Brilliant article by Tim Rice (unlearn – rethink).
OK, so I made the fatal mistake of asking the gang on Zero Carb UK Facebook group to hit me with their favourite ways to prepare and eat minced beef. Oh boy, did they respond and then some!
So, here is a bit of a messy throw-together of tips, recipes and cooking methods for the wonderful staple of minced beef. The type of mince used here is down to personal preference. I tend to favour the fattier end of the market and use 80/20 mince (20% fat) but others may prefer leaner mince. Mince is considered lean if it has 7% or less fat. The percentage is clearly shown on packaging labels. You can ask your butcher about the fat content when buying it loose by weight. Continue reading “The One With all the Beef Mince: Zero Carb Minced Beef Recipes”
One of the biggest worries about turning to a zero carb diet is handling the reaction by your nearest and dearest family members and friends. Most will have been brainwashed by years of so called healthy eating advice and guidance that has demonised fat and red meat.
With plenty of persuasion and a good supply of information, most family and friends will be happy to listen to your reasons for choosing this way of eating. The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes, so will see the positive changes in your health as you go along and will come to accept and support you eventually.
However, letting your close family and friends know that you are ZC is one thing, but who has the energy, will or determination to explain, argue and defend your way of eating to your work colleagues, friends of friends, people you see at a group, or even family members that you only see once or twice per year for big family gatherings.
Continue reading “Zero Carb and Surviving Social Situations”
John Nicholson was a hardcore vegetarian for twenty-six long years. So what changed? Well, John began to question his diet and despite being the poster-boy for so called ‘healthy-eating’, he found his health steadily declining until he became really ill.
In his book, The Meat Fix, John tells the story of how 26 years of healthy eating nearly killed him and how his diet of brown rice, lentils, tofu, fruits, vegetables, low fat and low cholesterol veganism actually resulted in some chronic health conditions, including mental and physical exhaustion, chronic IBS, high cholesterol and joint pain.
At his wits end with his poor health, John took a drastic step. He decided to eat meat – lots of meat! Not only was he going against all that the medical media was saying and the current healthy eating diet advice, he had to face up to the fact that eating this way wasn’t going to leave him guilt-free either.
Despite his early reservations, the results were truly spectacular with him reporting positive changes within as little as twenty-four hours of eating meat once again.
I cannot say enough about how much I love Dr Paul Mabry. Not only is he a medical doctor, but he lives and breathes the LCHF lifestyle. He has seen for himself just how eating the right foods can transform your health.
If you are going to make the effort to read anything today, then go and read his story and how he came to this way of eating after many years of gaining weight and suffering terrible health, yet wondering why as a doctor he couldn’t figure out why?
His story is a remarkable one and it just shows you that it is never too late to make positive changes to your diet. You can read his back story and see his before and after pictures here and his blog is a wonderful resource for anyone wanting to know more about healing chronic health conditions through diet.
Continue reading “What Causes a Heart Attack”
A lot of people starting out with Zero Carb are often worried about the costs involved. Yes, meat can be very expensive and it is true that you get what you pay for when it comes to buying meat. However, there are quite a few of us who manage to eat very well on a budget.
Here I will take a look at some of the ways you can keep the costs down when buying your meat and some useful ways of preparing budget cuts so that you don’t feel like you will be eating something as tough as shoe leather should you opt for the cheaper end of the meat market.
Check the reduced isle
First of all, if you tend to shop at a supermarket for your main shop each week, then it can pay to check in the reduced section for cut-price meat and fish. Different supermarkets reduce the price of their food at certain times of the day, but quite often a lot of meat gets reduced close to closing time, especially if the meat has a short date on the package, or you have a butchers counter where they wrap up the odds and ends to sell off cheap before the end of the shift.
Continue reading “Zero Carb on a Budget”
This is a great interview held with the legendary Gary Taubes that was published on 10th August 2017.
Gary talks about what he ate for breakfast that day and goes on to discuss what we know about how the body lays down fat, and also how mainstream doctors medical researchers have been following the wrong path for at least the past 50 years. As you may already know, Gary believes that it is insulin that directly stimulates fat accumulation within the body.
Here is the YouTube interview to listen to and a list of his published books on the subject, which are a great resource to help understand how we process food and why humans have been getting progressively fatter and suffering more from modern diseases.
As most seasoned ZC followers already know, Zero Carb is mainly focused on healing and re-balancing our system rather than as a tool for weight loss.
This is an important point that cannot be emphasized enough to people that are new to ZC and are wanting to try it purely for weight loss purposes.
No one explains this better than someone who is living the Zero Carb lifestyle for those health benefits. To demonstrate this, here is a wonderful interview conducted with Amber O’Hearn (pictured above), a lovely lady who turned to Zero Carb after a 20-year struggle with depression and bipolar disorder.
Continue reading “Zero Carb For Healing and Good Health”
This is the place to come for all UK based people just starting out with or already following a Zero Carb diet.
Zero Carb simply means that we eat only from the animal kingdom. So absolutely no plants that grow above or below the ground are consumed, including cooking oils such as sunflower, coconut oil, nut oils or olive oil. We prefer to cook our meat with butter, lard and ghee.
There is no ‘but what about…..’ allowed here. There is no room for any ‘whataboutery’ here. We eat meat, drink water (and some drink tea or coffee) and some eat eggs and dairy if they are tolerated and cause no inflammatory or digestive issues.
ZC is primarily about healing our bodies after years of sub-optimal eating following the standard UK diet (SUK) or needing to heal and regain health after years of low fat, vegetarian or vegan diets that have resulted in damage to the digestive system, deficiencies and poor health.
Weight loss: Most people turn to ZC after seeing successful weight loss from following a LCHF or Keto diet. We ask you to leave your keto at the door here because with ZC you don’t have to count macros, count calories or worry about meeting protein / fat ratios. In fact there is no counting needed at all here!
Yes, you can lose weight following a ZC way of eating, but weight loss is not our primary goal. We are here to heal. Weight loss happens as a wonderful side-effect of eating optimal food.
Please don’t start ZC with an expectation that you will lose weight. Some people don’t lose anything for a long time. Some people even gain weight. If you have been starving your body of essential nutrients for many years, you may find that you initially gain weight while the body makes good use of your food to repair and re-build your cells from the inside out.
“But, but, but, but….aren’t carbs essential…?” This is what we hear from a lot of people when they find out we only eat meat. The simple answer is ‘no – carbs are not essential in any way to our health’. There’s no such thing as an essential carbohydrate.
If you would like to contribute your ZC story, have useful articles to share or know of a great UK based online butcher who delivers superb meat, then do let us know!