Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fruit Day Down. Veggie Day Down.

And I'm still alive.

That being said, I have cheated. Not massively, but yes, I admit it. I found it very difficult to stick to only fruits and then only vegetables.

On fruit day, I somehow found two of my kids' chicken nuggets in my mouth. And you know, once they were there....

Yesterday, I had the same thing happen with a couple pieces of chocolate.

I swear, they jumped in there of their own accord.

But, whatever, it's a new day! It's Fruit AND Veggie Day!

Does anyone else think I'm turning into that insane fad dieter?

"If I just put a little dirt on the tip of my tongue..."

(That's a line from a very old, very funny Sinbad stand up special.  It's on Netflix.)

When I started this diet, I figured, if I lose weight, woohoo. And if I don't, whatever. The idea is, if I blog about it, I'm essentially doing a review of this insane diet for YOU, my good reader.

So, see? I'm going through all this fruit and veggie nonsense for you.

I hope you appreciate me.

So far, I can tell you that fruit day was worse than veggie day. I think, and I'm no scientist here or anything, but I think that veggies have more fiber than fruit?  Maybe. So they made me feel fuller.

Not full enough to back away from the chocolate, but fuller.

I am looking forward to tomorrow, which consists of nothing but bananas and skim milk.  I have never, in my entire life, looked forward to drinking milk.  But my body is screaming for some protein.

Which brings me to a question I'm sure you're all wondering about.

Is this really a good idea? Is this really a healthy way to lose weight?

Well I'll give you my take on it.

Modern man (woman) has a huge variety of foods available all day every day. We can go to ShopRite and get any kind of produce, regardless of the season. We can even get things we have no hope of growing around our own homes, ever.

For example, pineapples don't grow in Jersey. But there's one on my counter, waiting for me to slice into it and grill it up later on with my dinner. And oh, boy, I am going to do just that.

We can get any type of meat our hearts desire, whenever we want to. Who here doesn't have some sort of meat at least once a day?  (Vegetarians, you do not count. Well, you count, but not for this random poll.)

But it wasn't always like this. Our earliest ancestors would go days, weeks, or however long they had to until they shot down their next wooly mammoth or snagged a fish, or whatever, so they could have some meat. They subsisted on what they could forage. Berries, greens, etc.

Our bodies are designed for this, really.

I recently read The Four Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Weight Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferris. There are lots of neat tips in there, including the "incredible sex" part. (This is not THAT kind of blog, though, so I'll move on.)

One of the things that I really enjoyed reading about was his eating style. He carefully follows what he terms a "slow carb" diet, all week long. Then, once a week, he totally gluts himself on everything he can get his hands on.

And I'm not talking "oooh let's drizzle some chocolate on our strawberries!" I'm talking bear claws and pizza. 

It kind of mimics our ancestors' diets, in that there were times of plenty and times of not so much. 

Check out the book, it's worth a glance through. Push past all the science stuff if you have to. I had to. He backs up everything with lots and lots (and lots and lots) of research.

The point I'm making is this: I do not think this diet is unhealthy, especially in the extremely short term. We're talking about a week, although I've read that some have done several weeks back to back.  I think that might be a bit much for me. 

A short term fast, detox, cleanse, what have you, is very rarely a bad idea. Unless you just finished a different one yesterday or something. OR unless you have been advised by your physician not to do such a thing. 

I think it goes without saying, ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR.  But just in case it doesn't go without saying, I'm saying it. 

Well, there, now that's out of the way. Let's move on with this diet. I'm going to stop typing and finish my grapefruit.  And then I'll probably finish the half of a peach one of my daughters left on the dining room table. And then I'll have that half of an apple the other one left in the living room.

Has anyone else done this diet and lived to tell the tale?  Are you thinking about doing it, but waiting to see how I do, first? (I don't blame you one bit.) Leave me a comment to let me know!


  1. Everything in moderation - even diets that may seem extreme to some ;)

  2. "You know how, when anorexics or bulemics look in the mirror, they see someone much heavier than they really are? Yeah. I'm the exact opposite of that."

    That's me too! I thought I was the only person that thought they were skinnier than they really are!! Mirrors don't help but I saw a photo of my "spare tire" and was floored I was that "fat"!

    1. I think it's true for a lot of us, honestly. LOL

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