Will I get enough nutrients avoiding red meat and pork?

Answered on February 20, 2014
Created February 20, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Let's just say I am the epitome of lazy AND am always stretched for time as I work 32 hours a week and go to school full time. Also, I'm avoiding most forms of meat for reasons that I don't currently want to discuss. I have chosen to keep poultry and seafood in my diet for now. I avoid nuts because they exacerbate my TMJ issues, but I occasionally throw pecans in my salad. My meals tend to be very simple, such as seasoned chicken with a side of broccoli cooked in grass fed butter.

With a loose meal template of:

Breakfast: Eggs with veggies and/or dense carb (fruit, potato, etc.)

Lunch: Poultry or seafood with veggies and/or dense carb (fruit, potato, etc.)

Dinner: Poultry or seafood with veggies and/or dense carb (fruit, potato, etc.)

Will I be getting enough nutrients this way? I use olive oil, coconut oil, and ghee. I add avocado and grass fed butter to my meals as needed. I'm concerned about deficiencies due to a lack of variation.

For the most part, the vegetation I consume consists of: broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, tomato, spinach, lettuce, apples, bananas, berries, russet potatoes, sweet potatoes

What vegetables, fruit, tubers, etc. should I consider adding to my diet to ensure a good variety?

Probably relevant: 25 year old female, 4 feet 11 inches

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on February 20, 2014
at 01:13 AM

Yes, it will be ok, under a few conditions:

- Your seafood is wild (e.g. alaskan wild salmon, wild sardines), and you eat shellfish. Eat oysters 1-2 times a week (I buy them canned, at Trader Joes, with olive oil instead of seed oil). Oysters are the second most nutritionally food after liver. So it can definitely make up for most of the meat you avoid. It's a superfood in its own class.

- Eat pastured chicken. Chicken is extremely high in omega-6, so if you're not eating red meat, make the most out of it. Also, eat turkey and duck. Especially US ducks, are kept in better conditions than chickens.

- You might need to supplement for a few things that can only be found in red meat, so consider an amino-acid complex, like this one: http://www.iherb.com/Bluebonnet-Nutrition-Amino-Acid-Capsules-180-Vcaps/11418 You see, Taurine, Carnosine, L-acetyl-carnitine, Creatine can mostly be found in red meat (or, you can buy them separately, and take each of these every 4-5 days -- not daily, rotate them). Other ones to supplement are CoQ10 Ubiquinol (not Ubiquinone), and PQQ, which are mostly found in animal hearts and offal (particularly beef and pork heart), and are essential for our well being. There are other supplements to consider, that are important for all Paleo dieters, red meat or not (e,.g. Mg, D3, K2, B1).

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