It’s been an amazing week; full of of colorful, flavorful, antioxidant-packed fruits. Although I’m (VERY) happy to get back to my normal eating patterns, I’m glad that I took a week to nourish, and care for my body. Eating raw fruits for an entire week has supercharged my system with precious vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, such as: Carotenoids, Ellagic acid, Flavonoids, Resveratrol, Glucosinolates, and Phytoestrogens. These amazing phytonutrients (which are only found in plants) will protect my body from various diseases and help to improve my immune system. Among the ailments a fruit cleanse will reverse are: cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration, asthma, and coronary heart disease. I kept this in mind as people questioned my plan for a week full of fruit. Surprisingly though, not many people questioned it.
In case anyone was interested in undergoing a 7 Day Raw Fruit Cleanse, I thought I better devise a list of things you will need (want) to know before beginning. Here are some points to consider:
1. Fruits are a expensive. It’s actually not that fruits are expensive, but that we need more of them to get full. Especially when first starting, you will feel like your body is screaming out of every pore for food. This may be partially because your body is detoxing from processed and/or refined foods. Any diet change will likely cause discomfort in the beginning. I remember when I went vegan, I felt a bit off balance for about a week. Throughout the course of this week, I would guestimate that I have spent around $110 on fruit. Of course, I was also making recipes out the wazoo! I get a little carried away like that.
2. Fruits are highly acidic. Eating mainly citrus fruits for any length of time is likely to cause irritation of the throat. By the last two days, I felt as if I were getting a sore throat. This is a feeling I haven’t felt since going plant-based. Since I’ve been vegan, I haven’t gotten a cold, or a single sniffle. You may want to be proactive and take an antacid or other OTC medicine before beginning. Or, you may want to do what I did; use fruits that aren’t acidic for an entire meal or two. More on that below.
3. Look at your options. Throughout the week, I enjoyed bananas (close to 60), oranges, dates, kiwis, apples, pears, limes, lemons, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, peaches, strawberries, and so on. But I failed to realize that there were non-citrus fruits I could be enjoying; fruits that we often refer to as vegetables. Among these veggie-fruits are: cucumbers, squash, green beans, tomatoes, avocados, and okra. Luckily, I realized this on Day 6. This gave my taste buds a break from the sweetness of my week-long, high-fructose diet. It also relieved the itchiness in my throat.
4. Keep your fridge stocked. This should probably go without saying, but running out of food on a fruit diet is much different than running out of food on any other diet. The hunger sets in much faster and can cause you to feel extremely weak. This weakness could even keep you from wanting to go to the store to get more. Stay stocked up and you’ll have no problem here. I found that bananas and cantaloupe were my favorite go-to fruits for snacks.
5. Tell Friends and Family. I’m not saying that they’ll understand, but you may want to let your loved ones know what you’re doing. This can help keep awkward conversations from arising later. Also, it can be challenging to eat out on an all-fruit diet. I did manage to go out with my mother one time during the week. Fortunately for me, we have a Whole Foods Market that caters to vegans and vegetarians. Their food bar is full of fresh organic fruits and veggies.
Are you ready to take the fruit-based plunge and rejuvenate your body with loads of vitamins and nutrients! Think you can do it!? I believe in you. And if you have any questions, you can let me know.
One order of business I haven’t forgotten: I promised you all a Cherry Dessert Recipe made with the Vitamix. I will be working on getting that out to you tomorrow. Didn’t want you to think that I forgot. In fact, I’m thinking that some cherry ice cream sounds pretty good right now. I better go and get started!