feelin’ fruity

by jenna on June 20, 2011

For the past 55 hours, I have eaten nothing but fruit. Apples, pears, bananas, mangos, cherries, blueberries, coconut, avocado, peaches and zucchini. Holyyyyy.fruitcup.

Now before you go and freak out on me, let me explain. First of all, I’m already expecting for this post to raise some controversy. Doing any sort of “cleanse” is very controversial and I’m not here to tell you it’s the right thing for you. I’m only here to share with you my personal experience doing a three-day fruit “feast” cleanse (based on this book). The fruit feast is a cleanse traditionally part of Baron Baptiste’s 40 Days Program. Though I’ve completed the program before, I was always too scared to do the fruit feast at the end. It was daunting and scary and above all else, I HATE to be hungry. So, nope…the fruit feast was not for me.

But then when it was offered this time around, I said yes.

Partially because I like weird random challenges, but also because it seemed like a great way to jump-start summer. There was a whole group of us doing it at the studio, too, so I liked the automatic support system. Plus, I figure I could do just about anything for three days. What can I say? I like a challenge.

I told Anna (my instructor) that I would write a detailed post on the yoga blog about my experience going through the cleanse as part of our “Summer of Love” program to benefit the local food bank. Let me just say upfront that I’ve never done anything like this before and it definitely was not to lose any weight. Although detoxes are a great way to just wring out your system once in awhile (or so I’ve heard), many to most are not healthy at all and can do way more harm than good. The whole point wasn’t to cut any calories, either—it was just to replace everything you normally eat with fruit. Lots and lots of fruit.

That being said, I’m (again) not here to tell you to do this. I’m just sharing my experience because it was new and interesting . I went into this “thing” with a very open mind and an already healthy diet and lifestyle. I don’t have any previous eating disorder issues nor was looking to lose any weight at all.

The following is the journal I kept throughout the cleanse. I was going to edit it, but decided to leave it as is. At the end, you’ll find my final thoughts about the cleanse.

Day One:

Lightly strenuous activity—kayaking for an hour and a half.

Lunch:

1 avocado, mashed

1 small bowl cherries

1 yellow squash

snacks

super juicy peach from the farmer’s market

banana

 

pear

Dinner:

½ avocado mashed with lime juice and chopped yellow tomatoes

1 cucumber

½ carton raspberries

1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes

Snack:

Frozen banana “soft serve” with blueberries

more cherries

Drinks:

Lots of water and two cups of Rooibos tea

I was shocked at how much fruit I ate in only six hours! I felt like, on day one, I was starving all the time and actually started to get a headache around four o’clock when we were on the lake kayaking. Good thing I brought a pear! I know that I have a very high metabolism as is, but I wasn’t expecting to be this hungry all the time. Since I don’t drink much coffee I think I had that part of the detox easy….and also feel lucky that we have such an amazing farmer’s market here to stock up on fresh fruit. I’m typing this while I sip my tea after dinner and although I have a ton of energy (all that sugar!), I feel a little “empty”. I’m trying to focus on what Anna said about meditating and really trying to be good to my body right now above anything else. I definitely can’t see myself going for a hard long run tomorrow or a power yoga class, but maybe a short hike or more gentle kayaking would be nice. I went to bed early (around 9:15) feeling crappy with a headache.

I honestly want to quit, but have already promised a detailed blog post on the Three Dog Yoga blog about my experience.

What did I get myself into? I need cake.

Day Two:

Two hours of kayaking on the Russian River with Adam in our new kayaks! So fun.

Breakfast:

1 banana

1 peach

1 carton raspberries

Snacks:

apple

date stuffed with thai young coconut

Lunch:

1 banana

½ cup thai young coconut meat

1 mango

1 cup grape tomatoes

1 cucumber

Snacks:

1 apple

½ cup cherries

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 date stuffed with thai young coconut

Dinner:

1 mango

½ cucumber

3 slices watermelon

½ avocado

½ cup thai young coconut meat

Snack:

Frozen banana soft serve with ½ chopped date

Drinks:

TONS of coconut water

green tea

Chinese “detox” tea

Kombucha

Woke up early at 6:30 and felt a little better than I did when I went to bed. Every morning, the first thing I do is make a big bowl of oatmeal so I knew this morning would take some discipline.

At about 9:00 I went to Whole Foods to stock up (again) and found one of my old loves, a thai green coconut. I used to buy them all the time in Florida and make raw ice cream with the flesh and frozen bananas. I got home, cracked it and drank the coconut water fresh and then started to feel really, really great. My energy had returned ten-fold and I felt highly caffeinated even though all I had to drink was a small cup of mint green tea. I really couldn’t believe that for the first time in twenty four hours, I didn’t feel hungry at all. I just felt great. I’m attributing it all to the coconut and also stuffed a large medjool date with some of the flesh—so delicious and cooling.

Now, as I type this its 8:30 almost and I just finished my frozen banana dessert. I have to say, all day long, I’ve felt pretty amazing. I’ve had tons of energy and even managed to kayak for two hours in the sun. Any food cravings I had yesterday (bread!) are now pretty much eliminated and my skin has started to glow a little, as cheesy as that may sound. The only other noticeable difference is that my palms are a little more wrinkled and dry—maybe I need more avocado tomorrow!

I’m so glad now that I didn’t cave last night even though I felt pretty awful. I guess that was just my body’s response to the detox and, really, there was only about four hours of feeling not-so-hot. I think since I already had a very clean diet and lifestyle, my body’s version of “detox” was a little more subdued than someone that is overweight and addicted to caffeine and nicotine, for example.

Day Three:

Breakfast:

1 banana

1 peach

1 slice watermelon

Snacks:

1 date stuffed with thai young coconut meat

blueberries

1 apple

Lunch:

1/4th of a watermelon

1 zucchini

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 avocado

Drinks:

Mint green tea

water

Chinese “detox” tea

coconut water

I woke up with boundless energy this morning! I was going to go to an early morning power yoga class but decided to get all my work done so I could go to a later afternoon class instead. Surprisingly, I didn’t wake up hungry at all like usual. It’s interesting that we’ve always brainwashed ourselves to think that if we don’t have any protein we will just keel over and die…but that’s clearly not the case! Obviously I’m not going to make a regular practice of “cleansing” like this (although I might do it again with the studio in the Fall!) but it really has made me aware of my body in whole new ways. For someone that seems to be always hungry, I just figured a cleanse was definitely not for me. But even though I was hungry all day on the first day, the benefits of the second and third day far outweigh the temporary discomfort I felt at that moment. It was like what Anna said about being in side angle pose….if it’s a good hurt, keep going. But if it’s a bad-I’m-about-to-pass-out hurt then stop! Looking back, I never felt truly awful enough to quit the cleanse although I was tempted on the first night just by my own mind and previous food addictions.

Again, I’m truly shocked at how great I feel….especially today. Adam and I were able to realize just how much of our weekend involved around food (not a bad thing since it’s what we love!) and instead of thinking about what restaurant to eat at, we spent our extra time planning a summer garden, kayaking and catching up on work. Coming to the end of the cleanse, I feel more grateful than ever for the food I eat and the hands that prepare it.

As much as I love fruit though, I am anxious for tomorrow morning when I can eat cake for breakfast again. I miss my favorite foods and baking most of all! Overall though, I’m very glad I did this. It was a great unique experience and I can now say I ate fruit for three days straight. Weird cocktail conversation, but true!

*note that I didn’t include dinner or more snacks today because I’m not there yet (duh). Not sure what it will be yet, but it will probably include fruit.

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Monika @ powered by paprika June 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Fruit cleanse? Interesting, I might have to try that out!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I have a huge sweet tooth so I could see myself doing this…maybe. I bet you’ll have a massive craving for savory food after this cleanse!

Wait, cake isn’t fruit? What about chocolate CHERRY cake? :)

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Errign June 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Is the cleanse designed to be fruit-only, or do you think a person would see the same benefits from eating fruits or vegetables during? It seems like an interesting experience, even just to help you get more in tune with your body.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Thank you for having the honesty and bravery to post this, Jenna, because yes, it is the type of post that WILL stir things up a bit, I am guessing.

“I feel more grateful than ever for the food I eat and the hands that prepare it.”– That is a beautiful sentiment and if nothing else, the cleanse helped remind you of that, which is wonderful.

And also your statement that your weekends revolved around food and it was nice to have “extra time planning a summer garden, kayaking and catching up on work”. That’s great. Glad it freed up your life in an unexpected way.

I think that different strokes for different folks on things like this. You did it, it was 3 days, you lived, you actually liked it :) and if it worked for you, great! Hope everyone is supportive about it and they can appreciate the honesty and beautiful sharing you did in this post!
:)

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Baking 'n' Books June 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

What a great response Averie!

All I have to say is: I had no idea zucchini was a fruit!? Whut?

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Ashley June 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Neither did I! lol

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Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise June 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Awesome feedback Avery!

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Dani June 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I’m glad you shared your food diary w/ us. At first, I thought you wouldn’t be able to fill up, eat enough, etc. (which of course is silly knowing all the variety of fruit there is) but looking at the list I see it’s certainly do-able. Do you feel like the excess sugar had an effect on you?

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jenna June 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I did on the first day—had a headache and felt a rush when I ate then a crash after. But then on the second day I feel like my body balanced itself out and now I don’t feel unstable at all.

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Maria June 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I’ d have to add that this can be medically dangerous to do for some. Just a heads up.
Personally, I feel extreme cleanses to be not good. Anything on any extreme endpoint can throw a person off. Just my opinion.
I think my bowels and electrolytes would be thrown off (headaches? bathroom issues?).
A friend of mine did this for a week, she felt great for that week, praised it. Then she realized it could not go on. It had harsh effects for her after only one week. Scary.
Did Adam partake?

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Maria June 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm

That said, I eat alot of fruit during the day. A lot. But its just one part of the overall.

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Alan Cooke June 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Not sure how I feel about needing a cleansing , but the diet itself looked awesome. It’s 103 deg in S.C. right now and eating nothing but fruit sounds really refreshing. =) My wife battled several medical problems including very low energy until she found a Dr. who determined her Cortisol Levels were extremely low (5 instead of 35) Through eating better and dietary supplements, it’s now in the proper range and she row’s 5 days a week with me and feels better than ever! She bought the book ‘Adrenal Fatigue’ which is about low cortisol levels and it’s wideranging effects. It is quite contrary to much traditional diet wisdom including eating fruit in the morning :( Just thought I’d share in case ur interested. Thanks for sharing your journey! @alanecooke

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Baking 'n' Books June 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Yes. It’s also definitely not recommended for people with yeast infections/yeast over-growth.

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Tracey Hewison June 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

Alan, is this the book by James Wilson? I would be very interested to learn more about this, I have been struggling for some time now with crushing fatigue and I am curious to see if this is what could be causing it, I feel it must be hormone related. Thanks for mentioning!

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Yolie @ Practising Wellness June 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Wow, Jenna, this is so interesting! :-)
I think it is very brave of you to write about your experience because people can take affront to the idea of a “cleanse”, so absolutely good on you for speaking your mind and being open and honest about something that you have obviously done from a very positive and self-compassionate place :-)
I love Baron Baptiste’s teaching, his classes are fantastic, and I have read all his books, so totally understand his (and your) concept of the fruit fast – it must have been amazing to complete it with your yoga community <3 I really enjoyed reading your experience!
Are you doing the 40 day challenge right now, then? Or did you just complete it? How was it? When I was on my yoga teacher training we did 2 classes a day for 30 days, and afterwards I felt sooo strong! (Though definitely tired during)
Kayaks = awesome!!! So cool that you and Adam have them! Me and my boyfriend Tom did sea kayaking in Kenya and it was so much fun; if/when we move to NZ you can bet that we'll be getting them too! <3 Thanks again for your amazing blog- so fun to read :-)
Have a beautiful day! Big smiles xyx

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen June 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I think it’s a good way for your body to appreciate natural sugars as opposed to processed ones. Plus, any type of cleans that includes actual foods is more of an option – all those liquid only or cayenne whatever ones…uh no thanks.

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Ingunn June 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I’ve been scared to do something like this too, since I’m one of those people who gets migraines if I get too hungry (which in itself is probably a sign that my diet needs a-cleanin’), but the feeling I got when I read this post (and saw the photos) was just: “Yum.” It looks so tempting and perfect for summer.

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jenna June 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I was SUPER scared I would get a migraine..mostly because I’ve been migraine-free for a month now and feeling so great lately. But even though I got a headache on the first day, it wasn’t a migraine sort. And it wasn’t that bad (to someone that gets migraines regular headaches really aren’t bad at all).

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JessicaEn June 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

“(to someone that gets migraines regular headaches really aren’t bad at all).”

Oh so true, Jenna. I suffer from migraines and even the worst tension/hunger headache can never outshine the horribleness of a true-blue full-blown migraine. So glad yours are better.

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Blog is the New Black June 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Cleanses fascinate me! Interesting how much energy you have!

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove June 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I’m not a fan of detoxes but I think that’s because the people I know who have done them tend to do them purely for weight loss. Specifically, they detox by drinking that cayenne lemonade mixture and once they’re done, they go back to their unhealthy eating habits.

This detox seems interesting. I’ve been eating a lot of fruit anyway, especially now that it’s Summer. In fact, I just finished a package of strawberries and I’ll probably nibble on watermelon tonight. I’m not sure if I could only eat fruit all day but it’s a fun challenge!

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Evan June 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Anything that involves eating an entire avocado at a meal is fiiine with me. I love the idea of a fruit cleanse, because a ton of vegetables are actually fruits – so it’s not like you’re on a constant sugar crash. Tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, squash…I might just try this during a week that I don’t have a ton of recipes to taste test at work. :) Thanks for sharing, Jenna! I love how versatile you are.

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Evan June 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

also! The thing I like about fasting is that it takes the emotional component out of eating. It’s one of the only ways to sift emotions and compulsions out of food choices and face them – pretty darn good practice for everyday life.

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Ellie June 21, 2011 at 3:20 am

I really agree with this comment. Even for someone who doesn’t have any particular food-related issues or anxiety, there are so many fraught decisions and minor points of anxiety relating to food in the course of a day, and a fasting-like circumstance can help you see past them.

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lisa June 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

how interesting, thanks for sharing! can i be that person and ask if you did lose weight? i know it wasn’t your intention, but i think because you brought it up at the beginning it made me curious…. :)

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jenna June 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Since I don’t even own a scale, I didn’t think to weigh myself before and after…however, I don’t “feel” like I lost any weight at all and I’ve been trying to load up on the coconut and avocado so that I wouldn’t!

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Urban Wife June 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Kuddos to you for sticking it out! I can’t imagine how tough the f irst 24 hours were. I can’t say I’ve ever tried doing anything like this. It’s safe to say that my husband would not be on board with a detox of any kind. I guess it just seems more difficult trying to do something like this, being married. He would either have to cook for himself (heaven forbid! :)) or join along with me in the fasting. Goodness knows I wouldn’t want to smell him cooking chicken for dinner or attempting to bake cookies. Anyway, the fruit fast is definitely an exercise in self discipline, both mentally and physically. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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@HilaryFleming June 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Good for you Jenna! I think cleansing is something we can all benefit from. I love how you talked about your awareness increasing around your body, what it is capable of, and the hands that prepare the food you put into it. I was having that same feeling today at my Vinyasa class–just feeling gratitude for the food I have to eat and for the awareness I am gaining from participating in a regular yoga practice. The peace it brings when we nourish our bodies with good food and proper exercise is absolutely amazing. It’s nice to give our liver and kidneys a bit of a rest as well. I noticed you ate a very “balanced” fruit diet, by including high alkaline cucumbers and good fat avocados. I;m sure you are pumped to be eating your delish meals starting tomorrow. Aside from the added physical benefits, my other favorite thing about cleansing is when it is over. :)

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Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL June 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Loved your insight on this! I’ve definitely been interested in doing one myself, but I always think it’s an inconvenient time to do it…but really, there’s no convenient time, haha. Thanks for this!

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gia June 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I think this is pretty much a bad idea with all the diabetes issues these days. I don’t think it would be good for me, bcs. I have poly cystic ovarian syndrome, and one of the issues with that is being pre-diabetic. It scares me to even think of eating fruit/sucrose all day.

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gia June 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I mean fructose, heehee. though I assume it converts to sucrose still!

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MelanieF June 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I have type 2 diabetes and you can eat fruits in moderation. No need to stay away from them, just incorporate them in your “diet”.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Interesting stuff! Thanks for posting your journal. I’ve heard of this “cleanse” before but this is the first time I’ve read someone’s feelings/journal about it.

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Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) June 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’ve never tried a fast of any kind but it’s definitely interesting to see the progression your body made, from feeling withdrawal-like symptoms to feeling great, over just three days. I’m sure people will have a range of opinions but honestly, you were up-front about why you did this and that it had nothing to do with weight, etc. so I hope that people read that disclaimer and keep it in mind.

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Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hmmm sounds pretty crazy just to eat fruit for 3 days but after reading this maybe I’ll try it. I’m also with Errign – do you know why it was just fruit and not fruit & veggies? Is there a specific benefit fruit over the combo?

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Jen June 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

At least you can eat avocado and coconut for healthy fats! I’m not a believer in cleanses, but I still find them interesting. Good luck with the rest of it! That picture is making me want figs.

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock June 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Thanks for sharing this Jenna! It is so nice to hear about someone doing a special cleanse just because they’re curious and want to try something new. And I really appreciated you taking the time to do a disclaimer too.

Congrats on making it through ;) Enjoy your cake tomorrow morning Jenna!
amy*

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life June 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I’ve done something similar before and I loved it as well. In fact, a big chunk of my daily food consumption is fruit–blueberries at the moment! Thanks for sharing, and for expressing your opinion!

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kristin June 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Great job Jenna! That takes some serious discipline and focus :)

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Catherine June 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I have done the three day fruit feast three times with a Baptiste yoga 40 day program. I was also really afraid but like you found out it is not bad. You do end up feeling great. I don’t drink caffeine and I think that makes the program easier. If you are having caffeine withdrawal on top of only fruit I can imagine it is miserable. I find the secret is to eat avocado. The fat makes you feel more full and satisfied than another apple! I wish I thought of the banana softserve! My studio also recommends having veggie broth with cut up tomatos and avocado in it. I have never tried it but the others in the group loved having something hot. I roasted some cherry tomatos and ate them with avocado with lemon juice and it felt like a meal! Congratulations! I think it is a big accomplishment, even if it is more mental than physical.

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katie @KatieDid June 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

The journal portion was particularly interesting to read. I can’t believe you were feeling great by day 2 thats amazing! My brother fasted for 7 days and said the first 3 days were the absolute hardest then after that he stopped being hungry and although he was tired everyday, the thought of food practically left his mind. He also found lots more time to do other things! I love the process of buying groceries, planning, and cooking too much to ever limit myself to a food group or anything but I’m glad you came away learning a lesson about yourself!

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Emily June 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Thank you for sharing your honest opinion of the fruit feast. I really enjoyed reading it and appreciated your insights.

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meagan June 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I think your experience is interesting, and I’m glad that you posted it. I don’t see the point of a fruit cleanse, though (not criticizing you, just those who promote it). Why not leafy greens, veggies and fats with limited fruit? All the sugar in fruit seems…well, not healthy, even if it is just for three days. The only cleansing aspect would be the copious amounts of fiber and somewhat laxative effect of some of the fruits. Otherwise, you’re just putting yourself on a cyclic blood sugar rush/crash that is inflammatory for the body. So–not cleansing at all.

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Chrissy (The New Me) June 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Interesting! I’m not sure I could do a fast like this, nor that I would want to. I get really cranky when I don’t eat regularly, and since I eat pretty well most of the time I don’t think my diet or my body needs a cleanse. I do like that this fast was done as part of a yoga program – fasting in that context seems more logical and healthier, and less likely to be the result of a desire to lose weight or a sign of disordered eating.

And it seems that summer would be the best time to do this particular fast. All I want to eat right now is fruit anyway. :)

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Tracy June 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Can I ask about “bathroom” issues? :) I wouldn’t want to be stuck there for 3 days, since I have some stomach problems!

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Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness June 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I totally appreciate and support the fact that you shared this… cleanses tend to get a bad rep, and why wouldn’t they when you have all these celebrities talking about how they survived off of lemon juice, cabbage soup and maple syrup for 3 months in order to lose weight for a role in a movie?? This is proof that when done RIGHT and for the right reasons, and accompanying a very healthy lifestyle, short cleanses (3 days is perfect) are perfectly healthy and beneficial to the body. Congratulations on your accomplishment; you must be feeling fantastic physically AND mentally!

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Emily @ Savory and Savage June 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

That was a really interesting post. I have always wanted to try a cleanse but the detox part has me a bit intimidated.

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hippierunner June 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Interesting! This reminds me of that guy in NY (fruititarian, I think?) who runs everywhere and eats a diet of mostly raw fruit, some occasional veggies. He showed what he ate in a day and it was crazy how much he consumed!

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef June 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

how interesting. thanks for sharing!

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kaila @ healthy helper! June 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Kind of a cool idea! I don’t think I could do it though….my mouth starts to burn if I eat to much fruit LOL!

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Maddie June 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Haha this is wonderful. I am on day one of the Clean program, inspired by Alejandro Junger’s book, Clean. And I thought to myself that I’d never be able to look at my usual foodie blogs due to too much temptation. Thankfully you have been disciplining yourself lately as well. I’m eager to post about my journey. Have you ever done the Clean program or other detox diet besides this fruit only one?

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jenna k June 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

i found this very interesting! it looks like you ate a lot more the second day than on the first, so i assume that’s part of the reason you felt better. thanks for not editing your diary! reading it definitely gave me a lot to think about as i plan my grocery list for the week :)

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jane June 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

i think that sounds really cool! thanks for sharing :-) do let us know how you feel in the coming days

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Laura June 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I have severe fructose malabsorption, among other issues, so this cleanse would probably put me in the hospital! :)

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Taysa June 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I love cleanses! I’m glad you went into this with an open mind. I’ve only tried juice cleanses before, but I’ve managed three days. For me, it’s about kick-starting my “healthy brain” again, so I love to do them after big celebrations.

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Anne P June 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Girl, you know I love you, but I have to say as a future RD who’s been taking all sorts of intense biochem and medical nutrition classes the past couple years, fasts are a really bad idea. I’m really glad you included avocado for some healthy fats, but the body really does need protein to function. The body is a cleansing machine and doesn’t need any help cleansing itself! Plus, just having simple sugars all day is seriously not good for maintaining blood sugar levels. Often fasts and “detoxes” end up just stressing the body even more, ironically. We had a big discussion about this in my biochem class!

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emily June 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Like!

We learned about this in my Biochem class as well and came to the same consensus :)

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Maria June 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Yes. I’m from the same field and I agree.

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gia June 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm

totally agree! this could turn someone diabetic i bet.

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MelanieF June 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Fruits won’t turn you into somoene diabetic. It’s much more than just sugar…

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Kelly June 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Oh, c’mon, people. Three days of eating fruit really is the LEAST of anyone’s worry as far as the “bad” things you can do to your body. People get more sugar eating the sweets that Jenna posts about than in three days of fruit. It’s not a habit she is forming, she’s made that clear. It was a trial, a test, a challenge, part of her yoga practice. People fast for all sorts of reasons, religious included, and it really is not the worst thing that humans do to their bodies. Really. Honestly. Go read some of those “healthy living” bloggers that booze it up more often than not. Sheesh.

Anne, I love your blog, and respect your opinion from a education/science point of view, but I just think that people are overreacting to something that was a mere three days and done as part of a yoga experience. Unless Jenna starts doing it constantly and for negative connotations (weight loss),I don’t get all the people getting worked up over it.

Jenn June 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.

This is from the American Diabetic Association
Can eating alot of sugar cause Diabetes?
No. Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories, whether from sugar or from fat, can contribute to weight gain. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy meal plan and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.

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Rachel June 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Well, I don’t see this comment as really overreacting or getting worked up… because this blog is so widely read, I for one am glad to see some info from someone who’s studied it.

I’m a blogger who *tries* to live a healthy lifestyle, but, um, probably booze it up more often than not, as Kelly pointed out. I don’t have the same base level of health and fitness as Jenna (from what I observe), and I think a fruit fast would do me more harm than good (not that I don’t still enjoy reading about it – I do!). Personal responsibility is important, and so is advocating for those who may be a little confused about what’s best for them.

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Julia June 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I really like your comment, Anne.

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Marci June 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I think your experience was really interesting to read. It seems like so much fruit and sugar! I have friends that are die hard Baron Baptiste followers and did the fruit fast and loved the avocado part for sustenance. How did you eat zucchini and tomatoes without a hummus dip?! I like Baron’s books and style of yoga best, but haven’t tried the fast. Friend support would keep me going 100%.

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Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Interesting! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been wanting to do some sort of fruit cleanse for awhile now, and I actually started a fruit juice cleanse a few weeks ago but quit on the first day because I felt tired and groggy and generally gross. Good to know that it gets better if I try it again!

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Ida June 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Interesting. I don’t think cleanses are necessary for the body, but it is cool that doing the cleanse freed up some of your time for gardening and kayaking.

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Maris (In Good Taste) June 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Super interesting Thanks for sharing this

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Krystina (Organically Me) June 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I love the idea of a cleanse if it focuses on mental and emotional clarity and/or discipline instead of losing weight. This actually sounds quite beautiful.

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Ruth June 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

This post really makes me want to do the cleanse. Would you say you need to buy the book? Or just follow what you did?

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Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) June 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I do find the idea of a cleanse interesting, but i have to say I agree 100% with Anne P’s comment above – the body does need protein in order to function properly, and (although natural) that is a ton of sugar to be taking in.

Thank you for honesty w us, as usual!

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AshleyH June 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

really interesting Jenna. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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Carey @ Positively Blonde June 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Wow, that is really interesting to hear about the positive effects this has had on your body! I’m usually not crazy about the idea of a detox because often I feel it leds to one depriving their bodies. However I feel this one is different, definitely going to consider doing one!

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Tamar June 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for sharing with us, Jenna! Just curious, did you have the option of eating veggies too? Like lettuce, kale, etc? Or is it just meant to be a fruit cleanse only?

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Heather June 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Very interesting~ I had never heard of that. SO did you actually lose weight?

Heather

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Rachel Wilkerson June 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I have done a few cleanses and I had a similar experience — my energy levels were through the roof! Once I painted my living room on Night 2. As someone who spends most of her day thinking about her next meal (in a good way!), I agree that it is nice to focus on the other aspects of your life for a weekend sometimes!

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Diana @ VeggieNextDoor June 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Wow – I am impressed that you did that for THREE WHOLE DAYS! I did my first mini-detox this weekend and ate only un-processed vegan foods all weekend. That was tough, but at least I had some lentils & grains to get me through it! (by the way – what’s the rationale for cutting those out?)

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mom June 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I honor you ~ good job honey!!!!

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Mama Pea June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

LIKE!

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Natalia - a side of simple June 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

love :) This comment made me call my mom in the bathroom at work…in two minutes after I press “reply.”

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Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I could never do that, but admire those that have the chops to do it. Word.

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Raewyn June 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Wow, thank you for your honesty, Jenna! I know you really opened yourself up to criticism with this post but thanks for not editing your diary. :) It was very interesting to read – glad you had such a great experience so far! Enjoy your cake tomorrow, girl! :D

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Jen June 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I love that you seek foodie joy and adventure in so many diverse ways! Kudos on seeing this cleanse through.

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Pam June 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I love fruit and it’s supposed to have a cleansing effect if you eat it first thing in the morning about an hr before breakfast. I think eating it all day for 3 days would make me shaky from all the sugar.
A better cleanse would involve more greens with the fruit I think. Glad you enjoyed the experience and felt it was worthwhile.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Very interesting. I’ve never done any kind of cleanse/detox before!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I really appreciate your honesty with this post. It was brave of you to post that diary, as is. But your blog is always so honest and real anyway. I did go ahead and read some of the comments (curiosity got the best of me!) and I’m glad that people aren’t being too hard on you. I hope the comments continue being positive!

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ClaireRose77 June 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I couldn’t start one of these on a work day because I would prob rip someone’s head off:-0 I definitely think these cane be a goos way to clean out and recharge. I ‘m doing a detox with is not a fast or cleanse…I wouldn’t mind trying a cleanse soon:-)cc

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French Heart June 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Well, I did finally buy a scale because entire life 5’8″ 125 lbs and couldn’t get into Banana Republic size 6 ‘fat pants’ & discovered gained 25 lbs! Am also doing mostly fruit, greens, and a cleanse product from Whole Foods through July.

Impressed you’re so (but always seem to be) disciplined!

You got kyaks…..wow, cool!

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lauri (redheadrecipes.com) June 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thank you for sharing this with us!! And I think it sucks you are taking a little ‘heat’ about the no protein for 3 days stuff… I work as an RD and can certainly vouch for the importance of protein, but a 3 day fast is not going to destroy your protein stores and make u malnourished! Plus you certainly did mention that this wasn’t for everyone and you were not trying to influence anybody else to do it!!

So thanks for being so open about your experience!

My husband and I are interested in purchasing kayaks, I would love to read more about your interest in the sport, what kind of kayak you purchased, how did you get into kayaking, etc :)

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rebecca June 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

My toddler would LOVE this diet … her favorite food right now is fruit :)

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Monica June 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I think a cleanse is a great idea in any diet. As long as you are receiving most nutrients, and in the end you feel better and CLEANSED, then it is a good cleanse. None of that lemonade, maple syrup crap, but REAL, natural foods. Those are the foods you should fill up your tank with. I feel like you were way too defensive about going on a cleanse for just three days in this post. It’s your choice and you know what’s good for you, and if people are going to slam you on your choices, then they should take it else where. I think a fruit cleanse is a great idea, especially since fruits are the best in the summertime.

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Sarah June 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Sounds interesting! Your fruit-based cleanse sort of reminds of this muesli I recently made – Original Bircher Benner Muesli.

It was developed by a Swiss doctor in the early 1900′s, and I believe he discovered it from shepherds in the Swiss Alps. Anyway, it’s a very common recipe and can be found online. Unlike most muesli, which are grain based, this one is comprised almost entirely of fruit. You literally grate an entire apple in it, and it only calls for one tablespoon of oats.

Someone commented that it seemed like mostly sugar and asked if I was full from it. I normally like more protein at breakfast, but it kept me satisfied in the morning {or until my usual mid-morning snack}.

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I found this really interesting and think a fast of some sort would also be an interesting experiment. Good job finishing it!

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Kat June 20, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Fruit is the perfect food. I can totally support this type of cleanse, of course not long term, but for sure as something done to clear our heads and regain those energy levels. Fruit has so many minerals and nutrients and is perfectly easy to digest, its a truly amazing food. Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Lately I love how versatile your blog has been.

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Katrina June 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Happy you could stick this out! You go girl!

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Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I applaud you for writing this post! I could definitely see it bringing up some controversy but I think it’s awesome your opening up about a subject that people are curious about!
I find your journals really interesting because I get really bad migranes as well. I find that when I forget to eat, or don’t have time to eat properly I get headaches and pretty shakey, but I haven’t figured out why the migranes happen. I have cut out most of the processed foods in my life but it’s interesting to think about how my body would react if I survived only on fruits (or fruits & veggies) for a few days.

Great post!

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Lorin June 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm

If I were to do a cleanse, I think this is what I would do! I love fruit, maybe not 3 days worth but one day, if I really feel like it, then I might just try it for kicks. But like you, I live a pretty healthy lifestyle with daily desserts and exercise; plus I believe the liver does the job of cleansing for you, but for some they just want to lose weight or make themselves feel better about overindulging like over the holidays. (I’m not saying this is you, just some people).

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kankana June 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm

OK you totally motivated me :) I have been trying to do something like that for a while now but just not able to implement it. Truly appreciate this.

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emily June 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm

sounds good jenna! three days is do-able at any time & i am impressed that you could tell a difference in your skin tone on day 2! since it includes cucumbers, avocados etc, it sounds quite achievable. thank you for sharing.

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Anne June 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I have to second everything Averie said in the beginning, there: great courage of you to do this, post this, and I hope it only generate support and good thoughts for you – I only made it half way through the comments.

It’s nice of you to share – I can see you already got several “insights” from doing it – great! – and alowing everyone else to see is just generous. To me, it’s an interesting read exactly because you entered the “experiment” as a sceptic and I’m much the same myself.

I liked it how you compared overcoming the first day to staying in an asana – was it your blog where you talked about using yoga thinking outside the mat? I think not actually, but it IS the only sport where I’ve ever been able to take stuff/lessons with me into “life” – amazing! Without the “good” pain of the first day, no insights on the second and third….great yoga lesson!

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Khushboo June 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Wow I loved reading about your experience! It definitely becomes easier after sticking out for a day! The avocado and coconut meat must have done wonders where satiety is concerned! Well done for completing the detox, now where’s that congratulatory cake ;)!

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sarah (the SHU box) June 21, 2011 at 3:20 am

i found this post really interesting. i am an MD [pediatrics] in the middle of fellowship in pediatric endocrinology, and i have to say i do not think that any harm would come of a 3-day fast like this. continued for weeks – that would be an entirely different story, but that wasn’t jenna’s [nor baptiste's] intent! i am also not sure that miraculous benefits are likely in the physical sense, but i can see how psychologically it might be helpful [as a tool to explore the role that food typically plays in our lives, and just to shake things up a little!].

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Molly @ RDexposed June 21, 2011 at 4:17 am

Rule #1 of being a dietitian: if someone (non-patient) doesn’t ask for your opinion, don’t give it!

This sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 21, 2011 at 5:11 am

I definitely don’t think this would be a healthy diet to follow long-term, but I don’t think following it for three days could really cause any harm. Other than boredom! I love fruit, but I would go crazy without getting to eat other foods. Kudos for sticking it out!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner June 21, 2011 at 8:30 am

Thanks for sharing your experience, Jenna! It’s interesting and really reminds me of when I had to be on a clear fluid diet for 2.5 days. I hear you that the first day is ALWAYS the hardest..paiinnnful at times lol. I thought I was going to go crazy, I was so hungry. The second day is much easier… I agree.. and I think from there it gets easier. Heck, if I lived off of broth and crappy jello for 2.5 days, I think it would be fun to try this for 3 days. I like how it makes you more appreciative of food.

Good on ya for writing about this!!

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Moni'sMeals June 21, 2011 at 9:02 am

I am glad you shared this, I think this sounds like a very realistic approach for a 1-3 day cleanse. The fact that you have energy now is a big sign of it doing what it was suppose to do. :)
Of all the ways to do a cleanse I think this one is great and I did not know about it. Good to know!

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Johanna June 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

Hey there! I love your blog! I was wondering if you could share your recipe for a banana “soft serve.” My husband and I are working very hard to better our eating habits (BUT, ice cream and all the other goodies still and always will have a place at our house!!) and I need some new ideas! Thanks.

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Amanda June 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

1. Cut banana into pieces.
2. Freeze them.
3. Put in food processor.
4. Blend.
5. When smooth, eat.

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Ally June 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

So…did you poop like a trooper?

Seriously – this is the first thing I thought of. If I did three days of fruit I think I’d be constipated day one, and running to the bathroom day two.

Poop jokes aside – were you bloated at all?? I get bloated if I have more than 2 pieces a day.

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Sarah @ Sharing Bananas June 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Well done! I really wanted to do this cleanse with the folks at Three Dog, too, but couldn’t make the introductory meeting…maybe I will look up the info and try it on my own…though I think doing it in a community setting is so much more supportive!

I have to say, I am always perplexed when I see how bent out of shape some people get at them mention of a cleanse. I have done many different types of cleanses over the year, some better than others, and (on the whole) think it’s great to give the body a rest from the onslaught of toxins we expose it to every day. Fruit and vegetables are the best possible thing we can put in our bodies. How is this a bad thing? I think this fruit cleanse sounds a lot more “doable” than other cleanses out there and I will have to give it a go!

Thanks for sharing!

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Shellie June 22, 2011 at 7:50 am

Hey! Came across your blog and wanted to comment on your fruit detox! I think it’s great that you stuck it out for the three days. I suffered hell in 2010 due to a “medical mystery” since the Docs just thought I was CRAZY but in May, I found everything pointed to an imbalance in my gut so I went on the anti-Candida diet then switched over to a juice fast and am going 31 days! I’m counting down the final days and most people would say heck no… but I know my body needed this since I was literally living in hell before. It’s been an interesting ride but totally worth it.

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Victoria (Sweet and Healthy Living) June 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Fruit is the best! I eat only fruit for most of the day anyways, so it doesn’t seem too “controversial” to me ;)!

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Larry Lewis June 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

A detox by its very nature is always going to be difficult, particularly in the first 24 hours. Your journey would be like most who can complete such a task, not allowing their needs for processed foods to win over. The value to your increased energy, vitality and overal to your health are worth the effort. When i did something familiar for the first time, i think most my exercise came from my constant journeys backwards and forwards to the toilet.

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Amanda June 27, 2011 at 12:12 am

Thanks for writing about this, it was really neat to read! I’m slowly getting back to eating more plants. I’m adapting to a major work change (working nights 11pm-7am) and while my sleeping is just peachy my appetite has had to adapt. I’m getting there :)

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Lindsay June 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

is the only place to get this book online?

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christina February 28, 2012 at 12:48 am

I’m doing this now! and so far feeling ok. A bit light headed sometimes. Try some guac with “vege chips” (ie cucumbers or zucchini) or some gazpacho!

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Jaymes January 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Hello All,
I’ve been doing the three day fruit fast for the last two years. Every four months I have to mentally prepare myself for the challenge. Trust me it is not easy, don’t be fooled. The 1st day you will either want to cheat or quit. No matter how much fruit you consume you will never get full from eating fruit alone for 72 hours. By 9 o’clock that night you will have an idea of what it’s like to be a hostage in a foreign country. Day two gets a little better. Your body will be over the initial shock of what happen the day before. Now that your body has adjusted mentally your mind will now get on board. If you
make it to day two this is the point of no return. By the afternoon you will not have the feeling of starvation but of content. By 8 o’clock that evening you will be
thinking about turning in for the night just so your not up thinking about food. Normally I’m up until 11:30 each night. When I’m detoxing I’m in bed no later than 9. Finally day three! The only thing on your mind is surviving the game. You will realize you are more alert. You will asked yourself why am I using the bathroom so much, is something wrong with me. Your energy level will be through the roof.
You will feel so much younger. You will want to spread the word of your personal experience. The day after your challenge when you step on that scale and see the 9 pounds you lost in just 3 days will be worth every starving moment you spent laying in your bed thinking about the 1st meal you would have when it was all over. Like I stated earlier. I do this every 3 months and I doesn’t get any easier but I can honestly say the positive results out weights the struggle.

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