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Paleo Breakfast: Beyond Bacon

January 20, 2014

I am going to commit sacrilege here, on so many levels, if you’re a hardcore paleo person, stop reading now. If you’re my sister, stop reading now, you will be grossed out. I like bacon, I am overall a fan but I don’t love it, not like most people and going paleo-ish is tough on breakfast. Pancakes are gone, waffles are gone, etc, especially if you’re also going low-carb with it so what’s an only average bacon liker to do? Be creative! This morning as I was making my usual spinach, onion and pepper omelette and getting ready to bake my bacon when I thought, “what am I doing!?!?!? I don’t want bacon again?!”

Here’s a recipe for a quick seafood omelette that, for some reason, has escaped me for a quite a while, basically it is my regular spinach, pepper and onion omelette with some canned salmon tossed in, you could use tuna (I wouldn’t) or crab (I might) or some other mild fish, it was quite amazing. One note about seafood, there is a problem (not getting preachy), you really only want to buy  from sustainable sources, if you don’t agree you’re probably dumb and if you don’t why you should agree check out, http://www.seafoodwatch.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx and they’ll explain it better than I ever could. Anyway, on with the recipe:

1/8 cup onions (I usually mix red and yellow)

1/4 cup red/yellow/green pepper mix

1/4 cup of raw spinach

Pinch of garlic salt (to taste)

Ground black pepper (to taste)

1 can of salmon, deboned, in water, sustainable source, etc

2 eggs

 

Saute onions and pepper together and once they’re start to get soft, add in the salmon and season well, once the salmon is warm add in the spinach and sauté until done, remove from heat to a plate. Whisk together the two (cracked) eggs and then pour them into the pan (you can add olive oil if you want), cook as you would a regular omelette and when its near done, add the filling from the plate and flip one side over. Then serve and enjoy!

 

Salmon Stuffed Omlette

Salmon Stuffed Omlette

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Is Fruit Really Bad For You?

August 18, 2013

I have read so many conflicting things about whether or not fruit is really bad for you. Some folks say most fruit passes right through you or digests in 90 minutes or so while other foods take much longer so that’s supposed to be good. Other people say it is nothing but sugar and should be avoided at all costs because sugar is bad. I’m having a hard time fighting the cultural beating-in of the notion that, well, fruit is good food. I’m really looking for some comments here, I certainly feel better when I have some fruit in my diet (bananas and pineapple specifically) but I really don’t want to sacrifice all the weight loss work I’ve done by eating stuff I think is good for me but really isn’t.  Thoughts? Am I just being overly obsessive here? Probably.

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Well…It Had To Happen Eventually…….

March 19, 2013

Suffering through my first real sickness in over a year, I suppose it was bound to happen. I mean, everyone gets sick, I’m just hoping its not nearly as traumatic/dramatic this time as it has been in the past. I’ve been blaming my sinus issues for feeling this way the last couple of days but as today has gone on it has just gotten worse. I’m hoping it clears up soon because, frankly, I’m not used to feeling like crap anymore and I really don’t like it at all…

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Just had to mention…

February 6, 2013

I was having one of my “debate/arguments” that I reference here tonight and ran into the funniest (but shouldn’t be surprising) resistance arguments I’ve ever heard. “I can’t give up wheat, even for a few days, beer is somehow magically made out of wheat and I can’t give up beer.”  Usually I hear “not candy” or “not bread, not ever” and I know personally it was pizza and pasta with me that I could “never” give up but I’ve never heard beer. Honestly I never understood the appeal but that’s probably for a ton of personal reasons. I guess though, if you can’t give up the beer, you’re probably not all that really interested in getting healthier so why ask for advice in the first place? I’m not some mystic fountain of knowledge and I only tell people what worked for me (and I always preface it that way) so it probably won’t work for everyone. I can’t believe though that putting something into you body that so drastically alters your blood chemistry (like alcohol does) can be in any way good for you. I feel the same way about drugs in general both illicit and legal, I always have so this is not a new thing. I made this argument after she said she felt like she could get healthy and lose some weight even while drinking beer which has clearly not worked for her. After this argument I was accused of seeing the world in only “black and white” and not allowing for variations. Again, it was what worked for me, your mileage may vary but I do have logic and rationale behind most of my arguments (sometimes anyway) so at least, if you ask for my advice, have some logic in your replies, what you’re doing isn’t work. I know because what I was doing wasn’t working for a really long time so I’m not attacking you by saying that, I’m saying I know, I’ve been there and still am quite a bit. Okay? Friends? Good…

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Oh Don’t Mind Him, He’s Just (Gluten) Sensitive

February 5, 2013

What follows is just a comment on this: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/gluten-free-whether-you-need-it-or-not/ so go ahead and read it, I’ll wait.

Now I have no idea  if my problems are really related to gluten or really even sugar for that matter but I do know that I feel worlds better without either thing in my life. If I eat something that might have have either thing I can actually “feel” myself not feeling well. Again that could totally be all in my head and you know what? I’m totally fine with that. I can cite all of my various numbers that have skyrocketed since starting as “evidence” that eating unprocessed, no gluten and no added sugar foods has helped me dramatically. I could do that but that would not be very scientific as I also started working a little more, working on my mental health a little more and really just paying more attention to my well-being and “listening” to what my body needs as opposed to what it really wants.

That last point is the most important one and I have this debate with people all the time, so-called “food junkies” and people that just can’t give up pasta or pizza (I can say whatever I want, I was one). I say debate, it is really an argument because people (much like I used to) get very emotional about their favorite foods so even though they ask me for advice, etc they get mad when I give it. I’m not much of a preacher so I try not to offer unsolicited opinions (about this any way). Basically it goes like this, if you want to get healthy (healthier in my case anyway as I don’t think 100% healthy is really within my reach) no you cannot have that slice of pizza and no you cannot eat cereal three times a day, I don’t care if the box says it is made with whole-grains. No you cannot lose weight by eating anything you want because the famous person on TV said you can, that person has all day to work out to make up for any slip-ups, do you? It requires a certain will power and discipline and the honest desire to want to feel better. I think this last part is really important, like I said before, I didn’t really start eating this way to lose weight, that was just a side effect, I got into this because I wanted to feel better and it was really my last shot at feeling better. Like most things in life, it starts with your mental health and then kinda flows from there. If you’re feeling miserable, sad, lethargic and are sick all the time, think about what you’re putting into your body and try to do better one meal at a time. That’s the best advice I can give anyone.

As for what this all has to do with the post I referenced earlier you ask? Simple. When you hear someone say “eat better” they are typically, if they like you anyway, not talking about the current flock of gluten free foods and over-processed “health” bars. They’re talking about whole foods and vegetables and cooking with, if not no butter, then greatly reduced butter. They’re talking about eating a piece of lean meat instead of something with 20 ingredients with 18 of them being chemicals and none of them being the thing its supposed to taste like. This is, sadly, what most food has become, processed to death, additives that you can’t pronounce with flavors and colors not found anywhere in nature. This applies to all of you militant vegans too, why do you need “vegan sausage,” its not sausage, it is processed plant parts and is really no better for you than a cheeseburger in a lot of cases. I just like to include my vegan friends in my rants, that’s all. I just think a lot of this food should be illegal, I saw a peanut butter & jelly protein bar with no peanuts and no jelly….why is it legal to call it peanut butter and jelly? It just shouldn’t be. We need to return to a world where food is food. If you want to be a vegetarian then eat vegetables, not “chicken” burgers. If you want to eat meat, eat meat, not hormone filled, antibiotic injected meat “product.” Eating is seriously the most important thing you do all day, why are we all so committed to doing it wrong?

End Rant.

 

 

 

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Paleo Bread Or Why I Will Never Eat Bread Again…

January 12, 2013

Today I decided to be adventurous and WOW am I sorry. I followed this recipe (http://www.healthextremist.com/paleo-bread-recipe/) to the hilt and yeah, I would just rather not have bread again if that’s how it tasted. Obviously I am not an experience bread baker and I don’t blame the author of the recipe at all but it was just gross. Very dry and very dense. I do not recommend it, obviously. Anyway, here’s a picture:

 

 

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Paleo Bread

Paleo Bread

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What Is The Value Of Healthy Food?

November 18, 2012

My Great Uncle used to tell me all the time that there was a big difference between price and value, it was something that he really tried to meld into my moral fabric. Just because something was cheap didn’t mean it was not valuable and just because it was expensive, well that didn’t mean it was really valuable. Basically the moral of his stories were always that price does not determine value, this is especially true when it comes to food. I used to love submarine sandwiches because they were quick, cheap and mostly delicious, I never thought about their value and what I mean by value is that sure, I save some money and time but what did the sub sandwich do for me? Well the ones I liked had upwards of 600 calories with a lot of those from fat not to mention around 40 carbs with almost no fiber or vitamin nutrition. The meat used on it was always heavily processed cold cuts and the condiments were a-plenty. All of that before I added the chips and soda that I just had to have. Basically a whole day’s worth of fat, carbs and sugar in one “meal” plus probably a couple of days worth of sodium. Cheap? Yes. Valuable? No.

As I continue my journey to getting healthier, losing weight and kicking diabetes in the teeth I notice this kind of stuff all the time. While I’m grocery shopping I notice that fresh produce is rarely on any sort of convincing sale. The junk food is always on sale, today I could’ve gotten 4, yes FOUR packages of Oreo cookies (basically about the lowest food possible on a nutritional scale) for $5.00, that is CHEAP! I suspect they were old or something because it was in the clearance section, anyway, no one should ever need four packages of Oreos, maybe in an entire lifetime but there it was. In the produce section meanwhile, the baby spinach was $3.59 for a pretty small container (pre-washed stuff). For about the same price I can get FOUR packages of old Oreos which is about 60 servings of 3 cookies (recommended serving size) or about two servings of healthy spinach… does that make any sense to anyone? Looking at that, is it any wonder why people (including me) are so confused about their health and what they should be eating? Eating healthy while looking at that sort of scale you could go broke eating healthy. It is cheaper to eat non-nutritional crap than it is to eat anything healthy, this is sad.

The conspiracy theorist in me thinks this is just a way to keep the populace too fat and lazy to care about anything else but eating. Eat some sugar, you usually need/want more so the trend just enforces itself. Eat a carrot? Not so much unless you really like carrots. It is great that our country’s food companies have found a product (sugar) that basically makes sure their customers keep coming back for more over and over. It seems like any industry that is truly bad for you (tobacco anyone?) has similar products that do this. Essentially get them hooked young and the product does all the work for you. Like I said though, that’s the conspiracy theorist in me and I don’t listen to him much. I’ve heard reasonable-sounding arguments that we couldn’t feed our population with just healthy food that is grown out there here, that we have to use created foods that don’t really rely on food but chemistry for manufacturing. I hope that’s not really true.

Anyway I don’t have a point to all this other than eating healthy can be more expensive but doesn’t have to be. If you cut out the restaurant trips (like I’ve done) and learn to grocery shop (like I’m trying to do) you can do it. It is tricky but it can be done. If I were smarter I’d start a service that shows people how to do it after I learn how first of course. The economics are against you but I think that with a little effort and focus you can cut through the confusion and eat better. I’m not perfect at it yet but I can tell you from what I’ve learned so far, it is completely worth it. Speaking of economics, check this out:

 

SPECIALS!

SPECIALS!

 

Look at those prices! Two horrendously bad for you energy drinks for $3.00, that’s only $1.50/piece! What is the real cost though? I suspect a few hundred calories and probably very sugar loaded. You then get to have two bags of combos (I didn’t know those existed anymore) for $4.00 so a little more expensive but you get a bunch of pieces so I suppose that counts for something. Finally, my personal favorite, buy one bottle of Nesquik chocolate milk (340 calories, 58 grams of carbs) and, get this, you get a DONUT for free! A glazed donut has around 400 calories with half from fat and about 40 carbs, at least according to Dunkin’ Donuts . I was never a big donut fan but wow did I enjoy my chocolate milk. Chocolate milk and pop tarts was my favorite “breakfast” when I was in high school, wow do I wish I knew then what I know now and I wish I cared as much as I do now. I ask you now dear readers, how valuable do you think those junk food deals are?