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What I Eat in a Day

A reader recently asked me what I eat in a day.

My comment and the post that came with it (yesterday’s article) was accidentally deleted when we switched servers for our websites.

So I thought I’d still share what my diet looks like, since I’ve been saying a lot of things lately about sugar, vegetables, low-fat diets, etc. — that might have raised some eyebrows.

Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth in my fat consumption, and my level of “rawness.”

But for about two months now, I’ve been experimenting with a “no-added fat diet,” meaning that I have only eaten fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes — without any oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, etc.

In practice, it works like this.

Morning: Just fruit, or oatmeal with fruit.
Lunch: A big bowl of rice, beans (more rice than beans), peas, corn, and tomatoes.
Snack: Fruit.
Dinner: Potatoes only, or with broccoli, or any other vegetable, or just fruit.

I’ve been loving this way of eating, especially how it’s making my blood sugar super stable. I can easily go 4-5 hours without eating, even if all I ate was fruit, or potatoes.

I’m not missing the fat at all at this point, and I’m noticing even more benefits from avoiding overt fats entirely.

I vary my diet over time, rather than trying to get a lot of variety in one meal.

Fruit is about 30% of my calories right now, but in the summer it will likely be 50% or more.

The nutritional breakdown otherwise is:

85% carbohydrates
5% fat (naturally found in the food)
10% protein.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.