RCR W3D2: Nutritious Reads

I’m plowing my way through several diet and nutrition-related books at the moment as well as reviewing the eating plans and approved food lists of the ones I have followed in the past.

Some were recommended to me by others, while others just sort of landed in my lap by happenstance. I plan on getting through all of them by the end of the year and pulling the best points from each one. I’m hoping that there will actually be something unique and interesting that I can take away from each book on my list.

I’m trying to keep an open mind about all of this instead of rejecting anything out of hand just because it differs from my eating patterns of the past few years. We’ll see how long that will last.

My reading list:

I’m also revisiting the meal plans from:

  • Red Carpet Ready
  • New Rules of Lifting for Women
  • M&F Hers March 2005 12-Week Makeover program
  • Precision Nutrition
  • Eat Right for Your Type
  • Turbulence Training

There are only minor differences between most of the meal plans above, but Eat Right for Your Type is interesting in that it advocates a mostly vegetarian diet for people with my blood type (A). This is similar to the rather crassly-delivered vegan agenda outlined in Skinny Bitch, which I have been listening to in audiobook format on my commute each day. I have not gotten too far in any of the other books on the first list yet, but I suspect that the Eat-Clean Diet will be in the style of most 6-meals per day bodybuilding diets with a stronger focus on organic and all-natural ingredients, You: On a Diet will be somewhat moderate and allow for more “iffy” foods, and the Paleo Diet for Athletes will likely use the carb-timing techniques of Precision Nutrition while cutting out most grains and dairy completely.

I’m probably closest to using a Precision Nutrition style of eating at the moment minus the wheat and dairy, so the Paleo Diet definitely piques my interest. I’d also like to attempt a mostly vegetarian diet at some point for a month or two, but I am not prepared to give up fish or eggs. I’ve plotted out an entire week’s worth of meals based on the approved blood type A food list for Asians (see other blood type food lists and ethnic breakdowns here) and recommended servings before, but have not actually implemented it yet. I don’t fully buy into the whole blood type diet deal, but since I actually like the foods in my MY approved list and have had issues with some in the Avoid list, I’m willing to give it a try in the future. 😉

1. 3 egg whites, 60g oats and raisins, 5 pieces chili radish
2. 10 almonds, 20 g raisins
3. 1/6 chicken pot pie with veggies, 1 c. green beans, 1/2 peach
4. 6 oz. sauteed tofu, 1/2 peach, 1 t. chili paste
5. 2 boiled eggs, 6 baby carrots
6. 3 oz. roasted chicken, 1.5 c. sugar snap pea stir-fry in oyster sauce, 1/2 c. natural apple sauce

Water: 16 cups
Supplements: multivitamin, calcium 600+D, 6 fish oil capsules

* YF Cardio (30 min)
* 100 Push Ups W6D1 (45/55/35/30/65 max)
* PDB walk (15 min)
* HIIT – Stationary Bike sprints (30 min)

2 thoughts on “RCR W3D2: Nutritious Reads

  1. Another book you may want to check out is The Longevity Diet by Brian M. Delaney & Lisa Walford.

    It’s all about the CR (Calorie Restriction) approach to living, which I imagine is not your steez at all, but it’s the only book I’ve encountered that brings up the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) assay and the ORAC values for certain foods.

    I don’t practice CR at all (I pretty much do the opposite!), but I try to get in as many high ORAC foods as possible. Love dem antioxidants!

  2. Whoa. Paleo diet vs. Skinny Bitch SMACKDOWN. I don’t think those two diets could be more different! Good luck comparing them. I enjoyed Skinny Bitch, although it is simply a slightly more amusing version of Dean Ornish’s plan!

    Michael Pollan sums up his philosophy this way: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” OK saved you from reading Omnivore’s Dilemma, which I found mostly dull. “In Defense of Food” was a bit more interesting. Kind of.

    The best nutrition book I have ever read is “Becoming Vegan” by Brenda Davis. Vegan or not, it’s a great book with loads of specific details about nutrition. Most nutrition books are a bit lean on the science; this one is the opposite and is a very heavy read.

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