. . . And Calf Liver and . . . Epsom Salt Baths
I’m finally reading the second edition of Perfect Health Diet (“PHD”). I’m particularly intrigued by their advice on nutritional supplements. Apparently deficiencies in copper, zinc, and magnesium are quite common, even for those following a healthy diet. You know what contains all of those nutrients? Chocolate. You know what I crave almost all the time? Chocolate. Hmmm.
Dark chocolate also contains iron, which I might be deficient in also. I’ve started taking Floradix. It’s too early to tell for sure, but I think it’s improved my energy levels. PHD warns against iron supplements . . . except for menstruating women. Well, guess what I am? And guess what I crave at those particular times of the month? Hmmm.
I must admit I tried to follow the PHD supplement recommendations early on, but I quickly tired of taking so many pills, especially as I have to stagger them throughout the day to avoid stomach ache. According to PHD, it’s basically impossible to get enough copper unless you eat liver every week, or possibly a LOT of chocolate. I just cannot do organ meat. Not. Going. There. And chocolate prices are on the rise. So, supplementation it is!
Problem is, sometimes M&Ms call out my name like you would not believe. The dark, more bitter stuff just doesn’t compete. PHD mentions that cravings for sweets often indicate a need for protein. I have noticed that if I’m craving sweets but eat protein instead, the cravings go away. The hard part is force myself to eat protein instead of the sweets.
So, I’m hoping not be undone by M&Ms (or chocolate peanut butter) so much in the future. Next time the cravings hit, I’ll quickly down some scrambled eggs, with a chaser of dark chocolate, and then jump in an Epsom salt bath for some extra magnesium-y oomph.
We’ll see . . . .
Reading PHD again also reminded me that I should be eating less chicken and more beef . . . or lamb or goat or liver so . . . beef it is! Here’s my menu plan for the coming week, with an extra helping of beef. I’m linking up with Org Junkie for Menu Plan Monday (better late than never):
- Breakfasts: Wilted spinach with scrambled eggs and avocado.
- Lunches: Leftovers, salads, and um, leftovers. Oh, and plain yogurt with frozen blueberries. Pat eats rice cakes with cheese a lot.
Monday: Paleo crockpot beef brisket (Really tasty and easy; I use chuck)
Tuesday: Pan-fried salmon with rice and green beans
Friday: Shrimp stir-fry with rice noodles
Sunday: Crock-pot lime beef stew (trying out a new recipe)
Have a delicious week!