My fiance is currently learning his trade in advanced individual training (ait) for the military. He is only allowed to eat at the mess hall and may not have food in his room. There is a PX and GNC on base. He is allowed standard supplements/vitamins but nothing weird and no protein shakes or performance enhancers.
I would REALLY appreciate any advice you could give. He is really going down hill recently. Constant lethargy and he is in much more pain than usual. His knees and hips are especially troublesome. I believe this is caused by switching to being a sugar burner with poor fuel and a ton of omega 6 with NO omega 3 anywhere in sight.
Currently available food:
Meat -often slathered in mystery gravies but occasionally a stir fry or steak.
Eggs- that are labeled free range but come as liquid in a bag (breakfast only)
Milk- only 1 percent or chocolate
black or green olives.
no butter, half and half, or cream. No avocado.
salad dressings- all soybean oil based standards
blue cheese only apparently.
occasional fish- only white fishes likely tilapia
usually apples or melon/pineapple. Kind of a weird selection. Rarely there are bananas and never berries. Only raisins.
typical salad bar at most institutions. Romaine lettuce, raw broccoli, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, carrots
cooked-peas carrots broccoli green beans
Mostly breads and pastas
potatoes -hash browns, french fries, mashed potato (likely instant)
All I can think of is the following
*any meat that is not covered in crap. It is not self serve but Im pretty sure he can have a larger portion
*fish when available
*loaded salad with veggies and olives but NO dressing. Cheese?
He has been eating kashi go lean cereal and liking it.. honestly I dont think he could find anything better than that and eggs for breakfast.
I hesitate to limit fruit - he has been eating one apple a meal and melon/pineapple. I think as long as he avoids the pasta/bread it should be good?
Im worried about him not getting enough calories. It just doesn't seem like enough!
As for supplements:
FISH OIL (I cannot stress this one enough !!!!!! lol) We dont really take it at home because at home we eat a balanced diet that includes omega rich foods.
A standard SAD multi vitamin.. because well he is eating a SAD diet so is likely lacking in all the things that the multis cover. Centrum perhaps? Or a whole food multi??
Should he have fat soluble vitamins separately in addition?
Coconut oil. This wont be much of his calories but maybe a spoonful or two a day as a pick me up?
Anyway.. I thank you all in advance. It just kills me to hear how horrible his options are. Devoid of all healthy fats, high in sugar.. *face palm
asked byancestral_stars (1600)
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on August 16, 2012
at 01:06 AM
As a military man myself, I too am aghast at how horrible the food options for our troops are. Bad news first...without being allowed food in his room, options are very limited. My advice, for breakfast, grab an omelette. Most DFACs will cook up omelettes loaded with meat and veggies, little bit of whole milk and some fruit.
Lunch, stick with a salad and load it up with the little ham cubes and whatever cheese they have.
Dinner, bite the bullet and eat whatever Franken-meat they're serving that night.
In his situation, keeping insulin low is really more important than trying to stay perfectly Paleo. It's only for a short time so the damage will be minimal. Milk and cheese are trade offs in order to get more saturated fat in him for energy.
Send him some Fish Oil caps, Vitamin D, and GNC Mega Man Sport vitamins.
AIT is only a few months and right now we're just in "minimizing the damage" mode. Once he's through it, he can get back to locking in his diet.
Hope it helps.