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Wednesday, 20 January 2016
The Bleak Midwinter
Topic: Nutrition and food safety

In the Bleak Midwinter...

One of my favorite Chirstmas carols, but in reality, the harshest of times on the physical self. No sun, too many carbohydrates in the food, sedentary lifestyle...

We've all gained too much weight, because of our excesses. We need to seriously look at discarding some of those excesses and, it's true, the only way you can lose fat is to eliminate carbohydrates. Meaning, we have nutritional needs that indicate we have to take in enough protein to make new cells and correct micronutirents and vitmains to permit needed biochemical reactions. But we all eat too many carbohydrates that are really only needed for immediate energy,and if immediate energy isn't called for, then the carbohydrates are efficiently stored as fat. That's an evolutionary reality.

Do you assess yourself as having too much stored fat? Is your belly bulging? When you lie down, does fat protrude above your pelivs? Or in very commensense terms—do your clothes from last year now seen—too tight? When you look in the mirror with your arms outstretched, are there fat pads hanging? Sideways, does your abdomen protrude? That's too much fat. And the only way to loose it, is to eliminate unesceassary calories that are carbohydrates.

Here's a trio of ideas for the Bleak Midwinter--that meet nutritional needs, but cut the carbohydrates a bit.

Meatloaf Stew- 4-6 servings



All the flavors of meatloaf but in a stew in the crockpot. 6 servings

Prep the crockpot with oil.

Brown 2 lbs. lean ground beef (grassfed beef preferred)

Combine with :

1 (14.5 oz) can of petite diced tomotes and 1 can of Golden Mushroom or Beefy Mushroom Soup,

2 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce,

4 carrots, cut up

1 small potato, diced

4 celery sticks, chopped

2 cups frozen, chopped green beans

Mix together and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.

Salmon Patties- Makes 4


Who doesn't love Salmon Patties over a Romaine lettuce salad?

Salmon Patties are made with :

1 can of Red Sockeye Salmon

2 eggs

1 celery stick, finely chopped

1 Tbsp finely chopped onion

1 Tsp. dried dill or to taste

Freshly ground Pepper to taste

Dijon Mustard and/or Lemon juice for additional flavor profile, 1 Tsp 

Fresh parsley, optional

Combine above , then divide into 4 patties. Fry in olive oil. The egg will “bind” the patties, but if you favor extra “crunch”, lightly dust both sides of the patties before frying, with corn flake crumbs.

Serve over Romaine with lemon juice, drizzle with dill sauce, a little hard cheese? 

Turkey Taco Salad for 2 adults



Ridiculously simple low carb.

Brown 12-16 oz.  ground turkey, add 1 green pepper, diced and ½ small onion and cook through.

Use 1 packet of a low carb taco seasoning mix, and water as directed to prepare the turkey taco.

Meanwhile, dress Romaine lettuce with olive oil and vinegar dressing and plate.

Add the cooked turkey taco on top, dividing between the two plates

Add a bit of  shredded Mexican cheese and a dollop each Plain Yogurt and guacamole on top.

Add some chopped black olives, if desired.

Embrace the low carb and see a few pounds, depending upon your zeal, of fat disperse. To lose fat, it only requires some strict elimination of carbohydrates, NOT  elimination of essential protein and micronutrients.


Posted by Karen at 19:26 CST
Updated: Saturday, 26 March 2016 16:29 CDT
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