About These Recipes
My simple goal is to provide a variety of recipes that can be harnessed to create a wide assortment of seemingly endless recipe options. These will help you to lose or maintain your weight, and to do it with a feeling of satisfaction. Cravings should be all but eliminated.
I have found that by eating in this manner, a solid meal is plenty. I feel good, healthy and active, with no obsessive cravings (not after the first week or two, mind you)
Eat well, eat plenty, lose weight and never crave. That’s my goal.
As a general guideline, I try and keep each recipe to under 10 net carbs per serving. There will be occasional splurges, for those maintaining, a quality recipe or an occasional treat. Flavor and variety is of paramount importance. Most recipes, however, will be significantly under 10 grams, whenever possible. In addition to the low level of net carbs, I’m also trying to offer substantial portions. I also embrace healthy fats. This way of eating won’t work, if you find yourself constantly hungry. Higher fat recipes help stave off cravings, resulting in less grazing. My goal is for you to feel satisfied with this way of eating, and never “wanting” for anything more…
About This Nutrition
I am working hard to provide very accurate numbers. That said, there are assumptions being made.
- When looking for products in the store, you will always read the labels and select the lowest net carb option available. This will help your purchases match the numbers listed within each recipe.
- You will eat a serving. If a recipe states it serves 4, at a total of 9 net carbs per serving and you eat 2 servings … well … then you’ve just eaten 18 net carbs.
- You’ve read the notes. Sometimes I include garnishes in the recipe’s nutrition and sometimes I don’t. It depends on how integral to the dish a garnish might be. I do my best to list all necessary information.
- The system subtracts all fiber and all sugar alcohols from the total net carbs. This isn’t entirely accurate, but it is a common method. I suggest looking further into sugar alcohols. I personally count all sugar alcohols as 50% off, with the exception of liquid splenda (sucralose), erythritol and/or stevia concentrates, which I count as 100% free of net carbs.
Hidden Carbs Exposed!
When I count my carbs, my own way, using my own “DJ Method”, which … ultimately is just a gut check, developed over the years … I tend to omit things like spices. I tend to trust labels to give me accurate information. I generally count sugar alcohols as 50%, except liquid splenda (sucralose), erythritol and stevia. However, these are the fuzzy little areas where hidden carbs and “carb creep” tend to occur. Because I know that “carb creep” is very much alive and well, I’m going to great lengths to expose those hidden carbs, whenever/wherever I’m able to.
Here’s how it works …
Let’s say a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of heavy cream. In looking at the nutrition for this amount of cream, I see that it has 0 carbs. However, this isn’t true! All this REALLY means is that 1 tablespoon of heavy cream has less than ½ of a carb, per tablespoon. Anything less than ½ carb per serving is allowed to be printed as “ZERO” carbs. This isn’t true! This can be misleading, because people see that it has zero carbs, and assume a full cup of cream ALSO has no carbs. This is … carb creep and … it’s misleading. So, while I could technically also list 0 carbs, I’m taking the time to track a larger amount of an ingredient, then using that larger number to determine what the true number of carbs might be.
In this case, a cup of fluid heavy whipping cream contains 7 grams of carbs, with no fiber. There are 16 tablespoons per cup of liquid. So, if you divide 7 carbs, by 16 tablespoons, you get .44 carbs per tablespoon! This can add up quickly, ESPECIALLY if you’re trying to eat less than 20 grams per day. 2 tablespoons in your morning coffee, and you’ve just about kissed 5% of your day’s total away!
Ultimately, this is how people get into trouble. This is how carb creep works. This is what I’m trying to uncover, so that you may make the most informed decisions possible.
(All this said, I’m just one guy, and I’m far from perfect. There will be times where my best isn’t good enough. If you see any glaring errors, please contact me and let me know what I’ve done wrong. I will work to resolve the problem, as soon as possible)
In the end, I feel confident that these recipes are calculated and presented with total integrity and support for your cause. I want this to work for you and am doing my best to arm you with the best tools I’ve got!
Finally … A Warning …
I am not a nutitionist. I am not a doctor or a scientist. Frankly, I’m not even comfortable with the term “Chef”. I’m a good cook and probably a foodie and maybe a computer geek, but that’s it.
While it is my strong opinion that this is a great way to eat and live, some view it as extreme. It is certainly different than the standard Western diet, but that doesn’t make it bad. It just makes it different. In any event, before doing anything “extreme”, you should consult a professional nutritionist or doctor. Don’t trust the rants of “some dude” on the internet. This way of eating has changed this dude’s life, however, and I can’t imagine any other way of eating. Again, I cannot recommend you commit to this, without talking to a professional.
In the end, my stake in the ground is a varied presentation of solid low carb recipes, which are delicious. Each contains the information necesaary for you to make your own decisions. Make them well!
Finally, Part II: Full Disclosure
As of March 16th, 2013, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to (“DJ Foodie/ DJFoodie.com” (amazon.com, or endless.com, MYHABIT.com, SmallParts.com, or AmazonWireless.com).
I am also an affiliate of Netrition.com. I have personally always liked their selection of products. They put a lot of energy behind high quality, yet affordable, low-carb products. I’ve ordered from them for years and have never had a bad experience. From their website, “We provide our customers with the products they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. To provide these products at competitive prices, with the fastest shipping time and with superior customer service. We stock a wide variety of supplements ranging from bodybuilding/sports nutrition to low carb foods, to general vitamins and herbs, to gluten free foods.”
Wherever it makes sense to do so, I’ve linked the ingredients to specific products on one of these two websites. In all cases, I’ve picked a specific ingredient that is either the highest rated, the product I personally use, or the “best bang for your buck”. Put simply, it’s my recommendation, which you can choose to heed, or ignore.
In all cases, whatever recommendations you may see on my website, the first question I ask myself is, would I recommend this, whether I were an affiliate or not. If the answer is no, then … I skip the opportunity. All thoughts and recommendations are genuine and made based on my best thinking, at the time.