January 30, 2023

Portfolio theory of eating

The only thing most of us love more than food is to make more money. Here is how you can get better returns from what you put on your plate.

Carbohydrates are the liquid cash holding portion of your portfolio. You want as little/much of your local currency as you need to get you through a day or two. It is unproductive to hold too much unless there’s a special occasion such a marathon or a home renovation. Processed carbs such as rice, wheat, oats or any other grains are like liquid cash. It gets the energy job done ASAP. With these foods, get the dose you need to get the job done and no more.

It could help to include some esoteric currency like the Singapore$ in there. A well managed currency like the Singapore$ is like fiber. Having some of it helps you sleep well at night and wake up without constipation. Too much and you can’t sleep from all the flatulence of not knowing where to put it. Veggies, chole, rajma and dal are the Singapore$ in your daily eating.

Fats are akin to equity in your portfolio. A little can go a long way. But too much and it’s risky business. The wrong kind, like trans-fat or too much saturated fat, can yield terrible blood work and compromise heart health. This is a risky group with low odds of it working in your favour. Even the supposed good kind, like that from olives, avocados, coconuts and nuts, can be counterproductive in large amounts. Think safe bets not working in your favour when the price you paid is silly. Being measured with your exposure and picking high quality fats such as algal oil or fish oil is the way to go. You need to be very picky, think long-term and keep an eye on your heart and blood work.

Protein rich-foods are like rare metals. It always has value. But it is expensive and the value isn’t apparent in the short term. Eat as much of it as you can. People will tell you that you’re eating too much. But you could also always argue that your ancestors loved the stuff too. Buff and rich people tend to wear more gold and eat more protein. But you can tell when it’s far too much and not practical to eat that much in the long haul. 

Protein supplements are like jewellery. Use as little as you need to get the job done. It is overpriced compared to the rare metals they are made from. It helps to use it only if you need it and can’t get the job done with gold bars or whole foods. 

Vitamin and mineral supplements are like insurance schemes. It is better to have one and not need it than need one and not have paid for it regularly. It helps to pick a high quality one given how few thoughtfully constructed multivitamins and insurance schemes exist. 

Water is like real estate, fixed deposits and your saving account balance. You need it. Water isn’t unlike banks that can go bust and homes can be affected by developments in the immediate environment. But you need to make an effort to get enough and ensure what you have is as safe as possible.

About Adarsh

- I run a strength and conditioning facility in Chennai, India
- I work with my clients to make training and eating for better body composition a part of everyday life
- I coach online and in-person
- I design and manufacture strength training equipment for use in our strength training facility