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Recipe Of The Month
Chinese Beef Skillet
200 g. pea pods
50 g. onion, chopped
100 g. shredded red bell pepper
100 g. broccoli florets
100 g. cauliflower
2 cups condensed beef stock or broth
2 tbsp. sunflower oil
2 tbsp. starch
2 tbsp. CapTri®
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
700 g lean beef sliced paper‑thin
1/2 cup cold water
1 sm. clove garlic, minced
Heat large skillet to about 400 degrees. Add oil, mix until it crackles, add beef. Cook briskly, turning meat constantly for 1 to 2 minutes or until just browned. Remove beef from skillet. Cook onion and garlic in remaining oil for 1 1/2 minutes. Add cauliflower, broccoli, pea pods, bell pepper and broth and cook for 3 minutes until cauliflower is tender then remove from skillet. Heat broth in skillet. Mix corn starch, soy sauce and water together and slowly stir into broth. Add beef and vegetables back to liquid. Serve on rice. Serves four.
By John Parrillo
All the rage lately is the ketogenic or keto diet – a low-carb, high-fat and a higher-protein diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis. In ketosis, your body transitions from using carbohydrates for fuel to using ketones for fuel. (Ketones are substances in urine that indicate your body is burning fat).
This reaction allows your body to burn stored fat and gives you a feeling of fullness. One of the key supplements used in keto diets is medium chain triglyceride oil (MCT oil), such as Parrillo CapTri® C8 MCT.
Let me say this: the Parrillo Nutrition Program is not a keto diet; however, we do recommend that if you want to go low-carb, you definitely want to take CapTri® C8 MCT. It helps you get into ketosis (more on this in a moment).
Scientific studies have shown that when lipids like CapTri® C8 MCT are used in place of carbohydrates on low-carb diets, body fat stores are lower (1,2,). When you reduce carbs, you in turn reduce insulin (insulin promotes fat storage) and activate the carnitine shuttle. The carnitine shuttle is a transport system which moves fatty acids inside mitochondria – the furnaces inside cells where foods are burned for energy. The body is then able to shift into a fat-burning mode.
The problem with typical low-carb and keto diets, however, is that you don’t have much energy and your metabolism tends to slow down. You’re really not consuming any fuels that your body likes to use for energy. Employing a low-carb, high-fat, keto-type strategy, you use CapTri® C8 MCT in place of starchy carbs. This results in decreased insulin production and a higher release of glucagon, a hormone that helps unlock the body’s fat stores.
It is desirable to get your body in a fat-burning mode as efficiently as possible. The process of your body shifting from a glucose-fueled metabolism to a ketone fueled metabolism is known as “keto-induction.” This means your body, once emptied of glycogen stores, starts adapting itself to breaking down fat into ketones for fuel. How long the process of keto induction takes varies from person to person. But on average, it takes roughly two weeks.