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Week 4: May 22 through May 28 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 4: May 22 through May 28

May 22/19 – 22nd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. Still eating alot of carbohydrates to feel full & satisfied. I am actually looking forward to be able to eat again nuts, seeds, nut butter, avocado and vegan yogurt, as I fell like I need more variety and am limited to a smaller amount of options. I will stick with this till the end of this month, as I have come this far and want to see it through to its completion.

May 23/19 – 23rd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Tonight, I ate a few of the Corn Tortillas from Food for Life that bought a few days ago and would probably taste better if warmed slightly, but do not have a pan for that. I made wraps out of them with tomato paste, kelp powder, nutritional yeast, Aduki Beans from Eden Foods, Living Upland Cress (hydroponically grown watercress) from Hollandia Produce and cut up mini red bell peppers.

I am eating way too much carbohydrates in the way of grains and puffed cereal, in my opinion. Is it because I am hungry or bored? Not sure. I want to be honest here with what I’m eating. I do not seem to fill up/feel satiated on these items, as I get hungry not long after finish. I see it as possibly that I’m not having enough volume of fruit on a daily basis that would fill me up more and maybe also higher protein. Since I’m not using protein powders because the ones have are made of seeds and not sure the ones made of rice/pea protein would be appropriate for what I am doing now. Since I am already at the “home stretch,” and 7 days left without overt fats, I will not plan to get those protein powders, but try to up my calories from beans and fruits and see if that helps. The thing for me, is that I do crave crunchy food and go for the rice cakes, crackers, rice snaps and puffed cereals (especially the puffed corn which is crunchy), but the problem is afterwards it dries out my throat because is dry, so ought to be hydrating more (that is to begin with, without eating all these dry foods)

At this point, I have decided that starting in June:
1- I do plan to resume the overt fats have left out – nuts, seeds, nut butters, vegan yogurt and avocados.
2- I will not use products with oils and cane sugar/maple syrup.
3- I will use stevia, monk fruit and coconut sugar as sweeteners or if in any products.
4- There are some products will resume that have a minimal amount of sea salt/himalayan sea salt, (I would like/try to stay with 5% or under per serving) like the vegan yogurt I like called Lavva. I still plan to choose most of food products that buy/use to be without added salt, although they may have sodium, naturally occuring from the ingredients.

It will be interesting to see how my body reacts after not consuming these items for 30 days and I will share that with you.

May 24/19 – 24th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new. Still eating lots of carbohydrates

May 25/19 – 25th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Had a new snack tonight, Apple Chips from Bare Snacks. They are just baked with no added salt, oil or sugar. Nice to have a crunchy sweet snack, as most of the crunchy things have are usually savory.

May 26/19 – 26th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I ate more fruit and protein, so didn’t eat as much grains, as usually do.

May 27/19 – 27th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I mostly get hungry for heavier foods like grains & beans in the latter part of the day and still snacking on lots of puffed cereals, but does not always satisfy me, but simply like having something crunchy to eat. I have not noticed, per se, that I am feeling any different after almost a month of doing this, but I am sure when I start having some food products with even small amounts of added salt, it will taste too salty for me, since I cut it out completely, unless the food had naturally occuring sodium.

May 28/19 – 28th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

It is now 4 weeks and hard to believe I have gone this long on this plan and no “cheating,” but just eating alot more carbohydrates daily. I will continue till the end of this month which is a few more days and then resume overt fats starting next month.

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Week 3: May 15 through May 21 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 3: May 15 through May 21

May 15/19 – 15th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. Still sticking with the plan and not having any issues. Continue to eat lots of carbohydrates and seem more hungry then when ate fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, vegan yogurt. Will see how I feel after this month is over, as actually is 31 days total in May and was only going to go without overt fats for 30 days and 4 weeks, is actually only 28 days, but who is counting. When you go longer into a new eating plan or anything else you are doing that is different, it gets easier and also becomes the norm for you. It’ll be interesting to see if having fats again will make me feel more satiated overall and not need as much carbohydrates.

May 16/19 – 16th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Sticking with the plan and at this points it feels like the norm already, whereas when first started wasn’t sure how I would do, although I have done fasts & cleanses in the past and for the most part kept it up for the time period designated. It could also be that since I already planned to do this ahead of time, I was preparing my brain to accept this new way of eating, since I was leaving out what have been consuming for a long time, thinking that it was ok, but I know that salt, oil and sugar are not food and want to eat what is going to nourish my body in the most optimum way. I do hope I can stay this way for the long haul and only time will tell. I didn’t get any blood work done before started this, as don’t have a doctor or go to doctors, as a rule and know my blood can be sent into a lab, but opted not to, although it would have been nice to see a comparison of before & after, especially the 1st month of also not esting any overt fats, because that may have brought down my cholesterol, not that I was/am worried about it.

May 17/19 – 17th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to share today. Staying on the plan. Still consuming more carbohydrates then usual because not eating overt fats, which may be more satiating.

May 18/19 – 18th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report.

May 19/19 – 19th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report.

May 20/19 – 20th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I bought some Corn Tortillas from Food For Life, to have something else to eat, as they are made with whole corn and not flour. I have not tried them yet, but will in the next few days. I also found these brown rice crackers, called Brown Rice Snaps from Edward & Sons that used to eat years ago and have no salt or oil and like having something crunchy to snack on. They are baked and made only of organic brown and white rice.

May 21/19 – 21st day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

3 Weeks!! When did that happen?? Seems like yesterday was just starting this and now 3/4 of the way through and still going strong. Today, I snacked on alot of Puffed Corn because like it for the crunch and has no salt, oil, sugar. Other then that, still keeping to the plan with no problems.

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You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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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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You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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Why No Oil? by Frederic Patenaude

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Why No Oil? by Frederic Patenaude

One of the most common questions that I get is: why don’t you recommend oil?
What about coconut oil? Or extra-virgin olive oil? Or flax seed oil?

Why I Don’t Recommend Any Oil, Including Olive or Coconut Oil

I follow the lead of excellent doctors and researchers such as Dr. Esselstyn, McDougall, Barnard, Campbell, Klaper, Goldhammer (and many others) in my stance against oil.

I don’t use any oil, including olive or coconut — and never eat any except in circumstances where I’m not in full control of the food that I’m eating.

Once you’ve experienced going oil-free, you don’t want to go back. The benefits of eliminating oil from the diet are numerous, and you will feel many of them immediately.

You’ll have more energy. Oil is 100% pure fat with no protein or carbohydrate, and very few other nutrients. Fat is twice as concentrated in calories as carbohydrates, containing nine calories per gram vs. four for carbohydrates. You’ll have more energy eliminating oil because you eliminate a concentrated source of calories. You will replace those calories with foods that give more energy, such as fruit, healthy starches, vegetables, and whole nuts and seeds or avocados.

Your mood will improve. Again, consuming liquid fat means consuming fewer carbohydrates and healthy sources of protein. Whole carbohydrates contribute positively to serotonin production.

Your digestion will improve. Oil makes digestion sluggish. Liquid fat takes a lot more time to digest than carbohydrates. On an oil-free diet, your digestion will be excellent! You will never feel too full or experience discomfort after a meal, even if it is big.

You’ll lose body fat. You might think that eating so many carbohydrates makes you fat. But in reality, it’s the combination of carbohydrates and fat that promotes fat gain. Carbohydrates are burned as energy whereas fat can be stored directly as body fat. If one consumes both carbohydrates and fat in significant quantities, the carbohydrates will be used as energy and the fats will be stored as body fat (as long as total calories exceed what the body needs). Liquid fat (oil) are the easiest types of calories for the body to store as body fat.

Your blood sugar will improve. I used to check my blood sugar every day. Eating fat and especially meat has always caused the greatest spike in blood sugar. That’s because a high-fat diet lowers insulin sensitivity. In fact, beef causes more insulin production than white sugar.

Why No Oil?

Here are some more reasons to avoid oil:

1) Oil is a refined product and the most concentrated source of calories available anywhere. One tablespoon of oil contains 120 calories of pure fat with almost no other nutrients. Refined sugar is only 50 calories per tablespoon.

A few splashes of olive oil here and there can quickly add up to hundreds of extra calories that you don’t need. Worst of all, those calories are missing all the fiber and essential nutrients and are empty.

Multiple studies have found that adding fat to food makes people over-consume calories without realizing it because fat has a very low satiety factor compared to carbohydrates or proteins. Many of these fascinating findings are described in the book “Salt, Sugar, Fat.”

Remember: it takes 24 olives to make 1 TBS of olive oil. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never once added 24 olives to a single serving of salad.

2) Vegetable oils contribute to inflammation. Omega 6 fats contribute to inflammation in the body while omega-3 fats reduce it. But most vegetable oils have a ratio that dramatically favor omega-6 fats. We should seek to a dietary ratio of no more than four times the omega 6s vs. 3. Olive oil contains over ten times the omega-6 as omega-3, and many other oils are worst.

3) Olive oil doesn’t lower LDL cholesterol, in fact, it increases it. It’s a myth to think that olive oil is “heart healthy.” Studies have only shown that it lowers LDL cholesterol when it replaces animal fats like butter. But to add olive oil (and other vegetable oils) to an otherwise healthy diet increases LDL levels. If you want to raise your LDL levels even faster, then eat some coconut oil. As Dr. Williams recently pointed out in an article published on Renegade Health, vegans tend to eat too much coconut oil, and it does raise their LDL levels. There’s a lot of hype around coconut oil, but in my opinion it’s just another good way to get to a heart attack faster. (For the lowdown on coconut oil, watch this video by Dr. Greger.) Note: whole coconuts are healthy. You can eat them.

4) Olive oil injures the inner lining of the arteries (called endothelium). A study conducted by Dr. Robert Vogel and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that a meal containing olive oil caused severe constrictions in arteries, contributing to heart disease. Consuming olive oil reduced blood flow by 31% in this study. It’s worth noting that canola oil or salmon didn’t cause this problem (however, all vegetable oils are unhealthy to some degree).

What studies found was that the protective components of the Mediterranean diet appear to be fruits and vegetables and nuts, and NOT the olive oil. Greek people only got away with eating olive oil because they consumed a lot of fruits and vegetables. They also replaced animal fats like butter with olive oil. But olive oil in itself isn’t healthy. (Note: Greece currently has the highest obesity levels in Europe and has the highest per-capita consumption of olive oil).

5) Oils release toxic compounds when heated. Many oils become carcinogenic when heated. And yes, every type of oil can withstand a different level of heat. But don’t believe for a second that nothing is happening to your oil when you start heating it. Udo Erasmus, one of the world’s most well-known experts on fats, always recommended to never heat any fat. He said: “If health is what we want, water is the only oil appropriate for frying. We’re back to steaming, poaching, boiling, or pressure cooking our foods. Or, even better in most cases, eating them raw.”

What about essential fats?

It’s true, we need some fats for good health. But all whole foods contain them to a certain degree, and in the perfect omega 3/6 ratio.

What’s my favorite source of essential fats? Green vegetables. Although the percentage is low, it contains omega 3s in the perfect ratio.

Additional fats should come from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados, etc. Those foods contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, and so many other critical nutrients that are missing from liquid fat calories.

I only take two tablespoons of ground flax seeds every day. I have tested my Omega-3 levels using a blood test, and I’m getting optimal results. My theory is that removing oil in the diet improves the omega-3 ratio because there’s no omega-6 to compete with the omega 3s. The body can fully convert the small amount of fatty acids naturally found in every whole food, including vegetables. Including flax seeds and walnuts or hemp is a good idea.

How to Transition to an Oil-Free Diet

Now, does that mean you can never have a splash of olive oil? If you’re very active and burn a lot of calories, a bit of olive oil probably won’t hurt you. But it’s better to go without it. Try giving it up and you’ll notice that your taste for oil will disappear. If you crave something fatty, have whole nuts and seeds instead, or even some nut butter. Eat some avocado. And whole coconuts contain ALL of the benefits of the coconut. Coconut oil is just pure fat. What could be tastier than a fresh, young coconut?

When I make a batch of hummus, I only use some tahini, but I don’t add any oil. The traditional recipe for hummus doesn’t contain any oil. I stopped purchasing the tahini brands that contain oil (most of them).

When I eat a salad, I usually eat it plain or with a simple seasoning of balsamic vinegar and maybe nutritional yeast. But I don’t add olive oil to it. I might add some diced avocado.

When I make rice and beans, or marinara sauce, I don’t stir-fry the onion and garlic in olive oil. I dry-sautee the onions and garlic until a little brown and then deglaze it with vegetable broth. No oil.

My taste buds have adapted to this oil-free diet. I now enjoy my food more without oil. It takes about 60-90 days for a person used to a diet of 30+% fat to adjust to lower-fat diet. Then when the transition is over, you will start to dislike oil and enjoy the taste of real, unrefined foods without added liquid fat.
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Get Your Digestive Tract Back on Track After Holiday Indulgence by Herbal Papaya

Get Your Digestive Tract Back on Track After Holiday Indulgence
by Herbal Papaya

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Don’t let overindulgence get you down this holiday season! If you can’t resist the excess, follow these tips to find a healthy balance again in your life.

We always recommend moderation as the best course of action for most aspects in life, but the holidays are a difficult time not to indulge, unless you have self-control of steel.

We’re not here to judge anyone for what they want to indulge in this holiday season. Instead, we’d like to help you out if you happen to go a little overboard at that holiday work party coming up.

We’re only human and it happens to the strictest of us, but it’s important to focus on what to do once the damage is done. Don’t make indulgence a habit, but be proactive about owning up to it and supporting your body through the worst.

Why, might you ask, is our digestive system such an important component to our health? Well besides feeling crummy after indulging in too rich or too much food, a healthy digestive system is the key to longevity and preventing degenerative issues later in life from a buildup of toxins.

If you’re just unable to resist another serving of your favorite holiday foods (for the 3rd time today), never fear! We have you covered to get you back on track and ready for the new year, feeling healthier and happier than ever.

Herbal Tea

Avoiding caffeine and hitting the herbal tea can be one of the best ways to support your immune system and flush out the bad toxins in your body.

Mint, chamomile, and lemon grass teas are especially great for a variety of health benefits, but most importantly, they all aid your digestive system in some way.

Herbal teas are also a good way to increase your hydration, but make sure to also be drinking more water on a regular basis around the holidays if you’re prone to overeating or drinking alcohol excessively.

Papaya Seeds

Sometimes what you need after a night or week of indulgence is a complete detox. Papaya seeds are a smart choice for liver detoxification after one too many mulled wines, hot toddies, or glasses of champagne.

In addition to their liver cleansing capabilities, papaya seeds are also great for digestion because they’re high in the natural enzyme, papain.

Green Smoothies/Juices

Speaking of detox, green smoothies and juices are another option to consider for cleansing out your system. They not only help with digestion and moving toxins out of your body, but replenish you with a variety of helpful and important nutrients.

Get creative and try your own version of a green smoothie, mixing and matching a few of the best ingredients for digestion, such as pineapples, ginger, parsley, avocados, lemon juice, celery, spinach, flax seeds, and cucumbers.

Natural Enzymes

Pineapples and papayas are perfect digestion aids due to their rich natural enzymes in the form of bromelain and papain, respectively. They are both important enzymes for breaking down the nutrients that our daily food intake provides us with.

Focusing on finding the best natural enzymes to help with digestion can provide relief from issues such as gas, stomachaches, and even constipation and diarrhea.

Fiber-Rich Foods

A lot of holiday type meals lack a very important piece to a heathy digestive tract – fiber! Without fiber your digestive system actually slows down and it takes longer for foods, and the toxins that may come with them, to get through your body.

Get your fill of fiber-rich foods during and after the holidays to keep your digestive tract at optimal health. Fiber-rich foods include bran, beans, berries, sweet peas, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, squash, wholesome whole grains, and a variety of every day fruits.

Ginger

As you may have noticed from a lot of our articles, ginger is a very powerful addition to any healthy diet. Ginger is great for digestion because it speeds up the journey of food from the stomach to the small intestine. It is also known for balancing gastric juices.

Ginger is the perfect remedy if you suffer from bloating issues, intestinal gas, or a regular upset stomach from rich foods.

Fermented Foods

The big secret to why fermented foods are a great comeback for digestive health after the holidays is because of the stress that comes with the season.

Stress is horrible for digestion. It actually has the power to destroy the healthy bacteria in your large intestine. If you’re prone to stress around this time of the year, think about taking a probiotic supplement, or even better, eating a few fermented foods on a regular basis.

Plain yogurt, kombucha, and kimchi are great to add to your diet for increasing the amount of healthy bacteria in your system.

Work Out

This suggestion is perhaps one of the more obvious ones, but working out is always a great response to bad eating habits and holiday-induced stress.

Working up a sweat not only helps your metabolism, but increases your energy levels and keeps your digestive system running smoothly.

If you just had a huge meal, don’t get out and immediately do strenuous exercise for the next hour. Instead, think about walking around the block instead of giving into the tryptophan drowsiness. By doing this you can reduce your chance of heartburn and support a speedy digestion while you’re at it.

What do you do to overcome holiday indulgence? How do you prefer to detox your body throughout the end of the year?

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Superfruits for Healthy Living by Herbal Papaya

Superfruits for Healthy Living by Herbal Papaya
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The top 7 Superfruits to include in your diet for the best daily health benefits

You may have heard the term “Superfruit” thrown around a lot in the health industry in recent years, but what does it actually mean?

Superfruit is a marketing term that first started being used by food & beverage companies in 2005. This isn’t a FDA or USDA approved term by any means, and the labeling is completely up to the product manufacturer, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be used appropriately.

How we define a Superfruit is through picking out the best of the best in the fruit family, and discovering which ones provide the most overall health benefits and nutrients to the human body. That, in our mind, is the true essence of a Superfruit and what the term was initially intended for.

Many people have their own idea of what a Superfruit entails, but these are our 7 picks for the best fruits to choose for your diet to give your body a boost in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients for daily health.

Açaí Berries

Açaí Berries have so much hype as a Superfruit because of their high levels of antioxidants that steamroll most of the other fruits on offer at the local supermarket. However, because it’s from Brazil, it’s not always easy to find fresh. A great alternative is finding Açaí powder to put into smoothies and drinks for that extra boost in the morning.

Pomegranates

The fruit that packs some of the highest antioxidants, pomegranates are best fresh during September and February. With around 600 seeds, this fruit has been shown to contain almost more than 3x the amount of total antioxidants in green tea and red wine. This is one of the best Superfruits you could include in your diet.

Cherries

This unsuspecting tart summer fruit has an important antioxidant in them called anthocyanin. This antioxidant helps to reduce inflammation, and triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the body. Cherries have also been known to boost metabolism for that extra health benefit that kicks it into Superfruit power.

Apples

The old adage that has stuck with us since childhood is actually true! “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples fall into the quercetin family, which is one of the best antioxidants for anti-inflammatory action in the body. On top of this, they’re also a great source of fiber.

Blueberries

The best Superfruit to boost your brain power and memory, blueberries pack in quite the health punch for their small size. The key is the high flavonoid levels in blueberries, which have been linked to sharper brain functioning and cognitive prowess as you age. They’re also high in manganese which is a great tool for better metabolism.

Tomatoes

Although some people may still think of tomatoes as vegetables, they’re actually a fruit! And a very healthy one at that! Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a rare and powerful antioxidant hardly ever found in other fruits (except papaya, which has it too!). They are also incredibly high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. And as an added bonus, they’re very low in calories.

Papayas

You must know already how much we love papaya, and all the health benefits attached to this wonderful fruit. We could not leave it off the list! Papayas are known for antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E, and beta-carotenes. They help to boost immunity for those nasty winter colds and support healthy digestion. The seeds of the papaya even help to detoxify your liver!

This list just skims the surface of some of our favorite Superfruits, but there are quite a few others that could also be included, such as grapes, cranberries, avocados, goji berries, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, cantaloupe, pineapple, bananas, oranges, dragonfruit, blackberries, lychee, raspberries, and even pumpkins!

We enjoy choosing our favorites depending on what’s in season and what specific health benefits we’re after.

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How To Tell When Your Diet Isn’t Working – by Frederic Patenaude

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How To Tell When Your Diet Isn’t Working – by Frederic Patenaude

Let me start off by asking you a simple question: do you feel you’re getting the best results from your current food program?

After all, we all want the same things: increased energy, a fit body, to live longer and healthier, avoid and heal health challenges, and attain a sound nutritional approach to the way we eat and live.

Sometimes it happens that you may be doing well for a while with your diet, but imperceptibly you move away from the results you’re looking for, and sooner or later you realize, “this diet isn’t working for me anymore!”

Nobody wants to have to go through this experience, so here are some warning signs to watch out for and what to do about them.

1. Cravings

It’s perfectly normal to experience cravings for cooked and processed foods when you transition to a mostly raw or all raw diet. The problem comes to be when these cravings persist and don’t go away, or they are so powerful they are difficult to control.

In my experience, there are two causes for cravings: nutritional and emotional. I will review nutritional causes now, as emotional causes are much more complex and beyond the scope of this article.

However I will say that emotions and your food do go hand-in-hand, and identifying the emotional triggers and reasons why you eat what you do can help you attain a healthier, more conscious approach to eating.

Nutritional causes are fairly simple: if you’re not eating enough calories from fruits and vegetables, you *are* going to crave cooked and processed foods. At least eventually.

The trick is to be able to consume enough fruits to get your calories, without consuming more fat than you need to (and at the same time consuming enough greens for minerals).

Eating enough vegetables and other nutritionally-dense foods is important as well.

Some cravings stem from the body’s cry for minerals or certain nutrients. Everybody has a much different history and intake of specific vitamins and minerals in their lives, and our body’s all have varying amounts and stores of them.

So follow your intuition if you’re craving something for a nutritional reason, which only you can decide for yourself.

Eating too much fat also has a tendency to slow the body down and cause cravings, typically for starchy or sweet foods.

Just eating enough calories on a daily basis to support your body is usually enough to keep cravings away, but if you find yourself craving something particular over a period of time, use your own head.

2. No Energy to Exercise

If you have no energy to exercise, or are not making progress in your fitness program, it’s likely because you’re not consuming enough calories and/or you are consuming too much fat/not getting the right minerals.

An energy deficit will be obvious when you follow a fitness program. If you’re barely consuming enough fruits and vegetables to meet your dietary needs, you can’t expect to have extra energy to exercise.

People often tend to “under-estimate” the amount of fruits and vegetables they need to eat to support themselves, and “over-estimate” the amount of fat that they need to eat. This combination leaves people feeling sluggish and tired.

3. Waking Up in the Morning Tired

Waking up in the morning still tired is also a sign that your diet may not be balanced.

Many people experience this on a raw food diet after overdoing the avocados and nut butter. So if you’re experiencing the morning fog, I recommend you look at how much fat you’re eating and if it’s in the right amounts for you.

You may experiment with eating just low-fat fruits/vegetables for several nights, and finishing your meal several hours before bed, and see if that has on impact on your energy levels.

Chances are that you’ll start waking up in the morning much more refreshed and energetic!

4. Inability to Maintain Weight

Two things can happen here. Either you haven’t been able to *release* the weight you were carrying around in excess, or you’re getting thinner than you’d like to be.

In the first case, if you’re still struggling to reach your ideal weight, even though you’ve transitioned to a raw food diet, you may simply have the wrong nutritional and lifestyle approach.

Releasing excess weight is a taxing process on the body and needs to be allowed the proper amount of time to happen.

Everyone will need to eat slightly different combinations and amounts of foods to feel their best too, so I encourage you to trust your body and not invest everything into a “guru” to tell you what to eat!

If you’re getting thinner than you’d like to, know that the best thing you can do is to combine strength training (basically lifting weights or high-resistance bodyweight exercises) and eating plenty of food. More than you may be used to.

If you wish to gain significant muscle mass, you can, even on a raw food diet.

But you’ll need a good training program and to consume the right amounts and combinations of calories and nutrients to get the results you want.

5. You’re Confused

Another sign that you may be heading towards a diet “disaster” is having the feeling of confusion and doubt. Eventually, that feeling may intensify and lead you to either give up entirely or spend all sorts of time and money trying other programs that won’t work either.

The solution to this is to gain sufficient knowledge to avoid this confusion, go to the root of emotional issues behind food, and find a group of people for community and support that can provide you with constant encouragement and inspiration to continue on the path of radiant health.

And ultimately if you still find yourself confused, listen to your own needs. You know them better than anybody.

What have been your experiences with changes in your diet, cravings, or any other roadblocks you faced in your diet journeys?

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