As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been having difficulty eating enough calories lately simply because I lack an appetite. I think this is because the weather is colder and my favourite juicy summer fruits aren’t available anymore. The quality and variety of fruit on the island aren’t so great, either, so I’ve been eating lots of oranges, kiwis, pears, and reluctantly, bananas.
These are my concerns as we move into winter:
1) How can I eat sufficient calories?
My main concern is that I’m not eating enough calories currently. I’ve had to force myself to eat bananas lately and I hate it! I don’t enjoy eating bananas in large quantities. I only eat them because I have to, otherwise I wouldn’t have enough to eat. I dislike eating bananas for a meal so much that I’d rather not eat at all. I don’t mind bananas in smoothies, so one option is to buy an immersion blender (a wee hand-held blending device) so I can make smoothies.
2) How do I feel about eating cooked food?
Another option is to eat foods like steamed potatoes. Obviously, steamed potatoes aren’t raw but I don’t see a problem eating these every once in a while. Potatoes are whole foods and healthy if prepared without salt or fat. Steaming is my favourite way to prepare them, though on the island I’d have to settle for boiling them. Unfortunately, the potatoes in the shops here aren’t very nice and they are very heavy for me to carry. And I’ve found potatoes flavourless ever since I left Scotland.
So another calorie-dense high carb option would be corn pasta. I had corn pasta in Zagreb (with a pre-made jarred tomato sauce) after eating only fruit for a month and didn’t feel well afterwards. I’m inclined to believe it was the sauce that made me feel unwell since it contained salt, garlic, and onion, among other ingredients I’m not used to. I would hope that corn pasta wouldn’t be difficult for me to digest, considering it only consists of corn.
If I did allow myself to eat corn pasta now, I’d forgo the pre-made sauce and make my own using fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, and cauliflower. This is a healthy option because it’s high in carbs, low in fat, and full of whole foods.
I’m a low fat raw vegan for my health. I’m not bothered by eating foods that aren’t raw as long as they are high in carbs, low in fat, minimally processed whole foods. Steaming potatoes or gently cooking some veggies doesn’t render them harmful.
3) Why do I crave potatoes or pasta?
Now my dilemma is that I don’t know why I crave pasta. I’m pretty sure I’m craving it because I’m genuinely hungry and need calories, but what if I’m craving it simply because I haven’t completely conquered my addiction to cooked food? Granted, corn pasta with veggies isn’t unhealthy by a long shot, but I’m still concerned about it.
I wouldn’t mind eating corn pasta or potatoes every couple of days, at least until I’m off this island. Once I’m back on the mainland, acquiring food will be easier. I am concerned about spending a month in Dublin since this will be proper winter and my first winter as a fruitarian. I’m not sure how I feel about not eating warm foods.
Fruit is always the best option and ideally, fruit is all I would eat, but I might start eating potatoes or pasta every few days just until I get off this island. I’m not sure. Once in Dublin, I can see how I feel and reassess.
What do you think?
Have you survived winter as a fruitarian?