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Old 02-12-2013, 10:44 AM   #1
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Pork in your diet?

Just a note to say that throughout the course of beginning this WOE'ing again I have noted that when I am consuming loads of pork I have seemed to be more successful at weight loss.

Recently I stumbled onto an article by Ned Kock that seems to verify that high consumptions of pork are possibly related to lower incidences of obesity in other countries.

What an interesting discovery!

I'm going to the grocery for more pork tonight!

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:46 AM   #2
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I eat lots of pork, far more than I eat beef.
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that never occurred to me.

i will have to increase the amount of meals a week i consume swine. I always thought that fish is what made you thin. Jerry Seinfeld said that the reason fish are thin, is because they eat fish. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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well that's a plus. I sometimes eat 6 large sausage patties at breakfast. For some reason, pork fat still "scares" me. I guess it's just a remnant of my low cal/low fat days. I can eat coconut or olive oil with no guilt, but things like bacon, sausage, pork shoulder always make me feel like I'm doing something bad for my body. Maybe it's just me. Who knows.
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Interesting! I do think I am eating more pork now than before I started this WOE.
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There are plenty of lean cuts of pork. Try pork tenderloin. It is awesome I coat it with seasonings, brown it in olive oil and then bake it in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.
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I wonder, though, if he meant uncured pork, not bacon and sausage and other products with nitrates?
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That is interesting, Lori.... thanks for sharing.

Slow roast a pork shoulder with a nice fat cap on it. Mmmm !
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I lose better eating beef and pork (and other red meat) than I do eating seafood and fowl. In fact, I'm near the end of a red meat week right now, simply to move my losses ahead
(It worked). 70/30 ground beef, pork shoulder roasts, chuck roasts, short ribs, and ribeye steaks are my friends!

I'm also heading to the supermarket today to grab a few half hams on sale.
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I ususally stick to the unprocessed pork as well. pork tenderloin in the slow cooker, center cut pork chops grilled. I do have the the occaissional pre-cooked breakfast sausage links and I love to cook up some bacon. But I also love to buy the sausage burgers from the butcher...mmmmmmm, now I'm gonna have to go buy me some! The great thing is the kids love it all too!
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Dottie, he did not say but Asian countries use more fresh pork.

Just a little OT; NK's blogs on cheese are great for understanding the change from milk to cheese and health benefits.
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i will have to increase the amount of meals a week i consume swine. I always thought that fish is what made you thin. Jerry Seinfeld said that the reason fish are thin, is because they eat fish. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Unless things have changed greatly in the last 25 years, and I don't think they have, Asians don't eat a meat-centric diet.

I went into a store with a butcher shop when I was in Korea, all those years ago, to buy a roast. It was funny as heck because they couldn't believe I wanted a big hunk of meat to just ... ya know ... cook. They didn't have big cuts of meat like we do and they were shocked at the thought of fixing so much for a meal (left overs or no). And it was friggin expensive.

What surprised me, though, is there was a hog farm not far from the base I was stationed at (Camp Mercer) and I could see 8 or 10 hogs that were the size of VWs.

On the other hand, if you want a super hot grass hopper (a real one no kidding) that will make you regret your drunken wanderings the next morning, no problem! Happy to give it to you snickering all the while.

But I'm glad to hear the endorsement since I love eating pork
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I just bought 3lbs of ground pork from my local butcher. I cook it with butter and mushrooms. I eat this almost every day. SO GOOD!! SO EASY!! SO FATTY! SO CHEAP! AAAAAND best of all....SOOOO LEGAL!
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I wonder, though, if he meant uncured pork, not bacon and sausage and other products with nitrates?
No unfortunately I meant the bacon and breakfast sausage with the nitrates. I know nitrates are bad, but I was actually referring to the pork fat as being "scary" in my own mind. I have a new brand of sausage and when I am done cooking it, there is literally 4-5 tablespoons of grease in the skillet. It renders out like CRAZY. I blot on paper towels, but that little voice in the back of my head tells me I'm doing something bad to myself. 6 of those plus 3 fried eggs for breakfast today. On the plus side, I wasn't hungry for the next 8 hours.
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I've found that unprocessed pork and beef are the most filling types of protein for me...more so than eggs, chicken, or fish, or even ham & bacon. Italian sausage and breakfast sausage keep me pretty full, too.

I don't generally have much luck in the weight loss department, no matter what I eat, but it's nice to be full for several hours and not thinking about snacking.

I buy pork chops when they're on sale for $1.99/lb or less and slow-cook them in the crock pot...for some reason, ground pork is expensive around here....
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I love pork too but i tend to cook it the one way, shallow fry it. Gets a bit boring after a while, going to look for low carb recipes now after reading this x
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I live in a country centered all around.... Pork!!!!
My BF also would eat pork every day if he could, probably.

I tend to only eat it once a week, aside from organic bacon. That I eat every other day, LOL!

I read somewhere that pork was unhealthy and have been avoiding it a bit. Ntombi asked me why it was unhealthy, but apart from only finding some vague stuff about omega 3 to 6 ratio not being great, I actually found no reason not to consume pork.

I guess I'm going to give my BF the green light to go shopping at the local abbatoir (the biggest in Europe, LOL) as we can get it freshest and cheapest there...
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I love pork too but i tend to cook it the one way, shallow fry it. Gets a bit boring after a while, going to look for low carb recipes now after reading this x
I don't know if you have a crock pot, but I love love love pork shoulder or picnic roasts in the crock pot. It can be done so many different ways, all of them delicious. You can do a pulled pork, a spicy pork, use Asian flavors, all kinds of European ways, it's almost limitless.

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I live in a country centered all around.... Pork!!!!
My BF also would eat pork every day if he could, probably.

I tend to only eat it once a week, aside from organic bacon. That I eat every other day, LOL!

I read somewhere that pork was unhealthy and have been avoiding it a bit. Ntombi asked me why it was unhealthy, but apart from only finding some vague stuff about omega 3 to 6 ratio not being great, I actually found no reason not to consume pork.

I guess I'm going to give my BF the green light to go shopping at the local abbatoir (the biggest in Europe, LOL) as we can get it freshest and cheapest there...
Pork used to be less healthy, when the pigs were treated like garbage disposals and fed just about anything remotely edible and then pumped full of drugs to counteract the unhealthy diet. In those days, trichinosis was also fairly prevalent, so the meat had to be cooked well done. In most Western countries, that's simply no longer the case, it's healthier, and trichinosis is very rare. Actually, a lot of pork is leaner now than it used to be (at least here in the States, as they were trying to market it as "the other white meat"), and I miss the older fattier versions.

Because pork is cheaper than beef, it's the red meat that I eat the most of.

My dog, whom I feed a raw diet, also eats a lot of pork. It's his staple meat.


BTW, because I can't afford exclusively grass-fed and grass-finished meats, Buddy and I take fish oil daily, bringing our Omega 3 levels up to better ratios with the too-high 6s in the feedlot meats.
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Ntombi, I also take omega 3 to get my ratios better.

We get some great cuts of pork here, like belly and neck which are so nice and fatty. I should get some... Will make BF very happy too, LOL!
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I don't know if you have a crock pot, but I love love love pork shoulder or picnic roasts in the crock pot. It can be done so many different ways, all of them delicious. You can do a pulled pork, a spicy pork, use Asian flavors, all kinds of European ways, it's almost limitless.
Thank you Ntombi for the suggestion, i currently don't have a crock pot but i might go out and invest in one. I love pulled pork but have never tried to make it at home before. You have definitely given me a couple of good ideas
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No unfortunately I meant the bacon and breakfast sausage with the nitrates. I know nitrates are bad, but I was actually referring to the pork fat as being "scary" in my own mind. I have a new brand of sausage and when I am done cooking it, there is literally 4-5 tablespoons of grease in the skillet. It renders out like CRAZY. I blot on paper towels, but that little voice in the back of my head tells me I'm doing something bad to myself. 6 of those plus 3 fried eggs for breakfast today. On the plus side, I wasn't hungry for the next 8 hours.
Oh sorry, I didn't mean you, I meant the blogger
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roast pork tenderloin. I shall be doing both very soon in my new retirement gift for and from myself, namely THE SUPER WAVE OVEN, when it arrives.FF
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I was not a fan of pork but realized what I didn't like was the dry, super lean pork that is offered these days. I steer clear of those kinds of cuts and get my pork from a local farming co-op that guarantees really good farming practices. Somehow that pork tastes fantastic!
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Ntombi, I agree that shoulder is the best way to go since it is inexpensive and does not dry out (unless you really over cook).

AND, if you are single like me, a roast can be cut into stir fry pieces, stew meat and sliced off for steak/chop befor putting the rest in the slow cooker.....and adding an adobo chili or two.

There's a whole week of pork meals!!
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Wow, great responses.

I have also been following limetwist's blog and she has some great idea's about cooking pork. My goal is to try just ONE before the end of this month!
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Hmm.. Interesting... I always thought pork was the worst of all types. I eat a lot of chicken but maybe I will start eating more pork instead.

I'm off to see if I can find some local pork from a farmer. Got a new freezer I need to fill up!
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"I always thought pork was the worst of all types"

I think the Beef Lobby has a lot to do with that heh. As I recall they put a heck of an advertising effort out when pork was gaining market share and they did some off the books fear uncertainty and doubt seed planting.
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