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Back on the wagon with pecan flour bread …

I have fallen off the wagon a few times in the past. And got right back on every time. And never before have I experienced the negative effects of grain on my body like this last fall.

I have started to get a gout-like-pain in my right hip. Which steadily got worse over the last few days. (It’s just so easy to revert back to old ways and include pasta, bread, rice, potatoes and sugar in their traditional forms …) And the light dawned on me as it got increasingly more difficult to get up and walk normally (not like the lurching undead we see in the movies), I couldn’t even sleep on my right side without having this piercing pain in my hip. GRAIN and SUGAR. GRAIN. SUGAR. Damn.

Since cutting back on most of the poison mentioned above, I have been able to walk more like I have my wits about me – painless and not lurching at all.

Enter: the pecan bread.

quick pecan loaf

 

Last night I baked this small flattish bread. I recon it would work as well in the microwave (2 minutes on high) as in the oven, I baked it @ 180 degrees C in a silicone bread form in the oven till the knife came out smooth – about 20 minutes.

The original recipe:

150 g almond flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp oil

2 eggs

salt

Mix and bake.

I substituted the almond for pecan flour and used olive oil. This mix was a little dry and in haste I added a little bit of cream – this made it a bit more moist. Also, I did not add enough salt, so I will add a little more to my avocado topping.

All in all, not bad.

Back on the wagon with less pain. This is definitely the way I need to go to reach a ripe old age of 60.

Butter(Pecan)Nut

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Cooking

 

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Old story then?

On 8 December 2013, the following article was published:

Heart surgeon declares on what really causes heart illness

Allow me to highlight a few important bits:

“The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.”

“The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.”

“Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.”

“Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.”

“What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.”

“There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state.”

“The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.”

“Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.”

Well, then ….

Butternut

PS: Dr. Dwight Lundell has also been listed on Quackwatch on 8 February 2013 as not to be trusted. NOW there’s more Doctors and qualified researchers saying the same thing. One wonders if this listing will be reviewed now that evidence proves Dr Lundell to be right.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Cooking, Ramblings

 

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BPC makes you bulletproof …

BulletProofCoffee is basically coffee with a combination of coconut oil/butter/cream.

BPC

*Sorry for the blurry photo, it was taken VERY early this morning …

I never would have thought that I’d drink coffee with butter, never mind like it. I ♥ it!! I drink one or two cups early morning and then have brunch at about 11 – 12 am. No more early morning munchies or hunger pains, it’s enough to keep me going for hours. Fat feeds, obviously.

Here’s how I make mine:

1 heaped teaspoon coffee, 1 heaped teaspoon Xylitol, big blob of double thick cream, sliver of butter and some gelatine powder. pour some boiling water over and stir quite a bit to get the butter dissolved. Drink before it gets cold.

You can even add some vanilla/caramel essence/extract if you’d like.

Yum Yum.

Butternut

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Cooking, Ramblings

 

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To “bant” or not to “bant” …

… is that the question?

If we go with well known answers, it would be: 42. But that doesn’t really answer the question, does it?

Borrowed from Goodhousekeeping.co.za

Borrowed from Goodhousekeeping.co.za

What I believe:

1. FULL cream for living life to the fullest. I like this idea.

2. Go back to nature. Live life as clean and simple and natural as you can. Stay away from processed foods where you don’t know or trust what’s been added to the product.

3. Grain is bad for you. Due to genetic manipulation for bigger crop yields to feed the masses, grain (wheat/maize/oats/rice/etc) is not what it used to be before WWII and it’s not good for you. (The same might apply very soon to nuts with the current shift in replacing traditional flours in baking with nut flour.)

4. “Organic” is very, very expensive. “Organic” on the packaging might very well be a lie. Do the best you can with what is available within your budget.

5. Do what works for you. Eating two meals a day with full fat or eating 6 small meals with no fat, whatever.

6. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I know that eating 6 small meals a day (100 grams of Foreman’ed chicken strips/steak/biltong/tuna with a scoop of broccoli every 2.5 hours) worked like a charm for me, but fuck after 2 months of that I can’t even look at broccoli anymore). And the moment you stop, you return to old habits and pick it up all over again. And more.

7. LCHF/banting is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of living. And if you drop weight with the new way of doing things, all the better.

8. Dieting is a temporary measure; if you make a lifestyle adjustment and don’t deprave yourself of “all things bad”, if should not be difficult to keep up.

9. Seeing the results of stable sugar, reduced cholesterol levels, reduced inflammation and arthritis from banters on Facebook is motivating. Again, it doesn’t work for everyone, but a lot of them have dropped all kinds of medication (under dr’s supervision) due to living healthier.

10. Google is your friend. Read, read, read. Do your own research. Make your mind up for yourself. Find alternatives if something doesn’t work.

11. As LCHF or banting takes the world by storm, it should be easier to get appropriate meals in restaurants. Following this:

12. It should not ruin your life or stop you from enjoying time with friends, eating out, etc. It should not (according to me) be the end-all of everything. You need to relax and take things in your stride. It’s not worth stressing about.

13. Enjoy whatever you do. Find joy in making things yourself that you’ve always bought.

I recon this will be a learning curve for me as well. And somehow we will all come to our own answer.

(And maybe even find out what the ultimate question is …)

Butternut

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Cooking, Ramblings

 

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Holy shit, I’m a sugar-slut!!

I’m trying very, very hard to Bant. Or then, as others say: LCHF (low carb high fat). Not as a diet, as a lifestyle change.

I don’t have a problem eating fat: I love avocado, fat on steak and biltong, butter and cream (I’m very partial to dairy, being a milkman’s granddaughter). I know I should stay away from sugar and carbs, having a enlarged fatty liver and suspected diverticulosis/diverticulitis. I have no problem replacing bread and pasta with banting-friendly options like almond-flour- or cream cheese bread and zucchini spirals.

What gets me everytime: SUGAR!!!

Sugar

I experience times when nothing is sweet enough. I can eat a whole tin of condensed milk or a slab of chocolate and not cringe. I can go through a packet of koeksusters like a hot knife through butter. At times I am willing to run down any sugary product that passes me slow enough to catch – using “run” in the loosest sense of the word. I suspect it has something to do with my insulin levels and emotional eating. Yes, I am one of those. I eat when I’m emotional.

In short, I have no problem following a LCHF lifestyle. I just need to overcome this sugar addiction I have. Yes, my name is Butternut and I am addicted to sugar.

I found this link on Facebook this morning: 15 ways to beat sugar cravings on a low carb diet.

I am going to incorporate those directions in my LCHF lifestyle as best I can.

1. Eat sufficient amounts of protein and include it to every meal. Eggs & meat it is then, in any form, with veggies from the green list.

2. Don’t be afraid of fat. That, luckily, I am not. Although, to speed up the weight loss, it is advised to cut out dairy as fats.

3. Don’t starve yourself. Fat keeps you fuller for longer and I will add as many veggies as needed from the green list.

4. Eat frequently. If you eat enough according to the Banting-plan, you should only be eating twice a day I read. But for managing insulin levels, eating more frequently should stabilize your sugar levels.

5. Always choose whole foods over processed foods. Much can be said and proved about how bad preservatives are for us and I would like to follow a more natural lifestyle. Back to basics then: eat fresh and make it yourself.

6. Drink plenty of water. Don’t drown your kidneys though, but up your water intake. Clean fresh water. And try to stay away from sodas (with this one I will have a slight problem – I drink Coke Zero every day).

7. Take supplements to beat sugar cravings. This I did not know and haven’t researched yet: “Certain supplements can help you fight sugar cravings. These include chromium,
L‑Carnitine, L‑Glutamine, omega oils and green tea extract.”. I will drink salmon oil (omega 3) every day and see if this helps. I am not a fan of drinking pills.

8. Approach artificial sweeteners with caution. Where needed I will use small amounts of Xylitol and try to stay away from soda. This I must. Try. Really.

9. Don’t have caffeine. I am not a big coffee lover, although a cuppa at the right time does wonders for my soul.

10. Get enough sleep. I find that when I’m tired, I tend to eat all the wrong things all the time. Eating “cleaner” might help getting a good snooze in, I hope. And more sex.

11. Stay away from temptations. I will have to have a talk with the other shoppers in the house about this one.

12. Exercise regularly. *blegh* I am not very partial to exercise and I hate sweating. I leave home in the early hours of the morning and come home late most nights. And I am tired. Cutting out sugar and carbs may fix this. I might just have to do motre natural exercises (a.k.a. sex) more often. And it makes me feel good, too!!

13. Do not reward yourself with food. Damn!! Food will not be a treat anymore. I will stick to banting-friendly options when I feel like a snack. Hopefully the weight loss and feeling better will be reward enough.

14. Don’t give in to emotional hunger. Double-damn!! repeat no 13.

15. Follow the guidelines of your low-carb diet precisely. GREEN LIST only!!!

*sigh* Yeah, yeah. I know it will be good for me and I know I will feel better and (hopefully even) look better. But warra-warra-warra-bah-humbug!

I will try. And hopefully beat this addiction to sugar and live better.

See you on the other side!!

Butternut

PS: One addiction at a time. One day at a time. One step every time.

 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Cooking, Ramblings

 

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Call it what you want . . .

. . . but it’s banting and it’s easy and it works.

2 minute microwave bread

1 egg

100 ml almond flour

2 tablespoons melted butter

pinch of salt

Mix and microwave for 2 minutes.

*Recipe from one of the Facebook Banting groups I belong to

 

I doubled the recipe and made 2 “buns”. This recipe seems to be very forgiving: I’ve taken a 3/4 cup of almond flour in the doubling process, only remembered the salt after the 1st one was already in the microwave.

For dinner, I cut each bun in half to make 4 thinner slices which I popped into the toaster. It toasts very nicely. They were then used as buns for homemade hamburger patties with cheese melted over.

*They slightly disintegrated around the hamburger when we tried to hold them as such, but overall a very nice “slice” if you feel like bread.

 

Enjoy!

Butternut

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Cooking

 

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I am in love …..

….. with toasted pecans.

Since starting down the healthier-eating-staying-away-from-carbs-road, I have moved over to the banting way of doing things. I’ve bought the Real Meal Revolution book of which Tim Noakes is a co-writer.

So, on and off I’d bake/make things – staying away from obvious carbs and sugar. Cheesy bread with almond flour, lemon cheesecake fat bombs, chocolate mouse with cocoa and chia seeds, cream cheese clouds, etc. Most of the recipies I found from the different Facebook groups (and there’s hundreds!).

So far so good. Not really shredding of the kg’s but I seem to be losing some cm’s.

This past weekend I roasted some pecans in the oven (160-190 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes) and then blitzed them to get them fine. I was on my way to make pecan butter. My own. My own Pecan Butter.

Raw pecans

When roasted, they become darker and smell completely different.

Courtesy of Tony Chachere

Photo from Tony Chachere

Little did I know that I was digging my own grave. I nibbled on some of the roasted pecans while waiting for them to cool off. Oh My Soul!!!! They are divine! (I wanted to grab the whole tray and find a hiding place in which I could devour the lot of them!)

Be sure you blitz them in a closed food processor or in a deep container as those little bits of escaping pecans fly all over the place. I stuck with the stick blender in a deep container and squished the roasted pecans into submission.

My own pecanbutterI added 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and ground some Himalyan salt over and gave it a final blend.

I think I died and went to heaven. I can not stop eating this stuff!

Nut(ted)Butter

PS: I ordered the pecans from TheBantingLifestyle @ R200/kg and man, was their delivery quick!!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Cooking

 

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