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Spicy Sauteed Shrimp


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Shrimp is one of those food I am always craving.  Shrimp cooks fast and it can be used in many cooking applications. It is also quick cooking, and if you buy tail on and deveined shrimp, they are a convenience food. This recipe is so simple, but incredible delicious.

Shrimp also has many health benefits. Besides helping your balance your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, shrimp are an excellent source of B-12 and selenium.

Spicy, Sautéed Shrimp

Ingredients

1 pound large shrimp defrosted, deveined, and shell removed

4 tbs melted butter, olive oil, coconut oil, or ghee

3 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tbs hot sauce or to taste

1 tbs butter

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt

1 cup flat leaf parsley or cilantro

2 tbs butter

pepper to taste

juice of one lime

drizzle of olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine the shrimp, 3 tbs of fat, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and salt. Stir to coat – the shrimp should be glistening. If you are using olive oil as your fat, you can store this bowl covered in your fridge overnight to make the next day.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbs of your fat. Your pan is ready when the oil shimmer or the butter stops bubbling. The fat should not smoke.  If it begins to smoke, clean the pan and start the fat again.
  3. Add the shrimp to the pan. They should sizzle.  Keep stirring the shrimp until they become opaque and firm.  This took me about five minutes.  You can add more fat at this point if it looks like there is not enough.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the extra butter and pepper.
  5. Finish the dish with the parsley, olive oil. and butter.

I put this over a bed of sautéed greens for an easy meal.

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Gone Low-Carb And I Feel Great!


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In college, I was a vegetarian who ate very little fat, plenty of vegetables, legumes, tofu, and those oh so important whole grains. I did not have a car, and walked several miles a day to work. I was doing all the “common sense” activities that doctors and the government says will keep you fit, lean, and healthy.  Yet, during this time I started gaining weight at the rate of 10 lbs per month.  I would wash my clothes and they wouldn’t fit the next week.

When my unexplained weight gain began, a myriad of health conditions accompanied it.  These were conditions typically associated with obesity and poor diet. However, when I began my low-carb, grain-free diet, these conditions began to remit even before I shed an extreme amount of weight.

After three months of a low-carb, high-fat, and grain-free diet, I have noticed the following improved health effects aside from weight loss:

  • Migraines. Gone.
  • Heartburn. Gone
  • Joint pain. Gone.
  • Asthma. Greatly reduced.

Migraines

I began to suffer from migraines in my early-twenties.  Mind numbing, teeth rattling, lay on a dark bed for a day migraines.  Sometimes they just lasted a couple of hours. Sometimes they lasted for a couple of days.  I missed everything. I was missing days of work, concerts, plays, movies, and nights out with my friends and families. I was also in pain. Nearly everyday I woke up with a low-grade headache.

However, two weeks after I started eating low-carb, I noticed a curious absence of migraines. Now, I am able to make plans with friends and family and actually keep them. I have attended plays, concerts, and had dinners with friends.

Heartburn

Everyday for over two years, I would vomit every morning.  Whenever I ate a meal, I would have a searing pain in my
chest and periodic stabbing pains during the day. I began removing acidic foods from my diet with no results. I took drugs with little to no improvement.

Within two weeks of starting my low-carb diet, my heartburn was gone.

Joint Pain

At six years old, I jumped from a high rock and broke my left ankle.  After I began to balloon up, I noticed a persistent aching in my left ankle and over time it kept getting worse.  I thought it was directly related to weight gain and that my pernicious bulk was destroying my joints. Within two weeks of starting my low-carb diet, my joint pain was gone

Asthma

Again, another chronic condition I have suffered from since elementary school, which increased in severity along with my unexplained weight gain. Each day was accompanied by a low-grade wheezing and painfully, inflamed cartilage in my chest. I would get winded walking upstairs and become tired easily. I would wheeze and be exhausted after vacuuming the living room. Two weeks after I began to eat low-carb, I could exercise. I could bound up the stairs and feel great.

Conclusions

I know I am not the first person to propose this, but I am convinced that obesity is a disease and should be treated as such. I am convinced that low-fat diets are killing us and that GMO wheat causes bodily inflammation. I am convinced that low-carb and grain-free diets save lives. It is finally allowing me to live mine.

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