So this is what I’ve been eating on a daily basis on my raw vegan “diet” recently.
Before I get down to the nitty gritty, I’d like to point out that what I’m eating this week is almost entirely different from what I was eating two weeks ago.
And yet if you compare it to what I was eating six months ago, there’s some surprising similarities.
So what I eat on a weekly, and even daily, basis varies tremendously, but there seems to be a core of foods and recipes that I come back to over and over.
What I was eating two weeks ago
I was really craving bread and cooked comfort foods a couple of weeks ago, and because I practice listening to what my body wants, I ended up eating about 50% raw food.
Herbal Tea (usually ginger or peppermint)
A sandwich, made with organic wholemeal sourdough oat bread, raw almond butter and mashed banana
Homemade lentil and veggie stew
So as you can see, I was still eating lots of healthy, vegan foods, but not as much raw as usual. I think this was partly because I was working through some emotional stuff, and I was using food for comfort. And being winter, warm, cooked foods were also very appealing.
Comfort eating is just one of those things that I do, and I know when I’m doing it, but instead of stressing about it, I just roll with it as best I can. As per usual I gained a couple of kilos while doing it. And not because of the cooked food, I believe, but because I was eating for reasons other than hunger.
What I’m eating right now
After a couple of weeks of eating 50% raw, I caught a cold and didn’t eat much for about a week. When I felt like eating again, I wanted to return to eating 97% raw, and so pretty much everything I’ve been eating recently is raw.
And we also seem to have gone a little mad for hemp seeds, but who wouldn’t? They’re such a perfect, whole food.
I started an experiment around the same time, where I chose to not eat any sugary foods. So I froze our remaining date coconut macaroons, and stopped making desserts, which I seem to like doing. A lot.
And although I only did that for a week, in that time it not only changed my eating habits, but it also changed my tastebuds, to the point where things that used to be incredibly more-ish, now taste too sweet for me. Amazing.
I am constantly amazed at how rapidly my diet changes. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up, especially when it comes to buying groceries.
I’m constantly experimenting with new ingredients, new dishes and new approaches, incorporating what works into my diet, and leaving the rest.
But at the same time, what I eat revolves around a central theme of raw, vegan, whole foods. No matter what I play with, I seem to come back to those core ideas.
My focus is on listening to my body, and choosing food that is both delicious and nutritious.
I don’t count calories, I don’t track fat or carbohydrate intake, I don’t spend much time on any of that. I just eat what makes me feel good, I exercise when I can and I keep an occasional eye on the scales.
As for what comes next, I have no flipping idea!
But that’s what makes this journey so much fun.
Important things to keep in mind
- I don’t eat the same thing every day. If I did, I would go insane from boredom. But this is a typical day for me at the moment.
- My diet is a perpetual “work in progress” which means that it changes regularly, and yours will most likely do the same.
- I did not change from a standard cooked diet to this diet overnight. So far it’s taken me more than two years to get to where I am with raw food.
- I started by adding more raw foods to my diet, not by trying to eliminate cooked foods.
- Be willing to try things, keep what works and ignore the rest.
- Your body, lifestyle and environment are unique to you, so what works for me, will not necessarily work for you.
- The best way to find the ideal diet for you is to learn to listen to your body’s messages, and eat what makes you feel the best.
- Your body will want different things at different times, so learn to go with flow as much as you can.
- There is no such thing as the “right” raw vegan diet. You can’t get it wrong, so just start where you are, try some things and see where it takes you.
So I hope you now have a better sense of the possibilities. And remember, have fun with it.
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~ Nikki, Eating Vibrantly