|Supposedly this is from 1917, stole it from facebook|
Scott Jurek's new book Eat & Run is getting very popular, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. He promotes a vegan lifestyle with proper training and he's been winning ultra's for years now. I will read this before my first ultra in December.
I also found this great documentary called Pure Fruit if you've got an hour to watch it.
I'm totally sick of reading Wheat Belly, but determined to finish this incredibly boring read. It does a really good job of putting me to sleep at night, but the theories are sound and medically based.
If you choose to eat nothing but fruit as a lifestyle, that's called Fruitarianism. Fruitarianism also allows some nuts and seeds. If you stick to only fruits for 1-3 days, it's called a "fruit fast", and if you only go all fruit for one day it's known as a "fruit detox". I'm going to start taking Mondays as Fruit Detox days, starting this week.
You learn different things trying a fruit detox like this. I decided to take the Fruitarian's approach and start out with an apple day. Figuring that you could have multiple varieties of apples in the same orchard, I went out Sunday night and bought a shitload of apples.
There is no concept of timed breakfast, lunch and dinner when you eat all fruit. You just eat more fruit whenever you feel like it. I still drank coffee all day. I still drank a bunch of water. But whenever I got hungry I grabbed another apple. Monday night I hit the gym for some weightlifting and an hour on the stationary bike, just like every other monday. The workout just happened to be fueled on apple power.
I also learned that apples are very acidic. Towards the end of the day my teeth really started to hurt when biting into the apple. So I switched to a banana before and after the workout, and had some nuts about 10 pm as well. Overall I still ate about 2000 calories on the day. Aside from the painful teeth there were really no negative effects. But on the positive side, we can start by comparing weights:
MMNW: 184.8 lbs, 22.7% body fat
Tuesday's MNW: 181.4 lbs, 20.8% bf
When you multiply that out, I lost 4.2 lbs of pure body fat, and 3.4 lbs overall so I must have retained some water. But that was only in one day! One day people! The theory is that when you only take in food that contains less than 5% fat, the "you are what you eat" rule dictates that you will then have less than 5% fat. The effects were residual too, as 181.4 is the highest I've weighed since tuesday morning. I went right back to eating natural, unprocessed foods for the rest of the week. So that fat melted off of me and has stayed off so far.
So I was full the whole day, ate as much as I wanted to, ate constantly the whole day, had plenty of energy, got in a great workout, and melted away bodyfat. What would I change?
I still don't want to try and sustain eating only fruit all the time. For a one day detox it worked great, and I'm really looking forward to next monday. But one day a week is enough. Eating only one type of fruit for the whole day is also a really bad choice. I got so sick of apples by the end, ugh. I can see having a primary fruit with some secondary stuff to back it up. But you need more variety in the day than just that. It's supposed to be seasonal fruit anyway. Apples were a bad choice for the one fruit I was limited to, they are really too acidic.
I'm already looking forward to doing this again next monday. You never know, I might just eat 30 bananas. But mango's are in season right now too, and the berries are starting to come in. So there will be a variety of fruit, and we'll have to see how that detox turns out.