Itís so quiet this morning. Almost 6am, but I feel like a character in a science fiction story that has awakened only to find that thereís nothing outside when she opens her front door.
Iím going to get this out of the way. Food.
4/26 and 4/27: I ate too much. Not sure why. And though I ate things like sardines and pork rinds, there were some non-primal elements also.
4/28: Amounts okay. Meat, more meat, meat soup. LOL. I also ate some rice. So, primal, but a bit higher in carbs.
4/29: Again higher in carbs. Is the changing weather giving me odd urges for vegetation? My main meal was a potato and tomato salad. I also had a couple of ounces of provolone, and a slice of salami.
Potato and Tomato Salad
I used baby red potatoes. Clean and quarter them. Boil in well salted water.
While youíre waiting for your potatoes to cook. In a bowl, pour some oil of your choice (I had avocado oil). Into the oil put juice of lemon, a little ACV, garlic powder, black pepper, a tablespoon of grated Parmesan. Whisk it all together with a fork.
I had about 5 oz of a huge tomato left, so I cubed that and put it in the oil mixture. This gave me about a 2:1 ratio of potato to tomato.
When the potatoes are fork tender, drain in colander. Put hot potatoes in with the tomatoes and mix it all together. The hot potatoes will act like a sponge and soak up a lot of that nice oil and any juice the tomatoes let go of. Put the whole thing in the fridge to cool. (In winter, I might eat this warm.) Eat.
4/30: A very dairy day. I had some provolone and salami at around 3pm. Had ricotta and strawberries at about 9pm. Apparently back to normal carb intake.
The neighbor has awakened. Heís walking in that quiet way apartment dwellers do when they think they might wake the neighbor downstairs. I can see him almost tip-toeing in my mindís eye. The funny thing is that the minute he grabs the leash to take the dog out, that big old Lab will start jumping around like he hasnít been outside in forever. LOL.
Much later in the day.
Even though I stayed busy today, it was uneventful. I made a nice dent in some piles that needed managing. I scrubbed my stove and oven.
And, I cooked a chicken. A beautiful little two and a quarter pound chicken. With some baby red potatoes. All roasted low and slow in some of the broth I made from the onion tops in my Romertopf clay cooker. Beautiful and simple Ė the only seasoning was a tiny bit of salt and pepper.
Iím delighted to have chicken back in my life. This seller, who halves the price of chicken at US Wellness, also sells Cornish hens and Pigeons (squab), and I think Iíll try those next time. Iím not sure if heíll be at the Saturday market, so I may have to wait Ďtil Tuesday. Iíve had Cornish hens before, but Iíve never tried squab. Oh, and unlike grocery store chicken, each chicken comes with its neck, gizzard, and liver. Not sure where the hearts are going.
Looking back at my evolution since finding Primal and Paleo.
I was your average eater. Not totally a shit food junkie, but certainly not concerned with issues of CAFO vs pastured, organic vs non-organic, etc. I cooked most of my meals. I probably spent a little over $100/month on pizza delivered once a week. Not chain pizza, but pizza nonetheless. I ate pasta on a regular basis. My main protein sources were those you find at Walmart Ė pork, chicken, ground beef, eggs, salmon, and tuna. I also regularly ate poí boys. My faves were either Chisesiís ham and provolone dressed, and fried oyster dressed. As mentioned in a previous post, I also occasionally indulged in a very processed frozen Mexican dinner.
First and most important thing to happen was finding out about pink slime in ground beef. I started reading about how food was being raised and grown. This led me to things like the ďevilsĒ of soy, BPAs, de-beaked chickens, sick cows, filthy pork, pus in the milk supply, and so on.
In all of that reading, I found Paleo. I think strict Paleo is probably the healthiest way to eat, but hell, Iíve only got about 20-30 years left on the planet and itís a bit restrictive for me. Primal was more my style.
While I didnít struggle with the idea of ditching grains, legumes, and processed foods, in my real life I struggled both with the cost issues involved and with replacing my lower calorie alternatives with their real food counterparts. The two hardest for me were I Canít Believe Itís Not Butter and Vegan Mayonnaise. Calories calories calories. It took a while for me to adapt to the sheer caloric density of real butter and mayonnaise. Iíve pretty much ditched mayonnaise from my regularly used foods and Iíve learned to use butter judiciously. Iím not afraid of fat, but Iím a small woman of a certain age, and 300 calorie coffee in the morning just wonít help keep me fit and thin.
My first steps in getting better sourced meats were to start shopping at Whole Foods Market. Now, Iím sure these are better in more forward thinking areas, but really, except for the beef products, their other meats here in New Orleans arenít really superior to any other grocery store. Their fish counter is good, and most of the people who work at it are fairly knowledgeable. They have a nice selection of organic produce. They have a tomato paste that is one ingredient: organic tomatoes. Sadly itís in a BPA lined can. But they have Pomi tomatoes which are some of the most delicious tomatoes ever. Oh, and a totally awesome selection of reasonably priced cheeses from cow, sheep, and goat. Itís the yummiest section of the store.
Then I went online to find healthily raised protein. I found Marx Foods. Marx is good, but for a single person, you have to buy a lot. Iíve purchased 20 pounds of salmon from them and 30 pounds of New Zealand grass fed/finished beef. Both were outstanding products. However, what Iíve learned about myself, which is no reflection on Marx, is that I tire easily if I have that much of one product in the freezer. Maybe if I would just settle down and stop this phobia of committing to one location it would be different. But until I buy a chest freezer, buying this much quantity is tough for me. Itís easier with the salmon for some reason.
US Wellness was next. They have beautiful products. You can taste the quality even in something as pedestrian as hot dogs (or franks as they call them). Their ground lamb is to die for. The best thing about them is that you can order small amounts. The worst things about them is that they are often out of stuff, and they are on the high side of price. Still, they are definitely on my go to list for healthy meats.
Also, Amazon is a good resource for things like canned fish, supplements, and flour that isnít from wheat. I have a 12 can per month subscription of sardines from them.
Finally, I got off my lazy ass and on to my dying feet and starting frequenting the farmers markets in town. Yes, itís inconvenient to have to shop on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but all in all, I could live on what they sell with a trip to a mainstream grocery store maybe once a month for butter and paper products.
So thatís it. Iím in the groove. Iíve got the food thing down, and itís no longer frustrating nor does it feel like too much effort. And Iíve pretty much made peace with the cost.
So, whatís next? Well, I probably should get more serious about exercise. Like thatís ever going to happen. I think Iíd like to get serious about cooking creatively. Except for scallops (gag) and turtle (poor wittle turtiepoo), Iím pretty open to eating just about anything. Iíd very much like to get into making sausage. Soy-free, wheat-free, shit-free sausages.