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No Bread at all?

In the book, for slow carb diet 1, it says, no white bread at all, is wheat bread ok?? I LOVE bread! NO bread is very tough!


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Bread once a week on cheat day only. Period.

You can do it!

It is just a choice - get all of the bread OUT of your house, and once a week go to your favorite bakery and eat a warm loaf with butter!!

For the other 6 days of the week fill your bread need with beans and lentils!

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I'm really against "fixing" bad foods to try to make them fit the mold. In the case of Slow carb/paleofriendly/gluten free breads, the answer is still no.

I mean, I love snickers. But this is mean to be a change for better health/body/mind.

As people have said, go cold turkey for your "on days" hardcore..then go wild on your off days. you'll be surprised how much you don't really crave it even on your off days.


The following recipe might save the diet life of the person loving bread. It is very easy to make, and is delicious!! If you google no carb bread, you can also watch the video and if you read the hundreds of comments you can see all the different ways to make it. I use 3 eggs, plus 2 egg whites, and a few tablespoons of olive oil and 1/3 cup of canned pumpkin instead of the 1/3 cup of oil.

Trust me...it's delicious!!

Bread Recipes

I call this "focaccia" because it is baked in that style -- flat on a sheet pan, and then cut up into whatever sized pieces you want. It works for toast, sandwiches, and other bready uses. It is "rough" in texture like heavy whole grain breads. Since it isn't made with wheat, it doesn't have the same kind of grain as wheat breads, but the carb in flax is almost all fiber. Flax is very useful on a low carb diet, as well as being amazingly good for you.

There is a video of this bread being made.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutesIngredients:

•2 cups flax seed meal

•1 Tablespoon baking powder

•1 teaspoon salt

•1-2 Tablespoons sugar equivalent from artificial sweetener

•5 beaten eggs

•1/2 cup water

•1/3 cup oil


Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare pan (a 10X15 pan with sides works best) with oiled parchment paper or a silicone mat.

1) Mix dry ingredients well -- a whisk works well.

2) Add wet to dry, and combine well. Make sure there aren't obvious strings of egg white hanging out in the batter.

3) Let batter set for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up some (leave it too long and it gets past the point where it's easy to spread.)

4) Pour batter onto pan. Because it's going to tend to mound in the middle, you'll get a more even thickness if you spread it away from the center somewhat, in roughly a rectangle an inch or two from the sides of the pan (you can go all the way to the edge, but it will be thinner).

5) Bake for about 20 minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top and/or is visibly browning even more than flax already is.

6) Cool and cut into whatever size slices you want. You don't need a sharp knife; I usually just cut it with a spatula.

Nutritional Information: Each of 12 servings has less than a gram of effective carbohydrate (.7 grams to be exact) plus 5 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 185 calories.

  • alessusnik commented Apr 26th 2011:
    direct link to this: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/flaxbasicfoc.htm direct link to video: http://video.about.com/lowcarbdiets/Focaccia-Style-Flax-Bread.htm
  • Plasmian commented Feb 12th 2011:
    Thanks! I might try it one day :)


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Seriously. Do you have some kind of bread addiction? Are you weaker than bread?

Bread is indeed tasty, but cut it out for all days but cheat days. If you want to lose weight/fat you will do this. If you don't then just keep eating bread.

Either you are on the SCD or you are on something else. SCD is no bread.

Stop looking for excuses and start working toward results.


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I was just like most others when starting the SCD. I could easily eat a loaf of bread myself in a day. However, at the end of the second week now(cheat day #2 tomorrow), and I can't remember the last time I even wanted bread. It gets easier and easier, in a short amount of time.

  • Pixelpusher commented Apr 26th 2011:
    Thank you for this comment. I'm on day2- and wow. bread. how I miss you. oh, pizza. get in my belly. :P This gives me a little glimmer of hope ;)
  • Beorn86 commented Jun 1st 2011:

    I have a pizza without fail.... once a week ;)

  • cvesper commented Jun 28th 2011:

    Very true, I don't miss it at all now. Pizza on cheat day is enough for me


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Wow! Why do people keep asking these questions when they know the answers??

I'm normally a fiend when it comes to bread but ever since I DISCIPLINED myself for a couple weeks and did without, I FEEL much better, look much better, have much more energy, and the beer (bread) belly is fricking gone!

After that first week or so, I lost the cravings and then when I did give in and had something with flour in it I noticed a BIG change in the way I felt. It was obvious it was playing havoc with my blood sugar. That was enough to teach me to just stay away totally.


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No breads. Period. Until cheat day. I'm with petertheasianguy in that I think it's a slippery slope when you try to find ways to "fix" foods to make them fit the diet. It's 6 days. You can do it easily. I too was a bread freak. Bagels, crackers, tortillas, croutons, everything. There were times when I'd take a loaf of bread and stick of butter to a comfy chair and have several slices all at one sitting. And that's how (among other things) I got to 314 lbs. I've been on 4HB 16 weeks. No cravings. Truly! The beauty is that it is NOT a struggle! A few weeks back, I planned to have bread - a lot of it - on a cheat day. I started eating it right after my 4HB breakfast and ate it all day. By 3 pm I could barely walk from one room to the next, I was in so much pain. It was UNBELIEVABLE to me how it kicked my RA into high gear, and so quickly. A matter of hours. That one day will be burned in my memory forever, because it showed me that for THIS body, bread -- and all things "grainy" -- are almost poison, simply too much for it to bear.

I never would have guessed this would happen. Give it an honest effort for a few weeks. Track everything, test things, and see what you find.

  • silasporterfieldjr commented Sep 5th 2011:

    Only meat and beans, and veggies....No breads. It's nothing more than filler when you think about it. Besides with the cheat day, you can cut lose on whatever you want.

    I'm at a point where it's friggin hard to cheat on the cheat day. But I make sure I get my precious Pizza in every chance I get.


I'm a bread-a-holic but no bread for me except for cheat day.


I too am a bread/cake/pastry/cereal lover on the slow carb diet.... first week was really tough...i wanted to bite into billboards that had pictures of my fave (now contraband) goodies!!!

just finished week 3 though and am through it, it gets easier....keep going mate!

Oh and make sure you really make the most of cheat day!!!


I thought this when I first read the chapter but I have to say I am now on day 5 and I don't miss it at all.



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No wheat bread either. It was so hard for me at first until I just went nuts on my cheat day and doubled up on beans in the beginning so I didn't get lightheaded now I'm fine. Lettuce wraps can help.


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you can try these and see if it helps: http://www.food.com/recipe/one-minute-flax-muffin-low-carb-295649 but note, if they stall you then stop them. Personally, I have removed my carb addiction through getting use to legumes. They satisfy me like nothing else....


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No bread with the exception of cheat day. I am in love with bread too but once on the diet and getting through the first few days - I do not feel the need or want for it.


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Aren't you curious to find out WHY you are so addicted to bread? Cut it out for a couple of weeks and see what happens, or even a week. I thought it was impossible to cut out when I was eating it and now I don't even want it on my cheat days. I feel FANTASTIC without it and so glad it doesn't have the hold it had over me.

Let us know how you get on. We're all different, after all.


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I've tried to find a GOOD (in taste and in healthyness) alternative to bread for yeeears. Sorry to say but it really can't be done. You're not gonna find something that will taste as good as a french baguette that won't cause you to gain.

Stick with it on cheat day if you're over weight. and.. i suppose if you're in good shape already *maybe* once a day or a couple times a week you could have a slice and not have bad consequences.


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Here is the great thing about this diet. Go by the book for 4-6 weeks. After that feel free to change one thing at a time and see how it works. After 4 weeks I was losing weight but not really enough to justify (to me) the lack of even whole grain high fiber breads. So this week (and next week if I don't gain weight this week) I'm switching the beans for whole grains in some meals. I mean, its the same basic idea, slow carbs with fiber in a very filling staple food. Beans add protein but there are plenty of ways to make up for that. Will I keep losing the same? Will I blow all my hard work? Will it work better? I'll know soon. This diet is a giant on going experiment, not to mention that its taken on almost a wiki form with everyone devising recipes and strategies. Tim himself mentions that you should experiment with it yourself since we are all different.

  • Meni69 commented Mar 1st 2011:
    I follow the theory, grains are not needed, get your carbs from good veggies, nuts, even a berry or 2. I believe you spike your insulin with carbs/sugar post workout, (weight lifting). otherwise, I try not to raise my insulin.
  • ChrisM commented Mar 9th 2011:
    It has been a little over a week now and I've lost 5 pounds with he whole grains change. I've also started using bean flours and xylitol in my cooking. Getting my morning beans in with a peanut butter cookie? Ohh yeah.
  • Plasmian commented Feb 28th 2011:
    Thanks Chris for your response, it's funny because I started incorporating high fiber whole grain bread from today myself! And for the same reasons you listed above, I treat Tim's plans as a starting point now, see where it takes me.
  • kevinmccarthy commented Jul 21st 2011:

    @ChrisM - How has that change work now that it's been a few months? Did you end up going back to the beans/no grains approach or was the change, for you, successful in the long run?


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Ezekiel 4:9 bread has a couple things that are not allowed, wheat and barley. Its just not worth it. Its better to break the addiction all together.


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I was (am) a bread addict too and it took me a while to get over my intense cravings for bread. But I did it and you can do it too. Just focus on your goals and think how happy you will be when you reach them. I have lost more weight than I expected (yeay!) on the SCD and it has been worth giving up my bread addiction. You too can break the habit. Good luck!


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I thought I would find giving up bread,muffins and other baked goods really hard . But I have found the cravings less and less. It's the chocolate and cheese I crave now but I save em up for cheat day.


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No, it's not, sorry! It's very strict about this.


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My mom is doing the diet but she also includes Ezekial Bread which is made from sprouted veggies or something no flours. Could be an alternative if you must have bread. Check it out. I've tried it with almond butter. But probably best to stay away from it if possible as it will just remind you of normal bread. I think sprouted "bread" is mentioned in passing in one of the stories in The Last Mile

  • Meni69 commented Feb 18th 2011:
    its the best bread if you must have bread.
  • justin commented Mar 27th 2011:
    check this out 1 carb sprouted bread! It's tasty too. Had some for cheat day: http://julianbakery.com/low-carb-bread/smart-carb-no-1/


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Tim says in the book that this diet / way of life isn't about tasting good, it's about results. And that some people end up loving the diet.

What is more important to you?

I won't lie that no carbs / no sugar isn't tough, but you have to prioritize and just add those foods / meals / whatever to your list of cheat day foods.

The weirdest thing for me was having burgers, and other foods that were only being eaten with bread, without it. Once you get used to that it isn't so bad. I kinda prefer my seasoned burgers with a fork now instead of bread -- so I really don't miss it anymore.

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