Children of such nature are usually referred to as special, and the specialness of Zen is her ability to pick up martial arts by observation. Hence thanks to DVDs of Pinkaew's earlier movies, and having to reside beside a Muay Thai school, Zen picks up the skills necessary, and get to use them when she goes hunting for her mother's debtors in order to pay for chemotherapy sessions. Money's everyone's problem, so Zen gets to use her fists, knees and elbows on her opponent's face, body and shin. I'd always love watching knees and elbows connect to deliver blows on opponents and inflicting excruciating pain, and in her lithe form, Zen delivers them with balletic grace.

In this part of the world, there's no dearth of male action heroes, you know, those with real martial arts background. Think Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Wu Jing, and closer to home, Tony Jaa. How about a female counterpart? You're likely to struggle hard to name a credible one, Michelle Yeoh notwithstanding. So Thai director Prachya Pinkaew is probably shrewd enough to identify this golden opportunity, and so introduces us to Yanin Vismistananda in her debut feature Chocolate.
I am starting on low carbs as I have been advised that my body doesn’t deal well with carbs and I am at risk of diabetes. I also need to lose weight. I understand your principles of ‘doing the best you can’, avoiding processed foods etc, but wondered if there is a general rule of thumb to go by when reading food labels, such as aiming for food with no more than 2% carbs?
The penultimate process is called conching. A conche is a container filled with metal beads, which act as grinders. The refined and blended chocolate mass is kept in a liquid state by frictional heat. Chocolate prior to conching has an uneven and gritty texture. The conching process produces cocoa and sugar particles smaller than the tongue can detect, hence the smooth feel in the mouth. The length of the conching process determines the final smoothness and quality of the chocolate. High-quality chocolate is conched for about 72 hours, and lesser grades about four to six hours. After the process is complete, the chocolate mass is stored in tanks heated to about 45 to 50 °C (113 to 122 °F) until final processing.[62]
If you want to lose weight, then cut the carbs down until you start dropping. It’s always a balancing act. After decades of Weight Watchers and other crazy diets I now don’t count a single thing. It is the most intuitive way of eating for me for over 3 years now. I pretty much stay at goal weight and still enjoy my red wine, 90% chocolate at weekends and some occassional low carb baking.
While the above raw version is fantastic for using in no-bake treats or eating by the handful, if you want a version that you can bake with or that has the option of being oil-free, simply melt a bar of unsweetened chocolate and sweeten to taste with your favorite sweetener of choice. You can add a tsp oil for smoother results, but it’s not required. Pour into a parchment-lined container or candy molds, and freeze until firm. Then break into small pieces or pop out of the molds. This version needs no refrigeration and can be used anywhere you’d use store-bought chocolate chips.

I just found your website and the recipes seem great! I just tried the chocolate candy bar recipe as I am craving treats so badly and can’t have them. However, I found the final product to be quite bitter. Did I do something wrong? Are there any parts I might change? I used almond milk. I can’t link your powdered stevia as I wanted to see if I used the same, but I think I used the right product. Thanks.


This delicious gluten free pumpkin bundt cake is completely sugar free and dairy free.  Covered with a creamy dairy free icing, this is one keto bundt cake you wish you could make every day!A Healthy Pumpkin Bundt Cake for the Family Moist, fluffy and crumbly. That's exactly the type of keto … [Read more...] about Keto Paleo Pumpkin Bundt Cake Recipe
What are the soft food and mechanical soft food diets? There are many reasons why someone may need to go on a soft food diet. Reasons might include surgery, cancer, difficulty swallowing, or dental problems. The diet should consist of a variety of foods that can be mashed or pureed. Read on find out which types of food to include, and tips for following this diet. Read now
Hi Donna, as you have used the same chocolate as me I’ve done some research now. The reason may be that you need to heat the chocolate slowly and gently. Heating it too quickly and too much can cause the cocoa butter and cocoa to separate. I’ve added this info to the recipe and really hope you’ll try the recipe again. By the way, have you tried the Montezuma 100% chocolate with orange nibs? It’s the best tasting unsweetened chocolate ever (it actually tastes great all on its own) and I bet it would be amazing in this cake. Wishing you a happy Christmas, despite the mishap with the cake, and thank you for supporting Sugar Free Londoner.

Hi Stacey, I can’t give medical advice and definitely recommend following your doctor’s recommendations. You can ask him/her if low carb would be better suited for you. Also, you may want to double check with him/her if the kidney concern was related to high protein, because that is a common misconception about keto – it is not a high protein diet/lifestyle.


This sounds wonderful! I’ve had the original version with sugar, before, and it is really good. I haven’t made this yet, but I’m going to cook the crust on a cookie sheet, so it will be easier to plate. If I decide to make the chocolate whipped cream version, I will use dissolved gelatin in the cream, to keep the whipped cream stable. Where I live, this dessert is called “Fat man’s dessert”. Decades ago, the school lunch ladies made a dessert like this, with a Graham cracker crust, but they flavored the chocolate pudding with peppermint. It was yummy, too!
Keep up electrolytes. The major electrolytes in our bodies are sodium, potassium and magnesium. Because a low carb diet (especially a keto diet!) reduces the amount of water you store, this can flush out electrolytes and make you feel sick (called “keto flu”). This is temporary, but you can avoid or eliminate it by salting your food liberally, drinking broth (especially bone broth), and eating pickled vegetables. Some people also choose to take supplements for electrolytes, but it’s best to first consult a doctor that understands and supports keto/low carb lifestyles.
Europeans later added sugar and milk, but they were still drinking chocolate instead of eating it until the Industrial Revolution. If entrepreneurs hadn't figured out how to process it further to make it easier to eat (and less expensive), chocolate may not be as universal as it is today. Can you imagine? Americans eat up to 12 pounds of chocolate every year, but we aren't the winners by far when it comes to chocolate consumption -- that honor goes to the Swiss, who wolf down 22 pounds a year [source: World Atlas of Chocolate].

I am confused. Vitafiber is an IMO. It gets broken down like sugar and therefore you don’t use it? Then why did you recommend it? This recipe is for a low carb chocolate bar. I am on a ketogenic diet. I ordered this stuff specifically because you recommended it. How am I supposed to calculate the carbs? Does it have an effect on blood sugar? If inulin is better, why not use that. Could you please clarify. Also, if Vitafiber is not good for people who are on a very low carb diet, you may want to include a note up in the text of the recipe so that people understand that it won’t work for a ketogenic diet. Please don’t interpret this as an angry comment. I am genuinely confused and would like to know how to proceed (i.e. should I return the Vitafiber and not eat the chocolate that I made with it). I would really appreciate your reply.


A one-tablespoon (5 grams) serving of dry unsweetened cocoa powder has 12.1 mg of caffeine[89] and a 25-g single serving of dark chocolate has 22.4 mg of caffeine.[90] Although a single 7 oz. serving of coffee may contain 80–175 mg,[91] studies have shown psychoactive effects in caffeine doses as low as 9 mg,[92] and a dose as low as 12.5 mg was shown to have effects on cognitive performance.[93]
The widespread use of children in cocoa production is controversial, not only for the concerns about child labor and exploitation, but also because up to 12,000 of the 200,000 children working in Côte d'Ivoire, the world's biggest producer of cocoa,[109] may be victims of trafficking or slavery.[110] Most attention on this subject has focused on West Africa, which collectively supplies 69 percent of the world's cocoa,[111] and Côte d'Ivoire in particular, which supplies 35 percent of the world's cocoa.[111] Thirty percent of children under age 15 in sub-Saharan Africa are child laborers, mostly in agricultural activities including cocoa farming.[112] Major chocolate producers, such as Nestlé, buy cocoa at commodities exchanges where Ivorian cocoa is mixed with other cocoa.[113]

Thanks for your support, Gena! I’m disappointed about the ads, too, and am trying to figure out a better solution– but for now, they make it possible for me to maintain the blog without costing my family money. The amount of traffic my site gets makes the maintenance costs huge, and I don’t want to resort to sponsored posts, since most companies that are willing to pay bloggers don’t offer products I’m willing to recommend. Hopefully I’ll come up with a better solution in the near future!
7 carbs additional carbs devided by 16 servings? 0.43 additional carbs per serving. Definitely still low carb. I am on a low carb not a no carb diet. This delicious low carb recipe has helped me (in part) lose 45 pounds and still get my dessert fix at the end of a low carb meal. I do not think I could do a low carb diet if I had to give up sweets! It freezes well when saved in individual servings or keeps in the fridge for days. Well done!

With funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, in 2012 Taubes co-founded the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), with the aim of raising over $200 million to undertake a "Manhattan Project for nutrition" and validate the hypothesis.[29][30] Intermediate results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition did not provide convincing evidence of any advantage to a low-carbohydrate diet as compared to diets of other composition – ultimately a very low-calorie, ketogenic diet (of 5% carbohydrate) "was not associated with significant loss of fat mass" compared to a non-specialized diet with the same calories; there was no useful "metabolic advantage".[6][8] In 2017 Kevin Hall, a NIH researcher hired to assist with the project, wrote that the carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis had been falsified by experiment.[28][8] Hall wrote "the rise in obesity prevalence may be primarily due to increased consumption of refined carbohydrates, but the mechanisms are likely to be quite different from those proposed by the carbohydrate–insulin model".[8]

Hi Carolyn, ha ha, you must have read my comment on Jimmy Moore’s FB page. I have a cat and she happily eats “Fussy Cat” Grain Free cat food http://www.vippetfoods.com.au/V.I.P.-Petfoods-Grain-Free-Dry-for-Cats/0,27127,112732,00.html . I don’t know if this is the best, but she has this alernating with fresh meat. Since she has changed to this formulation, she has had no gingivitis (inflammation of her gums).
It can be a radical approach for someone who’s used to eating the standard American diet — which is low in fruits and veggies, and high in added sugar and fat — and it may help you lose weight, says Spritzler, adding that the freedom to eat as many carbs as you want may makes it a poor fit for people with type 2 diabetes. Because this is designed as a short-term (30-day) challenge, it’s supposed to be tough. You have to weigh your stick-to-it-iveness before you start, and then plan out what you’re going to do after the 30 days is up.
Food conglomerates Nestlé SA and Kraft Foods both have chocolate brands. Nestlé acquired Rowntree's in 1988 and now markets chocolates under their own brand, including Smarties (a chocolate candy) and Kit Kat (a candy bar); Kraft Foods through its 1990 acquisition of Jacobs Suchard, now owns Milka and Suchard. In February 2010, Kraft also acquired British-based Cadbury.;[108] Fry's, Trebor Basset and the fair trade brand Green & Black's also belongs to the group. 

Dark chocolate boasts many added health benefits when compared to your standard milk chocolate bar: It's packed with antioxidants, additional nutrients, and is rich in fiber. But, the best sugar-free dark chocolate takes those health benefits one step further by eliminating artificial sugars, making it a great choice for health-conscious chocolate lovers as well as anyone with diabetes.
Check your nearest Godiva Chocolate Shop! Everyone loves chocolate. But sometimes dietary restrictions force us to cut our sugar intake. For those who can’t get enough delicious chocolate but still want to follow their diet, GODIVA offers delicious sugar-free chocolate options. With both dark chocolate and milk chocolate varieties, you can enjoy the smooth rich taste of delectable chocolate with a clear conscience. These bars make the perfect candy treat for those looking for chocolate for diabetics or simply trying to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. And because of the full flavors in these bars, it will not even feel like this chocolate is sugar free.
I was so excited about this recipe after the Simply Lite brand at Trader Joe’s added milk powder to their sugar free chocolate bar. 🙁 So I tried this recipe last night, and it didn’t turn out well at all. It was not pourable and it tasted really bitter. I do like dark chocolate so I’m used to less sweetness, but this was really bad. That liquid vanilla stevia was over $11.00 for a tiny bottle, and I hate wasting it. What do you suggest?

Children of such nature are usually referred to as special, and the specialness of Zen is her ability to pick up martial arts by observation. Hence thanks to DVDs of Pinkaew's earlier movies, and having to reside beside a Muay Thai school, Zen picks up the skills necessary, and get to use them when she goes hunting for her mother's debtors in order to pay for chemotherapy sessions. Money's everyone's problem, so Zen gets to use her fists, knees and elbows on her opponent's face, body and shin. I'd always love watching knees and elbows connect to deliver blows on opponents and inflicting excruciating pain, and in her lithe form, Zen delivers them with balletic grace.

"One of the primary places where you are going to see metabolic changes on any kind of diet is in your gastrointestinal tract -- and that can include a change in bowel habits often experienced as constipation," says Sondike, who is also credited with conducting the first published, randomized clinical trial on low-carb diets. The reason, Sondike tells WebMD, is that most folks get whatever fiber they consume from high-carb foods such as bread and pasta. Cut those foods out, and your fiber intake can drop dramatically, while the risk of constipation rises.
First, I want to thank you for all of your dedication and work in providing this site. The difficulty of maintaining a healthy weight is a big problem for so many people. My personal question & issue in staying on Keto is my craving for fresh fruit. This a.m I had a large fresh peach along with my “Bullet Proof” coffee. Have I now sabotaged today’s Keto eating?
Think about it: That tablespoon of maple syrup in your salad dressing, the honey in your Asian-inspired stir-fry sauce, the generous drizzle of ketchup on your burger. Despite many people’s best efforts, that sugar still manages to creep into so many healthy dinner dishes. But meals can be just as tasty and easy to make without the slightest hint of added sweetener. We’ve rounded up 25 added-sugar-free dinners proving just that. 

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I made this for my dad’s birthday last night! He is diabetic, and I’m trying to watch my sugar intake, so I wanted to find a recipe that would be healthier without sacrificing flavor. THIS. I’m a little wary of sweeteners and was originally going to use coconut sugar, but when I compared sugar levels, I had to go with the Swerve. I warned people ahead of time, just in case they didn’t want to intake a sweetener. My sister is breastfeeding too, so I wasn’t too sure how she felt. Anyway, it was a hit! I use half pecans and half raisins, completely forgot about the coconut, and messed up the frosting recipe, but it still came out great! I’m currently eating a slice of breakfast… Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
It has been repeatedly found that in the long-term, all diets with the same calorific value perform the same for weight loss, except for the one differentiating factor of how well people can faithfully follow the dietary programme.[27] A study comparing groups taking low-fat, low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets found at six months the low-carbohydrate diet still had most people adhering to it, but thereafter the situation reversed: at two years the low-carbohydrate group had the highest incidence of lapses and dropouts.[27] This may be due to the comparatively limited food choice of low-carbohydrate diets.[27] 

It will take a while to trust and adjust to your new appetite. I personally found when I was low fat and on Weight Watchers, I was ravenous all day long, so to be told eat what you like was difficult to understand. By eating more healthy fats especially, will keep you fuller for longer. And depending on how long you have been dieting for, and how insulin resistant you are, will depend on how long it takes for you to adjust appetite and weight. The odd person gains weight when they start because they don’t listen to their body. Remember to eat until 80% full (it takes a while for your stomach to register you have eaten your meal) and only eat when hungry. Don’t snack if you don’t have to. Are you really hungry or thirsty (similar feelings).
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Generally, the chocolate is first heated to 45 °C (113 °F) to melt all six forms of crystals.[63][65] Next, the chocolate is cooled to about 27 °C (81 °F), which will allow crystal types IV and V to form. At this temperature, the chocolate is agitated to create many small crystal "seeds" which will serve as nuclei to create small crystals in the chocolate. The chocolate is then heated to about 31 °C (88 °F) to eliminate any type IV crystals, leaving just type V. After this point, any excessive heating of the chocolate will destroy the temper and this process will have to be repeated. However, other methods of chocolate tempering are used. The most common variant is introducing already tempered, solid "seed" chocolate. The temper of chocolate can be measured with a chocolate temper meter to ensure accuracy and consistency. A sample cup is filled with the chocolate and placed in the unit which then displays or prints the results.
^ Jump up to: a b O'Keefe, Brian (1 March 2016). "Inside Big Chocolate's Child Labor Problem". Fortune.com. Fortune. Retrieved 7 January 2018. For a decade and a half, the big chocolate makers have promised to end child labor in their industry – and have spent tens of millions of dollars in the effort. But as of the latest estimate, 2.1 million West African children still do the dangerous and physically taxing work of harvesting cocoa. What will it take to fix the problem?
I’m sorry the pastry cream has proven pesky, Douglass. Sometimes it takes “taking it too far” and scrambling the eggs to see how much cooking the mixture can take to thicken. Unfortunately, that’s not very fun. Thank you for sharing the name of the thickener you used. I will check it out and try the recipe with your thickener. If I like it I will tweak the recipe. I’m glad you like the recipe despite the challenge with the pastry cream. Thank you so much for your helpful comment. Enjoy your day. -Kim
“This study confirms that, remarkably, diets higher in starch and sugar change the body’s burn rate after weight loss, lowering metabolism,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, who was not involved in the research. “The observed metabolic difference was large, more than enough to explain the yo-yo effect so often experienced by people trying to lose weight.”

Drink lots of water. This is especially crucial on a low carb or keto diet. Why? When you eat carbohydrates, your body stores the extra as glycogen in the liver, where they are bound to water molecules. Eating low carb depletes this glycogen, which allows you to burn fat – but it also means you are storing less water, making it easier to get dehydrated. Instead of the traditional recommendation of 8 cups of water per day, aim for 16 cups when following a low carb lifestyle.
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