Weapons for the Season of Insanity
I rant and rave about taking up arms, getting pissed and indignant and "not negotiating with food terrorists". We've even talked about tactics and psychology, but I've not really posted some of my offensive/defensive weapons in this war. Here's some foods I use to combat availability and consumption of carb-laden products:1) Bacon and Sausage:
We have a cafeteria at my place of employment. Also, the mighty fine management sees fit to give us bagels during breakfast time on Friday mornings. However, I must resist the succulent toasted garlic smell wafting through the building. So I go to the cafeteria and get fried bacon strips and fried sausage links. It's NOT mustachian but it works to keep me away from garlic-toasted porn. (I may fry up some bacon tonight to stock up at low cost and take it to work with me tomorrow.)
2) Pecans and Cashews.
I keep bags of each handy, I buy them at Sam's Club so they are giant bags. Pecans are the most-optimal Keto nut food but Cashews have that wonderful salty-buttery texture. They have saved me from doing some crazy shit. ALERT: I measure out one serving in a small snack-size baggie and I watch how much of these I eat. They are extremely calorie laden foods and you can get to 500 calories in no-time.3) Atkins Shakes and Bars:
These are a decent defense for use at breakfast, or to keep a bar in a desk drawer at work as an emergency lifeline. I'll probably bring a meal bar and put it in the drawer tomorrow morning along with a baggie of pecans.4) Cheese:
Either just plain cold or warmed with bacon or sausage or whatever. Works like a champ. I reserve this for fairly urgent situations since cheese can mess me up.5) Tea:
I like the Irish Breakfast Tea from Trader Joe's. Cheap, big giant tea bags. 80ct. for, I think, $3.99US? I'm also experimenting with a Bigelow Caramel Tea. It's pretty good, they went light on the caramel which really is nice. 6) Liter of water with "True Lime" packet and a tiny bit of stevia.
I keep that liter bottle handy all day long and drink from it. The True Lime keeps you from getting tired of flavorless water. 7) Keto Lo-Carb Pizza:
I will make that for the family Friday night. It satisfies that "Friday Night Pizza Hankerin", and if I do it right, it completely removes bread cravings as well. Very good, fundamentally satisfying food product! It is not strictly Whole30 but there's nothing in it that's just right-out. It's perfectly acceptable on Paleo and Keto lifestyles. http://www.ruled.me/low-carb-pepperoni-pizza/8) Beef, Pork and Chicken:
Always featured prominently in our meals and usually with garlic butter for dipping. A NY Strip Steak on sale dipped in garlic butter seems to quench any-and-all bad food cravings. No appetite can escape the satisfaction a good grilled steak w/garlic butter can provide!
9) Frozen shrimp:
We eat a lot of cooked, frozen shrimp that we thaw out in the sink and have with melted butter. 10) Parmesan added to melted butter:
I add simple parmesan cheese to melted butter and it will give the butter a more robust flavor and a thicker consistency, making it stick to the food better and give a bolder flavor. 11) Beef or turkey patties:
I buy the low-cost stuff usually, although I have a dirty non-mustachian secret. I'll buy and use the large 14-packs of the Ballpark-branded "instant" beef and turkey patties. This gives me a hot, 3.5oz beef or turkey patty in only 1 minute, 30 seconds of microwave time.12) Beer-battered Cod Filets:
This is probably the closest I get to "eating bad", because the breading has some wheat flour in it and it's a packaged, prepared food which is discouraged for MMM reasons. I prefer the Aldi product - it's great quality and just the right size. Wife and I can bake four of them in a toaster oven and in 30 minutes, have hot, flavorful fish to eat. (Side note: I completely prefer my seafood broiled or baked without a breading or crust, but I've found that when I eat breaded seafood, it just doesn't seem to have the same negative effects on me that actually eating bread or something with wheat flour might have.