what we eat…

I often see shocked faces when I tell folks what we eat. And it’s not the no-gluten thing… they are used to that! It’s the fat thing.

It is apparent that you can read something several times and the implications not register because of deep-seated beliefs.

Don’t worry. This is not completely your fault. Most people believe what the “experts” tell them. I know I sure did.

The sad thing is that those “experts” usually do not study for themselves. They simply take what their “experts” tell them and continue with their busy lives. This is how false ideas are propagated from generation to generation.

People do not purposely tell you wrong with intent to harm, but that is often the side-effect. They simply have not read the research.

Clint and I eat fat on purpose. Lots of it. We don’t have crazy genetics with a super-high metabolism in which we can eat crap food all day long and not gain an ounce, not even Clint.

Clint was skinny-fat when we began dating and has lost 20 pounds since increasing fat and decreasing carbohydrates in his diet. I was thick. The potential is there.

So here’s an average week in our lives, what we eat, if we exercise, and our average lifestyle choices. Our results are not unique and they are replicable. Try it for yourself and you’ll see.

We try to get between 8-9.5 hours of sleep per night. This resets our body and boosts our immune system. There are some interesting studies that show it impossible to cause cancer in rats who get 9.5 hours of sleep per night.

Breakfast is protein and fat. We eat bacon, sausage, eggs, burgers, and/or pork chops. I’m not picky as long as it’s quick. A cup or two of black coffee is also in order. This keeps us nice and full until lunch and prevents the blood sugar roller coaster that most experience with “carb-y” choices.

Lunch is usually burgers (meat-only) and broccoli, or something similar, and paleo hot chocolate. Lately, sauteing broccoli in bacon grease has been especially delicious! Avocado goes well here as does thinly sliced sweet potatoes, also fried in bacon grease. Clint does eat more carbs than I do, so he’ll eat some bananas or frozen blueberries. Anything simple and quick works.

Dinner might consist of ribs from The Smokehouse on Friday nights, hot chocolate, and sauteed kale. 

Food does not have to be complicated to be delicious. Our menu may sound boring to you, but we are two very busy on-the-go people. Different spice combinations are about as varied as I get at the moment.

This is how we make this work and maintain our success without any trouble. In the summer this will change, of course, when veggies and fruit are in-season.

Although I do not count or measure anything, I probably eat around 50-100 g of carbohydrate per day and Clint eats about 150-200 g of carbs.

We don’t supplement much because we eat so much grass-fed meat and get our vitamins and minerals from it. We do take vitamin D3 in the winter and fish oil occasionally.

We both try to workout two or three times per week. Weightlifting (squats, deadlifts, military press, bench press) is the go-to right now because of busy scheduling. I throw in a quick intense workout (also with weights) every so often to keep us conditioned.

As you can see, we eat lots of fat and we are not fat. We try to workout but do not despair if it doesn’t happen once and awhile. Depending on exercise to maintain weight loss is not a concern.

And we are not at an increased risk of getting heart disease because we eat fat. Nor are our triglycerides high (carbs do that more than fat).

Look around. Americans have decreased the amount of fat in their diets over the past 30 years. The “experts” told us that decreasing fat would prevent heart disease. Have you seen a decrease in heart disease? Heart disease is the number 1 killer in Benton County and February is Heart Health Awareness Month.

Don’t take my word for it. Read the research for yourself!

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