What Do Dr. Lipman And His Wife Eat?

The Lipman Kitchen

So many people ask Frank and me questions about our diet and what we eat on a daily basis. So I’m going to pull back the curtain and share some insights into how we really eat. Here are the most common questions we get and the inside scoop on what The Lipmans eat.

Do you subscribe to any particular diet?

No we don’t, although we tend towards a Paleo or low carb diet, as Frank especially, does not metabolize carbs well. So we eat tons of vegetables, lots of high quality healthy fats, proteins from healthy sources, nuts and seeds and some beans and fruits. For the most part, we eat food that is fresh, unprocessed, unrefined, unpackaged, unaltered and as close to nature as possible. We avoid gluten in particular, but most grains too (although we eat quinoa now and then) and try keep sugar to a minimum. We try to eat as much locally grown produce as possible, choose organic when available and avoid GMO’s. We’re big fans of supporting local farmers and encourage you do the same. Not only will you be getting fresher, tastier, seasonal produce, but knowing where your food comes from just feels good. 

What do you have for breakfast?

Breakfast is honestly one of my favorite meals of the day. I make big protein smoothies that are loaded with lots of healthy goodies. It’s filling and keeps us satisfied all morning.

My current favorite smoothie is

Frank’s current favorite smoothie is:

  • 1 scoop Be Well Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup brewed organic coffee or Teecino caffeine free herbal coffee
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Be Well Probiotic Powder
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 heaped Tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 – 8 ice cubes

He sometimes uses our Sustain protein powder instead of the Whey protein

If we don’t have a smoothie, we will have organic pastured eggs from our local farmer

So you eat meat?

Yes, we eat meat, as long as it’s grass-fed and chicken if it’s organic. We avoid all factory farmed meats. We mostly buy our grass fed meat from our local farmers or Whole Foods. However, if you don’t have one nearby, here is an online resource we recommend: U.S. Wellness Meats.  At one point, Trader Joe’s had grass-fed ground beef which was reasonably priced. It’s not always available, but it’s great value when they have it.  We also eat meat and lamb from New Zealand as it’s always grass-fed.

Do you ever eat desserts?

We are both dark chocolate fans, but just like you, we enjoy desserts as an occasional treat. I try to make our own that are gluten free, low in sugar and high in healthy fats. This dessert recipe is one of our favorites.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Refrigerate a can of full fat coconut milk overnight (I use Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk). Pour the entire contents in to a blender. Add in the following:

  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter or cashew butter
  • A few drops of liquid stevia to taste
  • Blend until thoroughly combined and smooth

Chill in the fridge for an hour

Don’t you miss bread?

Giving up bread is not easy I’ll admit, but I bake gluten free bread once a week. I alternate between this Paleo Bread and this Nutty Bread recipe. Honestly, the breads are so good and not difficult to make.

How about pasta?

It’s become increasingly more easy to find substitutes for pasta. Lately I have gotten into the zoodle craze (spaghetti made from zucchini). This julienne peeler makes them a cinch to make. I’m not a huge fan of serving them raw, so I will lightly sauté them in a little avocado oil and season with salt and pepper before eating.

What do you eat when you go to a restaurant?

When we eat out, we try to eat at restaurants that source their food locally, generally use organic ingredients and use humanely raised animals. Our favorite restaurants in New York City are Tertulia,  Hearth, Palma, ABC Kitchen and Hu Kitchen. Our go to chef for home food delivery and events is Tricia Williams from FoodMattersNYC.

Do you drink alcohol?

We rarely drink alcohol. Frank does not metabolize alcohol well, and he finds it also disturbs his sleep. I will have the occasional Scotch since wine gives me heartburn and a headache.

What supplements do you take?

We both take supplements that address our own specific health concerns, so in addition to Daily Dose, Frank takes Co Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Tumeric and Glutathione. For me, it’s supplements that address bone health and skin health.

We do also sometimes fall off the healthy bandwagon, but we pick ourselves up and re-commit as soon as we can.

Check out this blog for some of our favorite healthy food resources.