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Play Your Carbs Right!: With the Brennans [Paperback]

Ellen C. Brennan , Shamrock Publishing Inc , Theodore M. Brennan
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September 2001

Surrounded by a myriad of dining opportunities and impassioned by their sheer love of food, Ellen and Ted Brennan of Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans understand the challenge of weight control confronting all food lovers. They have learned to adjust their eating habits the low carb way while maintaining their good health. The Brennans have done so, first, with a simple formula for counting carbs and losing weight. Next, they have incorporated a complete understanding of carbohydrates with easy recipes that create scrumptious, satisfying meals.

Eating a low carb diet is not new. What is new is that medical researchers now recognize that losing weight the low carb way is not unheathy - quite the contrary! There are numerous diets and diet books on the market that espouse the low carb lifestyle. However, many of them are so scientific they are difficult to understand. Some diets severely restrict carbs from your diet. Strict low carb diets are unrealistic to maintain over the long haul.

Unlike many low carb diets, Play Your Carbs Right! offers an approach which forgives the occasional splurge. In other words, "falling off the wagon" is no reason to quit. You can still lose weight!

Play Your Carbs Right! is a realistic method for losing weight. The Brennans will help you understand and simplify your low carbohydrate approach to weight loss and good health with an easy weight loss formula and simply, delicious recipes that complement a low carb lifestyle. These recipes are not only satisfying and delicious, but they are easy to make and call for ingredients that are easy to find. Most importantly, each recipe also includes the carb count per serving - making these very same recipes acceptable on other low carb diets as well.

Ellen and Ted Brennan will teach you how to count your carbs, eat healthily and lose weight. The Brennans will lead you down the low carb path as they began it over thirty years ago. They will teach you how to lose weight and keep it off while sharing the numerous, delicious and satisfying choices available when you Play Your Carbs Right!...With The Brennans.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book could have been excellent Feb. 21 2003
As a big fan and visitor of New Orleans, I jumped for joy when I saw the Brennans had written a low carb cookbook. About 80% of the recipes in this book are sure-fire successes -- they're easy to make, bursting with restaurant quality flavor, and most are quite low in carbs. I'd have to even say this is the best of the four low carb cookbooks I own. But here are my problems with the book:
1. All the desserts use Sweet and Low, not Splenda. A dessert made with Sweet and Low is more like a punishment than a treat -- sorry, Brennans.
2. A good editor could have made the book so much better by eliminating phrases like "bake until soft" by replacing it with "bake for ____ minutes." There are lots of little sloppy lapses like this throughout the book. There are also recipes where ingredients will be mentioned in the steps of the recipe that aren't listed in the ingredient list -- so you have no idea how much to use or even if it's a typo.
3. The Brennans are not health professionals and should really spare the diet advice and just give us more recipes. Anybody cooking with this book has undoubtedly done his or her homework on the low carb lifestyle and doesn't need a couple of gourmands instructing them on how to eat to be healthy.
I wish the Brennans would put out a second edition of this book and fix the errors in it. It has the potential to be a superb book! I do recommend it now -- heartily -- but think it could be so much better than it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weight loss made simple! Jan. 1 2003
The book "Play Your Carbs Right!" by the Brennan's is an easy plan to help you get skinny and enjoy yourself in the process!
Recent studies have shown that many Americans have "dieted" themselves into obesity and poor health. By eating low fat we have filled our food with chemicals and sugar that create havoc in our bodies. By counting calories we have slowed our metabolism and can't maintain any weight loss.
The key according to the Brennan's is the amount of carbohydrates you consume. A diet rich in protein with moderate amounts of carbs added will trigger satisfaction and help curb temptation.
Eating a lower carb diet is not new. There are a number of books on the market that espouse the low carb lifestyle. However, many of them are so scientific they are hard to understand. Others lay out plans that have you severely restrict carbs from your diet. Strict low carb diets are hard to stay with over the long haul.
That's where the Brennan's book differs. Their book, "Play Your Carbs Right" offers a kind, gentle, low carb eating plan that you can commit to for life!
I first learned about the Brennan's when I came across the books "Sugar Bust For Life! with the Brennans" and "Sugar Bust for Life! with the Brennans Part II" at a book store. I love the books!
They are chocka'block with great recipes, wine lists, tips and more on following a low sugar, healthy diet. So when I learned they had recently released another book, "Play Your Carbs Right", I decided to pick up a copy.
As I read through the book something "clicked" for me. Over the past years I have read a number of different diet books that teach the low carb lifestyle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitting the Jackpot! Jan. 8 2003
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I'm an example of every reason to change one's lifestyle of eating in a city filled with opportunities to eat sinfully: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and, yes, overweight. Two years ago, after a stent implant and being placed on nutritionist-approved no salt, no sugar, low-fat diets (each contradicting the other in some way), I discovered the Brennans' first two books of simple and satisfying weight loss for life. PLAY YOUR CARBS RIGHT! has dealt yet another helping hand to acquiring and maintaining a healthy, more-than-satifying lifestyle. I've lost over 20 pounds. The most difficult part for me is maintaining an exercise routine in order to keep up with my one-year-old grandson and preparing for another grandson on the way. I thought working with 10 pound weights would be sufficient. Gosh, I've only just begun! I have incentive to eat well and exercise more, thanks to the Brennans and my grandchildren ... and, to no surprise, am enjoying every bite and every mile!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real life saver! Jan. 10 2003
I loved this approach to eating right! It is much easier to follow in real life than other diets, because it promotes a lifestyle change that is attainable for the average person. I find that with extremely strict diets such as Atkins' even the slightest deviation is never mentioned and that leads to dieter's guilt, which can change one "lapse" into a total failure of the program. I liked "Play Your Carbs Right!" because it acknowledges that we all have our weak moments, but that is to be expected on a limited basis and does not mean a failure in one's efforts to become a healthier person. Finally a plan that anyone can truly follow!
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