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in practice

Recently, Mike J. asked if I’d be willing to give some detail on my typical diet these days. He is embarking upon CRON and felt an affinity to my approach, including the trend toward higher raw. I agreed to make another “day in the life” post. As promised, here it is.

There is always a temptation when composing such a snapshot of your diet to do just that (i.e., compose, fib a little) or at least pick some stellar day from the last month. I assure you such is not the case here. I have quite randomly chosen yesterday. Although the corn on the cob was a treat, the third of an avocado, which used to be, has become a daily standard this summer.

What follows may disappoint some, as it is neither 100% raw (gotta have those beans) nor an example of extreme CR. On the other hand, my family will surely find comfort that I’m not starving myself. ;)

Breakfast lima beans (yep), banana, butternut squash, soy nuts, flax seeds, pomegranate juice, spirulina
Mid-morning plums, rice protein powder
Lunch konjac pasta with broccoli, onions, garlic, peppers, mushrooms, brewer’s yeast, corn on the cob, collards, 3 oz red wine
Afternoon peach, 1/2 mango, 1/3 avocado, lettuce, chicory, dandelion greens
Dinner konjac pasta with tomato/mushroom sauce, onions, garlic, peppers, beet, turnip, green beans, summer squash, collards, kale, beet greens, mustard greens, tomatillos, 1/2 cucumber, 3 oz red wine
Evening lima beans, carrot, red cabbage, apple, blueberries, strawberries, sunflower seeds, cacao powder, spirulina

I eat all the fruits and vegetables raw. The lima beans, of course, are cooked, as are the tomato/mushroom sauces. And, the brewer’s yeast and rice protein powder probably do not qualify as “raw” either. The cacao powder supposedly does. The coffee, consumed throughout the day, is also non-raw. I am comfortable with this balance.

Just for giggles, since everyone is always talking up their “percentage” (as if they’ve really calculated it), I ran the numbers. About 500 calories of the almost 2100 were from heat-processed foods, putting me at 77% RAW.

The macronutrient profile for yesterday looks pretty typical for me:


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Most nutrient levels are off the charts! The only ones requiring supplementation are vitamins B12 and D. I also take others like herbs, resveratrol, etc..

Addressing Mike’s request for a little CRON history, I started at the beginning of 2001, still a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I devoured (pun intended) the seminal work on the topic, Beyond The 120-Year Diet, during the holidays (a gift from my father), and it set the wheels in motion.

My BMI, for what it’s worth, is at the lower end of the healthy range (a little less than 20). I exercise daily, either 30 minutes on the treadmill at 5 MPH (4 days) or upper-body work on the Bowflex (3 days). Sometimes both. On weekdays, I get up early and squeeze it in before work. According to Tony’s method, I am practicing at least 8% CR, possibly up to 18.6%, depending on how I categorize my activity level. On the email lists hosted by the Calorie Restriction Society, as in the raw food community, the (f)utility of assigning a percentage and how best to do so is a frequent debate. Some just say, take in as few calories as you can without adversely affecting quality of life (QOL), all the while tracking your nutrition. By that measure, what I do is not at all strict; I’m never hungry, so I could eat less. But, damn, the summer bounty is just so good! :)

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Tanita Body Fat Scale
Vegan Done Light

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7 Responses to “in practice”

  1. Mike J. says:

    Thank you, thank you! :-)

    I really admire your discipline, and in fact, find it motivating.

    Allow me to tinker for a bit with my own “CRON”-ish adventure, and perhaps I, too, will muster up the energy to begin a blog.

    Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to post. Very much appreciated, and educational to boot!

    Mike J.

  2. Kevin A. says:

    Hi Erin,

    Thanks for sharing your diet. I’m always interested in what me fellow vegan cronies are eating. I made the transition to raw-vegan about the same time you did (about the time 80/10/10 came out).

    I’m curious how you’re missing your B12 w/ the nutritional yeast in your diet??? Mine claims to have lots of it. I use about 6 Tbsp a day in an excellent salad dressing. That’s split bwn my lunch and dinner salads.

    I also found you breakfast food combo interesting! What are you doing w/ all those foods at breakfast? Smoothie? Same thoughts on your evening meal.

    Love your blog – thx!

    Kevin

  3. Erin says:

    Thanks, guys!

    Mike, you must have me on a feed, heh? Just ten minutes after the post went live, and you’d read and responded. :) Glad I could help. Best of luck with CRON, and don’t hesitate to ask questions. It would be great to add you to the blogroll. Keep me posted.

    Kevin, regarding B12, the Brewer’s Yeast I use, Lewis Labs brand (delicioius stuff), is not fortified. It naturally contains 0.2 mcg in the 20 grams I take daily (2 heaping tablespoons), so I guess that got rounded down in the output. My understanding is the B12 in yeast is not all that assimilable anyway, so I prefer to supplement sublingually as well.

    Interesting combos… reckon that’s my signature style. ;)

    For breakfast, I puree the beans with a stick blender. The big, dried lima beans work well, as they don’t impart a strong flavor and get quite creamy. I make up a batch of four servings at a time. To the morning ration, I mash in the sliced banana for an oatmeal-like consistency, then stir in finely chopped carrots or butternut squash and the flaxseeds for crunch. The juice and spirulina are taken separately.

    For dinner, I chop all the veggies using the Vidalia Chop Wizard (yes, as seen on TV; I’m a big fan) and put them in a huge 2.5 quart glass bowl. It’s something of a “one for the bowl, one for me” routine. Then I pour the warmed tomato/mushroom sauce and konjac noodles over top it all, splash a little red wine, and pig out. Very filling, but possessing a great N/C ratio, which really is the name of the game with CRON and/or Eat-To-Live.

  4. Mike J. says:

    Alas, no feed.

    Simply good ol’ fashion happenstance and coincidence.

    I’ll keep you “posted” on my inablity to “post” on my own blog.

    Cheers. :-)

    Mike J.

  5. keda says:

    great post erin. like kevin a. says, it is great to see what other rawish vegan cronies are doing. (didn’t know there would be as many as there are)

  6. Arturo Veve says:

    Fascinating post, Erin. Thanks for sharing. My feelings are that I would gain a pound if I ate your diet one day. My brain tells me that I would not. When I tried being disciplined about gluten/sugar free one week, I found that to survive I had to eat a lot more of fruits and vegetables than I normally do. I still lost weight. So maybe if I tried your diet, I might not gain weight. Yet, my daily caloric intake is about 1700 to 1800. 2100 would be high for my particular metabolism. It appears that you are applying the 80-10-10 diet. I’m not sure if it is called that.
    Cheers,
    Arturo

  7. Erin says:

    Well, let’s call it 70-15-15. ;)

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