The Perfect Meal: Can You Thrive on One Meal a Day?
A Quest for the Perfect Meal
I am not eating one meal a day for purely financial gain. I am not trying to save money by eating once a day. In my mind, quality always trumps quantity and in the long run saves a lot of time and money. It is more cost effective to prevent ailments than to determine the cause and to fix them later. Tried and true.
Financial and personal freedom is a function of the mindset. You have to have a clear goal and effective tools to achieve it. I aim at mental clarity and optimal brain and body performance to invest in my business and to achieve financial prosperity. None of them exist apart from one another.
My main goal is to achieve mental clarity and a high level of productivity. Since personal and financial freedom stems from the state of the mind, the quest for mental clarity by way of fewer but nutrient dense meals directly relates to what I do.
I will give you empirical tools and my conclusion. You should decide what is best for you and whether this will change your life for the better, given you have not tried it yet.
Let my quest for the perfect meal begin.
Why I Want to Test the Premise of One Meal a Day
I want to be effective in everything I do. I understand and apply the 80/20 principle and do not work for the sake of work.
Eating is no exception. I want to eat what satiates me and keeps me satiated and energetic for a long time.
I am on the quest for the most nutritious meal so I can eat once a day and thrive on it.
For the past week I only ate one meal a day. I felt mental clarity and energy. I have been able to accomplish more because I made more time by not cooking and cleaning. My nutritional plan worked because I asked the right question. I asked
Why Do We Eat?
Let’s answer the most important question: Why do we eat?
I have been asking people this question since I figured out why people eat all the time, and some answers left me laughing to tears.
The question so ostensibly simple bewilders a lot.
Why do you eat?
Well, because food is delicious.
Great, that’s what the food industry took into consideration making synthetic foods palatable. It may be delicious to some people but it does not nourish you – that is why you eat too often and snack every two hours.
Let’s take another try.
Another favorite answer is “I eat because I am hungry.”
Why do you get hungry? How do you get satiated and stay satiated for long periods?
What makes food palatable in nature is the correct proportion of nutrients and minerals.
Natural food does not need to be made palatable – nature took care of it. If you eat what tastes good in nature, you will fulfill the purpose of eating – nutrition, long-lasting sustainable energy, and health.
The premise of eating for taste buds has been hijacked and subverted to make a travesty of eating and a time wasting activity, junk eating, in many cases.
Nutrient Density and Biological Availability Matter
Dr. Natasha McBride-Campbell, a neurosurgeon and nutritionist from the United Kingdom have been healing children from common disorders such as autism and schizophrenia by feeding them solely animal products. She noticed that when she introduced raw plants and insufficiently cooked plants which contained lectins in excess, the symptoms returned. However, on the carnivore diet they were thriving and developing well.
Why would children could not handle plants?
Plants never were intended for us as nutrients. Nature designed animals, fish, and aquatic organisms to convert plants into digestible nutrients so we can eat them and successfully digest and assimilate.
According to Dr. McBride-Campbell, plants are designed for cleansing and healing, not for nourishment. Humans cannot sustain themselves exclusively on plants for more than 40 days. Hindus consider fruit and vegetable diet straight up fasting. They acknowledge that the plant diet (fast, cleanse) is very hard to follow through.
We are not designed to thrive on plants.
Plants cleanse and heal, not nourish.
We cannot survive eating plants alone.
We can survive eating animal foods alone.
The only way humans can digest plant matter is through fermentation. Fermentation increases bioavailable vitamin C to 80% in cabbage. Vitamin C in raw cabbage is not bioavailable to us. In meat and animal products, on the other hand, vitamin C is abundant and bioavailable to humans.
You can survive on animal products alone, you cannot survive solely on fruits and vegetables.
The Nebulous Vegan Argument
I do not want to touch the subject of ethical premises in veganism.
I will only say that vegans have been using ethics to induce mental and physiological degeneration by forcing people who practice it into nutritional deficiency.
Vegans avoid the only true nutritiously rich and digestible animal foods and fats. As a result of this practice, they damage their bodies and minds.
Many of them do not realize that eating fruits and vegetables resemble fasting and should be limited to 30 days not a lifetime. Plants cleanse, they do not nourish.
Evidence produced by people who tried the vegan lifestyle is mounting. I know people who practiced it for several years and irreversibly damage their teeth.
Furthermore, vegans admittedly suffer from depression because they lack brain tissue building blocks – saturated animal fats.
Beside health problems eating constantly cannot be effective.
I do not care what you eat but if you have to eat 6 times a day, you are not eating what you are supposed to. Who has the time to eat 6 times a day anyway?!?
It is bizarre to me and unsustainable to eat every 2 to 3 hours. When do you get time to do something else?
Vegans stake environmental and sustainability claims. Yet, their environmental footprint exceeds that of any meat eater who can grow and obtain food locally.
The paradox of the vegan argument lies in the fact that everything they do is unsustainable. Look at the amounts of food they have to consume and the meal frequency they have adhere to, And at the end of the day they go to bed still hungry
Should it not be a red flag?
Also, they tend to eat imported foods that have to be flown in from thousands miles away. Bananas do not grow in New York City or London.
Most of the foods are processed and require to expend a lot of energy and resources to manufacture.
Vegans also obsessed about calculating nutritional values of plants, vegetables and fruits, also known as RDI (a recommended dietary intake). 90% of things they eat are superfoods. In fact, they even coined the word “superfood”.
One important thing they never discuss is how much of those nutrients they can assimilate from a 2 pound salad or that fabulous 10 banana smoothie.
They never discuss how the enormous amount of sugar they consume each day, or they think that eating eevery two hours is normal.
Also, if you have to eat that often and never get satiated enough, the body tells you something, doesn’t eat? Compare eating a salad to eating bacon and eggs. What do you get satiated from?
Besides, the satiation from bacon and eggs lasts for 6 to 8 hours if not more. It is an excellent nutritional combination for a one meal a day.
The Perfect Meal
My perfect meal is always simple, yet nutrient dense and easily digestible. It comprise two or three ingredients: soft-boiled eggs with salmon roe, lamb shank, or herring with soft-boiled qual eggs on the side. I feel the immediate energy from such meals and get usually satisfied with one meal a day.
You can vary quantities depending on your nutritional goals such as body building or other energy for physically demanding tasks. I am tall but have a fairly small frame. Also I don’t expend too much energy during the day so I can sustain myself on a fairly small amounts of nutritious foods.
I grew up eating raw sauerkraut in abundant amounts. We normally ate it with beef, lamb, or bacon, but never alone. Mom still says that cooking vegetables takes 2-3 hours but you eat them and feel still hungry an hour later. That is why we always had herring, other cold water fish, or beef, lamb, pork with every meal. We tacitly agreed that we could not survive on fruits and vegetables. We fasted on them during lent. It never happened for more than 30 days.
We always ate 2 to 3 times a day. We never ate between meals because we obtained enough nutrients during the meals.
The goal is to optimize your meals so you do not have to think about food all the time. You want to feel good and vibrant from eating, you do not want to become a food addict.
With one meal a day I still achieved variety over the course of a week. I aim at nutritional density and biological availability of nutrients in the food I ate.
My Favorite Power Foods
cold water fish (salmon, herring)
seafood (oysters, scallops)
The Perfect Meal Enforces Intermittent Fasting
You cannot overeat on meat and natural animal fats. Thus, you have plenty of time to go without food and to enforce autophagy by way of intermittent fasting. This way you do not have to worry about cleansing the body since autophagy removes inactive cell naturally .
Nature designed us to eat intuitively by way of listening to our body. When you eat the right foods that naturally sustain your body, you want have to cleanse it: nature does it for you. Listen to your gut, literally, and you will be able to thrive on that perfect meal.
I attained better energy levels, mental clarity, and productivity by selecting optimal foods and by consolidating them in one meal.
I also feel calm and peaceful. I seem to become more centered.
If you have not tried eating fewer than three meals a day, I would not gradually decrease them until you feel comfortable with two meals a day. Spread them 6 or 8 hours apart.
Only them I would proceed to eating one perfect meal a day.
Look forward to hearing about your experiences.
Until next time,