Sunday, August 26, 2012
I really really like BBQ. I enjoy taking a cheap cut of meat, making my own dry rub for it, preparing and injecting my own inject recipe, firing up some charcoal briquettes, and then tending the smoker for 8 to 18 hours. I am learning how to make my own BBQ sauce and I'm still working on recipes to keep the sauce low in sugar and high in taste.
When I started with Sparkpeople my first thought was that I would have to give up BBQ because I was on a diet. My next thought was that if I go on a diet I will fail. The term "a diet" carries with it the concept that we can only eat specific things and they're not the things we really enjoy. If we go on a diet we go from what we're accustomed to eating and instantly start eating different. That's like being a runner who runs 5 miles for exercise 3 times a week and suddenly one day steps up to the starting line for the Boston Marathon. Failure guaranteed. Think about that. The runner will start the race and run the first 5 miles but after that it's just a question of when he/she will drop out. Isn't that how most people handle "a diet"?
So I changed my thinking and decided that I would fit BBQ into my healthy lifestyle. Cooking Pork Shoulders and Beef Briskets low and slow renders out much of the fat so the meat is healthier. The choice of sauce on the meat makes a huge difference in calories and sugar content. I serve the sauce on the side so my wife and others can have their sweet sticky Memphis or Kansas City style sauce and I can have the tomato or vinegar based sauce. I really like Pulled Pork but I can save over 100 calories by not having a sandwich and the calories in the bun. The point is that by not being on "a diet" I get to decide what I eat and how much I eat. I don't eat BBQ at a restaurant because I can't control what goes on the meat - even if I order the Chicken.
My point with all of this is that you can substitute any food for the BBQ - whatever you enjoy. You can control how much and how often you eat something that would be considered poison on "a diet". You're in control of this lifestyle change and you don't have to change from a blood thirsty carnivore to a vegetarian in order to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. You're in control.
Enjoy the ride,