I AM NOT A DOCTOR NOR A NUTRITIONIST. WHAT I AM SHARING ON THIS POST IS SIMPLY MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
Less than 6 months ago when someone mentioned the word breakfast, I usually ran out the house – I HATED BREAKFAST. Those endless bowls of oatmeal, the dry toast, eggs (only 4 per week allowed) missing the delicious yolks, and a cardboard-like substitute for real bacon. YUK, call me back into the house when dinner is ready.
As many of you have done, I trusted the USDA (US Department of Agriculture), AMA (American Medical Association), and AHA (American Heart Association) to provide guidelines for a healthy path to good nutrition. We suffered through those soy products pretending to be real meat, the array of sugar-free cookies, and the cups of decaf, decaf and more decaf coffee. Lastly, to add insult to injury, we endured the fat-free dairy products. Have you ever tasted anything as tasteless as skim milk on a bowl of bran flakes or fat-free cottage cheese with a dash of cinnamon?
Like the wise men of old used to say, “the proof is in the pudding.” My pudding wasn’t anything like the homemade tapioca or chocolate pudding which Grandma made years ago using real food. Enter the miracle of KETO. Yes, after 60 years of suffering, the American dieter now has scientific, nutritional, and medical research to support a return to the real foods of yesteryear.
It’s more than a diet, it’s a new lifestyle. I now fast about 18 hours between supper at 6:00 PM and the first meal of the next day around noon time. I no longer have cravings just an hour after supper leading me to forage the refrigerator and cupboards in search of something that will satisfy – usually candy and chips. I eat when I am hungry during the afternoon hours and don’t eat if I am not hungry. The biggest challenge was to eliminate sugar and grains entirely. No compromising!
I’d be a fool to give up KETO. I have another 15 pounds to lose (already lost 22 pounds), I am no longer pre-diabetic, energy levels are up and recent blood work was outstanding. Skin tone and insomnia have improved as well as attitude.
Okay, let’s talk about my standard fast-breaking 1st meal of the day.
- 3 strips of bacon
- 3 whole eggs, free range when I can afford them
- 2 cups of fresh, chopped kale
- 1 cup of broccoli
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 clove chopped garlic
- chopped fresh tomato or sweet pepper
- a handful of berries, blueberries are affordable this time of year
- a cup of bullet proof coffee with a tsp of butter rather than cream
Heating my favorite 8″ cast iron skillet on the stove, I cut the bacon strips in half and fry until crispy. Plate the bacon, then add to the bacon grease the garlic, onion, broccoli, and pepper and kale. Cook that for about 5 minutes stirring once or twice. Make a nest in the kale and slip the eggs into the nest. Cover with a lid, cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the eggs are set. Salt and pepper to taste. Eat hearty, it’s a man sized meal guaranteed to keep the hunger at bay all day.