Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tooth update

I've been having a rough time with a bad tooth over the last week or so and been in SEVERE pain. I didn't know what this would be like but now I know I would never wish this on anyone, even my enemies. The root canal specialist was able to work me in today (they will be closed for 5 days for the holiday) and removed the roots and relieved nearly all the pain. I am so glad the pain is gone and might actually get to sleep tonight.

I told you this story to tell you this one.... (-Ron White...)

During all this tooth nonsense, I found it extremely hard to stay on plan. The pain was so intense at times I would just eat all this "comfort food" in hopes it would make me feel better at the time (let's say a soft brownie at 3:45 AM). We all regret these mistakes but there is little that can be done about it afterwards. I didn't give up on all my food choices because what I eat for meals is usually low carb anyway because that is what I like. The snacking is what got me.

So back on the horse as they say... I'm planning on starting a modified 6 week cure plan where I think I'm going to try having bacon and eggs for breakfast every day, a shake for lunch most every day and then a low carb meal for dinner with one LC snack during the day. I think this will be perfect for me and fit my lifestyle well... more to come on this later :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Feedback on bacon; 2 part post

I love bacon; there I said it. I have like 5 packs in the fridge at home, 4 in the freezer at work, and 1 bacon 1 jowl in the mini fridge in my office. When I find a sale, I buy a couple. When I find something new, I buy at least one...

Hog jowl seems to be my favorite discovery so far. Bacon is good, thick cut bacon is better, jowl seems to taste even better... much more flavor. I also tried some "salt pork" which actually appeared to be "pepper pork" because the edges were covered in pepper which produced a nice crisp crust when cooked. The taste and texture were good, but not as flavorful as the jowl.

I finally got the hang of frying eggs (a.k.a. over medium) and can't even stand the thought of eating scrambled eggs again :). My favorite breakfast right now is to fry up 3-4 pieces of bacon and then use the leftover grease to fry up my eggs. Very good, filling, and super easy to cleanup. I put some shredded cheese on my plate and when I drop the hot fried eggs on there, the cheese melts into a delicious gooeyness that works really well with the runny yolk.

Part 2; do you worry about my (or your) cholesterol? Some people have asked me about my cholesterol and are worried that I am killing myself with this way of eating, specifically too much bacon and eggs. I can't remember EVER having my cholesterol checked (which a really regret as I have no numbers to compare before low carb and after) but I think I owe it to myself and my friends to have it checked to see where it is right now. At work we have a machine that can be used to test it and they are looking into purchasing some of the test cartridges so we can have it checked more easily and cheaper than going to the doctor. If this doesn't pan out in the next few weeks, I guess I will schedule an appointment with some random general practitioner because I don't really have a GP that I see. My primary care physician is actually and ENT; that's pretty much all I've had wrong with me in several years (outside of a couple visits to the orthopaedic doctor for my shoulder and back). Thoughts?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Ok, so I'm a guy. I can wing my way through most stuff and am not very good with details sometimes... So we're having a Thanksgiving type dinner tomorrow and I thought it would be smart for me to bring a dessert so I know I am covered :). I remembered this pumpkin cheesecake recipe from Linda's website that I had made before but I didn't have it in front of me so I just threw some stuff in the bowl and mixed it up. It turned out great!

To make the batter, a 15oz. can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), a brick of regular, full fat cream cheese, I used 4 eggs I think, some Splenda (I just eyeballed it but is should be about half a cup), cinnamon, and pumpkin spice. Blend all ingredients thoroughly in a mixing bowl.

For the crusts, I mixed some melted butter and some freshly ground almond meal into a thick batter. Using silicone cupcake liners I placed a small amount in the bottom of each and pressed out evenly in the bottom. In a preheated oven (350 degrees) I precooked the crusts for about 10 or so minutes. You just want to get them dry and a little crispy.

I spooned in about 1.5 spoons in the pumpkin mixture in each of the 12 cupcake liners and put all of them on a cookie sheet. The remaining mixture (no crust) went into a small casserole dish and both were put in the oven for about 45 minutes (not sure exactly because I forgot to set the timer.

I finally found the original recipe and I did a decent job of remembering the ingretients for JODY'S PUMPKIN BAKE.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

And the winner is...?

Greg Arnold! His guess was 13 pounds and I actually weighed in at 13.2 pounds less :) We're working out the details on the prizes and might have some of them to give away so stay tuned!
This put me back down near where I was in the early months of this year, closer to my lowest weight. I also lost nearly 2 inches off my "middle".. even cooler than shedding a few pounds is shedding some inches!

This diet was much easier than I had expected. The shakes were NOT my favorite part but the shake weeks were definitely when I lost the most weight and also was the least hungry. I am going to start back a modified version of this diet for a few weeks and see if I can kind of merge weeks one and two together and see how it works for me. I talked to one of my fellow low carb friends Amy and she still enjoys her shakes even after the 6 weeks were completed.

The book came with tons of good recipes, some were good and some were just plain awesome. They were fairly easy to make (I hate complicated recipes even if they're really good) so that made me happy and interested in trying them.

Bottom line, if you have 6 weeks and want to see how a non mainstream or traditional diet really works, please check out this diet and book (Six Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle); I'd love to hear about your success!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Jowl anyone?

On our recent trip to the beach I stumbled upon hog jowl at Lambert's Cafe in Foley Alabama. The menu said something similar to "thick cut tastes like bacon only better"; knowing how much I love bacon I had to give it a try. It was awesome! I haven't thought anything more about it until I was at the grocery store picking up some bacon (on sale) and saw that they had jowl for sale too. I had to put them in my mini fridge (since I was on the way to work) and I kept hearing this snorting sound coming from that general area of my office. It sounded like someone mumbling "eat me, eat me"... so I had to microwave a few slices to see what it was going to taste like. I have to say, while it wasn't quite as good as what I had at Lambert's it was really good. I can't wait to cook some up for breakfast in the morning!