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While I'm neither a vegetarian or a vegan, I did want to have more vegetables in my low carb high protein diet. Rose Elliot did a great job on this book. The book is well balanced with readable information, very useful quick reference charts, menus, recipes, a few encouraging testimonies along the way. She does provide vegan alternatives to the lacto-vegetarian choices. And, best of all, it is an easy inexpensive way to lose weight on a low carb diet.
Her commonsense approach to recipes means you can make them with food typically on hand and quickly. Typically, most of the prep work can be done in a few minutes. And, you can expand on them as you learn the basic techniques. As I've worked my way through the book, one of my favorite recipes is her spaghetti squash using cream cheese with spices.
It literally only takes ten minutes to steam the squash in the microwave then fold in the cheese with spices. You can use already prepared cheese with herbs and spice mixes from the store. Or, you can use Philadelphia cream cheese and have your own ethnic flavors from Mexican to Indian, to Italian Garlic-Parmesan etc. And, you can use almost any steamed vegetable that has been thin sliced. It is a nice break from tomato sauces and there are never any leftovers.
This book is definitely a keeper!
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I've been a vegetarian for 17 years, but never paid much attention to how much protein I was getting in my diet...I figured it all worked itself out. After my second child I was having trouble losing the last few pounds of baby weight, so decided to give this diet a try. It took a few shopping trips to revamp my pantry, and some prep work baking/preparing low carb snacks for those binge moments...but I feel less bloated and after 2 weeks have lost 5 lbs (I don't really need to lose any more than that.) The Low Carb pizza is delicious, along with the Chocolate Almond Bark, Spinach Bread, Tomato Cheddar Soup. A few of the prep time estimates have been off (and I have small children distracting me in the kitchen) but overall the food has been tasty and easy to prepare. I wasn't so crazy about the Nut Loaf and the hot cereals are a bit glue-like...but there are so many other things to try, I think I might try to stick to this diet for a while. One warning re reducing carbs: the first week I did feel light-headed and dizzy, but after I made it past 7 days I've been fine (and added a few more low carb servings, which probably helped.)
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The concept behind the book is sound. A reduction of calories and carbs equals a reduction in weight. First the water goes and then over the 14 day period, fat. I lost 5 lbs in two weeks. This doesn't sound like much but it is the final 5 lb ceiling that I have never managed to shed despite trying long hours of exercising and any number of diets.
The recipes in this book are, sadly, incredibly bland and unimaginative with a heavy reliance on eggs and cheese (or tofu). I was so bound up that I was having painful intestinal cramps. The solution was to eat more fibre such as endive, celery, spinach or bran. But again, all consumed with little or no flavoring (the bran tasted like ground cardboard).
At the end of the 14 days, I was sick of the eggs and cheese. And there was an additional problem of what to do if you wanted to continue on a reduced carb diet. I felt I could not adapt the recipes if I wished to continue.
Many meat eaters think that vegetarians have an incredibly limited diet, lacking in variety. Most vegetarians know this is not true (although I am often amazed that some vegetarians themselves think that all they can eat is a salad). This book does not dispel that myth. There are other books available that are filled with inventive flavorful recipes(eg. Vegan Vengeance). Now all we need is one that has flavorful reduced carb recipes.
I bought this book 2 weeks ago and I've already lost 7 pounds and I haven't been hungry once. The recipes are great, the layout is easy to follow, and it's completely changed the way I eat. I've been looking for a good vegetarian diet book for a while and finally found it!
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I lost 50 lbs on the Adkins Diet when I used to eat meat. I had it down to a science losing .5 lb/day without even trying (seemingly) because I had the diet down to such a science, had memorized the number of carbs in virtually everything I ate. In fact I got so good at it I got to the point my only struggle was getting UP TO the 20 grams of carbs I was subposed to have. Once I got down to 115 lbs I had to go off it or I would have ended up weightless. It was a great diet and the first serious diet I had ever been on since I never had a weight problem until I had my second child in my late 30's. The problem is I didn't follow the maintenance plan. Big mistake!
Well, now my son is 10 and I have not only gained ALL the weight back plus 15 lbs my diet has changed to somewhat of a vegetarian (I do eat fish and cage free eggs) but the Atkins Diet doesn't offer a good vegetarian diet so I was at a loss as to how to lose this extra weight. It was very frustrating. I knew I was eating too many carbs but I needed a guide to help me along.
When I saw this book it was just a dream come true. Finially, a vegetarian low carb high protein diet book, it was just what I was looking for! I've been on the diet now for almost two weeks and have lost 6 lbs and already feel better because I don't feel as bloated and I feel self assured because I can use this book as a guide.
Just some ideas: I was using Splenda but now I've ordered a natural sweetener on Amazon because this author reccommends natural sweeteners opposed to artificial. I drink my EGG or WHEY protein shake every morning and that starts the day off right by filling me up. I mix it with the Almond Soy Milk I ordered on Amazon. It's very good. I take a vitamin every day like the author suggests.Read more ›