Taco Salad With Ground Pork and Chimi-cado Sauce?

Empty Plate

Tonight’s dinner, well, it just didn’t happen. The Coach is fasting to boost her metabolism. You see, she went a little nuts with nut butter and those carbs (although she tracked them) were just too much.

Just a note here that Coach Loli’s crack is nut butter! Her folly didn’t kick her out of ketosis but she feels sluggish – hence the fast.

Do any of you use intermittent fasting to help reset yourself?

Piquant Pork



Wonderful Pork Belly

Tasty and pretty dishes don’t have to be elaborate or take a bunch of your time.  For example, tonight’s dinner was Roasted Pork Belly with some steamed broccoli and fresh radishes.

Nothing special was done to the pork belly.  Plop the pieces into an oven safe dish, score the fat, salt & pepper, then roast at 375 for 40 minutes.

While we steamed our broccoli, you could just as easily add it to the pork belly dish part way through cooking.  Since ours was steamed, we dressed the broccoli with the pork belly drippings once on the plate.

Natural Flavors?

What’s the deal with all these “natural flavors” we keep seeing on product labels? What are they? Where do they come from? Why aren’t they explicitly listed?

As one example, Coach Loli did a little digging and contacted the Hain company about their Celestial Seasonings Apple Cinnamon Tea. “Natural Flavors” are among the ingredients.  This investigation was launched due to unexpected and unexplained weight gain, swelling, and some blood sugar fluctuations.

Here is what the Coach learned. Hain will not disclose what those ingredients are, nor do they have to. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) allows companies to list “natural flavors” without ACTUALLY listing them as long as they were once part of nature! The fact that whatever they were before processing doesn’t matter as long they were “natural”.

Coach Loli discontinued consumption of this tea.  Weight normalized.  Swelling went away.  Blood sugars returned to normal.

Yes, this was an n=1 experiment. What n=1 experiments have you conducted?

Savory Chicken Noodle Skillet


Cooking Bacon on a (not so) Lazy Sunday

Yes, we have bacon for breakfast and second breakfast, elevensies…supper…! Our rule is to cook multiple packages of no sugar added bacon and keep it in the fridge for meals and snacks. Great plan right?

This morning Coach Loli cooked up some yummy oink with her fur baby helper (don’t mind the morning hair and PJs).

Mr. Coach had some with eggs and spinach. The spinach and eggs were of course, cooked in the bacon grease.
Bacon Eggs Spinach

Do You Track Your Workouts?

Okay, let us see your numbers!! How do you track your activity? How do you use your data?

Around here we are addicted to collecting, analyzing, and utilizing fitness data. We wear external heart rate monitors during workouts that talk to our wrist devices allowing for real time viewing of the data; that’s really helpful when we need to stay in a specific heart rate zone.

Here’s an example of data from a training run by one of our team.  https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/1842154018  This is an outdoor activity with gps plots.  It’s 5 miles up a hill followed by 5 miles back down on the same path.  You can easily see how heart rate correlates to climbs and descents.  This run was tracked with a Polar V800 Training Watch (soon to be replaced by the Vantage V) in conjunction with a Polar H10 Heart Rate Chest Strap.

This is Coach Loli doing a low weight high rep rhythmic weight training program:  https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/2830738024 .  There’s no GPS graph here but you can track heart rate.  Coach Loli was wearing a Polar M600 Watch running Android Wear and Polar OH1 Optical Heart Rate Band on her left forearm.

These are both from the Polar ecosystem.  Other manufacturers have similar ecosystems and features.  Click through the interactive features on the site to get a sense for what sort of information is available to you and how it’s presented.

What do you think?  Can devices such as these improve your awareness of your physical condition?

Pork Chops Made Simple

This was such a simple and delicious meal. Quality chops, bacon grease, salt, pepper, and a hot skillet. The cabbage we dressed with apple cider vinegar and EVOO. At the end of a long day this simple meal completely satisfies.

It’s not the number of ingredients that will make your meal.  Remember to always cook honestly with wholesome, simple, quality ingredients. Your most modest meal will come out heavenly.

Keto Pudding