Low Fat Diva Blog

Low Fat Lifestyle Recipes & Lowfat Cooking Tips

About July 30, 2010

Ramona Deters ~ Your One Low Fat Diva


Welcome to the Low Fat Diva’s Blog

UPDATE: I started this blog about 5 years ago right after I became very ill from a gallbladder attack.  Since then I have been revising and creating recipes to stay with the low fat lifestyle I have come to enjoy.  People ask me if I have to eat low fat because of my gallbladder issues, the answer is no.  I choose to eat the way I do.  I feel better, have more energy and have kept off the 15 pounds that I lost (3 pounds found me again :)).  Give my recipes and blog a try if you are ready to make a change for the better with your health.

I am a big time “foodie”, love to cook and always have.  For years I thought I did a pretty good job with my eating choices, only big indulgence was CHOCOLATE (but what girl doesn’t).  However after a near death experience I found I needed to change my eating habits to recover.  After I felt better I found I liked the new low fat lifestyle so I  decided to stick with it and became a Low Fat Diva and you can too.  I want to share with you some great recipes and some cooking tips.  To go directly to my Low Fat Diva Blog click here. Or continue to read about my experiences.

Late one fall I had an attack by a body organ that I never really paid any attention to and frankly thought only older people had to deal with it………my gall bladder.  Who could have known such a small organ was capable of causing such intense pain!  Before the doctors knew for certain what was going on, I was told to go on a low fat diet.  I’m sure I looked at the doctor like he was on crack because I explained I ate pretty healthy (not a great deal of red meat, lots of chicken, fish and pork and I didn’t spend my days doing fast food).   The only comment I got back was to “lower my fat intake”!  By what I asked, how much, give me a number. All I received from the doctor was a blank stare and a shrug…URGGGGGGGG

After doing some research I found the average person takes in about 60 grams of fat if they eat according to the food pyramid (bet it’s been awhile since you heard that term).  Well I decided to take the 60 and lower it to 24 (no, I didn’t have any mathematical equation, just chose that number).

As I started really reading food labels, imagine my horror to find the items I thought were good for me were filled with FAT.  I know some of you think but if it’s olive oil it’s ok, or this type of fat……Nope – don’t be fooled.  FAT is FAT if you are counting.  After my initial shock I started to find ways to convert my favorite foods and discover ways to make them lower in fat.  It actually was not difficult and the challenge was  exciting since I felt so crappy at the time.

After my surgery it was suggested I stick to my new low fat eating for at least 3 months to let everything heal (ended up with pancreatitus from the gall bladder attacks, which I discovered was the reason for the intense pain)! I finally started to feel like eating and wanted to try some of my recipes out so I thought no big deal (plus the 18 pounds I lost was pretty cool too).  The three months turned into 6 months and I was enjoying the new eating plan so I decided to share my recipes.  Like most women, I thought I was always on a diet, but this is different.  I don’t look at it as a diet but I make different choices for my food.  I’m never hungry and since I’m a carbo queen I can eat most of the things I love.  Sure I’ve had to make some adjustments for cheese, chocolate and a few other items.  But I think you will enjoy my recipes and I find they taste really good.  Like I said in the beginning, I’m a foodie and if things don’t taste good I’m surely not going to pass it along and tell you to try it!  I’ve tested my recipes out on some very tough critics…..family & friends (you know they can be brutal) 🙂



7 Responses to “About”

  1. gail Says:

    Great website! You rock!

    I’ve found some other recipes that I’ve got to try, but I’d still love to get the baked oatmeal recipe too!

    Thank you! Gail

    • lowfatdiva Says:

      Gail, check the breakfast tab and you should find the baked oatmeal recipe there. If not let me know and I will email you a copy. Glad that you enjoyed the web site and I hope you do have an opportunity to make some of the different recipes and please let me know how you liked them 🙂

  2. Audrey Says:

    I love your blog, it inspires me 🙂 I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! http://tonetiki.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/versatile-blogger-award-nomination/

  3. Joyce Longo Says:

    I always look forward to reading your latest low fat recipe.

  4. lowfatdiva Says:

    Thanks Josie, I hope that you have a chance to try some of them out 🙂 This month is sandwich month and I have some great scrumptious recipes on the main dish/sandwich tab. They are great for one person or a dozen! Enjoy!

  5. CableFlame Says:

    I also had a gallbladder attack which started me on the path of low-fat cooking. Sadly, my insurance won’t cover its removal, so I’ve been forced to continue to eat low-fat for over a year now with no end in sight. Anyway, at some point I decided to start up a blog of my own on it when I found I had a serious difficulty finding low-fat blogs (because low-carb & low-calorie is all the rage), not to mention the anti-low-fat sentiment that many places have. (A local cake place has a giant mural on their wall that says “nothing is fat free! hooray!” I want to point out to them that for some, no fat is required because of illness or disability and they wouldn’t have a sign that says “we have no wheelchair ramps! hooray!”, so why have that one?) It’s so nice to see someone else who gets it… who understands that no, there’s not such a thing as ‘good fats’ when any fat’ll cause great pain.

    I, too, had doctors that said “eat low fat” but when I asked them specifics, couldn’t tell me more. (Not helpful.) I started out with 15 grams of fat a day, 5 grams per meal, and no single item more than 1.5 grams. This was not enough nourishment for me, as I was hungry ALL the time, quite cranky, and having to eat every 2 hours so I wouldn’t be FAMISHED. I eventually went from 5 to 10, and then 10 to 15. I now try to do 15 or less per meal, but will go as high as 20 on special occasions.

    Anyway, I thought I’d link to your blog from mine, maybe share a few of your recipes with my folks. It’s nice to see I’m not the only one out here!

    Have a great one!

    • lowfatdiva Says:

      Thank you so much for reading my blog as well as sharing you story with me. I hope you can enjoy some of my recipes on the blog site. As you can see many of them have less than the limited amount you have set for yourself. I know what it’s like to not feel hungry if you cut out too much from your diet, which is another reason I wanted to start my blog.
      I look forward to reading some of your recipes also. I do hope you feel better soon and there is a quick solution for you in 2013. I do understand the insurance game, they told me it was considered an “elective” surgery and was not covered. I’m still paying my bill but at least I feel 100% better 🙂

      Low Fat Diva

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