Yesterday I eluded to the fact that my diet had been lacking in some essential nutrients that are necessary for optimum health. Fibre is not one of the things I’ve been missing. I’ve heard that 30 grams is the amount most SAD (standard American diet) adherents are encouraged to strive for in their daily consumption – a number that the majority continue to be unable to meet. If you were to evaluate my diet solely on fibre content I would get an A++. Unfortunately, our bodies need a whole lot more to function than just the binding and sweeping power of our reliable friend, fibre.
In reading Becoming Raw one of the elements that really interested me was the 6 menu plans that were provided. Each menu consists of a diversity of food sources that combined meet all of the daily requirements for vitamins and minerals with an ideal ratio of protein, fat and carbohydrates. I thought it would be enlightening to follow each of the meal plans and mentally compare my typical intake and the impact on my body as an initial assessment of where changes are required in my regular routine.
The first menu I tried did not contain any recipes, instead it lists all of the foods for the day by weight. Below is everything I ate, although the pictures do not do justice to the 11 cups of dark green veggies, or the abundance of fruit that kept me more than satiated throughout the day.
The morning started with a large bowl of canary melon.
About an hour later I had a navel orange. Once that was digested I went out for a 12km run.
When I returned I enjoyed a green smoothie full of strawberries, a banana and a good bunch of kale.
A mutsu apple provided the refreshing crunch I was craving by late morning.
At lunch I mixed up a huge bowl of greens, broccoli, an orange, almonds, sunflowers seeds, and ground flax. The vitamin C and essential fats in this meal really increase the bioavailability of the nutrients in those amazing, leafy greens.
Later… another orange.
Late afternoon snack: Pumpkin seeds, almonds, ground flax, cinnamon and a banana.
Dinner was another huge bowl of greens topped with more nuts and seeds.
As the sun set I enjoyed yet another orange and another apple.
Does that seem like a lot of food to you? According to the authors of Becoming Raw this combination equals about 1700 calories and contains approximately 84 grams of fibre and 60 grams of protein. As I mentioned above it includes all of the vitamins and minerals we require in the amounts we need (except for B12 and D – but I’ll explain that in a later post).
So, how does the menu compare to your usual fare?
At first I was overwhelmed by the quantity of food but found that my hunger reemerged every fews hours allowing me to consume the calories without ever feeling like I was forcing down another forkful. The meals digested really well and I felt energetic and happy all day.
Could you eat 11 cups of raw greens..and 84 grams of fibre in one day? Would you want to?
Are there elements of this menu that maybe missing from your diet? Following this list really demonstrated how limited my intake of healthy fats had been over the last few years. I’m now ready to celebrate flax on a daily basis.