7 DAYS - SEE WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU
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THE 7 DAY PLAN
The plan is made up of five days of strictly fruits, vegetables, and nuts/seeds. The last two days we will gradually add other foods back in to your system, but will still be heavily fruits and veggies. You can have all of the fruits and vegetables you would like, with a few exceptions. That's it. You will clean out from the inside. Your body can easily process fruits and vegetables compared to processed foods, so you will need a lot of fruits and vegetables to keep you going. This is not going to be easy. You can't just grab a snack at any vending machine or fast food restaurant. You are going to have to plan and really think about eating. Food shopping will be very different - you will pretty much be centered around one aisle. You will probably have to go to the store more often since the foods don't have a long shelf life. The detox process isn't easy either. You might get headaches, feel under the weather, and be a little cranky for a few days. Not easy, but you are worth the effort. If all goes well, you should feel great at the end. See who you'll be without all the toxins!
This plan will make you feel great by the time you are done. Around the second day you might have headaches or feel bad. One reason for this is that your body is releasing the toxins that have been trapped in your system. The other is that you might have withdrawal from caffeine and processed sugars. It can be tough (really tough), but fight through it. It's only seven days, you can do it! Of course if any symptoms get too overwhelming for you or cause great concern, stop the diet and call us or seek medical help if you feel something is really not right with you. If it's too much of a shock to your system, you might need to try it for just a day, then next time build up to two days until you can go for the full seven days.
The Last 2 Days
Your diet will remain basically the same, but we want to ease your body back to eating other foods again. On the sixth day, add one item into each meal. Go slowly the sixth day and see how you feel. On the seventh day you can add two to each meal if you handled day six without any problems. If you find your system isn't handling things well, cut out the item that seems to be problematic, or give yourself an extra day or two to come off.
Start by adding eggs, brown rice, whole grain breads, pastas or oatmeal the sixth day. Pick only one item per meal. On the last day, you can try adding small amounts of meat. Stick with fish, chicken, or turkey. Add in small amounts so you don't shock your system. You can also try to bring in cheeses - feta is a good one to start with.
When the 7 days are over, be conscious of how you feel when you add your favorite treats back. You might discover what you thought made you happiest actually makes you feel the worst.
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Excerpt From Whole Foods & Healing Recipe
It is incredible that North American society has turned to heavy hamburgers and French fries as their mainstay in diet, instead of fruit. But we have paid a bitter price. Fruit is not addictive and does not rise up cravings as does fat, salt, and sugar-filled processed foods. They seem not to dull the inner wounds of the soul as junk food does temporarily. In fact those who live on a high percentage of fresh fruit find themselves becoming sharp in mind and sensitive in emotion. It is almost like living in a state of fasting all the time. Many of us who run away from inner turmoil and pain would find it difficult to live a high fruit diet, even for a short time because of the sensitivity it brings.
It would seem as if man would do all he can to numb and dull himself to his own pain and the world around. Escaping to a mucus fog of sleepiness where everything is distant.All Fruit Diet as a Detoxification Program
An all fruit diet will provide a benefit similar to juice fasting, it is a great alternative to juice fasting. Eating a diet exclusively of fruit takes far more discipline and self-control than fasting. I have gone on many fasts but have yet been able to accomplish a lengthy diet of fruit. During fasting, your digestive system shuts down. Psychologically and spiritually you have become resolved not to eat. But an all fruit diet is very different in that your digestive system is fully active and you are still engaged in eating. For most of us who are accustomed to living on a highly, concentrated diet of meats and starches, fruit can often feel unsatisfying physically because our digestive system is producing large amounts of hydrochloric acid, resulting in a grumbly stomach for the first two or three days of a fruit diet. Also, physiologically, fruit does not give that heavy, full-belly feeling, and cravings can rise powerfully to the surface.
Surprisingly, a fruit diet is lower in calories than juice fasting, hence resulting in a deeper detoxification. Due to the cleansing effect of fruit and reduction of calories, the tongue will become coated, breath, foul and you may experience times of weakness due to the release of toxins.
Because the digestive system is still active, but you have drastically reduced caloric intake, for the first few days, you may experience intense hunger. Hunger is good! Face it with courage. Show whoís in control. But donít face hunger on your own strength. What a glorious joy it is to overcome hungerís control over your life. That victory will lead you to many others.
Types Of fruit during a Fruit Diet
Those who wish to change over to a fruit diet will experience occasional weakness, or possibly even a cleansing crisis. Fruits are high in vitamin C, as well as citric acid, which is a powerful detoxifier. The absence of mucus-forming foods allows the lymph glands a chance to detoxify. Less digestive effort results in more cleansing time resulting in vibrant health and a need for less sleep.
What Is More Nutritious, Bread Or Fruit?
What enters more gradually into the bloodstream, a complex carbohydrate or fruit? Most of us would answer confidently that fruit enters the bloodstream more quickly because it is a simple sugar. Whereas, complex carbohydrates like bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta are gradually digested and broken down into glucose. This is a misconception.
According to the Blood Glucose Response Table given as a guide to diabetics, bread, beans, white potatoes, brown rice all break down to glucose in the bloodstream more quickly than fruit. White sugar is less of a dramatic shock to the blood sugar level than whole wheat bread!
Fructose, the sugar commonly found in all fruit, is the gentlest to enter the bloodstream, requiring the least amount of insulin.
Complex carbohydrates melt in your mouth into simple sugars because of the digestive enzyme, alpha-amylase present in the saliva. Chewing a slice of whole wheat bread will transform up to 50% of the starch into glucose before it even hits the stomach. Fruit is a better source of fuel than bread because of its ability to sustain energy without overtaxing the pancreas for insulin production. Fructose does not need insulin to break down as it is slowly absorbed through the lower intestinal wall.
The best source of fuel for the body is protected simple sugars found in fruits. Honey, maple syrup and molasses are unprotected sugars because they lack natural fibers to slow down the rate of absorption. Fruit sugar (fructose) is the healthiest alternative when using a processed sweetener. Fruit sugar, locked into the soft fibers of fresh fruit, is the most perfect fuel for the cells. Gentle, slow-releasing, energy-sustaining, compounded with vitamins, minerals, water-soluble proteins, enzymes and trace elements. As the blood carries fructose to every cell, these life-giving elements are compounded with the fructose molecule, allowing the nutrients to be highly absorbable and readily used. Fructose molecules act as a delivery system to your cells.
All starch is composed of long chains of sugar molecules. Through digestion, these chains are broken down into simple sugars. Fruit, bread, potatoes, rice, and beans are reduced to glucose. To the body, white sugar and white flour are the same fuel. Of these foods, fruit requires the least digestion to supply the bodyís need for glucose fuel.
North Americanís love cooked starch. From muffins to macaroni, starch is the biggest part of our diet. Yams, turnip, corn, beans, peas, potatoes all taste better when cooked, yet there is a change in how these foods digest. Raw corn is high in natural, health-giving oil and starch. However, when cooked it alters and becomes mucus-forming. Raw potatoes can be used in the healing of stomach ulcers, yet through cooking they lose this healing property, becoming mucus-forming. The immune system increases the production of white blood cells, reacting as if an intruder had entered the blood.
Cooked, starchy food requires strong acids to digest. Excess acid in the blood has a negative effect on the immune system, healing and creating a sluggish metabolism.