You may remember the article in which I shared my experience eating fully raw for a week. It was a life changing experience, and I have been discovering what the best way of eating for my body has been ever since. For now eating fully raw isn’t my best match, yet eating a high raw diet has been bliss.
Earlier this spring I learned about hybrid foods, and was more than overwhelmed with the information. I found it very difficult to completely eliminate all hybrid foods from my diet as it felt extremely restricting. I have become more conscious of how much I do consume though, and have minimized them as I can. Eating organic non-gmo food is still in full effect though. Let’s get into what I have been eating, recipes, and how it all breaks down nutritionally.
I have been starting my day with avocado on gluten-free toast all week long and I love it. I recently purchased chia seeds in the bulk bin of my local grocery store. I have put them to good use here.
I still enjoy my smoothies and here is another. I blended 6 large bananas, two medjool dates, a tablespoon of chia seeds, and a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice. I added enough water in my Vitamix to give it a good texture. Also the amount made from this smoothie fills this jar about 2 1/2 times. All I can say is yum!
My third meal of the day is most often a simple fruit plate. I love peaches so I have been eating them almost every day while they are in season. I buy organic fruit from our local farmer’s market. I purchase a 20 lb box which is discounted because of the high volume. This saves me so much money compared to buying organic fruit at the grocery store.
It is probably no surprise that for dinner I am eating a large salad. I love adding quinoa to my salads. For this salad I used a head of romaine lettuce, 1 1/2 cups of quinoa, a yellow tomato, 1/2 of a red bell pepper, and 1/4 of a red onion. I no longer always make my own raw salad dressings, and in this case I added 3 tablespoons of store bought Italian dressing which is sugar-free. I actually added the dressing later so the picture would look nice.
Below is the nutritional breakdown of what I ate today using my CRON-O-Meter account. I first spoke about CRON-O-Meter in an article on becoming your own nutritionist. It has helped me tremendously with learning what works best for me and my lifestyle. It has also completely eliminated the false belief that it is impossible to get adequate protein on a plant-based diet.
You will notice that both B12 and vitamin D are inadequate on my chart, so I supplement both of them. I’ll get more into supplements another time though. Just know that if you are choosing to eat a plant-based diet, it is very helpful to supplement B12 especially. Depending upon where you live, and how much vitamin D you can easily absorb from the sun may help to determine if you want to supplement that as well. Both can be determined by having your blood work done.
Also you can get your complete selenium requirements for the day by eating only one Brazil nut. I should have added one to my smoothie, but it completely slipped my mind. As for calcium, juicing greens makes a huge difference. I honestly don’t juice everyday. You can check out one of my favorite green juice recipes if you like though.
I have recently gotten into a habit of eating four times a day versus only three and a small snack. Spreading out more meals throughout the day has allowed me to have continuous energy as the day goes on. You may notice that I do eat fewer calories on the days where I am not as active and take a dance class. It is important to listen to your body and do what works best for you. I do my best to be flexible and make changes as my body asks for them.
Eat to live, not the other way around. It can still taste insanely delicious so don’t worry!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)