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The Great Canadian Cauliflower Crisis

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There is a crisis in low-carb land – a cauliflower crisis.

As we mentioned earlier, The US has been suffering a great cauliflower shortage and now there’s a Canadian cauliflower crisis too. The price of cauliflower has skyrocketed as growers can’t keep up with growing demand in the midst of bad weather conditions.

Why the growing demand? Well cauliflower is a highly popular part of low-carb and Paleo dishes, instead of rice or pasta. It’s perhaps the #1 most popular vegetable for low-carb chefs.

CNBC: $5 a Head: The Great Canadian Cauliflower Crisis

The price of cauliflower heads have gone up by roughly 140%, and Canadians have taken to Twitter, expressing their dislike of this particular trend.

When the crisis is over, you should try these delicious recipes:

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There’s a Cauliflower Shortage in the US – Guess Why?

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Cold weather in certain growing areas and the popularity of low-carb/paleo diets have resulted in a severe US cauliflower shortage. The shortage is predicted to last well into January.

The proliferation of paleo and low-carb diets promoting the use of cauliflower hasn’t helped matters; cauliflower is now sometimes used as a rice or potato substitute or to form pizza crust

Quartz: There’s a Cauliflower Shortage in the US, and It’s Making Prices Skyrocket

Do you have cauliflower at home? Try these delicious dishes:

Cauliflower recipes

Curry Chicken with Cauliflower RiceCurry Chicken with Cauliflower Rice4.5 out of 5 stars5 star70%4 star20%3 star5%2 star0%1 star5%60 ratings60 Moderate low carbModerate low carbFat77%Protein17%Carbs7%13 g carbs / serving Easy 5 + 25 m5 minutes preparation25 minutes cooking timeCauliflower Lasagna à la Low CarbCauliflower Lasagna à la Low Carb3.8 out of 5 stars5 star54%4 star8%3 star15%2 star8%1 star12%57 ratings57 Moderate low carbModerate low carbFat69%Protein23%Carbs8%12 g carbs / serving Medium 30 + 45 m30 minutes preparation45 minutes cooking timeLow-Carb Cauliflower MashLow-Carb Cauliflower Mash4.1 out of 5 stars5 star50%4 star26%3 star14%2 star2%1 star7%42 ratings42 Moderate low carbModerate low carbFat78%Protein15%Carbs7%6 g carbs / serving Easy 10 + 5 m10 minutes preparation5 minutes cooking time

Cauliflower RiceCauliflower Rice4.1 out of 5 stars5 star57%4 star17%3 star7%2 star14%1 star3%28 ratings28 Strict low carbStrict low carbFat0%Protein0%Carbs0%8 g carbs / serving Easy 5 + 5 m5 minutes preparation5 minutes cooking timeBroccoli and Cauliflower in CheeseBroccoli and Cauliflower in Cheese4.1 out of 5 stars5 star48%4 star25%3 star18%2 star3%1 star3%27 ratings27 Moderate low carbModerate low carbFat72%Protein19%Carbs9%8 g carbs / serving Easy 5 + 12 m5 minutes preparation12 minutes cooking time

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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The holiday season is upon us again, and if you’re new to a low carb or paleo diet this can be a challenging time. Especially when the extended family gets together for Thanksgiving.

Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food compiled a great collection of low-carb, gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes to help you stay healthy through the holiday season:

I know that the holidays can be intimidating on a low carb diet, especially if you are new to it.  You are surrounded by tempting high carb foods and it’s so easy to give in, especially when friends and family are encouraging you to eat, eat, mangia, mangia.  And it’s a holiday, a special day, so you think to yourself: Why not? It’s a special day, I deserve just a little bit. But one bite leads to another and next thing you know, you’ve eaten 3 pies and a whole plate of stuffing and mashed potatoes smothered in flour-y gravy.

Then you spend the next few days beating yourself up and wondering if you can get back on track after such a binge. But this slightly-exaggerated scenario doesn’t have to be a reality. The truth is that there are many wonderful low-carb options for Thanksgiving and other holidays that can keep you from giving  into temptation without feeling deprived. You can eat to your heart’s content and even indulge in a few of your favourites, all while sticking to your low carb, gluten-free diet.  It is possible, trust me.  Because I have spent the past few years perfecting the art of the low-carb holiday dinner.  Many other great bloggers have as well.  So I have collected the best low carb Thanksgiving recipes here for you to plan your holiday menu. Continue Reading →

All Day I Dream About Food: 30 Delicious Low-Carb Thanksgiving Recipes

Paleo Leap: Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner

Mark’s Daily Apple: Make it a Primal Thanksgiving!

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Do You Want Tips and Ideas for Handling the Upcoming Holidays?

Are you celebrating the holidays with a non-low-carb family? Or are you out of good ideas for cooking low-carb holiday dishes?

The Low Carb Dietitian has posted a neat overview of potential problems many low-carb fans run into during the holidays, and shares their best tips and food ideas.

LCD: Tips for Healthy Low Carb Holiday Eating

Below are some more tips.
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The Difference in Food Says it All

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The difference in food says it all.

In recent years I have attended dozens of conferences on how to treat obesity and other lifestyle-related health problems. But the food at the LCHF conference in Cape Town last week excels.

Here are pictures – and horrible examples from other conferences:

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The Beginning and End of the Fear of Fat

 
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This is the book that contributes to finally dismissing the old fear of fat. When the book The Big Fat Surprise came out in June last year, major American newspapers praised it. It has become a New York Times  best seller and The Wall Street Journal appointed it one of the best books of the year.

This book redefines food for many influential people and the fear of fat is losing its grip on the world.

Finally, I too have read the book. It’s a big book that initially is very similar to the fantastic Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). But once you’ve read the first chapters you realize that this book is so much more. It’s an updated version with a somewhat different focus – and for most readers probably far more entertaining, clarifying and upsetting.

This is the definitive story on how fear of fat was based on how ambitious researchers and well-meaning politicians took short cuts and ignored the lack of real evidence. And as gigantic economic interests entered the picture things went very wrong.

The Problem with Fear of Fat

We know the result: instead of harmless fat – that we’ve been unnecessarily afraid of – people began to eat more sugar, wheat flour and other refined carbohydrates, which increase the fat-storing hormone insulin. Voilá: an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

The book also goes in detail through the tragicomic and terrifying hunt for a replacement for natural saturated fat. Continue Reading →

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The Quest for the Eggless Egg

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What if there were an egg that wasn’t an egg? Scientists in the US are trying to create a plant-based “egg” for vegans. The current version contains half a dozen ingredients, mainly pea protein, but is not getting high grades from chefs:

TIME: Eggless Eggs Exist and This Is What They Taste Like

I myself don’t fancy industrially produced ersatz eggs with many secret ingredients, a taste of “grass” and a chef rating of 5/10. I see no health reasons either.

Those who are not vegans can safely eat regular, good old eggs, at least as long as the chickens have been treated well (egg production only aiming for cheap eggs quickly becomes unethical).

Eggs have developed to perfection over millions of years of evolution. There is no more nutritious food and the old 80’s fear of cholesterol has proven completely unfounded. Eggs provide a good cholesterol profile, good weight and a good blood sugar. Proper health and nutrition pills!

So how many eggs can you eat without risking that it turns harmful? I’ll say what I usually say: Preferably eat no more than 36 eggs per day.

How many do you eat?

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Swedes Eating More Eggs than Ever in the Summer

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Swedes are eating more and more eggs over the summer. According to a press release from the Swedish Egg Board, the statistics show a 20-percent increase in a few years.

The average Swede is said to eat 38 eggs over the ten weeks after midsummer solstice. Which leads to the obvious question:

How many eggs will you have this summer?

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