Here’s a sneak peek of just one (“1”) sub section off my next upcoming accompanying manuscript / book. This is specifically an extract from the main parent chapter on BUDGETTING. Of course, things may change in the final version for readability.
Structural frugality ~ hypothetical recommendations on zero/near zero carbohydrate practitioners
This Book first of all regretfully state a bottom line first and foremost ~ that near zero carbohydrate regiments is likely unsustainable. And that the following “hypothetical” recommendations strictly remains as just that as ~ speculative ideas depending on readers’ own frugal finances.
In general, the lower carbohydrate intake the more likely individuals will resort to higher protein reliance for not only satiety but general QOL or surrogate quality of life. This is undebatably necessary; especially when fitness meritocracies are involved and concerned.
Two (2) contextual group of discussions ~ animal based and plant based is shared here in this section.
Context 1/2 ~ Carnivore / animal based
To illustrate as common expectations ~ a typical near-zero to zero carbohydrate practitioners consume anywhere between 2 to 3 pounds of meat per day. That is only a conservative estimate, to reach adequate satiety. This translates to at least 900 grams to 1.4 kilograms of meat representing at least 4000 to 6000 kcals per day. And that ~ is still without additional fats and/or allowable condiments to factor in for cooking and preparing such meal(s) in the first place.
This costs anywhere between at least $15 to AUD$20 “per day” of budget requirement. Hence at least $100.00AUD per week is to be anticipated. Whether or not this is “realistic” remains up to individual’s finances.
Suggestions remain possible however. First and foremost would be organ meats; in addition to any cuts of meats a reader may still possibly able to afford. Examples of organ meats to consider include, though not exhaustively complete ~ chicken necks, beef/lamb livers, kidneys, and hearts. Readers will also have to anticipate purchasing short-dated meats.
Next, is to consider buying whole poultry(s) and eggs; especially when short dated pricing between $4.5 to as low $3.50 (very rare but possible) are sighted for the whole chickens. A two kilogram whole bird may suffices a hungry carnivore; yet if only for a day. This still requires additional fat purchases as required to cook them to one’s preference. In terms of eggs intake, a carton irrespective of weight ratings are likely not going to suffice in any carnivore regiments. Hence at least 24 appears to be realistic amount as desserts based recipes may also need to be taken into account.
The next necessities would obviously be ~ the saturated fats. Cheese, Talows, butters, ghees, creams, double creams, etc. As one would expect all these mounts towards significantly high asking budgets.
Lastly, is less of an “advice” nor suggestion ~ but a cautionary tale. As organ meat reliance is emphasized or increased so too ~ the careful balancing act of micronutrient profiling via supplementary contingencies. This is to offset any risks of hyperaccumulation of any biased mineral or lipid soluble Vitamins (Vitamin A / retinoid acids in particular); that may or may not eventually impairs the liver’s capacity to metabolise the excess safely. This concern indeed appears legitimate as hypothesized, [Genereux, G. 2014] towards an array of co-morbodities pathogenesis for diabesity auto-immunity-like reactions. Various openly shared case studies and experiences certainly warrant more research.
In summary, carnivore diets or near zero carbohydrate regiment amidst frugality inbetween $20 to $25AUD are likely impossible. At the very least this barrier alone have prevented much of This Author’s (AW™) to follow such a nutritional plan consistently to the letter without losing many other supplementary necessities to offset micronutrient bias which many sadly are considered illegal within bounds of carnivorism. Whey proteins, milks, to name a few.
Context 2/2 Plant based near zero / zero carbohydrates
If individuals reading this are of plant based subscribers and are contemplating towards zero/near zero plant based ketogenic interventions, they are likely met with further challenges. Nevertheless This Author (AW) may only try so far as to represent hypothetical suggestions to accommodate these needs.
First and obvious concern, vegetable oils and spreads remains a gamble to one’s own health and therefore should not be considered. Since Omega N6 PUFAs may not be healthful in chronic amounts, as immunological symptoms and/or digestive discomforts may occur. Plausible for further research reading would be to also consider higher supplmenting intakes of on-going methylating supports and other key lipid soluble antioxidants. Vitamin B12, Vitamins D3, E, K2 (not K1), as well as in some careful amounts ~ preformed Vitamin A. Beware that much of these fat soluble vitamins (eg. D3 and K2) remains difficult to source from an entirely plant based origins without at least some considerations for dairy intakes. Further discussions on PUFA N6 implications are best reserved in separate reading in our accompanying manuscript Advanced Dietary Glycation End Products.
Secondly, is the concern of protein choices. Since majority of calories from protein is likely critical in low carbohydrate regiment, biological availability and digestibility will likely be of most importance. Legumes and beans therefore ~ may not likely constitute as “good” source. As the inherent macros componentry in these already constitute various indigestible fibres and adding to that overall net carbohydrate intake; which certainly defeats the very goals of near-zero carbohydrate principle. Readers certainly may remain open to contest against this should they have no inflammatory responses unlike This Author (AW™)’s, however bearing in mind of their indigestible components & the above need for absolute net-carb intake restrictions should warrants enough of a concern ~ that alternative sources must be sought.
This Author (AW™) may only propose such sources to be that of supplementary pea protein isolates / concentrates, lupin flours, as well as Textured Vegetable Proteins TVP / Soya Wahdi (both are similar derivatives from same soy protein). Although beware that many of these constitute many plausibly concerning ingredients, inhibitors, mineral chelators that may further impair mineral profiling and uptake. Compounded also by their highly processed nature especially TVP / soya wad – This Author’s own adverse experiences on these alone Amy only speaks for himself and his conviction to avoid repeated consumption. However once again, readers remains his or her own volition for total ownership of all repercussions.
To summise – zero carb plant are presented arguably, with more challenges than that of carnovrism. Chief among problems are dubious protein quality, uptake / utilisation availiability as well as micronutrient deficiencies concerns. Hence supplementary contingencies ranting from Vitamin B complexes and key fat solubles must not be ignored during such near-zero carbohydrate plant based sustenance. It remains debateable even if such is indeed ably or honestly proclaimed as “sustainable”. However again, This Author (AW™) reserves any or all outcomes ~ for the reader’s own willingly ownership of all repercussions.
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