Bring It ON! (Fat, that is!)

Look what I had for breakfast yesterday:

This was:

  • 2 pieces of organic, free-range (pork) bacon (from Whole Paycheck)
  • 2 organic, cage-free eggs (also from Whole Paycheck) cooked in bacon fat

This meal was inspired by both Heather’s manly breakfast and my acupuncturist. It seems that my new motto is “eat more animal fat“, and it is working for me. Some people seem to do fine without – my sister is a vegetarian/vegan and my brother is vegetarian and experimenting with adding in more raw foods. My mom was a vegetarian for most of her 20’s (including when she was pregnant with me!) and my dad follows the accidental vegetarian diet because he lives with so many vegetarians.

My dad actually ends up eating more meat than the rest of them (in the form of lunch-meat on sandwiches, the occasional meat chili, and sometimes some bacon on the weekends), and… well – I take after my dad. We look alike, we talk alike, we think alike, and when we hang out together we usually end up working on some project (reorganizing something, or nitpicking about the way something has been put together, or making a mess unintentionally as we try to fix something) and not talking that much – but that’s how we like it.

Anyway, this is not about what we do, but rather how our food needs might be similar as well. That side of my family has digestion troubles (to put it mildly!) and I seem to have inherited them. They flare up when I am not eating meat. (Last time my stomach felt good was when I was driving across the country – and eating meat at almost every meal.)

Anyway, onto another meal (dinner).

This was…

  • organic ground lamb from Whole Foods (you actually can’t see it much, but I probably had 4-5 ounces)
  • garlic + frozen veggies (broccoli and an Asian stir fry mix) cooked in coconut oil
  • topped with cream cheese (this is full fat by the way)
  • spices: pepper, ginger powder, cinnamon

This is anΒ acupuncture-inspired meal. He said to try eating lamb, lightly spiced. Also garlic (good for digestion), ginger (warming and good for digestion), and cinnamon (just good – I don’t remember why). He also recommended coconut oil, so I threw that in there as well.

I made this beauty for lunch yesterday:

It was…

  • veggies cooked in remaining bacon fat and coconut oil (frozen broccoli, fresh okra, green peas)
  • cream cheese topping

Coconut oil is a great source of saturated fat (NOT always bad for you), great for the skin, doesn’t create harmful byproducts when heated, reduces stress, and aids in weight loss (these are just google results).

Speaking of weight loss… Did I mention I lost 2-3 of those pesky intenSati pounds? This happened in one week, and I didn’t eat fewer calories (if anything I ate more). What I did was eat more fat (and meat) and fewer carbs (but not no carbs! I still had lots of oatmeal and rice, and of course many many veggie carbs). Fat can be really good for you.

I am actually off to a blogger brunch that has been postponed for far too long… So I’ll update on that later.

What are you plans for Valentine’s day? We actually don’t know yet!!

27 Replies to “Bring It ON! (Fat, that is!)”

  1. I think your acupuncturist wants to give you heat with lamb, ginger and the rest. That’s great if you have heat deficient (obviously he thinks you’re). And to warm down there (belly) is great to have red dates, longan and brown sugar! πŸ™‚
    I love your new motto! πŸ˜€

  2. We’re not too sure about plans either. Maybe just lay low on Sunday and do something together Tuesday?

    Glad you’re starting to feel better! I love that dollup of cream cheese on top of veggies idea!! I’ve gotta try that!

  3. Maggie,
    I love this post! I think your acupuncturist is a wise soul, and I’m so glad you’re feeling good. You are so so right my friend. I truly do believe that some folks can thrive on a vegan diet, but it’s not for everyone. Nor is eating bacon and cream cheese, but it works for me. πŸ™‚
    Love you, and I hope you have fun at your brunch. CD and I are dining with my parents for Valentine’s Day. So romantic, huh?

  4. We love our coconut oil πŸ™‚ Glad to see that you are listening to your body! I am one of those whose bodies can not digest meat very well, but that is ok with me. I love my high raw lifestyle πŸ™‚ Everything looks delicious!

  5. oh I am so in love with you and HEAB’s fat love as of late. It tends to get SUCH a bad rep but it’s so important to our bodies! I know it definitely became a bit (okay, a HUGE) “fear” of mine but as I’ve incorporated more of it in to my life i’ve seen nothing but positive changes. Woo lipids!

  6. i am one of the ones who is struggling with plan – just suffered through 2 weeks on low carb and had to give it up for now – felt so lousy – but today i am wanting to eat everything in sight – help!!

  7. The sushi restaurant I went to is Tenzan on West 73rd St. (they have other locations as well). It’s seriously my fave sushi spot in the city. Let me know if you ever want to meet up there sometime:)

  8. Glad to hear you’re feeling so much better! I love my fats πŸ™‚
    It’s such a misconception that fats are bad for you, and technically they have nothing to do with the fat on your body. I think it’s all about the TYPE of fat you’re consuming. If you eat a ton of processed stuff, then yes, your body doesn’t know how to deal with it because it’s not meant as food.
    People think I’m so thin because of my mostly vegan diet and say it must be because I don’t get any sources of fat. Ummmmmm…trust me, I’m ashamed to admit it but I’ve gone through periods of meticulously tracking my nutrition and I know I easily can get 50% of my calories from fat in a day through nuts, nut butters, olive oil and coconut oil. And that also happens to be a staggering number of calories , but I know what my body needs. However, since all of those are natural fats, my body uses them for what it really needs. We’re very intelligently designed!
    I went on a major coconut oil kick a while ago and still use it for baking or cooking, but I cannot handle raw coconut oil. I was really persistant and was trying to even just eat it straight from the jar for a while or plopping it on oats with honey, but no matter what, I’d end up naseous and running back and forth from the bathroom for hours afterward. Not fun :\

    Acupuncture sounds really interesting, can’t wait to hear more about it!

  9. maggie, thanks for continuing to share your food-body findings! you are awesome. referring to the above commenter, i think its interesting how much people fear even healthy fats. i also get the vegetarian/non-fat stereotype. i love looking at people and telling them that i probably eat more peanut butter a day than they do in a week! just not in reeses form πŸ˜‰

    your acupuncturist sounds like he is into ayurveda?

  10. hey!
    i just came across your blog and i can’t wait to keep reading!
    i would love it if you could check out mine and follow πŸ™‚

  11. Love this post Maggie πŸ™‚ I’m with ya on eating animal fats and proteins. I had a giant burger last night, and didn’t even want the bun. My friends couldn’t believe I had eaten all that meat. But yes. I had. I just tried coconut oil recently and am enjoying it a lot!
    Have a great week!

  12. crap wanted to add….dont cook coconut oil over 350 it will oxidise and become rancid making it bad for you. i agree not all carbs are “bad” but people need to understand eat FOOD…if it is not food aka ingredients & animals provided by the earth then do not eat it…rant end lol

    i am so jealous, again, of the food you have access to i do not down here in the south πŸ™


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