2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2012
First I must say that I am not a vegetarian, but eat little meat. I have read many Paleo/low carb books and listened to lectures on Youtube, but as far as recipes are concerned this is the tops. I do not want to eat meat at every meal. Whether you are vegetarian or not I would recommend this book, if only for the recipes in the back.I especially recommend the Almond and Lemon cake, which you can eat from the start.I double the amount and make it to look like a Victoria sponge. Delicious. My main aim is to eat healthily, but I have lost a stone since dropping carbohydrate rich food.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2011
I tried this diet in the new year in an effort to get rid of those Xmas excess pounds and also the all year round excess pounds I'd managed to gain with seemingly little effort. The first two weeks were hard, I experienced the headaches and the weakness, didn't get the euphoric state of mind at any point and by the end of the 2nd week rewarded myself with some 'proper' food and continued in the same vein!! I did loose 10lb the first week but nothing in the second week. But was happy with the 10lb loss altogether.
But I vowed to find another diet.
However, this diet kept popping in my mind that maybe it wasn't so bad after all. I'd enjoyed the recipes I'd tried, loved the home-made mayonnaise and actually enjoyed the nut roast (not something I'd eaten before). I'd not felt hungry once (maybe I was too busy concentrating on my aching head!!). I decided to give it another try.
I've just completed the first 2 weeks of the carb cleanse and found it remarkably easy second time round. I got myself organised and spent a Sunday afternoon making spinach bread, mushroom frittata, coconut sauce, tomato soup (grated the cheese to add to the soup later) and nut loaf. I also hard boiled a batch of eggs to have handy in the fridge. All this prep really did make all the difference. My fridge and freezer were full. I've really enjoyed the diet this time, haven't felt hungry once, had a slight headache around day 3 or 4 but two paracetamols sorted that out, felt much more energised, and best of all lost 9lb the first week, and 3lb the second. I'm aiming to loose 2 stones altogether so I'm almost half way there already!! I'll continue on the carb cleanse for a few more weeks as I don't feel any need to up my carb intake at this time - I'm certainly not expecting to loose weight at the initial weight loss rate!!
I think it has helped that as well as all the recipes I'd prepared I also tried other ones too: the little egg custards certainly hit the spot one evening when I needed something sweet, the runner bean spaghetti with pesto is so delicious and filling it will always be part of my diet no matter what, the spinach and cream cheese gratin is gorgeous, and the cheesy portobello 'steaks' are just delicious. I've added in a portion of tofu to my meals whenever I've felt a bit more protein was needed (and only for 1g of carbs). None of the recipes I tried take very long to prepare and/or cook.
I may not stay on this 'diet' forever, but I shall certainly be using it to maintain my weight once I reach my goal weight - as part of the 6 secrets of staying slim forever!! I'd definately recommend this diet to anyone serious about loosing weight and is vegetarian or semi-vegetarian.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2011
Whenever I thoght about cutting carbs as a vegetarian, I wondered if there would be anything left for me to eat. After having read this book I know: There is a lot!
By now, I lost 13 Kilo and I don't think I would have managed it without it.
Besides the recipes and the menues, there is plenty of wonderful explanation about how it works and why.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2009
I did wonder how anyone would manage to put together a low-carb veggie cook book and the answer seems to be by using tofu, tofu and more tofu. As someone who has come to look on tofu as poison (but that's a whole other story), there were a lot of recipes I can't eat. However, Rosemary does have some great bread, cake and cookie recipes which justified the price even for me. Her instant microwave bread recipe made primarily with ground almonds and eggs can be made in less than 5 minutes from start to finish, tastes great and is gluten free to boot.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2011
I have about 12-14lbs to lose so was very interested in this diet as a "no hunger" option. It's true that I along with many other veggies tend to fill up on carbs so I am keen to increase my protein levels. The 2 week "carb cleanse" went great - I was not hungry at all, only suffered one day of mild light headedness (day 4) and lost 5 lbs! Success!
I continued to week 4 at which point I began to get fed up of eggs (was never a huge fan in the first place) and missed fruit so much! Funnily enough I didn't miss bread or pasta at all. By the end of week 4, I felt that snacking on nuts/ cheese etc was actually having a negative effect and true enough, I started to gain weight...just 1lb or thereabouts but that coupled with the fact that it is so difficult to eat outside of your own house, made me make the decision to come off the diet.
I am continuing on a reduced carb plan of my own and feel that this is a more realistic way of eating for most people.
I would recommend the carb cleanse for a detox and I am sure I will be doing it again before my next beach holiday!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2008
I avoid Dairy in my diet and chose this book over others as it suggested it was suitable for vegans. On the whole I have made good use of some of Rose's other cook books. There are however very few recipes a vegan would be able to use in this one, even if you substitute milk and cheese products. There seem to eggs in everything!
It also strays a bit from the normal healthy wholefood approach I take by using highly processed ingredients like soya isolate powder to bulk up on protein. I could only ever see this as a strict & temporary diet fix rather than changing your eating patterns for life.
Also, I bought some stevia extract which claims to have no after taste but it is revolting in most things leaving a strong saccharine after taste. It also gave both my husband and I headaches. Scary.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2010
First off, I'm not actually a vegetarian but I don't eat much meat, so I bought this book intending to give it a try during my low carb diet. I have Rose Elliot's pasta book and think it is great, but I have rather mixed views on this one. My first criticism is that there is far too much emphasis on tofu. I love tofu, but not for every meal. Also, in an attempt to restore protein in a meatless diet, there are lots of rather strange and expensive ingredients such as soya protein powder and whey powder. I tried making shakes etc with some of these and found the results disgusting. (I did like the stevia sweetener though.) My other gripe is that while the carb counter at the back is handy, some of the the counts seem much too high - both leeks and aubergines, two of my favourite veggies, were totally off the menu with the counts in this book. However, research on Google and other diet books yielded far lower counts and I am now happily eating them again. On the plus side, the book has some lovely recipes for sweets and brownies, which have saved my diet a few times, as well as side dishes like the rather good spinach bread. I have used it quite extensively during my diet, but have found Charles Clarke's book The New High Protein Diet to be more useful really, and if you are a semi-vegetarian and can handle eating some meat and fish, or at least Quorn, I would honestly say that it probably makes this type of diet much, much easier.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rose Elliot's book offers vegetarians workable suggestions for pursuing the normally meat-and-fish rich low-carb diet (sometimes referred to as the `Atkins diet'). With this difficult objective she mainly succeeds, though lacto-oval vegetarians will have an easier time than vegans.
Most of the recipes are reduced-carb rather than no-carb, but this diet does lead to weight-loss if you stick with it. Within the constraints of what's possible the author does a pretty good job, though your options are still limited - and BTW you had better like tofu.
Unwanted body weight comes from a diet heavy in high-carb-index sugars and grains over a long period, and the book scores highly in suggesting intelligent and imaginative substitution of these foods with some lower-carb alternatives.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2011
I was pretty skeptical about this 'diet' but tried it anyway expecting only to stay with it for 2 weeks when I got back from a holiday in Italy and had lived on pasta, bread and pizza. I'm now into week 7 and it just seems to get easier. I haven't stuck to it rigidly but have changed my eating habits and I have lost weight fairly easily. I've found it's open up different foods to me that were 'forbidden' before because they were high fat. Food is so much tastier on this regime! Some of the recipes should be treated with caution - chocolate peanut butter smoothie was awful but others were great and easy. I bought the recipe book too but it doesn't add much. If you are a veggie who wants to lose weight and cut back on overloading on carbs this is a useful tool.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2012
I'm a carb junkie, no doubt about it. I can put away any amount of pasta and bread that you care to put in front of me. And since trying this diet I've discovered just how bad an addict I have been. All my meals were traditionally 'healthy' vegetarian but included a lot of carbs and I felt stuffed and sleepy for a few hours before being hungry all over again. I was in trouble and Weightwatchers was still leaving me hungry. I found this book online and decided I needed a different approach.
Now, breakfast is a fry-up of low carb veggie sausages, scrambled tofu, mushrooms, tomatoes, and maybe some blue cheese sprinkled over the top. The morning passses unnoticed and eventually I discover it's lunchtime. Lunch might be a surprisingly large chunk of brie or blue cheese (or one of many other cheeses) and a couple of ounces of brazils or walnuts (or other nuts), and a big pile of green salad with a good dollop of homemade salad dressing on top. I get on with my afternoon (awake and not stuffed) and find my way to tea time. This has been the challenge, as I'm not much of a cook to be honest. However with the help of this book I am now able to make a variety of meals that, although limited in the first two weeks of the Carb Cleanse, are tasty, satisfy my appetite, and don't make me want to dive into the biscuit barrel by 8.30pm.
I'm astounded by how much fat I seem to be eating and how it reduces my appetite. This amount of olive oil and tasty cheese just seems to go against the low-fat message we've all believed for years. It turns out that low fat is not the way to go after all! And the important bit - I lost approx 7lbs in the first 2 weeks.
I won't pretend it's perfect. I get sweet cravings and need the odd day off - especially around PMT time. Unfortunately when I fall off the wagon I tend to do it in style (pasta/bread/cake binge) and have to go back onto the Carb Cleanse quick smart. However, now at least I know I can do this and put right some of the damage. There are recipes for low-carb sweet things in the book that I need to try instead so this happens less often.
Drink plenty of water, write everything down, follow the advice in the book, and you will lose a surprising amount of weight quickly and easily. Crucially, if you're use to having carb-induced appetite spikes like me, get ready for this to subside and for your cravings to calm right down.
It's amazing really. Get this book and just try it.