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These are prime filets given as a birthday gift to Bea by her brother. And, while I often feature the meals I do for guests as my biggest efforts, I decided to put in similar effort for a Friday evening meal for just the two of us. Bea has been non-stop go over the last week with her birthday party, family visiting, and partying in general that it was time for a quiet evening. Plus, we’ll be headed out shortly to Carmel by the Sea to attend the wedding of our next-door neighbors. More party on the horizon!
My first idea was to do a beef stock reduction as per usual, but then I had a better idea, owing to these being such large & tender filets. I decided to do a mildly browned butter with toasted garlic & shallot, and also a bit of bacon drippings. So, I pre-heated the grill on high, then turned the burner I was cooking the steaks on to low and left the indirect one to high, covered. Five minutes on one side, brush with butter, 5 minutes on the other, brush with butter, then cooking burner to full high and about five minutes of turning and brushing every minute. Done. Click for the high-res version.
I also did a salad. Simply EVOO vinaigrette with salt & finely ground pepper, a dollop of dijon mustard and enough apple cider vinegar until emulsification was achieved. Then, blue cheese crumbles. Top it off with coarsely ground pepper.
Back on the topic of cooking different cuts of meat to different levels of done, this is exactly the kind of tender filet that I like rare. It’s like great Ahi tuna. This was absolutely fork tender.
Bea’s was about the same weight, but a bit thiner, and thus more of a medium rare, which she prefers.
Very quick. Cardiologist William Davis reports on the unexpected benefits his patients achieve after some months completely wheat free.
First, the expected benefits.
A patient would come to the office, for example, with a blood sugar of 118 mg/dl (in the pre-diabetic range) and the other phenomena of pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high inflammation/c-reactive protein, low HDL, high triglycerides, small LDL), and the characteristic wheat belly. Eliminate wheat and, within three months, they lose 30 lbs, blood sugar drops to normal, blood pressure drops, triglycerides drop by several hundred milligrams, HDL goes up, small LDL plummets, c-reactive protein drops.
And now, the unexpected ones.
–Improved rheumatoid arthritis–I have seen this time and time again. Eliminate wheat and the painful thumbs, fingers, and other joints clear up dramatically. Many former rheumatoid sufferers people tell me that one cracker or pretzel will trigger a painful throbbing reminder that lasts a couple of hours.
–Improved ulcerative colitis–People incapacitated with pain, cramping, and diarrhea of ulcerative colitis (who are negative for the antibodies for celiac disease) can experience marked improvement. I’ve seen people be able to stop all their nasty colitis medications just by eliminating wheat.
–Reduction or elimination of irritable bowel syndrome
–Reduction or elimination of gastroesophageal reflux
–Better mood–Eliminating wheat makes you happier and experience more stable moods. Just as wheat is responsible for a subset of schizophrenia and bipolar illness (this is fact), and wheat elimination generates dramatic improvement, when you or I eliminate wheat, we also experience a "smoothing" of mood swings.
–Better libido–I’m not sure whether this is a consequence of losing a belly the size of a watermelon or improvement in sex hormones (esp. testosterone) or endothelial responses, but more interest in sex typically develops.
–Better complexion–I’m not entirely sure why, but various rashes will often dissipate, bags under the eyes are reduced, itching in funny places stops.
Of course, one would do well to just eliminate all grains, sugar, and industrial vegetable oils.
So, who are the real adults here, and who are the real children? Who is who?
Schoolkids vote 13-1 to slaughter lamb
A GROUP of schoolchildren who reared a lamb from birth and named it Marcus have overridden objections by parents and rights activists and voted to send the animal to slaughter.
The decision has provoked fury among animal-loving celebrities, animal and human rights campaigners and the parents of some of the children, and led to threats against Lydd primary school and its teachers, according to a member of staff.
Well, clearly, this is all about the children ("animal-loving celebrities, animal and human rights campaigners and the parents of some") and not about the adults who…
The children also look after ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs.
The intention had been to buy pigs with the money raised from slaughtering Marcus, but those plans have been put on hold following the furor created by the lamb’s culling.
The school said the program may now have to be stopped.
"It’s all up in the air," said a member of staff.
"There’s been so much pressure on us as a result of all this."
Nope, it’s all about the children.
But opponents branded it heartless and cruel, with animal rights campaigners asking why Marcus could not have been used to teach the children about wool, and human rights campaigners worried about the emotional impact of Marcus’s death on the children.
A popular talkshow host offered to buy the lamb and give it sanctuary and Facebook groups sprung up to rally support to keep Marcus alive.
But at least the adults had the final say.
But the children had the final say.
The school defended the children’s decision, calling it educational.
"When we started the farm in spring 2009, the aim was to educate the children in all aspects of farming life and everything that implies," the school said.
"The children have had a range of opportunities to discuss this issue, both in terms of the food cycle and the ethical aspect.
"It is important for everyone to move on from this issue, so the children can focus on their education."
The continuing education of these adults is not what these children are after. Indoctrination is what they’re after.
In the end, they’ll probably succeed in turning these adults into children, just like themselves.
(Reader Tin Tin emailed that in the other day)
I’ll bet some of you already know where I’m going. There’s so much nonsense out there virtually every day that it would be tough for you not to know.
So, alright, I’ve seen a barrage of emails and other communique over the last couple of days. What should I begin with, how saturated fat stimulates hunger and makes us eat more, how 85% of type 2 diabetics are eating too much saturated fat, or that saturated fats clog your arteries just like your plumbing?
Well, it doesn’t matter where I begin, because they’re all pretty stupid.
Here’s some examples.
Burger, ice cream fat ‘sends signals to brain’
Those are just a few. They all read pretty much the same. The essentials:
When we eat, hormones such as leptin and insulin send out signals telling the body it has had enough.
But palmitic acid –a fatty acid present in saturated fats – goes straight to the brain and tells it to ignore these signals.
The research, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, was carried out by Dr Deborah Clegg of UT Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas.
That would be right here, and Deborah Clegg isn’t the only grant whore. We also have: Stephen C. Benoit, Christopher J. Kemp, Carol F. Elias, William Abplanalp, James P. Herman, Stephanie Migrenne, Anne-Laure Lefevre, Céline Cruciani-Guglielmacci, Christophe Magnan, Fang Yu4, Kevin Niswender, Boman G. Irani, and William L. Holland. Grant Whores.
I mean, what else could such useless research mean? I’ll leave the scientific debunking to the real experts out there. This is just a typical hit & run, for me. But let’s cover the basics. Yes, there’s some evidence I’ve seen to suggest that saturated fat might induce temporary mild insulin resistance. And leptin resistance too? I dunno, never heard that one, but perhaps it’s plausible. Can you think of an evolutionary reason for that?
What’s being ignored is saturated fats have been with us forever, and grains only a brief time. Processed foods packed with sugar, grain derivatives, and processed vegetable oils, only a short time. So, naturally, it’s the bit of saturated fat (typically less than 50% of total fat, even in junk food) in the tiny little frankenmeat stuck between two massive buns, alongside the fries done up in industrial oil, and the soda packed with sugar.
In other words, hunter-gatherers and other non-industrial populations who existed on lots of meat & fat must have been really obese, because, as we can see now that the American diet is about 60-70% carbcrap, people are now lean and trim everywhere.
So, one might presume that the best nutrient there is, meat with it’s saturated fat (our own body fat is highly saturated, and our bodies can and do manufacture saturated fats), might be so important that we evolved a "gorging mechanism" for when we had it around. That’s speculation, of course. But one thing we didn’t have built into our genes is how to handle a sugar load such as the average person consumes today.
The mind boggles. Grant Whores. Here:
"With respect to applying to humans, I can only make an educated guess, but I believe that when humans eat diets high in saturated fat, and palmitic acid in particular, hormones such as leptin, which normally regulate food intake and body weight will be less effective," says researcher Debbie Clegg. This helps explain why you wake up ravenous the morning after Thanksgiving — all that butter and cheese is literally toying with your brain.
Now Clegg, you stupid cow, I think you probably know damn good & well that the reason people are ravenous the next morning (just like after an enormous pasta dinner), is that they have dumped hundreds of grams of carbohydrate (sugar & grain) over the space of a few hours into a body whose total amount of blood glucose is about 4 grams at any one time. That’s less than a teaspoon in an entire body, and you idiots mean to tell us that the 5 grams of palmitic acid in that burger is what’s causing the problem, and not the 200 grams of carbohydrate in the bun, fries, and soda and perhaps dessert — 50 times more sugar than a normal person has in circulation?
You want to know what really causes insulin and leptin resistance? Over carbing (grains & sugar) drives insulin secretion, drives leptin resistance and fat storage, drives insulin resistance and more fat storage. This is the causal chain, everyone knows it; but, they’re Grant Whores.
Or, Frauds; take your pick. Want to have a real education about leptin and resistance? See here, and note the links to Stephan’s posts on leptin toward the bottom. Also, see how fat improves memory. Can you think of an evolutionary reason? Don Matesz speculates.
Far and away the most common benefit experienced by the paleo dieter — most of whom are in the 50-60% range of energy from fat, and depending on how much coconut fat they use, probably 25-50% total energy from saturated fats — is getting back to normal hunger regulation. It is nearly universal: "I’m never really hungry." That has certainly been my experience in losing 60 pounds while eating very high fat and saturated fat including palmitic acid. It has also been the experience of every single friend and family member.
These Grant Whores are despicable in every possible way. They should be immediately pelted about the head & shoulders with rotten vegetables.
Now to the next set of Grant Whores: Mara Z. Vitolins, DrPH, RD, Andrea M. Anderson, MS, Linda Delahanty, MS, RD, Hollie Raynor, PhD, Gary D. Miller, PhD, RD, Connie Mobley, PhD, RD, Rebecca Reeves, PhD, RD, Monica Yamamoto, PhD, RD, Catherine Champagne, PhD, RD, Rena R. Wing, PhD, Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, RD.
Most diabetics falling short on healthy eating. Well it’s kind of obvious, isn’t it? It’s tautological: "Diet induced health problems are the result of unhealthy eating."
…researchers found that of nearly 2,800 middle- aged and older U.S. adults with type 2 diabetes, nearly all were exceeding the daily recommended fat intake. When it came to artery-clogging saturated fat, 85 percent were consuming too much.
The "most important thing" in managing type 2 diabetes, Vitolins noted, is balancing calories in and calories out to help shed pounds or at least avoid weight gain. The choice of foods is also vital in getting enough beneficial nutrients…
Here’s the abstract. No mention anywhere of whether they considered the role of SUGAR in…DIABETES.
Finally, I’ll leave the sarcasm to Tom Naughton, who has scientifically, rigorously proven that EVERYTHING clogs your arteries.
Update 5/11/2010: I was contacted by one of the researchers, Dr. Stephen Benoit, from the fist of those studies cited and in the end have decided that I targeted the wrong folks and that the science is good and valid, just reported wrong by the media. "Is Eating Crow Paleo?" Check it out.