Fruit Fast – I mean Feast

by Kelli H. on July 5, 2011

 Amazing Sushi I enjoyed on Friday night at Sushi to Dai For
First off, I hope your 4th of July Weekend was amazing! I love 3 day weekends so of course mine was awesome! Friday evening I had amazing sushi! I enjoyed a pizza/beer party on Saturday as well as catching up with an old friend, barbequed some amazing fresh salmon from Alaska my Dad gave me while drinking some of those tasty Raspberry Lemonade Sangria drinks, made homemade mango sorbet,  went out on the San Francisco Bay, and celebrated the 4th by eating some MORE sushi! My family are sushiholics! 
Views from the boat
Golden Gate Bridge
  
Richmond Bridge

 So, do I feel bad after eating all that amazing food over the weekend?  Not really. 
Last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday my Mom and I embarked on The Fruit Feast.  I had read about it on Jenna’s blog Eat, Live, Run and couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The day after her post I went over to her yoga studio where they sell the book and bought it.  I was surprised how small it was for $13 and that it was self published but at least I was able to read it in about 30 minutes and it provided me with everything I needed.  My mom read it the next day and by the next Monday we were shopping for all of our fruit that we were going to be eating.  The guy at Safeway definitely gave us some weird looks and commented on how healthy our food was.  I filled him in on our plan to only eat fruit for the next three days to which he replied “I definitely couldn’t do that”. With our bags filled with bananas, kiwis, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloup, peaches, white nectarines, mangoes, champagne mangoes, frozen strawberries, peaches, and blueberries, dates, cucumbers, avocados, zucchinis, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, and coconut water we were ready to go!

 

My breakfasts and dinners
Honestly, I thought the fruit feast was going to be very easy for me. It was funny a couple days later to hear David thought I would struggle with it.  In reality, the first day was the easiest, the second day a little harder, and the third the hardest. 
After the first nights dinner disaster of making a “recipe” in the book which produced a fake pasta and pasta sauce that had you shave zucchini into strips, toss it with lemon juice and pour blended up vegetables over it, I decided I’d stick to smoothies for dinner as well as breakfasts.  I also had a mishap with my vegetable peeler that left a gash on my left hand pointer finger.  Give me an 8″ chef knife and I’m fine! Give me a vegetable peeler and I do damage to myself. 

Lunches were a little hard for me as I learned I don’t enjoy eating an avocado completely plain by itself. 
 Lunches for the 3 days
Luckily, mangoes were my savior! I could eat 5 mangoes a day and still love them.
 On the 2nd day I felt great and noticed I didn’t even have any cravings although I kept dreaming about the sushi I’d eat on Friday after work. I started feeling a little sick to my stomach around the time we were going into yoga but it went away after the class.  On the 3rd day I started having stomach problems again for hours but luckily they also went away with the help of the yoga class. 
All in all, I felt pretty dang good by the end of it but I’m not going to lie, I was ready to eat some solid foods! That’s the thing, I felt full at times but it never really lasted too long and I never felt completely satisfied
Things I noticed during the fruit feast:
  •  My skin looked more clear
  • I felt less bloated
  • My lower stomach visibly shrunk 

I think it was a great challenge and I’m glad I did it.  There are a couple things I’m going to try implementing into my daily life style.  1 is that around 10 am I usually have a greek yogurt with sunflower seeds.  I’m now going to eat a date (I found out I LOVE them!) and some walnuts.  I am also going to drink fruit smoothies for breakfast during the week instead of my oatmeal.  At least during the summer that is.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

thecookieboss July 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Fruit is amazing! Have you ever tried vegetarian sushi? It’s amazing!

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Courtney @ girl in the pink July 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

So funny you posted about this – I just started a fruit fast today! Figs and pineapple were on the menu this morning. Any advice for me? I haven’t actually read the book!

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my little celebration July 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Thanks for documenting this experience! I will definitely consider a fruit fast (or feast) after seeing your results. Thanks for sharing!

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Made in Sonoma July 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

@thecookieboss
Yes, I have! I love this one at the sushi place I go to that has sweet potato and asparagus in it. YUM!

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Made in Sonoma July 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm

@Courtney @ girl in the pink
I think you just have to make sure to eat ENOUGH fruit. When I calculated out my daily calories they were pretty low. Figs and pineapple sound good!

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