Zero Carb on a Budget

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.
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Zero Carb Scotch Eggs à la Sabah

 

We all know that traditional scotch eggs are rolled in breadcrumbs. Usually the pork mince has also been meddled with by adding flour or rusk etc. This makes them a no-no on a Zero Carb diet.

As ever, one of our inventive members over at Zero Carb UK has made scotch eggs healthier by tweaking the traditional recipe to be plant free, apart from any dried herbs you care to add of course.

Normally you would use sausage meat to wrap around the boiled eggs, but you should feel free to use whatever ground meat you have at hand, such as beef, pork or lamb etc.
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Crust-less Quiche ZC Style

Mmm…. There is nothing in this world quite like bacon. It is the stuff that dreams are made of. Can you tell that I like bacon a lot?

Bacon and eggs are a great combination on a Zero Carb way of eating. This has to be one of my favourite ways to cook them together in a quick and tasty dish that you can eat hot or cold. Ideal for slicing up and taking with you to work or out on a picnic when you are not able to cook up some fresh meat to eat for lunch.
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Feta Cheese Stuffed Burgers à la Claudine

Newcomers to Zero Carb often ask for recipes that they can follow. While there are a few recipes that require a bit of prep, there is nothing like keeping it simple with just one or two ingredients. However, keeping it simple doesn’t mean eating dull food!
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Starting with Breakfast, Gary Taubes interview

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.


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Zero Carb For Healing and Good Health

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.
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Welcome to UK Carnivore Club

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!