Doing Low Carb Wrong?

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Witnesses told police this week that they pleaded with Boone county resident, Audrey Ranch, 62, to stop hurting her son’s pit bull, but she refused.

“Eventually she bit Pedro’s acorns clean off right there in the front yard,” a witness said. “Pedro hightailed it screeching like a wild Indian and when I tried to subdue Audrey, she knocked me out with an old tricycle.”

Realizing the police had been called and knowing she had time to hide (it is a 45 minute drive to her house), Mrs. Ranch cut off a length of garden hose, dug a hole and had her son help bury her. She used the garden hose as a breathing apparatus.

Officers from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office arrived, unburied Ranch and arrested her without incident.

Ranch explained her actions to police: “My son ate all the meat and I had warned him if he ate all the meat, I’d eat his dog.”

The dog underwent emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Ranch is facing charges of aggravated animal cruelty.

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Pardon Our Dust

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I am busy going back through our recipe posts so far to format them to be printable and easier to read. The content of the posts is not changing, just the organization and layout! And hopefully this new formatting will make it easier to find and try our recipes moving forward.

Happy cooking, and happy eating!

Anniversary Dinner Splurge

Brian and I were blessed to celebrate 23 years of marriage this past Saturday. We decided to have a nice meal at home, both in the name of frugality and the fact that he worked a 13+ hour shift that day. Our celebratory feast (enjoyed over a classic Bond film — From Russia with Love)…

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I cooked up a London Broil in the dutch oven, made a batch of homemade Horseradish Sauce, and served with a dish of tasty jus on the side. The aforementioned splurge came in the form of a loaded baked potato which, of course, is the rarest of rarities on our diet! I scrubbed and dried the potatoes, rubbed generously with olive oil and sea salt, and baked at 375 degrees for about an hour and 10 minutes — until soft but not mushy to the squeeze. They were topped with generous amounts of the good stuff: freshly ground black pepper, Kerrygold butter, sour cream, shredded cheese and chives.

2015 Anniversary Dessert

Somehow, we managed to save a little room for another small treat: dessert. We closed the feast with some roasted almonds and dark chocolate!

Is Metabolic Syndrome Responsible For Increased Death Rate?

This story has been floating around for a couple of weeks in various forms

Why has the mortality rate for middle age white Americans gone up dramatically since 1999 – even as it has gone down for other groups of Americans and whites in other countries? (snip)

The study released this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the surprising rise in middle-age, white mortality in America from 1999 to 2013 was driven by a rise in suicide, drug abuse, and alcoholism. The trends were strongest among those with the least education and in the predominantly red South and West, with the authors suggesting a vicious cycle of physical pain and addiction to painkillers, compounded by fiscal uncertainty.

“[M]any of the baby-boom generation are the first to find, in midlife, that they will not be better off than were their parents,” the authors write.

Meanwhile, data show that the primary red axis of the country, running from Appalachia to the Southern coastal plains, is the epicenter of some of the nation’s greatest stresses. It’s here that the lack of well-paying jobs and large-scale abandonment of the job market are most pronounced, where obesity and health problems are most dire, where Walmart is winning a race to the bottom of what the American consumer can afford amid stagnating wages, and where the rising dependence on disability and Medicare is most pronounced.

Chaser…

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Chart courtesy of gnolls.org

“We spend more time sick now than a decade agoDespite longer life spans, fewer years are disease-free”

A 20-year-old today can expect to live one less healthy year over his or her lifespan than a 20-year-old a decade ago, even though life expectancy has grown. (snip)

The average number of healthy years has decreased since 1998. We spend fewer years of our lives without disease, even though we live longer. (snip)

Functional mobility was defined as the ability to walk up ten steps, walk a quarter mile, stand or sit for 2 hours, and stand, bend or kneel without using special equipment.

A male 20-year-old today can expect to spend 5.8 years over the rest of his life without basic mobility, compared to 3.8 years a decade ago — an additional two years unable to walk up ten steps or sit for two hours. A female 20-year-old can expect 9.8 years without mobility, compared to 7.3 years a decade ago. (snip)

“There is substantial evidence that we have done little to date to eliminate or delay disease while we have prevented death from diseases,” Crimmins explained. “At the same time, there have been substantial increases in the incidences of certain chronic diseases, specifically, diabetes.”

From 1998 to 2006, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease increased among older men, the researchers found. Both older men and women showed an increased prevalence of cancer. Diabetes increased significantly among all adult age groups over age 30.

The proportion of the population with multiple diseases also increased. (snip)

“The growing problem of lifelong obesity and increases in hypertension and high cholesterol are a sign that health may not be improving with each generation,” Crimmins said. “We do not appear to be moving to a world where we die without experiencing significant periods of disease, functioning loss, and disability.”

So, the key thing I want to note here is that all the “diseases” that are returning with such a vengeance are what are known as “diseases of civilization.” These are the very “diseases” that the modern ‘heart-healthy-whole-sugars’ experiment was meant to address.

Why are people finding themselves in pain in middle age, as I did?

Why are people living fewer healthy, pain free years?

Perhaps because we were listening to the gubmint which insisted that we keep on keeping on with the high carb lifestyle and they would find some sort of magic cure. Yeah, right.

Instead we took the ‘radical’ step of eliminating sugars from our diet and, hold onto your hats, our diseases of civilization vanished. No expensive drugs required, no Doctors required whatsoever, and as a matter of fact Doctors fought our leaving the ‘heart-healthy-whole-sugars’ & ‘sell-U-stuff-health-care’ model.

Really, they did.

I can tell you that after seven years of being massively, morbidly obese, being unable to work and in constant, chronic pain I seriously considered killing myself. It wasn’t a life in any way shape or form. I literally praise God that he showed me a way to return to life but I have a sneaking suspicion that my experience mirrors that of the folks who find themselves over medicated and addicted to pain killers.

So, I’m here to tell you that if you find yourself in the place I was, sick fat and nearly dead, to borrow a phrase, there is hope. It can be done.

You have been cynically fed a diet by interests that want you buying cheap to produce food that will hurt your health and leave you addicted, with promises that modern medicine will swoop in to save the day.

But oops!

That hasn’t actually happened, people just keep getting fatter and sicker with no end in sight.

If you find yourself here today read this.

And know that it’s not impossible. Michelle and I both have profoundly changed our health by eliminating sugars and carbs from our diet and increasing saturated fat to at least 80% of calories.

Not only is it not impossible, it’s not even particularly difficult. A big change to be sure but not impossible.

Update: I meant to mention this

Chunky Pork Chili

Pork Chili

Another cheap meat purchase from the supermercado: pork leg roast. I’ve never used this cut before, but know that it’s hard to go wrong with pork cooked low and slow. So I pulled out my trusty dutch oven and went to town.

Chunky Pork Chili

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 3hr 20mins
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Ingredients:

2-3 pounds pork leg roast
1 tablespoon sea or kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoon chicken soup base or bouillon
3 tablespoon chili powder
Sour cream & shredded cheese (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees

  1. Combine salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder; evenly season all sides of pork roast.
  2. Add olive oil to dutch oven and sear roast over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove roast from dutch oven and set aside.
  3. Add 4 cups water to dutch oven and bring to a simmer, scraping pan with wooden spoon, then stir in chicken base and chili powder until fully dissolved.
  4. Return pork roast to dutch oven, cover tightly with lid, and roast in oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until pork is falling apart and tender.
  5. Remove from oven and use wooden spoon to pull pork apart or shred and stir well.
  6. Garnish with sour cream and/or shredded cheese, if desired.

source: Vida con Carne

Muy delicioso!

Fried Eggs & Ham

Fried Eggs & Ham

Brian made me this for breakfast while we were off over the weekend. His cooking skills from years of doing it professionally are always appreciated, and this was no exception! We had seen smoked shank portion ham on sale for $.99/pound and couldn’t resist. I did my usual when we got it home: removed most of the meat from the bone — some in slices for meals, some in pieces for skillet breakfasts — and wrapped and saved the meaty bone in the fridge (that became meaty ham broth a couple of days later).

I like my eggs fried, and he cooked the whole meal up in the iron skillet for me. And, yes…I know I’m a lucky girl!