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Can i eat only Sardines and Eggs for my Meat?

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Created March 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Am I missing any certain fatty acids or anything if I eat only canned sardines/ eggs for my meat sources. Is this optimal and not eating any otheranimal meats?

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:35 PM

I guess there is only one way to find out...

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:54 PM

It's not foolish at all. It's relative. What else are you eating or not eating? I think a predominantly tuber / vegetarian diet with a smaller portion of fish/eggs is very healthy. I've been experimenting with a 50-60% carbs, 20% protein, and only 30% fat diet. This probably resembles a Paleo diet around the equator. Many ovo-vegetarians and pescatarians eat like this and for the most part they're very healthy. You do not have to eat beef, pork nor poultry. Think: how could land-based animals be eaten by islanders? But are the Okinawans/Kitavans/Solomon Islanders unhealthy?

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I wish I could raise my own chickens, name them Sally and Sue and then eat them. After I get great eggs of course.

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:06 PM

I've considered fresh sardines! I emailed the owner of the shop and he even said he'd eviscerate them for free for me.

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:05 PM

If you don't like factory farming find a local farmer and start a relationship with them. Knowing where your food comes from and how the animals are treated is a good thing. We buy local grass fed and finished beef at half the price of the crap from the stores and the taste is amazing.

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:02 PM

buy good egges never from a supermarket. Some canned sardines is okay but look from fresh and switch in some larger mackeral. Save the bones and head to make some very useful stock. Try Blue fish if you are near NJ.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 28, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Yes, of course, you can do any foolish thing that you want to. I doubt it's optimal either for fatty acids or amino acids. But really, my question is why would you want to only eat eggs and sardines? I'll take a steak or burger any day over that. Other good protein/fat sources - gelatin/skin/bone broth/liver/organs. Without those, you would be less than optimal. Although to be fair, eggs and sardines are pretty decent. Are you doing this for lack of money or ethical reasons?

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on March 28, 2012
at 06:19 PM

+1 Raincoast, they also make unsalted canned wild salmon!

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on March 28, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Sardines have faces. Tasty, tasty faces.

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on March 28, 2012
at 04:36 PM

I'm going to say no. Eating only one thing and ignoring others is never optimal. Is there a reason you would only eat eggs and sardines? Also, if that is all you are eating, please make sure you're eating pastured eggs and high quality sardines. But, you should also seriously consider adding other protein sources.

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on March 28, 2012
at 04:33 PM

You could. However adding Salmon would be a good choice as well. Mixing in oysters would be another choice.

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:37 PM

You could, but there are two reasons as to why this is not optimal:

1) Variety. It's not just about being excited to sit down for dinner, but about getting a wide variety of different nutrients. Also, reducing the chances from toxicity from over consumption of one-single sourced product. I would recommend, if your not wanting to do fresh meat (I get the price thing, it makes it hard) other canned, fresh, or frozen seafood, such as wild salmon, prawns, clams, mussels, scallops, squid, crayfish, crab, lobster etc.

2) Longevity. Of the diet, that is. If you are treating it like a "diet"-diet where you can only eat foods X and Y this amount a week, eating paleo will probably just be a diet for you. It is hard to make something a lifestyle if you are eating 10 cans of sardines a week, because it will feel restrictive and boring very quickly. There are people here who have done a lot of great things and experienced health benefits from starting with an initially restricted diet to recognize things like food sensitivities or support gut microbiota, so maybe in the short term this is what works for you, but I think that looking into different sea foods and even locally farmed meat, is a great thing to do so that if you DO feel like abandoning paleo because of boredom you, instead, can just go buy yourself some ground beef and bones and eat something different for a change!

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on March 28, 2012
at 05:58 PM

That sounds epic! I love sardines but especially love eating them in public to tick people off. If you are going to be eating large amounts I would recommend purchasing high quality sardines canned in BPA free packaging.

My staple is Raincoast trading sardines or Wild Planet Sardines. They run at 3$ a tin but they are the best choice if you cannot get a hold of fresh sardines.

698db94d83dee10d6ada8cc0128d45fc

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on March 28, 2012
at 06:19 PM

+1 Raincoast, they also make unsalted canned wild salmon!

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Grass fed beef is more expensive but it supports the whole non-factory farming movement- commit to it at some point. Grass fed cost more because it is a FAR better product so you really can't compare to two. It gives farmers a fair price and not the middle man. And you will notice you eat LESS ( a big plus) and you can buy parts of the cow or pig that is no longer found in fake supermarket butcher depts. Not really butchers but box openers and re-packagers. Time to commit to helping out the humanely ethically treated non-factor farmers or it will die. Americans spend less for food than any other country- we have been spoiled but pay thru the nose for health care and hospitalization. I eat Paleo low carb because when I die I don't want to be physically old.

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on March 28, 2012
at 07:53 PM

That's basically what I'm doing, except I eat other seafood. The only concern I have is toxins in seafood, but I can eat 10 can of sardines a week and be just fine. I can't have too many eggs at once, or I get sick...so I just spread it out over the day.

I've been toying with the idea of adding yogurt or kefir to vary up my protein.

I don't know why some people are responding so negatively. I think it's just fine. Personally, I can't get over the idea of factory farming, the POSSIBILITY of inhumane treatment, and non-natural feed through grains (even as supplementation to grass-fed). Grass-fed is expensive and very hard to find. If I could afford it, I'd eat wild game. But I'm not going to order meat and have it shipped on a regular basis. I may have it on occasion, but I don't want it to be a regular meal for me. I get pastured eggs, which I know aren't perfect, but it helps me make a compromise with myself.

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(35)

on March 28, 2012
at 08:05 PM

If you don't like factory farming find a local farmer and start a relationship with them. Knowing where your food comes from and how the animals are treated is a good thing. We buy local grass fed and finished beef at half the price of the crap from the stores and the taste is amazing.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 28, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I wish I could raise my own chickens, name them Sally and Sue and then eat them. After I get great eggs of course.

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on March 28, 2012
at 08:02 PM

buy good egges never from a supermarket. Some canned sardines is okay but look from fresh and switch in some larger mackeral. Save the bones and head to make some very useful stock. Try Blue fish if you are near NJ.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 28, 2012
at 08:06 PM

I've considered fresh sardines! I emailed the owner of the shop and he even said he'd eviscerate them for free for me.

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on December 14, 2012
at 09:44 PM

I'm pretty sure you'll poison yourself if you eat too much seafood. I'm also sure I'll get some downvotes over this.

Regardless, it's a potential problem that you should look into.

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on December 14, 2012
at 08:55 PM

hunt venison. There is deer season in every state. One modest sized deer (120lb) will give you about 60 pounds of meant - more if you eat organs.

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on March 28, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Since you do not want to eat an animal with a face - go add milk then and some cheese.

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on March 28, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Sardines have faces. Tasty, tasty faces.

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