I’ve eaten pretty much every way there is to eat, including being fully raw vegan for two years. But on my journey I’ve found that I feel best when I eat Raw Till 4 p.m.
What is Raw Till 4?
Well, it’s pretty much as simple as it sounds: Eat only raw fruits and veggies and whole foods until 4 p.m., then for the last meal of the day, enjoy a fully or partially cooked meal. (For example, a fully cooked meal would be cooked gluten-free spaghetti while a partially cooked meal would be a salad with steamed potatoes.) I also choose to not cook or eat any oil. I actually feel really nauseous when I ingest oil. Instead, I consider myself a “whole foodist” in the sense that at this point in my life, I am choosing to not eat any processed or packaged food.
Raw Till 4 is considered a lifestyle where rest, exercise, and balance in all aspects are considered necessary.
Eating this way has made me feel alive, given me more energy, and is helping me to heal. It also helps so much with my digestion.
Over the years I have fallen off the Raw Till 4 lifestyle, but have always come back. After eight years vegan, I can say that this way of living is my favorite and feels the best for me. It is also a spiritual way of living for me, as eating raw, whole-foods (mainly fruit) have the highest vibrational frequency. #HighVibeLivinBaby
How I Eat Raw Til 4
Before I get into what I eat for breakfast each day, I would like to note that I water fast each night for 10 to 12 hours. I like to give my liver a break as often as possible — as it is always working to detoxify our body. I often enjoy my last meal of the day around 5 – 6 p.m. and will not eat anything again until I’m hungry the next morning.
I think as a society, we often get into a routine of just eating first thing when we wake up without asking ourselves if we are actually hungry or not. So I “break my fast” by having this smoothie or eating fresh organic fruit once I feel hungry, which is usually around 9 a.m.
Lunch is almost always the same for me: a huge, vibrant salad. I chop up all the veggies in my fridge and enjoy them with a simple salad dressing of fresh squeezed lemon, lime, coconut vinegar, dill, cilantro, 1/2 an avocado and a bit of raw local honey.
This is such a filling, nourishing lunch. I crave it every single day. Plus, all of that fiber really aids my digestion.
Dinner is different for me every day. Over the last year I have really gotten into intuitive eating — where you eat what you feel drawn to; what your body truly craves — and only when you are actually hungry. (See video below.)
Not only am I totally gluten-free, but I am also grain-free. Cutting out grains, including corn, from my diet has been critical in helping to heal my acne and eczema and for my wellbeing in general. When I eat grains now, even quinoa, my skin breaks out in hives.
So, I am trying to listen to my body as it heals.
Food is truly our medicine. What we put into our bodies, we become.
If you are having skin issues, I suggest eliminating certain foods for 30 days to see if it makes a difference. It certainly did for me.
Because of this, these days I am mostly “Raw Till Potatoes”. Which means, usually the only cooked food of the day I eat is steamed potatoes — and I am obsessed. Potatoes are super healing and a wonderful, grounding way to end my day.
My husband eats a little differently than I do, so here are a few of my recipes for cooked dinner examples he enjoys:
- Potato Stuffed Lettuce Boats
- Easy Raw Collard Wraps
- Coconut Curry
- Vegan Mac & Cheeze
- Oil-free, gluten-free pasta
- Other recipes
Have you ever tried Raw Till 4? I’d love to know your thoughts in a comment below!