as I approach month 4 I feel a sense of order and a sense of place with this lifestyle, instead of buying random things to eat I now have my 'staples' and feel prepared for the uk autumn and winter. The bulk of my calories in this dark season looks likely to be - bananas, dates, oranges and mangoes as they easily provide me with enough kcal and are easy to get hold of in the UK. I then have green leaves, spring onion, celery, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes and sometimes broccoli and/or sweetcorn to add the mineral aspect.
My current dietary pattern looks like this:
Breakfast (after 1 litre of water and exercise)
Orange and mango smoothie (10 oranges 3 mangoes)
yields 1200kcal and 80% of all my vitamins, 100% RNI for calcium and many other minerals, fills me up and makes me feel amazing.
I prefer juicy things for breakfast and to have my bananas later in the day
Date and banana smoothie
cinnemon and maybe some celery
This ups my mineral intake and gives me another 1,200-1,400 kcal
The idea to eat 2,500kcal in just my breakfast and lunch so that I can then use my evening meal to tweak my mineral intake without worrying too much about cranking up the cals.
Green salad with fruit
My fave is baby beet leaves, lambs lettuce and baby spinach with celery and a dressing made from blending 1 mango with 5 tomatoes, juice of one lime, fresh parsley and cilantro.
This bumps up my iron, vit K, sodium and zinc so by the end of the day I have hit 100% in my vits and minerals (discounting b12 for which I will get supps and Vit D which I get from the sun - well DID get from the sun lol)
If my selenium is still low I merely eat 1 brazilnut :-) simples
I now find it easy to eat 2,500 - 3,000 kcal a day when in the beginning I struggled to eat 1,700kcal of such bulky food!
My food bill has also reduced as I got into more of a pattern with knowing what gave me the best nutritional return for my money. In the first month I was easily spending £100 a week now is is a more manageable £70-£80
roll on month 4, 5, 6, 7, 8....rest of my life :-)
Oh some pix for you...
My new size 10 jeans!!
There's still plenty of re-sculpting to do but I am so excited by my progress and the journey is so easy and delicious I don't mind :-) This is the easiest healthy lifestyle in the world! The ultimate fast-food diet - lazy girls like me should go 80-10-10 and enjoy the easiness of eating fruit all day - plus no washing up, just rinse the blender and go.
Fruit for the win