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Low Carb Pizza

Ok folks, I don’t know about you all but PIZZA is a FAV in my house!!! and most of my patients do NOT like the idea of giving this up when they take on a low carb lifestyle….GOOD NEWS….you don’t have to! There are several recipes for low carb crust which you can find by googling, looking at Lindas Low Carb recipes and I think even Wellness Mama. Most of the low carb crusts are made out of cream cheese and eggs believe it or not, but if you don’t have time for that, I have a simplier suggestion! Use the low carb tortillas! They actually crisp up pretty nicely and you can pick just about whatever you would like to go on top! I will share a few of my favs below but feel free to get creative! This is a great idea for a quick and easy dinner option! and my 15 mo old LOVES them; that’s always a win in my book!


(depends on your choice of pizza but I will share mine :))

low carb tortillas (# depends on how many individual pizzas you are making for family) I use Extreme Wellness High Fiber Low carb wraps (keep the wraps < or = to 7 net carbs (total carbs- fiber= net carbs, and no more) my mom prefers the Carb Balance MISSION wraps.

pizza sauce (I buy Kroger brand which is 3 net carbs for 1/4 cup)- just check the sauces and pick the lowest in net carbs- 1/4 cup is plenty to cover


turkey pepperonis (nitrite free preferred if available)

Italian seasoning


spread pizza sauce on low carb tortilla, then sprinkle cheese to cover , and place pepporonis on top. Sprinkle Italian seasoning to taste! Makes the flavor POP!

Pop in oven for 10-15 minutes at 425-450 or until desired crispiness. Use pizza stone for additional crunch! :)

Pizza #2

Ingredients: olive oil, mozzarella cheese, chicken and bacon, and italian seasoning.

spread olive oil, sprinkle white mozzarella cheese to cover, then place chicken and bacon on top (we usually use left over grilled chicken from teh week or pull off rotisserie if in a hurry). I also like to cook a pound of bacon at the start of the week so that’s available for quick and easy options. Again, sprinkle Italian seasoning to taste.

Spinach would be a good addition to this “white pizza”

Cooking instructions are the same!

Of course you can add any veggie like peppers, onions, olives, avocados, spinach, tomatoes, etc. If you have a fav pizza from Mellow Mushroom, Snappy Tomato, Jets,  Papa Johns, or Papa Murphys, just recreate with your low carb wraps. Most ingredients I keep around the house on a continual basis, so when we decide its pizza night its 15-20 min and dinner is on the table! Just use whatever ingredients you have available or left over for the week!

** Sometimes we split a pizza and add a spinach salad with it! :) yummy!!! OR if you are really hungry you might have both!:) Hope you all enjoy as much as my family and I do.  See, I told you, no reason to give up pizza on a low carb lifestyle! :) Have fun making your own and getting the kids involved!









Book Review: “What’s Eating Your Child?”

Kelly Dorfman’s recent book What’s Eating Your Child? is an exploration of how food affects the physical and emotion health of children. She uses anecdotal pseudo-case studies to demonstrate how particular children had improvement focusing on particular nutritional changes.

Throughout her book she helps parents and practitioners alike understand better ways to involve their children in meal time decisions and allow them to buy-in on health food choices. Her E.A.T program to make health food changes I think will be particularly helpful in my practice.

I have three main problems with her book. First, each chapter is focused around a particular problem in a child in which the answer is an addition or subtraction of a nutrient. I think the best quote that sums up what is lacking in these chapters is from one of my former residency attendings who said “The eye cannot see what the mind doesn’t know.” Mrs Dorfman’s training lacks the depth and breadth necessary to take into account a fuller understanding of the health of these children. Don’t get me wrong some of the points she makes are very insightful from having investigated many different children but her differential diagnosis only includes food treatable illnesses.

The second point of contention is the use of physician ad hominem arguments throughout. Too many of her chapters base her success on the fact that so many physicians have ‘failed’ before her. If a therapy or treatment is true and right and valid for children it is true and right and valid all the time not just when it helps show the perceived failures of other medical professionals. True medical therapy doesn’t require this type of argument.

The last and most problematic issue of her book is the lack of evidence on which to base her claims. She uses reasoning such as milk produces mucus in the respiratory track. This child doesn’t have a runny nose any more, therefore the mucus must be someone were else like the lungs. There is no commentary on evidence supporting that milk does or does not produce mucus nor that it can change where it produces mucus over time. Likewise there is no evidence to support her therapy options. No trials, no studies, not even a peer reviewed journal in which to point. She uses a long bibliography in the back of the book but never correlates these references to particular points of evidence within the book. For the medical professional this is just unacceptable. I can in no way go to my patients and tell them to pursue a course of therapy where there is no evidence that it is beneficial let alone safe. We need science to lead us to the next step in medical therapies not false logic and trial and error. Let’s take the next step with nutrition therapy and perform blinded trials of nutrient intervention on particular well defined disease states. With that we can then guide our patients into better health with clear evidence.

Overall my recommendation would be: Skim It.