Loving wife for 5 years, currently working full time 2nd shift, so I rarely get to cook dinner anymore. I won the weight-loss competition at work thanks to sticking strictly to the Mediterranean Low-Carb lifestyle! (plus a little exercise--and I mean only a little) Low carb is great... as long as I stick to the dietary restrictions, and exercise a little, the pounds just melt off! Since most pre-made and convenience foods are high in refined carbohydrates, I had taken to cooking my own meals and snacks. I'm still relatively new to cooking and baking, and I never had home-ec in school, so I'm mostly just learning as I go, but also doing a lot of research. I especially appreciate the tips in the comments. I hope to gain enough knowledge and experience to soon be able to substitute healthier ingredients in any recipe and have it come out like I want, thus broadening my range of delicious food options.