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10 foods and thats all

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2011 at 2:01 AM

Could you get all the essential vitamins and minerals and be in good health with only 10 foods. What is truly necessary?

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on November 29, 2011
at 07:18 PM

glad to know it worked out for you!

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on September 21, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Actually..."Hunters are healthy, suffer from little disease, enjoy a very diverse diet, and do not experience the periodic famines that befall farmers dependent on few crops. It is almost inconceivable for Bushmen, who utilize eighty-five edible wild plants, to die of starvation, as did about a million Irish farmers and their families during the 1840s when a blight attacked potatoes, their staple crop"

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on September 20, 2011
at 08:06 PM

no meat besides liver?> sounds very ray peatish...

D3e84d1c744652b7447ab65877d14971

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on September 14, 2011
at 02:23 AM

At the same time, preserved stomach contents of hunter-gatherers contained hundreds of different species of plants and animals. Maybe they were on to something?

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on September 13, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Need more vitamin C in there.

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

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on September 13, 2011
at 10:20 PM

Great idea, ben61820! +1!

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on September 13, 2011
at 09:31 PM

This is what I plan to do when I get my organic grass fed beef liver :)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on September 13, 2011
at 04:14 PM

See Ben's comment above about the frozen liver "pills" -- I know lots of people who do this and swear by it (me, I like liver, so I just eat it straight, lol).

74e853d880d6eae55a19d038a6b50fd7

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:13 AM

I always think that I really need to vary my diet in order to get enough nutrients, but apparently that isn't necessarily true. Glad you posted this question!

8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

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on June 06, 2011
at 04:02 PM

for PWO meals. i'm going 20% of total calories & under 0.35 grams / BW# of fat on workout days. i'm eating about close to a pound of it postworkout, so there's quite a difference even between 7% and 4% when it comes to total fat content of the meal - assuming one is tracking and cycling macros the way i do. rest days: fish, eggs and fattier meats and coconut milk.

64d3884f143769e8da36e568f7f9e536

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on June 06, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Also, if we were to "convince" wolves that they "need more than rabbits & other prey in order to find their optimal health", would they live any longer? Not that we should, would, or could, but I think your "look at any other life form" point is intriguing.

64d3884f143769e8da36e568f7f9e536

(35)

on June 06, 2011
at 01:19 PM

Good point Ed. & Dexter haha. I didn't think of that. How do nutritional experts today that campaign for everyone to go out & buy almond milk or mangosteen feel about people that lived in the past who COULDN'T just go to the store & buy fruits & vegetables shipped from the other side of the planet??! Were they not living nutritionally, then? I would agree that consuming wheat & sugars is a large detriment to health.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on June 06, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Why such lean beef? (assuming you mean 96% lean, 4% fat ;-)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:40 PM

yknow what i started doing 2 months ago for liver? I actually quarter an entire liver, then slice those quarters into slivers, then chop the slivers into little 0.5" square bits. Freeze them. Then every other day or so i just swallow a frozen bit with water, just like taking a pill. Super easy, no taste, the little chopped bits last a while so its like 10 minute's work chopping one day to get your little doses for like a month.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 06, 2011
at 04:37 AM

Who said bacon was not recreational? Food of the gods! But your menu, except for the yams, is so close to mine, it's uncanny.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on June 06, 2011
at 04:09 AM

LOL, Acquired nutrient-deficiency syndrome is what eating wheat products should be called.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:45 AM

lol ok. meat = ground beef or ground bison (I rarely stray from those). berries = blueberries or raspberries

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:44 AM

lol ok. meat = ground beef or ground bison (I rarely stray from those) berries = blueberries or raspberries

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:07 AM

I'm also calling shenanigans on berries. There are several types of berries: strawberry, loganberry, etc.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:06 AM

Meat is not an individual food! Unless it's a hunk of that middle school cafeteria protein product. I believe it's called "Meat".

9f933fedd259b97a5369c3ee5dae3151

(341)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:00 AM

LIVER, MMMMMMM.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Right on. Pretty much my digs.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Oh and a bit of liver once or twice per week.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:16 AM

I probably eat less than 10 foods anyways...

eggs, meat (ground beef or ground bison), liver, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, berries, butter, sardines, avocados.... That's everything I eat

holy cow I only eat 10 foods! lol

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:45 AM

lol ok. meat = ground beef or ground bison (I rarely stray from those). berries = blueberries or raspberries

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:06 AM

Meat is not an individual food! Unless it's a hunk of that middle school cafeteria protein product. I believe it's called "Meat".

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:44 AM

lol ok. meat = ground beef or ground bison (I rarely stray from those) berries = blueberries or raspberries

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Right on. Pretty much my digs.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:07 AM

I'm also calling shenanigans on berries. There are several types of berries: strawberry, loganberry, etc.

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De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 21, 2011
at 04:15 AM

WHERE ARE YOUR ONIONS PEOPLE?

  1. Beef
  2. Chicken
  3. Fish
  4. Onions
  5. Eggs
  6. Peppers/Chilis
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Broccoli (I could stop here.)
  9. Heavy Cream
  10. Almonds

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:08 AM

I'm thinking that so much variety is way overrated and that our perceived need for so many nutrients is due to so many artificially-introduced antinutrients - acquired nutrient-deficiency syndrome. ANDS - you heard it first here.

Look at any other life form on the planet and none seem to need the variety that humans think they need or have come to need. Carbohydrates are probably are not even necessary at all.

Ed

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 06, 2011
at 04:09 AM

LOL, Acquired nutrient-deficiency syndrome is what eating wheat products should be called.

64d3884f143769e8da36e568f7f9e536

(35)

on June 06, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Also, if we were to "convince" wolves that they "need more than rabbits & other prey in order to find their optimal health", would they live any longer? Not that we should, would, or could, but I think your "look at any other life form" point is intriguing.

64d3884f143769e8da36e568f7f9e536

(35)

on June 06, 2011
at 01:19 PM

Good point Ed. & Dexter haha. I didn't think of that. How do nutritional experts today that campaign for everyone to go out & buy almond milk or mangosteen feel about people that lived in the past who COULDN'T just go to the store & buy fruits & vegetables shipped from the other side of the planet??! Were they not living nutritionally, then? I would agree that consuming wheat & sugars is a large detriment to health.

D3e84d1c744652b7447ab65877d14971

(325)

on September 14, 2011
at 02:23 AM

At the same time, preserved stomach contents of hunter-gatherers contained hundreds of different species of plants and animals. Maybe they were on to something?

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on September 21, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Actually..."Hunters are healthy, suffer from little disease, enjoy a very diverse diet, and do not experience the periodic famines that befall farmers dependent on few crops. It is almost inconceivable for Bushmen, who utilize eighty-five edible wild plants, to die of starvation, as did about a million Irish farmers and their families during the 1840s when a blight attacked potatoes, their staple crop"

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9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

(1677)

on September 21, 2011
at 02:27 PM

1). Beef/Bison Sirloin 2). Coconut Oil 3). Grass Fed Ground Beef 4). Eggs 5). Collard Greens 6). Wild Bore Bacon 7). Baby Broccoli 8). Blueberry 9). White Chocolate (melted) with shredded coconut. 10). Petite Women

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8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 06, 2011
at 08:19 AM

  1. Porkchops
  2. Eggs
  3. EV coconut oil
  4. Salmon
  5. Butter
  6. chicken (legs/breast)
  7. Ground beef . olives
  8. Green tea

9 and 10. Vegetables: mushrooms, cauliflower, spinach.(I know its not just one but I will say so anyway)

This is about all I buy, Give or take nuts, dried figs, and 86% dark chocolate. When I am naughty.

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on June 06, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Beef steaks, salad...leafy greens, bell peppers, avocados, hard white cheddar cheese, olive oil, tomatoes Yams, cucurmin, unsweetened chocolate, cinnamon, greek yogurt, bacon, eggs

I am not a recreational eater. It is just sustenance.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 06, 2011
at 04:37 AM

Who said bacon was not recreational? Food of the gods! But your menu, except for the yams, is so close to mine, it's uncanny.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:39 AM

I'd say I prolly eat about ten foods day in day out.

Beef

Chicken

Sweet potatoes

White potatoes

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Cabbage

...that's by far the bulk of it. Sometimes fennel, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, fish.

Probably no more than ten foods for the bulk of my food. I don't see a problem.

9f933fedd259b97a5369c3ee5dae3151

(341)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:00 AM

LIVER, MMMMMMM.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Oh and a bit of liver once or twice per week.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:40 PM

yknow what i started doing 2 months ago for liver? I actually quarter an entire liver, then slice those quarters into slivers, then chop the slivers into little 0.5" square bits. Freeze them. Then every other day or so i just swallow a frozen bit with water, just like taking a pill. Super easy, no taste, the little chopped bits last a while so its like 10 minute's work chopping one day to get your little doses for like a month.

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

(970)

on September 13, 2011
at 10:20 PM

Great idea, ben61820! +1!

Bbb65dfde2b925e334048eb6438b3950

on September 13, 2011
at 09:31 PM

This is what I plan to do when I get my organic grass fed beef liver :)

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540fd839acd032b3e2904c652b35038a

on September 21, 2011
at 02:02 PM

This summer I was on a very restricted diet due to my working environment; back country with ADD/ADHD/Aspbugers/Autistic students. The camp I worked for fed them literally crap.... sugar, tortillas...SAD. I had to hide my foods as well, so as not to have the kids ask why they couldn't eat what I was, and I had no kitchen. So this is what I lived off of and came out of this summer in the best shape I have been in since I was in high school.
1. Fish oil ( 9 pills a day)
2. 6 tbsp coconut oil
3. Pepperoni
4. Apples ( two a day)
5. Tuna/Salmon packets (I know they have soy)
6. Eggs (once a week)
7. Bacon (once a week)
8. Peanut Butter (omega 3 enriched)
9. Chocolate covered Espresso Beans
10. Almonds

This diet lasted for three months, with 3 day breaks every fifteen days. On those breaks I would eat steak and eggs for breakfast each day, and as much meat and fresh veggies as I could. The fruit stand down the road sold Avocados ten for two dollars. So I would load up on good veggies and meat for three days, and then back to the diet. It worked well, especially with no prep time, and having to shovel the food in hiding behind a tree or laying in my hammock.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on November 29, 2011
at 07:18 PM

glad to know it worked out for you!

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on September 13, 2011
at 09:54 PM

What is truly necessary in the ancestor sense is survival. This necessarily means eating anything that can be digested. How many is more important than how few.

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9a0861d7ef021ceb7d81e548f5eac6bd

on September 13, 2011
at 04:08 PM

So far my top 10 foods are....

  1. Eggs, lot's of eggs.
  2. Tuna
  3. Almonds
  4. oranges/grapefruit
  5. carrots
  6. Pork chops
  7. Cauliflower Soup
  8. Coconut Milk
  9. Raisins
  10. and Eggs:-)

I would really like to try eating organs (I sounds like a zombie!!!) but never have and I am a bit nervous...I guess liver would be the best to start with.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on September 13, 2011
at 04:14 PM

See Ben's comment above about the frozen liver "pills" -- I know lots of people who do this and swear by it (me, I like liver, so I just eat it straight, lol).

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Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

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on June 07, 2011
at 03:51 AM

Sure you could do fine on ten carefully chosen foods.

Pasture raised beef Potatoes Various colors of vegetables Blueberries

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Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on June 06, 2011
at 10:30 PM

  1. Kerrygold butter
  2. coconut oil
  3. eggs- can be hard/soft-boiled, scrambled, poached, made into frittatas/omelettes, etc
  4. any fatty budget cut of meat (what you base your meals on). you can also get good bone broth from this.
  5. any starch- esp root vegetables like sweet potatoes, purple yams. mostly for PWO-carb.
  6. sea vegetables- for iodine. like dulse, nori, laver, alaria, wakame, kombu, etc.
  7. liver
  8. dark green leafies
  9. macadamias
  10. 99% dark chocolate

the last 2 are totally optional, just for extra gustatory pleasure and to be treated as treats. general rule= fill up on meat + fat first. that will cover your bases. use any veg as garnish.

things i do occasionally use are berries (blackberries, bluebs, strawbs), a good himalayan pink salt, sometimes herbs and spices to braise my meats. and also tabasco sauce if i ever get bored. splurges are coconut milk, bacon, and VERY RARELY fruit. there's no fish/ seafood here, but u can sub that for the meat portion if you want. i just go with beef as my meat bc it's cheaper where i live than most seafood options i have.

i believe the true answer to your question "what we need to be in good health," is basically avoiding PUFAs/ seed oils, fructose, refined carbs/ sugar/ wheat. just avoiding these means you wont have so many anti-nutrients inhibiting nutrient absorption. so even though you might "seem" to be running low on the vitamins/ minerals that Paleo peeps typically have trouble getting (magnesium, potassium, sometimes calcium) you'll be absorbing much more of it while eating Paleo than if you were consuming PUFAs, fructose, and sugar.

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:15 AM

Wild Salmon (Copper River is my favorite) or Fish Oil Suplements
Pastured beef or bison
Pastured eggs
Pastured cream
Pastured Butter
Cocounut Milk
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Spinach
raspberries
GrapeFruit

EDIT

I think I would combine the two Dairy products into Whole Milk and use it to make butter and cream. Then I would add Cod Liver Oil or Viatamin D ( I leave in Washington state so very little sun)...

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8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:14 AM

Cannot be sure about minerals but my 10:

  1. 4% lean Ground beef
  2. Chicken
  3. Shrimp
  4. Salmon
  5. Sweet Potato
  6. Eggs
  7. Broccoli
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Chicken Stock
  10. Carrots

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on June 06, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Why such lean beef? (assuming you mean 96% lean, 4% fat ;-)

8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

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on June 06, 2011
at 04:02 PM

for PWO meals. i'm going 20% of total calories & under 0.35 grams / BW# of fat on workout days. i'm eating about close to a pound of it postworkout, so there's quite a difference even between 7% and 4% when it comes to total fat content of the meal - assuming one is tracking and cycling macros the way i do. rest days: fish, eggs and fattier meats and coconut milk.

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on June 06, 2011
at 04:49 AM

Herbs and spices count as food, yeah? So no...for me, 10 foods is a no-go.

But realistically, I like others, really only use a few staples to make up my meals.

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on July 19, 2014
at 12:14 PM

1. Grass fed beef

2. EV coconut oil

3. Sweet potato

4. Avocado

5. Kale

6. Raspberries

7. Almonds

8. Salmon

9. Eggs

10. Spinach

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on September 20, 2011
at 07:42 PM

My top10:

  1. Beef sirloin
  2. Pastured Eggs
  3. Mushrooms
  4. Turkey Liver
  5. Broccoli
  6. Cauliflower
  7. Beef stock
  8. Avocado
  9. Tuna
  10. Shellfish

+1: Dill

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on September 13, 2011
at 08:26 PM

  1. Ground Beef
  2. Bacon
  3. Eggs
  4. Onion
  5. Potato
  6. Leafy Green things
  7. Garlic (I'm good with 7 things, but to round out ten.)
  8. Other Meat
  9. Whatever veggies are on sale/in season.
  10. Spices

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on September 13, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Need more vitamin C in there.

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on June 06, 2011
at 01:12 PM

Dairy+tubers+liver/eggs will give you all vitamins and minerals in adequate quantities(if you use enough sweet potatoes you could even do it dairy free)

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on September 20, 2011
at 08:06 PM

no meat besides liver?> sounds very ray peatish...

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:20 AM

Re-post please delete

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