A diet for a fast metabolism includes sweet fruity treats, so this Chewy Plum Fudge recipe fits the bill.
When people start eating a Dr Ray Peat type of diet they think, “look saturated fat is protective so gimme all the ice cream, let me put butter on everything and what do you mean a handful of grated cheese at every meal may be too much?”
20 kgs (40lbs) overweight a few months later and they wonder what happened!
Saturated fat IS protective, but only in the right doses.
This Rice Bake recipe was created due to the outrageously long-term summer heat in Brisbane, and my laziness!
I just don’t want to cook elaborate meals every day, especially after a workday. So we needed to be able to cook something once and eat it for the rest of the week. We do add other things to switch it up, but at least half the cooking and thinking about it is already done.
The flavours of this Butter Chicken recipe are amazing and the secret twist – I use all vegetables and no chicken.
Who’s heard of protein fasting?
It’s supposed to be the safest way to tap into autophagy (body protein recycling) without wrecking your metabolism and hormones like regular intermittent fasting tends to do, especially for women. I personally tried both intermittent fasting during the day and also at night, using the minimum hours recommended. In both cases my body temperature fell over time, which is a sign of a slowing metabolism.
More on that another time but in the meantime, a big batch Butter Chicken recipe that saves you cooking for a few days at least.
White fish is one of the recommended easily digestible proteins in the Ray Peat style diet, so this Sweet Paprika Cod Recipe will make cooking it super easy for you.
I keep hearing this a lot in the Ray Peat groups and forums – but what can I eat? So this year, I’m going to find, share and create more food suggestions and recipes to make life easier for myself and everyone else.
I’m not a fan of long-winded, elaborate recipes, I prefer quick and simple, but you can still pick a herb or a spice that can change the dish completely and give it a little pizzazz.
I like my recipes to be easy, so this Easy Custard Recipe sure fits the bill. It took a bit of experimentation to get there though!
So given my latest direction of Ray Peat inspired eating, custard would have to be one of the most perfect dessert foods. Milk, sugar, maybe eggs, maybe gelatin – they’re all on the preferred foods list for optimal health in Ray’s opinion. So it’s not like you are cheating in any way when you eat this – you’re supposed to be!
So perhaps I should put ‘guilt free’ in the title?
While I am exploring all things Ray Peat and now lower fat in particular, one food I needed to make peace with is Cottage Cheese. Unfortunately it’s low on flavour which is why we need to add some in this Mushroom Cottage Cheese Dip. (Note on dairy intolerance at the end.)
Real cheese is fine, but the fat content really blows your daily limit of fat in one mouthful. So it needs to revert to ‘a taste adding condiment’ of 1 or 2 tablespoons only, not the half cup or full cup normally added to a dish.
I am slowly working my way through my recipes and tweaking them to be less full of nuts, less fats and introducing more Ray Peat friendly ingredients to offer maximum nutrition, even if it is a sweet treat. This Brownie recipe with Applesauce turned out perfectly!
Good fats are great like cacao butter, coconut oil, even grass-fed normal butter, however when the fudge you are eating is equivalent to a tablespoon of fat each mouthful, well ‘the too much of a good thing’ rule may very well apply.
We now know that balanced sugar is actually fuel for all cells in the body, and is good for you so long as it’s accompanied by adequate nutrients. I set out to make a milk fudge recipe that ticked all the boxes for taste and nutrition, and left out nuts – see previous post as to why this is important.)
The Indian Burfi sweet treat was actually an inspiration for this. Burfi seems to be made in many different ways – including nuts, but one version with milk powder started the creative neurons firing. (In some cases it’s also called Barfi however that’s not such a great word in English to associate with cooking and eating!)