Salad dressings on 80/10/10 have been a challenge, especially savory ones without overt fats on days when I don’t want the extra heaviness in my dinner meal. This has been one of my favorite discoveries so far!
1 very ripe cherimoya, peeled and seeded
juice of 2 lemons
2 dates, pitted
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp basil
2 Tbsp dill
2 Tbsp pasrley
Blend until creamy.
1.5 cups water
handful of spinach or romaine
1-2 Tbsp tamarind
2 ripe bananas
7 medjool dates
Blend until smooth.
vanilla stevia (especially great for bland Winter produce)
Halve, peel, and remove seeds from the cantaloupe (or cantaloupes! I used several). Blend cantaloupe flesh and add cinnamon and stevia to taste.
Filed under 80/10/10, fruit
For those who have followed The Vegetable Centric Kitchen for awhile you’ve seen me through quite a big shift from a Natalia Rose-style detox lifestyle (with almost no fruit) to a nearly fruitarian-style diet where I’m basically living on fruit. I don’t know that I “believed in” 80/10/10 when I started but I felt something was lacking and my curiosity drew me to it. I still don’t know that I could “prove” it to anybody, I don’t completely understand all of the nuances but I know that I’ve never felt better so why mess with a good thing? I also wouldn’t necessarily say that I think this is the right path for everyone, but for the moment, it’s incredibly right for me.
I feel like I’m straddling the two worlds at this point. I don’t feel like I quite fit into the natural hygiene community which dismisses colon cleansing and juicing as “unnatural” (I agree, but so are many of the things we have put into our bodies throughout our lives). I also don’t feel like I completely support a lifestyle of frequent juice fasting or fasting throughout the day, probiotics, fermented foods, and living on greens and goat cheese. I also feel incredibly “over” being afraid of fruit. I found it particularly difficult to include cooked foods and dairy in the same diet as large quantities of fruit. It just didn’t work for me so I avoided it. It also wasn’t working for me to get the majority of calories from fat and protein. I never thought of the way I was living as a “high fat” lifestyle but when I finally calculated it, I realized my days were 50-60% fat calorie wise, compared to the 5-10% I’m doing now. There is no need to repeat which way has worked better for me. As far as juicing all day, I really feel like it slowed down my digestion significantly. I felt this way for quite awhile and was compensating with bitters to improve digestion. With fruit (though it took a few weeks to get back to normal) my digestion is strong.
Colon cleansing.This is a big one. I’ve read a lot about the problems people have had eating high-fruit and (while I may be wrong) I believe they could be avoided with colon cleansing. I’ve seen complaints of major gas and bloating, skin and tooth issues, tiredness and lack of energy and so on. The common advice is just to “wait it out” and the body will take care of old toxins on it’s own. In some cases it seems to, I’ve seen folks who appear to be thriving. In many other cases, people fail who didn’t have to. I myself was feeling so good (doing a colonic a week) when I first started on fruit that I thought I could probably just forget this whole colon cleansing thing. The results of that little experiment lead me right back to where I started. When I quit doing regular colon cleansing (even though my own bowel movements continued to be frequent), I just didn’t feel as bright. I smelled bad, my digestion slowed down, and felt slower than usual. I also got really puffy and didn’t feel like I looked like myself. One colonic got my face looking like the one I was used to seeing in the mirror. This feels like a pretty vulnerable post on kind of an awkward topic but if I didn’t feel it was important, I wouldn’t be so concerned with addressing it. This could definitely be more thorough but I’ll leave you with a couple of videos from some teachers I really respect who tie things together nicely. I highly recommend watching these:
juice of 2 limes
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 medjool dates
1/2 cup shredded Thai basil (or regular)
3 green onions, chopped
Spiralize zucchinis and cucumber into noodles. Blend mangos, lime juice, 1 cup of the cherry tomatoes and dates until creamy. Pour sauce over noodles and top with thai basil, green onions, and the leftover tomatoes.
Sugar bombs I’ve discovered recently: gooey fresh kadrawhy dates (7hotdates!) and raw coconut sugar. I’m in love with both.
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup raw coconut sugar
15 kadrawhy dates (or 10 medjools)
1 ripe banana
2 big handfuls spinach
Blend until creamy.
I’ve gotten a few inquiries as to how my body is responding to the dramatic change I’ve made in my diet. Have I lost weight? Gained weight? Are my teeth sensitive? How’s my digestion?
Well, here’s a little update.
I’ve been eating at least 2500 daily calories worth of fruits and vegetables with some overt fats here and there for over 5 weeks. I’m head over heels in love with living this way and am amazed at how easily I’ve taken to it. Britney even mentioned today how in awe she was at how quickly I’ve adapted to this new lifestyle. It feels like I was made for it.
Weight. The first few weeks were interesting. I’ve pored over blogs and message boards and it seems to be a common experience that people will put on a little weight (or hang on to a lot of water) at first. This was also my experience. I freaked out at first, my clothes were tight and I did not appreciate it. However, if I could ignore that, I couldn’t deny that I felt great! Better than I’ve ever really known. At one point I even remember saying that if I continued to put on some weight, or even kept the small amount I’d gained, I wouldn’t care! I couldn’t fathom trading the new and energized experience I was having in my body for a thinner frame. I’d rather buy bigger jeans.
Fast forward another couple of weeks and I’m just about back to my usual size (my face still seems a little puffy, reminiscent of when I first started detoxing) and if I stay there, I’m alright with that. If I keep losing, I won’t complain! Overall though, here’s what I’ve learned: diet isn’t always about weight. This isn’t a new idea to me, I’ve long felt this way but this is the first time I’ve felt like I wanted to continue something as it, regardless of whether it gave me a bikini-worthy body. I like feeling steady and energetic and happy without coffee or chocolate OR fasting for that matter. I like feeling like I have all this abundance to access without feeling like it weights me down.
As for the other little issues, my teeth (which are usually on the sensitive side) are doing very well and my digestion continues to be better than ever. There is room for improvement in both areas but overall I’m very pleased. I’m now learning to incorporate my gourmet foodie side into fruitarianism. New, fruit-filled creations to come 🙂