I am definitely a “carb-lover.” I mean honestly, who isn’t?
I like carbs in all forms – the healthy versions that come in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, etc. and the unhealthy versions too for an indulgence here or there 🙂 Which is why, I was super excited when the folks at Health magazine contacted me to review and giveaway The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook!
The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook (written by Ellen Kunes, Editor of Health Magazine, and Frances Largeman-
I love the simplicity of the recipes, the healthy ingredients, the variety of food options available, and the philosophy of the writers behind this book. I was lucky enough to interview Ellen Kunes, the editor of Health Magazine, and here’s what she had to say about the CarbLovers Diet Cookbook:
Q: What inspired you to write the carb lovers diet? What’s the philosophy behind the book?
Ellen: I wrote this book because I’ve been dieting all my adult life and I was tired of feeling hungry and deprived. I wanted a plan not just to look great for my college reunion, but for the rest of my life. And CarbLovers delivers! One you’ve lost all the weight you want, you get to keep it off forever, while still eating delicious, satisfying foods.
Q: Dieting information can often be confusing with all of the conflicting opinions out there. What is the deal with all the low carb diets?
Ellen: The deal with low-carb diets is they are a gimmick, and yes, they work for a short time (any diet works short term, right?). But what people don’t realize is that cutting carbs almost never leads to permanent weight loss; most people end up gaining more weight after a low-carb plan than they started at. Scientific research cited in the book supports this. That’s why I wrote The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook. I wanted to share the evidence that a yummy, satisfying, carb-diet rich is the best way to get and stay slim for good, not just for bikini season!
Q: Are carbs good for you? What are the benefits of carbs in your diet? What types of carbs should we be eating?
Ellen: The carbs in The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients, fiber, and a natural ingredient called Resistant Starch, which has been proven in hundreds of studies to curb your appetite, boost your metabolism, and help you get healthier and slimmer. So you should be eating those! What you shouldn’t be eating too much of is sugary, fatty carbs like donuts and chips. They’re fine as a snack, but they’re not a big part of Carblovers.
Q: What is resistant starch? How is this different from low glycemic foods?
Ellen: Resistant Starch is similar to fiber and it’s in a lot of low-glycemic foods like beans and whole grains. It’s 100% safe and natural. Hundreds of studies have shown Resistant Starch to be a natural appetite suppressant, metabolism booster, and overall health promoter. It produces fatty acids that trigger weight loss by turning on enzymes that melt fat, especially in the abdominal area; encouraging your liver to switch to a fat-burning state; and boosting satiety hormones that make you get and stay full longer. Believe me, once you hear about the benefits of Resistant Starch you are going to want to get this stuff in your life! We have a list of Resistant Starch foods on pages 18 and 19 in the book.
Q: What are some tips you’d give to people who want to lose weight and keep it off?
Ellen: One of the most surprising tips we give is never skip meals and eat all your snacks! Because the truth is, some of the recipes on The CarbLovers Diet are very filling, and the snacks are so yummy they make you feel like you are cheating on your diet. But our meal plans are designed to rev your metabolism and keep you from binging, so it’s important to stick to the plan. The weight you lose will be your reward.
Q: What is your favorite recipe from the book?
Ellen: I should probably say the salads, but I adore the desserts, especially the Chocolate Brownie Bites on page 250. So rich, so chocolatey, so easy to make—you have to try them. Also, cold weather has me craving what I call our Carblovers comfort foods, like the Triple-Cheese Mac on page 126 and the Individual Chicken Pot Pies on page 170. Serve these and watch the pickiest eaters become members of the clean plate club!
Thanks Ellen for taking the time to answer my questions about the book and your food philosophy.
And now, one of you has the opportunity to win The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook as part of this giveaway!
Now, the important part – To Enter: You can enter in one of three ways –
- Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
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Then post a comment here letting me know which option above you chose, and what your favorite healthy carb (or carb recipe) is. If you already are a subscriber, follower, or like The Picky Eater on Facebook, just leave a comment indicating that – it will count as one entry.
This giveaway will be open until Friday, February 24th at 11:59pm PST. I will be selecting the winner at random (via random.org) and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner on Saturday, February 25th on this post. CarbLovers Unite! 🙂