4 All natural thick cut bone in pork chops salt and pepper to taste 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
1 onion, chopped I use organic Texas sweet onions
1/2 pound fresh Texas cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup of good red wine (can be left out)
1 Tablespoon of cooking oil or bacon fat
1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme
Preheat oven to 350F. Season pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. Preheat your cast iron over med-high heat once it is too warm to touch add 1T of cooking oil, I use bacon fat, brown the chops. Remove the pork chops add the onion and mushrooms, and sauté for one minute. Add the wine if you are choosing to use it, and stir for about 1 minute. If you choose not to add the wine add the fresh thyme and pour cream of mushroom soup over chops. Cover skillet, and add to the oven for about 15- 20 minutes, or until chops are cooked through.


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I have read many different diet programs, and heard about that from others in the industry. I feel that there are many in the cooking industry that have issues with weight, the others they just have good genetics and a metabolism that works much better than the rest of us. I know a few chefs that look like they need to eat a much more but they actually do eat many meals or large meals and they just do not gain weight like the rest of the population without the workout regime attached either.

I have talked many times about GMO’s and non-GMO products and that is another issue all together that I am very passionate about, but a lot of these foods that they say you should not eat to help lose weight and keep it off for good but it actually makes sense too. So I feel fall into that category especially if you do not know the origination of the food source. If it is not labeled non-gmo it probably has the likelihood to have a bi-product or the seed it came from could possibly be GMO – “G.M.O = Genetically Modified Organism”. Sugar can come from sugar cane and/or sugar beets. Most of the sugar beet production is now being grown from gmo seeds.

There are quite a few things to remove from your diet and the number one item on our list is.

1. Sugar and it has many reasons that you should remove that first. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic that would be the utmost reason to cut that out. However every mammal on the planet has candida yeast in their gut, but if you are feeding the candida beast you are in big trouble. Your body will crave even more sugar that will lead you to eating it and staying in the sugar cycle. It will also lead to belly fat and if you are not diabetic “yet” you could possibly end up there. When you gain weight many people become sedentary and then add more wight, I have been there and it sucks! Time to stop eating the sugar and try to search out a better diet and then add some exercise and activity to get your body moving to burn calories. There are many other reasons such as tooth decay, added fat to your liver, hard on the pancreas if that quits you are a diabetic for sure, high cholesterol etc…. I am not saying stay completely away from sugar it is in many of our foods naturally, but definitely use in moderation, and use organic non gmo if possible.

2. Artificial sweeteners. They are sweeter than sugar because they are processed that way to help sugar junkies get their sugar fix, and still induces the sugar cravings. Stay away from these.

3. Diet Foods or Low Calorie foods. Unfortunately, “diet” or “low-fat” doesn’t mean low-calorie. Diet bars and low-fat foods like yogurts usually have more sugar, salt, and unhealthy fillers to make them taste okay. Even worse, we typically eat double the serving we should because we’re not satisfied or think that it’s okay to eat more because it’s “healthy.

4. White Bread and many people eat white bread because they do not like wheat bread, or just prefer white, and kids could just be picky eaters, but for whatever reason you should abstain. The truth is that it doesn’t have any nutritional value and it contains a lot of sugar and it doesn’t have the ability to keep you satisfied especially if the candida beast is riding your back. You are likely to find yourself feeling hungry and reaching for snacks after not time when your gut is sending your brain the signal to search for more sugar.

5. Fried Foods It is common knowledge that fried foods are not healthy and should be avoided, a good alternative is baked or poached. In addition of causing you to pile on the pounds, these foods are of little nutritional or no nutritional value at all and can cause you some serious health problems. Such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. This could set you up for heart problems such as heart disease, heart failure and possibly a stroke. I used to have issues with acid reflux due to eating to many fried foods like hamburgers and french fries…an old weakness of mine. I love fried foods but not what it was doing to my body. If you decided to do a cheat meal it would be better in moderation, and not very often.

The list could go on and on. White rice, energy bars, most granola and muesli, creamy salad dressings, etc… Most of every item stem from sugar, too much sugar and the way our bodies process it. If you have diet and exercise in your weekly routine, even if you only are able to do it a few times a week, you will be much healthier for it, and/or at least you will feel better. I have been there and done that myself. Good luck with your journey and hopefully you will find a healthier version of you if you are seeking it 🙂

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