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Steak!

After having success with a steak preparation method, two times in a row, I have decided that I have perfected the preparation of a medium rare steak!  It’s quite simple so brace yourselves:

Tonight I used a 1″ thick New York steak which I peppered and sea salted.  Then Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

I put a pan on the stove (the best pan would be a cast iron skillet but I do not have one, unfortunately) and turned the heat up to medium. When tossing a few beads of water onto the hot pan caused the droplets to evaporate, immediately, I dropped about 1/2 tbs of pepper cured bacon fat and braised the steak for 3 minutes before turning it and braising it for another 3 minutes with another 1/2 tbs of the bacon fat.  Place the steak in a 400 degree oven (in the same pan you cooked it in if it’s safe to that temperature) for 6 minutes.

Let the steak stand for a couple minutes while you finish preparing the meal or setting the table, I sauteed some asparagus (yes, asparagus again) in another 1/2 tsp of the bacon fat.  Hmmmm…  I wonder what kind of nutrients I would get from sauteed mushrooms…

Steaks cooked this way are turning out to be absolute juicy perfection.

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Amazingly Juicy Medium Rare New York Steak

Sticking with the Paleo theme, let me explain why I eat grass-fed beef:

“A little over three years ago, the USDA defined “grassfed” as a new kind of meat, one that provides a better life to cattle, less environmental pollution and, often, a healthier cut of meat. Grass-fed beef cows are raised on a diet of nothing but their mother’s milk and grass, which provides a more natural growth for the cow and makes the meat more nutritious—with around 10 times more beta-carotene, three times more Vitamin E and three-times more omega-3 fatty acids. That said, beef is still higher in saturated fats than other proteins.

Currently, most cows are fed a grass diet temporarily before being confined and switched over to a diet of grain coupled with hormones to speed up growth and strength. This unnatural diet, coupled with cramped conditions on feedlots, can lead to disease-spreading E. coli bacteria building up in their guts. E. coli is a leading cause of food-borne illness, and frequently prompts large recalls of beef and other meats.

By eating only grass-fed beef, you are choosing a more humanely raised animal, allowed to grow at its own pace and with little worry about disease running rampant. The only downside is that due to the slow pace of keeping cows on this diet, it’s tough for producers of grassfed beef to keep up with demand for the larger retail markets, which means prices are often significantly higher than for comparable cuts of beef. The American Grassfed Association recommends going straight to the producer and provides a convenient list by state for you to start researching how fast you can make the switch to a greener beef.

Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/tips/grassfed-beef-benefits#ixzz1ik0epoTm

I decided that there was no need to paraphrase what this site provided so here it is, cut and pasted, along with the link.

When you have arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or any other autoimmune disease you want to avoid foods that cause inflammation and the omega-3 fatty acids found in beef are anti-inflammatory!  As for The Blood Type Diet the Type O thrives on beef so, as you can see, I can find no reason not to eat a nice piece of beef.

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Chicken With Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

I started searching the web for Paleo recipes that I would enjoy and found http://paleodietlifestyle.com/.  Some of the next couple recipes you will see here come from this site.  I am not a person for which the argument, “you eventually get used to it,” should even be attempted.  I will not continue putting something past my lips that I have to “get used to.”  No way, no how.  If it isn’t tasty, I don’t want anything to do with it.  So if I say something is good, to my pallet, it definitely is worth the try.  Honestly, I won’t post a recipe that I don’t have the urge to try again, even if I have the urge to alter something.

With that said, my first recipe from the site was the Chicken With Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce http://paleodietlifestyle.com/chicken-sun-dried-tomato-sauce/ which was quite good.  The next time I fix the recipe I plan to add just a touch of honey to sweeten the flavour of the sauce.  Otherwise it was reminiscent of a dish that I enjoyed at the Sticky Wicket in Victoria BC.  I realize that sweets are definitely out in some Paleo programs but I just have to enjoy some sweet, here and there, and stick as close to Paleo as I can when I do.

Chicken With Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Remember in a previous post that I noted how amazingly beneficial the asparagus is to the human body so here it is on my plate, again!  Quite an excellent meal and one that I recommend that you try as well.

Part of the Paleo diet’s draw is that you don’t have to weigh, measure or count anything, you just eat the foods that are beneficial to your body.  However, I’ve opted to start recording what I’m eating so that I can keep track of how consistent I am being.  We’ve all heard someone that we’ve spent the day with talk about how “good” they were or how little they eat and realize that they are completely oblivious to the food that they’ve put into their mouth.  It will be nice to look back and see how much “unpaleo” food I’ve consumed in a day, especially when I wake up the next morning with or without allergies.  I opted to go with https://mynetdiary.com/logonPage.do which I can update both on line and via an app on my phone.

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The Paleo Learning Curve

One of the first things I’m learning about eating differently has nothing to do with nutrients, their names or their affects on the body, studies or websites.  One of the first things I found out was that if you are not a consistent housekeeper you had darn well better become one.  The dirty, cluttered kitchen does not inspire one to get creative or cook something, even the simplest dish.  Not to mention that if you do find yourself in the mood to prepare a meal, if you hadn’t washed the dishes from the meal before, your choices for preparation is limited.  Of course I have to prefer quality cookware and knives that can’t go in the dishwasher (I’ve been guilty of letting dishes that go in the dishwasher sit out, too).  Could a Paleo diet improve my housekeeping?  If it does, it will be begrudgingly so.

My very first Paleo type meal was breakfast (one of the blogs I’ve read (after I’ve already started) indicated that starting is often better if you start with breakfast for a few days, since it’s often the most grain filled meal of our day) in which I started by frying up bacon pieces (New Seasons in Oregon sells bacon pieces for $2.99 a pound, great for not wasting bacon if you aren’t interested in eating it at the time).  I then added a handful of asparagus spears, put the lid on the pan and let them steam for a bit before adding orange peppers and chopped onions.  Finally I added 2 scrambled up eggs and scrambled them up with the veggies.  At the last moment I added about 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella that I happened to have on hand.  Milk is something that I’m supposed to avoid on The Blood Type Diet as well as eating Paleo but, you know, it’s in the house, why waste it…  and I love cheese!  Quite a nice meal though I did use ketchup (sorry, it’s how I roll where eggs are concerned) and it had corn syrup (though I did see a version of Heinz Ketchup at the store, recently, that was made with cane sugar!  Still anti Paleo but it’s good news for those who are trying to rid their lives of the hated HFCS).  I’ll give fresh salsa a try, next.

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My First Paleo Meal: Scrambled Eggs with Veggies Cooked in Bacon Grease.

You’ll see me dining on a fair amount of asparagus, when the seasons allow, because of the health benefits.  For instance asparagus is rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients.  Inflammation aggravates auto-immune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, for example.  Asparagus also acts as a diuretic which helps to reduce bloating due to PMS and helps to reduce the swelling of both arthritis and rheumatism.  It’s rich in vitamin B12 and I have a family history of Pernicious Anemia, or a B12 deficiency.  Asparagus is also a prebiotic which provides food for the probiotics that live in your intestines and help to aid in digestion.  It’s also an antioxidant which helps to reduce our risks of cancer.  Now this is something we should all be interested in but if you are on immunosuppressive therapy, you really need to do what you can to reduce your chances of cancer because your medication is suppressing your bodies ability to fight cancer cells.  As was explained to me by my Dermotologist, we all have cancer cells developing in our bodies but our immune system fights them and they don’t develop any further.  Antioxidants help to fight those cancer cells so you want to eat as much as you can, especially, if you’re on immunosuppressive therapy.  Remember, food is a far better medicine than popping pills, if you can avoid it.  Good nutrition can improve your health where as crappy nutrition can cause the body harm.

Where does the Paleo aspect come in, here?  Organic eggs and veggies sauteed in nitrate free bacon grease.  The only thing that wasn’t Paleo (remember, I’m imperfect as a Paleo, but working on heading in the right direction) was the 1/4 cup of Mozzarella cheese.  Normally I would have had as much extra-sharp cheddar cheese that I could have gotten in there.

I may be absolutely wrong in everything I just wrote so do your own research and feel free to share your knowledge with me if you feel that I’m wrong, though, please sight your source so that we can all learn.

 

 

 

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In The Beginning

Please know that I really, really enjoy junk food.  I don’t really discriminate, either; sugar, chocolate (you may think it’s the same as sugar but it simply must be in it’s own category), salt, fat, alcohol…  I think that if it’s bad for us I just may be someone who enjoys it.  With that said I have decided to start adding food into my diet that supports optimum health.  I will be using a number of sources and providing links for things that can be found on line to back up my thinking.  I AM NOT A SCIENTIST, PHYSICIAN, DIETITIAN, NUTRITIONIST OR ANY OTHER TRAINED OR LICENSED ANYTHING!  I am simply someone with the disease of Multiple Sclerosis who wishes to find the best way to eat to maintain or improve their health.

To begin this journey I am doing what I can to follow the direction of Dr. Terry Wahls who has done much reading on how nutrients affect the myelin sheath and has started doing research on the matter beyond the reversal of her own symptoms.  I will also be using the book by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, “Eat Right For Your Type.”  I have found it quite beneficial when followed, in the past, both by myself and my friends.  I’ll be making notes as I go along as to how each one fits into the foods that are best for my health.

The only weighing or measuring I will be doing is during recipe preparation and ensuring that I’ve had a minimum amount of certain nutrients or for the benefit of the reader.

I hope that you enjoy reading about my journey but feel free to share you’re thoughts and ideas,  contradict me and share links to facts as you understand them.  Here we go!

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