What I’m Eating Now (Part of my Anti Aging Diet Series)
Anti Aging CRON DietSep 2nd, 2012 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: Coach Nancy - The Way I See It..., Nutrition & Weight Loss
I’ve been talking a bit about specific foods I think are super foods and they are a key part of my diet. But I have gotten a few requests about my daily diet recently and thought I’d share a food day.
1) CRON Diet
Before I get into detailed account of what I eat in a day, I wanted to share what is behind my eating plan. I’ve been reading three books lately:
- Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- Younger (Thinner) You Diet by Dr. Eric Braverman
- Use Your Brain to Change Your Age by Dr. Daniel Amen
My thought in reading these is that I want to enjoy living an independent, rich life for a long, long time and the way to do that is to be sure my immunity is great (free from disease) and my brain is working to its fullest. While there are some differences between the three books, all three recommend a CRON diet. What’s a CRON diet you ask?
Calorie Reduced Optimal Nutrition = CRON
In a nutshell, you are always looking to eat foods that score very high in nutrition but low in calories. Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendation is for a vegan diet but the other two permit animal foods in the diet. I am keeping animal foods in my diet but have reduced their percentage in my total calories consumed each day.
2) Raw, Living Foods
Now none of these books focuses as much as I would on eating raw foods. I have seen a huge upsurge in my energy levels since I’ve made eating raw and living food the core of my diet. Raw and living foods have two key components: enzymes and probiotics.
I had been focused on making sure I got plenty of probiotics before I focused on raw foods and that alone increased my immunity and helped me cure what I had thought would be a lifetime of acne. But when you couple that with foods rich in enzymes, your energy levels go up because those foods are full of the enzymes needed to digest the food and, it’s argued, not taxing your pancrease to produce enzymes for digestion as happens when you eat cooked foods.
3) The 80/20 Rule
I continue to live by the 80/20 rule in that I eat super clean 6 days a week and then take a cheat day. While my cheat days are a bit more clean these days, they still have plenty of indulgent HCLN (high calorie low nutrition) choices in them. (And yes, the ration is actually 86/14 when you eat clean 6 days a week but I’ll also indulge on holidays as well.)
First thing in the morning I drink water – a good amount. I have a fairly large glass that I fill twice with filtered water and slug that down (I just measured it and it amounts to about 20 oz or 2 1/2 cups).
Then it’s time to make my green smoothie. I change this around quite a bit based on what I’m finding at my local farmer’s market but this morning’s smoothie was as follows:
- Assorted greens (mixture of kale, spinach, and leafy lettuces) about 2 cups
- 1/2 fresh peach
- 1/2 fresh pear
- 1/2 cup frozen organic red raspberries
- 1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
- 1 scoop Amazing Grass Green Superfood – berry flavor (1 scoop has an ORAC value of 15,000)
- 1 scoop (30 grams) of Garden of Life RAW Vanilla Protein Powder or 1 scoop of raw, organic hemp protein powder (sometimes I mix half and half)
- 1 Tbsp organic golden flax seed
- 1 Tsp Maca
- 1/4 tsp Camu Camu
- 1/2 tsp or so of Cinnamon
- dash of Tumeric
- dash of Cayenne
- dash of kelp
- 1 raw egg
- 2 – 4 oz filtered water
- 2 oz Billberry Kombutcha
- 2 oz raw milk
You need a very high speed blender for this. While I’d love to get a Vitamix or Blendtec at some time, I got cheap and invested in a Nutri Bullet and it works fine. The above recipe will make enough for 2 smoothies. If you are vegan, you can omit the egg and milk and add more water.
I literally don’t get hungry for hours after this. Then I’ll have yogurt snack:
1/2 cup Oikos 0% fat organic Greek yogurt
1/2 raw peach or other fruit
1/4 cup raw, organic walnuts
2 Tbsp of dried, raw organic gogi berries
Later in the afternoon it’s another green smoothie or if I gave my second away in the morning, I’ll use Shakeology and a piece of fruit.
Dinner is a lean meat (4 – 6 oz) often with a dry rub for extra seasoning and grilled and usually a large green salad. I’ll often put fruit or avocado in it. I make my own salad dressings with olive oil. If I’m making a fruit salad, I add fig balsamic vinegar with a little cinnamon and dash of cayenne and if I’m making a more savory salad with avocado, some Greek yogurt, dry mustard, oregano and garlic powder.