The rules: Eat ONLY FRUIT in the morning until 12:00, and never eat fruit as part of, before or after, any other meal. The USDA recommends 2-4 servings of fruit per day. With the fruit in the morning rule, this is easily accomplished and done for the day!
Fruit in the morning changed my life!
If there are two things that remain 99% consistent in my life, they are fruit until noon, and no eating anything after 8:00 p.m.
I have to give most of the credit here to the book Fit For Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond for opening the door to a common sense approach to healthy eating and really jump starting my study and passion for alternative medicine. I encourage anyone looking for more detailed information to give it a read. It’s quick, and easy to understand.
In a nut shell the book looks at how the body processes and assimilates food. Fruit has the highest water content of any food, it requires less energy to digest than any other food, and does not digest in the stomach with the exception of bananas, dates, and dried fruit. For this reason, making fruit your food of choice for “breakfast” (note the origin of this word; to break the fast) may be optimal. Fruit is hydrating, cleansing and detoxifying, full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber and antioxidants.
Fruit in the morning lifestyle did 4 major things for me:
- Created regular daily bowel movements
- Eliminated headaches
- Eliminated acid indigestion
- Kept my weight exactly the same for the last 20 years.
According to Fit for Life, “The only time fruit can have any negative manifestations at all is when it is altered by heat or incorrectly combined, meaning consumed with or immediately following any other food. When eaten on an empty stomach, fresh fruit can only have a positive effect, it accelerates weight loss.”
Common questions and answers:
I’m still hungry after eating just fruit, what do I do? Eat more fruit! It is really good for you, and calorie for calorie, the nutrition can’t be beat. As the morning goes on, switch to bananas, dates, and dried fruit if needed.
I am diabetic, isn’t that a lot of sugar!? I am not a doctor, as always follow their advise, but let me share a few concepts to look into. First, a whole raw fruit eaten in its pure unaltered state is a balanced food with carbohydrate, protein and fiber. Fruit is most “dangerous” to diabetics when it has been processed, preserved, juiced, or heated because one or more of the natural components have been altered, making it potentially unbalanced and unhealthy. Secondly, there are many fruits to choose from. It is easy to find charts and lists online that will give you guidelines as to which fruits are higher than others in sugar or their “glycemic index”.
When I am done eating fruit, how long should I wait to eat other foods? Try to wait 20-30 minutes if possible for optimal cleansing benefits of eating the fruits alone.
Head to the farmers market or produce section and have fun shopping for all the beautiful fruit. Try fruit in the morning for 2-4 weeks and let us know how it made you feel!
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