I had a great day yesterday. I did a Raw Food Introduction session in Nanaimo. I had 6 wonderful women attend along with the help of Alison, my great assistant!
At the end of the session when we were chatting, I was asked what I normally eat in a day. Because I have been eating this way for a long time, I don’t really need to think or plan what I am going to eat. It has become easy and natural for me.
I do realize how someone who is just starting down this path may wonder what my meals look like. I was raised eating 3 meals a day, plus an after school snack and evening snack. We were not really allowed to eat before meals and supper was the largest meal of the day. I think most of my generation (and before) were raised like that so that is what “meals” look like for most.
I think that is the difference between eating a high raw diet and a diet that consists of all cooked food (some which may be processed, packaged and fast food). I have to say I did eat “more” then. More meaning larger portions of cooked food.
Eating more raw foods, my body gets nutrient-dense food full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, etc. so it gets what it needs from less food. I do not eat packaged, processed or fast food.
I have done my best to summarize a day of what I eat below. Of course every day is different, but really not that different. I like things simple and easy. Even though I may instruct and teach how to prepare a wide variety of great tasting recipes and foods, I do tend to stick with my basics and favorites during the week when I am working.
I will try to write it out the best I can and give you an idea. I have always eaten a bunch of small meals instead of 3 large meals. Just the way my body feels best.
Warm water, squeeze of organic lemon
Green smoothie or a veggie juice (I make)
In a small glass I pour some green smoothie and add Marine Phytoplankton (a high quality pure powder) and some Vita-Mineral Green Powder. Both of these are extremely nutritious, full of protein, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll. They help keep my immune system strong.
At about 9:30 I usually have apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
Around 11:00 I may have either:
Chia gel with blueberries
Soaked oat grouts with chopped sun-dried figs (or raisins), cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup
Buckwheat crisps, chia gel, nutra-cleanse (fibre mixture), coconut chips, cinnamon, chopped sun-dried figs, touch of maple syrup
Lunch – Salad – My salad usually contains greens (I change these), wakame seaweed (soaked), cucumber, grape tomatoes, bell pepper, celery, shredded carrots and 1/2 avocado. Dressing: Olive oil, lemon juice and/or apple cider vinegar and braggs.
With my salad I sometimes have:
Dehydrated crackers or bread (I have made) plain or with some guacamole, avocado or tahini
Veggies sticks on their own or with pate, dip, tahini or almond butter
Around 2:30 or 3:00 I have either more of my salad (as listed above) or another salad I brought (I often bring 2 salads), which could be a coleslaw, or a salad that contains:
Quinoa (cooked), grape tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, salt
Afternoon / Supper
Around 4:30 I may have more crackers or veggies with pate, dip or tahini. Or just some cut veggies on their own. I may have a juice that I have brought that I made in the morning.
I usually go to the gym, for a walk or to yoga and then after I have a green smoothie or juice that I have brought (made that morning). I bring these in glass mason jars which work great.
When I get home if I have had a good workout or walk I may be hungry and saute or lightly steam some veggies such as beets, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, beans, etc. I LOVE beets cooked lightly then topped with coconut oil and a bit of salt or with avocado and a bit of salt.
When I get home if I have had a good workout or walk I may be hungry and saute or lightly steam some veggies such as beets, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, beans, etc. I LOVE beets cooked lightly then topped with coconut oil and a bit of salt or with avocado and a bit of salt – very good!!
I may also have any salad I have left over from the day or make another salad.
I may have a snack in the evening if I just had a green smoothie or juice but nothing else. My snack may be fruit or mango/banana ice cream (frozen mango & bananas blended in food processor), a dehydrated cookie or bar (if I have some made) or a couple chocolate truffles.
This is just an example, each day is a little different. If I have a day where I am not very active then I am not that hungry.
I take supplements to ensure my body gets all the nutrients it needs. I take Gesundheit brand Marine Phytoplankton, VitaMineral Greens powder, Vitamin B12, Vit D, Flax Oil, Zinc, Selenium, Folic Acid and probiotics.
I hope this helps if you are on the road to eating healthier and incorporating more raw foods into your diet.
I have to say that what I consider the most important part of my day is my green smoothie or veggie/greens juice. I have 2 a day and they make a HUGE difference in how I feel, what else I eat during the day, my energy levels, my immune system, and they control my hunger and cravings for sugar and simple carbohydrates.