Perquisitor

A thorough inquiry

Oats

I don’t often eat during the day, and this is a snack that I would make in the evening, but I was hungry this morning so here it is in traditional breakfast format:

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  • 1/2c steel-cut oats (Alberta-grown, organic)
  • 1/4c frozen raspberries (added when the oats were a few minutes away from being done)
  • 1/2tsp organic fair-trade cocoa powder (not enough! more next time)
  • 1 banana
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Beef Potpourri

Grass-fed ground beef, red cabbage, lentils, asparagus

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Spicy Beef and Red Cabbage

Grass-fed ground beef, salsa, red cabbage, rice (gasp)

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Summer-time Chuck Roast

Hoven Farms chuck, spicy BBQ sauce, green beans, corn, rice

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Garlic Steak

Hoven Farms New York Strip, confit of garlic, kale, bacon

You Don’t Have To Eat That

If you believe that one should eat every three hours to avoid metabolic slow-down, you might be interested in hearing  what Martin Berkhan and Mark Sisson have to say on the matter. But even if you accept that there might be more to the metabolism story than ‘stoking the fire’, what does that mean for someone who wants to eat healthy on a daily basis without implementing one of the several different Intermittent Fasting protocols?

I think there’s a clear answer: choose to skip meals on occasion that would otherwise be unhealthy. You get access to some of the benefits that Mark talks about above (brain health, longevity, weight loss, anti-carnogenic effects), piled on top of the accomplishment of avoiding poor food choices. I can think of plenty of occasions where I now no longer feel the need to ‘grab a bite’: road trips, airports, busy weekends, running errands. No need to tote around a cooler of healthy snacks, just relax and have a coffee or water instead!

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Beef Curry

Grass-fed Alberta beef from Hoven Farms, coconut milk curry. Need a bulk source for turmeric.

Intermittent Fasting

It’s been about a year or so that I’ve been following an eating pattern called Intermittent Fasting (IF). My first exposure to this (and I’m sure many others) was through Martin Berkhan’s site Leangains. Later research led me to Ori Hofmekler’s books, the first of which being The Warrior Diet, and my favourite, Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat. The basic idea is to improve body composition (muscle mass relative to fat mass), but there are plenty of other potential benefits.

I’ll get into details later on about my experience, what I’ve learned so far, and what I still need to figure out. At the very minimum I’m now freed from the worry of missing meals. I think this is a hugely practical takeaway that anyone can benefit from, whether or not they’re interested in physique development.

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Roast Chicken and Kale

Frenched chicken roasted in a cast-iron skillet served with kale chips.