May 22, 2006

Hey Gang!

Thank God I married a geek. Not only is he cute, and nice to have around the house, he's endlessly useful. My mom always said that my sister and I shouldn't bother marrying a doctor and a lawyer. Instead, one of us should marry a plumber and the other a mechanic, and then she'd always know where to get one. I did the 21st Century equivalent, and married a guy with a degree in computer engineering!

As you'll read below, I was internet-less for a while there - and then yesterday afternoon, when I was finally writing the 'zine, my computer decided to crash, and the Webmaster, aka That Nice Boy I Married, had to spend all evening running scans, updating my operating system, and all sorts of other stuff I don't understand.

So here it is, finally! Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 10:44 PM

April 26, 2006

Hey Gang!

Here you go!

Along with this week's article, column reprint, recipes, and such, I have sort of the beginning of an idea. I got a ton of feedback from readers regarding the TLC show Honey, We're Killing The Kids. Many of you suggested I should have a show of my own teaching families to change their habits. I very much appreciate the vote of confidence and the love, but of course I'm not the one who gets to make that kind of decision - some production company would have to put up the money, and some station would have to decide to carry the show.

But I've been thinking about a website to help families get healthy, one step at a time. One substantial change per month seems about right to me. I'd want to have support discussion groups, where people working on any particular step could talk about how their families were dealing with it, trade ideas, that sort of thing.

Would you be interested in something like that? If so, I'd like to know.

In the meanwhile, Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 09:17 PM

April 18, 2006

Hey Gang!

Here you go! Hope you enjoy it.

My house smells like heaven right this minute. You see, I didn't have ham for Easter - our family's traditional Easter dinner has always been roast lamb and asparagus. But I took advantage of all those sales on ham, and I have one (well, a half-ham - there are only two of us, you know!) in the oven right this second. Thinking I'll serve it with broccoli and cheddar-cheese fauxtatoes. Mmmm.

Think I'll go do ten minutes on my Total Gym, and then cook!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 10:21 PM

April 08, 2006

Hey Gang!

Here's the 'zine! And it's after 8 pm and I still haven't even figured out what I'm serving for dinner, so I think I'll just say "Read On!" and go peruse the contents of my freezer. (Freezers, actually. I have two big deep freezes...)

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 09:13 PM

March 30, 2006

Hey Gang!

I'm afraid it's a short issue this week. My mom is here for the week, visiting, and that's taking up my time. Today we went to visit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, here in Southern Indiana - tres cool!

So here's a back column and a recipe, and I'll see you next week!

Read on.

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 09:13 PM

March 22, 2006

Hey Gang!

Boy, was this issue easy to put together. In the last issue I asked you to report on what low carb products were available in your area. Well! I've rarely had such a response! You wrote in from all over to let me and your fellow readers know what products are available, and where. So here it all is - all I had to do was cut-and-paste. And thank you!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 02:16 PM

March 15, 2006

Hey Gang,

As you'll see, the main article this week is about which low carb products are still available, and which are gone. It is incomplete at best, since these things are often regional. Please, please, if I've missed a good product that's available in your area, let me know so I can pass the info on.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 09:42 PM

March 07, 2006

Hey Gang!

Here you go! And it's 10 pm, so I'm just going to say "Read on!" and send it off to the webmaster, aka That Nice Boy I Married.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 10:57 PM

February 28, 2006

Hey Gang!

I'm afraid all you get this week is a back column and a recipe. My dad was visiting for a few days, and then we went up to Chicago for my niece's 5th birthday. Now I'm back and caught up with the housework - and it's time to write this week's column! So I thought I'd just send out this short issue, and start writing next week's after I get the new column done.

Spring has definitely sprung here in Southern Indiana. I have snow drops blooming in my yard, and the crocuses and daffodils are sending up their leaves. Just as clear a sign, asparagus is on sale at the local grocery stores - so I'm sending you a column on asparagus. Then I'm going to run out and buy some, and make an asparagus quiche for dinner!

Read on.

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 07:40 PM

February 20, 2006

Hey Gang!

Here's this week's opus, and I'm afraid there's urgent and unhappy news I have to convey. Sorry about that.

Read on.

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 09:56 PM

February 14, 2006

Hey Gang!

Happy Valentine's Day! What a great day to eat sugar-free chocolate! If you really want those chocolates in a heart-shaped satin box, it's not too late to go to the local fancy candy store. Most good chocolate shops will have sugar-free chocolates, and will happily pack a box for you. Me, I'll just eat the Guylian's sugar-free chocolate bars that are a staple food 'round here.

Have a great day! And read on...

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 12:28 PM

February 06, 2006

Hey Gang!

Happy Groundhog Day a little late! Ever wonder why there's such a holiday as "Groundhog Day?" (And is this just an American thing? Does any other nation on the planet have Groundhog Day? I guess you'd have to have groundhogs, at the very least.)

Groundhog Day is just about exactly halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox - in other words, halfway to spring! Yippee!

(Unless, of course, you're in the Southern Hemisphere. At which point, you're halfway to autumn. Oh, well.)

Anyway, read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 08:59 PM

January 30, 2006

Hey Gang!

Here's this week's opus! Time to cook dinner.

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 10:17 PM

January 23, 2006

Hey Gang!

Hereís your Lowcarbezine! And itís grown a bit again. With that lightening-fast comprehension that marks my every move, I realized that I could add an archived Low Carb For Life column to each issue, and it would be new to all of those whose local papers donít carry my column. So thatís what Iíve done.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 10:16 AM

January 07, 2006

Hey Gang!

Happy New Year! Welcome to the new Lowcarbezine! Howís it different from the old Lowcarbezine!? Simple: Iím going to one main article per issue, plus a recipe. If thereís also some cool stuff from readers, or a brief news clip, or something else that seems appropriate, Iíll throw it in. But in general, itíll be one article per issue. I figure that way, I can actually get it out in a timely manner!

For those of you who are interested, Iíve been in my new house for about two months now, and yes, Iím still living with boxes. Several of you asked for a photo of the house, so here you go:


Now on to this issueís article! Read on.

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 08:47 PM

April 22, 2005

Hey Gang!

I'm rushing to get this out, because it has a very late article on Passover in it, and I want to get it out ASAP. So all I'll say is

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 02:15 PM

April 01, 2005

Hey Gang!

As I write this, I'm in the last stages of recuperation from some really nasty respiratory illness that I picked up in California - high fever, chills, coughing stuff up from a chest that burned like fire, the whole nine yards. (The only good part that the guy I caught it from on the plane on the way out looked just like George Clooney. If you have to catch a hideous disease, you may as well catch it from a hottie.)

I haven't been that sick in a decade. And it reminded me forcefully of one important thing: I have absolutely zero patience with feeling anything less than 100% well. Some of you have written me, wondering how someone can continue to make healthy choices, meal in, meal out, every day, for life. For me the answer is simple: The alternative - being less healthy than I can be - is simply unthinkable. Indeed, I have a hard time understanding how anyone can bear the sheer physical discomfort that comes with regularly eating junk. Yuck.

But my energy is back, and spring has sprung! Enough of this - I'm going out for a walk!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 02:31 PM

February 13, 2005

Hey Gang!

It's spring! It's spring! At least here in Southern Indiana. Mid-fifties out there, and as sunny as can be! So with no further ado, I'm going to turn this ezine over to you, and go for a walk!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 01:07 PM

December 19, 2004

Hey Gang!

I promised you cookie recipes before Christmas, and here they are, along with a few admittedly belated holiday survival tips. I'm afraid this will have to do - I head to my mom's next Wednesday, and I'm spending all day Monday shopping with my pal Maria.

In the New Years issue, we'll look at an interesting question: Is low carb really over? (Yeah, right.) Plus I'll be reviewing the low carb book I wish I'd written!

Have a great Christmas, Solstice, Kwanza, or all three, a safe New Years Eve, and I'll see you in 2005!!

Read on -

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 12:21 PM

December 03, 2004

Hey Gang!

Hereís your ezine, complete with info about Dreamfieldís pasta. Furthermore, I have every intention of getting a couple more issues out before Christmas. After all, you need cookie recipes, right?

For those of you who received word that your recipes were being included in 500 More Low-Carb Recipes, be aware that your autographed copies have shipped, so if yours hasnít arrived yet, you should have it soon. And thank you once again to everyone who contributed recipes, whether yours was included or not!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 02:49 PM

October 06, 2004

Hey, Gang -

It's Lowcarbezine! It really still exists! And I hope you enjoy it. One of my resolutions for 2005 will be to hire an executive assistant, so we can go back to a bi-weekly schedule for this ezine - I've just gotten to the point where I can't handle it all myself!

Some of you have written to ask where you can read my newspaper column. If you can't convince your local paper to carry it, take heart - if you do a web search under "Low Carb For Life" and "Dana Carpender" you'll find some newspapers carrying it online.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 09:59 PM

August 03, 2004

Hey, Gang

Wow! Two issues in two weeks! Almost like old times.

The best stuff in this issue, hands-down, are some emails from readers about last issue's article on low carb and fertility. This is the sort of stuff that just makes me grin like an idiot all day long - and that makes me love this job.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 09:09 PM

July 18, 2004

Hey, Gang!

I promised I'd get the 'zine out by the end of the weekend!! Here it is, and I hope you like it. It's a bit shorter than the 'zine has been in the past, and I'm afraid that's how it's going to stay. What with writing a newspaper column every week, there's just a limit to how much I can do. But I love this ezine - I love having a direct line to you guys, I need the feedback I get from you, and I get a kick out of having total editorial control! So I'll continue to publish as I can, but look for future issues to be about this length, okay?

I heard from a bunch of you after the Webmaster sent out the special notice the other day - I thank you all so much for your patience, kind comments, and love. And guess what? I may be going back to QVC on Tuesday! Maybe I need to move to Philadelphia? I don't know for sure if I'm going, and if so what time I'll be on, so watch for another Special Notice.

If you skip everything else, you've got to make the recipe in this issue. It's way, way too good! But I hope you like the whole thing. Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 03:07 PM

May 23, 2004

Hey, Gang

Just when you were beginning to think you'd never see Lowcarbezine! again, here it is! I thank you for your patience. My life has become far, far busier in the past year than it was when this ezine started - and now, along with the books, I have a weekly newspaper column to turn out. (If your local paper isn't carrying the column yet, and you'd like them to, it's called Low Carb For Life, and it's being distributed through the United Media Syndicate.)

Indeed, this would be a great time for me to welcome all the new ezine subscribers who have come on board because of the column - Hi! Welcome to Lowcarbezine! Hope you enjoy it. You'll find I run on a bit more here than I do in the column - after all, I have no space constraints, and no editor. Ah, the intoxicating freedom of it all!

500 More Low-Carb Recipes got turned in - well, not quite exactly on time, but only about a day late. My very public thanks to all of you who submitted recipes! Indeed, many of your recipes made me break into a cold sweat, thinking, "Geez, how can I come up with anything half as good as this?!" My readers are a talented bunch.

My thanks also to all my recipe testers, and most especially to my right hand - my husband, Eric Schmitz, the Hold the Toast Webmaster, bookkeeper, shipping manager, researcher, and all-purpose executive assistant. He worked fourteen hour days right along side me, getting the book done on time - and helped keep me from having a total nervous breakdown from the stress.

So to Eric, to my recipe testers, and to all of you who submitted recipes, my heartfelt thanks. When I say "I couldn't have done it without you" I'm not just being polite. It's the simple truth. Now I just have to turn in two more books by the end of the summer...

It's good to be back! Hope you enjoy the 'zine!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 04:08 PM

March 26, 2004

Hey Gang!

Is this issue late enough for you? I'm afraid I'm absolutely swamped; I have a deadline of May 1st for the next cookbook - and another deadline of July 1st for the cookbook after that, and one of September 1st for the cookbook after that! I spend most of my time cooking, going to the grocery store, and cleaning up the kitchen. So I'm afraid the situation isn't going to get a whole lot better any time soon. But this 'zine is still worth what you pay for it, right? ;-D

Happy spring! (Except to those of you in the Southern Hemisphere - Happy autumn!) You'll find some recipes for cooking out in this issue!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 06:44 PM

February 23, 2004

Hey Gang

Here it is! Once again, sorry it's late, but I'm not promising I'm going to get a lot more prompt about it; my life's just too crazy for that.

I've been scheduled on QVC again, and this time I won't be on in the middle of the night! I'll be on selling 15 Minute Low-Carb Recipes on March 5th, on the show that starts at 1 pm, Eastern Standard Time, though I don't know exactly when during the show I'll be on. Hope you'll tune in!

The most important part of this issue is the first article. If you don't read anything else, please read it. I'm heartsick about the press Dr. Atkins has gotten recently, so I want you all to know the truth behind the ugly rumors. But if you try the side-dish recipe in Cooking Low Carb! too, you won't be sorry.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 07:02 PM

February 02, 2004

Hey, Gang -

Happy Groundhog Day (a little late!) I hear Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow, but I remain unconcerned. I don't see why one groundhog should predict six more weeks of winter for the whole country, when weather is such a regional thing. It was cloudy and rainy all day here in Southern Indiana, and there's no way any local groundhog saw his shadow. So as far as I'm concerned, spring is coming to my neighborhood, at any rate!

That being said, I'm off to New York again. Gotta go pack!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 07:47 PM

January 10, 2004

Hey, Gang -

Finally! Here it is! The first Lowcarbezine! of 2004. Hope you enjoy it!

Iíd like to say Hi! to the

over 800 new subscribers weíve gotten in the past week! Nothing like national television exposure, you know? To all of you who have just started your low carb journey with a New Yearís Resolution, welcome to the club! We have a lot more fun here than you may suspect.
And to answer a question Iíve gotten repeatedly this week: Yes, Wayne Brady really is just as nice and just as good-looking as you think he is. Yowza.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 08:05 PM

December 17, 2003

Hey Gang -

Wow! What an intense few weeks it's been - first a week on the East Coast on publicity, a few days home, then a week on the West Coast, mostly visiting family, plus a book signing at Carb Smart in Huntington Beach. Now I'm back home for the moment, already working hard on the next cookbook!

Until Christmas, of course, when I go out of town again, and then January, when I understand I'll be doing more personal appearances.

Maybe I should ask for luggage for Christmas?

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 10:01 PM

November 21, 2003

Hey Gang -

Wow! I've been on the road since Friday. I've been in New York - first Westchester County and then Long Island, where I did book signings, and met some terrific folks. In particular, Vicki Cash, who donated a bunch of recipes from her Low Carb Success Calendar for 500 Low Carb Recipes (including the hugely popular Pumpkin Cheesecake) came with her charming husband Keith to see me in Scarsdale. We had dinner together, and a fine (low carb) time was had by all.

I then spent a day in New York City. I would like to state, here and now, that the most pernicious and unfair regional myth in the country is the near-universal notion that New Yorkers are rude, unfriendly, and generally unpleasant. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Every time I go to New York, I am struck once again by the helpfulness, friendliness, and humor of New Yorkers. It's a wonderful place, and you should all visit at least once, at the very least.

Anyway, now I'm in Pennsylvania, where I'll do a full-day guest training for QVC tomorrow (I will, of course, let you know when I'm going to be on QVC!), but I wanted to give you the article I promised on how to decarb Thanksgiving dinner. I'm afraid that's all you're getting this issue, but heck, this ezine's still worth what you pay for it, right?

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 07:11 PM

November 06, 2003

Hey Gang -

Yikes! In less than 24 hours I'll be in New York City, and I haven't even started packing yet! I'm going to just hit "send," and go deal with getting myself ready to go out of town.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 08:00 PM

October 22, 2003

Hey Gang -

Hey, I got an issue out right on time for a change! Wonders never cease.

It's a glorious day here in Southern Indiana - September, October, and May are the best reasons for living in the Midwest - so I'm going to send this issue to the webmaster to publish, and go for a walk! Hope you enjoy it!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 08:38 PM

October 08, 2003

Hey Gang -

This is a week late, and I need to get right back to the cookbook, so I'll keep this short. Here's your ezine! Hope you like it!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 09:56 PM

September 18, 2003

Hey Gang -

It happened again - I started out a little unclear about what to write, and the issue just grew! Hope you enjoy it, because I'm heading into crunch time - I have a manuscript deadline the end of this month, and another at the end of October. This 'zine is going to get a bit shorter (maybe a whole lot shorter!), and we may do some reprints again. I have to meet my deadlines!

Hope you enjoy it. Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 04:28 PM

September 02, 2003

Hey Gang -

Okay, it's late. I'm up to my eyebrows in cooking, writing, and publicity appearances, so I'm not promising it won't happen again. Still worth what you're paying, right? ;-D

Actually, I'm kind of happy I held off on publishing, because today is a special day for me. What day? This is the Official 8th Anniversary of Dana Going Low Carb. Eight years ago, after putting on between 10 and 15 pounds in the three months from my wedding till Labor Day, I decided that something new had to happen -- clearly my low fat, high carb diet was not working! I had recently read an old nutrition book by Gayelord Hauser, and one sentence had jumped out at me: "Obesity has nothing to do with how much you eat. It is, instead, a carbohydrate intolerance disease."

I remembered that when I was a kid, the common wisdom had been that to lose weight you gave up potatoes, spaghetti, bread, and sweets, and that when I joined the original Weight Watchers Program as a pudgy 11 year old the program had called for plenty of protein and unlimited low carb vegetables, but had strictly limited starches, and banned sweets altogether. I also remembered the Atkins diet from its first popularity in the 1970s, before low fat/high carb mania hit.

And I was also just plain fed up, and more than a little desperate. I decided, "What the heck do I have to lose?!" I went ahead with the Labor Day cookout I'd planned, and had my last tastes of low fat chocolate chip cookies and pasta salad made with low fat mayonnaise. The next day I cut the carbs out of my diet. No particular plan -- not Atkins, not Protein Power, not The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet; I just stopped eating anything high in carbs.

Two days later the shorts that had been tight at my Labor Day cookout were loose, my energy level was soaring, and I felt better than I had in years. I never looked back.

It's now been eight years. So much for all of those naysayers who insist that it's impossible to stick with a low carb diet long term. So much for everyone who said I'd develop high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, or end up with no energy. Instead, in the years from 36 to 44 I seem not to have aged at all, and I feel better in my middle age than I did as a teenager! (Of course, as a teenager I was living on sugar and cigarettes...)

So if you've wondered whether it's possible to go low carb for life, never doubt that the answer is yes -- and that it's a decision with rewards that continue, day after day, year after year. I am, I have no doubt, low carb for life.

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 04:46 PM

August 13, 2003

Hey Gang -

So, what did you do this weekend? :-D

My heartfelt thanks to all who wrote to congratulate me on my appearance on The Today Show! I had a wonderful time. I'm happy to report that everyone at NBC was just as nice and friendly and warm as they could possibly be; they made me feel very comfortable. Their food stylist, Maria, made my dishes (not to mention a couple that were donated by readers for 500 Low-Carb Recipes -- Vicki Cash's Pumpkin Cheesecake and Ellen Radke's Noodleless Lasagne made the cut! Hey, guys, your food was on TV!) look far spiffier than they ever do in my kitchen, and the crew was gratifyingly enthusiastic about inhaling the "props"; as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.

Incidentally, after my rehearsal Saturday, I walked back to my hotel (the fabulous, elegant Essex House, on Central Park South -- and I'm usually a Super 8 kind of girl!) along 7th Avenue, which was closed for a street fair. Instead of eating dinner at the hotel, I bought food from the vendors at the fair -- a couple of kabobs and a chicken satay, giving me a wildly delicious dinner with no more than 2 or 3 grams of carb for a grand total of $7. What a bargain!

(I'll add here that it's always a joy to visit New York City. I grew up in New Jersey, just across the river, and New York will always have a very special place in my heart. And don't believe the nonsense you've heard about New Yorkers being hostile and unfriendly; I always meet lovely people when I go to New York. Love you, Big Apple!)

Nearly as exciting as my network television debut is the fact that for roughly 24 hours I was #1 at Amazon.com -- I was beating Harry Potter! And I'm still in the top 10.

All told, it's been an exciting week. But as always, it's good to be home, writing and cooking up a storm. So here's your ezine -- hope you enjoy it!

Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 05:09 PM

August 02, 2003

Hey Gang -

I got it out before the end of the week! I did! Do you have any idea how hard it is to write with workmen around the house all the time? They're lovely people, and my new floors are very nice, but - me? Work? It is to laugh. Or cry.

But here it is, never the less. Read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 10:26 PM

June 26, 2003

Hey Gang -

You'll find this is a remarkably short issue: One article, one recipe, and that's it. There are numerous reasons for this - We're undergoing renovations, and my house is torn up six ways from Sunday. Furthermore, we're planning to have a fund-raising barbecue here on Saturday, so I have to make as much order out of the chaos as I possibly can in the next 48 hours - while shopping and cooking for the event, too!

Yikes! I'd better get a move on. In the meanwhile, read on!

Dana

Posted by HoldTheToast at 07:52 PM