Summer 2017 Potato Hack…The End

This is it for me!  I’ll be eating the leftover, cold spuds for lunch, but then we’re off to Denali National Park for the weekend, meeting friends, and hopefully having a Big Dipa and a steak.


My dinner last night was a giant bowl full of boiled, cooled, then fried potatoes. We call these “homefries” where I come from. But to make it really special, I made a cup of my famous potato starch gravy and covered the homefries with the gravy….MmmmMMmmm


The gravy’s easy:

  • 1 cup of broth, any kind.
  • 1 “spoonful” of potato starch powder.

Bring the broth to a boil/hard simmer, meanwhile mix the potato starch in a bit of cold broth or water.  Stir quickly and dump into the simmering broth. It will instantly turn to a nice, thick gravy.  Experiment with thickness and spice to taste.

Next week…

Next week I’ll write a follow-up with my thoughts from this hack, and some things I learned from you all this week.

See ya,


17 Comments on “Summer 2017 Potato Hack…The End”

  1. Mags August 18, 2017 at 3:33 am #

    Thank you Tim. Look forward to your feedback next week. It has been an enlightening week for me too. Enjoy your steak tonight and your weekend.


  2. Cathy August 18, 2017 at 4:55 am #

    Quick question about sweet potatoes. You said they could be included in the hack which is good. Do you agree with Paul Jaminet that the liberal use of sweet potatoes causes kidney stones, or is it like most things — the dose makes the poison. I’ve been reading all around the sites you linked to here and I find it fascinating that the idea that we don’t need massive amounts of good fats like we’ve been told in the paleo/primal world and the idea that fat causes insulin spikes especially when eaten in the presence of carbs. That carbs are actually better for leaness with just the right amount of fat.

    Enjoy the trip!


    • Tim Steele August 18, 2017 at 7:12 am #

      I do not think this at all. Probably what Jaminet was referring to were foods high in oxylates (ie. spinach, rhubarb, sweet potatoes and peanuts), and high oxylates are related to forming kidney stones. But, I do not think that a normal, healthy person will develop kidney stones from eating these high oxylate foods. Rather, if someone has kidney issues, and they accumulate oxylates, then they would be wise to avoid sweet potatoes and the rest until their underlying problems are dealt with (further reading:

      I 100% believe that a long-term, healthy, weight-stabilizing diet is best when it has a starchy base with sane amounts of fats and protein. Beans, rice, yams, and potatoes are called “staples” for a reason.

      Wikipedia on “staple foods”:

      “A staple food, or simply a staple, is a food that is eaten routinely and in such quantities that it constitutes a dominant portion of a standard diet for a given people, supplying a large fraction of energy needs and generally forming a significant proportion of the intake of other nutrients as well. The staple food of a specific society may be eaten as often as every day or every meal, and most people live on a diet based on just a small number of staples.”

      “Main staple foods are derived either from vegetables and animal products, including cereals (such as rice, wheat, maize, millet, or sorghum), starchy tubers or root vegetables (such as potatoes, cassava, yams, or taro), meat, fish, eggs, milk, and cheese.[1] Other staple foods include pulses (dried legumes), sago (derived from the pith of the sago palm tree), and fruits (such as breadfruit and plantains).[citation needed] Staple foods may also contain (depending on the region): olive oil, coconut oil and sugar (e.g. from plantains).”

      I think that most of us have gotten away from basing our diet on healthy staples, and we eat too much crap (donuts, pop, fried foods) or we try to engineer the perfect diet (keto/low carb) which looks good on paper but deprives us of the goodness in the traditional staple foods.


  3. Mark August 18, 2017 at 6:27 am #

    The homefries look good! I’m going to continue tonight and then weigh myself tomorrow to end the hack. So far, I’ve lost 3lbs! My hardest day was day 3 for some reason. I was really tempted to have some fig bars that night. Yesterday I felt a lot better, and today has been fine so far.


    • Tim Steele August 18, 2017 at 7:18 am #

      I need to address these cravings and what we can safely eat to get past them. I know for me, if I don’t eat enough potatoes at dinner, and don’t have some emergency spares in place, I’ll get to rummaging for something to eat. If you do cave, it would be best to eat a small snack that contains zero fat. Veggies, lean meat, etc. NOT cookies, candy, chips, cheese, etc.

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  4. Mainer August 18, 2017 at 8:08 am #

    Checking in. First, spot on regarding the staple post, couldn’t agree more, although a few years ago you wouldn’t have been able to convince me of that. Also agree on the snack issue, I plan on making garlic roasted hummus with carrots or turkey jerky for our snacks.

    Meanwhile back to the hack, yesterday your potato soup and then 1/2 of 3 different sweet potato/yam for taste comparison and for the record I’m not confident the one labeled yam was in fact a yam. Regardless, I expected a stall or very little loss due to the deviation from my boring choices and the fact that I didn’t engage in any activity. Surprisingly, I registered a 2.8 lbs loss this morning bringing my total so far to 8 lbs.

    Looks like my lobster feed has been pushed off a day (bummer) so I’m in it for the full 5 days. Lunch today will be your potato soup recipe and dinner tonight will be the left over sweet potato from last night. I seem to be trending closely to my past few hacks so if this continues I expect to be 10-10.8 lbs down tomorrow morning when I wake.


    • Tim Steele August 18, 2017 at 8:20 am #

      Awesome! I was down 7 pounds as of this morning, but I feel it’s more like 3 or 4. I had been getting kind of out-of-control the last couple weeks with my summer-fun eating, lol. I’ll see where I’m at on Monday and write a follow-up to the week’s hack.

      re: The Soup. The most important step is removing about 1/4 of it and pureeing it. Make it as smooth and creamy as possible, then pour back into the pan with the chunkier ingredients. Amazing!

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  5. Mainer August 18, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Agreed, that’s what I did, very creamy. Only alteration next time would to be to make the potato chunks smaller, I left them rather large.

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  6. Natasha August 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks so much Tim for doing this. I’ve been having a hard time focusing. The reminder from you has helped me stay on track.

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  7. Ellen Steele August 31, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    I found that in the evenings, I started going to bed earlier so that I wouldn’t be tempted by late-night snacking. Honestly, it was a win – more sleep, no snacks!


  8. Virginia Belveal November 19, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    I want to do this really bad. I ordered your book, but just found out I have a sensitivity to white potatoes & pumpkin. Is it possible to do with sweet potatoes? Thanks!


    • Tim Steele November 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

      You’ll read my thoughts on a sweet potato hack in the book. Might work, let me know!


    • Mycroft Jones November 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

      Please let us know how the sweet potato hack goes, very interested.


  9. Fiona May 30, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    Hey Tim, are you planning to do a Summer 2018 hack? (Winter for us here in Australia) Or even a Spring 2018 hack? (I have been pretty successfully keeping a steady weight after a couple of small hacks but I would like to ditch that last 1-2kgs so am planning another one soon and wondered if you were planning a group one soon.) Trust all is well in your world. 🙂


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