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    I don't need a lot of variety or spontaneity in my meals to be satisfied. I normally go through phases of dishes that I'll eat all the time. How important is diversifying my meals? Is there anything you eat over and over?

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    i think some diversity is needed to get your vitamin and mineral bases covered

    i'm not too good at it though so i keep a bottle of vitamins handy
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    • #3
      I eat the same stuff more or less, but they are all highly nutritious stuff: liver, bone broth, red meat (grassfed), cage free eggs, coconut, fruit, some grassfed (and none grassfed) dairy/butter, some seafood. I take a multivitamin just in case though.


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      • #4
        If you don't mind the sheer boredom, not that important: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread84401.html
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        • #5
          When I have a craving for something (healthy) I generally eat it cause it's a way of my body telling me I'm missing something. Lately it's been pumpkin & garlic (not together though lol).

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          • #6
            I do the same thing. I have basically eaten the same thing for weeks at a time. Every now and then I mix it up with something different, but I feel good, and don't crave anything.
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            • #7
              Different colours are indicators of different nutritional values in natural foods. Diversity in diet is probably the most important thing, once you have a basic handle on whats good and bad generally. So the steak and eggs diet is going to be way better that eating junk food, but a range of different foods will enhance your health as well.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
                i think some diversity is needed to get your vitamin and mineral bases covered

                i'm not too good at it though so i keep a bottle of vitamins handy
                I am too lazy to try an figure out if it is even possible to get all of your vitamins and minerals from eating food. My guess is that it is not possible. So if that is the case then how important can it be? That being said I think that some variety is probably a good thing. I too have some vitamins hanging around that I take occasionally.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Black Timber View Post
                  I am too lazy to try an figure out if it is even possible to get all of your vitamins and minerals from eating food. My guess is that it is not possible. So if that is the case then how important can it be? That being said I think that some variety is probably a good thing. I too have some vitamins hanging around that I take occasionally.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hannakb View Post
                    When I have a craving for something (healthy) I generally eat it cause it's a way of my body telling me I'm missing something. Lately it's been pumpkin & garlic (not together though lol).
                    Don't knock pumpkin and garlic together
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                    • #11
                      As long as you're eating a wide variety of nutritious foods, I don't think it matters if you eat the same things day in and day out. My diet has been largely the exact same for years, and I've felt fine. Just supplement what you think might be missing.
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                      • #12
                        I go for the maximum the amount of diversity possible; chicken feet, cow stomach, fish eggs, liver, obscure vegetables and roots, etc.

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                        • #13
                          I think a huge diversity is probably optimal but so long as you're getting all your basic nutrition, it's probably not necessary for health. Try an online food tracker, or get a blood test to make sure you're not deficient in anything, and otherwise just try to make sure you're eating foods that provide a variety of basic nutrients.

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                          • #14
                            I think dietary diversity is stressful because it forces your body to adapt and change constantly. Some say that stress is good, some say bad. Moving a lot and changing diets are strongly correlated with shorter life spans. I'd think a nutritionally complete palate of the same foods daily would be of great benefit to people who have experience a lot of traumatic change in their lives. Still, occasional variation can be fun and enjoyable, more so for some than others, so it depends a lot on personality, too!
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                            • #15
                              None of us knows for sure our optimal nutrient consumption. Diversity is the safe bet. Supplementation is a pale alternative

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