As a note, I'm also keeping this journal on my computer in Word, and sometimes I forget to post here.
May 21, 2013
You know itís time to clean your monitor when you start seeing punctuation that isnít there.
A friend of mine used to talk about ďcheating the diet.Ē It applied mostly to calorie counters and goes something like this. ďIf I eat this piece of cake/pizza/whatever today, Iíll skip breakfast and lunch tomorrow to make up for it.Ē Tomorrow never comes; itís always today.
I see some of that thinking on the forums. ďCheating Primal.Ē I want to be primal, but I want to drink a six pack of diet Coke a day. I want to be primal but I want cereal every morning. I want to be primal but I want to drink like a fish (that would be my vice).
So, even though I like primal, and Iíve probably learned more about CAFOs and general nutrition than I would have imagined, I guess I have to say I donít want to be 100% anything. I just want to be healthy. I believe that the fuel I put inside my body is the most important factor in that health. What goes in my mouth shows on my body. (Donít be dirty minded. LOL)
I donít cheat on tests,* my taxes, men, or anything else. Like lying, itís an illogical response from adults. Both give power to something else. So, I donít cheat on Primal Ė I do occasionally eat something that isnít optimal for health. Amazingly, since I donít have any major health issues, the world doesnít fall apart.
*There were two times when what I did what could be considered cheating on a test. The first involved the instructor not covering up the periodic table for the first 15 minutes of an exam. I and 100+ others in the lecture hall used it as a resource during those 15 minutes. The second was when I went in to take a make up exam. The instructor gave me the exact test I was making up. I told him that this was the exam that I had studied from and he didnít care. Easiest A ever, in like 20 minutes.
Observation: A mug of espresso blended in the blender with coconut oil (I used half a tablespoon) and two and a half ounces of clear rum tastes tropically delicious. I wouldnít start the day with it, but itís nice in the afternoon... um, evening. Itís evening in Europe.
This is kind of weird and sweet: Watch Tinga Tinga Tales online | Free | Hulu Itís fables for children done in cartoon form. The art work is pretty neat.
7pm. Itís already 7pm. I ate two ounces of cheese and two hardboiled eggs this morning because I slept Ďtil about 10am and woke up uncharacteristically famished. If I make for dinner what I was originally planning (stuffed peppers), I probably wonít eat Ďtil about 8:30. I hate when my sleep patterns get disrupted.
Oven: 400 degrees F. (204 degrees C.)
5 oz lean ground flank steak
1 oz petburger
rice cooked in salted water (1/4 cup raw = 170 calories and about ĺ cup cooked)
tomato paste 2 tablespoons
onion (I used an ounce, you can obviously use more)
one green pepper cut in half, ribs and seeds removed
five spice seasoning, garlic powder, turmeric, black pepper, and salt to taste
Grind the lean flank steak with the petburger. If you want a fattier mix use less flank steak or more petbuger. Put this in a mixing bowl.
In a slow cooker or Romertopf, put about an inch or two of water.
Mix ground beef, tomato paste, and all the spices in a bowl.
Sautť onion and mushrooms in fat of choice Ė I used gelatin. When they cool a bit, add them to the bowl with the ground beef.
Add the cooked rice. Mix together to make the filling for the peppers.
ďStuffĒ the peppers with the mixture. Add to the slow cooker or Romertopf. If using the Romertopf, put in 400 degree F oven (204C) for 50 minutes. If using a slow cooker, use your experience. I donít have one. Uncover and put back in oven for 10 minutes. This came out delicious. It would probably be even more delicious with some parmesan on top, but Iím trying to break the habit of adding cheese to everything.
So, food for the day: coffee with Ĺ tablespoon of coconut oil and two and a half ounces or rum, two ounces of provolone, some marinated artichoke hearts and red peppers, two hard boiled eggs, and stuffed peppers.