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A fish a day a good idea?

Commented on March 29, 2014
Created March 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

If someone is trying to cut out red meat and dairy products and take their protein in from fish, how would that look health wise in the long term?

For example I usually eat half a chicken a day for my protein or I will have a big steak and eggs on another day.

I am thinking about having a rainbow trout everyday from the fresh fish market until I can get a deep freeze sorted to but myself a full grass fed pig.

I am undecided on whether to buy a whole rainbow trout for 3.50 which contains around 100 grams of protein or to buy kipper fillets which kg by kg are a lot less protein packed.

A whole rainbow trout will give me over 10 grams of omega 3 which seems very high, do I nee to boost the omega 6 in my diet as to avoid imbalances?

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on March 29, 2014
at 08:49 AM

Rainbow trout is a river fish and free from the contamination which you mention. Eaten for millennia and very primal!

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on March 29, 2014
at 02:21 AM

I would agree if our oceans weren't so heavily polluted these days.

I like the idea of cutting back on omega 6 and eating just enough omega 3 to make everything work. Once you replace all conventional meats with grass-fed counterparts, cut back on the nuts/seeds, and use more saturated / grass-fed / dairy animal fats, this only requires a few servings of fish a week to reach a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of o6:o3, rather than a fish a day of pcb, heavy metals, and radiation.

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on March 28, 2014
at 09:17 PM

These are farmed trout :(

The fresh trout is 22 pounds a KG, out of my price range.

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on March 28, 2014
at 08:40 PM

Fry those puppies in butter. Mmmmm trout.

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on March 28, 2014
at 06:09 PM

Ideally you want 1-1 to 1-5.

1-1 to 1-3 might be perfect depending on who you ask.

The theory behind it is, I think, that people used to spend a lot of time near bodies of water for obvious reasons, and so relied on fishing for sustenance. Now Instead we squeeze things until their fats come out and then consume them in large quantities. :D

In that context, a fish a day might be perfectly reasonable.

A6b302171ad297933107ec7e6abadf39

on March 28, 2014
at 05:39 PM

I might buy some nut butter or something to have to balance the range out, i just want to make sure that I have the recommended ratio. Do paleo people think the advised ratio is necessary/optimal?

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on March 28, 2014
at 07:13 PM

A fish a day or generally eating more fish, especially oily fish (kippers, herring, sardines, salmon, mackerel, etc) is an awesome idea and really good for you. If you have a source of fresh fish and can cook and eat them you are very fortunate. I would eat as much of the fish as you can, the little ones like sardines and smelt you can eat the bones and everything, or if not, cook it whole with the bones and head, and you'll get all that wonderful fat. Canned fish like sardines is also really good for you, even though it has been processed.

The idea behind omega 3 and 6 is to keep them in balance, and generally the advice is for everyone to eat as much fish as possible because most people get too much omega 6. However if you have a really disciplined diet and get most of your fat from oily fish, you might actually get too much omega 3. This is unlikely but something to watch out for, the idea is to have the two oils in balance, not just eat a ton of omega 3.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on March 29, 2014
at 08:49 AM

Rainbow trout is a river fish and free from the contamination which you mention. Eaten for millennia and very primal!

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on March 29, 2014
at 02:21 AM

I would agree if our oceans weren't so heavily polluted these days.

I like the idea of cutting back on omega 6 and eating just enough omega 3 to make everything work. Once you replace all conventional meats with grass-fed counterparts, cut back on the nuts/seeds, and use more saturated / grass-fed / dairy animal fats, this only requires a few servings of fish a week to reach a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of o6:o3, rather than a fish a day of pcb, heavy metals, and radiation.

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A6b302171ad297933107ec7e6abadf39

on March 29, 2014
at 02:39 AM

By the way guys the fish is farmed, the unformed fish is 22-28 pounds per KG, way too expensive for me.

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on March 29, 2014
at 02:17 AM

...Just don't eat all the fish out there... I mean I eat sardines almost every day too but also keep in mind our waters are very quickly dying... Sometimes paleo makes me upset when I see it turn away from sustainable, local meat and become more of "eat lots of X anyways" with no real Earthly regards.

Not saying you're going down that road, but ya know I gotta throw in my 2 cents.

Regardless yeah, I eat fish often too and I think when it is sourced well it is very good. But I think it can very easily go down-hill depending on the sourcing.

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on March 28, 2014
at 08:38 PM

It's a matter of taste, and I'd personally go for eating a trout 2-3 times a week, and mix in other seafood. Calamari, clams, mussels, oysters. All good.

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on March 28, 2014
at 07:48 PM

Problem I have eating the same fish every day is the source. Is it farmed or caught in heavy polluted waters? That is why varying the diet can be advantageous. As for Omega balance, just eat a healthy diet free of seed oils and processed foods and don't worry about it. It will balance without you having to stress.

A6b302171ad297933107ec7e6abadf39

on March 28, 2014
at 09:17 PM

These are farmed trout :(

The fresh trout is 22 pounds a KG, out of my price range.

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on March 28, 2014
at 05:35 PM

I think I've seen something about omega3 megadoses thinning blood. So if you cut yourself often or are going in for surgery you may want to be concerned.

It really isn't difficult to get omega6. You could probably hit 10g/day without trying - for a 1 - 1 ratio - and could hit 20g/day with a little effort - 2-1 ratio.

A6b302171ad297933107ec7e6abadf39

on March 28, 2014
at 05:39 PM

I might buy some nut butter or something to have to balance the range out, i just want to make sure that I have the recommended ratio. Do paleo people think the advised ratio is necessary/optimal?

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