- Foods I eat regularly
- All veggies. Raw, stir fried in a small amount of virgin olive oil or just stock, steamed. I use a lot of garlic, ginger and chilli for flavour
- All fruit. I tend to snack on fruit through the day, keeping to seasonal fruit, organic when I can get it.
- All nuts except peanuts. I do eat peanuts as well, just rarely. I eat my nuts raw and unsalted, 2 or 3 at a time, or add them to salads and stir-fries.
- Seeds. Pumpkin seeds and similar get shoved into salads.
- Soy milk.I have banana soy smoothies once or twice a week if my calorie count is low, but with low-fat soy milk.
- Soy products. We eat mock meat products occasionally in small amounts for their protein content, grilled oil-free in a non-sick pan. I might add lemon juice or chilli sauce for flavour.
- Quinoa. Eat this a few times a week. Great stuff, and my most commonly consumed carb. Just boiled with water on the stove, and eaten straight.
- Seeded bread. Eaten a couple of times a week, sometimes with jam as a treat. It doesn't really fit into my diet, but it's a sweet :-)
- Water with lemon juice. This is my mai drink of choice. Just filtered water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Very refreshing. I try to drink about 15 glasses a day, but my normal intake is between 8 and 12.
- Subway. My food on the run/take away of choice is Subway's veggie delite (salad roll) on wheat bread, minus cheese, with no onion or chillies, with sweet onion sauce, pepper (no salt). I buy bottled water when I'm out and about - nothing else.
Foods I avoid
- Anything sold in a 'food court' - except Subways veggie delite (see above)
- Soft drink and juices.
- Coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc. (except Chinese tea)
- Anything sold in a chain fast food outlet (e.g. McDonalds, Burger King etc.) - except Subway.
- Anything not vegan (animal flesh, dairy, eggs etc.)
- Anything deep fried
- Cakes, biscuits, cookies etc.
It probably all sounds a bit scary if you're not used to it, but I like eating this way, and I feel so muc better it's amazing the difference! The 'avoid' list isn't a 'can't have' list - it's just what I choose to avoid, because eating this way makes me feel better, it's easier to CR this way, and my diet is easier to manage when I know what's 'on the list' and what's 'off the list'.
How do other people manage their CR? Do yo have any danger foods, or danger periods? I find it hard when I'm out to dinner with friends sometimes, but generally I manage by just moderating my intake around the event, and then I'm fine.