Welcome to the first edition of the Low Carb Ladybug Newsletter. I have been following a low carb lifestyle for the past five years, which has improved my health and helped me to lose over 175 pounds. Recently I attended the 5th Annual Low Carb Cruise and caught the "bug" to spread the word. My hope is to motivate and encourage others through my experiences. Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, just click the email link at the bottom of the page and let me know what you think. Thank you for subscribing!
—Susan aka The Low Carb Ladybug
Low Carb 101-Where do I start?
There are many versions of a low carb diet, most start off the same way with an induction period where carbohydrates are more restricted. The next phase you gradually increase your carbohydrates until you find the level where you can continue to lose or maintain your weight. Atkins is a great plan to use and there is so much information available online. Here are some links explaining Atkins and the induction process.
I have been low carbing for five years now and up until April 2012, I had never met another low carber face to face. How did I stick with this for so long? Blogs! Having an online community of friends was a big help. Being able to locate the tools when I needed them, have helped me to succeed.
I would first like to mention the Livin La Vida Low Carb Blog by Jimmy Moore. Jimmy is the official voice of the low carb community. If you have a questions about low carb, he has probably answered it. Not only does he have a great blog, but three very successful podcasts and a youtube channel. Here is a link to his web site.
The Low Carb Lady Bug Facebook page has some very special Lady-Bloggers! I am very happy to have met them on the recent low carb cruise and they are very inspirational to me and I am sure they will be to you as well. These are in no particular order...I love them all equally!
Over the past year I have become a podcast junkie, I use my commute and times I am travelling alone to listen to my favorite podcasts. I can't begin to tell you how much information I have learned driving to and from work. Even when I see a subject I know nothing about, I still usually have an aha moment. This month I would like to give you the link to Jimmy Moore's three, yes I said three podcasts! The link will take you to the podcast descriptions and you can listen to them on your computer or download to your smart phone or tablet. I go to iTunes, search and download. Search for, "The Livin La Vida Low Carb Show", "Jimmy Moore Presents: Ask The Low Carb Experts", and "Low-Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore & Friends."
There are several low carb myths that have been floating around for years, one is that low carb diets cause kidney damage. A recent study by the Indiana University of Medicine found that there were no harmful side effect when compared to those who followed a low fat diet. Please follow these links for more information. ABC News Health Blog
I met Lisa on the recent Low Carb Cruise and we quickly hit it off. She is a librarian and self-proclaimed book nut, so I enlisted her expertise creating this reading list. You will find most of them on Amazon.com, where you can purchase and read reviews. Summertime is a great time for low-carb reading. Jump in a hammock, grab something icy-cold and sugar-free and dive in. You'll be livin' la vida low carb in no time!