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Example meals from once/day eaters?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 29, 2011 at 10:09 PM

I'm interested in the once-per-day eating cycle but have no idea what kinds and the proportions of foods to include in such a meal. Can anyone give examples of a meal that would be adequate for once/day feasting?

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

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on January 20, 2012
at 01:39 AM

fat is key! I find myself doing one-meal days more and more often, it's pretty awesome. I eat around 50g-75g carbs/day and I've never "crashed" like I did even after a small SAD meal.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 30, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Yes, it's a legitimate plan. Blood sugar can remain stable for a while in the absence of food if gluconeogenesis and glucagon keep busy. This type of eating slightly lowers HDL and raises LDL, though, although I'm not sure which pattern of LDL is raised, so that may be moot.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 30, 2011
at 11:42 AM

I still fast, but not 24 hr. Not that I have a problem with it or that I won't do it in the future. I'm doing the leangains.com fasting protocol right now: 16 hr fast daily, low-fat high-carb workout days, high-fat low-carb rest days. Seems to be working for my own goals... I've put on ~ 4 lbs. in 6 weeks with no fat gain. 24 hr. fasts won't diminish your musculature, but I don't think they're the optimal protocol for building muscles.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on April 30, 2011
at 05:23 AM

word. so.. you no longer do it?

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 30, 2011
at 04:15 AM

Yep, I'd make this, say, 9AM on Monday, then eat again 9AM on Tuesday. I never got hungry. Not even a slight hunger pang. Too many IF benefits to detail in this little box, so I'll summarize the main points: spikes HGH production, increases insulin sensitivity, activates DNA repair mechanisms, activates cell maintenance and proteolytic pathways, increases mental focus, arguably improves physical performance, normalizes blood sugar, increases endogenous antioxidant concentration, entrains hormones to fast in the future so future fasts are even easier. IF maintains muscle mass; EF doesn't.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on April 30, 2011
at 03:33 AM

@becker So yr saying that you'd make this in the morning, or whenever, eat the whole thing right then, and then not eat again until the next day? did you get hungry? what were the benefits of IF you were looking for? did it 'work'? i'm curious... i don't really kno anything about IF; altho i've done plenty ov E(xtended)F in the past.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 30, 2011
at 12:06 AM

Awesome, thanks for letting me know how to fix the formatting!

9fb6900af6e722fc80ab46782fa94e2c

on April 29, 2011
at 11:46 PM

I share Forrest's curiosity. Is this a type of intermittent fasting?

9fb6900af6e722fc80ab46782fa94e2c

on April 29, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Wow, you're making me hungry with that frittata. Thanks for the recipe.

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on April 29, 2011
at 11:24 PM

To answer your meta inquiry: yes, by appending two spaces after every line that you want broken. Also -- nice answer :)

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on April 29, 2011
at 10:28 PM

I'm curious as to why you'd want to do a once-per-day eating cycle. (No judgement implied.) Seems like it would be hard to keep a stable level of blood sugar doing that. What would be the upside?

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Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 29, 2011
at 11:13 PM

My dad does this, and he started it naturally before I ever told him about IF. He told me he usually has a fairly large lunch, ~3/4 lb. beef, a small salad, a piece of fruit. He tells me that 24 hrs. after this meal, at lunch the next day, he isn't hungry but eats a meal anyway. He's dropped about 40 lbs. in 3 months following this pattern, and he says he feels just fine eating once a day.

I myself did this in a way as a fasting method, doing 1-3 24 hr. fasts per week. At the time, I had a pretty narrow cooking repertoire, so I cooked up my monster frittata at the beginning of every fast:

5 eggs,
2 tbsp. coconut milk (or heavy cream which makes for a fluffier frittata),
4 strips bacon,
1/2 onion,
3 cloves garlic,
1/2 bunch chopped kale/chard/collards/etc.,
2 tsp. basil,
1 tsp. marjoram,
1 tsp. sage,
1 tsp. thyme,
a couple shakes of salt (skip this, it'll make you hungrier; I used it at the time, though),
a dozen turns of pepper grinder,

Add eggs and coconut milk to a bowl and whisk lightly for 5-10 sec.
Add the basil, marjoram, sage, thyme, and pepper to the beaten eggs and mix in.
Cook the bacon & remove.
Saute the onion in the drippings til onions are browned.
Add the chopped greens and garlic and saute til the greens wilt.
Add the bacon back to the onions, greens, and garlic.
Pour in the egg/herb mixture & stir til the toppings are evenly distributed.
Cook on stovetop til the eggs firm up on bottom, then toss in the oven under the broiler til the top firms up and browns a little.

BAM. Perfect, awesome frittata that is ridiculously filling and healthy.

meta: I typed the recipe out in a list with line breaks between ingredients. Is it possible to get that kind of formatting to display in my actual message?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on April 30, 2011
at 05:23 AM

word. so.. you no longer do it?

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 30, 2011
at 12:06 AM

Awesome, thanks for letting me know how to fix the formatting!

9fb6900af6e722fc80ab46782fa94e2c

on April 29, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Wow, you're making me hungry with that frittata. Thanks for the recipe.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on April 30, 2011
at 03:33 AM

@becker So yr saying that you'd make this in the morning, or whenever, eat the whole thing right then, and then not eat again until the next day? did you get hungry? what were the benefits of IF you were looking for? did it 'work'? i'm curious... i don't really kno anything about IF; altho i've done plenty ov E(xtended)F in the past.

C0a33aa9d97926947861c0699eb37f82

(25)

on April 29, 2011
at 11:24 PM

To answer your meta inquiry: yes, by appending two spaces after every line that you want broken. Also -- nice answer :)

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 30, 2011
at 04:15 AM

Yep, I'd make this, say, 9AM on Monday, then eat again 9AM on Tuesday. I never got hungry. Not even a slight hunger pang. Too many IF benefits to detail in this little box, so I'll summarize the main points: spikes HGH production, increases insulin sensitivity, activates DNA repair mechanisms, activates cell maintenance and proteolytic pathways, increases mental focus, arguably improves physical performance, normalizes blood sugar, increases endogenous antioxidant concentration, entrains hormones to fast in the future so future fasts are even easier. IF maintains muscle mass; EF doesn't.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 30, 2011
at 11:42 AM

I still fast, but not 24 hr. Not that I have a problem with it or that I won't do it in the future. I'm doing the leangains.com fasting protocol right now: 16 hr fast daily, low-fat high-carb workout days, high-fat low-carb rest days. Seems to be working for my own goals... I've put on ~ 4 lbs. in 6 weeks with no fat gain. 24 hr. fasts won't diminish your musculature, but I don't think they're the optimal protocol for building muscles.

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8828d5922b47a0e2b82bde2232037746

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on April 30, 2011
at 02:10 PM

I've been eating once a day for 2.5 years. Love it. Blood sugar is never an issue now. One meal I really like is the following:

6 hard boiled eggs, 3 cans of tuna, one ripe avocado, juice from one lime, cayenne pepper, salt, one stalk of finely chopped celery, baby spinach leaves, mixed salad greens,

Combine the avocado, lime juice, salt, and cayenne pepper together until it's a smooth paste. This will replace mayonnaise that is found in other tuna recipes. Mix the HB eggs, tuna, celery, and avocado paste together. Put a bunch of the spinach and salad greens on a plate. Put the tuna and eggs mixture on the salad. Season to taste with salt if required. I like to pour Crystal hot sauce on top as well, as I love spicy foods. I suspect you could also just mix guacamole with the eggs and tuna to get a richer flavor.

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

(1377)

on January 20, 2012
at 01:39 AM

fat is key! I find myself doing one-meal days more and more often, it's pretty awesome. I eat around 50g-75g carbs/day and I've never "crashed" like I did even after a small SAD meal.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 30, 2011
at 01:56 PM

I'm just starting to eat this way, working my way from 16/8 IFs.

Yesterday I had a 1/2 pound steak, some kaiso, 4 scrambled eggs with sour cream & salsa.

Basically, I combined my usual breakfast & dinner into one meal.

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