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Eggfest 2011 day 2

I was in a rush this morning so I will get 3 eggs fried on the grill with 3 bacon strips and 2 slices of American cheese to eat as a late morning meal/lunch. There are some stuff that is easy to find in Penn Station and other things impossible. For instance, breakfast before 11am is always easy to find, and they will make it the way you want! after 11? it’s as though breakfast never existed. finding a good low carb choice can be a struggle which is why I prefer to pack my own but if your morning was like mine (3 year old was up half the night with an ear ache, poor little guy 🙁 ) you grab what you can and prepare for the worst. Tonight I plan on making a type of Messy Meat Quiche for my wife. I will post a recipe if it is a success.

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Eggfest 2011 day 2

I was in a rush this morning so I will get 3 eggs fried on the grill with 3 bacon strips and 2 slices of American cheese to eat as a late morning meal/lunch. There are some stuff that is easy to find in Penn Station and other things impossible. For instance, breakfast before 11am is always easy to find, and they will make it the way you want! after 11? it’s as though breakfast never existed. finding a good low carb choice can be a struggle which is why I prefer to pack my own but if your morning was like mine (3 year old was up half the night with an ear ache, poor little guy 🙁 ) you grab what you can and prepare for the worst.

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Eggfest 2011

I’ve been inspired to copycat an “Eggspirience” for an undetermined amount of time by the one and only, Jimmy Moore. I read about Jimmy’s adventure back in 2010 and thought it was extreme and had to be dangerous …right? I mean a dozen eggs a day!?! Just butter and cheese? what the WHAT?!?! Anyway, of course I was wrong and secretly envious that Jimmy made the decision to change the direction of his weight loss and took the bull by the horns! He dropped about 20lbs within the month but even more interestingly, it normalized issues he was having with his blood sugar level. How Cool is that? If you would like to read about Jimmy’s ‘Eggfest’ Journey (and I truly recommend this) check out these links.

http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/tag/eggfest

One of the most interesting sections of Jimmy’s website is his 3 year dedication to documenting his meals so you can see what a real Low Carb lifer is eating – a must read

http://lowcarbmenu.blogspot.com/

Marc, why are you doing this? Well, I am doing this because I feel my system is out of whack from flip flopping on Low Carb and I feel this will ground me and let me start off with a running start. As Jimmy wrote to me via Twitter, ‘it gives you perspective on why you eat low-carb in the first place’ and I NEED that perspective. I can’t wait to lose the weight I have gained back but more importantly I can’t wait to feel the effects of better health from eating whole, real and rich foods. My wife is coming along with me on Atkins this time around and I applaud her. Since I am the only person who cooks in the house I will be making up some super yummy foods for her but for me, at least for the week yummy and cheesy omelets cooked in some awesome butter. I will search for grass-fed and local products this weekend. My plan is to get quickly on track and add in whole foods selectively all the while being on extended induction and in ketosis.

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Comfort food in a time of need

I have a cold and on induction that can be a rough time.  I have made it through in the past and this time I cooked up some of my favorite induction friendly staples to help me.  I had some leftover steak so I decided to make a starry but didn’t have any bell peppers or onions but I did have a zucchini!  I sliced it long-ways and into half moon pieces, maybe an 8th of an inch a piece.  Then I poured a nice amount of olive oil into a HOT pan, dropped the zucchini in and mixed until the pieces all had a nice shiny coating.  I added a pinch of seasalt and two (or three) pinches of black pepper.  Keep the pieces moving as this cooks up into a VERY simple and yummy dish.  When the skin begins to wrinkle or the flesh turns yellow/translucent they are done.  I put the pieces in a container with my sliced steak and a dash of soy sauce on top.  I just heated it up in the microwave ( brought it to work) and it is perfect!

I think the bottom line is that sometimes you need a good, hot meal to make you feel better and although this is no cure, it makes the bad times better.

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In search of sugar free cold remedies – I have a cold

Because of my professional I can’t take a day off without scheduling so pretty much I am going to go to work and be miserable today 🙁

Before going in though I am going to stop by Duane Reade and hopefully find a sugar free (and carbohydrate free) daytime medicine.  If you have any suggestions I would appreciate them.

The old me would be loading up on fruit juices and carbs but because that will only lead to my ultimate destruction I have packed a salad, some turkey meat balls and marinara and plan on getting about 90 oz of water in today.  It makes so much more sense to eat this type of clean food instead of all that sugar and flour.  Off to the LIRR – I look forward to hearing some form of remedies 🙂

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Is Eating Low Carb really more expensive?

The other day I was talking to my wife and I mentioned that I am at an early stage of this WOE where I am looking forward to making a steak and veg instead of buying a pizza.  She mentioned that she is proud of me (thanks honey) but it cost more to eat low carb.  Now I need to explain before I go on that I do all the shopping and cooking in the house, my wife chose to never learn to cook and instead is an amazing mother instead.  Bottom line is, she has no idea how much a this stuff costs and needed to be set straight, but was she right?  After thinking about it a bit I realized Low Carb APPEARS to look expensive because you spend the money at once instead of $6 for Taco bell, $14 for Pizza, etc but from what I can tell (at least my situation where we were eating take out or fast food several nights a week) it costs less! It’s amazing when you compare the amount of food you can cook and prepare for the week compared to how much it would cost if you were to eat out for the majority of those meals.  I live in NYC and a cheap salad is $7.50 and although I am able buy something while staying on my low Carb plan, the only reason I had to buy the salad was because I forgot one I prepared in the fridge.  To make a salad at home it may cost $10-$12 if you have nothing in your house but it will allow you to prep several salads, the one I bought today from Subway was lame in comparison.

It is important to look for deals though if you want to save money. I found a website which I religiously use each week to discover the good deals in my area and it has helped me save even more!  Check it out

http://www.mygrocerydeals.com

The cool thing about this site is you can search categories (Meat, fish, vegetables, etc) and omit things that are non-low carb sections such as Bakery or Dessert and just load up when the canned string beans are like $.75 a can.

Try it and let me know what you think!

PS – I am a fan of that site and have ZERO affiliation with them