Last week, I posted a blog about my experiment with my new diet creation that I’ve named The Cowboy Diet. An idea of a meal plan that consists of strong coffee, beef jerky, beef, and beans. One week in, I’m finding it a plan that I can follow. 

Every morning, I start my day at 5:00 am, but I can’t bring myself to drink coffee yet. I usually drink some salt water and lime and go to the barn. When I come in after morning chores, I make 20oz of strong coffee with a little heavy cream. It’s amazing, but this keeps me satiated until at least noon. 

At lunchtime, I usually have two smoked beef sticks and a couple pieces of jerky. I find this to be the most difficult part because I really like jerky. I could eat an entire bag, but I keep myself to a couple pieces. Finding the right jerky has been a challenge. My all-time favorite it Cowboy Ken’s but it’s not easily found. A close runner-up comes from a local butcher, but when I can’t get it, I settle for Old Trapper. After the beef sticks and jerky, it’s about 45 grams of protein. 

My largest meal of the day is my evening meal. In preparation for the week, I made a big pot of beans and have been eating on them all week because this meal always consists of beef and beans. On Monday of this week, we had hamburgers as a family. I added my beans and felt full. That’s the great part of the beans, between the fiber and the protein they keep me full. I don’t think I’ve discovered anything new, but this week at least, it’s working for me. 

As a special bonus, here’s the recipe I used for this week’s beans. They’re good so check them out and tell me what you think. 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained


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