Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Lent Challenge: Diet

[Post by Cliff Harvey]

Since posting about the Lent Challenge a few people have messaged asking what I'm going to eat over this period.

The reality is that this is pretty similar to the way I usually eat, just a little stricter and with complete abstinence from coffee, alcohol and the omission of the odd sugar containing treat on a Sunday (which is usually some gluten free cake or chocolate.)

The basic structure will look like this:

Breakfast:

Low grain muesli with fruit, berries and coconut cream

This 'Low Grain Muesli' is simply my way of limiting grain intake whilst also having an easy breakfast. I cut a piece of fruit (usually pineapple or banana or mango) and add nuts, seeds, berries and occasionally top with a sprinkling of puffed amaranth. I use coconut cream mixed with a touch of water (and occasionally blended with golden pea protein isolate) in place of milk. 

OR
Gluten free toast with nut butter

I generally have a pretty light and easy breakfast. While I'm not a big fan of bread in general I do often have a piece or two at breakfast for simple ease. It is one of the 'compromises for convenience' that I bring into my lifestyle. 


Lunch/Dinner:

Sprouted legumes with salad greens, added seeds, olive oil, salt, pepper

This is one of my most common 'go to meals'. I simply take a huge bowl of salad, throw in a few cups of sprouted lentils or mung beans and add a handful of nuts or seeds (especially walnuts and pumpkin seeds). I dress liberally with olive oil and add a dash of salt and pepper. Easy. quick, nutritious raw food goodness!

OR
Sprouted legume stew

Another super easy option. I throw a whole bunch of veggies (broccoli, cauli, onions, garlic, beans, peas etc) with a whole lot of lentils, mung beans or chick peas (or occasionally other beans) into a crock-pot or slow cooker, add water and vegetable stock (and occasionally some Marmite!) and leave for the day to cook while I am seeing clients. Boom! 


Snacks:

Smoothie - golden pea protein isolate, banana (or mango), berries (and/or berry powder - varying type), ground flaxseed, flax oil and/or coconut cream.

I make sure that these are calorically dense and protein dense due to the occasional sparsity of the other meals. Also making sure to supply plenty of quality fats from coconut and flax and lots of micro-nutrients from berries, berry powder and ground flax-seed. 


Other snacks may be nuts, seeds, extra sprouted legumes, dates after training or a 'Primal Bites' by Delish.

I like to keep things as simple as possible. I have way too many other things going on to stress and worry about exhaustive and complicated food prep...but that's no excuse to not eat well, even when omitting meat, dairy and eggs. Give it a go!

~ Blessings
Cliff


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