At first, it sounds like a bizarre combination, but when one of the smartest guys in the keto scene says that he has sardines, oysters, eggs and broccoli as his regular breakfast I wasn’t surprised to find this diet scored well in the nutritional analysis.
Before he started researching cancer and oxygen toxicity seizures for DARPA, Dominic D’Agostino studied nutrition and is rumoured to be able to do a 500-pound deadlift for 10 reps after a week of fasting.
Both physical and mental performance are undoubtedly critical to Dom, so it’s not surprising that he is very intentional about his diet and what he puts in his mouth to start each day.
Dom says that he aims for a ‘modified Atkins’ approach with higher protein levels rather than a classical high fat therapeutic ketogenic diet which is harder to stick to and might be used for people with epilepsy, cancer, dementia, etc. It was intriguing to see that Dom’s standard breakfast ranks the highest in nutrient density rather than therapeutic or nutritional ketosis.
Dom first mentioned his favourite breakfast concoction in his first interview with Tim Ferriss (check out the excellent three-hour podcast here). You can hear the shock and slight repulsion in Tim’s voice in the soundcheck as he responds with
“Do you blend that up in the Vitamix?”
But now Tim, rather than following his own slow carb approach, has made sardines and oysters a regular breakfast staple and mentions it as one of the top 25 things he learned from podcasts guests in 2015.
One serving provides 500 calories, 47 g of protein, 23 grams of fat and 16 g of net carbs.
The Cronometer screengrab below shows the nutrients provided by 2000 calories of this recipe relative to the Optimal Nutrient Intakes.
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