Okay, we have all heard “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Some records add a couple of extra “thys” in there but you get the idea. Hippocrates apparently said this long ago, during his job as a physician in Ancient Greece. He also had some ideas that didn’t really stand the test of time, but hey, this was a really good one. Along with this is the idea that our bodies know how to heal themselves, thank you very much. Thank goodness, because I am exhausted from experts being really, really sure they know the answers about my body. And truth be told, I am all out of answers because I am not healthy and I don’t know what to do either.
So I started taking a diploma program to be a nutritionist and it is great. I have LOTS of facts. But I still don’t know what to do. What I did realize, as I read through my 50 pound medical book, is that our food has all the nutrients we need. Huh. And in fact, it seems that fruit and vegetables are loaded with them. And what they don’t have, they give to the body so IT can make what it needs. Did you know that your intestines have their own Walter White, cooking up some great bacteria and B vitamins for your dining pleasure? It’s true. No pill required.
So here is my plan, and it is spectacular: just eat fruit and vegetables for 28 days. Not a new plan, many have done it, cleanses have been around for a long time. I was quite inspired by the healing done by Joe Cross in the movie and book Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. He drank nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for two months, healed himself from an incurable illness and weaned himself off some nasty medications. Check it out. However, I am no Joe Cross, I just don’t have that willpower. Plus, my digestive system, without fiber to nudge it into action, does not really function well. No poop.
So my next step was to rope my mother into this. She is game for anything, that woman. She didn’t even flinch. She has her own health issues and, being holistically-minded, thought this was a great plan. She was game to have her progress tracked as long as I did the writing for her so I will update her progress along with mine.
Lastly, I tried to talk my husband into the fruit and vegetable diet but he was having none of it. He is going to follow a diet protocol for 28 days based on Joseph Mercola’s ideas. If he has any shattering breakthroughs I will pass them on!
So for the next 28 days, both of us will tell you our health issues and how it is going each day. To be clear, eating just fruits and vegetables is NOT a healthy permanent diet. This is a cleanse. We may provide you with some educational tidbits that we think are interesting, and arrogantly feel sure that you will too. We are not going to give advice, go all expert on you, or try to prove why we are right. We are going to tell you our experience and hope you can find something you can use and hopefully be entertained along the way!