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Critique My Standardized Diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I've been doing paleo-ish eating for about 18 months now and I think I finally fell into a routine. I've distilled my eating to four meals:

Meal Option #1

  • 6 hardboiled pastured eggs
  • 1/2 lb of chopped raw kale
  • smoked sardines OR bone marrow
  • small handful of walnuts
  • rice cooked in broth
  • all garnished with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and spices (cumin, turmeric, pepper, & salt)

Meal Option #2

  • 6 hardboiled pastured eggs
  • 1/2 - 1 lb of boiled potatoes
  • garnished with olive oil, cumin and salt

Meal Option #3

  • 10oz grassfed ground beef & 4oz ground beef liver
  • 1/2 - 1 lb of boiled potatoes
  • tomato paste sauce
  • all cooked in bone broth with spices (cumin, turmeric, salt and LOTS AND LOTS of pepper to mask the liver taste)

Meal Option #4

  • 8oz grassfed beef & 6oz beef heart
  • all slow-cooked over a few hours in coconut milk w/ green curry paste
  • lots of broccoli & spinach
  • served with bone broth rice

Supplements: Vitamin D & Magnesium

I eat a single meal every day whenever it is convenient and always after a workout. I really miss cheese but I found that I snacked on it way too often to the detriment of "real food" eating. I don't cheat at all with the SOLE exception when I am a guest at someone's house. I see that more of an obligation than a cheat though. Despite the carbs (rice and potatoes), my diet is still 50% fat based. Limiting myself to a single meal and eliminating any form of snacks guarantees this diet is low-reward.

Life's good, I'm not hungry and my overall health is great. My main interest is building the optimal diet from the standpoint of health. I feel like I have reached that. The only thing I am potentially missing is more shellfish but after a bad experience with some canned oysters, I'm reluctant. I have no known food allergies/sensitivities.

What would you add/subtract/modify?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Goddamnit Zach, I hope I can eat once daily in a couple of months/years too. I've tried ghee recently (never ate ghee/butter with a spoon in my life). It was BLISS. But when I don't eat 3 meals a day, my body complains a bit at the moment. I'm so jealous :)

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

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on March 18, 2012
at 01:49 PM

White rice is pretty much pure starch, though bereft of nutrients. Useful if you need the carbs, and/or are on a tight budget, as long as you are getting adequate nutrients from other places. I eat it pretty regularly.

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on March 18, 2012
at 08:48 AM

So what is the "food reward"?

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on January 18, 2012
at 05:10 PM

Anthocyanins...spelling fail. Sorry about that-

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 18, 2012
at 05:09 PM

My unscientific approach is since veggies come in all colors, there is probable benefit to a bit of all the colors. That said, you're right that liver covers your vitamin A completely. Perhaps research availability and nutritive value of the purple anthycyanins to see if you'd like to add some red cabbage or purple potatoes (delicious!)

Dee50db72231635dc825ddcf9bbb3aeb

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Yes it seems to be enough. I don't suffer from fatigue or debilitating hunger and I also end up really looking forward to my meals.

Dee50db72231635dc825ddcf9bbb3aeb

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:32 PM

At the moment it's only yellow and red potatoes. I don't care very much for the taste of sweet potatoes and given my liver intake, do not need any more (unformed) vitamin A. What would be the reason for orange and purple veggies?

Dee50db72231635dc825ddcf9bbb3aeb

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:31 PM

That's likely to happen simply because I need them neither nutritionally nor taste wise, but what's your reason?

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on January 17, 2012
at 05:50 PM

i would loose the rice and walnuts and add berries, squash, red cabbage, mushrooms and/or onions; but that's just my preference.

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

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on January 17, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Jesus christ... Just checked and the block of kerrygold in its entirely accounts for 1600 calories. Haha, and why on earth do I always feel like exercising an hour after I eat all of this food? I feel like an absolute animal

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 17, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Looks good, actually. I tried to find some bad aspects, but the only thing I can think of is eliminating the nuts completely.

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

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on January 17, 2012
at 05:20 PM

Heh, yeah. My one meal a day meal is like this: 1 lb meat or more 2 heads of brocolli some eggs spinach salad with brocolli sprouts tomato cucumber carrots potato or sweet potato an entire block of kerrygold over everything some berries a kiwi an apple or banana or a pear Even after all of the fruit i'm eating so much protein and fat that carbs still account for at most 20% of my caloric intake. That block of kerrygold knocks my fat consumption through the roof. I don't eat like this every day obviously but sometimes i'll fast, workout, then bomb it. Has to be like 5000 calories!

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 17, 2012
at 04:55 PM

Looks nice! I see no orange or purple veggies, unless you're varying the types of potatoes.

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 18, 2012
at 05:09 PM

My unscientific approach is since veggies come in all colors, there is probable benefit to a bit of all the colors. That said, you're right that liver covers your vitamin A completely. Perhaps research availability and nutritive value of the purple anthycyanins to see if you'd like to add some red cabbage or purple potatoes (delicious!)

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 18, 2012
at 05:10 PM

Anthocyanins...spelling fail. Sorry about that-

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on January 17, 2012
at 05:50 PM

i would loose the rice and walnuts and add berries, squash, red cabbage, mushrooms and/or onions; but that's just my preference.

Dee50db72231635dc825ddcf9bbb3aeb

(20)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:32 PM

At the moment it's only yellow and red potatoes. I don't care very much for the taste of sweet potatoes and given my liver intake, do not need any more (unformed) vitamin A. What would be the reason for orange and purple veggies?

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9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on January 17, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Maybe it's me..but if you only eat one meal a day -- is that enough calories?

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on January 17, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Jesus christ... Just checked and the block of kerrygold in its entirely accounts for 1600 calories. Haha, and why on earth do I always feel like exercising an hour after I eat all of this food? I feel like an absolute animal

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Goddamnit Zach, I hope I can eat once daily in a couple of months/years too. I've tried ghee recently (never ate ghee/butter with a spoon in my life). It was BLISS. But when I don't eat 3 meals a day, my body complains a bit at the moment. I'm so jealous :)

Dee50db72231635dc825ddcf9bbb3aeb

(20)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Yes it seems to be enough. I don't suffer from fatigue or debilitating hunger and I also end up really looking forward to my meals.

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on January 17, 2012
at 05:20 PM

Heh, yeah. My one meal a day meal is like this: 1 lb meat or more 2 heads of brocolli some eggs spinach salad with brocolli sprouts tomato cucumber carrots potato or sweet potato an entire block of kerrygold over everything some berries a kiwi an apple or banana or a pear Even after all of the fruit i'm eating so much protein and fat that carbs still account for at most 20% of my caloric intake. That block of kerrygold knocks my fat consumption through the roof. I don't eat like this every day obviously but sometimes i'll fast, workout, then bomb it. Has to be like 5000 calories!

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on March 18, 2012
at 08:24 AM

I think adding a bigger variety of vegetables would help, going by a color code. Preparing radish, beets, mushrooms, zucchini, cabbage, etc. for example, will provide you with vitamins and nutrients that you wouldn't simply eating kale and potatoes (although kale is the best veggie for you, last time I checked). Beta carotene, for example, and others. I would imagine even if you're getting the proper vitamins through your vegetable sources, the health benefits may not be the same? Not sure how that works at the moment. Also rice is a grain not preferable under a Paleo diet. Why do you determine rice particularly suitable?

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

(1163)

on March 18, 2012
at 01:49 PM

White rice is pretty much pure starch, though bereft of nutrients. Useful if you need the carbs, and/or are on a tight budget, as long as you are getting adequate nutrients from other places. I eat it pretty regularly.

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:22 PM

yea, this is good, and I've always enjoyed billboards. You can still find old ones that set back and have been forgotten. They are a great find. I have a friend that lost weight searching billboards due to walking and calculating how many calories she would eat per day. BTW, There actually is available an online calculator that will tell you how many calories your body is burning and how many calories you should eat per day to gain or lose weight. For anyone interested the weight loss calculator is located at http://howtogainweight123.com . This could help you to know how to adjust your diet to either gain weight or lose weight.

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on January 17, 2012
at 07:01 PM

It looks perfectly serviceable, and presumably these are meals you enjoy. I'd prefer a bit more variety and being able to throw in seasonal veg. I'd also rather mix things up with more than one animal. It can be hard to know how well things are working under the surface, but I prefer not to put all my eggs in one basket.

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on January 17, 2012
at 05:05 PM

If it works for you, what else matters?

But if you want to add variety, avocados, sweet taters (unless that's what you meant by po-ta-toes - hint of Sam Gamgee there), blueberries, almonds, spinach, broccoli, are all pretty common on the list of good paleo foods.

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on January 17, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Looks great, you can change up your potato type/ cooking method for something different.

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