I wasn’t always excited about eating fruits and vegetables. In the past, the only thing I wanted for breakfast was full of fat, processed sugars and caffeine. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning rituals and to take them away would have felt like torture.
What I didn’t enjoy was the debilitating blood sugar crash I would experience about an hour later.
One day, I came across a YouTube video by Fully Raw Kristina who vowed she had cleared up hypoglycemia, skin issues and fatigue through a low-fat, raw fruit- and vegetable-based diet.
I felt incredibly inspired and began devouring all of the information I could find about a fruit-based diet. I was even convinced enough to give it a try. One book that structured the way I mostly eat today is the classic “Fit for Life” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond.
The book addresses the importance of food combining, eating an abundance of water-rich foods and assisting the body’s eliminating phase.
Fruit alone or with greens and only on an empty stomach (3 hours after or 30 minutes before properly combined dense food)
Protein with greens only
Fat with greens only
Starch with greens only
And never the twain shall meet.
When I first began eating this way, I had no idea what to eat. I also wasn’t ready for the cleansing my body needed to go through and I wanted to give up numerous times. It took a few months for my body to balance out but once it did, the benefits far outweighed any problems I had in the beginning.
Some benefits I experience from eating this way include an abundance of energy, clear skin, balanced blood sugar, balanced moods, healthy digestion and elimination, and clearer thinking.
Over the past year, I have learned that to succeed at this lifestyle one must:
I aim for 600 or more calories of fruit. This would be six medium size bananas or 1 liter of orange juice and 3-4 peaches. You will have to adjust the calorie content to your needs but don’t worry about eating too much fruit. Just make sure to eat enough until you are truly satisfied, even if you have to break it up over the morning.
Angela Orecchio is a chief stew and certified health coach. This column was edited from entries in her blog, The Yachtie Glow (www.angelaorecchio.com), which offers tips for crew on how to be healthy, fit and happy on board. Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.