Given my body style and the type of metabolism I have, I tend to require more carbohydrates than most people. That being said, most people under-eat carbs (and fruit in general) for fear of weight gain, when really it is processed carbs that are the main culprits. Fruit is one of the most efficient and easily digestible carb sources and has a number of metabolism boosting properties.
All of my food is organic, wild, free-range, grass-fed—and of the highest quality I can source. I am fortunate enough to have access to a biodynamic farm from which I source a great deal of my produce and meats. (Some might say biodynamic is a level up from organic.) It should be noted that my fruit intake shifts a bit as we enter the colder months and high quality fruit becomes harder to find. As this occurs, potatoes, rice and raw honey will make up the bulk of my carbohydrate intake. With that, on to my food diary…
About 1 pint of mineral water with a few ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice and pinch of sea salt. A small amount of fruit juice is very beneficial for kickstarting your metabolism, plus sea salt both hydrates and sets the stage for optimal digestion that day.
2-3 whole eggs cooked in ghee, bowl of fruit, cappuccino with organic whole milk.
This is my main breakfast, but if I am short on time I’ll have a shake made with milk, raw egg, gelatin powder, sea salt, frozen raspberries and coconut oil. Dairy works well for me, so I include it regularly. On days when I am not as busy I may just have a coffee with butter or ghee, and eat my first meal around lunch (some might call this fasting, I just call it listening to my body). In general, I do much better with a full breakfast though, especially on busy days.
Chicken, tomato, cucumber salad with olive oil, 1-2 pieces of fruit.
My protein is usually leftover from the previous night’s dinner, so it varies between chicken, fish and beef. I always use fruit-like vegetables in my salads (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers) and not leafy greens. Most leafy greens have a negative impact on digestion and metabolism and so I consume them in limited amounts.
Cantaloupe and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
Fruit and cheese is a standard snack for me in the afternoon. On busier days I might have a shake similar to my breakfast option. Occasionally, I will have another meal here as well.
Wild Shrimp, white rice, peppers and onions.
I follow a rotation with dinners, one night will be chicken night, another night will be red meat night, another night will be fish night, another night shellfish night, another night non-meat (i.e. eggplant). This is a great way to ensure variety in your diet and expose yourself to as many nutrients as possible.
Cup of bone broth and peach.
For many people, a snack before bed can promote better (and deeper) sleep—and that is certainly the case for me. I make my own batch of bone broth once a week and usually sip it like tea from a cup about an hour before bed. Most nights I will have a piece of fruit before bed, as well.
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