So much has been happening in my Life since I last wrote about my transition From Foodie to Fruity. I am extremely overdue on a follow up post, but here it is, better late than never. At my last writing on this topic I had intended to forge an experiment of one month of eating fully raw 80/10/10 style. Well, I didn't do that. I actually made a conscious decision not to do that. What I decided, and still hold to, is that the Raw Til 4 lifestyle seems to work best for me right now. Raw Til 4 is a subset, if you will, of the 80/10/10 low fat high carb vegan food movement. Following this lifestyle's principles, the earlier part of the day is the time to consume raw foods - primarily sweet fruits. After 4p, cooked foods are allowed as long as they are low fat, high carb vegan foods.
3. Instead of a smoothie for lunch, have a mono-meal of sweet fruit. Choose something like bananas, dates, mangoes, etc. The sweeter, the better. And make sure your fruit is ripe! Unripened fruit is difficult for the body to digest and can cause some uncomfortable digestive responses. By making a mono-meal of one particular type of fruit, you give your body the opportunity to get lots of good nutrition and energy (glucose!) with the minimum of effort expended on digestive processes.
4. For dinner, make yourself a gigantic salad of mixed greens and whatever other vegetables sound good to you. If you're just trying to get a taste of this lifestyle (pun intended), you can use whatever salad dressing you have on hand, but in a very small quantity. Even better is to make your own dressing with no oil, such as dijon mustard blended with coconut aminos or tahini. And best is to make a dressing of blended fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes and citrus fruits.
5. Also for dinner, after your gigantic salad, make a quick and easy stew or soup by cooking the vegetables of your choice in vegetable or mushroom broth (preferably low sodium). Pile those veggies on top of some rice or polenta or starch of your choice. Then top with some tomato sauce. (I like to blend organic tomatoes with bell peppers and dates for a delicious sauce.) Delish!
6. HYDRATE! Drink at least 4 liters of water a day - intermittently throughout the day. You should have to pee all the time. And your urine should be clear most or all of the time to indicate proper hydration.
7. SLEEP! Very few of us get enough sleep. Very few of us know what enough sleep is. If we take our cues from Nature, we would be getting roughly as many hours of sleep as there are hours of darkness. That means more sleep during the winter months and less in the summer. But it's usually more sleep than most of us are used to getting, regardless of the season. If you are unable to allow yourself to get that much sleep, then I would encourage you to at least start lowering the lighting in your home as the sun starts setting and at trying to let your body start relaxing by doing easy activities like reading or bathing. Also limiting your time in front of your screens (TV, computers, phones) as it gets darker can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep, even if you're skimping on quantity.
8. Get adequate sunlight exposure. I know it's more difficult to do this as the thermometer plunges, but you can still strive to get sun on your face and in your eyes and even on your body through your windows in your warm home whenever you can. Ideally, you'll get a minimum of 30 minutes of sun exposure daily. And I mean sun exposure without sunscreen. What's the point of basking in the sun if you're slathering on a chemical barrier to keep it out of your skin? Whether you choose to use sunscreen is up to you, but if you do, still strive to get some unscreened sun daily.