The Fruit Centric Kitchen??

For a couple of years I cut sugars out of my diet almost completely, including fruit. Last March another flight attendant gifted me with a huge bag of freshly picked oranges and I devoured the entire thing in two sittings. It felt great. Ever since then I’ve experimented with the amount of fruit in my diet, cutting it out from time to time for fear of any old yeast issues coming back. The past few months have seen me eating more, and more and MORE fruit and feeling really great on it…so might it be too extreme to try a diet that’s mostly fruit? Until very recently I would have said yes.


I’ve followed along with proponents of the 80/10/10 diet for probably a year, first because I thought they were crazy and I was entertained, then because I was intrigued but still thought it wasn’t for me and more recently…because I secretly really, REALLY wanted to give it a try. I won’t go into a ton of detail today but it’s basically a low-fat, raw-vegan diet that gets 80% of it’s calories from carbs (fruit), 10% from protein (greens and veggies) and 10% from fat (avocado’s, nuts, seeds etc). The diet is based on Dr. Douglas Graham’s book 80/10/10 and “a day in the life” usually ends up looking like 2-3 big fruit meals and a huge (HUGE) salad at the end of the day. It’s a lot of food and my massive appetite is loving it.

Now it’s only a 30 day trial (am I crazy to do this in December??) and I have no commitment beyond that but I’m excited to see how I feel making such a big shift. A veggie-focused diet has been really good to me and I do always seem to go back to it regardless of what else has caught my attention but I’m open to whatever the results might be. I also have no intention of giving up green juices or colon cleansing, neither of which are on the “program”. I don’t know what recipe posts will look like this month but I have a HEAP of thoughts to come so stay tuned!



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19 responses to “The Fruit Centric Kitchen??

  1. I love you, Rande! I hope you find what works best for your gorgeous self. Mwah

  2. Ah I am so excited that you are trying this and I am so excited to hear how your body responds! I have definitely wanted to try but I currently just don’t think I can afford buying the amount of fruit required to sustain the 80/10/10 diet. Perhaps in the future… When I am growing a bunch of fruit in my own orchard πŸ˜‰

    I noticed that Dara Dubinet is also trying a 30-day 80/10/10 challenge as well! Are you familiar with her?? Her YouTube channel is, if not)

    Again, so excited to hear how everything goes! And I may be prodding details from you via email in the weeks to come haha


    • Rande McDaniel

      This has me thinking more and more about my future food forest πŸ˜€ I AM familiar with Dara, I was thrilled to see she was trying out the same thing just a day after I decided I would be! Feel free to e-mail any time πŸ™‚

      • Oh my goodness, I feel like every day I am one step closer to dropping everything, buying some land and planting oodles of trees and bushes!
        I dream of starting a holistic healing/detoxification center in the middle of a bountiful food forest…

  3. This sounds like a really great idea! I hope it works for you:)

  4. Andrea

    I have been concerned with fruit intake after hearing about how fructose is metabolized in the liver and the fact that our bodies do not have any natural “stop I’m full” signals when eating it. I certainly love fruit and it’s many benefits but will continue to limit my intake to 1 (maybe 2) low sugar pieces a day. There certainly is so much conflicting information out there so I can’t say for certain what is correct. Good luck to your experiment and thank-you for your wonderful posts

    • Rande McDaniel

      Hi Andrea! Thanks for your concern. I definitely have my reservations about the diet but I’ve learned to very cautiously use my own body as an experiment. There is indeed LOADS of conflicting information and for every diet there are people who are thriving and people who suffer and need to try something else. There are plenty of “professionals” who spout the dangers of colonics and very few would recommend just having vegetable juice at breakfast (where’s the fiber?? where’s the protein??) but I can’t imagine my life without BOTH of those things as they have been so life changing. I’m excited to see where this experiment takes me, I’ll keep you posted!

      • Andrea

        You are so right about the juice – I hadn’t thought of that aspect. And you are right about listening to how your own body responds. In my own case I have found that juicing works best for me when “science” may say otherwise.

  5. Hi Rande, As someone who has kicked cancer and now a raw food chef & educator, I want to share that the challenge with this much fruit daily is becaue it is what feeds cancer.sugar!! All it eats & loves is sugar. Rule of thumb for someone not in a health crisis is fo revery serving of fruit (ACID TOO) 4 servings of veggies (Alkaline). Love your posts. I am at Keep up the terrific flow of fun recipes. Elaine

  6. Rande, I think your body knows best and it will tell you if this is something that is right for you. I personally love my fruit in the summer and crave less of it when it’s cold. Seasonal works well for me. Even when I don’t eat a lot of fruit my diet is very high carb (quinoa, root veggies, squashes) and I never had an issues with yeast, extra weight, or blood sugar issues. Trust your body, girl!

  7. Ashleigh

    hey stinker, I’ve been doing this since July now. Such a roller coaster. Megan-monster has been staying up to date on my journey. email if you want the deets. xoxoxo

  8. Megan

    Fruit gets a pretty bad rap but I believe it totally doesn’t deserve it. Here’s an opposing opinion on the theory that fruit feeds yeast/candida:
    If you haven’t heard of him, Dr. Morse is a doctor or homeopathy that uses his amazingly powerful herbal formulas and a mostly (if not all) fruit diet to cure (detox) just about any disease/ cancer people come to him with πŸ™‚

  9. Karen

    Hi Rande, Hope you are well πŸ™‚ . I have been high fruit all of 2012. Despite being prone to sugar cravings and many signs of candida, it has really moved me forward in health, along with adding herbal formulas geared towards detoxification. Check out my business website if you care to read some interesting articles on fruit ~ let me know what you think if you do.
    Warmest Regards,
    p.s. just noticed the comment above from Megan ~ that is a great article ~ it is Dr. Robert Morse who taught me not to be scared of fruit!

  10. hi! I love this blog! please keep it updated ❀ I want to know how your journey goes. I'm also about 75% raw fruit, 25% cooked veg. (was like 95% raw today! whoo!)
    hope we both have good results πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Rande! I’m excited to hear about your fruit adventure this month. I read 80/10/10 a few years ago, and tried it myself– but only briefly. I got LOTS of weird looks from the employees at Trader Joe’s while purchasing a dozen bunches of bananas at each shopping trip. LOL πŸ˜‰ Like Ashleigh mentioned above, she’s been keeping me up to date on her fruit-y ways for the past few months, and it definitely sounds like an adventure! Good luck!

    • Rande McDaniel

      Haha, I’m already used to the weird TJ’s looks just for all the bags of lettuce I’m used to buying πŸ˜€ I had no idea you tried it, what did you think?

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