30 Day Fruit Diet Challenge: A Leap of Faith
By Mikkel Gisle Johnsen
There are tons of reasons – both scientific and anecdotal in nature – that support the idea that eating a high carbohydrate, fruit based, vegan diet is optimal from a health and nutrition standpoint. I’m not going to give you any of these reasons today. Instead, here’s what I want you to do:
Take a leap of faith, and do exactly what I outline in this article. Do it for thirty days. The results are going to speak for themselves. Forget about the facts for a moment and just experiment! See how your body reacts! Let’s outline the principles that I want you to follow blindly:
Principle #1: Eliminate The Problematic Foods First eliminate all animal products and go 100% vegan. Second, eliminate all processed foods that come in bags, packages, bottles or cans. If it’s got an ingredients list on it – it’s out! We’re now left with nothing but whole plant foods in their natural state.
Now eliminate all grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Principle #2: Focus on The Fruit After eliminating all those “foods” from your diet, you’re basically left with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Make raw fruit your main focus. This basically means that if you can get a hold of high quality, delicious, enjoyable, sweet fruits like bananas, mangoes, cherimoyas, jackfruit, papaya and peaches – that’s all you need.
In fact, the best results will come from a 100% fruitarian diet, but only if you get enough sugar calories on a consistent basis and enjoy eating them.
If you can’t or won’t eat a 100% fruit diet, steamed roots and tubers – especially sweet potatoes – make an acceptable addition to the diet as long as fruit still predominates. In other words; you could eat fruit for breakfast and lunch, and steamed sweet potatoes for dinner. That being said – nothing beats a mango dinner in my experience 😊
Tender vegetables like greens and celery, as well as non-sweet fruits like tomato and cucumber, are fine to eat in small to moderate amounts if so desired. Sweet fruits need to predominate for caloric sufficiency though.
Principle #3: Eat When Hungry Until Satisfied Your body knows how to gauge food intake as long as you’re eating high quality, natural human food (fruit). Try to forget about the portion control/calorie restriction mindset that’s prevalent in today’s culture and eat as much as you want. Fruit has less calories per gram than most other foods, so you can and should eat way more of it in order to be satisfied.
If food is at all interesting and attractive to you – eat. If food is not attractive, you’re satiated and can stop eating. It’s that easy.
Principle #4: Make Sure You’re Eating Enough Calories Although the last principle about listening to your body is indeed true – there are still some pitfalls that can cause us to under eat on total calories and fail to maintain your weight and energy levels.
The most common cause of this is relying too heavily on low calorie fruits and not being used to the large volume that needs to be eaten in order to reach satiety.
The best way to ensure caloric sufficiency – apart from listening to your body – is to count calories for a few days. This will give you an objective look at what you’re eating. I recommend using cronometer.com as well as weighing all your food. Do this for 3-4 days to get an objective look at how much you’re eating.
Calorie needs vary a lot depending on body composition and activity level. Generally speaking though: a somewhat active, average individual will typically burn between 2000 and 3000 calories per day, some up to 4000 or more, but very few will burn less than 2000. Be sure to research this on your own.
Principle #5: Focus on The Calorie Dense Fruits One way to guarantee caloric sufficiency, solid energy levels and sustainability on this diet, is to focus on the calorie dense fruits as your staples. These are the sweet fruits! The most common one is the banana.
I highly recommend making bananas your mainstay on this diet. They typically make up 50 – 60 % of my diet year round. They are consistent in terms of calories, they are affordable and available everywhere. Check out The Little Banana Book for more information on how to buy, store, ripen and eat bananas for optimal results.
Too many people fall off the deep end when they try to live on low sugar, high water fruits like watermelon and strawberries. Don’t get me wrong, these foods are amazing and I love them – but they are too calorie dilute to fully satisfy our caloric needs as active individuals. If your breakfast consisted of low calorie fruits like these, make sure lunch makes up for it by eating lots and lots of bananas or other sweet, tropical fruits.
Principle #6: Keep the Fat Intake Low Since we’ve already eliminated animal foods, processed foods (including oils), as well as nuts and seeds, the only realistic fat source left for most people is going to be the avocado.
Again, I love me some avocado, but it fails to meet our nutritional needs as well as sweet fruit does – and it’s easy to overdo it and cause many of the issues commonly associated with a high fat diet.
To put a number on it, keep your fat intake at or below 10% of total calories for the day. Again, cronometer will help you sort this out. Typically, we’re talking less than one avocado per day for most people.
Don’t cheat on this one guys, keeping it high carb low fat is one of the main reasons this diet works so well! Remember – there’s fat in all fruits, so low fat does not equate to no fat!
Principle #7: Eat Ripe Fruit The fruit you eat MUST be ripe! Ripe fruit is easier to digest and tastes way better than unripe fruit! Read up on fruit ripeness based on individual fruits. Generally speaking though, fruit should be soft, vibrant in color, sweet and delicious in taste and digest without difficulty. Again, check out The Little Banana Book to learn about what a ripe banana looks and feels like!
In order for you to always have ripe fruit on hand, you need to stay organized. This brings us to the next principle:
Principle #8: Buy Tons of Fruit You’ll only be able to succeed eating this way if you actually have food to eat at all times. Since fruit ripens slowly it means you need to plan for this by buying in advance.
Also, since fruit has less calories per bite than most other foods – you’ll eat way more of it. In other words, you need to buy a lot of fruit OK! Don’t hesitate to buy by the box and in bulk.
Principle #9: Familiarize Yourself With The Principles of Food Combining In order to avoid bloating and indigestion – assuming you’re eating ripe fruit of course – it’s super important that you avoid combining certain foods with each other as it just makes for bad digestive chemistry. Nothing beats the monomeal, where you eat nothing but one type of fruit until you’re satisfied of course, but if you do choose to combine, please familiarize yourself with these principles! The main rules would be to avoid combining sweet fruits with acid fruits, eat melons by themselves and keep things as simple as possible overall!
Principle #10: Keep It Simple The last principle you’ve got to keep in mind is this: Fruit is a complete package! It doesn’t need preparation, mixing, matching, condiments and spices! It’s ready to go. Most animals in nature eat a diet consisting mostly of only a few foods. At mealtime, simplicity rules. You’ll get your variety in over the course of the year, as the seasons go by – but don’t worry about eating nothing but mangoes and bananas for a few weeks at the time. Simply find the fruits that you enjoy eating, and you’re good to go!
Now do it! That’s it! I sincerely believe that if you follow these principles for one month straight – you will experience for yourself the power of a low fat, fruit based diet! Make sure you hunt for that good stuff, because fruit quality is paramount to your success. Check out this article to learn how to spot high quality fruit!
One last thing, you know I have to say this: I really want you to take that leap of faith and do as I say, but you definitely do so at your own risk! I’m not a certified nutritionist, and this is not medical advice! I’m simply sharing what I believe in, based on my own personal experience and extensive research into the area of health and nutrition. Don’t blame me when you start experiencing excellent digestion and better health 😉
Now’s the time. Make it happen!
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