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Low Carb Snack Foods Everyone Can Enjoy

H

this weight loss plateau is

they get frustrated and this

is when they start deviating

or cheating from their diet

plan,” she says. So instead

of keeping it up to break

the plateau, Dr. Nawar says

that they leave their eating

plan and in this situation,

advises her patients to try

to remember her and call if

required.

Emotional Eating

Grabbing a donut in times

of stress or a chocolate bar

when you feel down could

be more than emotional

eating, tells Dr. Nawar. “It’s

not always emotional; we

know now that depression

is related to differences

in neurotransmitters and

emotions. We have an

increase in cortisol and

epinephrine under stress.

These two hormones

induce/stimulate the

pancreas to secrete more

insulin. Insulin basically

increases one’s appetite,”

she explains and this is why

you will see a person who is

depressed quite often start

gaining weight.

Words of Wisdom

In particular, Dr. Nawar

points out that for patients

who are diabetic/insulin

resistant, or pre-diabetic,

they will benefit immensely

from a carbohydrate

restrictive meal plan and

it can even subside their

symptoms. She elaborates:

“Even if the diabetes is in the

advanced stages by doing

a low carb diet--if other

health parameters allow--

even intermittently for a few

months, can improve your

condition a lot.”

Salty Snacks

1

Nuts

(Different

types)

2

Tzatziki Salad

(Yoghurt with

chopped cucumber,

dry mint, olive oil)

4

Baked feta cheese with

chopped tomatoes and

peppers, with olive oil and

basil.

5

Fried Cauliflower/

Zucchini Slices with

Tahina and lemon dip/

Cocktail Sauce.

3

Cheese Platter of your

choice with sliced

cucumbers, cherry

tomatoes, peppers.

Sweet Snacks

1

Chocolate

portion.

2

Half big banana

sliced, frozen for

two hours then

blend/mash.

Add to it one

tablespoon peanut

butter.

4

One Fruit portion (could

make it into a Fresh Fruit

Yoghurt with Yoghurt/

Greek Yoghurt, nuts and

cinnamon, sweetener if

wanted).

5

Apple as one fruit

portion with two

tablespoons Peanut

Butter.

3

One can Thick

Crème (ashta)

with half teaspoon

Nescafe and one

teaspoon sweetener,

blend and freeze.

Have as an ice

cream.

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May/June 2015