Something Else Besides Burgers and Bacon
I took a couple months off from blogging, because, frankly, I didn’t know what else to say. I wrote all about my journey from a Standard American Diet to a Very Low Carb Diet and then to a Zero Carb Diet. I shared my before and after pictures, posted a FAQ section, linked to some great resources. And….that was about all that I had to share.
That said, I’ve been quite busy over on the “Zeroing In On Health” Zero Carb Facebook page, where I am a moderator. In the last few months, we’ve had about 3,000 new members to join and it has been HOPPING. THOUSANDS of people over there eliminating carbs and experiencing wonderful results! SO exciting!
But I’ve recently changed things up a bit in regards to my diet, so I thought I would take a break from the Facebooks to share my most recent updates.
After about two years of eating almost exclusively burgers and bacon, I suddenly felt less interested in them. They didn’t sound gross, but they just didn’t sound appealing. I think it started when I caught the stomach bug and spent about four days hanging out with my toilet. After I recovered and felt my appetite return, I had one over-powering thought: “I want STEAK!!”
So, I headed to my local grocery store and found a pack of nicely marbled, thick-cut steaks. My husband grilled them up for me, and as soon as I ate the first bite, I knew that change was a-comin’! YES AND YES AGAIN! WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN EATING MORE STEAK?!
Enter the meat.
Thinking back, I think I had stopped eating steak very often because of the cost, but now that ground beef prices have risen in my area, I can get steak on sale for not much more than I was paying for my burgers. And after living on steak for about a month now, I’ve decided that the price difference is worth it for me.
Steak is just GOOD. I don’t have to add any fat to it and it keeps me full and satisfied for hours. Other than having to purchase more dental floss, I haven’t found any down side. Why would I NOT want to eat steak all day long? It’s delicious, gives me great energy, is easy to cook, and is FULL of wonderful nutrition.
Don’t believe me? Dr. Georgia Ede, from diagnosisdiet.com, noted, “Meat is the only nutritionally complete food. Animal foods (particularly when organ meats are included) contain all of the protein, fat, vitamins and minerals that humans need to function. They contain absolutely everything we need in just the right proportions. That makes sense, because for most of human history, these would have been the only foods available just about everywhere on the planet in all seasons.”
Dr. Ede also shared this chart showing the micronutrients found in red meat and compares them to those found in plants:
Now, as for those organ meats that Dr. Ede referred to, I (and most of the zero-carbers that I know) have very little interest in eating them. I suppose if I were suffering from any ill-effects (low energy, irregular menstrual cycles, weak immune system, etc.) or felt that I were lacking anything nutritionally, I would try cooking up some organs. But…no. I’m feeling great and don’t have any desire to start eating in a “snout to tail” kind of manner. I’m already pretty far outside of the box. No need to push it.
And speaking of those “easy to cook” steaks, I have also discovered a new favorite way to prepare them. I put them on a large broiler pan and cook them as close to the top heating element as possible. Then, I put the oven on broil (which is 525 degrees for my oven) and stick the steaks in when the heating element is glowing bright orange. I cook them about 5 minutes on the first side and then use tongs to flip them over. I cook them for five more minutes on the other side. And that’s it. Just be careful not to catch your dish towel or oven mitt on fire.
In only ten minutes, I have eight gorgeous steaks! It really doesn’t get any easier, does it? I place the steaks in a tub and eat one whenever I’m hungry. If I’m very active, I may want 3-4 per day (which would be about two pounds of meat). If I’m inactive and having a low appetite, only about 1.5 pounds of meat is plenty.
I don’t add any fat to the steaks like I did when I was eating the grilled burgers. I try to buy steaks that are very nicely marbled and have plenty of fat on them. I often save the juices that gather in the bottom of the broiler pan and pour them back over the steaks when they are done cooking.
In case anyone was wondering, changing things up has not resulted in more weight loss, but I wasn’t trying to lose weight. I have actually gained a little weight, but my clothes are fitting the same way and I’m feeling quite good. I’m not worried about carrying a little extra weight as long as I feel good, don’t have to buy bigger clothes, and am not eating any carbs. I have nothing to worry about.
I even decided to take a new “before and after” picture:
I may go back to eating burgers again, but I’m enjoying the change for now. Even an old zero-carber can change it up once in a while, right?
Have any of you been trying to lower/eliminate carbs? Feel like sharing the results? I would love to hear your stories! If you’d like to share, please email a couple of paragraphs stating what you’ve been doing and how it’s working. I’d like to compile these and share them here. Thanks!