Dr. Harvey Fish, D.C. gave me a great health book entitled “Traci’s Transformational Health Principles” by Traci J. Sellers. www.bestfoodist.com.
I followed just the one principle about fruit and lost 8 pounds in two months without even breaking a sweat! And the weight is staying off.
“So, the best kind of fruit to eat is: FRESH! Use it in its original state, as it came off the tree.”
“No-Fruit Diets:I have had students who were on a specialty diet that prohibited fruit, to where the student felt unable to eat fruit without severe consequences. After learning how to consume fruit prudently, my students report having fabulous success with including fruit in their diet with no negative consequences, only benefits! Read on to learn about the prudent use of fruit.”
Eat Your Fruit First
“I have found reason enough to believe that this isn’t just a good suggestion, it is in fact vital to taking advantage of all fruit has to offer. The reason is because of some unique qualities of fruit.”
“It takes only about 20 minutes for fruit to pass through the stomach when it is consumed prudently, whereas other foods can take anywhere from 2 – 8 hours (depending on what is eaten). This is the trick to consuming fruit prudently: It needs to be eaten by itself on an empty stomach. Here’s why: heavier proteins and starches churning around in the stomach will most certainly interfere with the digestion of fruits that want to pass right through. The prolonged contact of the fruit with complex proteins causes them to begin to rot instead of digest, and prolonged contact with starches causes them to ferment. Marilu Henner, a favorite health author of mine, calls it turning your stomach into a cheap brewery. Kal and I joke sometimes about it because occasionally he likes to drink fruit juices after a meal. I accuse him of attempting to create his own micro-brewery. He’ll even feel the deleterious effects of doing so, reactions that are similar to drinking alcoholic beverages. The combination of fruit and starches or proteins can get bad enough to cause bloating and gas. Most people mistakenly blame it on the fruit, and claim that it doesn’t agree with them and gives them indigestion.”
“I always cringe when I see people who are dieting and they use fruit as a dessert. It is not going to help the weight loss process, it will hamper it! When fruit is allowed to ferment the starches and rot the proteins in the stomach, the body often stores the undigested matter in the form of fat cells until it can deal with it later. One of the reasons the low carbohydrate diets are so successful for weight loss is that they keep people from eating fruit with other foods by removing it from the diet altogether. On the flip side, when fruit is consumed before other foods, the mild cleansing action it has will aid in the elimination of extra weight.”
“I am of the opinion that fruit was created specifically for people, and that we need all of its benefits in order to move toward truly vibrant health. And, in order to take full advantage of all our fruit has to offer, it must be consumed by itself, on an empty stomach. I like to start my day with fresh fruit because I know my stomach is empty.”
Traci J. Sellers, M.H.