Do your current eating habits make you healthy? Do they make you unhappy? Do they do anything to satisfy your inner desire to save the world? No?
Then you need the Karma Sense Eating Plan. Since May of 2015, the Karma Sense Eating Plan has been appearing on the pages of this blog with new installments almost every week. Last week was the final for this series. When combined with its predecessors, it gives you everything you need to deploy the Karma Sense Eating Plan in a way that best suits you. But wait, there’s more!
I am done posting the intended content for the Karma Sense Eating series. This is not the end of the Karma Sense Eating Plan. I have already begun restructuring the content so it is more suitable as a book. I have grandiose plans for additional content in the book and appreciate the volunteers who have come forward so far. I have a stretch goal of having the book available in the first quarter of 2016. It’ll be cold then; the perfect time to snuggle up to a good book.
I’ll also carry on with the L4 blog. The content will be most of what you are used to, super useful personal health information camouflaged within a wrapper of obscure pop culture references. Some will pertain to Karma Sense and others will stand on their own. But wait, there’s more!
I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who voted for the Karma Sense Eating Plan in the littleBits Side Project contest. KSEP came in first among books, third in it’s category but lost to “Mugsy | The Internet Powered Coffee Robot”. Congratulations Mugsy! I hope you can be the next Veg-o-Matic because it slices, it dices AND it really, really works. But wait, there’s more!
Carbs – The Alcohol Edition
I received a lot of comments that the discussion on fitting alcohol within a Karma Sense Eating Plan was lacking. I appreciate this input. My problem with including alcohol in the Karma Sense Eating Plan is that I don’t really consider its consumption as “eating.” Alcohol consumption is a recreational activity that when used conventionally (why is this a thing?) happens to use same body parts as when you eat.
Many people consider alcohol to be a type of carbohydrate. This is wrong. Alcoholic beverages usually contain carbohydrates, but the alcohol itself is not a macronutrient. Unlike protein, carbohydrates, and fats, your body does not need alcohol to survive. However, there are proven health benefits when alcohol is consumed in moderation.
Moderate consumption means one drink or less per day for women and two drinks or less per day for men. Sorry ladies, I sincerely wish there was something I could do about that. A single serving is the equivalent of 12 oz of beer (350 ml), 5 oz of wine (150 ml), or 1.5 oz (45 ml) of the hard stuff.
People who are looking to manage their weight through a low carbohydrate diet, need to be mindful of their alcohol consumption. Although alcohol is not a carbohydrate, it contains 7 calories per gram vs. the 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate. Also, the body tends to give alcohol priority over fats or carbs when burning energy. So even if you choose a low-carb alcoholic beverage, you are defeating the purpose if you’re hoping to lose fat by managing carbohydrates.
Regarding the carbohydrate content of your beverage of choice, the table below provides some guidelines (My name is Davey H and I am a table-a-holic) .
|Type||Carb Range (in grams|
Note that for wine and liqueur, the sweeter they are, the more carbs they’ll contain. Also, if you’re drinking the hard stuff with mixers, the sugar in the mixers also count. Yes, diet mixer won’t usually have carbohydrates. They will have artificial sweeteners which are gross. I’ll post on fake sugar sometime in the future. Finally, when cooking with alcohol, the alcohol itself burns off and thus reduces the calorie count. The amount burned off depends on how much you started off with, cooking methods and cooking duration.
Alcohol absolutely has a place when leading a life of Karma Sense. As noted before, I have a glass or two of wine on most nights as well as the occasional beer. But please, drink Karma Sensibly.
The Karma Sense Eating Plan book comes with everything you’ve already seen in the blog. Even though you could read it in it’s entirety here, the book comes with that previously released content and so much more including:
- Detailed descriptions of all of the building blocks.
- Tools for creating and managing your own plan.
- Tweaks and hacks for people with special goals and health requirements.
- Real life stories of people who have adopted a Karma Sensible lifestyle.
- Shopping lists of the most Karma Sensible foods.
- Recipes and cooking guides.
- Quick reference card for being Karma Sensible on the go.
- Professional editing and design.
- Much, much, more
And don’t forget, all profits go to support hunger charities.
How much would you pay for such a book? $100? $50? $20? No, seriously, how much would you pay? I have a business plan to do.