Lack of Posts, Sick and the Secret Spot?

I’m sorry for not putting up a lot of posts over the past few weeks.

Work has been really nice and busy. This week I’m in “training”, and everyday is an 8-6 deal pretty much. I do try and get up a little earlier than normal so that I can get some exercise or a good meditation in, before the long  day of “sitting”. Both of those seem to really help the “ants in the pants” for me. What also helps me is very little food intake over the course of the day. The latter requires a bit of self control, as these type of “training meetings” are conducted in a hotel and the onslaught of food starts at 8 am, and is consistent till about 3:30 pm. At 3 pm the last “pick me up” snack and break comes before the final 2-3 hour stretch. Yesterday the snack consisted of an assortment of cookies, large soft pretzels, a bowl with different bags of chips, soda’s, lemonade and popcorn. I will admit that I was absolutely STARVING when I got home, but in return I had loads of energy during the day, my mind was sharp and I didn’t suffer from the “meeting yawns” like all the other attendees. I remember those yawns well. It seems like when the yawns and the sleepy head nods start when you are in meetings, they won’t stop and your mind begs you to please please abort whatever it is your doing  and to just leave! 

This past Friday night I coughed a few times. When I did, I noticed a very faint “pain sensation”. I knew right away that my body was about to fight something. I felt progressively worse over the course of the night and went to sleep early. I woke up Saturday morning “sick”. My throat was on fire and I could feel body aches coming on. I had plans to take my kids to the beach and meet up with some other folks and their kids. I sucked it up and went to the beach, hoping for some natural vitamind D to treat me right. I was exhausted when I got home at 2 and told my kids that I needed a bit of their help as I needed to sleep. Besides from getting up to make them dinner…I slept on and off till about 11:oo pm at which point I had to leave to pick my daughter up from a birthday party she was at. Another good night sleep and eventhough I could hadly talk upon waking Sunday morning, I started feeling better around 4pm (Sunday). From Friday night till Sunday evening I didn’t eat much except for some thinly sliced steak cooked in a bit of butter and a few bowls of miso soup. I did drink a good amount of herb tea. On Monday I was startled to wake up and find myself feeling about 95%. This little “bug” went through me quick. Many people in my office are sick and one of my co-workers who also complained about getting sick Saturday, ended going to a walk in clinic Sunday to find out she had strep throat. This was the first time in 3 years that I had a cold/flu. Years ago when my body ached the way it did this past weekend, I would be in bed with the flu for 4-6 days. This time it seemed to work itself out in about a day and a half. I was reading the website http://perfecthealthdiet.com/ recently. Browse through there and get the husband and wife’s authors view on how important “real food” is. Their academic credentials speak for themselves.

So was it a Paleo, Primal or EF way of eating over the last 5 years that helped me fight my virus a bit better? Who knows right? Maybe it was my mental outlook of “acceptance” vs. “anger” that allowed my being to be more at ease to deal with it. Again, who knows right?

The author of The Perfect Health Diet wrote this recently

 “One reason chronic diseases are so rarely cured is that in many cases, essential curative steps make people miserable for a time, while steps that aggravate the disease make people feel better” I spent some time contemplating this and I can say from my own experience, it is right on the money!!!

So what I do know is this: through careful observation and self experimentation, you CAN figure out what works for YOU. If you spend the time to do it, you will be amazed how much the quality of your day to day existence improves. It’s almost counter intuitive to have some sliced meat sauted in pasture butter for breakfast. Especially if your comfort food used to consist of nice hot pancakes with lots of syrup to make yourself feel better. But I urge you to think outside of the conventional wisdom box and find out how you can best take care of YOU.

My martial arts teacher used to say “when someone is about to swing a sword at you…how many people know that you have to take a step forward to be safe? It’s completely counter-intuitive. The secret spot is just one step in front of you

It’s really the way life works isn’t it? You can’t just think about what you want to do, going to do, improve your life, get going, start eating right, exercise more, be nicer, safe more money, live better, pray more, love more………… the secret spot is just one step in front of you.

Smile a lot today and be nice

 

Grilled Chicken and Chia Seeds

Here’s a simple marinade to try;

Chicken thighs (skinless and about a pound), 1/4 cup white wine,  2 tblspoons evoo,  4 large crushed garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (sweet or hot), 1 tbspoon tomato paste , fresh ground pepper and sea salt to taste. I like to grill these on a nice wood charcoal fire. (marinate the chicken for at least 4-6 hours. I marinated it over night)

A side salad to go with it. The black dots you see on the salad are chia seeds. I will admit, I got suckered into buying them as they had a really good special on them. Have you ever tried them? Did you buy them right after reading about them in Born to Run?  

Recently I have been trying a different bit of “breakfast”. I have been drinking about 1 cup of goat’s milk kefir, and I add about a tbspoon of the chia seeds to it.

Primal Sliders?

I’m calling these primal because they have a bit of good parmesan cheese added to the recipe. So they are not strict paleo.

For everyone that misses “sliders” (sliders are basically mini hamburgers)  in their diet, or still cries over not going to White Castle anymore, here’s something for you to try and I promise you will not be dissapointed.

So this is what you will need; ground beef, zucchini, parmigiano reggiano. (not pictured are the spices. You will need fresh ground pepper, sea salt, garlic powder)

 

Using a grater of some sort, grate your parmigiano and zucchini.

For measurement you will want about half grated zucchini to the total amount of meat. And just a quarter of parmesan in relation to the zucchini. Simple enough right? Mix it all together and add some fresh ground pepper, garlic powder (about 1 teaspoon for pound of meat) and salt to taste, but don’t “work” it to much, or your meat will get tough.  One more tip, mix the zucchini and parmesan first, and then add the meat.Now make yourself a few small patties. Make sure your patties are THIN. This way they will cook quickly. The secret to this tasty treat is the quick cooking time AND the zucchini. The moisture of the zucchini will keep these babies from tasting like dried out leather pucks. I will say it again, keep the patties THIN. In a nice hot skillet with a bit of butter of course fry them up quickly. (An electric skillet is what I used)

And FLIP,

And voila, Primal Sliders. You can take some romaine lettuce and make a “sandwhich” out of them or just eat them up hot out of the pan, which is what I did. Would love to know if you tried to make them and how they came out. This is a great dish to serve if you have company that does not eat primal/paleo. Just get some small slider buns and everyone will be happy. Everyone can ad their own fixings and you could serve with a nice big salad.

Can I get your feedback please? Once again a different picture format. Is that better? Is the image too large? Does it take to long to load the page this way?

“It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do not control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.” Wayne Dyer

Lamb Shoulder and some Thoughts

Per my previous post, I told you I was going to share some thoughts/ideas that came to me when I was in Amsterdam (Holland).

Overweight people are practically non-existent. Besides from being one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Dutch hold the record as the tallest nation in the world at the moment. so perhaps with all that height, they “hide” the weight better. In reality there are a few other factors at work I think. For one, it is a “colder climate country”. It’s speculated that when it’s cold you can eat a bit more food and get away with it. The body uses calories as a fuel for the internal heater to keep you warm. Next, the Dutch are ACTIVE. It is a country of bicycles and from a young age everyone rides their bicycle daily to get around. For many, this does not stop when they get older, I would even venture to say that the majority of the population rides their bicycle daily, well into old age. (many people will never own a car in their lifetime)

Portions; well folks no surprise here, the portions are just plain smaller. I have often tried to point to people here Stateside, that our portions are completely out of whack. As an example, lets look at the size of a sandwhich.  A sandwhich here is so big that it will easily satisfy a male standing 6’1, weighing in at 200 pounds. Yet that same sandwhich is eaten by everyone. So do you think that portion is appropriate for a female standing 5″4 weighing 125?  In Holland, its not uncommon for large males to eat two small sandwhiches.

Eventhough the trend is changing, traditionally people in Holland go out to eat for special occasions. Unlike here where so many I know eat out 4 days a week or more for lunch and dinner. It’s also easier to keep those portions smaller, as the trend to use big plates, big glasses and big cups has not taken a hold there yet.

Which leads me to coffee. Do you know how many mugs you can fill with a grande coffee? I’ll tell you. It’s 2. That’s a lot of coffee. I believe that coffee is supposed to be comsumed in small quantities. The flavor needs to be strong, but the portion small. If you look at cultures where coffee has been a staple for a long time (think Turkey for example) it was traditionally drunk from small containers. I think there is a clue there to coffe consumption. Jeff Erno just did a little coffee experiment that he documented. Zen to Fitness also had a guest post about coffee . I’m curious if anyone tried an experiment with just drinking less coffee. I know from my personal experience that a large mug of coffee doesn’t really agree with my internals. But a small strong shot of espresso, is just fine and doesn’t effect me negatively.

Even though people in Holland might drink 2 or 3 espresso’s a day, the quantity of those “shots” would fill a quarter of a regular coffee mug here. If you then realize that many folks drink 2 “cups” a day here and think that they are doing good….it gives you something to think about. What’s your mileage with coffee?

These are just some speculative thoughts obviously.

I know I had promised you all a free ebook. I have just been a bit bogged down with work lately, and I’m not 100% satisfied with it. So, as a thank you for your continued support of my blog, I will share TWO recipes you have not seen before here.  First is a really yummy lamb shoulder slow cooked in the oven.

Lamb shoulder is an affordable cut. Prepare the following way. In about 2 tbspoons of good quality butter, add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of coriander. If butter is not salted, add some salt to taste. Now take your butter and spice mixture and rub it all over the piece of lamb. Next smash about 3-4 cloves of garlic per piece of lamb. Add the garlic and next add some fresh rosemary. pour in just a bit of water so the bottom of the pan is covered and cover with foil. If you have a nice oven pan with cover (Le Creuset for example), go right ahead and use that. At 325-350 degrees and about 2 hours and 15 minutes later and you are left with one fall of the bone, fork tender piece of deliciousness. I took about two spoons full of greek yogurt and added a dash of olive oil and chili paste to it. Mix it together and it is a nice added touch to the lamb.

I’m still “learning” wordpress. So this picture format is a bit different. I’m not sure I really like it. Also the picture of the “fork with a piece of meat” somehow snuck in the gallery and I couldn’t delete it……yet.

Next post I will show you a very unique way of making “Primal Sliders”.

Back from Abroad and Link

I was away for a week visiting the home land.

I think I consumed more bread in one week then I have in the past 3 years.

I did a lot of observing and thinking this past week in Holland. When it comes to paleo/primal/ef, there are probably only 2 handfuls of people in the whole country that have heard of it. (all you Dutchies reading…please correct me if I’m wrong)

The looks I got at my sisters house when I only ate the “Bolognese sauce” without spaghetti were priceless. No-one could really understand why I wouldn’t eat the pasta. My sisters oldest son did also try it my way of eating with salad and admitted that it was almost as tasty as with spaghetti. Small victories lead to success right?

I’m formulating my thoughts and notes from the past week, so I can hopefully write a concise post. Observations that lead me to some of my thoughts/ideas were as follows; the amount of overweight people I saw could be counted on my hands, people are in relatively good shape simply from the amount of walking and riding bikes, coffee is not drunk out of a large mug…maybe less problems/sensitivities for people that way, food is much much fresher, lots of msg and flavor enhancers are used, hemorrhoids are a huge national problem, protein portions are much much smaller and family/friends are an integral component of a happy life.

I will have my next post up before Friday, looking forward to getting some of your thoughts and input.

Quick favor, if you have FEEL GOOD EATING linked on your site, can you please change the link to www.feelgoodeating.com ? Thank you in advance for your time in doing that.

Have a wonderful day!