Introducing Emily Dewey, Holistic Health Coach

Emily Dewey

Hello low-carb cronies, Atkins admirers, Paleo pals! So happy to be joining you here at CarbSmart. I am excited to share my love of all things Paleo-tastic with you, and hopefully provide some insight into this similar, yet different approach to weight-loss and wellness gains!

My Journey to Low Carb Part 3: From Low Carb to Primal


Many things happened when I switched from a low carb approach to a Primal lifestyle, but perhaps the biggest change was my attitude. I started questioning things. I no longer ate something simply because it was low carb; I now needed to know everything that was in my food, where it came from, and how it was made. Since a Primal diet didn’t allow for legumes, grains or processed foods, a lot of the foods I had eaten in the past – Atkins bars, low carb tortillas, and tofu to name a few – were off the list.

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.

Eating To Beat Breast Cancer – Part 2 of a 3 Part Series


What do you eat to prevent breast cancer, or cure it if you are unfortunate enough to be fighting it? Will proper nutrition help you beat it? And just what is “proper nutrition”? What role does a low carb lifestyle play in nutrition and breast cancer? The answers to these questions are not clear-cut or easily determined. In order to discuss these questions, we must first understand a few things about the nature of the beast. We must also understand the difficulties involved in writing nutritional policies for use on populations with breast cancer.

When Good Foods Go Bad

Angry apple

I can remember when cookies were healthy. No. Seriously! They were only 100 calories, fat-free, and claimed to be good for me. Come to think of it, there were several other healthy foods I enjoyed regularly, some of them even branded with the heart-check logo from the American Heart Association. Cheerios, SnackWells, Baked Lays, granola bars, fat free bagels – all that healthy processed goodness, wrapped in fancy packaging, promising health benefits that range from weight control to lower cholesterol.

The Ups and Downs of Hank Garner’s Low Carb Journey

The New Hank Garner, Low Carb Success Story

Hank Garner was in his late thirties & his health was a wreck. In his first column for CarbSmart, Hank documents his 130 lb. weight loss success and the major setback that almost derailed him for good.

Low Carb Success Story Marilyn Brazzle by Amy Dungan


I’m thrilled to introduce our latest success story, Marilyn Brazzle, an inspiring and compassionate lady. A CPA working in management consulting for an accounting firm in Washington, DC, she resides in Frederick, MD and runs a non-profit sanctuary for homeless senior basset hounds. “At any time I’m sharing my home with about 20 old dogs,” says Marilyn. Her exercise includes caring for her home, the dogs, and her commute to work.

Low Carb Success Story Kent Altena by Amy Dungan


If you want true inspiration, you need look no further than Kent Altena. Eight years after starting Atkins, Kent is still literally half the man he used to be. In 15 months he’d shed 211 pounds and reached his goal. He’s since rejoined the National Guard and has become a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He’s also an active runner and has completed a number of marathons.

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.

Low Carb Success Story Laurie Rosen by Amy Dungan


Laurie Rosen’s journey begins when she was having major health problems such as IBS, heartburn and hypoglycemia. A co-worker mentioned Atkins, and it was such a radical concept that she wondered if there actually might be something to it.