“Oh, what a lucky wolf I am”

March 25, 2009

If Jay Robb’s protein powder is, as its tagline claims, the best tasting protein on the planet, then I am truly dismayed and scared to try the rest. Seriously? Steak has protein and is delicious. Eggs have protein, and I love eggs. Sardines are surprisingly tasty as are herring fillets in wine sauce. Roasted chicken. Shrimp. Bacon, pork, and ham!

My favorite protein powder is Westerly Natural Market’s house brand of chocolate “Show Me the Whey!” It’s totally not primal or paleo, but also doesn’t taste aggressively disgusting.


OW.

March 24, 2009

Tried the Atkins “fat fast” (which is pretty much the anti-Paleo/Primal, if you go the (organic) cream cheese route), because I read that it is better at fat burning than simply fasting.

OKAY…I really thought I was going to die. Nothing in my life has ever made me feel so gross and icky and sick on the inside. Oddly, I think my skin loved this brief interval into cream cheese hell, but my internal organs protested too much to go on. I felt like my insides were folding in on themselves, and that can’t be good.

I neither gained nor lost weight or (suspiciously) body fat percentage. On the other hand, I feel soft and squidgy, bloated and weird in all the wrong places, so I think my body composition has suffered. I worked the weight machines at the gym yesterday for all that I’m worth and am fasting (the real deal) today. Undecided as to whether I feel absolutely to unwell to run sprints today.


PB, I hast forsaken thee?

March 13, 2009

Okay, peanut (not a nut!) butter is definitely a binge-triggering food. I have given myself a peanut butter hangover twice in the past month! The last binge was prompted by a visited the Peanut Butter & Co. sandwich shop in the Village. I had an “Elvis” with bacon – so good! That would have been fine as a “very special occasion” treat, but I also bought a jar of their White Chocolate Wonderful flavor…which I completely demolished over the next two days.

Pure addictive dopamine hit. Can’t stop at one. Probably the legume toxins triggering an adrenaline boost. Headache, nausea, regret, withdrawl pains. Sigh! Peanut butter tastes so good to me in ways that Almond butter just doesn’t!

I wonder if the “Naturally Nutty” brand of peanut/flax/hemp butter would not trigger binges, but am kind of scared to find out. Also, they do not have a chunky style butter, which is what I prefer.

This is probably the point in my life where I should just allow myself to grieve because I will never be able to eat PB again without losing myself to its siren call. God.


Nuts!

March 5, 2009

By which I mean pecans and hazelnuts, chopped and lightly toasted in a toaster oven (for about 8 minutes). SO GOOD.

I used them as a topping for oatmeal. Not low carb or paleo by any means, but I was intrigued by some of the “Nourishing Traditions” (Sally Fallon, Weston Price) culture floating about the interwebs.

So, this morning’s bulk bin steel cut oats were soaked in a mixture of water and a bit of plain yogurt (in a glass jar in a yogurt maker no less) for 24 hours to ferment the antinutrients the right heck out of them. Then I nuked them on low for 5 minutes, added a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of butter, a tablespoon of heavy cream, and topped it all with the delicious toasted nuts.

It’s roughly 3 hours later, and I feel fine. Not hungry, not tired, and not weak.

Oat porridge treated in this way is kind of tangy and chewy, but pleasant overall. Maybe next week I will soak the oats with a bit of cider vinegar instead of yogurt. Grains are not necessary, certainly, but maybe they don’t have to be evil.


Cake is a gift

February 28, 2009

The monthly office birthday cake – Oh Noes!

But then I thought to myself: Cake should always be a gift. It should be given, received and shared with a sense of occasion and thankfulness.

So, you should either give or receive cake but never just buy a piece of cake that cannot be celebrated, even in a small way.

In today’s body-obsessed world, cake should be a rare enough occasion to be celebrated without anxiety about bodily harm, not to mention actual, lasting bodily harm. Otherwise, cake will never be received with unabashed pleasure and gratitude. And the whole point of cake is unabashed pleasure and gratitude.


Rhubarb

February 22, 2009

Success! This is not so much a recipe as a reminder that one can pan fry rhubarb in butter (or in my case, nitrate free sausage drippings). I added 2 tbsp of frozen blueberries for a touch of sweetness (I mushed them up in the pan so their juice created a kind of sauce). The result was pleasingly sweet-tart. I can see why people make pies, compotes, and chutneys out of it. Might be good with meat.

This is my second time cooking rhubarb, and I was pleasantly surprised.


PB Hangover

February 19, 2009

Has anyone ever suffered from a peanut butter hangover? I’m not talking salmonella poisoning, just ODing on Whole Foods 365 Crunchy. Headache, nausea, regret. But it’s so good, man. I need to take a week long break maybe, and practice moderation!