As some of you already know, me and Vasco switched our macrobiotic vegan diet into raw, about eight months ago. This has been an amazing and blessing adventure, as, every day, we experience more and more the peace of being feed directly from nature. Our hearts know how incredible this is; our minds are getting used to it.
Now that we have a more stable food routine, it’s the perfect time to share with you what works for us. So, here it goes, what we eat in a day!
Our Daily Meals
We usually have breakfast around 10:00am. We wake up early, but we consider that the body is still doing its cleansing process, and it may be good to not feed it during that period. Besides, we work out in the morning – yoga, weights, stretching, walking – and we prefer doing it with an empty stomach. Vasco may sometimes eat a piece of fruit before, if he feels the need, and I may drink warm lemon water, to help my body cleansing.
Our official breakfast is a smoothie (we have an article with all the details of our nutricious smoothies here). We make a lot of it, about 2 liters. We make it mostly green, with green leaves, fruits, sprouts, herbs and whole supplements. It feels so good and so alive!
We know smoothies are blended and, therefore, are not whole foods. On the other side, we can feel how well we digest it and how satiated we feel. We believe they truly nurture our body, especially because we drink them right after their preparation, which helps to avoid the oxidation process.
Also, we know that whole suplements are not whole foods. They are dehydrated and, sometimes, extracted from foods we wouldn’t eat otherwise. However, and because we are still on the beggining of this new journey and figuring out what’s best for us, we believe that some organic supplementation may help.
Instead of the smoothie, we may have a juice for breakfast. If so, we make it even greener, in order not to absorb non-fiber fruit sugars. Juicing can be great, because it slowly squeezes the plants, keeping all the nutrients inside. We had lots of them during our introduction to raw foods, for a quicker detoxification; and, yes, it feels light and amazing.
We may have one or two lunches, between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Usually, we eat fruit mono meals, composed of oranges, watermelon, melon, figs, peaches, grapes or persimmons. We find mono meals very digestive, giving us the possibility to keep on with our activities throughout the day, always full of energy.
We prefer fruits that, besides being organic, are also local and in season; but, yes, we eat bananas, pinapples, papayas and mangos, which are not produced in Portugal, as you may know.
The reason we still buy fruits from abroad is because we feel how tropical fruits may fit our bodies needs. They are juicy, sweet and dense, all together. And they can be huge, which is great for monomeals. We also make sure that the fruit we eat is properly ripe.
Then, we may have one or two bowls of mixed fruits. So far, our favorite is bananas, peaches, sprouted buckwheat, tender green sprouts and celery leaves. We also enjoy a plate of pineapple, berries, green leaves, herbs and seeds. In this particular case of using acid fruits, we don’t mind to add some natural fat from the seeds. However, we make sure this only happens occasionally, as we want to keep it low fat, and all plants/fruits have already some fat in them.
In general, we have dinner before sunset. We preferably eat between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. It really gives us time to digest completely, till we go to sleep.
We start by eating fruit (acid or sub-acid), followed by a big delicious salad. We use tender leaves, such as lettuce, watercress and beagles. We add some vegetables, sprouts and herbs.
We love having salads with a creamy dressing made out of seeds, nuts or avocados. We may also eat flax and hemp seeds, and a brazil nut. However, we are now reducing the use of seeds/nuts, as we really want to balance well the quantity of fat we eat (following an 80/10/10 diet).
The same with salt. We may add some sea salt or use some miso (this one is not raw and it’s a welcome inheritance from our macrobiotic experience), especially in a raw veggie soup (we’ve started to make raw soups as well), but we tend to replace it with herbs and other natural veggie flavors, like celery. Salt is an extract from the sea, it doesn’t seem natural food to us, although we recognize how great it works on our palate.
Dinner is the only meal that can contain something dehydrated and still raw, such as sweet potato chips, mushrooms, veggieballs and wraps. We may sometimes add cooked food, like steamed sweet potato and chickpea pancakes. However, we feel better when we keep it fully raw. Our body spends less energy digesting, we sleep better, we wake up earlier and our bodies keep cleansing. Besides, this is all about getting well and naturally hydrated, as a dehydrated condition leads to a higher concentration of toxins and, therefore, an acidic body, ready for all kinds of imbalances.
We may have some tea after dinner. If so, we make chamomile, jasmine, milk thistle, nettle, fennel or other digestive soothing herbs. Our tea is usually also raw, as we simply mix water with herbs and leave it overnight. If we wish to have it warm, we leave it at low heat, just for a few seconds. It has the intense flavor of the herbs and their delicate effects.
Yes, we sometimes dream with a bowl of something sweet. In that case, we may prepare a raw banana cacao mousse. However, most of the times, we keep it simple, by having some sweet fruits we like.
The fact that we are enthusiastically sharing this experience with you is already a sign that there’s something precious about it. Only a few months were enough for us to see and feel physical, mental and spiritual shifts. That definitely took away our doubts and kept us on this path. To where? – you may ask. We have no idea. We trust the Universe and live one day at a time.