I left Ljubljana this afternoon and am now settled in my flat in Rijeka, Croatia. I’m so happy to be here!
This video shows you everything I ate yesterday. I hope this video and my Cronometer food diary (posted below) can serve as a guide if you are interested in the high carb low fat lifestyle or raw lifestyle. This will give you some idea about what meals are like.
When looking at my food diary, keep in mind:
- My calorie intake is never set in stone. If I feel like I need to eat more, I simply eat more and never restrict calories. I advise you to do the same. Fill up on fruits if you feel hungry. If you’d rather eat chips over grapes, you aren’t truly hungry. You might just be bored.
- I don’t include daily exercise. I stay active by walking. The mileage I walk depends on how many errands I have during the day. Currently, my daily average is 7 miles.
- My macronutrient ratio is set to LFRV (low fat raw vegan) within Cronometer. My calorie summary reflects percentages based on the 80/10/10 ratio. I aim to eat at least 80% of my calories from carbs, at most 10% from protein and at most 10% from fat.
- Breakfast: half of a watermelon.
- Lunch: more watermelon.
- First dinner: two large cantaloupe melons.
- Second dinner: grapes.
My macronutrient ratio:
- 90% of my calories came from carbohydrates
- 6% from protein
- 4% from fat
Eating simple monomeals and only eating a few fruits each day works well for me. Monomeals of fruit are the easiest meals to digest since your body only needs to digest one type of food. Fruit digests quickly and easily. Cooked meals include many ingredients, all of which take different times to digest and require your body to expend extra energy to break everything down.
Currently, watermelon is my favourite meal because it’s cheap and absolutely delicious because it’s in season. I might as well take advantage of it while I can! Come winter I won’t have any watermelon for months.
If you are interested in eating this way, you don’t need to worry about becoming deficient in anything even if you only eat a few types of fruit each day. We don’t need to eat a huge variety of foods every day because all fruits contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, protein and even fat in the perfect ratios. Instead, aim to eat a variety of produce through the season and adjust your diet as the seasons change.
Note that my day was nearly nutritionally complete even though I only ate three different types of fruit. We also don’t need to be concerned with maxing out our recommended daily allowance of every vitamin and mineral each and every day. Check out this post for more info.
Other noteworthy things:
Even though I don’t eat any of the typical vegan sources of iron (nuts, seeds, quinoa, beans…the list goes on), iron isn’t an issue for me. Fruits contain iron! And surprisingly, watermelon is a good source.
Well-known sources of selenium include meat and seafood but vegans have plenty of options as well. Whole grains, seeds, mushrooms, asparagus, tofu, cabbage, spinach, and broccoli also happen to be good sources of selenium. Fortunately for me, watermelon is a good source.
I was discussing raw veganism with interested acquaintances the other day, and they asked me: “Why do we call essential fatty acids essential if we don’t need them?” Well, we call them essential because we DO need them. That doesn’t mean you need to eat non-vegan foods (like fish), however. You can get essential fatty acids from fruit.
I’m glad I found a wedge of decent watermelon for dinner because all this talk about fruit makes me hungry! The produce here in Rijeka is cheap but the quality so far is mediocre (based on the one shop I visited). My mission tomorrow: find better fruit!
Additional useful posts for further reading:
- How to use Cronometer.
- What I eat in a day – Palma edition. Find out why it isn’t important to eat 100% of all vitamins and minerals every day.
- What I eat in a day. More Cronometer screenshots and dietary analysis of what I eat.
- Do vegans need to take supplements? Useful information regarding protein, calcium, omega fatty acids, and B12.
- High carb low fat basics. Basically a FAQ about the HCLF lifestyle.