What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 6

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes the final one!

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. Here is Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:25 PM.

Day 26:

Suhoor, a smoothie with two bananas, 10 tiny soaked dates, cinnamon powder, frozen blueberries and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, four dates, one fig, fruit salad and jackfruit.

Dinner, zoodles with spicy green sauce (three zucchinis, spiralized. Sauce is leftover zucchini from the spiralizing, coriander, scallions, green chutney and tahini. Topped with olives and red chilli flakes.)

2L water in.

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Day 27:

Suhoor, a litre of citrus juice (4 grapefruits, 2 oranges and a lime).

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad and papaya.

Dinner, one date followed by a salad with lettuce, tomato, olives, coriander, avocado, lime juice, tahini and green chutney.

2L water in.

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Day 28:

Suhoor, smoothie with three bananas, half a cup of frozen blueberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad with soaked basil seeds, lots of watermelon.

Dinner, salad with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives, coriander, tahini, green chutney and chaat masala

2L water in.

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Day 29:

Suhoor, smoothie with three bananas, frozen blueberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad, watermelon, cherries, mangoes and apricot.

Dinner, a litre of watermelon juice followed by leftover fruit salad with tahini.

2L water in.

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Aaand that’s the end of Ramadan, was a 29 day lunar month this time!

There we go, a month of documenting everything that I’ve eaten! I’m impressed at myself! Now, back to my Instagram stories!
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What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 5

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part five.

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. Here is Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:20 PM.

Day 21:

Suhoor, a smoothie with five over ripe bananas, half a cup of frozen raspberries and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, five dates, fruit salad.

Dinner, a salad with tomato walnut dressing (salad was cucumber, tomato, lettuce, olives, coriander and sun-dried tomatoes, the dressing was soaked walnuts, tomato, green chilli and tahini).

2.5L water in.

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Day 22:

Suhoor, citrus juice (7 grapefruits, 2 oranges, one lime).

Iftaar, five dates, fruit salad, watermelon.

Dinner, one banana followed by a guac salad with three avocados, one tomato, two cucumbers, some green chutney, tahini and fresh coriander.

Had Papa John’s green salad later with some tahini. Salad had lettuce, grated carrot, olives, purple cabbage, capsicum and white onions, which I picked out ‘coz ain’t nobody want to be stinking for daayyyzzz. (Yes, I stay away from onion and garlic at all costs, especially onion. There may be instances where garlic sneaks into my food, but onion, heck no!)

2 L water in.

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Day 23:

Suhoor, smoothie with four bananas, dark sweet frozen cherries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad and watermelon.

Dinner, a small salad with lettuce, tomato, tahini, dry oregano and Chaat masala.

Midnight snack, three bananas and two apples with pistachio butter.

2L water in.

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Day 24:

Suhoor, smoothie with four bananas, cherries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, watermelon, fruit salad, a couple of sips of fresh orange and watermelon Juice.

Dinner, zoodles in spicy tomato sauce (two spiralized zucchinis, sauce is one tomato, leftover zucchini from the spiralizing, red chill powder, cumin powder, a tablespoon of tahini. Zoodles topped with olives, dry oregano, basil, thyme, sumac and red chilli flakes.)

Midnight snack, one banana, handful of fresh blueberries.

2L water in.

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Day 25:

Suhoor, smoothie with three bananas, frozen cherries, blueberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad, watermelon, persimmon.

Dinner, watermelon juice followed by a salad with cucumber, tomato, olives, lemon juice, tahini, Chaat masala and sumac.

2L water in.

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25 days of Ramadan done, just five more to go.

Stay tuned for Part 6, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 4

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part four.

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. Here is Part 2, and here is Part 3.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:20 PM.

Day 16:

Suhoor, a litre of citrus juice (7 grapefruits and one orange).

Iftaar, three dates, watermelon and fruit salad.

Dinner, zoodles with olives in mango tomato sauce (two zucchini, spiralized. Dressing is half a mango, one tomato and green chutney).

1.5 lires of water in.

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Day 17:

Suhoor, smoothie with five bananas, cinnamon powder, handful of blueberries, half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, lots of watermelon, cut up fruit, sesame blueberry cashew mylk.

Dinner, a big salad with lettuce, avocado, tahini, olives, tomato and green chutney.

1.5 L water in.

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Day 18:

Suhoor, smoothie with three large bananas, handful of blueberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, five dates, watermelon, fruit salad with soaked basil seeds.

Dinner, raw Dahi Wada (recipe here)

1.5L water in

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Day 19:

Suhoor, smoothie with six bananas, 900mg spirulina, cinnamon powder, ice cubes and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad + soaked basil seeds, watermelon.

Dinner, leftover Dahi wada, half a litre of watermelon juice.

1.5 L water in.

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Day 20:

Suhoor, a smoothie with five bananas, a cup of frozen raspberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, five dates, fruit salad and lots of watermelon.

Dinner, a couple of nuts (Pistachios and cashews) and a salad with celery, tomato, Avocado, coriander, tahini, olives and Chaat masala*

2L water in.

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*After a lot of searching, I finally found this brand which makes it’s Chaat masala with zero preservatives. No citric acid or malic acid either. Seems pretty okay to me to use once in a while. Live a little, guys! πŸ™‚

20 days of Ramadan done, so just 10 more that remain!

Stay tuned for Part 5, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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150 days Raw Vegan Fruitarian Challenge Experience πŸ’š

I’ve been meaning to write this post since so long, but just haven’t got down to doing it. This was initially a 100 days post, but since we’ve crossed fifty days over, here we are, skipping the 100 days post, getting right into the 150!

Now if you haven’t already, I suggest you read my 50 days post first, then come back and continue reading here.

Also, if you haven’t read my post on the negatives of a raw diet, then I say read that too first, before proceeding on here.

Now, how I will go about this post is, I will compare, side by side, the 150 days to the 50 days experience.

First things first, the ENERGY LEVELS. The previous post, I used the words ‘through the roof’. It’s not any different right now, but it is constant. In the sense that, when you go from cooked to raw, your energy levels will soar, it will go from low to very high, but when you are raw for a long time, the energy levels are always going to be high, you don’t feel like it is through the roof, because that is how it always is, and that becomes normal for you, if that makes any sense. I could easily say, that feeling low, or low energy on a raw diet would be equal to normal energy levels on a cooked one. In my experience, the only times I’d be a little low on energy would be when I am out and about and haven’t had the chance to eat for hours together. Even when that happens, I am much better off than my company of cooked fooders, comparatively, energy wise. They’d be like zombies needing their fix, while I’d still keep going strong with no issues.

AFTER MEAL CRASH. Obviously doesn’t exist, I kind of have forgotten what it feels like. But I would say this. When I eat a meal that is slightly high in fat, especially the cupboard food (soaked nuts and seeds) I don’t feel as incredible as I feel when I eat all fresh produce meals. Avocados though, no issues, doesn’t matter the quantity. Again, because it is fresh food and not cupboard food.

SKIN. Cleaner, clearer, softer, smoother. Pimple marks fading away, birth marks vanishing, moles lightening in color and some just peeling off. I’ve also been incorporating dry brushing to help with the detox, that’s been helping quite a bit too, especially with ingrown hair, something I’ve always had, although not a lot.

WEIGHT. It just keeps going down. After over a year of plateau. Even when I just keep eating and eating. Read more about my weight here. A quick summary though, max weight, 64.4 kgs, currently 42.7 kgs. Also, I stand super tall at 142 cm, that’s 4’8″. Just putting it out here before someone comes at me with the anorexia and bulimia attaks. Raw is NOT an eating disorder, CHILL!

THE MENTAL ASPECT. On the 50 day post, this point was called ‘More intuned with the body’. Now that’s something I’ve covered on there. Here I want to talk about the mental aspect of being raw, what my experiences have been with it. Fair warning though, this may get a little personal, so if you want to skip over and go to the next point, feel free, please!

Now, in the last 150 days, I’ve been through a lot. Betrayal from people I could never even think of, things I’ve waited literally for years, going the exact opposite of what I imagined, very close people just so easily chopping me out of their lives (vegan problems) because I show them the mirror (ego), etc. etc. All personal stuff that doesn’t need to be on here. Why I am bringing it up here is to explain how being raw helped me through them. And I can guarantee that, if I was in the exact same situations while eating cooked, I just would not have been able to take it. Why? Because cooked food numbs you out, it drugs you, it doesn’t let you feel things, it doesn’t let feelings come out naturally. Versus on raw, you have nowhere to hide, nowhere to go, you HAVE to face your worst fears. Although that sounds terrible, it passes real quick, and it will be gone for good, faster than you could imagine. If I was on cooked, the exact same things would keep coming up, over and over again, and I would have a very very hard time getting over it. But now, on raw, meh, there’s more important things to worry about! Now, pass me the mangoes please! πŸ˜‰

TIME SAVING. Right now, I really am strongly of the opinion that cooking food is such a huge waste of time! I don’t have time to sit and set fire to my food all day, everyday, three times a day! And then you gotta let it cool before you could eat it. Ain’t nobody got time for that! For me, food right now, food is just peel, eat, get over it. Chop, eat, get out. Blend, chug, done! So simple, we only want to complicate things for absolutely no reason whatsoever!

DIGESTION AND ELIMINATION. Flawless, effortless, perfection. First thing in the morning, washroom,10 minutes tops, in and out. On cooked, easily 20-25 minutes. Rice and beans = sticky poo. Fruit though, slips and slides out of you. Suuuch a time saver!

The rest of the topics that I’ve covered in the 50 days post is pretty much the same, body odour, nails, healing powers, water requirement, etc.

If there is anything else that you would like me to cover on the topic, then please let me know!

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What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 3

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part three!

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already. And here is Part 2.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:15 PM.

Day 11:

Suhoor, a smoothie with three huge bananas, some pineapple, a few dark sweet cherries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, watermelon and mango.

Dinner, leftover fruit salad with tahini.

Water, 2L in.

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Day 12:

Suhoor, smoothie with frozen bananas, frozen cherries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, watermelon and mango.

Dinner, leftover fruit salad+tahini, followed by raw brownie and nicecream. (Recipe here).

1.5L water in.

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Day 13:

Suhoor, smoothie with bananas, cherries, dates, soaked cashews and walnuts, half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad, a litre of fresh watermelon juice.

Dinner, Fruit salad + tahini

1.5L water in.

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Day 14:

Suhoor, smoothie with 5 bananas, handful of blueberries, dates, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad, mango and grapes.

Dinner, fruit salad with Tahini

2L water in.

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Day 15:

Suhoor, a litre of watermelon juice.

Iftaar, one date, fruit salad, some watermelon followed by a small salad with a tahini dressing.

Dinner, zoodles in tomato sauce plus olives and chilli flakes. (one zucchini, spiralized. Tomato sauce was one tomato, fresh coriander, green chutney and tahini).

1.5L water in.

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15 days, half way through already!

Stay tuned for Part 4, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 2

To inspire, or maybe to check on you people, every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part two!

Check out Part 1 if you haven’t already.

For the record, Suhoor = Pre-dawn meal, 3 AM. Iftaar = opening the fast, evening meal, 6:15 PM.

Day 6:

Suhoor, a smoothie with 7 small bananas, a handful of Blackberries and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, three dates, followed by fruit salad+soaked basil seeds. Some watermelon. Also got in another litre of water.

Dinner, a salad with cucumber, tomato, celery, coriander, olives, avocado, tahini and green chutney.

Total water in, 3L. Thanks to no juices today!

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Day 7:

Suhoor, citrus juice. Two grapefruits, seven oranges, gave me a litre of Juice.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds followed by fresh pineapple.

Dinner, salad with tomato, cucumber, olives, tahini, avocado and green chutney.

Water in, 2.5L.

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Day 8:

Suhoor, a smoothie with 7-8 bananas, handful of Blackberries, half litre water.

Iftaar, 3 dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, pineapple, watermelon.

Dinner, salad with tomatoes, olives, coriander, green chutney, tahini and sumac. Had a couple of dates after.

Water, 2L in.

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Day 9:

Suhoor, smoothie with 3 bananas, couple of dates, handful Blackberries, two tbsp ground flax seeds, half litre water.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, lots of mango and some pineapple.

Dinner, more mango, leftover fruit salad with tahini. So good!!

Water, 2L in.

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Day 10:

Suhoor, smoothie with five bananas, Blackberries, cinnamon powder and half a litre of water.

Iftaar, 3 dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, mangoes.

Dinner, salad with tomato, cucumber, olives, mango, Tahini, green chutney.

2L water.

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10 days, that’s 1/3rd of the month. So far so good!

Stay tuned for Part 3, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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What I ate in a Day | Raw Vegan | Ramadan Edition | Part 1

Ramadan. A month. That’s 30 days (or 29, depends on the moon).

From the title, you’ve figured what this series is going to be about. Every five days, I will be releasing a post on what I’ve eaten the 5 days, so, by the end of the month, we will have 30 days of a sample meal plan kind of thing. There will be six parts, and here goes part one.

Hope this inspires peeps and encourages to make better food choices, especially if you’ve been eating crap all along (I apologise, but I am brutally honest when it comes to these topics, so either you feel hurt, or make changes. There’s no other way round it).

Day 1:

Suhoor (breakfast, pre-dawn meal), a smoothie with two bananas, a handful of frozen raspberries and some water. 3 AM.

Iftaar (opening the fast meal), one date, followed by a fruit salad with soaked basil seeds (was out so only took along what I could comfortably carry). Got back home and had some grapes and an avocado. 6:15 PM.

Dinner, was not hungry at all, but was quite thirsty, so had the juice of half a huge watermelon, with lemon juice. This was the best meal of the day!! 11 PM

Successfully got in two entire litres of water, which definitely is an achievement given the number of non fasting hours.

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Day 2:

Suhoor, smoothie with three bananas, a handful each of raspberries and blueberries with some water. Damn, the color on this one was gorgeous! 3 AM.

Iftaar, three dates, fruit salad, watermelon and mango. 6:15 PM

Dinner, a small salad, out, around 7:30 PM, then at 10:30 PM, made and enjoyed a spicy Guac salad (Avocado, lemon juice, cucumber, coriander, tomato, green chutney). Had a couple of dates after.

Water, 2L in.

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Day 3:

Suhoor, smoothie with 3 bananas, handful blueberries, water.

Iftaar, two dates, one fig, fruit salad with soaked basil seeds, a litre of watermelon juice.

Dinner, guac (Avocado, lemon juice, tomato, coriander, green chutney) in lettuce, drizzled tahini on top.

Water, 2L again. Could have done 3 if not for the litre of watermelon juice!

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Day 4:

Suhoor, smoothie with one orange, 3 bananas, handful of blueberries, water. (Really wanted to have fresh orange juice but would have to wake up at 2 AM for that -_-)

Iftaar, two dates, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds, as usual, along with lots of cut up watermelon.

Dinner, zoodles in tomato sauce (recipe here) followed by a couple of dates. Also had 1500 mg spirulina.

2.5L water in. Wohoo, progress, finally!!

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Day 5:

Suhoor, a litre of fresh citrus juice (oranges and grapefruit). Took me just five minutes to juice, I overestimated time for nothing!

Iftaar, three dates, one fig, fruit salad+soaked basil seeds.

Dinner, a litre of watermelon juice followed by a tiny salad with one tomato, one avocado, some tahini, dry oregano, black pepper, sumac and green chutney.

2L water in. Would have been four, if not for the litre each of watermelon and orange juices!

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Its been five days already! So quick!

Stay tuned for Part 2, with what I’ve eaten for the next five days!

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