I always order extra onions with my liver. And I'm Usually dissapointed, The cook at the Gear Jammer Restaurant understands how to do it right.
Of course my Liver and Onions wouldn't be complete without some excellent chili with my Salad dumped over the top of course.
Just because I eat hotdogs and chili when I'm on the road. Doesn't mean I do it at home. When I get home I try to eat more healthy which means Paleo.
My sweety picked up a bone in pork roast for $1.98 a pound so I thought I'd surprise her when she got home from work.
I like to sear the pork roast in bacon fat (as you can see below) in our awesome Lodge Dutch Oven. Then I dumped a whole bag of cauliflower that was turning brown and needed to be used up, into a stock pot of boiling water for six minutes drained off the water and used half a cup of cream cheese, half a stick of butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and stirred it up with a wooden spoon. I don't like to blend or pure' the cauliflower because lets face it. It's not going to be mashed taters no matter how much you may want it to be.
The wooden spoon leaves chunks of cauliflower that have their own signature texture and tasty flavor. I also seer some of the onions, and carrots in a different pan with bacon fat and celery salt, garlic powder and whatever spices you like. Then, I throw all the veggies plus a box of meat stock and quarter bottle of Joseph Handler "Sweet Red" wine (because it's pork and sweetness won't hurt the flavor one bit.) in the Dutch Oven with the five pound roast for two and 3/4 hours at three fifty.
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when the roast is done I take the broth left in the bottom and stir in a three or four tablespoons of Arrowroot flower to make gravy. Arrowroot is the only Paleo friendly flour I've found (so far) that behaves like corn starch. Thickens nice and clear, and is neutral in flavor. Just remember it doesn't like a lot of heat so don't boil the gravy. It should thicken up just before it starts to boil. If it doesn't, add more flour.
so there it is, a good Paleo friendly dinner.
So I decided to eat breakfast at the Broadway Flying J restaurant formerly known as "Bairs" in Belgrade Montana. In my opinion they have the best sirloin steak breakfast anywhere. I don't know who their butcher is but they sure know their business. The steak is always over an inch thick tender and blackened on the outside and pink to perfection inside each and every time I eat here.
You get two sides, so, even though it was breakfast I order a bowl of chili and a salad. I then like to take my chili and pour it over the top of my salad to create an excellent southwestern style salad. What a great low carb way to start out the day!!! The cool thing is that every Broadway Flying J has the same excellent menu. (I'm not sure if they all have the same butcher.) I've found the waitstaff at all the Broadway Flying J restaurants to be top notch!!! They really give The Old School American Truck Stop Diner a good name.
There are Broadway Flying J Restaurants in Belgrade MT, Spokane WA, and Ellensberg WA.
So over Thanksgiving I decided not to fight it and just enjoyed the festivities without doing my Healthy Trucker Diet. And of course Monday morning I was 300 lbs. Well yesterday, Thursday, I wasn't expecting much but my body must like being at its new lighter weight because after being back on My Trucker Diet for only a few days. I'm back down to 294.
So, I thought what better song to play than "Skinny Love" by Von Iver.
So, I had a great time with friends and family ate drank and made merry until all hours (all weekend), and as of this A.M. Am back to being a 300 pounder. Yay...
Here's a song By METRIC, that was on my Bella The Cosmic D.J. Song List.
Weebly has given me the ability to let people sign up for my Health Trucker Mailing list. For those of you that that would like to have access to My Newest and Best version of the Trucker Diet and other cool stuff for free. Just sign up, I won't share your Email address and because I'm currently too busy driving this big truck. Up in the right hand corner there is a login/register button. Keep in mind this is an experiment so the content available to read is subject to change. Welcome Aboard.
So clear back in October I blogged about success in reaching a new milestone in my weightless using my Healthy Trucker Diet. Now here it is a month later and I'm down to 294...That may not sound like much, but when you lose it without being hungry and eating all the delicious food you want it tends to make it a great accomplishment indeed! One thing I've noticed with my Trucker Diet is that sometimes you set at a weight for a while, and then, almost like magic you will lose a bunch of pounds. In only a few days. The key is cutting yourself some slack and staying on the Trucker Diet.
DOT Physical, Medical Card Now Looks at Your BMI (Body Mass Index) May Require Drivers to be checked for Sleep Apnea.
So a friend of mine just went in for his DOT physical. As most of you know the rules have been changed and the people performing the physicals have to be licensed and follow a bunch of medical guidelines put out by a branch of the DOT called the FMCSA. The days of your family doctor doing your physical may be over.
So, he went to a provider where he lived to get his physical, expecting it to be an in and out the door visit. Well, it turns out my friend who is in his 50's has hypertension (140/90 is the cutoff) so he's going to have to get that under control. Then the person performing the physical told him that because his BMI-Body Mass Index was over 35 he was going to have to see a sleep doctor and make sure he doesn't have sleep apnea. So my friend was given a three month conditional medical card.
So here's my friend Kent doing his work out routine. He does a whole bunch of those deep knee bend things...Made me tired just photographing him. And then at the end of the day he often takes a couple mile walk.
The thing that really blew me away was that my friend is really into taking care of his health. He does calisthenics each day after he drives and this usually includes taking a couple mile walk. He says he's even dropped a couple pant sizes because he's become so fitness conscious in the last year. It was a complete shock to him that he was the same weight he had been the year before. His doctor told him that muscle weighs more than fat and that is why he hasn't lost any weight while becoming more lean and mean.
My friend isn't looking forward to getting an exam done for sleep apnea. He's one of those drivers that starts driving around six a.m. and is often done for the day before six at night. He doesn't stop for naps he says because he sleeps good and doesn't get tired during his shift. I'm going to try and keep up with him. I'm interested to know more about the process he's going through and how many "hoops" he's going to have to jump through. I'm also interested to know how much out of pocket he's going to have to pay before all of this is said and done.
For those of you drivers worried about your Body Mass Index. (BMI) being too high, (over 35 BMI is the cutoff for sleep apnea testing) Feel free to use the BMI calculator below I borrowed from the CDC.
So, where I run in the Pacific Northwest the weather is getting nasty and cold and the days are short. It seems like I'm always running at night. I'm not getting as much sun which my body uses to make the crucial substance Vitamin D3. Lack of D3 can be linked to a ton of chronic medical conditions.
Including: Cancer, Hypertension, Heart Diseas, Autism, Obesity, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes 1 and 2, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn's Disease, Signs of Aging, Insomnia, Hearing Loss, Osteoporosis, Macular Degeneration, Migranes, Depression, and even Alzheimer's Disease. And the list goes on.
Here's a link to an excellent article on Vitamin D3 by Dr. Mercola.
So due to weather I ended up stuck in Caldwell Idaho friday and Saturday. There was only one restaurant around so my dinner both nights was steak and all you can eat shrimp...Nothing wrong with that, except the all you can eat shrimp were breaded and boy did I eat a lot of them. So, It messed up my "low carb diet". The bigger diet mistake I made, was the 2 Mikes Hard Lemonades I bought at the hotel lobby and that I decided to guzzle just before bed around midnight.
However I'm back in the saddle When I got home Sunday I cooked a Paleo Pork Loin Dinner with onions, carrots, and sweet potatoes. I used arrowroot flour as a thickener for the Paleo gravy. Remember if you use arrowroot as a thickener it doesn't like too much heat so just bring it to a simmer (not a boil) as you stir. It thickens up clear and real nice and is neutral on flavor.
Breakfast was four large chicken sausage links from Costco and Lunch yesterday was at Jubitz Truck Stop Deli. Chicken with Gravy and meatballs and one kilbasa. Dinner was a cup of decaf coffee with whole milk and stevia.