Lately I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks and two that have crossed my desk were The 4 Hour Workweek and The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. While many of his principles and concepts were intriguing, I quickly latched onto his slow-carb diet. It has some similarities to the Paleo Diet but is much stricter:
- No fruits
- No dairy
- No carbs from white sources or sources that COULD be white
- White/Wheat bread, pasta, white/brown rice, potatoes/sweet potatoes, etc
- No processed/junk food
- No drinks with calories
- Juice, sodas, sports drinks, alcohol (red wine is ok), etc
Gee…what the hell CAN I eat?
Glad you asked. Basically you’re limited to meats, non-starchy vegetables, legumes, and healthy sources of fats like olive/coconut oil, butter/ghee, avocados, and assorted nuts (almonds, pistachios, Brazil nuts, etc).
Tim Ferriss’s approach is all about limiting the insulinemic response in the system. Lower insulin response means less food stored as fat and increased overall health.
Now make no mistake, this is a pretty extreme diet as far as the number of food groups that are being cut out, but if properly utilized, you should have no problem obtaining your daily requirements of nutrients. If you’re still feeling a little unsure, just take a multivitamin every other day and you’re all set.
Each meal revolves around a protein source (Tim suggests 30g of protein per meal) and lots of veggies. I don’t know about you, but veggies first thing in the morning sounds terrible. I usually skip breakfast altogether but for the sake of this experiment, I’m sucking it up. While searching for some quick recipes for breakfast that fit the bill, I actually stumbled upon a video created by none other than Tim Ferris himself. Take a look at his 3 minute breakfast…
Well, I can tell you that his original breakfast idea tastes awful. Microwaving eggs never turns out well and the same apparently goes for spinach. If it works for you, more power to you, but here’s my take on the recipe. Granted it takes closer to 10 minutes to cook it all, but it’s much tastier, still healthy, and cleanup is a breeze.
- Grab a nonstick skillet pan and cook the following items over medium heat:
- 1-2 tbsp of EV olive oil
- Half cup frozen spinach
- Quarter cup diced onions (I get a few bags of frozen, diced onions to make life easier)
- Salt & Pepper
- Once cooked, put the spinach on your plate, give the pan a quick rinse, and then add the following ingredients over medium heat:
- 1 tbsp butter (I prefer Kerrygold)
- 2 eggs
- Salt & Pepper
- Cook the eggs however you want and BAM! Done.
- Rinse off the pan and spatula and you’re all set for tomorrow.
This meal is delicious and satisfying. I ate at 6:00AM and didn’t get hungry again until close to 11:00AM. This works especially well for me since it is a fairly light breakfast and doesn’t leave me feeling like crap like a heavier breakfast would. If you’re trying to gain muscle or simply like a more filling breakfast, add more eggs/egg whites and extra additions like garnishes for the eggs (avocado, salsa, beans, etc). I prefer mine light and simple.
Sounds like something you’d give a try? Share your experience below and let us know what additions you added to make your meal unique and delicious!