For those who have followed The Vegetable Centric Kitchen for awhile you’ve seen me through quite a big shift from a Natalia Rose-style detox lifestyle (with almost no fruit) to a nearly fruitarian-style diet where I’m basically living on fruit. I don’t know that I “believed in” 80/10/10 when I started but I felt something was lacking and my curiosity drew me to it. I still don’t know that I could “prove” it to anybody, I don’t completely understand all of the nuances but I know that I’ve never felt better so why mess with a good thing? I also wouldn’t necessarily say that I think this is the right path for everyone, but for the moment, it’s incredibly right for me.
I feel like I’m straddling the two worlds at this point. I don’t feel like I quite fit into the natural hygiene community which dismisses colon cleansing and juicing as “unnatural” (I agree, but so are many of the things we have put into our bodies throughout our lives). I also don’t feel like I completely support a lifestyle of frequent juice fasting or fasting throughout the day, probiotics, fermented foods, and living on greens and goat cheese. I also feel incredibly “over” being afraid of fruit. I found it particularly difficult to include cooked foods and dairy in the same diet as large quantities of fruit. It just didn’t work for me so I avoided it. It also wasn’t working for me to get the majority of calories from fat and protein. I never thought of the way I was living as a “high fat” lifestyle but when I finally calculated it, I realized my days were 50-60% fat calorie wise, compared to the 5-10% I’m doing now. There is no need to repeat which way has worked better for me. As far as juicing all day, I really feel like it slowed down my digestion significantly. I felt this way for quite awhile and was compensating with bitters to improve digestion. With fruit (though it took a few weeks to get back to normal) my digestion is strong.
Colon cleansing.This is a big one. I’ve read a lot about the problems people have had eating high-fruit and (while I may be wrong) I believe they could be avoided with colon cleansing. I’ve seen complaints of major gas and bloating, skin and tooth issues, tiredness and lack of energy and so on. The common advice is just to “wait it out” and the body will take care of old toxins on it’s own. In some cases it seems to, I’ve seen folks who appear to be thriving. In many other cases, people fail who didn’t have to. I myself was feeling so good (doing a colonic a week) when I first started on fruit that I thought I could probably just forget this whole colon cleansing thing. The results of that little experiment lead me right back to where I started. When I quit doing regular colon cleansing (even though my own bowel movements continued to be frequent), I just didn’t feel as bright. I smelled bad, my digestion slowed down, and felt slower than usual. I also got really puffy and didn’t feel like I looked like myself. One colonic got my face looking like the one I was used to seeing in the mirror. This feels like a pretty vulnerable post on kind of an awkward topic but if I didn’t feel it was important, I wouldn’t be so concerned with addressing it. This could definitely be more thorough but I’ll leave you with a couple of videos from some teachers I really respect who tie things together nicely. I highly recommend watching these: