Hi. I'm interested in what VeryLow Carbers eat in a day. And wanna see if this would fit with me. Can you list your foods you eat in a day?
Lets take today:
The easiest way to think of it is “meat and veggies”. Just think of your meals as one or two primary meats and then some veggies on the side. (Sometimes I even forgo the veggies.)
For breakfast this morning I seared some beef liver, left them unsalted, and paired with fresh seaweed (which is… quite salty). I’ll probably skip lunch since I’m usually not hungry during lunch, then for dinner I’m going to have mussels cooked in butter and whatever vegetable I pick up on my way home from work.
It’s all very simple. =) Cycle through as many different kinds of veggies as you can, and for your proteins just try to balance your 3:6 ratios (I try to make roughly half of my proteins seafood to get my 3’s and the other half a mix of beef and eggs… I only eat chicken or pork when I eat out since they’re omega-6 bombs without the price savings you get from eggs).
I also occasionally snack on quality cheese to get some vitamin K2. I rarely snack otherwise though.
First off, I LOVE the food I eat and I am a real foodie. Today's food eaten and planned:
Breakfast was a handful of salad greens, chopped tomato, chopped bacon w/ bacon fat poured on, and a egg fried in lots Kerry Gold unsalted butter and poured on top of salad. Coffee w/heavy cream
Going out for a Mexican late lunch of beef fajitas w/onions & peppers & guacamole. Hold the tortillas, beans and rice, sour cream and cheese.
Tonight's dinner will be baked chicken breast on the bone w/skin. And salad. Plus a mug of turkey broth that has been cooking on the stove for 3 days w/turkey carcass, onions, celery & kale.
For me its the following:
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 1 tpsn coconut oil, 2 strips of bacon and coffee or just the coconut oil with coffee Lunch: 1 whole avocado, 2 hard boiled eggs, 8 or so ounces of rotisserie chicken Dinner: 'Burrito bowl' ground beef with taco seasoning, salsa, guac, lettuce, sometimes cheese, yellow bell peppers, onions, jalepenos
I also like to have a pear with almond butter for a snack and/or some walnuts, or 1 cube of 60% dark chocolate which I know is low but...
I have been eating strict paleo for only a few months but I absolutely love how I feel. I do have a cheat day with my non-paleo husband once a week and I will get my weakness: ice cream, but otherwise I don't feel ravenous like I used to.
This is the routine I’ve been settling in to the last week or so, and I feel amazing:
Morning: 8 ounces Kevita water kefir and tea at home, 2 bowls of Bone broth at work (sometimes a hard boiled egg and ½ an avocado as the morning goes on)
Lunch: 3 oz Sliced Turkey with ½ avocado, or roasted fish and brussel sprouts, or nothing
Afternoon: 12 Macadamia nuts & 2 squares 90% dark chocolate or 1 TBSP coconut manna straight up, more tea
Dinner: 6 ounces Pork shoulder or steak or hamburgers or chicken wrapped in bacon (most cooked in coconut oil), Real Pickles fermented red cabbage, roasted veggies (asparagus, zucchini, summer squash, red onion, a little carrot, all cooked in olive oil) or 2 cups of salad greens with my own olive oil vinaigrette, more tea
A couple of notes: I am a full-on sugar addict, so the dark chocolate / coconut manna are my small concessions to my cravings.
I’m doing more research on carb-cycling, (adding some sweet potato or squash every 3 days or so) to counteract the “Low-carb stoicism” I tend to encounter. And winter in New England requires warm starches.
I’m also trying to add kale and liver to my diet on a more regular basis. The kale should be easy (Elana’s pantry has a great recipe for soup with a kale base that I’m going to try this weekend) but the liver will be a challenge.
Good luck! I think it’s worth the effort to try for 10 days or a week to see if you benefit from eating very low carb – I know I do!
i eat twice a day. today my first meal will be beef heart with brussel sprouts and onion, a couple of brazil nuts and 99% cocoa bar. second will be tinned salmon with romaine and avocado. i have some left over turkey to add in to wither meal if need be.
tomorrow will be beef liver/spinach fist and turkey/broccoli second.
I typically skip eating first thing in the morning; I wake up between 6 - 7am and rehydrate throughout the AM.
My break-fast occurs between 10am - 2pm, usually at least a pound of meat and a green vege is involved. Today is one pound grass fed ground beef and a couple of cups of broccoli cooked in ghee. Yesterday was more than a pound of slow cooked pork shoulder with a pound of asparagus sauteed in coconut oil.
Dinner is after I get home, between 5 - 7pm, and is a bit smaller: lately I've been having four - five eggs and a chicken sausage, cooked in ghee or tallow. Sometimes I'll just have a big plate of broccoli and/or kale cooked in fat, with a little salt and hot sauce. Some days I skip the second meal; some days I'll have another half pound or so of meat, steak and salmon are nice treats.
Any and all meals may see the addition of peppers, sauteed onions, more green&leafys, avocados, and bacon.
Black tea w/ beef fat and a mixture of house-brand Lactaid milk and hwc (one small pot in the morning)
Beef broth and my cream mixture once or twice per day.
Hot water w/ cream mixture before retiring.
My meals are interchangeable, for breakfast, lunch, and supper. I eat the main part of my food at breakfast and lunch, and supper is smaller.
Breakfast usually at 8:30; Lunch at 12:30 or 1; Supper between 4:30 & 6.
Some typical meals:
Roast beef w/ herbs and black pepper, homemade yoghurt (incubated 24 hours to reduce lactose)
Beef sausage and braised eggs, piece of cheese or some yoghurt
Beef bacon in scrambled egg yolks with chives and white pepper, yoghurt
Wild salmon in beef fat and/or pastured butter, w/ chives and black pepper
Wild salmon in egg yolks
Veal brains in pastured butter w/ chives and white pepper
Occasionally, a bit of pumpkin or parsnip, as well as a few leaf vegetables and herbs I grow.
I eat low starch, low FODMAP, no nuts/seeds/their oils, and low-mod salicylate, no nightshades. Once in a great while I'll eat some cooked berries, or have a section or two of a grapefruit.
I take various supplements.
Hope this helps someone.
Here are the menus of folks who eat extreme-LC to zero-carb (including me). If you don't want to go as low as some of these folks, you could add some green or fermented veggies to one meal a day:
Well, I'm rather predictable - as I need to take my food w/me since i'm gone +10 hrs daily (except wkends). (i have no access to fridge, portability is important as well as taking up little space).
So breakfast is usually coffee w/coconut milk, an egg muffin or two (w/veg and/or bacon) (made in muffin tin, hence the name).
Lunch deli meats/cheese w/carrots or celery... or a yogurt w/leftover meat... or lotsa beef jerky w/an apple... boiled eggs.
Dinner is the best meal w/the most variety... so it'll be fish/seafood w/greens... beef stew (usually just w/carrots, sometimes i'll add potatoes)... baked chicken w/lime & salsa... stir fry if i'm craving carbs (sometimes w/a little rice).
Desserts/snacks: jerky, cheese, boiled eggs, for fun celery & a nut butter (whatever's on hand).
In the event we're asked to visit fam/friends on the wkend - they dont like to cook, so it's a restaurant opportunity, I'll usually order steak w/butter on the side & a double helping of brocco since i dont really like potatoes. Otherwise, they tend to prefer (insert gag here) fast food... and that's either a salad w/grilled meat, a chili, or a double/triple burger no bun.
Yes, I confess... thankfully, it's not frequently.
But that's sorta what I eat most days. Quite predictable... but it keeps the worry of "what to eat" to a minimum when I've got work/school to concern myself with rather than "there's nothing at work/on campus to eat!"
Yes, I'm boring... and I'm ok with that. :)