“As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
I just finished re-reading Tim Ferriss’s “4 Hour Body” book, and this quote really jumped out at me in the book. I was recently discussing healthy eating with a fellow preventive health enthusiast, and we were saying how when it comes down to it, any diet will work. The hard part is consistency, and picking a diet that realistically works in your life. Tim advocates what he calls the “Slow Carb Diet,” on which you basically eat vegetables, protein, and beans. The beans are for complex carbs and filling fiber, and they help you stick to the diet by keeping you full. He advocates for 1 “cheat day” a week where you eat anything and everything you want to keep leptin (the hormone that makes you feel full) levels high for the week. For me this fits with how I like to eat, and I’m planning on sharing some recipes in the coming weeks that will allow you to experiment with the principles to see if they work for you. First up, Huevos Cocina de Kaleigh or, if you prefer, Mexicanish Eggs.
Following the Slow Carb Diet principles, each meal is comprised of (a) a protein source, (b) vegetables, and (c) beans. I think breakfast is likely to be the most difficult for most people to eat this way, so I decided to start with a breakfast recipe. Keep in mind though, this would be a great lunch or dinner as well. If frying eggs in the morning is beyond what your routine will allow, hardboil and peel eggs the night before and eat them sliced with the beans and peppers in the morning. I am all about doing maximum prep on Sundays and then enjoying the fruits (or more accurately, vegetables) of my labor throughout the week. This week I made a big batch of both my refried black beans stir fried peppers and onions, and I’ll be building my meals around these for the week. I also bought some avocados, salsa, lettuce and limes, so I can make Mexicanish Eggs, salads, lettuce wraps, and with grilled chicken as the mood strikes. I hope this approach to food prep inspires you, and you enjoy this dish as much as I do!