A couple of notes. First, while I’m a big fan of the Jaminets and their Perfect Health Diet, I think I’m with Kamal Patel — he doesn’t “totally agree with [their] supplementation strategy” (looking forward to part 2 where Kamal gets into specifics!). Me, I am a big fan of getting nutrients from food. While there are legitimate questions of whether or not food can provide an optimal amount of nutrients, I think there are also questions about the side effects of getting nutrients in the form of supplements (too much? right kind? lack of synergistic nutrients? etc). OTOH, supplements may be useful for folks who aren’t interested in eating the necessary nutrient-dense foods.
Second, re to grain or not to grain. If you want to eat your grains, be my guest. I find the concept of “traditional prepared grains” (a la Weston Price) compelling. But the above shows quite clearly that grains aren’t the nutrient-dense foods some folks suggest (and I don’t think the picture changes much when minerals are considered either). As a PHD-fan, my primary on-plan grain is white rice essentially lacking in nutrients. But I think I more than make up for it with my liver (via braunschweiger), eggs, and shellfish.
Finally, you probably know this, but many of the important vitamins in veggies are fat soluble. So if you’re eating plain steamed veggies, you’re not getting as much benefit as you could. So add a little vinaigrette or a little bit o’ butter to your veggies if there’s no other fat in your meal.