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Foods You Can Eat On The 80/10/10 Raw Food Diet
It can be hard to know what foods you can eat when you're following the 80/10/10 raw food diet. While you know that you can eat fruit and vegetables and small amounts of fatty foods like avocados and nuts, you may not be sure which fruit and vegetables to eat. After all, it takes about ten minutes to eat a single apple. To eat your fill (and get enough calories) of apples one lunchtime, you might need to spend two hours continually chewing! Clearly, some foods you can eat on the 80/10/10 diet are better than others.
High Calorie Fruit You Can Eat On The 80/10/10 Raw Food Diet
One of the most common suggestions for newbies to the 80/10/10 raw food diet is to eat high calorie fruit. These fruits include primarily bananas and dates.
To eat a meal of 1000 calories from bananas, you just need to eat 10 bananas. This is much easier when you turn them into a smoothie. Simply blend them together with some water to give them the desired consistency. (Note that bananas are tough on the digestion if not properly ripe: make sure they have brown spots and peel easily). Drinking the smoothie will be much less overwhelming for beginners than eating the bananas as-is.
A meal of 1000 calories from dates is also very easy. You can fill up very quickly just by eating them (they have 300 calories per 100g), and you can also make a smoothie in much the same way as with bananas. This is often called “date-orade” by the 80/10/10 raw food diet community. You may want to soak them first (for 24 to 48 hours) to give the smoothie a better texture, though it's not strictly necessary.
Note that if you eat dates straight, they can stick to the teeth and cause tooth trouble. Eat carrots or plenty of salad after a meal of dates to clean the teeth, and brush them afterwards if you feel it's necessary. Soaking dates can also help make eating dates less problematic in this regard.
Fruit That Are Easy To Eat As Foods For The 80/10/10 Raw Food Diet
Apart from high calorie fruit, you can also focus on fruit that are easy to eat in high quantities.
- Soft peaches, pears, and kakis (persimmons) are very easy to eat as they literally melt in the mouth. It's almost like consuming a smoothie as they need almost no chewing, if any.
- Melons and seedless watermelons are also great foods for the 80/10/10 raw food diet. After opening one, get a big spoon and scoop out big wads of flesh. Swallow them with little or no chewing. (Melons and watermelons are also great as smoothies. They become like fruit juice in consistency).
There are a couple of fruit you might learn how to make easy to eat with practise, too.
- Seedless grapes and strawberries need some chewing when whole but can be made easier to consume by turning them into a smoothie.
- Kiwis can be fiddly to eat, unless you throw away all dignity and eat them like a caveman. Tear them in halves with your hands and then squish their flesh into your mouth. The flesh can be sucked down and swallowed with almost no chewing, just like peaches and so on. Then, when you've finished eating, you can wipe your mouth.
- Oranges should be cut in quarters, and then each quarter should be bitten into two to three times quickly to extract the juice into your mouth. Throw away the rinds and continue.
Tricks For Speeding Things Up In The 80/10/10 Raw Food Diet
The 80/10/10 raw food diet doesn't recommend juicing, but I find that a decent amount of it can be a useful way of getting extra greens into your diet. You can also juice apples and carrots every so often, though aim to get your main satiety from whole, unjuiced foods.
You can also try eating some raw snow peas and sweetcorn, so long as they are fresh. Listen to your body to see if the peas or corn you've bought is fresh enough to eat; more than a couple of days after harvest, they will be starchy, unsweet and hard to digest. Peas and sweetcorn are easy ways of filling up on the 80/10/10 raw food diet, though not as healthy as fruit in general. Consider them a treat and buy sparingly. (By the way, frozen peas are almost never raw).
As well as a little fat every day, I allow myself a little bit of raw honey, just to wet my tongue. I know that the 80/10/10 raw food diet wouldn't recommend it and it's disputably vegan, but I like it and it provides a couple of easy calories. Don't make it a staple, though.
Foods You Can Eat On The 80/10/10 Raw Food Diet
You can find foods you can eat on the 80/10/10 raw food diet through trial and error. Personally I'm allergic to a lot of fruits, so the standard method of banana or date smoothies didn't work for me. In winter when the melons are scarce I couldn't manage the 80/10/10 raw food diet until I discovered my methods of eating oranges and kiwis, as I mentioned above. Everyone's individual and will need to do their own testing.
What other foods do you eat to make your 80/10/10 raw food diet easier? Share in the comments!
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