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Pork and Halloumi Fat Stacks

I only joined Instagram a few months ago and got quite addicted to it. I love browsing through loads of delicious and unique low-carbs recipes and was lucky enough to discover Natasha's profile (you can find her at @natashagildea) and her blog The Feisty Kitchen. Her story is quite similar to mine because both of us have been struggling with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and have been following a low-carb, paleo diet. Her photos are simply stunning and below is an example of one that I love from her many burger recipes. Low-carb, paleo burgers go great with leafy greens or keto buns (recipe from my apps & book)!

Fat Fast anyone? I've been eating Paleo/Primal for approximately 8 months now and more keto/lchf for the past 3 months. After getting a little relaxed lately, I decided to kickstart myself back into ketosis with a fat fast and switch over to fat burning mode. My body seems to respond really well to eating a ketogenic diet, so I'm sticking with this for as long as I feel good doing it!

I wanted to change things up for my fat fast this second time around. If you've ever done one, you probably know that eating 80-85% fat is sometimes challenging. So, I played with my macros a little and decided to go 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs to see how that worked for me. It definitely worked that same as the first time I did the fat fast, and I had a few more choices when it came for meals do to the extra protein I was able to eat.

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Nutritional values (per serving):

3.7 grams 3.9 grams 31.2 grams 46.9 grams 19 grams 573 calories
Total Carbs7.6grams
Fiber3.9grams
Net Carbs3.7grams
Protein31.2grams
Fat46.9grams
of which Saturated19grams
Energy (calories)573kcal
Magnesium65mg (16% RDA)
Potassium701mg (35% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2.6%), protein (22.2%), fat (75.2%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

Burgers:
  • 1 lb ground free-range pork sausage (450g / 16 oz)
  • 10 green olives, chopped (28 / 1 oz)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Garlic seasoning such as Flavor God (or garlic powder & salt)
Toppings:
  • 1 package Halloumi cheese, grilled a few minutes on each side (200g / 7.1 oz)
  • 1 avocado (200g / 7.1 oz)
  • ½ cup micro greens
  • 1 cup arugula (rocket)
  • 4 tbsp pickled red onions

Instructions:

  1. Gently mix burger ingredients together in a medium bowl and form into 4 - ¼ lb patties.
  2. Grill or pan sear to perfection (Be careful not to over mix- nobody likes a tough burger!)
  3. Serve on arugula, lettuce wrapped or in a bun.
  4. Top with grilled Halloumi cheese, avocado, pickled red onions, micro greens, red pepper chili flakes, and some @flavorgod Spicy for a kick!

About Natasha

I've lived in Northern California my whole life, with the most recent 10 years in Redding, California. Currently, my profession is a pharmaceutical rep, but I'm working on becoming a Nutritionist and I enjoy spending my time creating recipes and using Instagram as my food blog for now. My husband and I enjoy playing tennis, doing anything outdoors and both of us love photography.

For about the last 8-9 years on and off I had seemingly random health issues come up that I would go to doctors for and they would say I was fine and nothing was wrong with me. I had arrhythmia all the time with a heartbeat of sometimes over 220 bpm. Felt like I was having a heart attack, but after multiple stress tests, EKGs, and blood work, my cardiologist said I was fine.

Next came the weight gain and inability to lose weight despite being very active and eating mostly clean. Then came all the hair loss, fatigue, always freezing, and on and on and on. Classic hypothyroid symptoms which after seeing my doctor, it was determined that all my labs were "within range."Next came the ER when I had acute pancreatitis and had to spend the weekend in the hospital. My thyroid labs were well out of range at that point, I had an irregular heartbeat and heart rate in the 30's, and extreme pain. More tests confirmed that my gallbladder was functioning only around 4% while most healthy people function at 75% or higher. I went to more specialists and had an upper endoscope done which showed I had 2 bleeding ulcers and leaky gut.

Hmmm. So, after taking matters into my own hands, I've determined that years of being undiagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis had impaired my gallbladder. And I had some serious food sensitivities that I need to fix. More labs and tests, and hundreds if not thousands of dollars spent on different supplements that may have only helped slightly and then my doctor put me on a vegan, plant-based diet.

After 15 months of that and feeling worse, I found Paleo. I decided to give it and after a short amount of time my stomach problems started to get better. I was so terrified of eating any fats/oils due to what the doctors told me after my gallbladder results, but I felt fine when I slowly introduced fat. Fast forward to today. I have virtually no hypothyroid symptoms, my anti-boides are the lowest they have been in 4 years, my thyroid levels are showing that I am converting T4 to T3 on my own (off meds for 8 months), my female hormones are back in balance, and I'm finally starting to lose weight again! I'm feeling the best I have felt in over 4 years and I'm convinced that it's all due to changing my diet!

You can find Natasha at The Feisty Kitchen and @natashagildea on Instagram!

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No bun needed! I'll have to try halloumi ... since I see it everywhere on pinterest Smile

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Thanks Gloria! Smile

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This looks amazing! I love Halloumi cheese and it was your strawberry halloumi salad I made to try it first time Smile

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Thank you Emily! It's my favourite cheese too Smile

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Can you tell me why you only use the egg yolk and not a whole egg?  I have seen a couple of higher fat recipes lately that only use the yolk and was wondering if there was something in particular about the whites that stopped you from using them.  Thanks

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Hi Glenys, I'm not quite sure why Natasha only uses egg yolk but I suspect it's just to keep the fats high so it can be eaten on a fat fast. I think you can still use both if you prefer that Smile

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Hi Glenys,
Yes, to keep the fat high and also because I don't need that much "liquid" for the burger to bind it. You are more than welcome to use a whole egg and play around with it. Might need to add some almond flour to help absorb some of the excess moisture.

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