Friday, May 4, 2012

My Relationship With Bacon...

Bacon Strips "Anatomy of Perfection" by TheWordShop

A month ago, you could not have convinced me that I would ever be happy to cook a pan of bacon. Or that I would inhale it as soon as it hit my plate. Or that I would feel no guilt about it at all. And suffer no stomach ache as a result of my indulgence. Aaah... bacon!

Before I began this elimination diet, I viewed foods like bacon as the enemy and I actually didn't really enjoy eating it. My stomach felt uncomfortable when I consumed it... like the way it feels after I eat a big doughnut (or two). Things have changed, however, and I am now a bacon lover, my stomach handles it just fine, and I eat it guilt-free.

I don't know why this change has come about but my working hypothesis is that my body, since I have eliminated processed foods, has naturally begun to crave real foods. Real nutrients. Healthy fats. I come to the table hungry and leave satisfied. I consume more calories and fat than I did before and yet my weight stays steady and healthy. As I reported at the beginning of this trial period, I actually lost 5 pounds of retained water during the first week. Imagine losing 5 pounds of anything while indulging in bacon!

Can bacon possibly be healthy? We do purchase the pricier organic, nitrate-free bacon which makes it sound a little better.  I have also been doing some reading which suggests that the fat in bacon is similar to the wonderfully healthy fat of olive oil. Admittedly, I can find a negative article for every positive one I read and admit that I find it all confusing. The long and short of it is that I can't imagine that it's any worse for me than all the garbage I was previously consuming. And... it doesn't appear that my body objects. Quite the opposite.

I'm now waiting for my body to start craving brussel sprouts... but I'm not holding my breath.


  1. Melody,
    Try cutting up some brussel sprouts, tossing them in olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast them for about 20 min at 425. Then toss them in this browned butter concoction: 3 Tbsp of butter, melted, 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 2 Tbsp of capers (drained), and 1 tsp of lemon juice. Heavenly! I now crave brussel sprouts! :) Also, these would be good even without the browned butter concoction, or just with the butter and lemon juice, even.

  2. Ohhhh....I really like bacon! We eat a good amount of Canadian bacon here too. Glad to hear that your diet is agreeing with you and that you're developing a healthy relationship with food. Keep it up!

  3. We buy our bacon from a local butcher because sugar is not added (my husband is allergic to both cane and beet sugar). That bacon is salty and wonderful. I never liked bacon before that. Eating "real food" is so important to your health. Calories don't really matter at all. There are lots of confounding studies (read Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes) and you'll see that a person could lose weight eating 3,700 calories a day and that same person could gain weight eating 1,800 calories a day while expending the same amount of energy in both cases. Our bodies are so much more complicated than "calories". Try to stick with websites that promote eating real food like, the Weston A Price foundation, Mark's Daily Apple, Kelly the Kitchen Kop (who's Catholic), and various other "paleo/primal" blogs. You'll find a wealth of info that lacks the hostility of diet blogs.

  4. I agree with you. Natural fats and proteins from animals is so much better for you that the processed stuff out there.

    Have you read the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon? It's a wonderful book that tells you WHY animal fats and protiens are the best for you, and why processed foods aren't. And there are lots of great recipes too.


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