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CarbSmart Magazine September 2013 Issue

CarbSmart Magazine serving the low carb community, has taken its digital presence to the Apple iPad, Google Android and Amazon Kindle tablets.

10 Reasons You Need Cholesterol

10 Reasons You Need Cholesterol

It was not until the mid 20th century that Americans started to fear saturated fat and cholesterol. This fat and cholesterol phobia has contributed to a national obesity rate of 35% where one third of all deaths are blamed on heart disease. Caitlin Weeks examines the 10 Reasons You Need Cholesterol.

I Have Insulin Resistance, Now What? (Part 3 of 3, Who Am I?)

Valerie Berkowitz, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

Looking for the signs and symptoms of insulin resistance is only the beginning of the journey – there is a bigger issue. A major problem lies in the attitude and standards of practice for health care professionals. Valerie Berkowitz continues to look at her history with insulin resistance to help guide you to learn how to feed yourself with what your body really needs.

Low Carb Christmas Meal Ideas

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You survived a Low Carb Thanksgiving meal but Christmas and Hanukkah is coming. Here is our list of Low Carb Christmas Meal articles to help you with your holiday planning. Also, time to plan for your Low Carb New Years Resolutions.

Handling Critics of Your Low Carb Lifestyle

Don't let your negative friends & relatives disuade you on your low carb journey.

Why do we let people have such control over us with a few simple words? Don’t let your negative friends & relatives disuade you on your low carb journey.

Having a Positive Attitude on Your Low Carb Diet by Amy Dungan

Positive Thinking and the Low Carb Diet

As a general rule, I’m a pretty positive person. But something has happened in the last couple of years that has changed that. I’ve let life events, stress, and people crush my enthusiasm. Now, despite what happens to me, my response to that event is completely under my control. I alone am responsible for my reactions.

Necessary Nutritional Supplements for Those with a Metabolic Disadvantage by Valerie Berkowitz

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Most of us understand the importance of adding a multivitamin and an Omega 3 supplement to our diet. But if you are at a metabolic disadvantage (an underlying condition that inhibits weight or health goals) you’ll need more support than just these two basics and here’s why:

Valentine’s Day Means More Than Low Carb Chocolates by Dana Carpender

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Valentine’s Day, another holiday of ancient origin taken over by the sugar-mongers. Let’s see the hands: How many of you are thinking it’s just not Valentine’s Day without chocolates? Yeah, I thought so. I’ll continue my psychic act: How many of you are thinking “But chocolate makes you feel like you’re in love!

Low Carb New Year’s Alcohol Guide by Dana Carpender

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Contrary to popular belief, alcohol does not turn to sugar in your bloodstream. However, it it is carbohydrate-derived; alcohol is what yeasts pee out after eating sugars. Doesn’t that sound yummy? Hey, it doesn’t stop me. Alcohol does behave like a carb in one important way: your body burns it preferentially. Just as eating carbohydrate shuts down fat burning, so does drinking alcohol. Or as a medical journal article I read donkey’s years ago phrased it, “Alcohol profoundly inhibits lipolysis.” Furthermore, at 7 calories per gram, nearly twice the calorie count of carbs, it can take you longer to burn through the booze. This is why alcohol, despite some genuine benefits, is always an indulgence when you’re trying to lose weight.

Can Exercise Be Fun? by Amy Dungan

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An article caught my eye today and I had to do a double take. The gist of the piece was that if you are enjoying exercise, you aren’t doing it right. If you want to get technical, I supposed that may be true. I’m a fan of the Slow Burn method for building strength, but let me tell ya, It’s not fun. I don’t get up of a morning and think “I can’t wait to work my muscles until they hurt and my body feels like a blob of jelly!” So maybe we are only really working our muscles if we are doing something that is uncomfortable. I’ll concede it’s possible.