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Single ingredient food dieting template (seems very paleoish) Is this a positive trend?

Commented on August 04, 2014
Created August 04, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I just got back from my gym and on the whiteboard the main trainer there had left some of his nutritional stuff without wiping it out and it had some stuff that looked pretty paleoish. I say ish because obviously it is not paleo but seems to follow alot of the ideas of the diet.

The heading on the whiteboard was:

"single ingredient foods"

The following was written underneath:

Eat single ingredient foods

Examples -

Good-Oats, steak, tuna, rice, milk, fruit, vegetables

Bad- bread, pizza, lasagne, pie

Eat sufficient carbohydrates before and after exercise to avoid bad perfromance in the gym

Get a handfull of protein in every meal

Get a serving of carbohydrate each meal

Get a decent amount of fat each meal

Get a serving of fruit or veg each meal

Only supplements worth using are fish oil, creatine, whey protein

Then examples of meals for the day:

Meal 1 pre workout:

Porridge with banana and honey

Whey protein

Meal 2 post workout:

Chicken breast

Rice

Mixed vegetables

Whey protein

Meal 3:

Steak

Baked potato

Roasted vegetables

Meal 4:

Tuna

Lettuice

Bell peppers

Rice

Olive oil

Meal 5:

Cottage cheese

Apple

Nuts

Whey protein

This is not a crossfit gym, it is a regular run of the mill gym.

It has over the last year gotten 2 squat racks, a platform, GHR machine and has started giving this sort of diet advice along with pushing heavy lifting and mobility work for men and women.

I was wondering what the paleoshphere thought of this kind of change in the fitness industry, alot of people are following this kind of dietary advice at my gym and alot are looking alot better. The women especially, the advice is don't count calories, eat good quality food and lift heavy weights and sprint.

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on August 04, 2014
at 06:44 PM

Lol, I get what you meant. Well, the only thing I see with this that might go wrong is that there might be a misconception in thinking that simple = good, while complex = bad. I'm sure there are foods with 100's of ingredients that are better than some with one or two ingredients. It just depends on the ingredients themselves not the number.

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on August 04, 2014
at 06:35 PM

Ha :)

single ingredient is just a way of getting people to think in terms of real food, like a guideline to avoid processed nutrient deficient foods.

For example a meal of steak, eggs and grilled veggies.Grilled salmon, rice and mixed vegetables.

I think you are overthinking the single ingredient idea.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on August 04, 2014
at 06:44 PM

Lol, I get what you meant. Well, the only thing I see with this that might go wrong is that there might be a misconception in thinking that simple = good, while complex = bad. I'm sure there are foods with 100's of ingredients that are better than some with one or two ingredients. It just depends on the ingredients themselves not the number.

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on August 04, 2014
at 06:31 PM

That sounds dumb. There's no such thing as a single ingredient food unless you literally managed to isolate each food into its constituent molecules. For example an egg would contain:

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