A few people asked what I eat every day. I think that what I eat is of minor interest, but maybe the reasoning behind it might be more valuable.
First the what. My friend Dick Talens suggested that I do intermittent fasting, which means that I eat during only an eight hour period each day. There's some compelling evidence that this is good for longevity, but not enough that I can say for sure that it's true. I was attracted to the diet because it meant that I could spend less time eating each day.
When I first wake up, I drink green tea. My staple is Green Ecstasy from Samovar, but sometimes I have something else just to mix it up.
The beginning of my eating period is two pm. I make three open face sandwiches consisting of the following: one piece of ezekiel seed bread, hazelnut almond butter, a small handful of walnuts, one third of a banana, and a lot of chia seeds. Sometimes I have some nice organic berries to put on top.
I eat this meal mainly because it takes very little time to eat and no time to clean. The chia seeds and walnuts are specifically to get a ton of Omega 3. The Omega 3 from them isn't as good as the Omega 3 you get from fish, but it's still good, and easy to consume. The bananas are just there to make it taste good.
For dinner I eat at Chipotle. I get a bowl with no rice, both types of beans, double steak, peppers and onions, two salsas, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, and lettuce.
The meat is grass fed and most of the vegetables and other stuff are organic. This isn't a 100% perfect meal, mostly because they use soy oil, but it requires no clean up on my part and no preparation. The bowl costs about $12, but a couple times a year they have a promotion where you get a free bowl for buying a $30 gift certificate. I buy a new gift certificate every day, effectively cutting my cost down to around $9 per bowl. Not too bad for such high quality food and so many ingredients.
You might think that such a diet gets boring, but I really like it. I've tweaked it over the past year little by little, and I really look forward to each meal and enjoy each one as much as the last.
When thinking about diet, it's really important to consider why you're choosing your diet and whether or not it's meeting the goals you intend. In my case, I'd rate my diet an 8.5 out of 10 in terms of health. If the Chipotle didn't use soy oil and I ate a bunch of kale, I'd consider it to be a ten.
Why do I settle for 8.5? Right now my top priority is SETT. It's not such a high priority that I'm willing to sacrifice my health and eat junk like McDonalds, but I don't mind dropping down to an 85% perfect diet to focus all of my time and effort on SETT.
In extreme situations, I've seen people with such complicated and time intensive diets that any longevity they're gaining is being spent preparing and sourcing food. I'm not saying that's necessarily a bad trade, just that it's something to be aware of.
So I eat the same thing every day. It's two really nice meals that I enjoy, but it's also a compromise designed to eliminate the burdens of making meal decisions, preparing those meals, and cleaning up afterwards.
Photo is two of my daily sandwiches.
Thanks for all the offers of tea/lunch/dinner in NY. I ended up spending a lot of time with my family in Jersey so I only had a few days in the city. Next time I'm back here, which will be this summer at the latest, we'll do a meet up!
Sorry to hear that. In my opinion your diet is a mistake. And it certainly confirms the thinking behind an assumption I had previously made: You have unhealthy hormone levels and hence your sex drive is in the toilet. I make this assumption because of your writing that you don't want to date until 2015, deciding such a thing for a young lad like you can only be possible if you have a very shitty sex drive which is due to corrupted testosterone and thyroid hormone levels.
Viewing your diet, it would make sense that your hormone levels would be corrupted, for the following reasons:
-too few kcal: by far not enough energy. When one is fasted the system is stressed and releases catecholamines that give you a buzz even though you are undernourished. You then think you feel good when you are really decimating your health and brain. Malnutrition is first and foremost attributed with cognitive decline and accelerated aging. You'd feel much better if you added a lot more calories to your diet. Try putting half a stick of butter into your tea in the morning, simply for giving your body the energy it so desperately needs.
-not enough fat. especially of the healthy kind, like fish oils. You should eat fish or sea food at least once a week. further, you have some fat from chipotle, namely form the beef and sauces, but imo it's not enough with such a restricted diet. eat more butter, fish, olives
-not enough omega-3, too much o6.
53% Omega-6 PUFA
10% Omega-3 PUFA
you see, walnuts are not at all high in omega-3.
and as you say yourself, chia seeds don't really give you beneficial omega-3s.
-mycotoxins and other toxins, you diet is loaded with toxins from the nuts and seeds and beans and unhealthy oils from chipotle.
-not clean foods. sorry to disappoint you but chipotle's beef is NOT grass-fed. it's simply free of hormones and antibiotics, which is a start but not really that great. corn-fed beef is problematic for far more reasons than improper o3 to o6 ratios. other attributes are toxins in the meat and lack of nutrients.
-lacking some leafy greens and with that micronutrients and antioxidants.
I'd give your diet a 3 out of 10. If you want to save time, eat more fat!! consume it in liquid form. also get a blender, you can save time by not having to chew your vegetables. cook in bulk, etc be creative
Attributing not wanting to date = no sex drive is a bit silly. You can be single and take care of a healthy sex drive, if you get my drift. There's too much emphasis in society that people MUST date and be in a relationship or else they're just sad and lonely. That really does not have to be the case. I think it's admirable to put something like dating (which can be sporadic at best and detrimental at worst) on the back burner if there's more to your life that you want to focus on. I'm concentrating on my career and my art and not worrying about guys or being in a relationship right now and I couldn't be happier. :)
I was under the impression that the beef used in the San Francisco Chipotles was grass fed, but I can't find that information any more. I've emailed them to clarify and will find something else to eat if it's corn fed.
The not dating until 2015 has little to do with sex drive and everything to do with my drive to focus on SETT. I toned down on SETT for two months this year to dedicate time to pickup and found girls to be too distracting right now.
It's hard to take people seriously who follow the bulletproof exec stuff. Although I think that a lot of his advice is good, I think he takes things too far and falls into the category of questionable benefits for large hassle.
Tynan's found through experimentation what I read in a personal development/how to be successful in business type book a long time ago: to make it big in business/get rich etc, abstaining from sex is necessary (in the beginning stages at least). I took it to mean sex, relationships and dalliances with the opposite sex, the whole deal, for the inevitable distractions and mental energy they entail.
Glad to see your reply. My suspicion was on the grounds that with a healthy sex drive it would neither be sensible nor practical to swear off dating.
In any case, this is a personal topic not of my concern. If you think your sex drive is as high as it should be for someone your age, it demands no discussion. Just know that if it isn't, its lack points to a far greater issue of your health than you might fathom.
Glad to see you are getting blood work done, be sure to test for thyroid and testosterone hormone levels.
One more thing: Why do you state that you find it hard to take people seriously who follow the bulletproof diet?
Even if this were to be the case with me, which incidentally it partly is, it doesn't dispute the facts of the downsides of your diet.
The notion that the efforts to eat "bulletproof" do not warrant the resulting benefits is a subjective opinion and shouldn't be taken as general judgement nor state anything about the seriousness of people choosing to orient their diet by Dave Asprey's recommendations.
I find BP hard to take seriously because it's not at all aligned with my balance of time/effort/restriction vs actual benefits. Through the research I've done over years, I've come to the conclusion that avoiding refined carbs/starches and avoiding unhealthy oils will get 95%+ of the available gains for longevity, which is my goal.
Asprey focuses heavily on toxins and mold, the effects of which I believe he's greatly blown out of proportion. I haven't done enough research to be certain of this, but I also can't make my diet much more restrictive and still be able to travel.
It seems like a bad idea to eat such a non-varied diet... what if there's some critical nutrient that isn't present in either meal?
I doubt that there is anything critical missing. When I travel I eat different stuff, though, and I travel a bit, so I'm sure I get it all one way or another. I'll be getting a blood test soon, though, so that might be interesting.
$12 for dinner?? No good...My dinners average around $3, usually some steak or chicken with some veggies. I'll throw in a big packet of chicken into the oven and I have my lunch and dinner for about 3 days. Last night I had 3 eggs and some lima beans, cost me around $1. I would stay away from any sour cream and cheese...
Is the soy oil hydrogenated? If not, why is it unhealthy? I don't use soy oil myself but from all the research I've seen, it's not unhealthy unless hydrogenated. It has a high amount of Omega-6, and the rest is mostly monounsaturated, both good for you. Just curious.
Soy oil is heavily processed compared to something like olive oil or a good coconut oil, and is high in Omega 6. Omega 6 is good in that you need some, but pretty much everyone's diet has way too much 6 compared to 3.
Soy oil is also almost certain to be GMO, which I'm up in the air on. I think it may turn out to be no big deal at all, or it may turn out to be really bad. Without knowing really anything about it, I have an aversion to my food being altered to create its own pesticides. Then again, there are a lot of smart people who think it's okay, too.
I agree with the heavily processed reasoning. But omega-6 is good for you -- the claims that we are too high in omega-6 aren't backed up by the evidence, from what I can see. We do need more omega-3s, but adding omega-6 at the same time is a good thing, not bad. I'd be interested in seeing evidence to the contrary, but looking at the bulk of the research (not just a handful of studies), the omega-6/3 ratio thing doesn't seem to be supported.
I too try to avoid GMO stuff, not because of health reasons but because of biodiversity and the idea of corporate ownership of DNA. :)
I've also read things saying that the absolute amount of Omega 3 is what matters, and that a low 3/6 ratio is just a correlary to low Omega 3, not the cause of any problems. But there's also compelling stuff saying that it IS the ratio that matters.
I don't think that either of us can really be sure which is true, and with good options like coconut oil and olive oil, it's easy to play it safe on this one (assuming you don't go to Chipotle...)
Hey Tynan, can you post the links to your ezekial seed bread and hazelnut almond butter? This post is the perfect timing for me because I do not want to waste my decision making on what im going to eat.
Ironically, Chipotle is owned by... McDonald's.
Not true. McDonalds invested some money in them and helped them with their distribution.
Yeah, and McDonald's is fully divested now, I believe because they decided Chipotle's direction wasn't one that made sense for them be involved in after the initial growth.
I eat at Chipotle a lot too and periodically get that comment from people - "You know McDonald's owns them" and I always try to point out that even if McDonald's did still have a big investment in them, that kind of thinking suggests that McDonald's is intrinsically evil, like, nothing they do can ever possibly be positive. I think that is backwards thinking. McDonald's practices with their main line of restaurants are reprehensible to me. But let's say they owned Chipotle, too, and sales at their McDonald's restaurants fell off and Chipotle sales were through the roof. They're not idiots, and they're not hell-bent on being evil. They'd see that and start focusing on the Chipotle brand and the approaches (transparency, humane food, healthy ingredients) that people like. No matter what corporation owns what store or restaurant, if their practices align with your values, buying from them is voting with your dollar in the marketplace.
I stand corrected on the McDonalds non-ownership of Chipotle. However my comment was not meant to imply corporate or nutritive evil on the part of McDonald's or Chipotle's. If you look across many organic retail brands, they've been bought up by the likes of Nestle and such. I mistakenly assumed McDonald's investment in the popular and lucrative market trend was enduring, same as the others.
I was doing similar paleo diet until I watched DVD "Forks over Knives" and investigated Dr Esselstyn's research. Now doing plant based diet with no meat, dairy or added oil.
Hey Tynan, sorry this is not exactly related but very important for users of SETT and Tynan.com. How do I find other blogs on SETT? Is there a directory somewhere? I occasionally stumble across other blogs on SETT but going to SETT.com or your blog doesn't seem to have a directory of all the blogs that exist on the platform. Maybe I just haven't looked somewhere obvious. I really want to get to know other great writers on SETT.
Before I get into that, I want to explain why I eat what I eat, so that people considering changes based on my opinion can make sure that my goals align with theirs. I choose what I eat for long term health and longevity. That's it. I love animals and think they should be treated kindly, but if factory farmed meat would make me healthier, I would eat it. Taste is important within the range of healthy foods, but if styrofoam packing peanuts were the secret to health, I'd be pounding them down. I don't eat to gain association with any group or subculture. Whether I'm considered vegan, vegetarian, paleo, carnivore, or anything else doesn't matter to me.
I'm not trying to be right yesterday, I'm trying to be right today. Sometimes that means admitting that I was wrong and making the best change I can. I base my identity around adapting quickly to the best information I can find, not clinging to the previous best information.
Also, I don't care how much money I spend on healthy food. If $5 buys me a meal that's somewhat healthy and $10 buys me a meal that is completely healthy, I will pay the $10. The act of eating is amongst the most intimate processes we undergo. The food we choose alters our bodies, minds, and futures. That makes it a top priority financially and otherwise. I once read an exchange where someone asked someone else why healthy food was so expensive. Because it's more valuable, he replied.
I was working on some tight deadlines while at a cafe.
Overwhelmingly, I had the urge to break from my diet and order a bunch of junk food - sandwiches, french fries, etc.
I'm not exactly sure why that urge comes up, but I think it's quite common. You've probably experienced it, yes?
If you're trying to refine your diet, or stop binge drinking, or sleep at a reasonable hour, or quit some bad habit, or... whatever... well, how have you gotten off track in the past?
Probably when there was a "good reason" - either something more important (like a deadline) or some general exception (like a "special occasion").