Sunday 28 April 2013

Meat Market

Since I've decided to go all meat and some egg and dairy, went to my favorite meat market yesterday. Since we don't have grass fed year round due to our long and cold winters, this meat market sells the next best thing and closest to organic. It's run by a family who owns a farm in northern Alberta and sells their products along with other products such as eggs from the Hutterite farms which are free run (no free range here due to winters). They also make their own bacon and ham sausage.

So I bought pork chops, chicken, ham sausage, a kilo of bacon, eggs. I'm eastern european and seem to tolerate eggs, chickens and pork well and beef not so well. I will have a good beef steak whenever I crave one at a good restaurant but don't prepare it at home. I've also got some leftover home-made chicken veggie soup and buckwheat and pork sausage. I'm going to finish off whatever's in the fridge that isn't all meat/eggs slowly.

As it turns out I had a cup of cream and my pork and buckwheat sausage yesterday along with an 8 oz steak, caesar salad, greek yogurt and berries and still dropped over a lb. I don't usually eat this much but when I'm getting back on track, whenever I get cravings or feel hungry I reach for fat.

Made bacon and eggs this morning and was surprised that the bacon didn't stick to my frying pan. It was wonderful and it tasted more like pork belly than bacon (I presume because it doesn't contain a lot of sugar and additives). I then fried my eggs in the bacon fat and they didn't stick either. Wow, I'm buying bacon from them from now on.

Also, the pork and buckwheat sausage I had yesterday didn't seem to hurt my weight loss. The problem with all the ethnic foods I eat is that it's hard to figure out on Fit-day what all I'm eating.

So yesterday I ate: chicken soup with veggies (cauliflower, parsnips, brussel sprouts, onions, garlic), coffee, cream, steak, caesar salad, full fat greek yogurt, berries = 1858 cals, 111 gms fat, 60 gms carbs, 144 grams protein. Dropped only 1 lb. However, today I don't have any cravings and will be sticking more to just meat and eggs.

Oh, forgot that I also bought a kilo and a half of beef bones. So now I'm off to make bone broth. I seem to be able to tolerate that.

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Fat Head and Primal Body Primal Mind

Yesterday I joined netflix to watch Fat Head. Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie because I have a really weird sense of humour and Tom's right up my alley. Then I started going through Tom's blog from the beginning and up to May of 2009. These I am also enjoying immensely.

Tom wrote a short article about Nora T. Gedgaudas' book Primal Body, Primal Mind in which one of his aha moments lead to thoughts about alcoholic addiction and why in his old vegetarian carb loading days he thought he had become an alcoholic due to his desire to consume alcohol in great quantities and reluctantly started going to AA meetings. Once he converted to the true Low Carbish Faith, he found that the appeal of alcohol went away and he can now drink in moderation. He attributed his addiction to alcohol as his body's response to seeking energy like someone who is experiencing a sugar crash and needs a glucose fix right away.

Now Nora's alcoholic message flew past me because I've never liked alcohol and just skimmed through that part probably and thought nothing more about it. However, once I really started thinking about addiction, I realized that shortly after reading Protein Power, seeing the light and embarking on my own journey, within about 1 year I gave up a 35 year, pack and 1/2 per day smoking habit almost effortlessly (well not completely effortlessly). Why I didn't tie in low carbing to the ease of quitting smoking, which I had been trying to do for almost 20 years, I don't know. This is my aha moment. I don't think it's ever easy to quit smoking but I'm sure it was a lot easier once I really got into low-carbing. Don't ask me how this relates to alcohol, fuel and low blood sugar, but I also felt no desire to continue with a low level bingo (gambling) habit. I couldn't miss a night of bingo and the rush that came with winning. Now, I'm thinking, "What was I thinking and why was I doing this?" I have no desire to gamble in any way shape or form anymore. I even forget to buy lotto tickets. Or an alternative theory might be that once I quit smoking there was no reason to go to bingo. Don't know.

With that in mind, I'm going to re-read Nora's book again and more thoroughly this time.

Sunday 7 April 2013

Comments on Dr Ede's All Meat Diet Post

Dr. Ede's excellent post can be found here.

I am not an expert but some of those comments I've read on Dr. Ede's post are completely hilarious. I live on the Canadian prairies. I dare you to go out and forage for plants even now in April as we have snow on the ground at the moment. Now going further north by 1500 km to Yellowknife NWT which is as far as public transportation (air not roads) will take you, you will find you're still hundreds of miles south of where some of the Inuit live. So from here to the northern regions is a good 2000 to 2500 km distance. People have no idea how cold and inhospitable the climate is there.

Some of the first nations peoples who live closer to me are able to forage for plants maybe from May to October or November. They pick berries and add them to their pemmican and do a lot of fishing and hunting. The Inuit, however, are bound by ice and snow most of the year and 6 months of that is in almost total darkness. You really think they will be foraging for lichens during that time even if lichen were around which I highly doubt that far north?

Each Inuit area is different but I'm sure that plants play a very, very small role in their diets and if their lives depended on them they would have died out long ago. There is no reason whatsoever to even go into what plants they may have or may not have eaten. They make no difference to the life-giving properties of the meat and fat they usually eat. Wish the plant lovers would just grow up and realize that everything we need, including vitamin C (organ meats) and be found in meat.

The fact that they are questioning the findings of Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who would have no reason to lie, shows me they are threatened in some way by this information.