Thursday, May 28, 2009

Personal Diet & Exercise Routine - Day 1

I have been receiving many requests that I should record and post what my daily diet and exercise routine is like. Today will be the first day of that log. Please feel free to email or comment if you have questions.

Keep in mind that I experiment frequently with my diet and exercise routine so that I may discover the most ideal ways of doing things and therefore recommend them to others as a good practice. Hopefully this log will provide some insight to my experimentation and conclusions.

Up until four months ago, I was 100% raw and 100% vegan for 7 years. I was fruitarian for a long period during that time. Three years ago I practiced breathariansim (no food or water) for 4 months. Two years ago I lived exclusively on unheated, unfiltered (raw) honey for 8 months. I have also strictly followed mono-eating and the Essene dietary protocol.

For the past four months I have been experimenting outside the 100% raw/vegan parameters to see what is a truly optimum, nutrient-rich diet.

Currently I am 80-90% raw and vegetarian. I follow an eclectic mix of low-fat, high-carb, medium-protein coupled with caloric restriction and some key Essene principles of eating.

It is important to realize that I am not experimenting with meat, fast foods, mashed potatoes and gravy, and things of that nature. Like most people, I grew up on that diet as a kid and teenager, and I already know how that went! I have already reached the conclusion that these foods are a poor source of fuel and an even poorer source of nutrients. Their production and consumption contributes greatly to a waste of our resources and is largely responsible for the large percentage of people that are overweight and obese (over 63% are over 30 lbs. overweight in the USA alone).

MAY 28 2009 - THURSDAY
Cardio 30 min. (running outside)

3 hours after running, I made 1/2 cup cooked Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free oats. Waited until it cooled to warm, added about 2 or 3 Tbsp. raw honey, organic cinnamon, and 1/4 cup organic frozen blueberries. This is my third day eating oatmeal and have found it agreeable to my digestion and provides a substantial amount of energy. I have been recommending that people do not consume grains, and while oats are a grain and they are currently working out all right, I still insist that grains (i.e. rice, wheat, corn, millet, quinoa, et al.) are not meant to be eaten year-round or even at all if we have fruits and other natural foods available. I will be rotating oats out of my diet in a short period of time to mimic the way I would eat them in a natural or rural setting.

1 Tbsp. bee pollen. I eat it straight out of the jar.

Smoothie consisting of water, ice, 1 scoop NOW brand 100% pea protein, stevia leaf powder, 1/4 tsp. citric acid powder from lemon, handful organic frozen blueberries. I felt like having a bit of tart flavor, hence the citric acid, but I noticed that it settles at the bottom (not very soluble) and is too sour for me, so I won't be making a smoothie that way again.

FAT: 4g
PROTEIN: 33g (plus the numerous unaccounted-for free-form amino acids and enzymes in honey and bee pollen)