I am intrigued by the varied dietary approaches we have today… vegan, vegetarian, raw, high carbohydrate low fat, low carbohydrate high fat and Paleo style diets. And there is good science for all, which only confuses people even more!
But if you look at one theme that connects all approaches, vegetables reign supreme. And especially green raw vegetables such as spinach, watercress, celery, parsley, coriander (cilantro), mint, asparagus, cucumber and kale. These have such life giving abilities and support so many organs and functions in our body.
And fruit too has its amazing properties though it has somewhat been lumped in with other unhealthy sugars so we have become ‘fruit phobic’ lately. I believe fruit is great for our health and best eaten whole rather than just as juice. Eating fruit is providing essential nutrients and useful sugars.
I have been experimenting with eating pretty much just fruit and vegetables using this daily menu for the past month and feel absolutely amazing. It strikes me this has similarities to Joe Cross’s ‘Reboot with Joe’ juice diet or Jason Vale’s healing juice diet. But instead of juicing everything, the approach I’ve been using is similarly all raw but some is juiced, smoothied or eaten whole, which I like as it gives a variety of textures and tastes. I think it has been easier given our winter weather is not here yet and if doing this mid-winter I see myself adding a warm green soup and more hot herbal teas each day.
I see this as a short term approach as I don’t believe in 100% denial of other foods. I find strong cravings increase out of denial and we need to see food as morally neutral and to also allow for sharing of meals and flexibility in what is available when traveling. Plus most importantly of all we need to listen to how what we eat makes us feel from top to toe; mood, memory, concentration, vitality, sleep, skin, nails, hair, our monthly cycles, joint ease and muscle strength.
Interestingly when I put this day’s menu (plus one small flat white coffee!) through myfitnesspal analysis, it calculated as containing 200 g of carbohydrate, 54 g fibre, 43 g protein and 48 g fat which was higher than I expected for protein. So not as unbalanced as some may think.
On a personal note I feel so good eating this way, I plan to keep these as the basis for each day; lemon and water, a celery juice, one green smoothie and one green salad.
Then I will embellish meals with one or more of the following: a little organic meat, chicken, lentils, hummus, sheep’s feta cheese, nuts, seeds, sprouts, seaweeds, olives, cooked vegetables along with soups and a few nutritious grains. And my choices of oils will be using small amounts of virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
And again for me personally I plan to do this fruit and vegetable menu for a week at the change of seasons as a re-charge and reset.
Here are some photos and descriptions of this daily menu.
Lemon and Water
Green Juice of celery as a base
Fruit and Green Smoothie~ honestly it tastes great!
Lunch time salad of spinach, greens and a gorgeous avocado salsa
Snacks of fruit ~ you could add celery sticks too as nice with an apple and a date!
Dinner time and another yummy salad