tastes when it comes to what we like and dislike. You may love this product, you might hate it. I was kind of indifferent in that I would eat it if it was prepared for me by a friend, but I would never go out of my way to buy it again. At $2.28 for a 8 ounce package, the price is steep when compared to regular pasta, yet still cheap per serving when you can have a plate of it with your favorite sauce for under $5.00 If you feel you must have pasta in your life, I would say Pasta Zero is worth trying at least once. While I did not care for it too much, one of my family members thought is was pretty good despite being chewy in texture. Taste is all subjective to the individual.

House Foods Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti is almost identical to Pasta Zero with only minor differences. It is made from a blend of tofu and konnyaku (or konjac), an Asian yam, Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti contains 20 calories and only 6g of carbs for the whole package.

Ingredients: water, soybeans, yam flour, calcium hydroxide, glucono delta lactone, calcium sulfate.

Upon opening this product packaging, I found the odor to be no different that that of Pasta Zero. Slightly earthy, but not overwhelming as I had been lead to believe from some of the reviews I have read. I had read that these types of noodles are better with Asian sauces over tomato or cream based sauces and since I had a good spicy peanut sauce recipe in my head, that is how I prepared it.

I found this product to look like regular spaghetti much like Pasta Zero, and the texture had the same chewiness too. The difference was in the flavor. The earthy flavor was a bit much for my personal taste. After consuming about half of what I prepared, I chucked the rest in my garbage disposal. I could eat this to be polite if someone served it to me, but I’m not sure I could pretend to enjoy it. Again, taste is subjective to each individual, you might love them. I found the flavor to be the same as that of Pasta Zero, only it was stronger. The price point was about the same as Pasta Zero at about $2.50 a package. While this is an inexpensive meal choice, to me the cheapness is also reflected in the lack of good nutritional value. I personally believe in making every bite of my food count towards making a positive contribution to my nutritional needs. I find this product to be lacking in this area. While I’m not bursting at the seams to buy either product again, I would recommend going with the Pasta Zero over House Foods brand. But hey, you might just think the opposite.

Remember this about pasta, it releases endorphins in your body which make you feel better in the moment. These two products are not going to do this. If you just have to have pasta in your life but know you need to cut it out in order to control your weight, I would make a comparison to non-alcoholic beer to a serious beer drinker. While an O’Douls might taste kind of good, it will just be enough to get a serious drinker to put it down and go get the alcoholic version which are much better in taste and how they make you feel. Fake pasta is the non-alcoholic beer version of pasta, it is the decaffeinated cup of coffee in the morning that brings no satisfaction to a coffee drinker. You may very well think differently, these are just my opinions. If there was no one who actually liked these products, they would not be found on the shelves of your local grocery store.

Quest Protein Chips Product Review

Nutritional Info

Calories 140

Net Carbs 4 grams

Fat 6 grams

Protein 18 grams

When I first saw this product I was pleasantly surprised because most protein snacks are sweet and this is obviously a savory, salty, crunchy one. I just had to try them. Since these chips have 18 grams of protein and only 4 grams of net carbs, they are a much better choice than regular tortilla chips at only 3 grams of protein and 30 grams of net carbs. While they are not a “health food”, they are definitely a healthier alternative.

At $2.48 per serving most people are not going to binge on these chips. I found them at Walmart in the pharmacy with the protein powders and bars. They come in three flavors in my store, Nacho Cheese, Barbecue and Ranch. I went for the Nacho Cheese because that is probably the most common tortilla chip flavor.

I don’t like Quest brand protein bars so I wasn’t expecting much from these chips. The first bite seemed overly seasoned and salty but I took another chip out of the bag and suddenly, the seasoning was really working for me. They are high in sodium, 340 mg, so naturally they are salty. In mere minutes that bag was gone! I really liked these chips.

If you have had to rehab from binging on chips, leave them alone because they are good enough to get that craving started again and you are not likely to keep paying this price. If you start wanting them all the time, you would most likely go back to the cheaper regular tortilla chips and wreck your weight management efforts. If you are not prone to that particular addiction, you can enjoy these occasionally with ease.

They have a crunch that is similar to a fried flour tortilla, a softer crispy crunch but definitely crunchy and satisfying. They are obviously cheesy with a smoky undertone that reminds me of smoked cheddar, all in all a tasty protein snack.

They are still a processed food so I won’t make them a regular part of my diet but for that late night trip to Walmart without enough calories in me and my stomach getting a bit empty, they filled the gap nicely. Although I won’t buy them often, I’m happy to see a higher quality protein snack for those times when convenience is paramount. If you find yourself wandering the aisles looking for a small snack to tie you over until you get home, you might want to try Quest Protein Chips. The crunch is a delight.

Caulipower Margherita Pizza Review

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Well, I was anxious to try this pizza because it seemed like a good thing. There is no wheat flour in the crust to degrade into sugar, so that is a plus. Compared to Freschetta Margherita Pizza, it is a similar nutritional choice. Caulipower Margherita has 330 calories, 34 Net Grams of carbs, 15 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein while Freschetta Margherita has 370 calories, 46 Net Grams of carbs, 14 grams of fat and 16 grams of protein. The Freschetta serving is 1/4 of the pie while the Caulipower pizza is 1/2. The Caulipower pizza sounds like a lot more , but 1/2 of that pizza is not much because it’s so thin. The addition of cauliflower is probably insignificant when you consider that this is still a highly processed food with a long list of ingredients. At David’s Way we favor whole foods.

The nutritional information is good to know but the truth is that when we reach for a frozen pizza, we are interested in taste and texture. Here’s where we may disagree if you like these pizzas. While there was nothing bad about this pizza, there was nothing good. The crust seemed like an under cooked biscuit that didn’t rise properly because it had a chewy, gummy texture even after cooking until it was quite brown on the bottom. The Margherita flavor is simply a combination of tomato, basil and parmesan cheese. This may be part of the problem for me. It was thin and chewy and seemed like glorified cheese toast. I do like a hearty pizza if I eat pizza, which almost never happens these days. We have a wonderful “Pizza Casserole” recipe here at David’s Way that satisfies me so I don’t venture into fast food for pizza. Again, I prefer whole foods. I could eat the Caulipower pizza but had no reason to eat it except that I was hungry. It was certainly not because I loved it.

At $6.48 it was cheap enough, but I cannot imagine being satisfied with half of that pizza. It was barely an appetizer. Because I am a strength trainer, I am accustomed to being full and satisfied. At David’s Way, we never go hungry except for the minor hunger that we sometimes experience during the fasting hours of Intermittent Fasting. We always have more calories to eat than we can easily manage. This serving of this pizza made me hungry all night long. For 370 calories I could have had a massive amount of whole food with substantial protein that would have sustained me nicely, all night.

If you are a fan of the Margherita flavor and style of pizza, you may like this pizza better than I do. Everyone is different, but for my calories, I will stick with whole foods and our recipes here at David’s Way. Caulipower Margherita is available at Walmart if you want to give it a try.

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

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Wisdom

You have heard it said that you are what you eat. While this is a definitive Truth, there is nowhere that this is more important than during cancer treatment. Proper nutrition can have great benefits for those engaged in the fight of their life with cancer.

Stay Strong

Muscle atrophy and malnutrition are common among people who have cancer. Lack of physical activity over an extended period of time along with a decreased appetite causes muscle loss. Plenty of lean protein in the diet will help to prevent this debilitating condition. Without adequate muscle, the patient is at an increased risk for falls and a farther downward spiral of appetite and nutrition because muscle increases your metabolism which drives your appetite. Stay healthier by nourishing your muscles.

The Perfect Storm

It is necessary to restrict added sugar in the diet because added sugar causes inflammation in the body which causes changes in DNA and can lead to cancer development. The excess calories from sugar are used to rapidly create more cells and every time we make a new cell there is a chance for the DNA code to be faulty. Sugar also increases fat cells and when those fat cells are stored as visceral fat which surrounds our vital organs, our hormone levels are affected in a way that influences when cells divide and die. Visceral fat also exists in a low oxygen state due to it’s compact storage deep within the body. Cancer thrives in a low oxygen state so the extra visceral fat gained by the excess calories from sugar greatly increases the risk of cancer development and proliferation. Obesity is a known contributor to cancer risk.

Incriminating Evidence

At David’s Way we encourage a low carbohydrate diet with no added sugar or simple carbs which break down into sugar. A study of tumor growth in glucose based diets as opposed to a low carb, or ketogenic diet, revealed that tumor growth INCREASED by 32% in people on the glucose based diet but DECREASED by 24% in those on the ketogenic diet. While one study is not definitive, the results cannot be ignored. (1)

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats along with the lean protein may also decrease the chances of forming new cancer cells due to the phytonutrients and fatty acids abundant in these foods. Fatty acids are also believed to help preserve muscle mass and function in cancer patients during treatment. Processed meats, all refined carbs, salt and alcohol may increase your risk of cancer. At David’s Way we promote these healthy foods and avoid the cancer causing foods that are believed to increase the risk of the development and proliferation of cancer cells. Visit often and read our articles and use our recipes. We’re here to answer your questions and encourage you on your journey to better health.

(1) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cancer-and-diet#bottom-line

Vegetarian “Ground Beef” Crumbles Review

As I have stated on another product review on vegetarian meat substitutes, I’m a meat eating carnivore. I love my meats, but occasionally enjoy a few vegetarian alternatives. These plant based, alternative beef products have improved by leaps and bounds compared to how nasty they were to me way back when I was in elementary school. I will never forget how repulsive the soy burgers back in the day could be. They were not even remotely close in taste to the beef patties they were replacing in our school lunches. Because of this past experience, I was not quick to consider giving any of the new products a try until a few years back. I must say, the plant based meat substitutes have greatly improved over the years.

I have come to like the Boca brand Original Veggie Crumbles the best out of the three products I’m reviewing for this piece. What I like about the Boca brand is their product is the closest in appearance and taste to actual ground beef than the Beyond Meat and Gardein brands. The texture is exactly the same as actual ground beef, and I find it hard to distinguish any difference from ground beef at all when I add Boca Crumbles to a dish. Because of the size of the crumbles, they are also easier to measure out than the Beyond Meat brand. This is critical when you are measuring and tracking what and how much you eat.

I find the Boca Cumbles to be a handy ingredient to have on hand in the freezer. They are fully cooked and take little time to heat thoroughly when used. I have made vegetarian taco’s and Sloppy Joe’s with them. I have also added them to spaghetti sauce and to chili and nobody in my home ever knew the difference. I like the convenience factor with having a package on hand. For instance, when I pack food for the road in my semi, I will add a half cup of crumbles to a can of pinto beans, salsa and habanero hot sauce for a road dinner I pack into a hot food container. I add them directly to the beans without the hassle of browning ground beef and then draining it of fat before use. Without the fat content, the crumbles do not stick together as bad as ground beef will when frozen. These crumbles are a convenient ingredient to have on hand when you are in a pinch for time. If you have ever been curious, this product is worth a try at about $5.00 US per 12 ounce package.

Boca Original Veggie Crumbles Ingredients

Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor (Non‑Meat, Contains Celery), Malt Extract (Contains Gluten), Salt, Yeast Extract, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Dried Onions, Spices and Herbs.

Boca Original Veggie Crumbles Nutrition

Serving Size 0.50 cup
Servings Per Container 6
Calories: 70
Total Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 210mg
Total Carbohydrate: 6g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 13
This product was just alright to me, your opinion may differ than mine as we tastes and likes are all individual. I do like Beyond Meats product for the convenience factor, however I found the crumbles to be quite larger and not as easy to accurately measure as the other two products in this review. The larger crumbles are a little chewy and the taste is a little heavier on the onion seasoning and other flavorings to me. The taste was much less like beef than the Boca product. This could be a result of the product being soy and gluten free. While I believe they might be just fine in a spicy dish such as chili or taco’s, I do not believe I will use this product for anything else. I was a little disappointed as I really do like Beyond Meats other products and felt a little let down with this one. While I did not find the Beyond Meat product to be horrible, I did not think they were worth the approximate $5.75 US I paid for them. As you can see below on the nutrition data, the Boca Crumbles are a better buy.

Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles “Beefy” Ingredients

Water, Pea Protein Isolate*, Canola And Sunflower Oil, Rice Flour, Spices, Tomato Powder, Contains 0.5% Or Less Of: Yeast Extract, Sugar, Potassium Chloride, Tapioca, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Salt, Acacia Gum, Onion Extract, Natural Flavor, Garlic Extract

Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles “Beefy” Nutrition

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Servings per container: 5

Calories: 90 Total

Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 0g

Sodium: 240mg

Total Carbohydrates: 3g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Sugars: 0g

Protein: 12g

On the plus side, the Gardein Beefless Ground is similar to the Boca product in that it is easy to measure. While the taste is not exactly bad, it tastes more like it is a plant based product than the other two in this review. If you want a beef taste, you might be disappointed. If you are a strict vegan, you might be over joyed on this point. The simple fact this one contains organic cane sugar is enough to keep me from buying it again. Not the organic part, it’s the sugar itself that will keep me from another purchase. I wish I had read the label better before buying this product. While the sugar content is not high, I plainly do not consume added sugars in anything for the reasons I have written about pretty extensively. You might enjoy it, however, I will save my $3.97 US on a 13.7 ounce bag and spend it on the Boca product instead.

Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground Ingredients

WATER, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE*, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL*, ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, SEA SALT, YEAST EXTRACT, ONION POWDER, GARLIC POWDER, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL FLAVORS (FROM PLANT SOURCES), SPICES.

Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground Nutrition

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Servings per container: 7

Total Fat: 1.5g

Saturated and Trans Fats: 0g

Cholesterol: 0g

Sodium: 230mg Total

Carbohydrates: 5g

Dietary Fiber: 3 g

Sugar: 1g

Protein: 12g

We will continue doing product reviews for you on food items that are touted as being healthy, or healthier alternatives. We recognize that everyone has different likes and dislikes, and therefore you might still want to try a product even if we do not give it a glowing review. If there is a product you might like for us to review for you, please leave a comment or drop us a request in our contact email. Thank you Julie for the Beyond Meat product review request!

Rebel Ice Cream Review

By special request from Melissa in Alabama, here is my review of Rebel Ice Cream.

First, as with any product review, just because one does or does not care for a product, my opinion of what I think about it may be different than yours.

What is Rebel Ice Cream?

From Rebel Creamery’s Web Site:

Rebel Ice Cream Is The First Low Carb, High Fat, No Sugar Added Ice Cream On The Market. The Perfect Ratio Of Keto-Friendly Ingredients. It Passes The Kid Test. Healthy Fats. Low Carb. No Sugar Added. Lowest Net Carb Ice Cream. High Fat. Keto.

Rebel Ice Cream comes in 14 flavors  according to their web site. My local Dillon’s only had 4 of them;  Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Butter Pecan. I chose the  Cookie Dough for my review.

My first thought upon checking out with the cashier was I hoped it was going to be really worth the price of $5.99 US per pint. This seemed a little steep to me when I could buy Halo Top or Enlightened for less than $4.00 US. That being said, I am not in the habit of buying pints of ice cream either.

From reading the ingredients list, I thought the ice cream was going to be pretty good. However, I was disappointed to see it only has 2 grams protein per serving. But still, at only 6 net grams of carbs per pint, I was still hopeful I would enjoy it.

When I removed the lid, the inner foil cover said to let the ice cream sit for 15 minutes for it to be it’s creamiest. No big deal, I was still in my truck with the windows down in 79 degree temperatures and I had a couple phone calls to make while it was softening. This ice cream is pretty dense and does require softening before consuming. After I was done with my phone calls, I began to dig into what I thought was going to be a creamy goodness. This should not be an unreasonable expectation as the first ingredient is cream and the fat content is 15 grams per half cup serving. My expectations fell far short on the creaminess. The ice cream actually crumbled as I stuck my spoon into it. Friends, in my humble opinion, there is something not right about ice cream that crumbles under any circumstance. Especially given that it had set in my 80 degree pick up for close to a half hour before I began eating it. There was a little creaminess around the edges, but for the most part, the ice cream was crumbly and had a strange texture to me. I believe the texture comes from the carob and guar gums which have been added as stabilizers.

As for the flavor, I thought it was not too bad. Although not good enough to overcome the crumbly texture. Rebel is not over sweet as it is sweetened with erythritol and monk fruit instead of sugar. The use of these sweeteners is a great thing as they are very low on the glycemic index and zero calories. The vanilla component had a pleasant enough flavor as did the cookie dough, but again, this is all subjective to personal tastes. If you like cookie dough ice cream, there is plenty enough in there to satisfy you.

Ingredients

Cream, Water, Cookie Dough (almond flour, erythritol, butter, water, natural flavor, baking soda, salt, sunflower lecithin) Eryrthritol, Chocolate (coconut oil, cocoa, erythritol, sunflower lecithin, salt, dutch cocoa, natural vanilla flavor, monk fruit) Chickory Root Fiber, Egg Yolks, Vegetable Glycerin, Milk Protein Isolate, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Salt, Peruvian Carob Gum, Guar Gum, Monk Fruit

Nutrition

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Servings per container: 4

Calories: 160

Calories from fat: 140

Total fat grams: 15g

Saturated fat: 9g

Trans fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 60mg

Sodium: 80 mg

Total carbohydrate: 14g

Dietery fiber: 3g

Sugars: 0g

Erythritol 10g

Protein: 2g

Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%

Melissa, I hope this review does not disappoint you. But in rankings of my least favorite ice creams I have ever consumed, this was the third worse. The worse was the soft serve we had aboard my Navy ship where a vanilla ice cream powder was mixed with the ships distilled water that had a metallic taste with a hint of jet fuel. The next worse was Halo Top Lemon Cake followed by this one. The texture was not creamy enough, and there was no wow factor to the taste to overcome the crumbly texture for me. My next issue is the amount of empty calories one would consume if they eat the entire pint. For this flavor there are 640 calories in the entire pint. My personal feeling is that if I am going to consume 640 calories of anything, there needs to be a good nutritional value to the food. As you can see from the ingredients list and the nutritional information, the nutritional component is lacking anything of value. Even if one were to split the pint with one or two other friends, there are still too many empty calories. The fact is keto friendly means little if you are still eating down more calories than you might need in a day. The bottom line is if you over eat your caloric needs, you will still gain weight even if their is no significant carbohydrates in the mix. Whether they realize it or not, many who lose weight on keto are only doing so because they are still running a caloric deficit each day. Excess calories will still get stored in our body as fat. This is simple biology.

In closing, I had enough calories left for my day to eat the entire pint. I did this as I wanted to see if it would give me any gastro-intestinal upset. I have an iron gut, and must warn all to proceed with caution if you eat an entire pint as it did upset my stomach some. Others may, and probably will really enjoy Rebel Ice Cream. For me personally, from this experience, I do not believe I will try any more of their flavors.

Sugar Free Condiment Product Review

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I never thought that anybody would outdo Log Cabin but I like Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Pancake Syrup better than Log Cabin’s variety. Maple Grove Farms is easy to find at Walmart and is cheap at less than $3/bottle. It has a true maple flavor and has a slightly thick, sticky consistency that adheres to pancakes well. It’s just sweet enough and the maple is stronger than the sweetness which avoids the overly sweet, artificial sweetness of some sugar free products. This syrup is a staple in my pantry. I use it in beans, oats and even full fat, plain Greek yogurt at times paired with Saigon cinnamon for a traditional “brown sugar and cinnamon” flavor. Combined with a little Dukes Mayonnaise and mustard, I can create honey mustard that rocks. There are only 15 calories per 1/4 cup and 6 grams of total carbohydrates.

I started buying Heinz No Sugar Added Ketchup years ago when the only bottle available was an 8 oz. bottle. My son liked it much better than regular ketchup and now at 25 years, he still does. In 1 Tablespoon it has 10 calories and 1 gram of total carbohydrates with that 1 gram being from the natural sugar in tomatoes . It’s a perfectly balanced tomato flavor that is equal parts tangy tomato and slightly sweet. I challenge you to find a better ketchup of any type. It’s really good. The 29.5 oz. bottle is a bargain at about $3.98.

Ah, now the cream of this crop, Duke’s Real Mayonnaise. Duke’s is not a special sugar free recipe. It’s always been sugar free. It’s creamy and slightly tart and perfectly spiced. I believe that the reason it’s so good is that this is an old family recipe that contains more egg yolks than other mayonnaise, with no added sugar resulting in it’s characteristic tangy flavor. It is the third largest mayonnaise brand in the  United States and has 100 calories and 0, ZERO grams of carbohydrates. You can pick this delightful product up at Walmart for $3.39.

Condiments add flavor and varied textures to good whole foods. These choices here are low in calories and diabetic friendly. Children love condiments and you can feel good about allowing them to have these products in moderation.  I can remember my Mom taking the ketchup off the table because of all the sugar and calories in the products available then. It’s nice to count the calories in your entree and have plenty left for a calorie conscious sauce. Condiments can transform a plain meal into a mouth watering delight. I hope you try these products the next time that you plan your menus. I believe that you will be glad that you did. Enjoy!

 

Women and Weight Loss

We have all heard it and many of us believe that we have lived it, it seems easier for men to lose weight than women. There are differences, no doubt, but we can’t use that as an excuse to be overweight and unhealthy. We will suffer the consequences of overweight/obesity if we allow ourselves to be that way. We will also reap the benefits of extreme health if we work for it. Again, it’s merely a choice.

Men have more muscle than women and this gives them a higher resting metabolism. Women burn fewer calories at baseline. Since we are usually smaller, we burn fewer calories doing the same exercise. Our bodies also hold onto fat stores more efficiently than men’s to assist with pregnancy. In order to offset some of this make sure that you stay away from extremely low calorie diets that cause you to burn even fewer calories by getting your metabolism off balance. With your doctor’s permission include strength training in your exercise regimen to hold onto the muscle that you have and build more. It will stoke your metabolism to burn more calories.

As women age and estrogen levels plummet, metabolism slows down. As a result, women lose muscle and gain fat, especially around the midsection. Research also indicates that as women approach menopause, they tend to exercise less. Offset this tendency to put on this sneaky fat by getting more active. Amp it up to the degree that your doctor will allow and prevent the muffin top.

There is evidence that women are more likely to be an emotional eater than men. When a woman eats her emotions, she is more likely to reach for high calorie, sugar laden foods than men. To curb some of these cravings, avoid sugar which causes intense cravings for more sugar and stay full of good, nutritionally dense whole foods. We don’t usually want to eat when we are full and our nutritional needs are met. The worst time for cravings is when we allow ourselves to get empty and our blood sugar falls. Then we crave sugar and simple carbs to give us a quick lift. This is 100% controllable with minimal effort. Eat well and often and always remember that women cannot eat the same portion size as a man normally. They are bigger and require more calories. If you eat like your much larger husband, you will be his size.

And for Heaven’s Sake ditch the all or nothing thinking! Emotional creatures that we are, if we “mess up” one time, sometimes we want to just give up. Remember, a “diet” will not help you. That’s temporary. You are in this for the long haul, it’s a lifestyle and there will be ups and downs. Get up and keep going.

Eat more protein. A high protein diet can decrease cravings and boost metabolism. There is a study that indicated that increasing protein intake by just 15% decreased daily caloric intake by an average of 441 calories resulting in an 11 pound weight loss. (1) Make sure to get enough fiber. Fiber binds with protein to keep you full longer. A favorite snack of mine is a cheese stick with an apple. That combination keeps me from being hungry for a couple of hours.

Keep a food journal to be accountable for what you eat. It’s easy to forget the extra bites if we don’t keep an honest record. Every bite counts.

At David’s Way we encourage Intermittent Fasting. Read David’s article 16:8 Intermittent Fasting for some good information concerning IF. It helps almost everyone lose weight. With your doctor’s permission, give it a try. When we allow our blood sugar levels to stabilize, our insulin levels subside and we release stored sugar from our fat cells to use for energy. I promote IF, especially for women who have difficulty losing weight, because it worked for me when nothing else did.

Although women have unique challenges with weight loss, there are ways to lose the weight and keep it off. Read our articles, avoid sugar, work out with your doctor’s permission and commit to IF, again with your doctor’s permission. IF may not be suitable for everyone, especially diabetics. Whatever you do, don’t use being female as an excuse to be unhealthy. You deserve better. Get up and pursue excellence. We have given you the tools.

(1) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/weight-loss-for-women#section3

Beyond Sausage Review

As a bonafide carnivore I love my meats, yet being of a healthy mind and a health and fitness author, I like to explore alternative products for both myself and you, the reader. I give my honest opinion of what I think of different products, however, each of us have individual tastes. Just because I may or may not like a product I have reviewed, it does not mean you will come to the same conclusions regarding tastes, smells and textures.

After a week on the road, I really wanted a good breakfast this morning. Beyond Meats plant based sausage Beyond Sausage Brat Original filled this need for me.

Coming out of it’s packaging, I thought these Brats appeared more like an actual meat product, than the burgers and the Hot Italian Sausages. This was just a very minor detail for me though. What I wanted to know was how they were going to cook, and then of course, how satisfying they would be. And of course, they had to be nutritionally sound.

I browned them in a cast iron skillet with a little extra virgin olive oil over a low medium heat. It did not take long before my kitchen was filled with the good smell of sausage being cooked. The sausages browned very nicely in the olive oil, the casings seemed to be a bit better than I remember the casings from the Beyond Meat Italian sausage product. The Brat casing seemed to be pretty similar to any other sausage casing, yet the product is 100% plant based.

Once cooked, I scrambled a few eggs and plated it for myself and my brother in law who was having breakfast with me. Howard is one who might normally turn his nose up to any type of vegetarian or vegan friendly product, and I did not mention that was what he was being fed.

I cut into my Brat and thought it appeared almost realistically meat like in appearance. Truth be told, if I did not know what it was, I probably would not have seen any difference. I bit into my first bite and was instantly impressed with the taste and texture. The only issue with the flavor was I thought it had more of a breakfast sausage sage taste than that of actual meat  Brat’s. For me, this was not a bad thing, if it had been a breakfast sausage, the seasoning would be perfect for my taste. I enjoy sage, but it does not take much to be too much for me.

The texture was very much like a good meat Brat, yet there was a very slight chewiness to it. This was a non-issue for me. I also liked that the Brats were not greasy at all. The moisture content was satisfactory, yet I believe they might become a little too dry if overly cooked.

I asked my brother in law how he liked the Brats and he said he thought they were quite good. He was silent for a second and then asked me if they were the plant based product I bought last week at the store. I said  they were, and he replied that he liked them pretty good and would not mind having them again. I have two remaining that I believe I am going to cook on my grill over charcoal later this weekend.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 cooked link

Calories: 190, 110 from fat

Total fat: 12 grams

Saturated fat: 5 grams

Trans fat: 0 grams

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 500 mg

Potassium: 230 mg

Total carbohydrate: 5 grams

Dietary fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 0 grams

Protein: 16 grams

(based on 2000 calorie per day diet)

Vitamin A: 0%

Vitamin C: 0%

Calcium: 6%

Iron: 22%

Ingredients:

Water, Pea Protein isolate, Refined coconut oil, Sunflower oil,Natural flavor, Contains: 2% or less of: Rice protein, Faba Bean protein, potato starch, salt, fruit juice (for color), apple fiber, methylcellulose, citrus extract (to protect quality) Calcium Alginate casing

Overall, I find these Brats to be a good nutritionally sound meat alternative that can be found in Kroger grocery stores and their subsidiaries. They can also be bought online from several sources, and are now being served at some restaurants. You might find them a little expensive at $8.99 for a package of 4 links. However, when considering food costs, even if your groceries might cost a little more to eat healthy choices, this expense will be offset by not having unnecessary visits to your physician for any health issues which are a direct result of poor nutritional dietary habits. You can pay a little more in the store for quality foods, or you can had your hard earned money over to your doctor and your pharmacist later when you are suffering from heart issues, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and a whole host of other health problems related to your nutrition or lack there of. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.