Last week I decided it was time to cleanse my body. My good friend and roommate, Jeffrey, had already started on a 2 – week fruit fast and it inspired me to join in and give my body and digestive system the restoration, hydration, and nutrients I felt were lacking. So I decided that I would eat nothing but fruit for 5 days!
Now, if you are someone who is thinking, “Fruit! You must be crazy, do you know how much sugar is in fruit?” This is a very common misconception, not that fruit has sugar, but the fact that the sugar from fruit can be dangerous. Just think about this logically for a second, fruit in reality is nature’s perfect food for us — no one has to die, the fruit ripens and literally falls off the tree begging to be devoured. Fruit is brightly coloured and sweet, which is something us humans are naturally drawn towards. In many cases no tools are even needed, just pick up the fruit, perhaps you may need to peel it, and eat it. Simple as that.
Misconceptions Regarding Fruit
Fruit provides us with so many vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that are vital for optimal health. A diet rich in fruit will help to hydrate your body down to the cellular level — more than water ever could. The benefits of fruit are plentiful and unfortunately these benefits are largely overlooked, ignored or even feared thanks to a ton of conflicting misinformation in modern and even alternative medicine. To deny the body of fruit is to deny one of the best things we can consume, inexpensively and abundantly. When was the last time you saw a commercial or advertisement for apples? Keep in mind there is more money in sick care than in true health care.
Yes, fruit does have sugar, but at the same time so do vegetables and grains and they don’t seem to be getting such a bad rap. The only instance where fruit can become an issue is if it is eaten with other foods, particularly animal protein or items that are high in fat. Because fruit moves through the digestive system quickly, if there is already other high fat foods in there, the fruit sugars will ferment and this is when it can become a problem, cause bloating and digestive distress. The fruit shouldn’t be getting the blame here; it’s whatever you may have ate before or with the fruit. It is absolutely crucial that fruit is consumed on an empty stomach. With that being said, many of us have a build up of fat, protein and more in our stomachs and intestines, and if you have eaten a diet rich in these foods for many years then there is a good chance that you still may have a negative reaction to the fruit initially, until it is able to help loosen up and push through the built up waste and eventually begin to heal your body.
For more busted myths in regards to fruit, check out his excellent post written by Anthony William, Medical Medium.
Now, Back To My Story
Last year, I dived head first into a 21 Day Master Fast, which involved consuming nothing except for grape juice with lemon, herbal tinctures, and psyllium husk mixed with bentonite clay and activated charcoal. This fast also included daily enemas and dry brushing. So, when approaching this 5 day fruit fast, I naturally felt like, “I got this.” To my surprise, this experience was more challenging than I had expected, but in the best possible way. I enjoy challenging myself, whenever I can, doing things that I may have doubted I could do, because every time I accomplish something I previously thought not possible I think, wow, I did that! What else am I capable of?
Anyways, my fruit fast started with only mangoes for day 1, yep — only mangoes. This day flew by like a nice breeze on a hot summer day but I can’t say the same for the next day, which consisted of only watermelon. This day was much more challenging, watermelon is very hydrating, alkalizing and has a ton of vitamins and nutrients, but it moves through your body very quickly and didn’t provide me with much energy. Because of the detoxifying effect of the melon, the detox symptoms were in full swing. I felt foggy headed, very low energy, and a lot of sadness was coming to the surface. You see, in my opinion one of the best parts of any kind of fast is that when you aren’t consumed with all the stimulating foods and drinks that you normally would be, your emotions and feelings start coming up to the surface and you have no option except to sit with them and face them. Normally, we turn to food for comfort, typically without even realizing what we are doing because that’s what we’ve known and been taught since birth. Fasting is not just for the physical, but provides you with a level of clarity and insight that is unparalleled.
On day three I went right into mixed fruits, so that I could have all of the smoothies. This day was relatively easy, although, during this time I definitely spent more time at home, with my two roommates who were also on the fast. I also spent a lot of time on my own, resting and reflecting — this is something I don’t do very often at all. So that’s another thing, a cleanse, fast or detox like this is great for providing you with the space you need for yourself.
The next couple of days I regained my energy and was feeling fine, until the day of the 24-hour dry fast. This means 24 hours with nothing — not even water. This was a challenge from the moment I woke up and throughout the day. When you have nothing to turn to for comfort, where do you go? Inside.
I feel so strongly that this is where true healing lies — within. The fasting takes away even more of the distractions that we are constantly bombarding ourselves with all the time, it’s such an effective way to really face yourself and let go of your shit.
The last day marked the most difficult. A picnic with friends in the park and I was feeling so completely vulnerable and seen. Normally, I am fairly outgoing and confident, this day I felt, reserved, shy, and insecure — all of which were feelings I had to dive into later. By the end of this day and after a really good release in the form of a cry, I had a huge bout of clarity and insight coming through and I felt a huge amount of gratitude towards myself, for following through with this and giving my body the time to cleanse and restore itself.
The days that followed meant slowly integrating back raw vegetables into my diet, while sticking to only fruit in the mornings and then moving onto some very simple, light cooked meals during the following days.
Throughout the fast I also took potent herbal tinctures that I would highly recommend for anyone else thinking about trying this out for themselves, check out Dr. Morse for more information. I also highly suggest doing your due diligence and doing adequate research before diving into something like this. My skin broke out and my eyes were a little yellow and I looked like a zombie, these are only minor detox symptoms, but now I’m feeling great and back to my old self.
Collective Evolution has many articles on the benefits of calorie restriction and fasting that you can read more about here.
Sometimes we have a difficult time accepting that the answer to all of our health concerns could really be that simple, as simple as fruits and vegetables. Could it be that a lot of the illness we are facing today is simply due to a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in our modern diets? Perhaps. Regardless, if this information inspired you to look at your own life, your own health and to dive deep to get to the bottom of whatever may be stopping you from thriving and living your best life, then kudos to you! You are not alone, more and more people are starting to see the simple truth and take control of their own health. We are all in this together.