Corned Beef and Hash
Testimony of the Day
“Good morning Maria, I had to share some exciting news with you! This morning I weighed myself like I always so and for the first time in over three years, I weighed UNDER 200lbs. 199!!! It’s been three and a half weeks since I started eating your way and reading your metabolism book.
I just got your HAQ assessment over the weekend and finally just got all the supplements in the mail yesterday. I have lost 24lbs in 3.5 weeks but most of all I feel incredible and have a healthy happy relationship with food that I have never had before. I know this is just the beginning, but I had to share my milestone with you! I had many days before I found you that I thought I would NEVER weigh under 200 again. You have given me hope and empowered me to take back my health. Thank you!! With my warmest regards, Shauna”
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GLUCOSE NUMBERS and KETOGENIC DIET
When eating a ketogenic diet, the most exposure to carbohydrates is overnight especially towards morning as the liver produces glucose to keep your brain fueled and to prepare you for getting up. Therefore, if you are eating a very ketogenic diet, the blood ketones go up during the day as you burn more fat for fuel (as apposed to a high carb diet where the opposite happens).
Something to consider, a ketogenic diet rapidly induces insulin resistance. This is a normal physiological response to carb restriction. Carb restriction drops insulin levels. Low insulin levels activate hormone sensitive lipase. This breaks down fatty tissue into ketone bodies (blood ketones). Your muscles prefer to run on ketones and so they become insulin resistant leaving the glucose in your blood for other cells (like the brain).
However, while muscles are in “refusal mode” for glucose any glucose put into your bloodstream, from food or gluconeogenesis (blood glucose made from protein or other tissues), will rapidly spike blood glucose. This is fine if you stick to LC in your eating. It also means that if you take an oral glucose tolerance test you will fail and be labelled diabetic. In fact, even a single high fat meal can do this, extending insulin resistance in to the next day.
So if you are getting a blood glucose test, you can increase your carbs to 150 grams a day for 3 days prior and your blood glucose levels will show normal according to the standards. Otherwise, you can look at a better marker for metabolic syndrome which is you HbA1c levels. If these are low (5.5 or less is what a doctor will define as low diabetes risk, 5 or less is ideal), it doesn’t matter what your fasting blood glucose levels are.
Also an interesting note, when mice in a recent study by Ortman, Prinzler and Klause were allowed to select their own diet, lo and behold, the mice chose (by calories, not weight!) 82% fat and 5.6% carbohydrate. Sensible mice!
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- 1 (3-lb.) corned-beef brisket
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 fresh bay leaves
- ¼ bunch fresh thyme
- 1 medium green cabbage (about 2 pounds)
- 1 TBS coconut oil (or organic butter)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 avocados, cut into chunks
- HERB MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE:
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons finely diced shallots
- ¼ cup coconut vinegar
- ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 TBS whole grain mustard
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons MCT oil
- ½ lemon, for juicing
- Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- OPTIONAL GARNISH: Poached eggs (eliminate if egg allergy)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Place the corned beef in a large deep pot and cover with cold water by 6 inches. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- When the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add the onions, cloves, bay leaves, and thyme. Cover the pot with aluminum foil and a tight-fitting lid.
- Cook the corned beef in the oven 4 to 4½ hours, until it's fork-tender.
- To test if it is done, gently remove the foil and pierce the meat with a fork. If the fork doesn't penetrate easily, the beef is not ready.
- When it's done, remove the meat and let it cool a few minutes,Slice the corned beef against the grain into ¼-inch-thick slices. Set aside.
- Meanwhile make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, place the shallots, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon salt and let sit 5 minutes. Grind the parsley with a mortar and pestle and add it to the shallot mixture. Stir in the mustard and MCT oil, and season with a squeeze of lemon juice, a little touch of pepper and a touch more salt, if you desire. Be careful not to over-season, since the corned beef may be on the salty side.
- To make the "hash," slice the cabbage into noodle-like strips or small pieces. Place oil in a saute pan and saute the cabbage and garlic until the cabbage is very tender and soft. Mix in the avocado slices (the avocado reminds me of soft potatoes). Saute for another 2 minutes to warm the avocado.
- Arrange the meat over the cabbage. Drizzle with the parsley-mustard sauce and a poached egg if desired.
Traditional Hash = 619 calories, 41g fat, 28g protein, 33.3g carbs, 3.8g fiber
"Healthified" Hash = 589 calories, 51g fat, 25.5g protein, 4.6g carbs, 3.7g fiber (78% fat, 17% protein, 3% carbs)
For the love of Avocado!
When I made this recipe the second time around to take photos, I forgot the avocado chunks which remind me of the texture of a soft potato so don’t forget it in yours! Also the avocado has much more potassium than a potato. Click HERE for more info on potassium and low carb diets.
But in honor of forgetting the avocado, I found this shirt and had to get it!
Another great testimonial about this lifestyle.
“I had plateaued after two years of eating paleo and then eating what i THOUGHT was the “the Maria way”.. which was really my own version – high protein, moderate fat, low carb. Could NOT figure out why I had stopped losing – and actually had started gaining. And more interestingly, as the heaviest weight lifter in my BodyPump class, I had to go down on my weights slightly, and that bothered me. I was only half trusting the Maria way because I was still afraid of fat. I have since DOUBLED my fat intake, cut my protein down to a more moderate amount, and all of a sudden I am losing again. And the keto stix are pink again! It’s amazing. My energy is so much better, and I can see my muscle definition again. Maria, you do know what youre talking about, and many of my friends are being recruited to your way after asking what I’m doing. Thank you thank you.” -Alli
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