30 Day Challenge Starts Today!

5:30AM, Sunday, June 5th, 2K11.

Today begins the first day of the 30 Day Challenge to eat a Low-Fat Raw Vegan (LFRV) diet, patterned on Dr. Doug Graham’s 80-10-10 (811rv) plan:  80% carbohydrate (simple carbs, ie: fruits), 10% protein and 10% fats.

The formula then breaks down approximately as follows:  90-97% of calories from sweet and non-sweet fruits; 2-6% from tender, leafy greens and celery; 0-8% from everything else (other vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, plus fatty fruits like avocados, and nuts and seeds).

I should generally be able to accomplish this with two or three large fruit meals during the day, plus a large salad in the evening.  Fruit predominates heavily, yet I can consume as many greens as I like.   On most days it will be fresh, juicy fruits for breakfast, sweeter fruits for lunch, and all the acid fruit I care for before a vegetable-based dinner.  It should really be as simple as that.

The problem will be to actually get enough calories each day throughout the week; where many raw foodists attempting to eat this way fail is in not getting adequate calories.  Because they are not used to eating this way (at lunch they might eat three or four bananas, when in actuality they should be eating from eight to twelve bananas! – in a mono-meal), they feel hungry all the time, complain of a lack of energy, etc.

So the plan is to eat a low-fat, low-protein program based on eating whole, fresh, ripe, raw, (organic when possible) plant-based foods.

100% raw all the time!  My new mantra for the next 30 days is whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic fruits and vegetables.

Add a basic exercise plan of a few simple bodyweight exercises, plus a series of yoga movements, some bicycle riding and swimming (we’ll see how the ‘bad’ right knee holds up before we talk about any more running), and that will be my next four-plus weeks until the 4th of July… if this goes as planned, I may be declaring my own “independence” day!

~ Barefoot Chuck


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