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You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

Maybe or maybe not, but the S.O.S. I am referring to is an adaptation of your vegan food plan that eliminates Salt, Oil and Sugar. I say this because I am a whole food vegan and in the S.A.D {Standard American Diet} world, I don’t believe they could care less about this, sad to say. It is used by True North Health Center in California and others.

I, myself, have done various cleanses and fasts that documented on my blog (including coconut water cleanses, water fasts and dry fasting) and now I am trying something different. I got an email last month from Frederic Patenaude and subscribe to his posts, as he always has interesting information to share, as well as the knowledge he has culled from many years in the natural foods world. I don’t necessarily need to go on a “diet” to lose weight and detest that word anyway, because connotes going on and off something and I ascribe to be on a program that is constant, consistent and for the long term, where get results and don’t yo-yo back and forth, as it’s harmful to the health.

Here is a link to Frederic’s article: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=4848

So what I decided to do and coined a new term, is The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™
What is that? Similar to the S.O.S. program, but I added no overt fats to it. Dr. Doug Graham recommends, to eat minimal added fats, but I’m not saying this is good for everyone, although when you read the link to the article above there is a comment on the bottom about someone who has been eating very low fat for a long time and has had good results.

Frederic mentioned that the body needs 90 days to adapt, so I decides to try this for the next 3 months, but do it 1 day at a time and then progress from there. I do eat whole food plant based, but I have done more snacking (but everything is food based) in the last number of years and have gotten lax with not consuming oils when buy products, although do not use it for my own food preparation. Also, used packaged products with cane sugar, maple syrup, salt and would like to eliminate them from my food plan and get back to eating foods in their natural wholesome state and not buy packaged products or minimize them at best. There is 1 item that has a minimal amount of salt that will be consuming because I do eat Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Tortillas for The Sabbath and Holydays, as it is the best out there because is flourless and without added oil. Other then that will be keeping to this 100%, G-d willing. This means will have to add more volume of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans to make up for the things will not be consuming.

Here’s a list of what will not be eliminating:
1- Oils – since do not cook with it, means products that use it as an ingredient
2- Nut butters
3- Nuts and Seeds
4- Avocados
5- Vegan Yogurt – as all are made with nuts and usually added salt, as well
6- Salt
7- Sugar (except for stevia which is not a sugar and make also look to get yacon syrup or if can find yacon powder, as is not a sugar, but from a Peruvian root that happens to be sweet and is also a prebiotic)
8- Coconuts

I am not saying it is going to be easy, as my body has to “detox” off of those items and I may feel a lack of satisfaction in my daily consumption and also there is the mental, emotional and psychological brain chemical reactions to consider, as well. As I said above, will simply be adding more volume of the other foods and actually, when you look at the cost of buying organic produce it seems expensive, but really it is not, it’s what you buy that is packaged, canned, boxed, etc that costs more because the price gets “bumped up” or inflated from the time the company makes it till it comes to the store, as everyone wants a “piece of the action” to make a profit. I am also used to grabbing a quick nutrient dense snack at work of a whole food bar and all of them have something that will be eliminating, so will have to have other snacks instead.

What I plan to do is document my experiences during this time on my blog. I am not sure will have time to do it daily, but will do my best to share with you what happene on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and psychological.

Look forward to sharing with you, as I embark on this new adventure.
I also want to say, that I do not plan to eliminate overt fats completely for more then 90 days and may even return to some after 30 days, depending on how I am feeling. My goal is to try to stay free of all salt, sugar and oils for the long term.

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Can Fruit Wreak Havoc On Your Blood Sugar? by Frederic Patenaude

Great info wanted to share.

Can Fruit Wreak Havoc On Your Blood Sugar? by Frederic Patenaude

Here’s a question that a reader sent us:

Hello,
1- Can fruit mess up with your insulin levels?
2- Can so much fruit cause diabetes?
3- Can you get hypoglycemia if you eat a lot of fruit for years and years?

I have problems with numbers 1 and 3; even McDougall recommends no more than 2 fruits/day because there is too much fruit sugar in them; what about Gabriel Cousens and so many others who say that fructose can mess up a lot, and we should focus on greens (with fats so we can absorb the vitamins)?
Thanks,
Ilse

All three of those scenarios you mention are blood-sugar metabolic disorders, and it pays to understand your physiology to understand how these disorders are created.

In most cases, these diseases are caused by an excess of fat, NOT sugar, in the diet. Or rather, a combination of the two.

My number one question for you, Ilse, and anyone else experiencing dizziness after eating fruit would be how much fat are you eating in your diet?

I would encourage you to track your intake of fat, carbohydrates, and protein to make sure that you are not going over 10% of calories from fat.

If you are having blood sugar problems, then it is highly likely you are overeating fat, even if they are ‘healthy’ whole fats. Too much of anything can be harmful.

The problem arises when an excess of fat in your diet coats every single cell of your body, including your insulin receptor sites. This means that glucose (converted from EVERY food – not just fruit) cannot be transported effectively into your cells and therefore stays circulating in the bloodstream.

If you are eating a high-fat raw food diet, such as Gabriel Cousens promotes, then it would certainly be dangerous to overeat fruit. Same thing with a high fat standard western diet.

However, if you keep your fats low, then large quantities of fruit are highly beneficial.

My experience is a case in point. I used to suffer from horrible blood sugar swings and also candida (a blood-sugar metabolic disorder). I no longer experience either of these things and whenever I get tested my fasting glucose is always absolutely normal.

To get an accurate picture of what you’re consuming in terms of fats, protein, and carbohydrates you need to be tracking your food for 3-7 days minimum.

Frederic
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