Posts tagged fat
Posts tagged fat
The one on top is the end piece from my paleo almond butter bread (not toasted), with some arugula salad on top, and paleo chopped liver on top of that. Bottom piece is toasted, with the chopped liver on first, and then topped with arugula salad. Click the links to see recipes.
I fried the liver and onions in duck fat! So this is an ultra rich meal! It doesn’t take many of these to fill you up. And believe it or not, all that luxurious organic fat is REALLY good for you!
By the way, if you’ve ever had pate, or foie gras, but you say you hate chopped liver, that means you’ve never had chopped liver, because the taste is near identical. Don’t judge it by the name and look, this tastes AMAZING! Ugga-Bugga!
Why do you cook with olive oil? Is sauté temp lower than OO smoke point? I don’t know a lot about it. Hoping you can shed some light.
From what I’ve learned (especially from fellow tumblr Your Healthista) it’s nearly impossible to turn olive oil into trans fat on an average stove top, but some (like me) still feel more comfortable cooking it at very low temps. For higher temps I like to use organic animal fat (rendered from healthy animals), avocado oil, or coconut oil. I love the taste of olive oil, and use it a lot, especially raw (like in my paleo mayo). But on occasion I cook with it for high temps too, like when cooking shrimp, or browning meatballs.
My education never ends. Just when I think I know all about the Caveman Diet, I realize just one piece of wrong information and I can wind up eating the wrong thing for a year!
I don’t remember where I got my original research, but for some reason I thought sunflower oil was paleo. Well, it is, but it isn’t. The thing is, the sunflower seed is, but the amount of oil one would use in a single meal is like eating a thousand seeds, and the Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio is way out of balance. Too bad, because I used sunflower oil a lot because of it’s high smoke point, and neutral flavor. I did all my high heat frying in it, and used it for my paleo mayo!
BUT, it’s not all bad news for me. Turns out, cooking with olive oil isn’t as bad as I once thought. I’ve been scared off by olive oil’s low smoking point, and warned to death that if you cook it on high heat, it turns to trans fat (that’s the bad fat, folks), and defeats the whole purpose of eating a healthy oil. Well, it does turn to trans fat… eventually. Like if it’s cooked for a long time, on high heat. But the average cook, cooking the average meal, even on high heat, would be hard pressed to cook olive oil long enough to turn it into trans fat. Good news, because I love the flavor of olive oil. And I will return to browning my meatballs in olive oil, the way my imaginary Italian Grandmother used to!
Unfortunately, paleo mayo made with olive oil doesn’t taste as good as the sunflower version (although my little modern cavegirl tells me she uses plain olive oil, which has a milder flavor than EVOO), but maybe I’ll try avocado oil, which is a wonder oil, and has a very high smoke point, so even if you’re still skeptical about olive oil, you can safely fry with it. The downside, it’s as expensive as shit (where’d that expression come from? Shit’s not expensive at all, dogs are practically giving it away). But I think I’ll invest in a bottle next time I make mayo.
Actually, the best fat of all to cook with is animal fat from a healthy animal, like pasture raised cows, chickens, and especially pigs! That’s right, organic lard is one of the healthiest things around! Go figure. And what’s even better than that is if you can get your hands on some wild duck fat! Healthy animals produce healthy fat, perfect for caveman consumption. If you’re more primal than paleo, organic ghee (clarified butter) is recommended, but I’d still like to stay away from dairy, even if all the lactose is removed.
I have to unlearn everything I learned in my life B.C. (Before Caveman). I have to get over the thought that too much animal fat is bad for me. Yes, if I’m buying factory farmed meat from the average supermarket, it is bad for me, but if the animal is raised like nature intended, it’s GREAT for me!
Thanks to Leah from Your Nutritionista for opening my eyes. She’s got a great website and blog, so please check her out. Not completely paleo, but still, she preaches healthy, local, non-processed, REAL food. And I’m all for that! Ugga-Bugga!
I’m not a chef. I’m not even a cook. I’m a writer. One day while writing a screenplay, I had to do some research on what tribal people ate. Tons of sites appeared in my Google search for something called The Caveman Diet (also called The Paleo Diet). There were many books available, and tons of free information on the internet as well, and I was fascinated with what I found.
Did you know that cavemen didn’t have cancer? They didn’t have heart disease. They didn’t have diabetes. They didn’t even have tooth decay! Incredible, but true. This healthy constitution was directly related to their diet. ”Yeah, jerk-wad, but Cavemen only lived until 30!” Well, that’s not because of what they ate, it’s because they were constantly being chased by lions. Their lives were much harder than ours and they aged much quicker. They died of things like infection from wounds, or old age, but mostly they were eaten by lions (and other predators). But their diet was perfect for their genetic makeup. Well, turns out that our genetic makeup today is exactly the same. That’s right, we have not changed our genetic makeup in millions of years. The things I read about were eye opening. I’ll let you read what I read (http://www.earth360.com/diet_paleodiet_balzer.html), but it turns out that agriculture and cultivation is only about 10,000 years old, and it has helped form today’s modern diet. It has also brought a ton of health problems like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes because our bodies weren’t built to eat things that are not edible raw, like legumes. That’s right, beans are not edible raw, they’re toxic. The same goes for grains, like wheat! But around 10,000 years ago, they figured out how to expand our food supply by cooking out most toxins and making more things edible. Things like beans and potatoes. But not all of the toxins can be cooked out, and the slow build up of the remaining toxins has also meant late life disease.
So basically the Caveman Diet consists of anything organic that is edible raw (with a few exceptions). Unlike the Raw Diet, you can cook things on the Caveman Diet, but the rule is it has to be edible in its raw state. So no beans, peanuts, wheat, potatoes, etc. It’s not a coincidence that the main food allergies of today are peanuts, wheat, and dairy. Dairy is edible raw for many of us, but the Caveman would never have access to it. We are the only animals that drink other animals’ milk, which is why many people are lactose intolerant. Here’s another good link that explains things: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Paleo-Diet
I was a thin kid, always in pretty good shape, and then age set in, and I started developing a gut, and the usual puffiness most of us go through with aging. By the way, I’m 44. A few years ago, I decided to go on camera for a web series I was producing, so I started exercising and dieting to lose weight. I became low carb crazed and started looking for ways to replace all the pizza and pasta I love so much (I mean come on, I’m from Brooklyn, I gotta have pizza, fuhgeddaboudit!), with low carb substitutes. I found all the good products and became quite a good low carb cook. Even thought about opening a “Low Carb Cafe.” I started around 190 pounds and reached a plateau at about 175-170. No one would look at me and say I was fat. But I wasn’t quite skinny either, more like normal for a guy in his late 30’s early 40’s. And that was my diet for about three years. Lots of low carb wraps, and tons of products with Splenda!
Then I accidentally found the Caveman Diet without even looking for a new diet plan. I realized how many chemicals I was ingesting. Tons! The Caveman Diet plan promised so many things like clear skin (always had a pimple or two going at all times), and massive weight loss, including the stubborn gut, which low carb never made a dent in. And LESS exercise! What lazy bastard doesn’t love that?! I wasn’t really concerned too much with weight loss though, because like I said, I was happy with my low carb weight. But what interested me the most was the promise of NO DIABETES. I’m a Brooklyn Jew, diabetes comes with our birth certificate. I have it on both sides of my family, and I was imagining it was only a matter of time for me to get it as well. And when you have no health insurance through work like me (I’m an independent contractor, and most of my writing gigs fall through the cracks of the unions), the thought of preventative care through food was very appealing. So I thought I’d give it a try for 2 weeks to a month.
Well, in one month of eating pure food, I lost about 15 pounds, my skin cleared up and people thought I had cancer. They were worried for me because of the rapid weight loss. But I had never felt or looked better in my life. Not only that, I had always had high blood pressure. I’m not a big medicine taker in general, so I never went on things like Lipitor, instead taking the approach of awaiting for the inevitable stroke. Well, in one month, my blood pressure is better than normal, it’s ideal! And guys, better blood flow leads to other benefits too (maybe I should be saying this to the ladies instead). Without getting into the gory details, let’s just say if every man was on this diet, Viagra would be bankrupted over night.
In the weeks that followed I lost another 10 pounds or so, and I’m now around 150, which is what I weighed in high school!!! My skin stayed clear, and I wish I would have known about this at 15, it would’ve saved me a lot of grief. I have more energy than ever before, and despite the fact I exercise less, I have more muscle mass than ever before! And the best news is, I EAT LIKE A KING!!!! In an average week I eat glorious dishes like baby back ribs, fried chicken, burgers, shrimp scampi, and many others, where I’ve figured out how to cook without the use of salt, sugar, wheat, dairy, etc, and still make the food flavorful, delicious, and above all, HEALTHY!
I will be describing what I eat, and how I cook it over the course of this blog, but for now, read up on the actual diet plan I followed, and continue to follow. I have no deal with these links, they have no idea who I am, but I wanted to give them credit for opening my eyes to a world that has changed my life drastically. I am now a Caveman!!! Ugga-bugga!!!!