Vegan Meals this Week & Eating More Raw Fruits

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


My sister was a raw fruitarian for a while, eating only fruit all day long, and a big pile of leafy greens in the evening. This turned out to be too extreme and required a lot of supermarket visits, so she slowed down. The happy medium for her simply became "eat a lot of raw fruits, but not only raw fruits, and not all day." She has a big smoothie made of ten bananas in the morning, and then a some more fruit throughout the day, but just shuffled between regular cooked vegan meals. 


I decided to give this a go for myself this week: Getting full primarily off of raw fruits first thing in the morning, then having a bowl of oats or some other grainy main dish, then eating fruit as my go-to snack throughout daylight hours. (For example: I'd squeeze in 2-3 bananas at breakfast, 2 kiwis, then oats with strawberries on top, then have half or a whole cantaloupe as a snack at some point). I can easily say that's a lot more fruit than I normally eat. Then, I would pack in a lot of fresh veggies into my dinner. Again, more than usual. (I'll admit, I tend to gravitate towards pastas and things at night, so a veggie based meal is, oddly enough as a vegan, not an every night thing !)

So how did I feel after one week of loading up on fruit? I have more energy, for some reason I feel more mentally positive, (could be unrelated to diet, but I have read in Ayurvedic healing that fruit has a lot of "positive pranic/universal energy"), and my skin feels SO particularly dewy and soft. The first couple of days, my skin actually went through a kind of purging stage. I have heard melon helps do this... I would wake up with a slick layer of oil on my face. YIKES. No breakouts or anything, but I would wash my face and it was gone for the whole day. Underneath was the most radiant skin I've seen in a while. All in all more fruit = better skin. 

Only thing is, when you are eating a higher amount of sugar like this, it's better, according to the 80/10/10 book by Doug Graham and celeb vegan nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, to eat a lower amount of fat. Fat will keep the carbohydrates from leaving your cells, and will ultimately lock the sugars in your body instead of using them up real quick like fuel. Also though, don't be scared of eating more fruit BECAUSE it has sugar. Sugars in whole foods, with all the enzymes and fiber in the fruit, are not bad for you like you may think. To read more, I suggest you google "high carb vegan diet."

Pictured here are some things I made this week. If any of them are of interest to you, let me know which, and I can post the exact recipe. Above: Thai vegan curry with zucchini, spinach, carrots, and peas.

Below: (from left to right) Vegan banana oat pancakes, a watermelon, chick pea veggie burger with avocado, roasted potatoes with rosemary from my new rosemary plant, and avocado toast with kiwi and blueberries.









16 comments :

  1. Dayna this is completely off topic, but will you upload any more makeup videos to your YouTube? I miss watching yours! You're so down to earth and real with makeup.

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    1. I would love to see a makeup tutorial too!!! I can't find the previous one :(

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  2. agree with above but also could you share the pancake recipe? pancakes were my absolute favorite food before veganism and I miss them lol! haven't tried to make them yet but yours looks good! thanks for the post

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    1. Yes! Definitely will post that ASAP :)

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  3. Whoa! Loved the post Dyana. Great reading your first hand experience of packing in more fruit into your diet and kind of trying out a Raw Till 4/Raw life style for a week. I'm 5 months into veganism and realized I've fallin more in love with fruits and natural sugars but can't seem to find enjoyment in filling up on fruit and cutting out cooked vegan food (even slightly). I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen and find lots of joy through that but wondered if I'm not experiencing the best results as a vegan by mainly eating cooked dishes. Maybe I'll try out more fruit at the start of the day and still enjoy cooked dishes, I'm envying your results!

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    1. I hope it works out for you! The benefits are so great. Maybe try adding more fruit on top of your cooked things, like oats or peanut butter toast, then slowly have less of the cooked thing underneath and more and more fruit :) That's kind of how I did it. Or have your normal cooked meals, and have fruit as your main snack throughout the day, that way you don't have to do any major replacing. Let me know how it all goes :) xox

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  4. Recipe for the banana oat pancakes and chickpea burger would be lovely x

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    1. When? dying to make the burger

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    2. when? dying to make the burger

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  5. could you ballpark how many grams a protein you get a day on average? like ignoring special weeks when you're trying out new things like this i mean you're usual diet about . thanks!

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    1. Ignoring this experimental week, I'd say I get about 50-55 grams of protein/day. Sometimes more! Here is a simple day's example:
      1 cup whole grains = about 20 grams of protein (for example, 1/2 cup oats in morning, 1/2 quinoa at night *uncooked measurement)
      1 cup cooked beans (I usually have black beans, chick peas, or green peas) = 15 grams
      2 Tbsp peanut butter = 8 grams
      Handful of almonds = 10 grams

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    2. Thanks! Appreciate the reply! :)

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  6. Hi danya,I really enjoyed the blog post about how your enjoying eating lots of fruit and vegetables in your vegan diet in italy, I bet the fruit tastes great, it got me thinking about eating more fruit instead of vegan processed snack bar in my vegan diet, the recipe for the pancakes would be great, other than that keep up the great blog posts

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  7. can you do a recipe for the chickpea burger or the curry? both look good!

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  8. can you do a recipe for the chickpea burger or the curry? both look good!

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