What I eat in a day – Dubrovnik!

The following video shows you everything I ate two days ago. I’ve been obsessed with citrus lately! The mandarins in Dubrovnik were the best I’ve ever had, and super cheap! 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.
  • 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.
  • Walking is my only form of exercise. My daily average is 3.6 miles.

My meals:

  • Breakfast: 6 oranges
  • Lunch and dinner: 3 kilos of mandarins!

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My macronutrient ratio:

  • 90.2% of my calories came from carbohydrates
  • 5.4% from protein
  • 4.4% from fat

I was surprised to find out that mandarins are very high in vitamin A. I guess this makes sense given their deep orange colour, but I never think of citrus fruits as sources of vitamin A. If you’ve been following me through the summer, you’ll know that watermelon is my favourite vitamin A-packed fruit. Peaches and mangoes are other tasty sources. My favourite fruits always seem to be high in vitamin A and C. Apparently, I just can’t get enough of them!

I’ve arrived in Dublin now and am curious to see which fruits I gravitate toward as the weather is much cooler. Currently, it feels like proper fall and I know it will just get colder as the weeks go on. I purchased some grapes tonight and they were fantastic! I wouldn’t be opposed to having grapes as my staple once again. I do know that fruit is more expensive here than in Croatia, so I’ll need to be more mindful of my spending.

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Weight gain on 80/10/10.

Have you gained weight while eating a high fruit diet? Does this mean fruit is to blame? Or could your weight gain be caused by something else?

Several vegans on social media have abandoned the 80/10/10 lifestyle because they claim it caused them to gain weight. This is ludicrous. You will not find a single strict fruitarian who’s overweight. None. I guarantee you those 80/10/10 naysayers were not following 80/10/10 to the letter. (And if you have a look at their feeds, you’ll notice things like processed foods, peanut butter in excess, or other overt fats in every meal.)

Following the high carb low fat 80/10/10 lifestyle means you eat at least 80% of your daily calories from carbohydrates, 10% from protein, and at most 10% from fat. If you follow this strictly, meaning you keep your fat intake to a minimum, gaining weight is nearly impossible. This is because fruits and veggies are high in fiber. You simply can’t overeat on whole produce!

So how much fat do you eat daily?

If you’ve gained weight recently after following 80/10/10, are you certain of your daily fat intake? You must track everything you eat and drink in order to answer this question definitively. You can say you eat a low fat diet, but unless you track everything you eat and drink in Cronometer, you can’t be sure.

It’s very easy to underestimate how much fat you consume. You must track your calories in Cronometer and measure everything out. Use an actual Tablespoon or teaspoon to portion out things like oil and tahini so you can be absolutely certain of the portion size.

Overt fats like nuts, seeds, tahini, and avocado are very high in calories:

  • 1 Tablespoon tahini = 89
  • 15 almonds = 105
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil = 120
  • 1 avocado = 322
  • 1 cup of cashews = 713

If you don’t measure these out, you will most likely overeat them. Not only will overeating fats make you gain weight (because they are high in calories), this will cause you to under eat carbohydrates, so you’ll never be satisfied. You’ll be hungry 24/7!

Even if you avoid all overt fats and eat only low fat fruits and veggies, you’ll still average around 5% of your daily calories from fat. That means you should only eat up to 5% more which isn’t much at all. This equates to a third of an avocado, 15 almonds, 20 olives, or less than 1 Tablespoon of oil. That’s it!

Do you follow 80/10/10 to the letter?

Besides being aware of your daily fat intake, what are you actually eating day-to-day? Are you breaking from 80/10/10 at any point? Do you eat out at all? If you do fall off the wagon, what sorts of foods are you eating?

Falling off the wagon and reaching for fatty/salty foods most likely means that you aren’t eating enough calories. Eat more fruit when you have cravings. Tracking your calories in Cronometer will help you avoid these situations. Check out this post for more tips.

You cannot blame fruit for your weight gain if you are eating overt fats, fatty cooked meals, and processed foods. These are not part of the 80/10/10 lifestyle because they are too high in fat (and salt).

If you still believe fruit is to blame for your weight gain, try this experiment: eat only fruit for an entire month. No overt fats at all. No avocado, nuts, seeds, tahini, oil, none. If you gain weight after a month of eating only fruit, I want to know about it.

In order to gain weight while eating a strict fruitarian lifestyle, you’d have to be eating more calories than your body needs. This means you’d literally be stuffing yourself with fruit day in and day out. You wouldn’t have time for anything else because you’d be eating all day.I seriously doubt this is the case. It’s a challenge for me to even eat 1700 calories most days just because fruit is so full of fiber!

In sum, if you gain weight while following 80/10/10, you must re-examine your diet and eating habits. I guarantee that you are overeating fats. Try avoiding all overt fats for a month, load up on fruit, and track your weight.

Korčula to Dubrovnik by ferry.

This past Saturday I said farewell to the island of Korčula. Time passed so quickly while I was there. I can’t believe we’re nearly into November! And that means I’ll be back in Scotland very soon…can you tell that’s all I think about lately?

The best part about Korčula was definitely the citrus fruit. I can’t get enough of it! I also enjoyed staying outside of town, away from everyone, because I had ample space to myself and plenty of quiet time. I had an excellent stay there and definitely recommend visiting Korčula in the off season! It was nice being able to walk around town without swarms of tourists.

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You can find more photos of Korčula (as well as photos from the rest of this trip) in my gallery.

The ferry to Dubrovnik was quick and easy. It wasn’t crowded at all and only took two hours. I managed to stay outside on the deck the entire time so I could film, and surprisingly, I didn’t get sick! I didn’t even need to open my pack of candied ginger. Go me!

This is one of my favourite videos so far. Croatia is breath-taking and I can’t take these sights for granted.

 

I’m in Dubrovnik for the next few days before travelling to Dublin. I can’t wait to arrive in Dublin because then I’m basically back home! Kuba will visit me in Dublin in less than two weeks, and then my friends Ivy and Leo will meet me in Dublin once they return from their trip abroad to Japan. One of my friends from the university is also studying in Dublin at this time, so I’m looking forward to catching up with her as well! And thanks to Instagram, I’m hoping to meet up with another fruit vegan.

I leave for Dublin Wednesday afternoon. Until then, I’ll try to make the most of my time here!

Do you have any recommendations for Dublin?