Monday, January 20, 2014
My Little Hunger Experiment
Hello my pretties!!! Take a look at what I had for dinner!!! Stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon.... and they were so so good! I'll share the recipe here in a sec, but what I really wanted to talk about was this business about fat.
Fat does not make us fat? Could this be real??? How could that even be possible when everyone from the time I started going to school has been telling me that a low fat diet is the way to maintain weight and stay healthy??? Could it be that dietary fat (real fats, not lab-created crap that the body doesn't recognize) is actually the key?
I recently watched Fat Head, a documentary that debunked ANOTHER documentary I watched last year called Supersize Me. In Supersize me a guy eats nothing but McDonalds for 30 days and "supposedly" ruins his health by the end (after watching Fat Head I REALLY questioned the authenticity of Supersize Me). Do I believe that a diet of really bad food choices from McDonald's can ruin someone's health.... ABSOLUTELY!!! I personally stay FAR away from "McDump's", but watching the dude in Fat Head do the same thing while purposefully trying to make good food choices was INCREDIBLE! Not only did he prove that it can be done, but he ended up IMPROVING his health by the end. WHY.... turns out that he stumbled upon some pretty great science involving lowering carb intake and increasing fat. Science that I'm now reading more about in Wheat Belly. Turns out that healthy dietary fat improves our health, satiates and TURNS OFF HUNGER. So.....I ran a little experiment today. I limited my diet today to ONLY meat, veggies and cheese. I cut out all grains and sugar to see how I felt. I have to say, I FEEL FABULOUS!!!! It really does work! Your mood levels out, you don't feel "heavy" or "tired" after eating and I wasn't hungry at all today. It is funny how I would dread making a home cooked meal at the end of a busy day at work, but today I had energy enough to make dinner AND lunch for tomorrow. It appears there might be a snowball effect happening here, but I truly will need more than one experiment to come to that judgment.
Welp, as promised: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos
6 Jalapenos halved lengthwise with core and seeds removed. (TRUST ME, WEAR GLOVES FOR THIS STEP)
4 Tbsp. Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp. Goat Cheese
4 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 handful of chopped cilantro
1 large roma tomato chopped into small pieces
12 thin slices of bacon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine cheeses, cilantro and tomato. Spread cheese mixture into jalapeno halves. Wrap with bacon and place in a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked. Make sure to use thin bacon. I used thick-cut apple wood smoked bacon (cuz that's my fave) and it took FOREVER to cook.... something like 40 minutes, and the bacon STILL wasn't crispy. Thinner bacon means shorter cooking time and crispier bacon. If you've ever ordered stuffed jalapeno peppers at a restaurant, be prepared to be RUINED! You will never be able to order from a restaurant again.... they are just that good!!!
I served these with steamed asparagus and that was dinner.... YUM!