040 – Q&A: Ben’s meal plan

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For this episode, we welcome back Ashleigh to help out with another Q&A session! The episode is mostly focussed on meal plans, daily eating schedules, fasting and related topics with a bit of philosophy, meditation and travel ideas thrown in for good measure. Ashleigh kicks things off by asking Ben about how he prioritizes his to-do list when it seems so long. From there they dive into cooking and specifically how Ben likes to prepare, or not prepare, his intake of vegetables. The conversation then covers eggs, coffee and salt, and Ben and Ash take a big detour to unpack their love of fresh-pressed olive oil and all its benefits. Ashleigh asks Ben about his relatively narrow diet and he explains how there is diversity within this simplicity and how he balances this to the greatest effect. They also discuss carbohydrate loading, protein deprivation and how and when to use them with workouts. Ben talk about OMAD, or one meal a day plans and how he feels it helps him before switching things around and asking Ashleigh a few questions about her breakfast, lunch, and supper. We finish off the episode talking about eating while on the road, satiety from carnivore diets and using the ketogenic diet as a tool in your health routine. Join us today for another great round of questions!


  • Ben’s busy schedule and moving towards more realistic timelines. [0:49]
  • A useful method for prioritizing a to-do list when it is really long. [2:57]
  • Cooking methods and raw consumption of vegetables. [10:02]
  • An evolving attitude to eggs and why Ben still likes to use egg yolks. [11:24]
  • Why Ben is so obsessed with fresh-pressed olive oil at the moment. [14:38]
  • How Ben has and currently uses coconut oil in his diet. [22:05]
  • Doing your research on coffee, salt, and other important foodstuffs. [24:10]
  • Ben unpacks his attitude towards diversity versus simplicity. [31:37]
  • Tactics for carbs and proteins and relating them to a workout schedule. [33:42]
  • What eating one meal a day can do for you and why Ben finds it useful. [36:48]
  • Ben’s liquid consumption; teas, coffee, and thoughts on red wine. [38:25]
  • Ashleigh’s breakfast routine and meal plans for her typical day. [42:32]
  • Carnivore portion size and reaching that satiety reset point. [45:22]
  • Getting around the difficulty of staying on track with goals while traveling. [48:08]
  • The ketogenic muscle program that Ben and Danny Vega are offering. [53:18]
  • And much more!

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Ben Pakulski

Ben Pakulski

Since first lifting weights as a teenager, Ben has been on a mission to do whatever it takes… …to become the most muscular man on the planet! On the eve of The Arnold Classic, he confronts the dark realities of bodybuilding… And his own future! Follow him on his journey…

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