Resolute

Happy 2020 y’all! I hope you all had a festive, lovely holiday season, however you celebrate. Mine was certainly full, surrounded by family and friends and lots of good, nutritionally sound food. I did find that it’s definitely possible to overeat Ketogenic foods and as I sit at the computer, penning this love letter to you and watching the snow fall out my window, I do so having not lost an ounce during the holidays- and I really don’t care. I am however glad that the season has come to an end and am enjoying eating a more streamlined daily diet again. My Keto got a little dirty there for a minute and that’s not how I usually roll.

Recipes!

I’ve posted a few new recipes. This time, it’s all about pork butt (shoulder). This inexpensive, yet delicious cut of meat can be prepared in so many more ways than bbq pulled pork (although that too can be delicious). I’ll typically buy more than 20 lbs of it at a time from stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, restaurant supply stores or a butcher, then break it down into 4 to 6 pound roasts for my freezer.

Although pork is safe at an internal temperature of 145 degrees, I still like my lean cuts of pork cooked to 160. It’s just a preference. But pork butt is fatty and kind of tough, so it needs to be cooked to 180 degrees to be tender and sliceable and 200 degrees to be pulled. Get a meat thermometer if you don’t already have one. If you’re going to make pork butt, I suggest not trimming the fat prior to cooking. It helps keep the roast moist and tender over the sometimes long cook times. And I mean, I’m Keto over here right? Less carbs, more fat!

This herb crusted roast pork is roasted in the oven, kind of low, kind of slow.

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Herb Crusted Roast Pork

The easiest, quickest way to achieve Hawaiian Kalua Pork is in an Instant Pot, so this is an Instant Pot recipe!

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Kalua Pork & Cabbage

My recipe for low carb carnitas start out in an Instant Pot and finish in a hot oven to get those crispy bits.

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Street Taco Lettuce Wrap Night with Carnitas

On to today’s subject matter:

How do you feel about resolutions? I for one and typically against them, particularly in the “new year” sense of the darned things. They just seem like exercises in futility, often times literally. I can’t count the number of times I previously made resolutions with a new year, only to experience feelings of guilt and loss by the time summer rolled around. That roller coaster for me, is one filled with determination, short term success, backslides, temptation, emotional self flagellation, wavering resolve and finally, total non-compliance. I don’t want any of that for myself and I don’t wish it for you.

If we’re talking specifically about diet and weight loss resolutions, the ultimate failure isn’t even really our fault, despite what you may have been told. Calories in/calories out; move more/eat less; low fat/high fiber- these traditional dietary tag lines are lies that may provide short term results, but result in a wrecked metabolism over the long term.

I’m not knocking the concept of having a goal or three. We all want healthy bodies. We all want financial freedom. We all want peaceful minds. And the truth is that if we’re going to get any of the things we want, we’re going to have to, at some point, become resolute about meeting those goals. I’m just questioning our typical methods and mindsets. We don’t need to “start over” once a year. We don’t need to spend our precious little resources enriching industries that are designed to bilk desperate people. We don’t need to jump on bandwagons. We don’t need to keep feeding habit loops, whether individual or societal, which serve only to increase our suffering over the long term.

So what do we need to do? I say, be resolute! But lets consider being resolute differently. Lets be resolute about our own curiosity- about our minds, bodies and well being. Lets be learners and seekers of truth and knowledge. Lets be resolute in our quests for those things. If we’re talking specifically about nutrition, lets figure out where our personal blind spots are and educate ourselves. Lets learn to cook and to take the time in our days to eat intentionally. We are worth the slowing down. And the slowing down is, in my experience, completely necessary. And finally, lets be resolute about building the skill of perseverance within ourselves. Our story is not over once we’ve reached a goal or benchmark. How can we maintain reached goals? What’s the next thing we’re meant to do? How must we persevere and how do we actionably do so? The answers to these questions won’t be prescriptive. We’ve all got our own paths to walk. Ultimately, I think I am resolute in only one thing- living an examined life. And that’s it.