I look back in shock at my typical food intake before going raw and vegan – my day started with 2 slices of turkey bacon, eggs with cheese, fruit smoothie mid-morning were followed by a huge cooked lunch – at least two plates of something like gluten free pasta or pizza. I rarely ate sweets due to me having Celiac Disease (Wheat and Gluten allergy) My calorie intake was not that bad, but I knew I could improve, I ate these foods thinking I was eating fairly healthy. I ate large quantities of carbohydrates, sugars and fats.
Thankfully, things are very different: in the summertime I tend to start the day with fruit smoothies – currently maybe apricots/cherries/peaches, or watermelon on its own. I have only fruit or fresh (green) juice until ‘lunchtime’. I would heartily recommend this approach to anyone starting out on this path, as it rests and cleanses the system, reintroducing foods gently back into the body after the ‘fast’ of sleep. Lunch is usually the heaviest meal of the day for me, so that I have the rest of the waking day to digest and use those foods. I might have some nori rolls, a blended salad, a fresh salad with a lovely dip or a seaweed-based meal. Fruits are a key component of my intake these days and are involved in almost every meal I consume. Snacks for me these days tend to be fresh fruit, flax seed with pollen or goji berries, nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts). In the evenings I tend to have green juices or smoothies and perhaps a light meal. I try not to have too many fats late in the day, as I find them hard to digest.
I start my day with alkaline water. I drink alkaline water and use it in all my food preparation. For more information about alkaline water and it’s many benefits visit the Kingdom of Gold website. In general, I rise early in the morning after hydrating my body from overnight fasting I drink a fruit smoothie and add spiralina to get my day started off in a energetic way and tend to stop eating around 7-8pm in the evening time. This allows my digestive system time to wake up in the morning and shut down quietly in the evening, rather than on a full stomach. Fresh organic spiralina and flax seed have become very important to me in terms of my nutrition and I consider them like my daily ‘medicine’, alkalising and balancing my system. I tend towards an abundance of greens, fruit and a moderate amount of fats. I am careful about food combinations and space my meals well apart, eating perhaps 4 or 5 times a day, lightly. My recipes tend to involve a minimal number of ingredients – I find that I tend towards simpler and simpler things as I move along this path.
For the first couple of weeks on my raw path, I was about 75-80% raw. Now I have been 100% raw for about eight months and I find that the quantity of food I consume is much smaller than that which I was consuming even a year ago, as my assimilation of foods is now so much more efficient – I simply do not need big quantities of food to provide my body with the nutrients it requires.