(Please note that this post was written in Sept 2014. Please see my newest post for an update on my opinion on this lifestyle: Why I’m No Longer HCLF or Raw Till 4)
Tired of working out excessively and not seeing results? Upset from counting every calorie and restricting yourself from indulging in what you love? Well, what if I told you that there was a lifestyle where you could eat TONS of food a day in abundance and never have to restrict or worry about a single calorie ever again? Don’t believe me? Well it’s true folks; it’s called a High Carb Low Fat vegan diet.
Now before you get to asking, “but I thought carbs are bad!?”, wait and hear me out first.
There is a difference between good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates.
Good Carbs/Complex Carbs = Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains (oats, rye, quinoa, rice, etc), Beacns, Legumes, Pasta, Potatoes.
Bad Carbs/Simple Carbs = Fructose and Glucose which are found in white flour/starch (white bread, white refined sugar) and are “empty calories”. One thing to stay away from is high fructose corn syrup found in sodas and processed foods.
Basically you can eat as much as your body truly needs, and the beauty of it is, you stay slim and fit. Thousands of people have thrived on this lifestyle and have only seen great results. Forget everything you know about weight loss and dieting. Forget that voice in your head that says “CARBS ARE BAD!! STAY AWAY!” No. Carbs will not make you fat. No more cutting back on calories and skipping meals. No more worrying about every single food you put into your body and how it will affect you. When you are eating wholesome and healthy foods, your body will only show you positive results, and you don’t have to worry about all those old dieting fads. Oh, and this diet will work as long as you are; so that means working your body and getting enough of your daily exercise. You can’t sit on the couch all day and eat tons of food and expect to see results.
You may see other people doing this diet differently, and that is because everybody is different! What works for one person may not work for another. So don’t get alarmed if someone else is eating 10 bananas in a smoothie and you can only eat 2!! That is perfectly okay. Never stuff yourself full to “get in more calories” just because people on the internet said so. Listen to your body and eat intuitively. Eat when you are hungry; stop when you are full. It is that simple.
“So what do I eat?”
FOOD FROM THE EARTH! Mother nature has blessed us with an abundance of food for us to grow and eat naturally without causing any harm to any other beings. Plant based foods contain ALL of the nutrients the human body needs to survive, and they do not contain cholesterol, fatty acids, and many other things that only animal by-products contain.
Fruits are high in carbohydrates, vitamins, fiber and water content. They also contain little to no fat. And absolutely NO cholesterol. Specific examples of the highest carb fruits include apples, pears, raisins, dates, peaches, bananas, grapefruits, grapes, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes and pineapples.
Vegetables are similar to fruits in the fact they are low in fat and high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and water content. The place they differ is the carb content. Only a select few vegetables are high in carbs and they include acorn and winter squash, sweet potatoes, yams and regular potatoes.
Legumes are seeds that are contained inside a pod. These are high in fiber, carbs and vitamins and they are low in fat. Examples include peas, lentils, garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, soy beans, kidney beans and lima beans.
Rice, Potatoes, Pasta
Now a days, girls are so afraid to eat carbs. They think they will get fat. Well, no… you won’t. You can eat rice and potatoes and NOT get fat. DO NOT LISTEN TO REGINA GEORGE. CARBS ARE GOOD FOR YOUUUUUU.
An example of what 3 meals a day for someone following the HCLF diet looks like this:
Breakfast: a smoothie, nana ice-cream, or a monomeal (an abundance of one type of food such as 1 pineapple, half a watermelon, half a cantaloupe, 5 mangos, etc)
Lunch: A monomeal of fruits, a smoothie, a salad, etc.
Dinner: A huge salad with a bunch of veggies, OR if you’re doing Raw till 4, pasta, potatoes, stir-fry, rice, etc.
and snacks? FRUIT, DUH!!
“Isn’t all that sugar bad for me?”
NO! Disregard everything you’ve heard about the sugar in fruit being bad and making you fat. I can’t guarantee anything, but seeing how many thousands of people live this lifestyle and are SLIM AND FIT, I can tell you there’s a pretty good chance you can be too. As long as you are listening to your body, not over eating, and getting minimal daily requirements in for exercise.
“How do I get started?”
Simple; eat. All you have to do is eat a BUNCH of fruits, veggies, and other whole foods and you’re set. People living this lifestyle tend to eat in abundance, and also eat mono meals, which are meals that consist of one thing. An example of this would be having a 5 banana smoothie for breakfast, or eating 1 whole pineapple for lunch. Yes you may think it’s crazy and extreme, but wait till you try it. I too once thought eating that much was scary, but that was until I tried eating all these healthy foods in abundance and realized how amazing my body felt. You feel youthful, revitalized, light, and happy. For lunch I now have either half of a watermelon, or a bunch of fruit. Yes, I feel full, and yes, I do get a ‘food baby’ afterwards, but I’ve never lighter and happier after meal times. I feel way better than I did when I used to eat meat dairy and eggs. And “bloating” is normal after eating a bunch of fruit because hey are high in fibre and contain a lot of water. You will just pee it all out and then your belly will be down again 🙂
For more information, follow the links below:
Freelee the Banana Girl – https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelea
Laura Wolf: https://www.youtube.com/user/lolacookss
or go to Instagram and search the hashtag: HCLF