How I Eat Now

It’s a strange thing to be eating so little, yet to be able to work so much and to have energy late into the evening.

Today I got up at 5;30, and had 2 cups of coffee, 1 with grass-fed butter and coconut oil in it, the other with raw milk and cream.

At 9:30 I had about a half cup yogurt with a tablespoon of maple syrup and a half teaspoon of finely ground free range egg shell (for calcium) because I was going out to fill a pulpit for a friend and I don’t like to get hungry when I’m not home – it’s very hard to find a snack I want to eat, these days.

The big meal of the day was around 1 pm. I had about 1 1/2 cups of an Italian-seasoned lamb stew I made 2 days ago. It had some beans and wild rice in it, along with onions and celery, in a watery broth. I also ate about 2 cups of salad using garden lettuce, with a homemade dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and some spices. I chased that with 4 dates stuffed with creme fraiche (soured cream), and 3 walnuts.

Somewhere in the afternoon, I had 2 small squares of Milky Way (about 3/4″ cubes). I also ate a 2 oz cold sausage. During the day I drank 2 12 oz tumblers of iced sun tea, one with a shot of vodka and a half shot of lemon juice, with a tablespoon of maple syrup. The other was plain.

In the evening I had about a half cup of strawberry-rhubarb sauce with a dollop of creme fraiche and 1/8 of a baked pie shell. After dinner, I had a glass of wine.

That’s amazingly little food. It’s no wonder I’ve lost 15 pounds over the last 2 1/2 months.

The secret is in the morning coffee, which satisfies me in a way that lets me severely limit my carbohydrate/starch/sugar consumption. I just don’t want the carbs anymore. And I’m finding I don’t even want a great amount of meat, though for a month or so I was pigging out on red meat and its fat. I was also drinking the raw milk throughout the day; now I generally don’t have any milk after my morning coffee.

The coffee secret is the butter and coconut oil. Every morning, I make a pot of coffee, then put a cup of coffee with a tablespoon of grass-fed cow butter and two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil in a blender. The resulting high-fat drink is both delicious and easily able to replace breakfast (at least, most mornings; occasionally I really want something, and I never deny myself food – thus the 2 Milky Way candies, which is something I rarely eat). The high-quality fats and micro-nutrients in the butter and coconut oil feed and fuel my cells, removing that yearning to eat. (Non-grassfed butter will not produce the same results; also, hand pressed coconut oil is much more nutritious than machine-pressed. I also use Bulletproof brand coffee because of how it is grown, picked, and processed. It limits the damage and toxins that occur in the usual method of processing coffee beans. Since this is all food, I don’t mind spending premium prices for it; my overall eating budget is down because I’m consuming so much less.)

After that breakfast, it’s not unusual for me to spend a couple hours writing, then at least 4 hours, and often 6, working on my 8750 square feet of vegetable gardens, or maintaining the house and grounds before lunching at 1 or 2 pm. I eat when I get hungry; sometimes I’m hungry at 11 am or so; most often, though, I’m not hungry until the early to mid afternoon.

Consuming high quality fats and drastically reducing my carbohydrate intake, coupled to regular sweat-producing exercise, has caused my metabolism to shift. I am no longer burning carbs for energy (which is normal for Americans once they are in their mid-30s), but fat – which is what active children do until they become adults and sit at desks. As a result, I am no longer putting on pounds, but shedding inches.

The real evidence indicates that our domestic fat epidemic among children can be attributed to their lack of activity and consumption of high amounts of carbohydrates, along with the virtual elimination of good-quality fat in their diets. It is ironic, given that the current officially recommended diet is high in non-red meat nutrients and calls for cutting out dietary fat, because consuming the right kind of animal fats and limiting carbohydrates of all kinds causes weight loss and energy gain.

Now it’s 10:30 pm. I’m feeling a bit of hunger, but it’s not that demanding hunger that must be satisfied; it’s just the emptying of my stomach because I haven’t had anything significant to eat since early afternoon. I’ll just go to sleep in a few minutes.

For more on this topic, see my Sustainable Eating category, where I post more about my dietary practices.