Jim Anderson

Walnuts in a healthy low-carb diet

In Food, Media Watch on April 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Walnuts are a good low-carb food. Like peanuts and almonds, walnuts provide protein, fat and fiber with relatively few net-carbs per serving. For instance, a quarter cup of walnuts has two grams of net-carbs (four grams of total carbohydrates minus two grams of fiber).

Some people find walnuts bitter. I admit I prefer the taste of roasted almonds and peanuts, and seldom eat walnuts as a stand-alone snack. The big drawback to walnuts is cost. Many consumers only encounter walnuts in one-cup bags in the supermarket’s baking aisle, and that isn’t a good way to buy them if you plan to eat two or three helpings a week.  For the last year or so, I’ve been buying walnuts in a three-pound bag (about 12 cups) at Costco.  (I have no affiliation with Costco other than shopping there once a month.)  Big bags at a warehouse store are definitely the way to go if you develop a regular walnut habit!

Usually, the way I eat walnuts is in breakfast concoction that I fix two or three times a week. The three-pound bag of walnuts lasts me a couple months or so.

A new season, same old me

In Personal Reflection on September 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

I’m a faithless blogger, perhaps, but a faithful low-carb eater.

The lack of entries here has nothing to do with any back-sliding or change of approach in my way of eating. I continue to avoid starches and most grains in my diet, and the pounds have stayed off. Winter, spring, summer, fall — the seasons roll by and I keep to the low-carb course.

It’s just how I am now.  I don’t think about it much, which is probably why I don’t write about it much.

Then, I will encounter someone at work who hasn’t seen me in a while, and he or she will say, “You’ve lost weight! Have you been sick?” It’s happened a couple of times since the start of the fall semester.

I’ll mention that I’m eating low-carb, but low-carb is not the buzzword it once was. No one seems interested. After the brief encounter, I just go on, eating the way I eat, and not thinking about it.

But this blog remains, and continues to attract new visitors. They don’t stay long, seeing the dormant state of things, but they still come. Probably a few of my old regulars check in from time to time.

It’s a shame to have a choir and not preach to it.


Home coming

In Personal Reflection on May 6, 2012 at 7:15 am

I haven’t been here for a while.  The place has a musty smell to it, and could use some airing out.

It’s been 14 months since I started eating low-carb.  I’m still at it.  The 50+ pounds that I lost last year have remained lost.  My waist-line remains around 38 inches, the smallest circumference it has had in 25 years.

The other day I tried on a pair of blue jeans that 14 months ago would barely close around my middle.  Now, they fall off without a belt to cinch them up.

So, my low-carb way of eating has been a great success.  It has also worked for my wife.

The blog has been another matter.  I’ve let it go, and feel guilty about that.  Then again, in terms of my own life, it served its purpose.

Life After Carbs is coming up on its one-year anniversary.

I resolve to spruce the joint up a bit, and keep it going.