Any suggestions to an all fruit / veggie diet?
As in, just fruit and veg? Yeah - dont' do it! No way you can get all the nutrients you need that way. If you want to try something different that's high in fruit and veg, then you could go for a raw food diet - that includes lots of nuts and sprouts etc - and as long as you keep an eye on the nutritional values it should be okay. this website looks good:http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/index.html&nb sp;
Nothign wrong with a diet which includes a lot of fruit and veg, of course, that's very healthy - but living exlusively off them will leave you feeling run-down in the long term.
They also have lists for nuts & spices. Go through those and just write down the ones you enjoy or would like to try.
After making my own list I went to a store that I thought would have most of those things in stock and ONLY shopped off of the list. I was worried it was going to cost me $150. But ... the final bill with ONLY produce & some minor other things like yogurt and milk = $88. WOW!
Figuring out how to eat this stuff is the magical part of the whole trick, but ... stay committed to it and have fun looking up recipes. It's weird learning how to eat fruits & veg again. (My girlfriend has been helping with ideas & it's been great to do this with her.) The key to success with the fruit & veg thing is probably finding the things that fill you up. Otherwise, if you keep getting hungry, it is easy to go for convenience comfort foods. Starting off the day with something like the Kashi Truly Vanilla Oatmeal, or a Fiber One Granola bar usually helps get a slightly filling fell started. Grapes, apples, & bananas are great between meal snack to keep that full feel going.
Also ... hot 'new' news ... the Mediterranean diet (mostly fruit & veg) study results have just shown that this improves longevity & they identified which food elements were most beneficial. This link provides the most useful details WITH video.
I'm sorry, but I TOTALLY disagree with aoloughilin. I am NOT a vegetarian AT ALL. I am a HUGE fan of Wendy's, Burger King, KFC, Steak on the Grill, Pepsi, and any kind of flavored potato chip imaginable. When I was in my teens & early 20's I was very healthy, but gave in to vices and lazy diet superstitions. I thought the veg diet thing would suck ... but ... now that I am actually DOING IT & TRYING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT ... well, I haven't felt this good in 15 years. Even when I was a kid I never ate this many fruits & veg. It's taken me over a year of trying out different things to have made the dietary changes I've made so far. All I know is that I feel great.
I do NOT get the run down feel ... at all ... EVER. UNLESS, I over eat (too many calories), smoke, drink too much alcohol, get less than 7 hours of sleep, or have low carb/protien in a day. Paying serious attention to caffiene AND sugar/high fructose corn syrup intake is very important. A big cup of coffee in the morning may leave you feeling run down by the afternoon. Because of way the coffee effect takes place over time it is easy to confuse that with some dietary issue.
Take a look at the Mediteranean Diet. There's a way to employ those fundamentals & have plenty of nutrients & energy.
thank you both for your suggestions.
I'm going to check out the website Aoloughilin listed and I'm also going to check out this Mediteranean Diet you mentioned Slappymax!
I'm trying to drop 10 pounds fast, like between now and Aug 15, I'm going to Vegas and need to get those last 10 off quicklike! :)
Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated as well!
Sorry, slappymax, I'm not sure you read my post properly - or what you think I was saying in it - but it doesn't actually sound like we disagree at all! Maybe I just phrased my post badly?
You seem to be advocating the same sort of thing as me - a diet HIGH in fruit and veg, not fully fruit and veg and nothing else, which i think is what the OP was looking for. I mean, you suggest starting the day off on a bowl of Oatmeal - absolutely! That's a great start to the day - but oats are grain, not fruit or veg - so straight away that's not an all fruit&veg diet (it's considerably healthier). Also, the Med. diet you suggest is super healthy, high in fruit and veg, but also includes meat and fish.
I agree with you - that's a perfect diet, and easily maintainable. I just suggested the raw food diet as another alternative to a diet that consists solely of fruit and veg!
Also - to the OP - do read the whole article on the Med, diet as well as just watching the video - it gives a much better overall view of the whoel thing, so you'll have a more of an idea of where to get started.
Thank you! I will definitely read up on both suggestions! :)