A Typical Fat Burning Day

Being fat-adapted is one of the most freeing changes I've ever made in my life. Once I changed from being the typical Carbivore to fat-adaptation it felt like I gained a superpower.

Yesterday morning I had one coffee with butter and collagen powder and a second coffee with butter and a raw egg. I drove my truck down to my favorite diesel shop 20 miles away and then rode my bicycle home in the rain.

When I arrived home I noticed a leak in our kitchen skylight so I got the extension ladder out and climbed on the roof to take a look. I removed some moss and leaves that had built up around the skylight and then figured while I was on the roof I might as well clean a couple of the gutters also.

By the time I was done fiddle-farting around on the roof and had played fetch with my dog for a bit I realized that I was starting to get a little hungry. It was 2:00PM.

On only two cups of coffee, 1 egg, and a scoop of collagen powder and after a 20 mile bicycle ride I wasn't hungry until mid-afternoon. Back when I was eating the standard American diet I probably would have eaten breakfast, packed some snacks for the ride home, and still been hungry for lunch by noon.

However, this isn't a superpower. It's a power every person should have by default, but we don't because we've gotten our bodies used to expecting crap fuel and junk food full of sugar and grains.

If this sounds interesting to you I’m more than happy to have a free 30 minute discovery call to see how we can re-enable your lost superpowers. 360-610-7053

Omelet Muffins for Fuel on the Go

Primal Omelette Muffins

Primal Omelette Muffins

These Omelet Muffins are an excellent make-ahead breakfast snack. Bake 12 at a time in your muffin pan and you’ll have breakfast for the week.

I based mine on Mark Sisson’s recipe.


7 slices oven baked bacon
1 cup sweet peppers
4 large shaggy parasol mushrooms
9 eggs
pinch of salt + pepper
1 chopped garlic clove
1/4 cup shredded Tillamook pepperjack cheese
2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream

Put the bacon on parchment paper on a baking sheet in a cold oven. Then set oven to 425F. By the time the oven reaches 425 your bacon will be done. Turn off the oven and leave the bacon in for a bit longer until it reaches your preferred level of crispiness.

Let the oven cool a bit while you mix together all the other ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

Spread EVOO or avocado oil into muffin pan.

Ladle egg mixture into muffin pan.

Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

I’ll be making these for mountain biking, backpacking, and overland trips this fall.

If you’d like to learn how to improve your life by upgrading the food you eat, please contact me today.

A Note on the Pointless #hashtagging of Words

I just received a marketing email from a line of organic foods I like. It contained a recipe and above it was a bold heading that said #MakeThis.

I’ve seen hashtagged words appear in TV commercials. Why are you doing this to us? Hashtags are a way to add metadata to content so that content aggregators can pull together similar articles, pictures, or other content. There's no point to hashtag things meant for human eyes to read and especially not when that content is reaching me via TV or email.

I don’t pee in your pool. Please don’t put hashtags in my inbox.

Please use words to communicate your ideas.

Tidied up my garage

Before tidying up.

Before tidying up.

I’ve never been particularly good at keeping my things organized. I’ve always wanted to, but it never would really happen. As a kid my room was always a disaster. My shop was reflecting this quality recently. I kept coming across references to Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I gave it a read and tried to follow her methods as best I could while tackling the mess in the garage.

Categorize things.

Categorize things.

I think one of the most powerful pieces of advice in her book was to take everything off the shelves and group things by types. So power tools go into one area, extension cords in another, tools in another, etc. This helped to prevent me from shuffling things around the garage from one pile of things to another. When you can see everything laid out in this way it helps you realize how much room you need to make in order to store it and helps you find and eliminate duplicates.

After tidying up.

After tidying up.

Another great piece of advice from the book is to make things easy to put away instead of making them easy to take out. This feels backwards until you realize how much time and energy it saves to clean up after a project. For me this is exactly how things would become scattered all over the place. Instead of being too tired to think about where everything goes its almost like things naturally fall back into the places they’re supposed to live.

I highly recommend you give the book a read and see if you can apply some of these simple ideas to help organize your life.



How to enjoy scrambled eggs in the great outdoors

If you love scrambled eggs while out in the mountains but can’t stand choking down the dehydrated stuff here’s a delicious and easy way to make real scrambled eggs while backpacking or overlanding. This was a test I ran in my kitchen but should be reproducible off the grid with your trusty camp stove, a pot, and some water.

I’m a big fan of cooking sous vide and find all kinds of uses for my Foodsaver vacuum sealer. The challenge was how to go about getting raw eggs sealed into the bag. I cracked two eggs into a glass food container, mixed in some diced onion and shredded mozzarella cheese, and placed it in the freezer overnight.

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I pried this out of the container, cutting it in half in the process, and vacuum sealed it.

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Once the eggbrick thawed I had an airtight bag of raw eggs. Grabbing one end I dumped the contents down to one side. I then set the bulk of the eggs into the pot of boiling water and set the lid on the end of the bag to keep it upright.

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I left the eggs for about 10 minutes at a light boil. If you’re planning on making coffee for breakfast wait until your eggs are done. If you’ve kept the outside of your bag clean you’ll have a perfectly clean pot of hot water with which to make your coffee.

I cut the bag open and dumped out a nice egg pillow.

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This resulted in a very fluffy scrambled egg mass and was perfectly cooked all the way through.

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With just a little prep work you can eat natural, whole foods while adventuring outdoors without resorting to preservative packed backpacking food full of chemicals and mystery ingredients. If you’d like help planning your next remote adventure or just how to get away from everyday junk/processed foods please send me an email.

Pepperoni Breakfast Skillet

Pepperoni Breakfast Skillet

Pepperoni Breakfast Skillet

Tonight I wanted something hearty and simple for dinner. In my copy of The Primal Kitchen Cookbook I found the Pepperoni Breakfast Skillet. I used that recipe for inspiration, but here’s what I ended up throwing together.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of potatoes
  • 5 local duck eggs (I got mine from Catalpa Heart here in Mount Vernon, WA.)
  • 3 large crimini mushrooms
  • Pepperoni to taste
  • Mozarella cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Using a cheese grater shred about 2 cups of potatoes.
  • Rinse the potatoes in a large bowl of water a couple of times the way you would do if you’re making hash browns.
  • Coat a cast iron pan with EVOO.
  • Cook the shredded potatoes in the cast iron on the stovetop at med-high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Whip eggs.
  • Once the oven has heated pour the whipped eggs on top of the potatoes.
  • Cover with cheese, mushrooms, and pepperoni.
  • Place into oven and bake for about 12 minutes.

The Primal Kitchen Cookbook

Last fall I watched a live chat featuring ancestral health advocate Mark Sisson and creator of the fitness program P90X Tony Horton. At the end of their conversation they held a giveaway for some attendees to receive autographed copies of both authors’ books. I was one of the chosen few. As it turned out Tony Horton, author of The Big Picture, ended up signing both books so I think I may have the only copy of Mark Sisson’s The Primal Kitchen Cookbook signed by Tony Horton. Cool!

The Primal Kitchen Cookbook signed by Mark Sisson and Tony Horton.

The Primal Kitchen Cookbook signed by Mark Sisson and Tony Horton.

What's in your rig?

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Yesterday I went through my truck and wrote down all of the things that I'm carrying around in it. This isn't a list of what I need, or a suggestion of what you should carry. This is just accumulated stuff from several months of camping, overlanding, truck maintenance, and general life.

- Lucas fuel additive
- air hose
- lava soap
- roll of paper towels
- roll of blue shop rags
- Clorox disinfectant wipes
- 50 feet of paracord
- clear eye protection glasses
- foldable army shovel
- 60" High Lift jack
- 2 digital multimeters
- flashlight
- business cards
- trail maps for the ACFL
- USB extension cable
- roll of toilet paper
- tools
  - screwdrivers
  - 2 socket sets
  - allen wrenches
  - ratcheting wrenches
- Hummer jack
- electrical tape
- duct tape
- jumper cables
- leather gloves
- tie downs
- bunjee cords
- Hummer service manual
- MRE (Menu 3 Chicken noodle stew with vegetables)
- thermos of water
- 2 tow straps
- funnel
- foil emergency blanket
- SOL escape bivvy
- 2 Duraflame firestarter logs
- box of matches
- oil filter wrench
- spare fuel pump
- oil filter
- Amsoil fluids
  - 75W-90 gear lube
  - 2 bottles of ATF
  - 15W-40 motor oil
- rubber shop gloves
- coolant
- tire iron
- ice scraper
- spare serpentine belt
- garbage bags
- shop overalls
- Sriracha lunchbox first aid kit
- hand broom and dustpan
- Caterpillar LED work light
- assorted paper maps
- Camelbak water bottle
- wire stripper
- Discover Pass
- fire extinguisher
- IR thermometer
- Gorilla glue