What Happened To Amber

So I haven’t really posted here since 2013. A lot has happened. After my last post I visited California for the birth of my nephew. My whole eating plan went out the window. Surrounded with junk food, happy hour and carbs in general I couldn’t take it. I caved.

I got back on the wagon for a few weeks when I got back but went back off plan for good in January of 2014 when I started hanging out with my soon to be new (and then ex) roommate.

So where does this leave me?

I’ve gained almost 30 pounds since that time. I’ve regained my sugar addiction, I’ve not paid a scrap of attention to anything regarding my eating.

Unil today. This is day one. Not atkins but a basic keto way of eating.

No more than 20 carbs per day and most of my calories coming from good fats.

I will do this! I have to. I cannot keep going the way I am going. I am now diabetic and need to get this under control. The eye doctor has noticed diabetic issues with my eyes. I’m already blind enough I don’t need to make it any worse!

So I’ll be posting every day to every other day with my feelings and thoughts along the way.

I’m back bitches!

2 Weeks on Induction

I have been on Atkins for 2 weeks.  I have completed the required 2 weeks of induction. I’ve come to a few decisions.

I will continue on induction for at least another week. I don’t feel I have controlled my eating enough to come off into a more liberal phase of the plan. I still crave sweets and crunchy salty things. I also still overeat in my opinion. I am definitely still working on my self control. I think with a little more induction I can rein this in. Given the fact that I will be leaving for California next week I think if I can stay on induction my first few days staying with the family I can control myself through anything.

I have learned a lot so far. I know that I can adapt almost any recipe. I also know that the adapted recipe is NOT going to tast like the real high carb thing. I’m okay with that. As long as I don’t feel deprived I know I’m doing things right.

My next challenge is not being whiny when my friends on pinterest post all their high carb pins. I’m going to start trying to remake them to low carb. I’ll post my results on the blog for sure.

I am still keeping up on the every other day walking a mile. I hope that after that next month I can be up to 2 miles. Then  slowly progress to the point where I can do the zombie 5k app!

So, here’s to another 2 weeks on induction!

Learning To Like Cooking

Ever since I could remember I have hated to cook. Not only did I hate it I sucked at it.

Every time I would hit the kitchen there was sure to be a disaster! Burned, under cooked, stuff falling on the floor, you name it I’ve had it happen.

It was even to the point that my last room mates cooked for me because they’d seen what a kitchen horror I was. It was quite embarrassing. I was that girl who always brought the utensils to potlucks. Or I’d go to the store and buy chips and salsa. Because even the act of making salsa was too complicated for me. Sadly I just looked lazy.

I started cooking for myself again when I moved to Portland in July. I could make passable food. I didn’t burn everything. I didn’t under cook anything either. I even made bread. But I still just wasn’t feeling it.

Until I started eating low carb!!!

Here is my week in food….


This week alone I have made pizza crust and a sandwich muffin without carbs. I made rice out of cauliflower and a pork steak.

I won’t lie, I have had some kitchen fails. Bacon wrapped chicken thighs? Crappy bacon and bone in thighs were not a winning combination. Everything ended up soggy, it was edible though. Pepperoni chips in the oven? Yeah I set off my smoke detector. Also pepperoni doesn’t look burned even when it is.

I’ve burned myself a couple times, dropped things and otherwise made a mess but I have fed myself healthy real food for almost 2 weeks. I feel really good about that! I may not be an uber chef. I am not even saying I like cooking all the time. But I can do it. I can feed myself and others.

I can’t wait until I move on to OWL and can start cooking other types of food. Things that anyone I cook for would love to eat.

Tomorrow I will post the results of my induction phase and friday look for a recipe!

My Relationship With Non Sugar Sweetener

The other night I had a mini breakdown. But, it led me to a breakthrough in learning more about myself when it comes to food. So that turned into a win.

I wanted something sweet. I went on LowCarbFriends forum because people are always posting amazing recipes on there. I found a recipe for cream cheese muffins. Everyone talked about how wonderful they were. I HAD to try them.

Maybe I did something wrong, maybe I’m just not a fan. But, they weren’t good. Not that the recipe was bad or anything. I just didn’t like them. I realized this after eating 2 of them.

So I continued on my quest to stomp this sweet craving. I know that at this time of the month I tend to get them and if I don’t give myself a sweet treat I will go crazy and eat the whole apartment.

So I grabbed some sugar free jello (generic) that I picked up at Winco a couple weeks ago. I’d made it that morning and it was ready to go. I took a couple bites. Mmmmmm yummy sweet jello.  I put it back and went to go about my evening. I grabbed some knitting, turned on The Walking Dead on Netflix and settled in.

Then it happened.

I walked back into the kitchen and continued to eat the jello until it was gone. I could not stop.

The next day I felt starved, headachey and miserable. I also did not lose any weight. I went to the box with the recipe on it and looked at the ingredients. The damn jello had aspartame in it!!!

I remembered something the Atkins 2002 book about avoiding aspartame. I went and read up and realized that it causes some peoples blood sugar to spike and makes you feel like you had carbs or sugar. Crap!

I had worried it was the amount of Spenda in the muffins. I worried I ate wrong the whole day. I got down on my habits. But ultimately it was the damn aspartame. It made me feel like shit and I now know to look at the ingredients in “sugar free” foods from here on out.

Since then I have even cut down my intake of Spenda. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t screwing up everything that I’ve accomplished. I’m still working through cravings caused by that night. But, knowing that I have gone from 226 to 217 since I started this makes me just keep pushing through.

I may stay on induction until I leave for California. I’ll start going up to OWL while I’m in California. If I stall or stop losing I will hit induction again when I come back.


Low Carb Recipe – Tuna Patties

So yesterday I turned a total kitchen fail into a kitchen win! I was setting out to make a tuna salad and a flax flatbread to put it in. I got the tuna out and was working on it, set the bowl aside and started the flatbread. (for that recipe check out Linda’s Low Carb Menus and Recipes)

So I melted the butter and whisked in the egg and water. Then I went to dump the mixture in the flax for the bread. Unfortunately I ended up dumping it into the tuna!!!

I almost flipped the hell out! I wanted to throw things around, scream and cry. THen I thought, “Hey, egg, butter, add a little of the flax and some Parmesan and fry that ish up!!!”

So I did.

The patties came out wonderfully! I am so excited and these will be in my rotation now.

Amber’s Epic Tuna Mistake Patties



1 can Chunk light tuna packed in water

1 egg

1 T Butter

2.5 T flax

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 T parmesan

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of Onion powder

Pinch of garlic powder

To Make

Melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds

Beat in the egg.

add to the dry ingredients.

Heat oil and drop about a tablespoon full of tuna mixture on the pan (more if your pan is bigger.)

Cook on each side for 2 to 3 minutes or until browned and crispy on the outside.

How I Started Low Carb


I started this blog years ago when I was on a low fat, high hunger diet. It didn’t last long. So, I’m starting from scratch. I am on a low carb way of eating now  and would like you to come along with me on my journey. I’ll be posting recipes, thoughts and other things that have to do with my new lifestyle.

I started Atkins induction on September 28, 2013. Here are my stats at that point.

Start 226

Goal 145

So, why did I finally start to change my way of eating? One word  Diabetes. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2001. The doctors told me I needed to lose weight and take all kinds of medicine. OK fine. I was 280 pounds at that point and had no idea how to lose that kind of weight.

So, in typical Amber fashion (which you’ll learn more about along the way.) I ignored it. I ate Chinese buffet with friends, got wasted every weekend and snagged rides from anyone i could so I didn’t have to ride the bus or walk.

In 2004 I decided to try a low carb lifestyle. Well, I just thought of it like a diet. “Oh wow, you can totally lose  the weight doing Atkins, just eat meat, cheese and you can have diet sodas.” a friend of mine told me. So we did a little online research and started in on it. The information we picked up was most likely not accurate. We ate things that were not on induction, we drank a lot of diet sodas and we certainly did not eat very many veggies.

One of the 3 of us doing this lost some weight. I did not. So i gave up. I just went back to my old ways, eating fast food and whatever else I could get my fat little hands on!! For years after that I started and stopped low fat diets. Weight Watchers, Spark People, just calorie counting. I did it all. I made fun of anyone who claimed to be of a low carb lifestyle. “Oh yeah you’ll really lose weight doing that…look at me.”

Over the years I somehow managed to lose about 20 pounds. Doing more walking helped I’m sure. Then I started living with vegan roommates and that brought me down to around 230 lbs by June of 2013.

I moved to Portland after living in California and Nevada over the past years. Portland has been my saving point. So much natural food, good veggies, farmers markets galore!! Amazing. I’ll talk about all that later.

So when I first got my place I found it fabulous that i could make food for myself,  I could make what i wanted when I wanted. So I started baking. I baked bread, cookies, cakes, muffins and got crazy with all of it.

One night after eating a huge bowl of sugared strawberries and a half an angel food cake I noticed my vision start to blur. I had also noticed my fingers numbing. I knew these were diabetic symptoms and I freaked the hell out! I started researching plans like Paleo, South Beach and others and somehow my eye got drawn back to Atkins. I watched some YouTube videos and read stories online. I thought “Hey things have changed and maybe if i read the book I can do this.”

So I did.  I went shopping, I cleaned out the kitchen of carb foods (gave them to a friend of mine who knows someone with a family who could use them.) and started looking up recipes.

The first couple days were really difficult. I wanted pizza and whatever else. But I stuck to it. I lost 6 pounds in my first 4 days. OK, the water weight is gone. Now what? I kept with it and am on day 10 of 14 and I have more energy, I’m not hungry constantly and I have lost almost 10 pounds. The symptoms I was feeling have also gone down. No more blurred vision, no more numb feeling. Holy crap! It’s awesome.

So that’s my story. Will you follow me along my journey?