This was my 80-10-10 week! I attempted to eat 80% carb / 10% fat / 10% protein, which many Raw Foodists claim is optimum for energy and metabolic efficiency. The key is to maintain high calories without relying on fatty foods like nuts and oils. I was skeptical, but I told myself I’d try a minimum of 3 days. I made it 6 days straight! And although I was *not* super successful at keeping my calories high enough, I did keep my ratios relatively steady. And surprisingly, I felt great this week. I was soaring, totally blissed out. It was sort of amazing!
And of course, the true measure of success, my movements:
M- yes, T- yes, W- yes, R- yes, F- no, S- yes, S- yes, M- yes
I used this website to track my intake every day this week, to make sure I was getting the appropriate 80-10-10 ratio and a sufficient caloric load. I was very successful with the former but less so with the latter. It takes a lot of fruits and veggies to meet those calorie requirements! The only day I came close was Friday, and it was forced. I just wanted to see what it would take to get me there. Most days I hovered around 1,450 calories, but I never felt malnourished and I always felt sated. I felt incredibly well-fed, in fact. I have a renewed appreciation for fruit!
I’ve only included the food diaries for two of the days – Tuesday my low day and Friday my high day, for comparison – but I’ve reported my calories and ratio’s for 5 days (I ate 80-10-10 on Monday but did not record my meals).
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
- Herbal tea with agave
- Green Smoothie - 1 medium banana, 1 small apple, 1 small lemon, 1 small orange, frozen mango, small hunk of ginger, 1 tbsp flax seeds, small bunch parsley, 2 kale leafs, 1 tsp Spirulina
- 6 Farmers Market prunes
- Green Slaw w/ cabbage, half a zucchini, a broccoli stalk, and slivered red onion tossed in lemon juice, live apple cider vinegar, and a wee dollop of tahini
- Broccoli florets, a carrot, and 2 celery stalks with Tamari-wasabi dip
- Small apple
Total Calories: 1023
83% from carbohydrates (238 g)
9% from fat (11 g)
8% from protein (26 g)
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Total Calories: 1455
87% from carbohydrates (352 g)
6% from fat (10 g)
7% from protein (32 g)
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Total Calories: 1603
87% from carbohydrates (392 g)
6% from fat (11 g)
7% from protein (35.5 g)
Friday, 27 March 2009
- Green Smoothie - 1 banana, 2 oranges, 1 lemon, 1 small apple, hunk of ginger, 4 kale leafs, small bunch parsley, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp ground flax seeds, 1 tsp Spirulina powder
- Half a cantaloupe and pile of pineapple
- Half a cauliflower, 2 stalks of celery, and a large carrot dipped in wasabi-Tamari
- Slaw of zucchini, green cabbage, red onion, and carrot, in lemon juice-apple cider vinegar-tahini dip, served in a red cabbage cup
- Small apple with almond butter
- Pile of raisins
Total Calories: 1999
83% from carbohydrates ( 465 g)
10% from fat (24 g)
7% from protein (43 g)
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Total Calories: 1421
80% from carbohydrates (314 g)
12% from fat (21 g)
8% from protein (43 g)
Overall, I’ve enjoyed eating 80-10-10 a lot more than I expected to. Now whenever I think of digging into that giant half cantaloupe or that mound of pineapple, I just gotta grin. What I learned from this mini-trial is that I really thrive off of fruit, especially ‘juicy’ fruits (as opposed to ‘dry’ fruits like apples and bananas). I will definitely be incorporating more of these fabulous foods into my daily regimen.
This week I really caught a glimmer of that ‘lightness’ and euphoria that Raw Foodists always rave about. I don’t think that 80-10-10 is sustainable for me, but it’s definitely given me insight into myself and my body. And really, what more could I ask for?
We’re nearing the end of this grand RAW adventure . . .