Low Carb Product Review- Yummy Bagels, and Pigs in Tutus.

I ordered from Linda’s Diet Delites, out of New Jersey, which is about as far away from me as anywhere on the continent. ( I am in Northwest Oregon). The box arrived in great shape. I ordered Flaz- Z- Snax Low- Carb Granola cereal in blueberry. I had that this morning with almond milk, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was the first cereal I have had since January. It was a true treat. Last night after work, I cracked the Priority Mail-delivered box open with  excitement and glee. I tried the Carb Kruncher bagels, which had come highly recommended. For 7 glorious grams of good-type carbohydrates, I enjoyed an ‘Everything” bagel with no remorse. I ingested good-for-you, fiber- and protein- rich grains, expertly crafted into a bagel that tasted truly authentic. I slathered on whipped cream cheese and felt incredibly satisfied.  5 out of 5 stars. I got a six- pack of these for 7.99, and they were totally worth it. They come in other intriguing  flavors and in plain, as well. I will be ordering those again, and I only wish we could buy these things locally, so I wouldn’t have to wait five days and pay shipping.

Next on my list that I tried last night/today were the low carb muffins and coffee cake by Simply Scrumptious. Well, they weren’t.  The coffee cake was soggy and tasted really fake. It had a strange texture. The muffins tried too hard to be sweet. I got lemon poppyseed, and they really had a bitter aftertaste.

I also ordered sugar free Oreos, which was silly, because those can be found at the grocery store where I work. I should have skipped those. They will be an occasional treat, because with 2 cookies, you get 6 grams of net carbs. I doubt there will be many days I want to add 12 carbs to my day’s total by having four cookies, which I feel is more of a ‘serving’.

At any rate, this was a nice way to mix up the usual egg/cheese/veggie/berry/nut fest I’ve been on lately. The other new addition has been tofu. I read sections from  Skinny Bitch,  (Freedman, R., &  Barnounin, K., 2005) this week, which is very anti-animal cruelty biased. Perhaps they have good reason to be , though.  I was  appalled to learn the abominable conditions that pigs and cows endure, including the slaughtering rituals especially, before coming to our  table. I guess the chickens don’t fare much better, but I don’t feel as much sympathy for chickens as I do cows. Cows nuzzle, play, are very nurturing parents to their young, and are smart enough to freak out when they know death is near. If they can contemplate the finality of death, (instinct only, you say?) were they smart enough to contemplate the value, in some way, of their lives? So, anyway, I’ve decided to cut back on beef and pork, and focus more on tofu, chicken, and fish. Whey protein can also take a greater significance in my diet, over beef.  How can I enjoy seeing a pig onstage performing tricks on AGT and still eat its tutu-less brethren on my plate?  I know, bacon and pulled pork are quite delightful, and I am much more comfortable thinking of pigs as how they act in pens. But think of this. Would we want to be judged as a species based on how we act in our “pens”, i.e.., Pelican Bay, San Quentin, etc.?

While holding at 128 lbs., the exercise is causing my butt and hips to finally shrink, and my pants are starting to all be too loose. Not to brag, but I am able to wear size 6 jeans now, which is still pretty shocking. In January, I was wearing 8-10, and some of my 12’s still fit – albeit loosely. Time has taken on a new meaning in terms of living the low-carb life. It has been six months since I dove into Atkin’s again, and it seems like a year. It seemed to take forever to lose the weight, but it really happened beginning in the third or fourth months. Since then, I just keep refining and reshaping through maintaining the lifestyle and through the addition of regular exercise.

When you get over 40, younger people seem to expect less of you. They figure you will let yourself go, I guess. And I see that many people have. I see 45 year-olds who look and act like 50-60, and bad versions of  that age group. But what else I see, especially down at the Y., are active seniors who still give a damn about being strong, feeling good, and enjoying good health, by doing what they are able to do. There is one 70 year + senior lady at the gym that I encounter at the gym regularly, in the weight room, doing exercises that would be more than challenging for me. I see another lady, very slight of build, and somewhat stiff, who is at least 60, doing her best in yogalates and Zumba. Those are just two examples of the many older Americans I see who are giving a damn, and working hard.

What I see less of are teens and twenty-somethings, strangely enough. Maybe they are at a different, more trendy gym. They are probably over at Fitness Fever, with the disco ball and espresso bar, having wheat grass smoothies and tofu lattes. That’s ok. To each their own. I might enjoy a little wheat grass myself.


5 thoughts on “Low Carb Product Review- Yummy Bagels, and Pigs in Tutus.

  1. Congrats on the 6’s. Im trying to get back there too. I’ve never been able to last more than a week on low carb though, so I applaud your success!

  2. Well, thanks! I have learned that all success is fleeting…haha! Seriously, thanks for visiting my blog, I am honored. 🙂 One day I might even try some real writing. Like, fiction or researched pieces. I will need to devote more time to that than I have been willing to.

  3. Hi Lee,

    First, that place you ordered the bagels from is less than an hour away from me. I am tempted, particularly because of the bagels. In 2003 when I started this, Atkins sold pretty damn good bagels in regular supermarkets – these babies were *awesome*. Now you got me hankering for a good low-carb bagel again…

    Next – animal cruelty. This is a big one for me. It bothers me often. What I do is buy grass-fed, pastured beef. My reasoning here is that, at least for a time, these creatures got to live an authentic life, eating grass, hanging out in the sunshine with other cows. Michael Pollan once made a point that before industrial farming, animals and people had a covenant: I’ll give you life and take care of you for a while. It won’t be particularly unpleasant. Then I will kill you and eat you.

    This might seem unfair, but we have to ask the question: is non-existence better than a short existence? If we didn’t raise cows for food and milk, cows would have probably gone extinct like the wooly mammoth.

    I don’t have an answer to this, except to say that I do spend extra to get at least some of my meat from animals treated better. I rarely, if ever, buy regular beef.

    We’re also cautioned not to practice anthropomorphism with animals – but I think that’s a concept that is meant to alleviate the guilt of people who want or need to be cruel as part of their livelihood (meat producers, researchers, etc.).

    No – they might not be conscious like us, but neither was my dog, though she certainly had a personality, likes and dislikes, and could be happy or sad. Pigs are about as smart as dogs, and that does bother me when I chow down on a pack of pork rinds, which were probably NOT created cruelty-free.

    After reading your piece I was hit with a pang of guilt, and took solace in that I have been adding more fish. They are living beings, too, but unless you go totally vegan, there needs to be some suffering to fill your plate.

    As to soy, I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but soy – at least the non-fermented type – might not be all that good for you. http://www.utne.com/2007-07-01/Science-Technology/The-Dark-Side-of-Soy.aspx

    Personally – I LOVE soy. Get a block of firm tofu, cover in chopped scallions, add soy sauce and sesame seed oil and you have a simple feast. I just don’t eat it all that often.

    Sorry for the long ramble. Oh yeah – totally jealous of your success so far. Keep it up – you’ll shame me into losing weight eventually.

    • I appreciate the ” long ramble” very much! Thank you for reading my post and taking the time to respond to points. I’ve heard a lot about soy – especially for men- and the plant estrogen issues. I’m not a huge tofu eater anyway, and don’t go much for soy flour. I don’t like soy milk either, but it’s just another option to add in what I am trying to create-a low carb diet that’s still diverse and not always meat based. I can’t afford the grass fed beef all the time, or organic choices, because it’s not just me who has to eat. I would need to supply 2-6 people, depending on who is here, but it’s good to know such choices exist. As to the weight loss and exercise, thank you! It just makes me feel better, more energetic, and helps my moods, even. Yeah, those bagels are amazing. Had one this morning. Perfect. 🙂 I think low carb specific “stores” can only survive in either online environment, or sold as part of a larger alternative food store -so many lc stores go out of business! Not enough people consistently wanting it. I notice low carb movements, or waves of consciousness, come in and out like the tide over the years. Thanks for your imput, and fresh point of view!!

    • By the way, if I lived that close to Linda’s, I would spend a lot of time there. Ah, the joy of no shipping charges. Every low carb ‘store’ that has opened around here has tragically gone belly-up. There are not enough people here of like mind to make it work. It would have to be part of a larger ‘alternative foods’ store, or health food store, but most of them don’t like to carry products that are sweetened with Splenda, or malitol, etc. I can’t blame them for not wanting malitol and mannitol. I am reeling from their effects this evening. Horrible things they do to the GI tract- you would think I would have learned this by now.

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