Smoked Brisket, Fried Egg, Avocado Taco…It’s what’s for breakfast!

Totes Paleo. Well the version of Paleo that allows for real corn tortillas containing only natural ingredients. I strive for 95% perfection. That measly 5% makes the plan livable. So what exactly are the 5% non-paleo foods that I consume? I can tell you it will never be things like cookies, ice creams, etc. The 5% is purely a convenience factor for me. I cook 95% of everything I eat. The 5% is for things I don’t want to make or find too time consuming or expensive to prepare. A corn tortilla is a perfect example. Is it hard to make? No. Can I easily make one or two of them on the rare occasion I want one? Nope. I try to limit the 5% to items that aren’t really that unhealthy but, in the interest of eating natural, I usually forego. Another example of the 5% is ketchup.

I don’t stress about meals and I don’t over plan them. I purchase meats, veggies, fruits, and nuts, and try to group them together so they complement each other. I will cook a protein and add a vegetable. I will snack on fruit if I want something sweet and nuts if I want something salty or if I’ve not eaten enough fat for the day. I know I’ve not eaten enough fat if I’m truly hungry. A high fat meal will keep me satisfied for hours and overall I eat less throughout the day. When I feel hungry, I’ll drink 8 oz of water first. After 15 minutes if I still feel ready to eat my own hand, then I’ll snack. Sometimes dehydration will feel like hunger.

So eating this way is simple for me. I add a healthy fat to a pan, add protein, brown it and add a vegetable. Season to taste and add compliments such as homemade salsa, pickles, etc., and its meal time.

This morning, I had left over smoked brisket to use up. Trust me when I say we are big carnivores here. It’s rare to have left over proteins. So I warmed two corn tortillas then added an egg fried in bacon fat, shredded smoked brisket seasoned with chili powder, a spritz of fresh lime, a slice of avocado, a pinch of fresh cilantro and a tablespoon of salsa. Ta-da! It’s 95% Paleo and 100% easy.

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Never say die(t)!

The dreaded January diet deadline. Just the word diet is enough to both inspire and depress me. “Why?” you ask? Like most of you, the word diet brings forth images of starvation, bland food, salads, and that other thing we all hate ….exercise.

If you Google the word “diet” you get 461,000,000 results in .24 seconds and every link therein says something different or promises something different if only you follow this plan. The top three links per Google on January 1st, 2015 were: South Beach Diet, Nutrisystem, and Weight Watchers. Surprising? Not really.

Is there anything wrong with any of these plans? Do they work? I will say that I’m not a guru about these things, but these plans work SOMETIMES for SOME people.  Why? Diets are realistically a short term solution to a long term problem.  I mean you sacrifice for a few weeks and exercise like a beast to lose those 10 pounds, only then to splurge on a piece of cake or a slice of pizza and all your progress disappears. What all of these have in common is that they are not livable long term. Life happens. Special occasions happen. Is your waistline and general health always going to be in peril in want of a chocolate chip cookie?

I’m here to tell you from my vast dieting experience that I’ve tried almost everything. I purchased books, subscribed to magazines, attended meetings, popped diet pills and supplements, underwent hypnosis, drank shakes, liquid- fasted, ate overpriced frozen meals, bought workout DVDS and gym memberships, starved, and sat across from countless  diet “counselors” (who have never been overweight a day in their life) who told me I needed to “eat less .”

So what am I trying to say? I’m saying that I am tired and slightly insane from doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. Isn’t that the very definition of insanity?

So I’m ready.  Let’s roll.

My first goal is to develop a better relationship with food and my body, and to stop beating myself up over every perceived, mismanaged step. On the journey, there will be bumps in the path. I have only one body and its mine to treat how I see fit. I’m gonna love it.

So stick a fork in me, baby! I’m done. I shall never diet again!!! –said in my best Scarlett O’Hara voice.