Most everyone knows I dabble in eating plant-based food typically. When faced with an office party or gathering I don’t go crazy over it and demand I be given a vegan option, but I do try to live it 95% of the time because I believe it is much better for optimal health if done right. That doesn’t mean eating a box of cereal with almond or soy milk, following it up with a box of Oreos, and then indulging in a bag of chips. While those may all be plant-based foods, that isn’t nutritious either. With that said, I have had very little desire to eliminate the cooked vegetables and soups from my diet, because in the cold winter (that I hate) it feels really good to have warm food sometimes.
Recently I was reading an article about an amazing ultra-runner that eats mostly fruitarian and pretty much 100% raw. She looks amazing and just turned 50! It got me thinking and reading more about it and I’m intrigued. While doing the reading I came across yet another epic ultra-runner who eats the same way. I didn’t realize that there were so many of them who I would fit in with. (If I ran ultramarathons, that is!) Finally, a group of people who won’t think I’m a freak when I don’t want to eat a bunch of fat based foods and down a corn-based nutrition product. Yes!
Don’t get me wrong, I tried the high-fat diet with butter in my coffee. I felt absolutely *terrible*. My heart raced. I retained water. I felt like a slug for 2 weeks while my body tried to transition to burning fat. I didn’t get any of the weight loss other people claim, which was a bummer. I did fit into my smallest jeans better, but I felt gross. I’m also allergic to corn, so that nutrition product was out too. That lifestyle may work for others, but my body clearly works differently and that’s okay with me. I feel healthier on plants and I know others do too, so after my experimentation I went back to mostly fruits, veggies, and nuts. I tried keeping lean meats again too, but I’ve never been much of an animal consumer, so I naturally phased it back out.
Maybe it’s my allergies that have made me a pickier eater or perhaps they are just what drove me to crave feeling better? Either way, I am usually limiting my grain consumption as well, because it bothers my sinuses a ton. Between a severe grass allergy and a corn allergy pretty much none of the grains agree with me (due to cross-contamination). Yes, my foodie life is complicated, but I’ve learned to deal.
Once I began reading these ultramarathoner’s stories and getting more information on the 80/10/10 way of eating I decided to try it. These numbers represent a food intake of 80% carbohydrates, 10% fat, and 10% protein. In order to achieve this for optimal health most of the 80% of carbs comes from raw fruit, the remainder from raw vegetables and a bit of fat from nuts or fatty fruits (coconut & avocados). Please don’t ask me if you need more protein than this. You don’t. 😉
Today was my first day of eating 100% raw. I just had blood testing done and I have to go back in 2 months, so I’ve decided to see if I can maintain this for the 2 months and document how I feel and how hard it is here. I’m interested to see how my testing is after this experiment. I won’t kid myself (or you) into thinking I won’t fall off the wagon. (I kind of already had some vegan hot cocoa today. Hey, it was snowing a ton for the 1st time this winter. It was warranted!)
I will do my best to be honest and real about how it makes me feel and how easy it is to follow. Right now I’m counting calories to see if I’m eating the right amounts. Today was pretty easy (read: EAT ALL THE FRUITZ!). I came in at right around 1200 calories with a 78/14/8 ratio, which is really darn close for being a first time! I ate 3 bananas and an entire head of romaine lettuce myself today, which makes me laugh, but it was good! In total I had 6 different types of fruit today too. No coffee, just tea. Wow.
I hope you’ll come along for my journey if for no other reason but morbid curiosity! 👍😏