I'm pretty much eating clean, diet consists of mass amounts of greens (kale, arugula, spinach, etc.,), occasional fruit and mass amounts of boneless/skinless chicken breast, tilapia, salmon, an occasional grass fed beef burder, and mass amounts of chicken broth and eggs.
Here is the 10% of my diet that I want to cut down on, I want to make it a slow progression to go 100% clean eating. I think these following foods are what's holding me back from eating completely clean (and Paleo) but out of all of these evils what's the one thing you would absolutely remove (or taper down) from my diet?
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I should probably take the protein bars out of my daily intake, the ingredients are pretty gnarly and filled with 4-7 syllable ingredients that I couldn't even begin to pronounce but maybe it's the caffeine as well.
I know you didn't ask this, but if I could ADD one thing to your diet it would be more healthy fats! Seems like you're getting a lot of PUFAs but not too much saturated fat.
I think the easiest to switch out would be the powdered creamer. Real cream or half and half is soooo much better. If you still want your starbucks, just go for their real cream or half and half on the counter...don't use the powder! You won't miss it at all.
But yes, if you only wanted to eliminate one...I'd pick the protein bar.
What's going on today with the boneless and skinless chicken breasts? It's leaving out the best part! I think the closest I come to meditating is when I am spaced out and just gnawing on a bone. I'm telling you, there are some deep and ancestral emotions going on at these times. I'm with Ingenol, add some healthy fats. It sounds like you are good on Omega 6, add some 3s.
If I could remove one thing from your diet, it would probably be the powdered creamer. I'm not crazy about the protein bar, but at least that provides something beneficial. The powdered creamer provides no nutrition.
By the way, it sounds like a pretty great life that you lead. Kudos, my friend.
I would drop (in this order)
Protein Bar - I used to eat these chocolate-dipped cat turds until I read the ingredients (then I think I would have been happier if it were a cat turd). Make your own or just don't eat the damn things.
Powdered creamer - The amount of crap that is put into powdered non-dairy creamer horrible stuff, really.
Whey - I would drop unless it's one of the more "pure" CFM isolates, for instance IsoPure and some of the offerings from TrueProtein are VERY low in lactose.
Leave the caffeine, unless you think it's a problem or you can't sleep. Leave the red wine as well, under the same circumstances (I've put down two glasses of Pinot Noir tonight). And eat the bacon. It's tasty and it won't kill you (as quickly as the above items).
You say you are eating clean yet you just listed off four things that I see as being detrimental to a paleo lifestyle (personally, wine is fine in moderation as long as you realize it does have natural sugar and bacon is fine too provided it is a GOOD brand, but it is a little salty..) Maybe your problem isn't the products you are eating, but that you need to increase fats to get rid of these cravings for these un-paleo products.
To answer your questions eliminate #3! Is "powdered" creamer even a food? After that, eliminate the protein bar, there are many other foods that can satiate your cravings besides that :)!
From the standpoint of most to least processed combined with most to least problematic in general, here's the order I would consider adjusting or removing...
Bacon isn't the healthiest cut of meat, especially if it's sourced from factory farmed pork. That being said, I'd leave bacon and caffeine alone until you experiment with eliminating the others. Keep the red wine... it's a good vice in moderation! :)
Certainly the powdered creamer first... don't see any benefit that could be providing that you couldn't get with heavy cream, which is a much better option and tastes better in coffee... but since you're trying to remove dairy, perhaps learn to like black coffee... channel Whole9 ("beating cancer is hard...drinking your coffee black isn't hard"). Still, I can't see powdered creamer ever being a good option.
I know it's against your rules, but if I could continue on making adjustments to your diet...
(It's really easy to tell others what to do...)
After that, I would probably take out, or at least limit, the bacon because, odds are, it's filled with garbage preservatives/nitrates/etc.
If I fixed that, I would continue by replacing the protein bar with some grassfed beef jerky (or pemmican), then remove the whey protein. Probably wouldn't replace that because your diet is solid enough that it's probably not needed.
Personally, I wouldn't worry about a glass of red wine or a cup of coffee a day.
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