Using The Potato Diet to Leash Your “Stupid Dog Brain”

Back when I was drafting this big post on the practicalities of The Potato Diet, I was already receiving comments on some other posts that caused me to add this blurb: “So, my conclusion is that boiled potatoes occupy some outlier niche where they’re mensch enough to give your stomach something substantial to feel, palatable enough to…

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I Like to Help When I Can: More Potato Diet Hack Ideas

Lots of posts, lots of comments, lots of speculation and musings in both. Someone asked somewhere in comments about Paleo adversity to this whole idea. I’ll state it plainly: I simply don’t follow it. I’d rather just put it out there, willing to be wrong, let myself and you decide over time. Why not decide…

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The Potato Diet Hack – Observations

People seem to be going at this from at least two different approaches, angles, perspectives, or however you care to characterize it. …Back when I caught wind of all this, there was a discussion going in comments at Ray Cronise’s blog, as well as a forum thread or two at Mark’s Daily Apple. Other than…

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Two More “Potato Diet” Dishes

Simple Mashed Potatoes & Fat-Free / Gluten-Free Gravy   Ingredients 4 potatoes 4 teaspoons butter 1 quart beef stock (I use Kitchen Basics) 1 cup red wine 1/2 shallot, chopped 6 crimini mushrooms, chopped 1 rounded teaspoon potato starch Salt & pepper to taste Directions Reduce your cup of red wine to nearly a syrup,…

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The Hash Browns Potato Diet for Rapid Weight and Fat Loss

[Greetings and welcome boingboing folks. Perhaps some of you were around on New Year’s day 2010, when Mark Frauenfelder first linked to this blog about another experiment, showering without soap or shampoo. Thousands gave that a try with excellent results and many are still readers here today.] Told you I’m a hit whore. …Besides, what…

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Why We [Really] Get Fat; Bad Diet Messaging; McAfee is Mensch

As Published in The Swagger #5 — Tuesday Edition Just a quick note before I dive in to today’s thoroughly fantastic edition of The Swagger. Over at my day job, FreeTheAnimal.com, I’ve just wrapped up, in draft form (like an hour ago), the culmination of a solid 8 1/2 months of hands-on research and bust-ass……...


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#1: Become Immune To All Dietary Dogma. All of it.

— Here’s What I Think Download the series brochure (forthcoming) Here’s What I Think #2 Since this is the first in what will become a long weekly series, here’s an expanded introduction. It’s a way to curate and distill much of what’s contained in this blog’s archives going back its 20 years, 5,500 posts, and…

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High Resolution Conscience: Diet Dogma, Fasting, and Ass-Busting

— Go a Year Relentlessly Upping Your Discipline and Work Ethic… See What Happens “Experience the transformative power of disciplined self-improvement and fitness as explored in this engaging article. Learn how to take control of your health, create a personalized fitness plan, and overcome your physical and mental limitations. The author shares his journey from…

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Which Diet Dogma is the Least Dogmatic?

I stumbled across something today, read it, dropped a comment about it some other place, and then left it alone.

Until I couldn’t.

I sat there eating my first food in 19 hours—courtesy of an almost daily fast—time restricted feeding, eating window, whatever— and looked down at my 159 baht ($4.15) plate of grilled pork and chicken, with mushroom sauce, green peppercorn sauce, mashed potatoes, smoked pork sausage, and grilled vegetables…then realized I’m eating something that many a diet zealot loves, and that another hates.

…What I’d seen was a head-shaking post by Amber O’Hearn recalling an experience with potatoes she hadn’t touched so much as a bite of in over 2 decades. I seem to recognize the name, perhaps from the Paleo Daze—and apparently, she switched trains at the station at some point, in favor of a high-fat, low-protein keto/carnivore dogma approach.

Yep, I’m perpetually straddling dietary salvation and condemnation both, in nearly every meal—all of them falling short of either someone’s dietary prescriptions or someone else’s proscriptions. And on deeper sociological examination, isn’t that part of of the point of different diets as such, and in the first place?

It starts with chocolate and vanilla…but oops, both are proscribed by some dietary catechisms, allowed only in moderation in others. And unless there’s an Ice Cream DietTM, I don’t know that either are prescribed anywhere…unless perhaps the chocolate is 70% or greater organic cacao and then it might fall under the grudgingly allowable for some. I digress.

I’ll go into detail over Ms. O’Hearn’s post, below.

So what constitutes the ideal inspiration for a jump-to-the-front blog post more than that? I mean, just look.

Diet Dogma Love & Hate on the Same Plate!

This was at my favorite place in Rawai, JeePhueng Phochana and Steak House, a hole-in-the-wall owned and operated by a trained-chef hubby & wife team who met while working in a fancy hotel restaurant on the island, pre-Covid. Unique in the world, a “Thai” restaurant that serves only Farang food, but at Thai-normal prices. It’s less than 2km from my place, I’ve walked over and back a number of times. Every time I go I end up meeting Thai folks who’ve become Farang-food fans, as well as the astute Farangs, and the regulars, like myself.

My friend Jackie, for instance—a former 2nd-baseman for the Phillies way, way on back—eats there every day for lunch. Everyone says the same thing: ‘love the prices but we come here because everything is so good!’

And then I thought about the dinners I cooked at home the last two nights and it’s the same thing. Love & hate on the same plate, depending upon which dogmatic dietary perspective one pays homage to adheres to…practices. There. I fixed it.

Wait until you see those marvelous, mouth-watering photos. But first, the setup.

Two days ago I was in Lotus Fresh, a Seven Eleven-sized offshoot of the Tesco Lotus chain and I walked past the most beautiful pork filet I have ever seen in my life. And that’s the truth. A good inch and 1/2 thick, perfectly marbled, with a thin strip of fat that would turn singed and succulent over a grill flame. I had to have it, though it would set me back 69 baht ($1.80). I pared it with a boiled potato and bathed the entire shebang in a tarragon chicken-stock reduction sauce, dusted with black pepper and cayenne for a wee bit of kick and a Lagasse BANG!

Then down the aisle, an equally attractive, thick chicken breast with its skin called to me at only half the price of the pork. So I got that too, for last night, and that lower-carbohydrate meal was paired with mixed stir-fried vegetables and garlic, tossed in unsalted butter. I did the same thing with tarragon and chicken stock, but added a smidgen of milk for a southern flair.

I trust you’ll be able to tell which is which.

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Low Fat “Potato Hack” Soup |Patreon

I’ve been ramping up creating cooking videos for my new Patreon venture. I’ve rolled out a few already which I’ll be posting here as well, and I have a backlog of about a half dozen. So, off and running. I’m enjoying it and yes, I do have work to do refining video presentation, though without…

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