Hot Peppers For Weight Loss – My Favorite Trick

Hot Peppers for Pain, Infection, and Heart Health

The benefits of hot peppers are an open secret in the dietary and medical fields. Before I go on, I have to confess my bias. I love hot peppers. I grow my own. I make my own sauces, I read about them, and study them.

In the first place, hot peppers are full of Vitamin C. Much more than in an orange. They aren’t as sweet, but they pack the vitamins as well as a punch.

They are being used heavily in Cancer research. It seems that capsaicin is a cancer killer, much like garlic. I have an acquaintance who grows specialist hot peppers for medical research.

They also benefit your gut. My father died of Colon Cancer. As a result, I had to start getting checked earlier than most men do. I was 49 when I got my first scan. I said something to the Doctor about the fact that I eat a lot of hot peppers, so no polyps are going to be able to affix themselves to my colon. He said, “Actually, you are on to something.”

Hot peppers can help with weight loss. I’m not kidding. First, they will make you feel fuller. So you don’t eat as much. Plus, eating hot peppers can affect your metabolism. For women it’s like they can burn an extra 100 calories a day, and for men, an extra 200.

Now to be fair, some of them also hurt….a lot. I grow and eat everything from Jalapenos, all the way up to Carolina Reapers, the hottest pepper in the world. I consume a lot of Ghost (Bhut Jolokia), and Moruga Scorpion peppers. They aren’t quite as hot as reapers, but I think they taste better.

Capsaicin is located in the membrane around the seeds. Capsaicin is where the cancer and fat fighting properties are found. The vitamin C is in the outer casing of the pepper. You will get more vitamin C from Red, Yellow, and Orange peppers than from Green ones. That’s one reason I let even a lot of my Jalapenos ripen.

Hot pepper growers are starting to breed their fruit to have more and more membrane to increase the heat levels. When you cut open a bell, poblano, or even a Jalapeno pepper, you notice they are mostly hollow. That’s great for stuffing, but not what heat lovers are after. Many super hot varieties are now almost full of a thick, juicy membrane. Sometimes, when you cut open a Scorpion or Ghost pepper, you will wince just from seeing the membrane. You can see the heat awaiting your taste buds.

I will have days where I have hot peppers or hot sauce with everything I eat. Not everyday, but some days. Today, for example, I’m feeling the need, so I’m going to go spicy all day. I don’t eat spicy food in every meal, every day, but I pretty much have something spicy every day. I truly love it.

This past weekend I made a very spicy Indian Curry. I mean it will put a hurt on you. If you have someone at work who gets into your lunch and steals it from time to time (I’ve been in several workplaces where that was common), putting some Chicken Phall in the fridge will both entice and cure the thief. Everyone will know who it is within moments.

And best of all, hot peppers are Keto. As far as I’m concerned, they must be the perfect food!

My 2021 Garden Plan – Driven By Keto

Weight on 1 February 2021 = 230.5

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I know it’s the beginning of February, because I have my garden all planned out, except for how I’m going to lay it out. I’ll do that in March, when I go to clean out all the beds. Mostly I’ll be using containers, and they can pretty much go anywhere. I’m really excited. I have a much better plan than last year. I’m more organized in my head, as well as on paper.

All of these are low in Carbs. And all of them are healthy. There is nothing in this list I am ashamed of, or afraid to say I eat.

First, and the only thing already sown, are my super hot peppers: Moruga Scorpion, and Bhut Jolokia (Ghost). I am limited for space, so I can only grow a couple of these, so I chose two of my favorites. They are very hot. Both have had their place as the hottest peppers in the world, though neither has that title currently. But for space, and flavor, I chose these. I already sowed them, because they take up to 6 weeks to germinate.

I will also have Poblano, Jalapeno, and Bell Peppers. The Bells will be last to go in, because of space, and the fact that I can buy them pretty cheaply at the supermarket. I just like to grow my own.

Next, I will have three varieties of tomatoes. Back in GA, when I had acres of room, literally, I grew about 20 varieties of tomatoes, Now I have space for maybe 6 plants. I will grow, Moskvich OG, some purple cherry, and a miniature plant variety of red cherry tomatoes, called, Maskotka. I will probably plant two of each variety. 6 plants is going to be crowded, but no pain, no gain.

I will plant one kind of lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson. It is by far my favorite type of lettuce to grow. And I love to eat it. I will grow three or four of these at a time. I will also grow some herbs. I have oregano, thyme, rosemary, and cilantro seeds. That will be enough for this year.

I will not plant potatoes for the first time in a long time, because of space. Northern Scotland is potato country anyway, so I can buy them from a farm store as easy as I can grow them. But for root vegetables I will grow beets, and radishes. No carrots or parsnips this year for the same reason as not growing potatoes. When you have limited space you have to make choices. That’s also why I will only grow spring onions. I love them, they grow quickly, and they don’t take up much room.

I will grow some green beans and some wax beans. I had ok luck with them last year, and The garden could use the benefit of the extra nitrogen they’ll fix in the soil.

I will grow one kind of cucumber, Socrates. It’s my favorite. It grows and produces well, and since I have to grow them in a greenhouse, I need a variety that doesn’t require a pollinator. I don’t know whether one plant will be enough or whether I’ll grow two. I may just put them in a largish container and grow two.

My main crop will be squash and zucchini. I’ll grow three kinds of zucchini, and one or two crooked neck yellow squash. I will grow lots of spaghetti squash as they are my wife’s favorites. And I will grow some Butternut squash.

As space permits, I will grow some cauliflower and cabbage. I’m not sure how many because I don’t know about the space. They take up a lot of room for what they provide. Stay tuned.

As I keep saying, the garden will be small, but it will be mighty. I’ll keep you posted as I go, and I’ll probably do some posts on individual varieties as time allows.

Oh, for the record, I will no doubt grow some flowers among the veggies. Last year, I grew Nasturtium and some dwarf sunflowers. I will likely grow both of those again, and maybe some Zinnias. Come to think of it, I had some of those last year, too.

Gardening provides me exercise and sunshine, both are very important to weight loss and good health. They are both extremely important during this time of lock down. And here in Scotland, we don’t know when that will end. These veggies will save me some money during the growing season, and a little afterward. And the taste of fresh veggies, makes a Keto eating plan, exquisite.