What I eat can be briefly described as "the same as before, but without fast carbs and sweeteners, plus I try to eat more fats". However, readers are certainly interested in knowing the details. For this purpose I created a list. If you take into account, that there is no limit to the amount eaten (except of feelings - the body itself signals when it is full), then you should understand, that I don't suffer too much :-). And another important point: now the food seems much tastier than before because I feel its natural taste (and not a distorted taste, caused by "sugar addiction" I used to suffer previously). Honestly, I have never enjoyed food as much as I do now! So, here is the list:
- Meat (beef, lamb, chicken / chicken legs or duck) roast cooked in a brazier. Just pour water (you will get a fantastic tasty sauce!), add a few bay leaves and a lot of onion (or a few cloves of garlic instead of onions, but do not save) and simmer for 2.5 hours (beef, lamb) or 1.5 hours (chicken, duck). Buy fatty pieces of beef or lamb. And don't remove skin from chicken and duck as you were told from childhood!
- Baked, roasted, smoked or charqued not-processed meat from deli department (ham, pastrami, prosciutto, gammon, jamon, gigot). "Not-processed" means "not ground", i.e. made of a whole piece - you should clearly see the natural structure of the meet (the muscle fibres) in the ready product. Do not buy sausages, salami and other products made from minced meat - they almost always contain starch, sometimes flour and sugar (and who knows what else). The only exception is raw (intended for cooking in the oven or barbecue) sausages from the organic store, on the packaging of which the nutrition facts are indicated, and among the ingredients there is no sugar (under whatever name including cane juice and cane syrup), flour or starch. They are more expensive than regular sausages, but even so, our overall food costs are now noticeably lower than before since we eat only once a day!
- Chicken or turkey cutlets (only home-made: cutlets, sold in deli departments and restaurants, can contain bread).
- Pork lard (cured slabs of fatback or belly) - smoked, salted, with black pepper or with paprika.
- Fish: different smoked, baked and pan-fried kinds (you should bake and fry fish at home since the ready product from the store or restaurant will surely be with flour); salmon, salted in coarse salt in a fridge during one night+day; sprats/sardines, canned in vegetable oil; air-cured (dry) fish (aka "fish jerky"), sold in Chinese and Russian food stores - BTW, it's very tasty with fresh tomatoes (almost as tasty as with beer).
- Fish (trout, perch, carp, salmon - whatever!), baked in a toaster oven. The way of preparation is ridiculously simple: spread a piece of foil on the table, put fresh fish on it, sprinkle salt and garlic powder outside and inside (you can add herbs and seasonings), put a piece of butter (preferably salted) in the ripped belly (it will melt and spread out) and a few cloves of garlic (if there is no garlic powder), wrap in foil and bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on the size) at a temperature of 400 F.
- Seafood (crab legs, calamari, octopus, scallop - whatever!). Shrimp and lobster are very tasty fried in butter with garlic or garlic powder!
- Boiled eggs: with a firm yolk (8 minutes of boiling) or with a liquid yolk (2.5 minutes).
- Scrambled eggs - fried on butter, bacon or lard. If on butter, then, sometimes, with fried fresh mushrooms (champignons or portabella) or "rounds" of chopped leeks.
- Cheeses: gauda, mozzarella, feta, brie, camembert, gorgonzolla, cambozolla, stilton, roquefort. Goat mozzarella and feta are very tasty!
- Vegetables: raw, baked in the oven (sprinkled with garlic powder), and as salads. Salads are with oil, sour cream (check ingredients, must be without starch added!), plain yogurt or cottage cheese.
- Oils for dressing salads and frying: MCT, sunflower, olive, coconut, avocado (but not soy, corn or canola!).
- Soups from vegetables and dried mushrooms with sour cream.
- Avocado (a lot!).
- Nuts (mostly walnuts and pecans) and sunflower/pumpkins seeds.
- Pickles (salted / marinated cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and mushrooms).
- Various canned ready salads from eggplants (but rarely because they usually have a small amount of sugar added).
- Coconut flour bread (recipe 1 [but don't add honey!], recipe 2 [but don't add sweetener!]). Since we don't have a loaf pan, my wife bakes them in a cupcake pan (muffin baking dish), so we have 12 small breads.
- Chopped radish with sour cream and salt (picture).
- Salad of green vegetables and tomatoes with salty crushed feta and boiled eggs (firm yolk), and dressed in a cottage cheese.
- Boiled eggs (firm yolk) with red caviar ("Eggs with eggs").
- Quarters of bell pepper, filled with grated mozzarella (usually, goat) with mayonnaise and crushed garlic (picture).
- Eggplant and cauliflower, baked in the oven with garlic powder and salt (sometimes, with some oil).
- Boiled eggs (liquid yolk) with pickled cucumbers.
- Bacon wrapped asparagus in the oven (recipe).
Steak, kebab, shawarma or seafood. As a side dish - salads from fresh vegetables (can be with mayonnaise), mushrooms, hummus and various meals from baked eggplant (including babaganush). Alas, falafel is blacklisted - it contains flour. I immediately tell the waiter not to bring bread and pita, but bring a cheese plate instead, if possible. Also, I ask him/her to make sure that the dishes I order do not have potatoes, pasta or rice (sometimes it's hard to understand from the menu). If I order meat or seafood, then I double-check that they are not fried in flour or breadcrumbs. If some "complex" dishes come with a prohibited product, then I ask to replace it with an additional pile of vegetables or fried mushrooms.