I have been contemplating which foods I most frequently consume in my diet these days. I wanted to become aware of the foods which are at the core of my nutrition and build its basic foundation. This seems rather important considering that these foods make up the bulk of my daily calories.
Often, people will tell you that a particular health food is part of their diet (e.g. salmon) but they neglect to mention that they only consume salmon once a month. This obviously makes salmon a rarely consumed food which doesn’t contribute greatly toward better health.
After recording a tally chart for most food items I eat for the past 2 weeks, I have found that the following foods are the ones I consume most frequently on a weekly basis:
Either fried in the pan or cold-smoked, I absolutely love the taste of salmon and its amazing nutrient profile. Lots of proteins, essential Omega-3 fats, no carbs –> simply a health food in my opinion that anybody’s brain development could benefit from.
I ALWAYS try to go for wild-caught Sockeye salmon or Oncorhynchus keta from the Pacific Ocean – especially after watching the SALMON CONFIDENTIAL documentary which shocked me and opened up the disastrous reality of aqua-cultured farmed salmon. Everybody should watch this who is interested where their salmon comes from and how the salmon industry is fucking up the wild salmon stocks.
2. Ground Beef
Always going for the organic grass-fed version of pure beef. This is a big staple in my diet. I usually alternate between salmon and ground beef each day. So that’s roughly 3 x salmon + 3 x ground beef = 1 week. I am not afraid of red meat as most of the media world seems to be – I think it’s a wonderful protein source and if you get grass-fed stuff it will actually have MORE omega-3s, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), antioxidants, vitamins & minerals than any conventional grain-fed beef can even dream about.
You can create a lot of diverse meat dishes with ground beef, ranging from Mexican flavoured Taco meat, Spanish „Albondigas“ meatballs or burger balls inspired by my Polish grandma.
That’s a no-brainer for me but no for the majority of Western people. We have been indoctrinated with the idea that saturated fats are bad and give you heart disease. Therefore, egg yolks are to blamed and not consumed en masse due to their high level of evil saturated fats. I have inherited a genetic mutation called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) from my dad with the consequence that my LDL level and my risk for cardiovascular disease are pretty high. Still, I eat egg yolks (mostly raw in a smoothie) because they provide important nutrients and saturated fats which (if not oxidised due to heat) are blessing for proper brain functioning and nerve signal transduction.
For me, it’s roughly 10 eggs per week from pastured chickens which get to see sunlight and eat anything they find (as opposed to most conventional chickens).
Strictly speaking, I am not Paleo and have never been Paleo. I have kind of settled for a „Paleo + Dairy„ deal. I love milk but not the homogenised crap you get at the supermarket. Most of the time, I buy raw milk from an organic farm who also sell the most amazing raw cheeses and joghurts.
Typically, I consume about a litre of milk per day – more on workout days to reap the anabolic effects of dairy’s Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF 1). I like to have a big glass of milk in the morning after my early coffee to ingest some calories without having to prepare a big breakfast. This lasts me till lunch. Post workout I can easily down a litre in my shake.
5. White Rice
White rice is a clean source of carbs whose sole purpose is to fill up my glycogen stores and fuel my next workout. It does not come with the gut-disrupting gluten protein found in grains andPaul Jaminet and Dave Asprey consider white rice a „clean“ carb source. I have recently bought a big 5kg (~11 lbs) bag of Basmati rice from the Asian store. Super stuff and very cheap per kg. I like to use cooked rice primarily as a carrier for all the healthy fats bound in a nice gravy. Similarly, rice waffles also act as a vector for more nutrient-dense foods such as butter, cheese or ham.
Which 5 foods make up the foundation of your diet?