So with the start of the new year comes all the marketing relating to new diet gimmicks and ridiculous exercise equipment. Including this super weird thing. This also means the mogul of the dieting world, David Zinczenko (he’s the “Eat This, Not That” guy) is at it again with another diet idea to ring in 2013. This one is called the “8 hour diet” which claims that weight loss can be achieved by only eating within an 8-hour window (instead of the constant eating from the second we wake up until we go to bed that our culture is so used to). For example, eating late at night messes up our digestive system and does not allow time to process our food before we go to sleep. Zinczenko claims that you can “eat whatever you want, as much as you want” as long as it is limited to an 8-hour window. Sounds awesome, right? Reading the small print, he recommends you get two of his eight “Powerfoods” at each meal or snack (these include eggs, lean meats, dairy, legumes, nuts, blue & purple fruits, red fruits & vegetables, yellow & orange fruits and vegetables and green fruits & vegetables. Lastly, you can follow it anywhere from 3-7 days/week to see results!
My take: First, the “whatever you want, as much as you want” thing scares me. Our culture as a whole is incredibly gluttonous, and my fear is that the 8 hour window will turn into a binge sesh and not include a ton of high quality foods. Example: putting berries on a bowl of ice cream. Lean meat on your pizza. Lettuce and tomato on a fried chicken sandwich. You get it. I also don’t have to get into how I don’t agree with the dairy and legumes being included as “powerfoods”. HOWEVER, I think that the idea of fasting is incredibly valid and I am excited to see that it is something that has finally reached the mainstream. I do see a difference when I intermittently fast- in my body, my energy and my satiety levels post-fast. I am by no means an expert AT ALL, but this guy has a ton of info and is definitely worth checking out. Simply, there are proven benefits to fasting, including an increase in resting metabolism, healthier gastrointestinal area and a lower bodyweight. After my Whole30, I think I may experiment with this 8-Hour Diet but use paleo as my guide towards what is a “Powerfood”. To be continued…
Secondly, speaking of the Whole30, I am well into Day 1. Had a great back-to-Crossfit class (love me some tabatas) and I found out there are over 15 of us doing Whole30 from my Crossfit box. Super stoked to find this out- and our coach even set up a “support” page on Facebook so everyone can share tips and recipes and keep each other motivated. Today, I whipped up some Smoky Bacon chili (compliments of PaleoOMG) with one small tweak- no potato and I simmered it for about 2 hours. I also added about a ¼ cup of water to her recipe. It is deelish and I even took some over to my sick-at-home friend who had a raving review! I also got around to making a batch of my Spicy Paleo mayo. Recipe below. This stuff is so good (took me a few attempts of experimenting!) but I put it on a ton of stuff.
Spicy Paleo Mayo
1 organic egg
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 ¼ cups of olive oil (light tasting so it doesn’t taste bitter like EVOO [I get mine from Trader Joe’s])
½ tsp dry mustard
½ tsp salt
¼ cup diced jalapenos & their juice (I buy the little cans from the Hispanic section)
3 tsp paprika
3 tsp cumin
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
In a blender/food processor/bowl/whatever, break the egg and add the lemon juice. Let it get to room temp. (I usually wait an hour or two). After the egg warms up, add all the spices, jalapenos and ¼ cup of olive oil. Depending on what device you are using (blender, food processor, hand mixer), blend the ingredients together. Now comes the emulsion process! Slowly, slowly (teeny little drizzle) add the rest of the oil while blending. The more oil you add, the thicker it should get until it turns into mayonnaise! If your concoction is having a hard time emulsifying, you can add another room temp egg yolk which should probably help it thicken. If you’re still having trouble, then you are a horrible chef. Kidding. YouTube “homemade mayo” and you will find some tricks of the trade. I usually keep mine in the fridge no more than 2 weeks (essentially, as long as your egg is good for- make sense?)