A follower on Tumblr asked me about my grocery shopping habits.
This was my answer:
I generally buy what I need for that day. Today I went to the market and purchased a watermelon (around 10 kilos) and a kilo of grapes. This is more than enough food for me today. Since I walk everywhere and carry all my groceries, it’s easier for me to go to the shop often vs. loading up on produce. Plus, it helps ensure I don’t waste food. Unless you are feeding a family of 4, there’s no need to have your fridge packed full of fruit and veg. I recommend only buying a few things, whatever you need for that day or the next few days.
Immediately after I posted my response, a follower asked: all you ate for 1 day was watermelon and grapes…?
So I explained:
That’s all I’ll eat today. 10 kilos of watermelon yields approximately 7 kilos of edible watermelon = 2100 calories. A kilo of grapes = 690 calories. Today is close to being nutritionally complete. Fruit has everything you need.
Later the same person asked me if I’d be able to eat enough protein on a diet like this, but after reading my blog, they messaged me to let me know they found their answer!
I love answering these types of questions because this is exactly why I post my Cronometer screenshots on my blog and record everything I eat in a day for my channel every Wednesday. Too many people mistakenly assume that fruit couldn’t possibly provide enough calories or nutrients, that eating watermelon all day is extreme or unhealthy, or that HCLF raw veganism is expensive and unsustainable.
How do you eat 8.4 kilos of watermelon in a day?!
The following video shows you everything I ate yesterday. Spoiler alert: it’s mostly watermelon! I hope this video and my Cronometer food diary (posted below) can serve as a guide if you are interested in the high carb low fat lifestyle or raw lifestyle. This will give you some idea about what meals are like.
When looking at my food diary, keep in mind:
- My calorie intake is never set in stone. If I feel like I need to eat more, I simply eat more and never restrict calories.
- My macronutrient ratio is set to LFRV (low fat raw vegan) within Cronometer. My calorie summary reflects percentages based on the 80/10/10 ratio. I aim to eat at least 80% of my calories from carbs, at most 10% from protein and at most 10% from fat.
- Breakfast: 8 kiwis.
- Lunch: watermelon.
- Dinner: more watermelon!
My macronutrient ratio:
- 88.9% of my calories came from carbohydrates
- 6.7% from protein
- 4.5% from fat
Ah, watermelon. Crisp, refreshing, hydrating, and sweet. No doubt watermelon is full of vitamin A (because of its red colour) but did you know watermelon happens to be a good source of calcium and iron as well?
Like I mentioned the other day, fruit really is the only ‘superfood‘ you need. All fruits are packed full of nutrition. Fruit contains the right amounts of protein and fat in the ideal ratio for human consumption. Not only is fruit the best source of vitamins and minerals, it’s full of water and fiber. With every bite of sweet, delectable fruit, you allow your body to repair and rebuild itself with the highest quality of raw materials. You are what you eat!
Yesterday was a good day. I nearly satisfied all nutritional requirements just by eating watermelon and a few kiwis. It’s perfectly healthy to eat this simply with one or two fruits per day. Don’t worry about eating a variety of foods every single day. Instead, aim for a variety through the seasons. Eat seasonal fruit in abundance and never restrict your calories. You don’t need protein powders, superfood smoothies, or multi-vitamins (besides a B12 supplement). Fruit has everything you need!
Additional useful posts for further reading:
- My weight loss with HCLF.
- How to use Cronometer.
- What I eat in a day – Palma edition. Find out why it isn’t important to eat 100% of all vitamins and minerals every day.
- What I eat in a day. More Cronometer screenshots and dietary analysis of what I eat.
- High carb low fat basics. Everything you need to know about the HCLF lifestyle.