What I Eat and What I Limit

I get a lot of people always asking what I'm eating. And they should! It's great to get ideas of new things they could eat, or what is working for my body and what isn't. People look to those who are achieving success and want to know what they are doing. Today I want to share with you foods that I eat in abundance and what I choose to limit and why.

Fruit. I eat all fruits in abundance all throughout the morning and into lunch! Bananas, berries of all kinds, nectarines, peaches, apples, mango, pineapple, melons, grapes, tropical fruits and domestic fruits. All except for a select few. Raspberries, I know right? I simply do not enjoy raspberries and always have. I'm sure if I worked on learning to love them I could but I have always disliked them so I don't eat them. Please, eat all the raspberries you want! I'll leave more for you.

Avocados (mucus forming), Olives and Durian I very very rarely eat. I have only ever had a total of ONE durian my whole life and it wasn't the most pleasing experience. It tastes like pudding but smells like gym socks. It stunk up my house and I didn't like it for days, so I avoid. The other reason bundles with avocados and olives in that they are all higher in fat and if I do include an avocado (a tiny bit) to my day it can rack up the fat % well over 15% which is too high for my body. And olives, well I could eat 150 of them in one sitting so lets just say I avoid those too. I do buy on rare occasions (twice in 6 months) some sundries black olives that are considered raw. And even then, I only eat a few. Coconut is the only "fatty fruit" that I will eat about once a week in a raw creation of mine ( see my video for raw vegan version of butter chicken here if you haven't already ). Some fat is okay! I just personally keep it as close to 10% as I can. Some days I'm over, some days I'm under, it balances out.

Vegetables! All of the vegetables!! I eat an abundance of vegetables mainly in the afternoon/evening. Sweet peppers (and hot ones!), zucchinis, celery, herbs like dill and oregano, tomatoes, cauliflower, a variety of leafy greens (black kale, romaine, spinach, dandelion, cabbage, arugula, mustard), cucumbers, green onions, leeks, mushrooms, fennel, sprouts, etc. Really anything! The only things I avoid or limit are: Eggplant and potatoes. I have read they can upset tummies if not cooked so I don't eat them. Potatoes are mucus forming in the body so I avoid them. I never liked eggplant anyways. Sorry eggplant!

Green curly kale. I know - you've hear countless times that kale is supposed to be amazing right? I can't stand green curly kale. It's hard to chew and digest. Same goes for the purple kale too. That said, I am not against kale, because I eat a silly amount of the Lacianto Black or Dinosaur Kale. That stuff for me is the best green in the whole world. Easy to chew and makes any dish extra green and tasty. I will eat black kale to my hearts content, but I avoid the other kinds.

P.S. If I was only allowed to eat one more "vegetable" before I died, I would have to eat mustard greens. It sounds so crazy but I love them so much and we rarely have them around where I live except for a short time in the summer. They taste like wasabi and I could eat them straight. Add them to salads and dressings for a sharp kick that I absolutely love. I'm sure I will have recipes galore with them included come the late summertime!

I don't eat many roots. Not many carrots, turnips or parsnips. On occasion I will if I find a beautiful bunch of rainbow heirloom carrots at a market I'll get them, but it's not often. I am not opposed to them, I just don't gravitate towards them. I'm more of a fruiting vegetable kind of person. Although, I should really be eating more radishes, I do like to add variety to my diet and I am definitely pro variety, so adding things in every once in a while to increase nutrient range is a smart idea.

I also don't eat a ton of flowering vegetables like broccoli, artichoke, capers or brussel sprouts. Again, I do on occasion for variety but they aren't staples. Most of the broccoli I find is filled with tiny bugs anyways so it gives me the creeps. I do eat an awful lot of cauliflower though! It's so versatile!

I don't eat beans or peas unless they are fresh or sprouted. That reminds me. I should do a blog for making my fresh lentil chickpea raw oil free hummus!

Bulbs and stems. I do eat these in abundance (even if hubby says I have garlic breath. Muah). Garlic, onions, chives, fennel and leeks I do add to my salads for a kick. I don't know if I always will eat these, but some days I just feel like them so I add them. Great for the taste too of course.

Sea vegetables. I do eat some, especially Nori for my raw vegan sushi (Video for sure on another day!) That said, my nori I make sure is NOT toasted. Raw and from an organic sea vegetable company that I trust. Most commercial nori is higher in metals and toasted making it not raw. You can find great un-toasted raw nori from here.

Grains. I do not eat grains at all.

Nuts and seeds. I try to limit these. They are a source of good fats of course, but anything that takes my fat percentage over 10% is not needed in my opinion. Everyone is different, but I feel best when it's low. I eat cashews a lot (make my evening dressings creamy) and sesame seeds for calcium, flax and walnuts for omega 3. I do also sparingly use pine nuts. I get most of my omega 3 from berries so I don't worry too much about it.

Dehydrated foods. This is an interesting one because I do have a dehydrator. I limit if I can, anything that is dehydrated and sold in stores as a raw vegan snack. This includes kale chips. I know sad right? The reason is because these foods are completely devoid of water content. Exactly what they are. Dehydrated. I find I am ravenously thirsty and have slower digestion after eating those foods. Even if I drink a lot of water with them, it's not the same. I believe real foods come with their own water content to aid digestion and nutrient absorption. I will have them if I go to a raw vegan restaurant with a friend, but I choose the dish that has the least amount of added dried foods. I mentioned before that I have a dehydrator and that it was interesting. This is because I actually never dry anything completely in it. I normally just use it for a few hours to infuse flavours (like marinated young coconut meat) or to dry my walnut "meet" so it has a thicker texture. Nothing is ever fully dried, just more intense. Still raw and still easy to digest.

Finally, I will no longer EVER ever eat another animal or their products as long as I live. I do not believe we need them to be healthy. Please don't bother with the protein/evolution/justification comments. I won't be arguing it because any study I cite will be refuted with another study against me. I like the saying, "Don't ask me about my protein and I won't ask you about your cholesterol". I believe most studies are biased and many paid for by big farm, so I made my decision to be animal-free based on how I feel, my compassion for the earth and the animals, and all of my new friends that have healed countless ailments from letting go of consuming animals. I am healthier today than I have ever been. I am happy. Light and full of love for all living things.

Much love, Lissa xo