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 wish to state a bottom line first and foremost ~ near zero carbohydrate regiments are likely unsustainable. And that the following “hypothetical” recommendations are strictly that ~ only best, educated estimations for all pragmatic considerations; yet to be subjectively adjusted towards individual’s needs, concerns and of all things ~ frugal finances.
In general, the lower carbohydrate intake the more likely individuals will resort to higher protein reliance. 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 examples, 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. Translating to at least 900 grams to 1.4 kilograms of meat; consequently between at least 4000 to 6000 calorie intakes per day. And that ~ is still without additional fats and/or allowable condiments to factor in for cooking and preparing such meals in the first place.
This costs anywhere between at least $15 to AUD$20 “per day” of budget requirement. Hence projecting a necessity of at least $100AUD per week. Hence, the hypothetical discussion here ASSUMES the above is already within the reader’s discretion spending capacity.
First and foremost suggestion would be to consider organ meats. as most cost effective source of calories. In addition to any cuts 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. Whichever appears as short-dated pricing should be purchased at first sight. Inspite of their sparse availability speculatively reserved towards the certain later days of the week. More reading on this is reserved for another section on page 228.
Next, is to consider buying whole poultry(s), especially when short dated pricing between $4.5 to as low $3.50 (very rare but possible) are sighted. A two kilogram whole bird may suffices a hungry carnivore; yet if only for a day. Yet still requiring additional fats required to cook and compliment 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 based regiments. Hence at least 24 are likely to be anticipated as desserts based recipes may also need to be anticipated.
Next additional necessities would obviously be ~ the range of saturated fats. Cheese, Talows, butters, ghees, creams, double creams, etc. As one would expect all these amounts to a rather significantly high weekly cost as projected earlier.
This is less of an “advice”. But rather 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 (A in particular) intakes; that eventually impairs the liver’s capacity at either handling and/or metabolising the excess safely. This has been recently hypothesized, as the pathogenesis for diabesity, auto-immunity concerns to name a few [Genereux, G. 2014]. Various openly shared case studies and experiences are certainly warranting enough for concern, however for privacy and non-judgmental impartiality nature of This Book ~ naming “names” is not the priority.
In summary, carnivore diets or near zero carbohydrate regiment amidst frugality inbetween $20 to $25AUD are likely impossible to sustain. At the very least this barrier alone have prevented much of This Author’s (AW™) to follow such 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. However This Author nevertheless confides upon all things said here as nevertheless worthily enough as “pragmatic” food for second-thoughts. To recall ~ mainly emphasize short-dated organ meats (chicken necks, livers, hearts, kidneys, whole poultry(s), and anticipate more judicious supplementary decisions as required; to offset any excess bias from natural sources. Further discussion on these is sadly beyond the capacity of This Book to comprehend.
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 additional set of challenges; upon which This Author (AW™) remains even further perplexed and sadly absent at proposing any universally agreeable. But hereby yet nonetheless present a series of notes to consider.
First and obvious concern, vegetable oils and spreads remains a gamble to one’s own health. Since Omega N6 PUFAs may not be healthful in chronic amounts, and further discussions on these implications, and how they contribute to lipid peroxidation prone products; are best reserved in our separate accompanying manuscript dAGES. Immunological symptoms and/or digestive discomforts may or may not occur in practical signs or visiblity from habitual intakes. At least until several days of repeatedly high consumptions. Either way, excessive intakes from Omega N6 PUFA would likely demand higher intakes of on-going key methylating Vitamin B12, as well as many key fat solubles to offset lipid peroxidation risks cumulations such as Vitamins D3, E, K2 (not K1), as well as in some careful amounts ~ preformed Vitamin A. Though beware that some 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.
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).
Despite and although once again the above alternative protein intake recommendations are not without their own elusive metabolic and physiological consequences to the discerning reader. Hence whatever appears “safe” remains elusively as ~ “safe until Self-Enquired”. Individual immunology will always overrule epidemiological collectivist judgments. Hence not all individuals may react favourably to one type of plant based protein than another. This Author (AW™) for instance remains ambivalent to excess intakes of TVP as elusive impairments to psychology and physiology was notable throughout his early years amidst structural frugality.
To summise – Self-Enquiry cannot be ignored amidst these interventions. Key micronutrients and more supplementary contingencies ~ the ever so importance B12, synthetic 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 willingly private experiences.
Sorry no more to show. Everything else is still strictly as WIP progress.