Liver

One of the bonuses of buying a section of beef, whether it be 1/4, 1/2 or the whole thing, are the things no one else wants.  A few months ago we went in on a 1/2 beef with our good friends.  They opted out of the organs, ox tail and fat, and we got to have them all!  I’ve known for a while about the health benefits of eating liver, but could never manage to stomach it.  The first time I made it, I ground it up and put it into chili.  I used the whole liver and Nick swore he could taste it and didn’t like it.  I think that is possible.  I think it is also possible that he knew it was in there and his brain told him he could taste it.  This time around, I ground it up again, and put about 1/3 of the liver in the chili and also didn’t tell him about it.  He never said a thing about it.  I think it may be a combination of not tell him and using less.  After this, I decided to freeze the rest of the ground raw liver into ice cubes so that I could sneak this nutrient-packed prize into unsuspecting dishes.

Liver cubes

Well, the cubes have been in the freezer for a couple of weeks, untouched, until I read the article Why Ditch Infant Cereals? on Food Renegade.

This gave me a great idea!  I decided to take one of the cubes and grind half of it into my scrambled eggs with a Microplane.  What a success!  Below, I give you the breakfast of champions.  I already feel on my way to a great day!

Breakfast of Champions

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs from free-range chickens
  • 1/2 cube frozen ground raw liver
  • 1 TBSP bacon fat
  • about 1/8 cup cut up leftover sausage
  • a few dashes of garlic powder
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of salt

Do you like liver?  How do you eat it?

For more reading on the benefits of liver (remember, use grass-fed if you can!):

The Health Benefits of Liver on Livestrong.com

Published in: on November 4, 2011 at 10:38 am  Comments (1)  

Slightly new direction

Hello friends!  I know it has been a long time since my last post.  I stopped posting because I didn’t feel I had anything to share, and I was spending time reading up on my two newest obsessions: minimalism and self-sufficiency.  These are two things everyone can incorporate into their lives very easily and I’d like to share my experiences with you in those two areas, as well as the Paleo eating, Primal living and frugal living.

Today it is a beautiful 68 degrees and finally sunny after days and days of rain, so I’m out in the yard (or yahhhhd, for my fellow Mainers).  I’ll hopefully post what I did out there and some pictures later on.

Make it a great one!

Published in: on May 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Insulin

One of the very knowledgeable guys over on MDA just posted a very good explanation of what insulin does in your body, and I’d like to share it with you:

Insulin is a hormone that does many things. The important one for us here is that it tells the body to keep it’s fat stores and NOT release them to be used for energy. Insulin does this after eating carbs mostly (it’s released every time you eat, no matter what you’re eating, but carbs produce more insulin release than other foods, hence carbs being labeled as fattening)

So, eating less carbs causes less insulin release so there’s nothing to tell the body “hold on to your fat!” and it instead starts letting go of it which is what we want to happen.” — iniQuity

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

For more info, read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm  Comments (1)  

This sums it up

Published in: on January 21, 2011 at 9:47 am  Comments (2)  

Day 18 or something

I know. I know.  It’s been 12 days since my last confession.

While I do consider myself to still be following the Whole30 (for the most part), I’ve learned some very important things.

#1:  Alcohol makes me feel lethargic, fat and headachey.  My training suffers from alcohol.  That being said, I enjoy a glass of wine with a nice meal.  Thus, I have incorporated 1 to 2 glasses of wine per week back into my plan.  That is 1 or 2, not on the same night, not back to back days, and only if I feel like it.  No beer.  No Beam.  Beam may return after the 30 days, or it may not, beer will not.

#2: Dairy makes me phlegmy and heavy feeling.  Cheese and milk do not provide me with anything I need for my body to run efficiently.  They will not be returning after the 30 days.  Grass-fed butter will.

#3:  I can easily tell when something is made with sugar.  Chili at the ski race, dressing at the Detroit Brewery, if it is sweetened I can tell and it puts me off.  Also, everything is sweeter.  About the sweetest thing I can tolerate now is a prune — they rock, but I can only eat a few, too sweet.

#4:  Legumes make me feel incredibly bloated.  I won’t be adding those back in after the 30 days either.  Peanuts are legumes too, FYI.

I don’t really have anything to say about grains, because (besides beer) I removed all grains nearly a year and a half ago.

It helped to stop keeping track of the days on the blog and to focus on my body’s

C'est moi in the pink hat

reactions, thus my hiatus.  I was also training for the Frosty Freestyle, which took place last Saturday.  In case you missed it on Facebook, I finished 3rd over all and was the winner in 20-29 for the 5k women’s skate and 14th overall for men and women.  My goal is to do the 15k next year, and that is going to mean a lot of serious training in the coming year.

 

My current eating plan with my tweaks will be easy for me to maintain long-term.  I feel better than ever, stronger than ever in training and I’ve finally accomplished something I always wanted — to be able to look at food as a fuel.  I can finally consider a food for its value to my body.  I was skeptical that the Whole30 would “change my life”, but it has.

I hope your efforts to improve yourself are going as well as mine!

PS: the job is going well too 🙂

 

Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm  Comments (2)  

Day 3, New job

I started the new job today and it was good!  It is always hard to be the new girl, but everyone is really nice.  The working environment is far more mentally healthy than my last job, thank goodness!  I’m exhausted from filing for 4 hours in heels, so I’ll keep this brief.  No more heels to work for me, I’ve learned my lesson.  I hate heels anyway.

Fuel: coffee, nitrate-free bacon, hard-boiled eggs, salt, pepper, cauliflower, green beans, ham bone broth, ham, marrow, lettuce, green pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, walnuts, avocado, oil, vinegar, chicken breast, green beans, squash, ground lamb, beef bone stock, onions, pecans, blueberries

Play:  I played in the files for 4 hours.

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Day 2, Bones

Today was very busy, but very productive.  My wonderful brother-in-law, Chris and sister-in-law, Jenny were kind enough to let me take the ham bone from the Christmas ham.  Today I made Primal “Split Pea” soup and it is wonderful!  I can’t recall ever having split pea soup before — the idea of it always kind of turned me off and I’ve recently decided that I’m irritated by peas (mentally).  I was ecstatic to find the Primal “Split Pea” soup recipe (post #8) because it does not have peas (don’t forget to scoop out the marrow from the bone, there isn’t much, but it is worth it!)

Primal "Split Pea" soup

While that was cooking I threw a chuck roast from Bessie (our grass-fed cow) into the crockpot with some carrots.  This roast had a big ‘ole bone through it and she wouldn’t fit in the crockpot, so I had to de-bone her.  I figured I’d turn this into bone day and put the roast bone and some steak bones I’d been saving in the freezer into the oven to roast and then make stock.  I roasted the bones for about 40 minutes in a 375 degree convection oven, then put 12 cups of water in a stock pot with the bones, celery, carrots, a cauliflower stump, apple cider vinegar and some spices and let it cook all day.  Once dinner time rolled around, I used some of the stock to make a gravy for the roast (no flour, of course!) and it was delicious!  If you’d like to read more about the benefits of making your own stock and some instructions, go here.

Other than that, I did laundry, ironed work clothes for tomorrow (1st day of the new job!), prepped the coffee and made lunches.  I’m finally settled down with a cup of my favorite tea and hoping to hit the sack early tonight.  I want to be fresh and on my game to meet my new co-workers.  I hope everyone has a great Monday and I’ll report back tomorrow night!

Fuel: coffee, nitrate-free bacon, egg, pepper, ham, cauliflower, green beans, celery, carrots, onions, salt, marrow, beef chuck roast, arrowroot, beef stock, blueberries, pecans, tea

Play: None — didn’t have time!

Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm  Comments (1)  

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

I have this memory from childhood, skating with my childhood best friend, Melissa, at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds Ice rink.  It was December 23rd and we had an epiphany.  It was Christmas Eve Eve, which means tomorrow is Christmas Eve!!  We had the epiphany like it had snuck up on us, but in those days time seemed to drag.  Christmas Eve night was the longest night of the year and took forever to arrive.  These days, time slips by faster and faster and I can’t believe it is Christmas Eve Eve once again.  And now that I think about how long ago that was (sometime between 15 and 20 years ago), I feel old.  That isn’t how you are supposed to feel at Christmas!  But alas, times have changed.  Instead of going to the skating rink with my best friend today, I’ll be headed to the gym for my last gym workout of the week (it is closed tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday), then to Costco and the grocery store to beat the last-minute Christmas food shopping rush.  Then I’ll clean the bathtub.  Woooohoooo!!  I’m full of Christmas Eve Eve fun plans today!  Oh well, that is what it means to be an adult, I suppose.  I hope my old buddy Melissa is doing something more fun on this Christmas Eve Eve.

For many of you, this is your last work day of the year, for some it is just the last day of the week.  Either way, I know you are all soooo ready to get out of there and completely not interested in doing any work whatsoever today.  With that in mind, I am taking a cue from fellow blogger BarbeyGirl over at In the Night Life and will now share with you 31 things you may not know about me:

1.  One of my most favorite subjects is the monarchy.  I’m not talking modern monarchy, although I am looking forward in earnest to the impending Will and Kate wedding.  I’m talking Plantagenents, Yorks, Lancasters and Tudors.

2.  One of my ancestors is Mary Boleyn.  Yep, Anne’s sister.  I am a descendent of her daughter, Catherine, who many historians believe was an illegitimate child of Henry VIII.  That may explain my obsession with the British monarchy…

3.  I have many favorite movies, but if I had to pick just one it would be “A League of Their Own”.  I always feel inspired after watching it.  My favorite Christmas movie is “Christmas Vacation”.

4.  I have been working on knitting a blanket for my mom for 2 years now.  It will be finished in 2011.  It has taken wayyyy longer than it should have, especially since I’ve been unemployed for 10 months of that (not all at once though).

5.  I have an orange belt in kickboxing.

6.  As a result of #5, I can break your arm and kick through a block of wood.

7.  Paris is my favorite city on the planet.  Whenever I’m there, I feel like I’m home.  Past life maybe?  My husband feels the same way.

8.  I used to HATE doughnuts when I was a kid.  Now I love them, but don’t eat them.

9.  I lived in Japan for 6 months for my husband’s work.  I’m sure many of you know this, but, oh well.

10.  I don’t like talking on the phone and much prefer to text.

11.  Things irritate me very easily.  I am working on this.

12.  I am a grammar/spelling freak.  I’m not saying I am always correct, but I nitpick when other people use improper grammar/spelling.  My husband hates this.

13.  He thinks I missed my calling as an English teacher.  He also thinks I could be a chef, but it turns out that culinary school is a little too expensive.

14.  I used to spend money like it grew on trees.  Now I have to be wrestled for every dollar I part with.

15.  The longest I have worked at any job since graduating college is a year and a half.  I get bored.

16.  I hate when people talk about politics.  Most of the time they have no idea what they are talking about and it always leads to disagreements.

17.  I hate when people try to push religion on me.  I also hate when people talk excessively about their religion and bring it up in every conversation.  You are entitled to believe whatever you want, I just don’t want to hear about it every time I talk to you.

18.  I also can’t stand people who always talk about their children.  Do you have a life besides them?  Maybe this is because I don’t have any and maybe I will be just like them if I have children someday.  Sherri, this is not about you 😉

19.  It makes me very angry when people are consistently late.  If you are going to be somewhere, be there within 5 minutes of when you said you would.  Don’t waste my time.

20.  I’m a registered Republican voter.

21.  Even though I hate political talk, I’m going to do it right now.  I think this country has fallen far from what our Founding Fathers intended.  Times change, but the ideals are still applicable.  They are probably rolling in their graves.  Don’t tread on me!

22.  I make my own laundry detergent and it rocks.

23.  I wish I owned less stuff.  I am going to work hard on accomplishing that in 2011.

24.  I used to be a complete slob.  Now clutter stresses me out.

25.  I feed my cats no-grain cat food.  They eat like I do and the change in their behavior and coats has been remarkable.

26.  Last month, we bought 1/4 grass-fed beef.

27.  I had three majors in college: International Business Management, Marketing and Management.  I also had a minor in Spanish, among other things.

28.  I met Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

29.  I used to be Vice President of the Bee Gees Fan Club for people under 21.

30.  I ate chicken testicles in Japan.

31.  I was a vegetarian for one year.  I gained weight and felt very low on energy, even though I was very careful about my nutrient balances.  I need meat.

Hope you enjoyed learning some things you didn’t know about me.  If I don’t manage to blog again in the next two days, have a very Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 10:16 am  Comments (2)