Before I get flamed for asking... I realize that this isn't the ideal diet.
But just out of curiosity, and for other reasons (e.g. to drastically minimize food reward, or to save time), I'm wondering what 3 foods (and only those 3) would be the most optimal.
I'm thinking this:
I'm even thinking just eggs and sweet potatoes would suffice.
I think this is another unhealthy consequence of the food reward theory, and shouldn't be entertained.
Maybe I missed it, but I don't see how this question got bent to a "food reward" post. I don't know enough about food nutrition density and which three would be the "optimal" foods. However, if I were given 3 foods to eat and sustain myself, I would choose:
I formulated my answer before seeing your full text, so the substantial overlap isn't because I copied you.
If I were limited to just a single food, I'd go with raw, grass-fed milk. If I got to add a second food, pastured eggs would be my choice. But with three foods, I get to branch out a bit more and include a starch and some fruit (to replace the carbs that would otherwise have been supplied by milk). So I'll go with:
Wild Alaskan Salmon
A Whole, Free Range Organic Chicken (the whole thing! Organs and all....)
I wanted to say spinach, but decided to go with a veggie with more carbs....So that is my top 3.....
For some of us with food intolerance issues we get stuck with eating only 3 foods for awhile until we can determine what we can tolerate. I think your list is excellent for nutrition, but for food intolerance issues eggs, sweet potatoes and liver can sometimes be hard on the system. My favorite three are beef with broth, potato, (white rice if you can't tolerate potato.) and romaine lettuce.
I thought food reward was learned and therefore stronger for known foods and weaker for new foods that had not built up an existing calorie-flavor association?
I thought that was why Seth Roberts recommended crazy spicing as a way to increase complexity of flavor and decrease the food-flavor reward pathway and that this was one of the reasons that junk food, being identical in flavor was so strongly associated with weight gain...
Do I have it all backwards?
You guys, this isn't what food reward is about. I could eat just three whole foods and maximize food reward. Food reward has to do with flavorings and certain combinations of flavorings/macronutrients, and IMHO cooking techniques. Plain sweet potatoes or other starchy vegetables steamed or microwaved are absolutely the most unappetizing things I have ever eaten. I was trying to be strict paleo and eating them for lunch and I kept losing weight I didn't need to lose. But slice em up and fry them in butter...and I could eat them all day. You can eat as many different types of food as you like and be low-reward. I would say there are three simple things to do:
I can't vouch for grass fed raw milk because I've never had it and its unavailable in my state that I am aware of.
Honestly I would also go with your three choices of pastured eggs, grassfed beef liver, and sweet potatoes. I'm one of those people who can eat the same foods over and over and over. I rarely ever get tired of them. It's easier that way too.
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