Nothing is better than a daily diet that includes pork ribs. Kansas City has a couple of the best rib joints in the world. Conveniently for me the best rib joint in a thousand miles is close by, Jack Stack. Yesterday I had a couple of extra hours off work and we decided to go out and eat. Being on a meat only regimen for March it makes selecting someplace a bit of a challenge. I had to choose between ribs or steak. What a choice, right? The steak place we would have went to was Anton’s where the beef is all grass fed and the cuts are huge. A bone-in ribeye there will feed two adult diners two times.
Ribs are a great choice for a meal because they come with a lot of flavor, and a lot of lip-smacking good fats. Jack Stack ribs come with just the right amount of salt, and the barbecue sauce is on the side. That means no added sugars. I ate more than my fill, my sweetie ate her fill, and there is enough left over for a lunch or two for me at work. It cost way more than my normal $3.50 per day for nourishment, but it’s not about the money, its about getting quality meats, done right.
I am feeling pretty doggone good this morning. My body is really adjusting to the new fuel supply. Yesterday my hands and legs were tingling and I had a bit of restless leg going on, I jiggled all day long. I was a bit run-down, yawning a lot. I made sure to drink lots of water, and I urinated quite a bit. This morning I was down another half a pound. It’s all water. Remember, I am not trying to lose weight, I am trying to see if a person can eat meats and fewer calories than normal and not feel nagging hunger all day. That is already proven true, and I am doing it for a month to see if there are any issues with doing it longer-term.
The thing is, that I already know what I am doing is possible, and that there won’t be any ill effects. I have read enough in the last few months to know that what everyone else is eating is way more of a problem than what I am eating. However, there is a big difference between reading about someone else’s experience and finding out for yourself what works and what doesn’t.
I don’t even know if what I am doing would work for you. From what I read, some of the obese are difficult to get onto a carb-free diet because their addictive cravings for carbs are much stronger than mine were. You see, just like with cigarettes, there are two different things going on with carbs. One addiction is to the chemical, carbohydrate, and the other addiction is one of physical habit, like the cigarette after dinner. You actually have to break both habits at once. There are so many triggers, like dinner is over and you are watching TV, now is the time you would go get an ice cream sandwich. You will still get that thought when the trigger is right. The popcorn at the movies will call to you, not because of a craving, but because of a trigger.
I have no trouble setting in a room with people eating chips, drinking soda pop, and having sweet desserts. That is not a trigger for me any more. However, I do look at this box of Girl Scout cookies on my desk and look forward to the moment when I can have one. See, that is a trigger. I know that I will eat carbs again, next month. I am not a high priest of no-carb that thinks that eating a bite of something is going to be a sin. There is no sin in food. Eating carbs next month won’t be dangerous. Carbs are a poison, but only a poison of accumulation. The dose I get of carbohydrate is an accumulation of exposures over time. Right now I am cleaning my body of their effects, so that when I do eat them my body does not overreact to them, storing more fat than necessary at every dose.
As of right now, I think it is very possible to live on a meat only diet, if the meats are of sufficient quality to pass on the good nutritional habits of the animal on to me. There is plenty of meat available to satisfy my hunger, since it doesn’t take much meat to do that. I miss side dishes because of the variety of flavors more than anything, but if I can find some great old recipes for meats then maybe I can have all the variety that my mind thinks I need without having to resort to eating the foods that my food eats. Only time will tell, and of course when time tells me, I will tell you.