That was a big steak I ate yesterday. Granted, it was my choice to prioritize quality (grass-fed) over appropriateness of portion size (most of the custom-cut meats were conventional). In the end, some combination of my standards and my American appetite won out, and I enjoyed every bite. For what it's worth, I chose the smallest ribeye I could find.
In an effort to balance my diet a bit, I thought I would cut back on meat today. I had initially set my mind on protein fasting, but when I started feeling weak and instinctively stalking the birds in the garden out back, I decided otherwise. A protein fast is simply a period of time when one avoids eating all protein. As Dave Asprey discusses in The Bulletproof Diet, there are certain health benefits of doing so. If the topic of protein fasting interests you, check out his blog post about it.
...But tonight, my body--microbiota included--asked for meat and I intended to heed their call. Luckily, I had just snagged a can of Scottish pilchards to have on hand, just in case. What was a pilchard, exactly? I wasn't quite sure. Suffice it to say, I spared that pheasant out in the garden for one more day.
Whether at home or on the road, I'm always on the lookout for seasonal produce. When I left home, our rhubarb leaves were just starting to unfurl. Today, I snatched some rhubarb stalks with plans for a compote, of sorts.
Other exciting finds:
I have already talked a bit about apples--but wait, there's more! That large green orb is a Bramley's Seedling. It is, to British cooking apples, what the Cox's Orange Pippin is to dessert apples. While I didn't get around to using my Bramley this evening, it and the rhubarb shared a common destiny--one you might read about tomorrow.
Last but not least, would any self-respecting food blog be even slightly credible without mention of kale? What did domesticated humans even eat before kale was unanimously declared everyone's least favorite smoothie ingredient? Right...lettuce. I found some of that too!
This is what I made for dinner:
Scottish Pilchard and Avocado Salad
Steamed Dinosaur Kale with Clarified Butter
Whipped Sweet Potato with Coconut Oil and (you guessed it) Clarified Butter
I enjoyed this meal just as much as all the others--and now we all know that pilchards are just sardines in a fancy can. I like to change up my macronutrient (carb, fat, protein) intake and today was a carb day. Just as everything in nature cycles, I must also cycle. When I was really low carb for weeks--and then months--I didn't feel good. When I was really high-carb for 27 years, I got ulcerative colitis. It's all about balance. I don't mean to suggest that carbohydrates alone made me ill, but I'd surely bet that the types and amounts I consumed daily were not helping.
Thanks, again, for participating in my journey!
In good health,
I'm Ethan, a guy whose life used to be controlled by ulcerative colitis. As I systematically tested diets, treatments, and all types of health advice to heal my colon, I learned a lot about my own biology and also how to cook without compromise. I'm here to share the best (and sometimes worst) of that journey with you.