• I’m now a Certified Primal Blueprint Expert!

    Over the past year (from July/2014 to July/2015) I’ve lost 60 pounds and got off my high blood pressure and Type II Diabetes medications! (doctor approved) I feel great. I was so bad off I thought I’d never be able to run again, but I’m actually able to jog and do sprint workouts. I walk a lot to burn off fat. I’m fat adapted. That means I basically don’t eat a lot of carbohydrates anymore. Carbohydrates turn to sugar and excess carbs are stored as fat! So no carbs anymore. No bread, no pasta, no potatoes, no rice, no grains, no legumes… Instead I eat fat and run on fat. I’m a fat burning beast! My breakfast of champions is bacon and eggs! Lots of meat and vegetables. Lots of butter, coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil. Omelets, burgers, BLTs, grass fed beef, chicken liver and beef liver. Roasted whole chickens, grilled lamb, duck, quail, buffalo burgers and lots and lots of vegetables. I’m eating good! After a while you don’t miss those other things. Every now and then I’d cheat and I could immediately feel the effects! Bad! So I very seldom cheat anymore. Its the 80/20 story. You have to be Primally good at least 80% of the time. The other 20, you got to be close! Also, the success you have with this lifestyle is 80% based on your diet and 20% based on sleep, exercise and stress management. So I and my restaurant, Harry’s Hideaway in Cornville, Az. are here to help you out with the most important aspect of this program, the food! Look for Primal specials to be added to our offerings. Also, look for my Primal Cooking Challenge on vimify.com (get your vim and vigor here!) coming soon. As usual, check with your doctor before starting a new diet or exercise program. My posts herein are not to be taken as medical advice and reflect my own personal progress.

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  • Oopsie Rolls – Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb

    That’s an oopsie roll on my half pound buffalo burger with onion and garden tomato! Imagine that, you can pick up your burger and eat it like a normal burger instead of with a fork and knife! This recipe is all over the internet, but here it is:
    3 ounces full fat cream cheese
    3 eggs, separated
    1/2 tsp cream of tartar
    pinch of salt

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush it with olive oil. Whisk the egg yolks with the cream cheese and a pinch of salt until well combined and frothy. Next whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. I use my Kitchen Aid to do the whisking in two separate bowls. Next, fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture a third at a time. Scoop out at least 6 mounds of the mixture onto your greased parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool. Use a thin spatula to remove the rolls from the parchment paper. Use for burgers, breakfast sandwiches, BLTs, etc, etc! Only 1 carb per roll. I use 2 for a sandwich. Sometimes just one cut in half to make a half sandwich. Enjoy!

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  • Bacon Jam

    Here’s the link to the original Bacon Jam recipe coming from Mark Sisson’s Marksdailyapple.com

    OK, here’s a few notes, tips and suggestions. Here’s the original recipe:

    12 to 16 ounces of bacon (340 g to 450 g)
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    2 shallots, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon chili powder (5 ml)
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (a pinch)
    1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (2.5 ml)
    1/2 of a chipotle pepper en adobo, chopped (or more, but these canned peppers add a lot of heat)
    2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (30 ml)
    1 tablespoon maple syrup (15 ml)
    1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee (120 ml)
    1/2 cup water (120 ml)

    I added a lot more garlic. I like garlic. I added a lot more shallots. I like shallots. I added 2 cups of coffee and a little more water so it could simmer for a half hour without adding more liquid. I also julienned the bacon for easier handling and processing in the food processor.The point is play with your food! For me recipes are suggestions. Do what you want and what you like. Have fun! If what you make is off a little, adjust and do it again. The Bacon Jam I ended up with tasted like a chocolate mole saue with a lot of bacon in it! And I have no problems with that. I loved it!

  • Chocolate Fat Bombs

    I’ve gone Primal. Primal eating anyway! What does that mean. I eat a high fat, low carbohydrate, moderate protein diet. And it may be hard to believe, but sometimes after a day of eating bacon and eggs with eggs cooked in coconut oil, roasted chicken with the fatty skin and some veggies dripping with butter, a salad with avocado I still haven’t eaten enough fat! So you hit yourself with a FAT BOMB! And why not make it taste good with some chocolate and your favorite nut butter?! So here’s my version:

    3 ounces dark chocolate that’s at least 80% cocoa butter

    3 tablespoons butter from grass fed cows

    2 tablespoons coconut oil

    2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter like almond butter. I used a pecan nut butter with cashews.

    2 tablespoons heavy cream from grass fed cows and/or organic

    Put the chocolate and butter in a large glass measuring cup and microwave on high for 1 minute. Check it out and make sure it has melted all the way. If not nuke for another 10 to 20 seconds. When its all fully melted add the coconut oil. Whisk to combine. Add the nut butter and whisk  to combine. Then add the heavy cream and whisk to combine. Scrap into a silicone mold and freeze for a half hour. Pop them out into a container that you can refrigerate and enjoy when you need a snack and some fat! These worked out to a total of 2 grams of carbohydrates each and it made 20 of them.

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  • I’m Going to Journal My Activity

    Its been a while since I’ve written anything. I’ve been doing a lot of reading researching diets in order to get fit, trim and healthy. I started in Sep 2014 by going on a Gut Cleanse diet by Dr. Alejandro Junger. No Sugar, No Gluten, No Dairy, No Alcohol and No Caffeine for 21 days. This was going to be a seriously hard challenge since being a chef I’m always back in the kitchen drinking myself silly. Just kidding! So on this program you eat a protein shake in the morning, a regular meal for lunch following the above guidelines and then a large salad with some protein on it for dinner. And you take supplements including a pro-biotic 3 times a day with the meals. Believe it or not those 21 days went by pretty fast even though the NFL season just started and I was dying to have a drink (I’m a Bears fan, nuff said). I felt great and lost some weight. I got my blood sugar under control and lowered my blood pressure! Not bad. I asked one of the coaches (coaching help is included with the program), “Well now that the 21 days is coming to an end what do I do next?” That coach told me to check out Mark Sisson’s PrimalBlueprint.com and Marksdailyapple.com websites for a long term “way of life” solution. And I did.

    I bought all of Mark Sisson’s books and read them. Started to follow his program which included exercise. I lost some weight but then I got stuck. So I joined the January “Primal Blueprint 21 Day Challenge” to see if I could get some personalized direction and help. I did and I lost some more weight, but not the dramatic weight loss I was expecting. But, here comes the but, I felt great! I felt thinner and I looked thinner. My wife noticed and tried to help by saying “Well you know muscle weighs more than fat!” Hmmm. My flexibility improved. I can get down on the ground to do planks and get back up without having to call a crane operator over. I drop something on the floor and I don’t have to call my wife over anymore to pick it up. I just reach down and effortlessly pick it up off the floor! And the food! I didn’t tell you about the food. Do you like bacon and eggs? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We are to eat like cavemen did 10,000 years ago before farming began. Animals and vegetables. No sugar, no grains (corn is a grain), some fruit (low sugar), some dairy (high fat), so its a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. After reading all the books and following the logic, which I agree with, the line that stood out the most to me is “you don’t store fat as fat, you store excess sugar as fat”! Holy cow, eat fat, cut out the sugar and turn your self from a sugar burner to a fat burning machine! So I’m working on it and I’m sure enjoying the food!

    There’s lots of room in that chef’s coat, but I still have a ways to go.

  • I’m Going on a 21 Day Gut Cleanse Diet and Football Season is Just Starting!?

    What? Am I crazy? Yes, but that’s besides the point. Who goes on a diet right before football season starts?! Right? Crazy! So, I’m watching Thursday Night Football with the Packers and Seattle and it was a great game (if you don’t like the Packers(I’m a Bears fan)), but I just sat there and watched it. No snacks (you’re not suppose to snack). And nothing to drink (you’re not suppose to drink anything but water and water like things (seltzer, mineral water). Kind of boring. So that’s Thursday night. What about Sunday when football is on all day? I had to come up with a plan. So I scheduled one of my meals (lunch) to start at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. This way I could cook during halftime and eat while the game is on! Also, I needed some good football food. The Gut Cleanse people give you recipes when you do their cleanse. One of them was Lamb Tacos. I took that, jazzed it up with peppers and tomatoes, made chips from parsnips, and walla! Lamb Nachos! On this cleanse you’re suppose to stay away from caffeine, sugar, gluten, dairy and alcohol. All the fun stuff. But I got to tell you, this meal tasted fantastic! It was a great football snack/meal and see what I washed it down with? Looks like a Margarita, but its just purified water with lime juice in a Margarita glass! It was a fun meal that I enjoyed with my wife and that’s what its all about!


  • Dark Chocolate Reduces Heart Desease and Stroke Risk and Lowers Blood Pressure #Sedona

    Good news for us Chocolate lovers! Has to be dark chocolate though, not milk chocolate or chocolate candy. I eat a square of Mars Dove Dark Chocolate made with the cocoapro process. This keeps all the good for you flavinoids intact that the normal high heat process destroys. Here’s a link to the article.

  • Gluten Free Diets, Cleansing, Etc. #Sedona

    Here’s a link to an article about Gluten Free Diet Myths. So I’m going on the Clean Cleanse diet by Dr. Alejandro Junger which goes for 28 days during which you eat gluten and dairy free. Then you reintroduce gluten to your diet and see if any problems arise. Then you go back to the cleanse and then, after a few days, you try dairy and see if there’s a problem. I don’t want to eat gluten free if I’m not gluten sensitive! I don’t know why people think its healthier? As you can read in the above mentioned article, when companies make gluten free products, a lot of times, to make up for the lack of gluten, they add more sugar and fat. Not exactly healthy! Why am I going to do a cleanse, besides the fact that I live in Sedona? Well, I’ve read the doctor’s books and if everything I read is true, I’m going to clean my “Gut” (which is where the root of all diseases lie), lose weight, control my blood sugar, fix everything that’s wrong with me (say what? what’s wrong with me?!) and turn back the aging process! Wow, I can’t wait! I’ve done cleansing before and I did feel great while doing them, but I always went back to my old ways. Hopefully, I will take some of the good habits with me into the future when I finish the Clean Cleanse. The two books I’m reading are Clean and Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger, M.D. I’ll keep you posted.