Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Fruit Therapy:- The Why, When & How




I find it quite embarrassing to meet people over lunch or dinner during the period when I am on fruit diet. First I will have to explain why I can’t take any cooked food, not even a single idli and it is a lengthy explanation. Usually there are several questions on the method and the reasons, its efficacy and a host of other stuff. While questions can be easily answered, it becomes difficult not to feel embarrassed when the hosts or the guests want to enjoy the sumptuous meal spread on the table whereas all I consume is a fruit or a glass of fruit juice. And then there are those who want to know why, when and How? This article is for those enthusiasts.

Why:

We all tend to accumulate toxins in our body. Through the polluted air we breathe, the food we eat laced with deadly pesticides, the stressful work, irregular food habits, junk food, smoking and alcohol etc.. Over a period of time the accumulated toxins start affecting us, physically as well as mentally. So there is a need to detoxify the body from time to time. Having fruits as the sole diet helps remove the toxins.

I have been following this method for the last one decade, once in a year at least. I have perfected the system over the years to suit my 8 to 8 office hours. I usually follow the regimen for 40 days though I haven’t been able to stick to the duration for the last 3 years except for this year.

Fruits are cleansers:

Fruits are natural cleansers. Each and every variety of fruit has a beneficial effect in normalizing all the body functions. Raw juices of fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and natural sugars. They supply needed elements for the body's own healing activity and cell regeneration, thereby speeding the detoxification process. The juices extracted from raw fruits and vegetables do not require lengthy process of digestion and almost all their vital nutrients are assimilated directly in the bloodstream.

When & How:

Once a week method:
Depending on your convenience choose a day in a week. As soon as you wake up, drink at least one liter of water. If you find it difficult to drink at one go, you can space it two to three times but all in a span of a couple of minutes. Water adds to the cleaning process and it is essential that the day begins with lot of water to ensure bowels get cleaned. After drinking water, pace up and down the room leisurely for about ten minutes and then start the morning ablutions. The water will greatly aid in free bowel movement. From then on eat one variety of fruit every two hours. There is no limit on the quantity of fruits you eat at a time. But don’t mix fruits as you will not get signals from the stomach on when to stop. Drink generous quantities of water in between the fruit diet. Continue eating fruits / fruit juices till your bed time. Your body gets detoxified every week.
Do not add salt / sugar to any of the fruits/ juices.
Please consult your doctor before you start the fruit diet if you are suffering from ailment(s).
One week every month / quarter method:
The method is the same as once a week method. The only difference is a couple of days prior to the start of the fruit diet week, ensure your daily diet consists of 50% of fruits so as to acclimatize your system to fruit diet. Similarly don’t stop fruits abruptly and start cooked food right away at the end of the week. On the 8th day have 50% cooked food ( avoid spicy foods and meat ) and on 9th day make the cooked food two-thirds of your diet. If you are an office goer, sprouts in the morning will help you a lot. You will not feel the hunger pangs immediately as you start work in the office. Six to eight tea spoonfuls of green gram, 10 number ground nuts, 10 chena / Rajma soaked in water for 12 hours and in a wet hand kerchief hung in the shade for another 12 hours will make the seeds sprout. That will take care of the protein requirement of the body.
Do not add salt / sugar to any of the sprouts/ fruits/ juices.
Please consult your doctor before you start the fruit diet if you are suffering from ailment(s).
40 days once a year:
The method is same as the above- one week a month regimen. For those who want to lose weight along with detoxification of the body, this 40 day regimen will yield excellent results. The only word of caution is not to amend the diet program given here to suit individual tastes like avoiding sprouts or not taking veg juices such as carror + beetroot mixed juices.
My daily intake:
5 am: One liter of water.
6.00 am: one cup of water mixed with ½ lemon juice and a spoon of honey. Those who want to lose weight should add lemon juice and honey to warm water.
6.30 am: One glass ( 200 ml) of carrot and beetroot mixed juice.
7.00 am: one liter of water
8.00 am: Sprouts
From 11.00 am till bed time, I take fruits / fruit juices once every two hours.
Usually 30 minutes after taking fruits, you will feel hunger pangs. Actually they are not hunger pangs but thirst pangs. The body demands more water for cleansing purpose and people generally mistake these thirst pangs as hunger and eat fruits every 30 minutes. Finally it becomes so inconvenient to have fruits every 30 minutes, most people quickly abandon the regimen. To address these pangs, I drink a big glass of water every 30 minutes.
I prefer locally cultivated seasonal fruits that are not sprayed pesticides like Guava, chikoo, pineapple, papaya, water melon, musk melon, pomegranate, tender coconut water along with the tender coconut cream, etc. I avoid grapes, apples and other exotic imported fruit. Over the years, I have also observed that dark pigmented fruits like Chikoo, papaya, Water melon, musk melon, orange , pomegranate and carrot, beetroot are more beneficial in cleansing than custard apple, apple, banana, cucumber etc.. However, there is no bar in consuming apples , grapes or bananas.
On 41st day, I add a little cooked food to the diet like Idli / light oil-less snack. Salt and chilly powder has to be bare minimum. On the 42nd day, I take bread-jam / idli / upma as breakfast. On 43rd day along with breakfast curd rice for lunch and on 44th day regular meals. I do not take meat immediately after. Usually I wait for a week to add meat to my diet.

Dos:
1. At least two days before you start the regimen, acclimatize your system to fruits by ensuring fruits component in your diet steadily increases.
2. Water plays an equally important part. Drink a minimum of one litre first thing in the morning for free bowel movement and cleaning and lots of water very frequently till bed time.
3. Choose locally grown seasonal fruits over exotic imported fruits.
4. Eat as many fruits as you can and several times a day
5. when you eat, eat large quantities of fruits till you really feel full
6. If you are following the fruit therapy for long duration, sprouts and carrot + beetroot juice is a must to balance protein and vitamin requirements.
7. After the fruit diet duration is completed, add cooked food in small quantities increasing it every day.

Don’ts:
1. smoke or consume alcoholic beverages
2. consume any soft drinks in lieu of water
3. eat whenever you feel hungry without giving 2 hours gap.
4. eat grapes / apples in large quantities which have high pesticide residues
5. add salt / sugar in juices / fruits / vegetables
6. amend the regimen to suit your tastes like avoiding sprouts or eating regular food along with fruits
7. abruptly stop fruits and start eating cooked food.

You can feel the difference in you and others will notice the difference in you.

19 comments:

Rajan said...

Dear Ramana

Frankly I could relate to the inquisitive stares and questions very well, for as you know, I’ve lost quite a bit of weight over the last 11 months (almost 13 Kgs!!). But I had to do it the hard way, run those extra miles, hit those extra tennis balls, and do those extra sit up’s (no weights).


This fruit stuff sounds very interesting, but I do have a question. Is this only for cleansing the toxins or is it also a substitute for the exercise regime ?


Rajan

Anonymous said...

i guess it is nature's way. one of my friends had this book on juices - vegetables and fruits.

i can imagine, if the intake of fruits is more, there is a glow to the skin.

my father used to do it for 40 days at a time. interestingly, he went for almost a year - 40 days
lemon juice with honey, 40 days fruits and vegetables (raw), 40 days semi cooked food without salt, 40 days cooked food 150 gms rice per serving 150 gms of vegetable (satvika vegetables) and another 40 days with dalhia (broken wheat cooked with jaggery, and milk) before he ventured into regular food:)

must congratulate and appreciate the consistency with which u ar following the regimen.

most congrats for giving up smoking!

balaji

Ramana said...

Balaji,

That one year therapy must have done wonders for your father. I hope to follow the regimen this time for 108 days.

Ramana

Vaishali said...

Whenever I eat sprouts, i get gas problems due to indigestion. Why is it so.

Ramana said...

You have to remove the seeds that have not sprouted. The sprouts have to be munched thoroughly. You must give a gap of about 30 - 45 mts after eating sprouts to drink water.

Ramana

Ramana said...

Rajan, The fruit therapy is not for losing weight. Weight loss that happens incidentally is only a positive side affect. The whole purpose of the fruit therapy regimen is to detoxify the body. Losing weight and losing toxins from the body are not synonymous though weight loss happens invariably without any negative affect.

Venkat said...

Dear Ramana

I was suprised to see that you have reduced the unnecessary weight through Fruit Therapy.

Inspired by this I got details from your blog and started the therapy three days back. But the Thirst pangs are killing and i am using water to pacify that.

I have one doubt, u have mentioned in the article to restrain from Apples and grapes. What abt mangoes and Pears? (unable to find variety, hence the question)

Rgds
venkat

Ramana said...

Venkat, fruit therapy is mainly to detoxify the body. But when followed for 2 to 3 weeks, weight loss happens invariably without any side affects.

There is no restriction on eating any fruit. Since we have a huge variety avialbale through out the year in all seasons, i advised against consuming more apples and grapes as the available fruits in India have a high residue of pesticides. You have to soak them in water for a long time and rinse them thoroughly before eating.

Chikoo ( Sapota), Mosambi, Pine apple, Pomegranate, papaya, Guava are some of the varieties avialbale through out the year and every where.

Drinking more water at every half hour or one hour detoxifies the body faster as I have mentioned in the post.

sameer said...

I have been on fruit therapy since last 2 weeks. targeting min thirty days; after that may be continue with therapy.I have not yet started with sprouts.But I prefer to eat mixing cabbage along with beans and some times capsicums.adding 1 table spoon of oil and just fry for some time. My question is does it will affect my fruit diet in any way?
I am seeing 1 kg weight loss after 2 weeks.

Ramana said...

Sameer, when you eat cooked food with oil, it will certainly affect the outcome. This therapy has been perfected by me by trying various combinations for over a decade. The sprouts are a must for balanced nourishment.

Ramana

Gaurav Sharma said...

Fruits which are an integral part of our diet help us in maintaining the Mineral, Vitamin and Fiber content in the body. Fruits consist nearly 75 % of water, nutrients which is required for the body in eliminating toxins and fats simultaneously.
Thanks for the information

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