Posts Tagged ‘fat’

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Baked Cheese Burger & A Lesson in Fat

September 28, 2012

Today it was Bake Bleu Cheese Burgers for dinner and it was pretty fantastic. I did, however, learn a valuable lesson, you should bake everything you can. The reason? The reason is because I’m pretty sure all packaging lies (wait until I talk about Net Carbs pretty soon) and not just a little white lie, a HUGE bold-faced lie. We bought 98% fat-free ground sirloin which if one follow any logical thinking path would be pretty lean. Well as my next picture will show, that is simply untrue and fair warning this might not be great for those with weak constitutions:

 

Baked Cheeseburger, swimming in fat

Baked Cheeseburger, swimming in fat, 98% fat free huh?

Now I’ll be honest ever since starting this diet I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the whole fat content thing, because I always just assumed when you buy something that nearly 100% fat-free would be nearly fat-free. As you can see though, that really isn’t all that true. That was lie one out of six today (yes I was lied to six times today and yes I counted this as one of them). It is important when you’re on a low carb diet to be 100% sure of what you’re eating because you do have to eat a lot of LEAN meat on the diet otherwise your heart will suffer. Anyway, on to the recipe:

Pre-heat the oven to 350

While pre-heating, in a glass bowl, mix together 1 lb of ground beef, one whole egg, thyme, basil and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar (don’t cheap out on it, the good stuff is tastier). I suppose you could use Worcestershire sauce but my wife isn’t crazy about that and loves BV so I use that wherever I would normally use the Worcestershire, it is quite good. Anyway, mix all that stuff together really well, then, with wet hands (keeps it from sticking to you) pat out four equal sized burgers and place into a cast iron skillet (or grill in my instance) and put in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes for medium-well (times are always varied because apparently physics works different in different kitchens). Once they’re out of the oven and done to your tastes slice some bleu cheese and place a slice on top. I wasn’t planning on this final step because I was using 98% lean beef but as the above picture shows, you have to drain the stuff so do that. Once the cheese has sufficiently melted, serve and enjoy.

 

Burgers, drained

Burgers, drained

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Bullies, Bullies, Everywhere

August 28, 2012

I’ve been pretty lucky in my life, especially being a big guy, to not have been bullied very much. Sure there was always the occasional “tough” guy in school but most of that worked itself out pretty quickly. By and large though I’ve not been what I would consider a bullied person. This is pretty amazing considering I was a big guy, who read comic books, listened to “weird” music and was really into computers. I think it helped that I also did a lot of “non-nerd” stuff too, regardless though bullying was never something that was on my mind too much day to day. Being a big geek I of course knew a lot of people who were bullied, nothing quite as extreme as some of the stuff you hear about today but certainly they were picked on and called names, etc. I’m sure I was too but it was just seldom to my face. Today though, sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, I witnessed a really prime example of why bullies suck and people who do nothing suck worse.

I do not see myself as “small” by any stretch of the imagination, I mean, I’ve lost now over a 100 pounds and am still on the high side of 200 plus I’m 6′ 2/almost 3″ so yeah, not small at all. Suddenly though it appears as if its okay to make “fat” jokes around me. There was this kid, about 20 or so sitting across from me and this, not very skinny himself, guy sitting next to me, maybe 25 or 30. The kid was probably pushing 300 pounds and was about 5′ 10″ or so also not a little guy. The guy sitting next to me leans over and says (not really whispering), “Isn’t that guy disgusting? How could you let yourself go like that?” Now let’s be clear, I’m no saint and can be very mean sometimes but I’m also certainly not a shrinking violet and the kid literally was sitting there on his iPad, doing NOTHING to this guy, ┬áso I replied (cleaned up a bit because, well, sometimes I curse worse than a sailor), “well when I was about 100 pounds bigger than him it was people like you that kept me that way, I didn’t really want to give you the satisfaction of being right. When are you going to lose that extra 20 pounds or so you’re carrying?” His response was, as usual when bullies are confronted in public, complete silence. He got up and moved which I thought was proper, if he were any kind of real person he would’ve at least apologized to the kid.

I think people bully because they see something in someone else that they hate in themselves. It is really not complicated behavior, simply lashing out. If you’re picking on a fat person you are probably not the healthiest person on earth, maybe a little plump around the middle or what have you so you lash out at a bigger, allegedly weaker person. If you’re always raging about homosexuals, maybe you have some closeted feelings you haven’t quite dealt with. I’m no psychologist but my honest views is that maybe you’re just an ass and need to figure out what is making you so angry at other before you run into someone who is having a worse day than you. Again, I’m not saying I’m perfect in any of this, in fact, I’ve often used “bullying techniques” in training some of the support guys at my company, mainly so they can learn how to handle hostile customers and it is very effective to that end, it is never serious but if they can’t handle me then they’ll never be able to handle an angry customer.

The point here is, don’t be an ass, be nice to people. It takes way less energy than making their days worse and you might figure out that you’re not such a bad person and will stop being so angry at yourself. The moral of the story is to stop hitting yourself and others, it simply is not that bad so no reason to make others feel bad about whatever it is. Okay?