Salsababy you never came across mean. I alwas believe it good to ask questions. :)
I agree 100% with Raw Nora. I did phase 1, phase 2, etc, and it got me into trouble to the point of exhaustion and madness b/c I was not getting in the sufficient amount of calories. If you are an active person, I would not recommend doing this. Stick to the foods that will give you more energy in that case (fruits). In taking out most fruits, you are left with veggies and fats, hence, you are left with eating a higher percentage of fat. This can hurt you more in the long run than not eating fruits. Either way, make sure you get in enough greens. That is just my advice. I do love that Gabriel is so grounded spiritually. His books are truly inspirational and informative.
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I've got Cousen's book too, but the idea of minimizing the consumption of sweet fruit has never appealed to me, thankfully. Some critique and personal stories have been given recently at http://www.rawfoodsupport.com/read.php?2,21552,page=1. Personally, I prefer Alissa's open approach. And, I tend to trust my senses more than someone else's mind. Of course, that's just me. :)
Vandy- I've been taking a break from all that exercise. All I've been doing is a little salsa dancing. I only want to stay on Phase 1 for a week then move up to Phase 1.5. And to include mainly greens. For some odd reason lately I have been sick when eating fruit. Upset stomach. So, it makes me wonder if I have some sort of bacterial infection. I want to reintroduce fruit back in- but maybe I need to heal first.
Originally Posted by Vandy
Does anybody know if drinking green juice is okay on Phase 1? I don't remember reading it in the book.
Yes it is definitely ok to drink green juice on phase one. Just make sure it's all veggie... It's delicious, I can't believe I ever wanted apple in my green juice. Use lots of cucumbers, celery, lemon, parsley, kale, chard, ect.
I will throw my two cents in... I haven't strictly followed the rainbow green, but for a while I was eating mostly phase 1.5. I like it, and I find it to be really balancing. Gabriel does not do percentages by calculating calories, but he does recommend a low fat diet of about 10%. His program is focused on mineralizing the body, and alkalizing. In my experience, this provides the most ecstatic gentle continual stream of energy that is a very different experience from the energy I get from sweet fruit. There was definitely a detox period for me, where I had low energy and felt foggy, but once that clears it feels amazing.
I don't really understand the argument that sweet fruit is our natural food. I don't think there is anything wrong with sweet fruit, we do need sugar in some form and quantity. However there was little sweet fruit prior to the industrialization of agriculture, and it certainly didn't exist as sweet as it is today. How could something that doesn't exist wildly in nature be what we're "supposed" to eat?
The mother of one of my close friends is in her 70s and has been following phase I for almost six months. She went to tree of life because it looked like she might have cancer, so she has been following a whole regimin. She is currently so vibrant, beautiful, energetic, and healthy it is really inspiring to see. She does not eat a high fat diet at all, and her weight is completely normal. She is thin now and was thin before she started and can run circles around me with her energy.
I think it's a great idea to try out different ways of eating and see how you feel your best.
If eating makes you feel sick, what could be a clearer indication that you need to stop eating? Do you feel worse when you stop eating? This is the dilemma that all new raw fooders face -- symptoms when they eat, symptoms when they stop eating. Honestly, it's just a matter of choosing which symptoms make you feel worse. For me, I felt so bad when I didn't eat that the only time I was able to stop eating was when my symptoms were really bad, like when I was bedridden with full-blown cleansing episodes. When I did manage to stop eating or eat very lightly, my symptoms always got better faster than when I continued to eat.
Originally Posted by salsababy
Stomach upset is most often caused by bad combining, and it normally starts happening weeks or months after a person goes raw. It is a sign of returning health, even while it also signals that mistakes are being made. The answer is to learn more about cooperating with your body, not trying some new approach that will effectively stop the healing because the foods you'll be eating (oils, nuts, dense greens) will cause your body to redirect its energy to the task of digesting food that require more work to break down.
There are lots of things you can do that don't involve a major shift in what you're doing, and that don't require you to stop eating fruit. Eating fruit allows the body to heal quicker. People who are eating mostly fruit who encounter symptoms should first stop eating (if they can) or at least eat lightly, and, secondly, take a look at what they've been eating to see where they can make improvements.
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