About This Blog

Welcome to Butter Is Not a Carb!  My name is Alison and I began this project as a way to provide delicious, low carb recipes to others while documenting my own weight loss journey.  I’ve wanted to blog for many years, but never felt I had a sustainable topic worthy of an entire blog until now.   My hope is to be able to meet and inspire others who are also losing weight or simply looking for new recipe ideas, and to consistently publish content that my readers will enjoy.

Since beginning in March of 2014, I have done an incredible amount of research on health and nutrition.  I’ve essentially had to re-learn how to make and eat food, but I’ve enjoyed the process.   I am currently living a ketogenic lifestyle, which I will explain in greater detail in an early post.  Essentially, I eat low carb, high fat, and moderate protein, so the meals I will be posting will follow those guidelines, but my goal is to have anyone enjoy them, even if they do not have the same dietary restrictions.  My decision to follow a ketogenic lifestyle stems from having PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome.  I may talk about it more at a later date; if you’re curious for immediate information, this website lays out the basics pretty well.

Early in the process of creating this blog, I shifted the focus away from “me” towards providing my readers with delicious, low-maintenance low carb recipes for them to enjoy.   I have grown to love cooking over the last few years, especially once I moved out and have lived on my own, and I hope others will experiment with and enjoy the recipes I share.  I have many wonderful low carb blogs bookmarked, but often I find the authors are mostly mothers with a large family to feed.  While their food is delicious, even when I cut down the recipes I have too many leftovers and end up wasting food, therefore wasting money.   When possible, I’d like to be able to provide low carb, low maintenance ideas that are perfect for 1 or 2 people and that can be easily multiplied to serve a larger crowd.

I graduated from Allegheny College in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  I was a founding member of the Women’s Golf Team (Captain, 2006-2007 Player of the Year, and 3x National Championship qualifier), a sister in Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and a writing tutor in the library.  I have a full time career in academic publishing and love what I do.  I enjoy Chicago sports (Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Bears), reading, jigsaw puzzles, listening to music, road trips, learning new things, finding new blogs to read (feel free to leave suggestions below!), and Netflix marathons.

A note about advertisements:  I do have Google AdSense activated on my blog with what I feel is a minimal amount of ads on each page.  I am also an Amazon Affiliate and links to Amazon products I recommend (and stand by 100%) do earn me a small commission.  Thank you to those who purchase something through one of my links; it is greatly appreciated!

Amazon Wishlist InfoHere is a link to my Amazon Wishlist.  If you are feeling generous, I’ve put some items on there that would help me in the kitchen and would be used for my blog.  I am trying to save for a better camera lens, which is why I have included an Amazon gift card should you wish to contribute to that (very large) investment.  If you do purchase something from my list, please send me an e-mail (butterisnotacarb@gmail.com) so I can properly thank you!

I am excited to share this project with you and I look forward to the comments, questions, ideas, and stories you share with me.  If you like what you are reading, please subscribe to stay up-to-date on my latest posts, follow me on social media, or send me an e-mail!

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41 Comments

  1. Katie Priore

    Love what you’re doing here, Allison! Best of luck on your journey and I’m looking forward to trying your recipes!

  2. Angela

    This is such a great idea! All the single young ladies going to love it. My daughter is only home for one more year then off to college and has PCOS too and I can’t wait to show her! 🙂

  3. Dan the Man

    Great website Alison! I really like how your recipes are geared to one or two people. That’s perfect for me. And your recipes look easy and tasteful. I will try them asap.

    Dan

  4. Hi! I found your fabulous blog on Blogher. I’m a fellow low carber & blogger (also with PCOS) & I wanted to take a moment to say, “HELLO” 🙂 . I LOVE low carb blogs & I can’t wait to try out your recipes–they look & sound FANTASTIC!!! 🙂

    • Hi Lori! So glad you found me through BlogHer and have taken the time to leave me such a nice note. I love meeting other bloggers, especially those on a similar journey as I am. Your blog looks wonderful! If you try some, please let me know what you think!

      • Thanks so much! I will definitely be trying your recipes & I’m sure they are FANTASTIC!!! I’m happy to meet you via your wonderful blog. 🙂

  5. Pat

    Just found your blog and love it already. I especially like that you plan recipes for one or two servings, ideal for me. Love this WOE and love all the wonderful, creative blogs out there to help the Keto/Low Carbers.

    • Hi Pat! Thanks for stopping by and leaving some feedback – glad you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen so far!! I agree, I love all the wonderful blogs out there as well. Thanks again!

  6. Kelli

    I have tried a few of your recipes now, and they have been unfailingly delicious! Some keto recipe websites promise a lot but don’t really deliver taste wise, but your recipes are just amazing and are becoming my regular go-to faves.
    Thank you for sharing them!

  7. Beth Wollar

    Alison,

    I am so impressed with your website! The photos are bright, clear and of excellent quality and really help inform how to follow the recipes. The Creamy Brussels Sprouts Bake is the best sprouts recipe I have ever made, absolutely delicious! I also love the egg-based muffins and tuna melts. Every recipe I have tried turns out great, which is more than I can say for recipes from professionally published cookbook recipes I have tried.

    Beth

    • Hi Beth! Thank you so much for your feedback on my website and recipes – I really do appreciate it. So glad you’ve enjoyed everything you’ve tried so far and I hope you continue to return and try recipes in the future. Thanks again!

  8. George

    These recipes look amazing. You sound like a pretty tough person! Do you have any suggestions about keto rash or about athletic performance in keto? I’ve been using this diet for about 3 months but feel I’ve hit a few of the common pitfalls–same foods all the time (almond is my middle name), obsessing about BOHB in my blood…etc. Thanks so much!

    • I’ve never heard of keto rash, George! I understand the same food pitfall, I run into that a lot myself even. I try to make one interesting thing each week and then keep it pretty simple otherwise. For athletic performance and keto, I’d turn to the ketogains subreddit for any information you would be looking for: http://www.reddit.com/r/ketogains/ Hope that helps!!

  9. Kathleen

    Hi Allison! I love your recipes and instagram page. How has the keto lifestyle affected your blood pressure/cholesterol? I worry about this affecting my health negatively. I read mixed messages when I research online. Thanks so much!

  10. Barb

    Alison, I wanted to thank you for your awesome recipes. I am going to try the tuna melts very soon! I am so glad that you post the carb count on your recipes! Barb

  11. Lina

    Thank you for your recipes. My boyfriend and I have been keto for 6 months now, we’ve tried several and love them!

  12. Tracey

    Found your site from a low carb recipe search on Pinterest. Your recipes are perfect for weeknight meals with two kiddos and their dad. No complicated, fussy.. Just good food. Thank you so much for sharing your journey.

    • Hi Tracey!! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know you dnjoy my recipes. That really means a lot!! Hope you continue to enjoy my recipes in the future.

  13. Jacqlynn

    So happy I found your blog! I am following a keto diet as well, and am blessed with a generous farmer brother who drops off a bucket of fresh produce twice a week. Our family has a joke that every recipe begins with, “Take a stick of butter, add blank.” It is nice to eat healthy, feel healthy, and be able to enjoy some butter! Please keep blogging. 🙂

    • Thank you Jacqlynn!! I am working on this week’s recipe as we speak so be sure to subscribe. Butter is a must-have in my kitchen at this point. You are so fortunate to receive fresh produce – I am very jealous! Hope you enjoy other recipes of mine you try!

  14. Darlene

    I just wanted to let you know that I found your blog two days ago, have already read all of it – and made two recipes. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put in. I made the tuna casserole tonight (but didn’t have tuna – used canned chicken instead) and it was awesome. It was all I could do not to eat it all. I have it portioned out in the fridge for lunches this week. I have many more bookmarked to try.

    If you had a cookbook I would buy it.

    • Thank you so much Darlene for the sweet comment! I’m glad you found me, too, and glad the chicken was a good tuna replacement! Enjoy it the rest of the week and hope you enjoy the other recipes just as much. A cookbook would be wonderful, maybe some day!

  15. Diana

    HI Alison, I stumbled upon your website searching for low carb recipes. The husband and I are just starting on our weight loss/life style change journey and I also have pcos. Thank you for such amazing recipes we can’t wait to start playing and experimenting with them. We’ve slowly started to make small changes but kicking sugar is going to be difficult. I’m a home baker so business that will be a challenge. Combined we have a couple hundred pounds to loose wish us luck!
    Oh, and congratulations on your journey you’ve absolutely inspired us.

    • Hi Diana! I’m so glad you found my website. I know how difficult it can be – the most important thing is to take it one day at a time. Also, try to remember that this is a journey, not a quick fix. It’s okay to enjoy a non-low carb meal from time to time, if you want. Life is about a healthy balance, not forbidding yourself from living every once in a while, if that makes sense. I promise after 2-3 weeks you won’t crave sugar anymore, it’s kind of amazing how your body adjusts after just a short amount of time. I know it feels like you’re standing at the bottom of an insurmountable mountain, but you will be so glad a month, 6 months, a year from now that you started. Good luck!

  16. Erin

    I recently began eating a LCHF diet and your blog has been a blessing to find! I have tried several of your recipes and have yet to come across one that I didn’t like. Finding out you’re a fellow Chicagolander (is that a term? I feel like it should be…) has only added to my enjoyment of your blog. Keep posting! Thank you!!

    • Hi Erin! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet note. I am glad you found and enjoy my blog; it’s always nice to meet fellow Chicagoans! Please let me know if there’s ever anything I can do to help with you LCHF diet!

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