Low Carb Diet Side Effects

Low Carb Diet Side Effects

Recently, a friend started to have lots of small bruises all over her body. She was concerned, and noted that the bruising started after she had been eating a low carb diet for a couple of months. Another friend began waking up in the night with severe leg cramps. Again, she noticed that this started to happen after several weeks of low carb dieting. Both women asked if I thought their symptoms could be related to their new low carb eating plans.

It seems lots of people are on low carb diets these days. Lots of other people are considering it. So, what's the deal with low carb diets from a dietitian's perspective?

Why Self Care Isn't Selfish

Why Self Care Isn't Selfish

When it comes to food & health, the overly responsible person will prioritize everyone else’s needs above her own, leaving no time to care for herself. She makes food to suit other people’s tastes, she spend time and money on other people’s hobbies, and she forgoes exercise in favor of taking care of other people’s needs. She then feels as if she has failed because she didn’t achieve the perfect diet, the perfect body, or the perfect weight, and she begins to resent the people to whom she gives so much. What started out as giving turns into regret.

Sugar vs. Artificial Sweetener

Sugar vs. Artificial Sweetener

This is a question I’m asked all the time, by people with and without diabetes. Recently, a study was done to try to figure out the answer for the average person who does not have diabetes. Researchers used two very long-running trials that followed a combined total of about 115,000 people. Study participants were asked detailed questions about their eating habits numerous times over a period of years, and they were also followed for years afterward. Researchers determined that two or more sugary beverages consumed in a day increased a person’s risk of death by heart disease. They also found that the more sugary beverages people drank, the higher the risk of death by heart disease.