Slow Carb Cooking – Garlic Pulled Pork

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The original recipe appeared in Tim Ferriss’ Slow Carb Cookbook for the Four Hour Body.

Slow Carb Cooking: Garlic Pulled Pork
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Some say Pulled Pork is a form of barbecue, that is commonly slow-cooked using a smoker, a slow cooker or a domestic oven, other say it’s heaven. Tender pieces of pork, shoulder cut (Boston Butt) or mixed cuts, prepared at low heat for several hours. Sound great?! Good, because just because you’re dieting, doesn’t mean you can’t have any. Here’s a nice way to prepare Pulled Pork the Slow Carb way.

Active Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time : 5 hours
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:
4 lbs pork shoulder
2 Tbsp salt
½ tsp cumin
2 tsp of black pepper
6 fresh garlic cloves, peeled
1 onion
1 bay leaf
Juice of one lime

The basic seasoning will consist of salt, pepper, cumin. Mix all these together and rub the meat with it. Don’t be too easy with the spices – this i a big chunk of meat and right now it doesn’t taste like much. Use a knife to make some deep but narrow cuts and stick the garlic cloves into the meat. Try to distribute them evenly, so every part of the meat get a bit of the flavour. Leave it like this in the fridge for at least an hour, but better over night.

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Low Carb Foods List

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As describer in the Four Hour Body, here’s a short list of low carb ingredients you can use for guilt free cooking and eating. Please bear in mind, that even those foods are safe, what you are used to eating it with isn’t. Take scrambled eggs for example: a lot of people are used to their ketchup with scrambled eggs – don’t Ketchup is pure sugar and will kill any dietary progress. Follow the suggestions religiously and there’s very little room for failure.

Proteins:
Beef grass-fed, organic
Chicken breast or thigh
Eggs
Egg whites
Pork

Legumes:
alfalfa
beans (black, pinto, red, green, wax, etc.)
clover
lentils
lupins
peas

Vegetables:
Artichokes
Asparagus
Avocado
Bamboo Shoots
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Collards
Corn
Cucumbers
Fennel
Kale
Leeks
Lettuche
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Okra
Onions
Peas
Peppers
Peppers
Pickels
Pumpkin
Radishes
Sauerkraut
Sea Vegetables
Spinach
Sprouts
Tomatillos
Tomatoes
Turnip
Water Chestnuts
Zuchinni

If you purchase the Four Hour Body you will get the Four Hour Cookbook for free.

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Slow Carb Cooking

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Our Body generates most of its energy from sugar. All the food you eat throughout the day are essentially turned into sugar. That’s really a good thing and nothing to worry about, as long as the amount of food and the amount of sugar that the body can generate from it doesn’t exceed what the body needs in the time that it takes the body to process the food. This is the most important thing to understand!

Slow Carb Cooking
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Everything you eat is eventually turned into sugar. If you take more in than you body needs to operate it will store it for better times. That’s when you get bigger. On the other hand, when you eat foods that take longer for the body to process, you can eat more, because it will leave the body before it is processed entirely. When that happens your body will use fat and protein for fuel. And that’s when you loose weight.

The whole point of (s)low carb cooking is to prepare meals from ingredients that will give you enough energy to get through the day, but take long enough to process, that you can eat until you’re full, without putting on weight.

There are a bunch of low carb diets out there, like Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, The New High Protein Diet, The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet or if you want to know what the Stars do to their bodies, have a read in The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets. Really effective but extremely hard to follow, since you need a lot of focus is The Ketogenic Diet. All those diets are bad for your body if you do them for too long. Since you cut carbs, vitamins and essentially nutrients from you diet, these diets put a strain on your kidneys.

The good thing about a Slow Carb Diet is that you still consume foods that take a long time to process in the body, but with much healthier options. On top of that, you get to have one cheat day per week, where you can eat whatever you want, including carbs. Therefore the program suggested by Tim Ferriss is the much healthier option for permanent weight loss.

So if you decide to tackle your belly and try something new and healthy, there are a couple of things to bear in mind for every meal: avoid white carbohydrates like bread, rice and pasta, eat high protein foods, like eggs, meat and fish.

It makes it a lot easier if you keep your meals simple and eat the same dishes over and over again. Consume only small meals but more frequently:

Breakfast (8am)
Lunch (11am)
2nd Lunch (2pm)
Dinner (5pm)
2nd Dinner (8pm)

This leads us to the second most important issue with dieting: Insulin.

Whenever you eat food, your body releases a hormon called insulin. This hormon takes care of storing energy in your cells so that you have it available when you need it. But there are foods that trigger a bigger amount of insulin to be released and there are those, that keep the insulin levels minor. If there’s not a lot of insulin, the amount of food doesn’t matter too much, since only so much energy can be stored. This means, if you eat right, you can eat a lot more than you could otherwise, without getting bigger.

A big problem is availability – or so it seems. Plan you meals one day ahead and know when slow carb food will not be accessible to you and plan for those occasions by preparing food in advance. Don’t get yourself in a situation, where you’re hungry and don’t know what to eat when, as you’re more likely to make mistakes that way.
Also, since you’re dieting, water and tea are your drinks of choice. If it has to be coffee, use two spoons of cream – no milk and sugar.

We offer a whole range of recipes for you check out. Give Slow Carb Cooking a try.

If you want to read more about the subject consider buying The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.

Here are a few of our Slow Carb Recipies:

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