The Best Laid Plans

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.

–J.R.R. Tolkien

Especially if dragons make good eating. I’ll have to check on that.

I’ve gotten a few requests to be more specific about what I eat and especially to discuss the proportions and “how to” of it all.

I’ve been unsure how to go about this, as my eating habits are heavily influenced by the place I live. I don’t have access to a lot of clean vegetables, for example, so I don’t eat many. I can buy “organic” ones, but at least 60% of the so-called organic vegetables here aren’t, and the kind of stuff that’s on our vegetables includes a number of toxins and pesticides that have long been banned elsewhere in the world, as well as other things unique to our country. There are whole villages around the country known as “cancer villages.” No one within a 100 miles of these places will buy any of the produce grown there, meaning that not only are the villagers dying, they also can’t afford to live. So–in a solution only big gov-mint could come up with–rather than try to fix the real problem they decided to buy up all the produce and re-sell it in big cities like mine where no one will know where it comes from.

The upshot is that when I eat vegetables, except from a few expensive sources that we’ve narrowed down through trial and error, neither I nor the Roommate feel good at all.

The second factor is that my meat choices are limited to what I can afford to buy from the butcher that imports clean Australian and Canadian meat. I won’t go into why I don’t buy locally sourced meat, but if you have a strong stomach and are interested, you can look here.

So now that you’ve been horrified to the depths of your soul, let’s talk about food!

Here’s what I eat (or would eat, if I could get it):

Fat or mostly fat sources: lard, bone stock, coconut oil, MCT oil, olive oil, palm oil, dairy (from grass-fed sources) including butter, heavy cream, yogurt, and hard cheese. I avoid plain milk, lower fat creams, and soft cheeses, all of which have a fair amount of lactose. If you can afford at least grass-fed dairy you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor. I like Kerrygold’s butter, and I’ve heard that Organic Valley has a nice one that tests even higher in nutrients. Of course, it’s probably Organic Valley that did the testing, so…

Protein: eggs, beef (grass-fed if possible, and you’ll get the most complete source of protein humans can absorb, along with a rich source of vitamins and minerals that are more easily absorbed than any in vegetables-and yes I realize that’s the Daily Mail, but it’s Zoe Harcombe. Even a stopped clock is correct twice a day.), sausages, lamb (note that it’s hard to find lamb that isn’t grass-fed), pork (pastured is best, if you can get it, and check that you’ve got bacon and sausage with no sugar), chicken (free-range is of course best, but again…if you can find it and afford it: regular meats are still way better than eating a bunch of carbs), turkey, fish.

Carbohydrate Sources:

Nuts: any nuts except peanuts and cashews. Especially good are macadamia nuts.

Vegetables: olives, any leafy greens (or reds for that matter), cucumbers, bell peppers of all colors, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic, herbs of all kinds, tomatoes, asparagus, celery, green beans.

Some vegetables have a pretty high glycemic index, meaning they break down to a fair amount of sugar in your bloodstream. These would include: carrots, gourds of all types, lima beans, parsnips, squashes and sweet potatoes. Use them more sparingly, but there’s no reason to stint on vegetables that grow above ground.

Fruits: Coconuts, avocados, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, grapefruit.

The above listed are the best ones. Cherries have the lowest glycemic index of all fruit, and grapefruit is next. Most of the berry family are pretty good if you don’t eat them in excessive amounts, and especially if you eat them with heavy cream or some other fat source. (Blueberries with unsweetened yogurt are fantastic)

If you want a very refreshing drink on a hot, sweaty day–that’ll perk you up faster than any “energy” drink–stick a straw in a fresh, cold coconut and slurp up.

Just remember: meat is where you get the bulk of your absorbable vitamins and minerals: not vegetables. The jury is out on exactly what micro nutrients are available from fruits and vegetables. Clearly some–but how well you can absorb them, exactly which ones we need, and how much are ideal are all still hotly debated. Eat vegetables to cover your bases, and because they taste good, but don’t ever be deluded into thinking that the bulk of your major, essential nutrients best come from that source. Nearly all such nutrients-like protein, iron, magnesium, and vitamins–are found in better quality and better absorb-ability in meat and dairy. (Especially organ meats!) And if you aren’t eating your vegetables with a good fat source you might as well not even bother. If you want more info on how fruits and vegetables aren’t really all they’re cracked up to be, have a look here. In fact, in case you don’t want to check, I want to tell you that after doing a study on green tea extract–where they took people off veggies and fruit for 10 weeks prior to putting them on green tea–they discovered nothing in particular about green tea. But what they did discover (full abstract here) was:

The overall effect of the 10-week period without dietary fruits and vegetables was a decrease in oxidative damage to DNA, blood proteins, and plasma lipids, concomitantly with marked changes in antioxidant defense.

Interesting, no?

If you need recipe ideas, I highly recommend this book or this website. And if you want a lot more info on the whole issue of eating high fat, as well as some recipes, check out this book.


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