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Missing Key Nutrients w/ONLY Ground Beef, Eggs and Salmon for PROTEIN?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

So I am a pretty good Paleo eating strict during the week and allowing myself to stray a little if I'm out and about on the weekends (I'm one of the lucky ones where I CAN eat w/e I want just choose not to). Recently I've noticed that a lot of my budget goes to food and I was looking at ways to cut down a bit.

I KNOW variety is preferred, but I'm thinking about just having (for my PROTEIN sources) 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef (frozen at Trader Joe's for $5.99/lb which is great here in San Francisco), Wild Salmon (either Alaskan or Coho, this is still pricey) and organic eggs I buy from a local farmer at the farmer's market.

This ends up being 1+ lb of ground beef per day (or salmon twice/week) and ~5-6 eggs per day. Does anyone see any glaring problems with this? Trying to buy a condo is fun but requires some careful money maneuvering!!

I eat plenty of veggies (mostly green leafy) and have blueberries/raspberries daily (usually other fruit on the weekend as well). I cook all my own meals and am liberal with the seal salt. I also take a daily vitamin, probiotic, fish oil (just one pill, not the recommended 2) and calcium/magnesium. Usually on the weekends I tend to have more carbs...if not I do a carb load once/week to replenish glycogen stores.

Thanks!!

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:30 AM

The reason why multis are not recommended is because they contain things like iron and calcium, which are more harmful than helpful. There is plenty of evidence that iron and calcium, when supplemented, are harmful. Also, the ratios aren't exactly optimal and you won't be getting any D3 or B12 in plentiful doses. Nor would you be getting something like K2. There are reasons why vitamins and mineral are recommended separately, not to metion the competition when taken in one dose. The one-stop shopping that might seem convenient to you isn't actually ideal for your body.

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:15 PM

Ha well I haven't eaten SAD in years

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:14 PM

Ah cool OK...my daily vitamin gives me 66% copper and I get 100% or more of Zinc via that and my Calcium/Magnesium supplement as well (don't judge me for my supp use!!). B1 doesn't seem to be in there so bacon it is!

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on August 15, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I don't think beef necessarily needs to be grass-fed organic. Just go for it, but the weekly amount you need is so small. 2 ounces of beef liver has a week's worth of copper and 3 days worth of vitamin A. Given you're eating 250% DV Zinc daily via your ground beef, you might back off that a bit to diversify and avoid imbalancing Cu and Zn.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 15, 2013
at 09:39 PM

It's generally lean pork and *gasp* grains that have significant B1. 1 ounce of cooked bacon has 14% DV of B1.

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on August 15, 2013
at 07:34 PM

Looks like it is worlds better than SAD.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on August 15, 2013
at 05:31 PM

Perfect thanks, this is what I was looking for. I gueessss I can squeeze in some bacon (tough life). Thoughts on CAFO liver? Haven't been able to find grass fed by me

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on August 15, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Actually, there's little to no evidence that multivitamins cause any harm whatsoever. Quite the contrary. Have you looked at what Paul Jaminet recommends now? A ton of individual supplements, which combined together, would roughly equal your typical multivitamin. The key is quality and there several options. If you believe you can get everything from your food alone, you are sadly mistaken. Futher explaination here - http://bit.ly/17xdg1G

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 15, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Most definitely short B1 and copper. There'll be a number of additional gaps that will get filled in by plants, but B1 and copper needs aren't likely going to met on such a diet. Toss in some pork (B1) and liver (copper) and you're closer to the mark.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on August 15, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I don't think beef necessarily needs to be grass-fed organic. Just go for it, but the weekly amount you need is so small. 2 ounces of beef liver has a week's worth of copper and 3 days worth of vitamin A. Given you're eating 250% DV Zinc daily via your ground beef, you might back off that a bit to diversify and avoid imbalancing Cu and Zn.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on August 15, 2013
at 05:31 PM

Perfect thanks, this is what I was looking for. I gueessss I can squeeze in some bacon (tough life). Thoughts on CAFO liver? Haven't been able to find grass fed by me

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on August 15, 2013
at 10:14 PM

Ah cool OK...my daily vitamin gives me 66% copper and I get 100% or more of Zinc via that and my Calcium/Magnesium supplement as well (don't judge me for my supp use!!). B1 doesn't seem to be in there so bacon it is!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on August 15, 2013
at 09:39 PM

It's generally lean pork and *gasp* grains that have significant B1. 1 ounce of cooked bacon has 14% DV of B1.

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:56 PM

This looks mostly like my paleo diet. It's almost exact. I had pork ribs and haddock a handful of times but yeah... mostly ground beef, salmon, eggs. For vegetables I've been eating eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, onion, garlic. I was thinking about getting some liverwurst as I use to love it. I take a B complex multi, biotin, fish oil, and occasional C.

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on August 15, 2013
at 04:26 PM

I don't think there would be too much of an issue; however, it is recommended to eat about 1/4 lb of grass fed beef or lamb live per week, and add a few cups of bone broth per week in there also. What type of fat are you putting on your veggies? Try grass fed butter or raw grass fed cheeses (if you tolerate dairy) for some vitamin K. Yes, dairy can be Paleo and quite good for you if you are not intolerant to it, and it's the right kind of dairy. With those additions, you should get a good solid range of nutrients including those found in bones, joints, cartilage and organ meats.

Also, be careful with a multivitamin, some of the vitamins and amounts contained in them can be detrimental to health (and there is proof of this). I would suggest reading The Perfect Health Diet. Most informative book ever!

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:30 AM

The reason why multis are not recommended is because they contain things like iron and calcium, which are more harmful than helpful. There is plenty of evidence that iron and calcium, when supplemented, are harmful. Also, the ratios aren't exactly optimal and you won't be getting any D3 or B12 in plentiful doses. Nor would you be getting something like K2. There are reasons why vitamins and mineral are recommended separately, not to metion the competition when taken in one dose. The one-stop shopping that might seem convenient to you isn't actually ideal for your body.

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

(455)

on August 15, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Actually, there's little to no evidence that multivitamins cause any harm whatsoever. Quite the contrary. Have you looked at what Paul Jaminet recommends now? A ton of individual supplements, which combined together, would roughly equal your typical multivitamin. The key is quality and there several options. If you believe you can get everything from your food alone, you are sadly mistaken. Futher explaination here - http://bit.ly/17xdg1G

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on August 15, 2013
at 03:55 PM

I would definitely add at least some sodium and potassium to your diet if doing high protein low carb. You can get a good amount with spinach, swiss chard and kale, but you should get as much as you can on that diet.

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