Update 6/9/12

09 Jun

Greetings everyone! I took a few days off blogging after my Whole 30 as I worked as hard as I could to post something new everyday of the journey. Aside from my travel days, I did a pretty good job!

After the Whole 30 things have settled down. Yes, I have had some diet soda, but have managed to keep the numbers much more respectable than before. There is no doubting the benefits the Whole 30 brought to my life and my relationship with food. It will be interesting to see how things progress from here.

Last night for dinner we ate a beef brisket that soaked in the Sous Vide for 72 hours. I seasoned it with John Besh’s Basic Creole Spice mix that includes (from memory) salt, pepper, garlic powder, and celery seeds. It gave it an amazing flavor, and I whipped up some Spice Chipotle BBQ Sauce from the Zen Belly Blog out of San Francisco. This sauce was just the combination of spicy and sweet. I cut back a bit on the honey and molasses to keep the natural sugars down, but it was just great flavor and took the brisket over the top. On the side I roasted off some butternut squash and browned off some cinnamon apples in some ghee. I was a little slow on the pictures (off my game) and just managed a pic of the brisket.

I hope all are well, and I plan on getting a new post up tomorrow on some new real patient data!


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5 responses to “Update 6/9/12

  1. Regina (Gina) Arnold

    June 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    That looks so good!!!! I must try it.

  2. juststartwithmonday

    June 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Question: I am reading Robb Wolf’s book and he doesn’t seem to encourage ghee or sweetener of any kind. Also, is stevia permitted on a Paleo diet? What about onions and almond milk? I haven’t tried it yet; but somehow I don’t think the coconut milk will go so well with my morning coffee.
    This brisket looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing your cooking pictures.
    You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

    • erniegarcia76

      June 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      I should tell you my overall philosophy on the “Paleo” diet. I think it is imperative to look at every food and decide simply whether it is healthy for you, and worry less about the merits of whether the cavemen had it or not. So many things I may eat could be controversial from some eyes, and I may not necessarily agree with all the so called Paleo experts. That said, here are my feelings on what you asked.

      Ghee – Clarifying butter removes milk solids from butter, leaving only fat. If you eat ghee from grassfed cows, it’s totally healthy fat.

      Sweeteners – Artificial sweeteners are obviously best left out, but I do eat some good or bad. I prefer to use natural sweeteners, and I think stevia is ok. Just use any of them in moderation.

      Onions – Never met a bad onion in my life.

      Almond Milk – As long as it is just almonds and water, yes, all good.

      Coconut Milk – Just try it, you’ll get used to it. That said, Mark Sisson of The Primal Blueprint fame says using small amounts of organic full fat heavy cream is ok because it’s almost all fat. I do that, and it takes care of my coffee.

      Don’t get caught up in the details, just the big concepts at first. After you do it a while, you can start to fine tune your diet more.

      • juststartwithmonday

        June 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        You just gave me the best words of encouragement I could have heard on this Paleo journey. Thanks so much. You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  3. Sherry

    June 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

    As a single person it has been hard for me to start this program so I have recruited a friend!! We were talking about this the day before I found your blog… I forwarded this to her as proof it works!!

    Hope to win the book! ‏@tnsptzgrl

    Love the pictures of your recepices.


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