What Does A Typical Day Look Like For A Raw Foodist? What Do You Eat And How Do You Exercise?
by George Santillo
George's Question: Hi Andrew.
First off, I love Raw-Food-Health.net. I find you really inspiring and there's so much interesting info that you cover.
But I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about your typical day eating a raw food diet
and living a healthy lifestyle.
What do you eat? How do you exercise? Do you do anything specific to stay inspired? How do you relax?
I'm looking to live a better lifestyle and shed some of my bad habits, and I'd like some examples of how healthier people live. Andrew's Answer:
Sure. After getting your question I decided to keep a time log yesterday, so I can tell you exactly what I was doing and when.
I guess you could say that no day is really all that typical for me. For instance, I generally prefer not to eat breakfast, to work out before my first meal, and to not eat bananas.
Yesterday I didn't meet any of these preferences for various reasons.
Stuff happens, life goes on. You try your best to live a healthy lifestyle
in a hectic world.
Also, I'm self employed so my typical day probably doesn't have much in common with someone working at a job with demanding time constraints.
If I'd kept a log for a weekend day, you'd get the impression that I was a rather athletic person who didn't do any work and spent a lot of time loafing.
But, for what it's worth, he's what I did yesterday:7:45 a.m.
Wake up 7:50 a.m.
Eat half a 15 inch watermelon for breakfast. 8:00 a.m.
Start working on misc Raw-Food-Health.net tasks. 10 a.m.
15 minutes break (do some squats and pushups, pace about, palm my eyes to rest them).10:15a.m.
Work on a raw-food-related writing project I've got going12:00 p.m.
Bicycle 20 minutes to my workout12:30 p.m.
Workout (sprints, slam balls, rope climbs,
power snatches, chest-to-bar kipping pullups) 1:15 p.m.
Bicycle 20 minutes back home1:35 p.m.
Quick Shower.1:40 p.m.
Smoothie for lunch of 8 bananas, a two handfuls of blueberries, and four stalks of celery1:50 p.m.
Answer work-related emails, start to schedule some guests for my upcoming podcast2:45 p.m.
Snack of 12 peaches3 p.m.
Variety of work tasks, reading several nutrition studies4:30 p.m.
Work in the garden, harvest first tomatoes of the year, lettuce, cucumbers, and arugula for my evening salad. 5:00 p.m.
Dinner Course 1: Three large cantaloupes5:10 p.m.
Write two emails to friends. 5:30 p.m.
Dinner Course 2: Salad of three heads of lettuce, tomatoes, arugula, peaches, one head of corn on the cob.5:45:
Go on a leisurely walk while listening to a lecture on the Peloponnesian War (I'm a Greco-Roman history buff) 6:10 p.m.
Watch some online coverage of the Olympics and the Crossfit Games, then read some websites I enjoy. 7:15 p.m.
Work on a hobby creative writing project.8:00 p.m.
Phone call with a friend9:30 p.m.
Go to bedInspiration:
As I explain in this blog post
inspiration comes from a combination of your desperation/drive index and knowledge index.
I build up my knowledge every day. I'm always reading studies and commentary by doctors and nutritionists.
I had a good dose of desperation when I was sick with colitis
, and I understand what's at stake. My drive isn't really in question these days. Relaxation:
When I want to relax, I find getting away from the electronics which dominate life these days, particularly TV
, to be critical.
Go for a walk, meditate, sit on your porch, ride your bike.
Fill your life with the positive, inspiring things which will remind you why you do what you do.
Spend at least a few minutes doing something that fulfills you every day.
That's all I got.