My diet has changed a lot in the last year particularly with the addition of lots of fermented foods and more animal based foods. This is a typical day, obviously I don’t eat the same thing every day. And it’s an experimental diet, I could change it again at any point!
For breakfast, I eat a hemp milk pudding. In the past I’ve talked about this a lot (as chocolate pudding), although at the moment it usually doesn’t contain chocolate.
The ingredients are as follows (for 2 people):
- 150g hemp seeds, soaked overnight
- handful of seeds soaked overnight, drained and rinsed – different seed each day, rotated through sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
- 2 figs, 2 apricots and a handful of goji berries soaked overnight
- 2 bananas
- 2 teaspoons pollen
- 2 teaspoons mesquite meal
- 2 teaspoons carob powder
- either 1 teaspoon maca or 1 teaspoon suma powder
- 1/2 teaspoon camu camu powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1 tablespoon butter (grass fed dairy butter)
- 2 teaspoons coconut butter
- piece of aloe vera about 5cm long (with skin removed) if available
Occasionally I’ll add some raw cacao beans, around 10 beans for 2 people. It’s not the same every day, ingredients vary depending on what is available. Pears work well when they are in season, sometimes to replace a banana. I won’t type the full method, you can see it in the previous choc pudding post, but basically make hemp milk and then blend it with all the other ingredients.
I eat the pudding with some kefir made with raw milk, usually goats milk while we are travelling in Spain. Kefir is a wonderful fermented foods full of probiotic bacteria. If available I will also have a little raw cream or creme fraiche.
Lunch is usually composed of two separate smaller meals, one maybe around 12-1pm and the other around 3-4pm
Usually the first one will be some fruit, whatever is in season, at the moment maybe oranges, custard apples (cherimoya) or apples. At other times of the year figs, kakis, pears, plums, etc. Usually I will only eat one type of fruit in a meal.
Later I’ll have two or three raw egg yolks, beaten up with some kefir, and something to flavour it, mesquite, lucuma and raw honey works well. This is a new and experimental part of my diet, it seems to be working for me at the moment but I’ll see how it makes me feel over the long term.
Just before dinner I will have a glass of kombucha, before a meal it can help with digestion and detoxification.
Dinner is a large salad – lots of wild greens, half an avocado, seasonal vegetables, fermented foods like sauerkraut and home made pickled veg (see my review of Wild fermentation for more on fermented foods), seaweed and raw cheese. Once or twice a week I’m experimenting with more animal food, raw fish (marinated in lemon juice), raw cured meat or liver pate (some of the only cooked food I’m currently including.) This is based on information from Weston Price.
After dinner I’ll sometimes have a snack of dried figs with grass fed butter. Butter must be from grass fed animals for it to include the important vitamins A, D and K, plus activator X. With cows butter, the colour should be yellow, if it is white it doesn’t have the required nutrition. Try getting butter from your local farmers market, but if you have no success with getting quality butter, Kerrygold butter from Ireland is grass fed and high quality. (And Anchor butter from New Zealand if you are in that part of the world.)
Water: throughout the day I drink water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. I try to drink freshly collected spring water wherever possible. If not available, I will always filter tap water before drinking.
Some of you will be asking why? I think my previous diet contained too much fruit and this has caused problems with my teeth. I’ve been reading two books Diet and Nutritional Degeneration by Weston A. Price and Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel which have helped me to change my diet. I’ve written more about Weston Price here: The key ingredients of healthy diets and I will write more about the Cure Tooth Decay book once I have finished reading it.