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How would you change the diet of a potential astronaut?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 01, 2013 at 11:32 AM

After reading 4 Hour Body last year I started to read up on the paleo diet, I've been eating paleo-ish since. I'm currently training for a competition to go to space in July, if I win in London then I get to go compete in Florida for the chance to co-pilot a two person craft into space.... I know right?!

Anyways, as well as this, I'm currently in a competition with my friend (he is living in Korea at the moment) as to who can have the most 'sculpted body' by the time he returns to England in August. Neither of us are in any way 'ripped', it was a drunken bet that we decided to follow through on.

So, what I'm aiming for is weight loss and increase of strength and general fitness

In regards to exercise, I cycled about 10 miles a day, swim a few times a week, and I'm going to start running 5k every morning as of tomorrow.

Diet wise....

Breakfast - Two raw eggs, a banana and a scoop of Sun Warrior protein powder blended into a shake AND a slice of fried (no oil) pineapple with chilli and cinnamon

Second Breakfast - An apple

Elevensies - "Korea red chilli broth" ( korean red chilli paste, korean soy paste, tofu, pak choi (chinese cabbage), tuna and some mixed frozen veg all cooked up into a soup)

Lunch - 100gm of nuts (cashew, walnut, hazelnut, brazil, macadamia, almond), some dried figs, pineapple and mango, an apple, a carrot, a portobello mushroom,

Afternoon snack - protein shake or tin of mackerel

Dinner - fried (no oil) cauliflower with beetroot, and veggie burger (soya) / smoked mackerel

Dessert - sweet potato mash with cocoa powder OR banana, egg, coconut flour and cinnamon blended and cooked into a pancake

I pretty much eat the same thing every day, it's cheap, easy and delicious. I'll try to eat paleo when I'm out though it can be hard in restaurants sometimes.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

D8c5127795dfa1849568f45662f0937e

on June 02, 2013
at 06:33 AM

I'll replace the soy with more fish :) so apart from that you'd say it's all fine?

D8c5127795dfa1849568f45662f0937e

on June 02, 2013
at 06:31 AM

I'm pescetarian, so that ain't gonna happen :p It sort of escaped me that soy didn't class as paleo, i'll replace it with more fish as of today Would you say adding broccoli and spinach to my morning smoothie, lunch and dinner would be adequate?

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on June 01, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Echoing what Renee said, try dropping the veggie burgers and tofu and eat meat instead. Soy seems to lower free testosterone levels, which I would guess is something you don't want:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12548304

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11103227

D8c5127795dfa1849568f45662f0937e

on June 02, 2013
at 06:33 AM

I'll replace the soy with more fish :) so apart from that you'd say it's all fine?

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on June 01, 2013
at 08:39 PM

I'm not sure what kind of feedback you're expecting by posting a non-Paleo diet plan on a Paleo website. You'd be much better off ditching the protein powder, tofu and soy burgers and consuming some actual meat. I'd also add some greens to this diet.

D8c5127795dfa1849568f45662f0937e

on June 02, 2013
at 06:31 AM

I'm pescetarian, so that ain't gonna happen :p It sort of escaped me that soy didn't class as paleo, i'll replace it with more fish as of today Would you say adding broccoli and spinach to my morning smoothie, lunch and dinner would be adequate?

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