Everyday Cleanse Series: Fruit in the morning, a great way to “break-fast” and start your day. Try it!

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:

  1. Created regular daily bowel movements
  2. Eliminated headaches
  3. Eliminated acid indigestion
  4. 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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11 Responses to Everyday Cleanse Series: Fruit in the morning, a great way to “break-fast” and start your day. Try it!

  1. Deborah says:

    Good Morning and thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding “Fit for Life” I agree that it is one of the nutrition worlds best kept secrets and as you said it keeps your digestive tract in good balance. I’m a huge fan that had fallen off the wagon for four years and just started back and I feel great!! My skin has improved as well! Again thanks!

  2. Angela Pickles says:

    My husband and I have been doing this for a few weeks and are feeling great. Far from feeling hungry through the morning, as I expected, I feel light and energetic. My husband is thrilled to note that his blood pressure has gone down to healthy levels and he has lost a few pounds. This is a great habit and I believe the whole system benefits from the rest from the hard work of digestion. Love it!

  3. April says:

    I am into the 21st day of a 28 day challenge that I am doing. Everything is working out fine. I have lost 10 pounds on the challenge so far. I have decided that after the challenge is over, I want to continue to eat well. This lifestyle of fruit til noon seems to be ideal for me because I love fruit! And if I can have as much as I want of this delicious stuff and feel & look better then I’m all for it.

  4. Brett says:

    I’m very interested in trying this out. However, I workout in the morning which includes lifting weights. I’ve fallen into a very comfortable routine of making a protein shake (almond milk, protein powder, peanut butter and a banana) and eggs (two egg whites, one egg, onions, spinach and tomatoes) after my workout. I’m worried that with this change to just fruit I won’t be getting the amino acids my body requires after tearing muscles. Any tips?

    • Melanie says:

      Yes, here is a tip: have just fruit within the first 20 minutes post workout, then depending on your schedule try waiting approximately 20-30 minutes after your last bite of fruit, and then do your protein shake – opt for plant based protein with BCAA’s – and save your eggs, onions, spinach, tomato meal for lunch.

      • Brett says:

        Thanks, Melanie.

        Will definitely try to find a way to make it work. I’m generally at the gym by 6:30am and at work by 9am. I expend a lot of energy figuring out my meals and this should be no different. Just trying to figure out a best solution, even if it’s short-term.

        • Melanie says:

          Your welcome. I don’t know what your strength, size, athletic goals are, but if you have the ability to experiment a bit without jeopardizing a team or teammate with a certain level of strength or size that you need to maintain, you may find that adhering to the classic version of fruit in the morning (as long as you are eating enough), in the long run, may not adversely affect your muscle size and strength at all. Enjoy the process and keep us posted!

    • Zaid Omar says:

      Hi Brett. Zaid here.

      Im starting out with lifting weights too but don’t really spend much time on adjusting my nutrition yet. Since im lazy at cooking and preparing meals.

      I know that there are many ways to make use of shakes and blends, is there anyway I can contact you personally to ask few questions?. I have a shake and a blender but just wanted to ask feedback to make it more nutritious for building and muscle recovery.

  5. Brett says:

    Hi Zaid,

    I’d say nutrition is about 80% of the key to being fit. You can’t out-work a bad diet.

    Feel free to reach out to me with questions: [email protected].

    As for the fruit before noon, I tried it out for three weeks. I liked the idea of properly getting the benefits of fruit on an empty stomach. I’ve since moved away from it have been big on overnight oatmeal. But I’m now much more conscientious about when I eat fruit throughout the day.

  6. Kiki says:

    I tried this years ago and lost 15# in one month. I am years older now and intend to start today. It’s going on noon, so far so good. I have difficulty loosing weight and have diabetes, so hopefully I can get back to a more normal life.

  7. Lorna-Jean Thompson Anderson says:

    I need to lose weight, so I actually combined Fit For Life with Intermittent Fasting. So I eat nothing until 12 noon. I just have one or 2 lattes (no sweeteners). Between 12 noon and 4 pm I have 3 pieces of fruit- usually a banana at noon, an orange at 2 PM, and an apple at 4 PM. Then I eat my dinner between 5 and 6PM which is basically either Choice One: a bowl of soup, such as lentil or Yankee bean along with a sandwich such as corned beef or tuna on rye or a cheeseburger OR Choice Two: a large green salad with EV olive oil and garlic, olives, and several kinds of greens as well as a protein entree (8 oz.) of grilled or stir-fried meat or fish. Once a week, I treat myself to a McDonald’s vanilla cone.

    This eating plan is so simple and so satisfying. It easily fits into all my travel plans and social engagements.

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