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My name is Anna and I believe in the low carb lifestyle. My husband David and I have lost over 160┬ápounds since September 1, 2010. We started low carbing after my husband was told that he was borderline diabetic and might need to start medication. I knew immediately what we needed to do. I already had the knowledge, I just needed the motivation of a good health scare. David has now lost 75 pounds and at last check his non-fasting blood sugar was 88. He has also been able to eliminate his acid reflux and high blood pressure medicine. I have lost 86 pounds and counting. We are happier and healthier than we’ve been in years. The good news is that we still get to enjoy food and we eat very well. Low carbing has literally been a lifesaver for us! Join me as we share ideas, recipes, and tips for adopting low carb as a lifestyle.

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46 Responses to About me…

  1. Hello, my name is Mark, and I run LowCarbGrub.com. I stumbled on your site a little while ago, and really like it. Your recipes are great! I was wondering if you would be interested in a link exchange between our sites. Let me know what you think. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Regards,
    Mark (mark [at] lowcarbgrub.com)

    • Thanks! I checked out your site and saw some things I’d like to try as well. I’d be glad to add you to my links. I appreciate your comments!
      Anna

  2. Do you have a Facebook fan page for your site?
    Ron

  3. Avatar LASALLE
    LASALLE says:

    you are an inspiration..i aspire to be like you and your husband..God bless you for sharing this info

  4. Avatar Claudia Faye
    Claudia Faye says:

    I love your website and tried the pulled pork last night…one word…Amazing! Please consider adding a facebook share link to your website and recipes.

    • Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll look into the facebook thing. That’s a good idea.
      Anna

  5. Hi Anna, thank you. Great low Carb website. I’m so glad I found it. I’m going to try the breakfast casserole tomorrow morning. Thanks again.

  6. Hi Anna! I can’t help my “sweet tooth” and stumbled upon your blog. It’s great to see you’ve had such success with a low-carb lifestyle. I’m not surprised. I work in the healthcare industry (as an RN) and a large majority of those I work with, doctors, nurses, etc., believe that eating fat makes you fat and a diet high in fat (not high in carbs) increases risk of heart disease. Actually one of the nurses I work with was telling everyone in the department that she’s doing a low-carb/low-fat diet. Good luck with that! :P I’ve attempted on a few appropriate occasions to impart some of my knowledge on this subject, unfortunately it’s to what appears to be a disinterested audience. It’s unfortunate that our culture won’t consider that much of the scientific evidence to support our current views on food and diet is not only outdated but not credibly supported. Eventually people will begin to realize that they can stop suffering with low-calorie diets and cyclic binges with the guilt and shame associated with that and discover they can have their cake and eat it too! Or chicken, with the skin on, and enjoy it without concern. On a side note, I had a friend sneer at the idea of deep fried foods when we were looking through a restaurant menu at lunch the other day and he said “That’s so gross… I don’t know anyone that deep fries…” and I said, “yes you do. I deep-fry and it’s more healthy than the ice tea you’re drinking….” LOL He probably thinks I’ve lost my marbles but I’m happy with my food choices. Thanks for your blog, it’s a pleasure to read : )

  7. Hi Anna! My husband and I are mirror images of you and your husband when you started this. We have tried for a year or so to do low carb with success and slides. The slides are from not having our favorite foods and your website has been a Godsend for those!! I truly think that through your recipes, we will succeed this time!! Question: how many carbs did you try to stay within daily to achieve your amazing success? Thanks!

    • Hi! I keep my carb intake around 15-20 grams per meal to maintain. I lose on 10 grams per meal. I think this varies greatly for different people. It’s key to figure out your numbers. I think it’s also important to stay the course. The cheat is never worth it. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to feel deprived.
      Best of luck to you both. Please let me know if I can help.
      Thanks,
      Anna

  8. When you say you lose at ten carbs per meal, does that mean three meals per day which be 30 carbs. Or do you have snacks besides this.

    Thanks for your help,
    Bonnie

    • Bonnie,
      I generally don’t snack. It’s not because I really think there is anything wrong with a snack. It’s just that the fat content of my meals is high; that keeps me feeling very full. I can go for several hours without being hungry.
      Hope things are going well for you.
      Anna

  9. HI!

    We are from South Africa. We really struggle with our weight. My husband and I have been on a lowcarb diet before, but picked everything up again. We recently got products made by Low Carb SA and it is a big help. I stumbled upon your website and must say the recipies sounds very nice. We will be able to loose the weight and eat nice food too. Thank you for inspiring us and helping us along the way.

  10. I love your recipes. and would like to “pin” one on Pinterest. For some reason it won’t allow me to do so. Do you allow people to pin your site?
    Thanks, Robin

    • Robin,
      That’s a good question. I have no idea why it won’t let you pin. I am technologically challenged, and I’m not really sure how that works. I’ll update my site and see if that helps.
      Thanks,
      Anna

      • Update…I think I actually managed to install a “pin it” button. I didn’t even have to get one of my kids to help.
        Woo hoo!

  11. just found your website today and am glad to read that you did so well stopping the pre-diabetes.. this is where I am now-but I am having a hard time sticking to lowcarb-I know I must as diabetes is all over my family and I really need to lose the weight. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your recipes-I have renewed faith that I can do this…Happy Holidays!

    • Hey! I just want to tell you that low carb gets so easy if you just stick with it. Your tastes and cravings completely change with time. Plus, so many good recipes are out there for sugar-free treats that you don’t have to feel deprived. I wish you the best of luck!
      Let me know if I can help.
      Anna

  12. Thanks Anna-I appreciate your help-I signed up to be notified of comments and then I went back and deleted that part I think in order to stop receiving everybody’s comments–It then said I was unsubscribed!! I only wanted to stop the comments so I hope I am still getting your blog? Can you tell I am not a computer whiz?? my grandkids make fun of me sometime! anyway-thanks for your care in sharing your stories and your recipes–I am looking forward to getting healthier.

    • Jeanne,
      I know exactly what you mean. I am not, and will never be a computer whiz. I looked on my list of subscribers, and I see you there. I wish I could stop the comments too. I have to look through tons of spam to see a comment from a real person.
      Thanks again,
      Anna

  13. Thanks so much, Anna, for this site! I started low-carbing after reading “The New Diabetes Revolution” by Dr. Bernstein. I am a type-1 diabetic, which is the juvenile form (not caused by weight, diet, exercise, etc.). And it’s even more important, as a type-1, to eat low-carb. I appreciate all the effort you’ve put into this site and wish you the very best. I’m a big fan!

  14. Anna,

    My husband and I have just started low-carbing it on New Year’s Eve. We are looking at this as a permanent lifestyle change but it will take me at least 9 months before I shed my excess weight and am ready for maintenance. I am really looking forward to trying some of your recipes. So glad I found your blog. I will keep you updated on our progress!

    • You are absolutely right! It has to be a lifestyle. Ultimately, that decision makes everything easier instead of more difficult. I wish you the best of luck.
      Let me know if I can help!
      Thanks,
      Anna

  15. I was wondering how long into your OWL phase you began adding in things like low carb sweets and breads using your “must have ingredients”. (ie.. did you wait until you had reached 30 or 40 pounds lost or after 15?)

    Thanks for the info and recipes. LOVE your page.

    • I added them fairly early, but in moderation. For instance, if I had a bread with my meal, I didn’t do dessert at that time. I tried to keep it down to one “treat” for each meal. During induction was the only time that I didn’t use any of these products. I think people have very different levels of sensitivity though. My husband gets stalled on things that don’t affect me. Experiment some with it and keep track of what you eat and how much you lose until you have a feel for what levels keep you losing weight.
      Thanks!
      Anna

  16. I wanted to let you know I really appreciate your website. I have struggled with weight my whole life and eating a low carb diet is the only thing that helps me. It’s hard to find low carb recipes that I can make for my whole family and have them actually like them. For some reason my husband and four kids get sick of steamed veggies and chicken breast every night…:) THANK YOU!

    • I appreciate your comment. I am exactly the same as you. Low carb is my one and only way of eating. It’s the best.
      Thanks!
      Anna

  17. What did you do when you we get to the place in my diet that you were stuck at the same weight for a long time? I need to know what to do to jump start weight loss again. I still need to lose at least 40 lbs and I haven’t lost any in over a month.

    • I would recommend a few options. I’m not sure exactly how you’ve been eating, but switch things around some and keep track of what happens. You could try a fat fast for a couple of days a week. Or you could go back to induction. Also, changing your activity level might jump start you again. However, sometimes your body just needs to stabilize for a while. The main thing is not to give up.
      Good luck!
      Anna

  18. Love the site, Anna!! It has been a lifesaver for me. Recipes are great and the must have ingredients was helpful too. I work in a dental office and started the diet first, then everyone here jumped on board. I usually make the recipes and bring everyone a taste. Thanks for the helpful website

  19. Dear Anna, I am so glad you just posted another recipe.
    I really like your recipes. How I wish you would post more.
    I am going to make your new chicken and spinach casserole
    Thursday. It sounds absolutely delish!
    Thank You again. Merry Christmas, and Happy new Year.
    Dee

  20. Hello Anna,

    I am unable to find on your site how many net carbs you allow yourself when first starting out. You mention the “induction” phase but I’m not sure what that is. Could you clarify, or send me the link to where I find the eating plan?

    You are your hubby look terrific by the way!

    Thanks so much!
    Connie

  21. Oops! Meant to say, “you and your hubby look terrific by the way.”

  22. Wow…. Great blog. Inspirational… I can’t wait to the recipes!

  23. Congratulations on your success!!! What a motivation you and your husband are! My husband is also diabetic and I can stand to lose at least 80 lbs. Are you following Atkins or just keeping a low carb diet in general? If so, how many net carbs are you trying to maintain daily?

    • We started by following Atkins, and in the beginning we were very strict with carbs. We tried to stay around 25 to 30 each day and avoided sugar alcohols. We probably eat about 45 grams a day now. Each person has to figure out his or her tolerance for carbs. I have also read a great deal about ketogenic eating, which fits in with Atkins. Hope this helps!

  24. Avatar ann smith
    ann smith says:

    I have been low carbing for about 2 months now and I absolutely love it. I did it about 20 years ago and lost the weight but couldn’t stay eating that way. They have come such a long way with recipes and low carb ingredients that it is a way of life for me now and I know I can do this. Your recipes look amazing and i can hardly wait to try them. Thanks for posting them for people like me! I noticed that its been a while since you have posted anything and just wanted to know if you are still maintaining your weight loss and still eating low carb? Thanks again!