I'm new (about 2 weeks) to this lifestyle and not yet 100% into it. I eat fruits all day, but end the day at about 17h with some well boiled cereals (barley, oat, wheat, ...). After some starting problems everything feels VERY good right now.
I'm logging all my food in Cronometer (really nice program!) and I'm happy to see that I get everything perfect (vitamis, minerals, proteins, low fat). But if I would leave the cereals I would have problems to archive the suggested amount of total proteins (about 60g/day). I also would not get enough selenium, sodium and zinc some days, but I think one can just learn what is to be found in wich fruit and so on.
- How many proteins do I really need? How many g do you get per day?
- How can I get more proteins from fruit only?
I have to say that at the moment the mix with the cereals feel pretty ok for me, for other reasons, too. So no emergency question, just being curious, as always ;)
Welcome to 30BaD and the fruitarian lifestyle.
I would say as long as you are eating 3000+ calories a day from low fat raw fruits and leafy greens, you do not have to worry about protein. All living things have protein.
You body will recycle about 75% of its own protein from cellular debris. Protein recommendations can range from 20g to 50g a day.
For the sake of argument, if you ate 30 large bananas, you might get between 1-2 grams of protein a day. So lets say that is an average of 45 g plus one head of romaine lettuce at 8 grams, you are sitting pretty at about 53 grams a day.
If you are exercising or body building, you calorie requirements naturally go up, and as you eat more, your protein g increase by default.
Because the 30BaD team wishes you to thrive and not just live and survive,
I recommend that you stop eating the grains and cereals. The longer you do a fruitarian diet, and the cleaner your body gets, the more your body will react to cooked foods. Long term problems with grains, and in part because of the acid condition they cause in the body, can be arthritis, digestive problems, tooth decay, hardening of the arteries, and even cancer in part because of their high protein content.
To learn more about the problems of grains, you might like this free ebook:
Improving on Pritikin, You Can Do Better by Ross Horne
Thanks for your answers :)
I was quite aware that cereals cannot be 100% "the real thing" as they are just not natural (have to be boiled to make any sense). I think they are the second best choice right after fruits. We are not made to live outside the tropical regions - not without some cultural techniques. Cooking is one of them, cooling or long range transporting are others. Surely cooking is most unnatural, at least to our digestion.
I think the cereals feel good for me NOW because I am not yet used to the fruitarian way of body feel. I feel quite high all day, wich gives my a nice "drive", but in the evening the cooked cereals give me some kind of "landing" ;) It's quite possible that that will change, I mean, that I will learn to like "handle the drive". But I allready notice that I am dehydrated in the morning, which might be from the cereals.
So, today without cereals. I was eating:
1 avocado (yes I know... was a critical situation ;D )
which gave me a total of nearly 3200kCal, 2900kCal if you subtract the avocado. Cronometer says that it was too little selenium, sodium (already reduced the min limit to 500mg) and zinc. And: I have a total of only 36.5g of proteins. That seems quite too little to me.
What do you think about it??
Are you weighing your food? What you listed there doesn't sound anywhere near 3200 calories.
I weight some of my food, some I just "let guess" by Cronometer (you can chose sizes in most cases).