– Word From The Editor
– Easy 1-Day Detox
– Questions and Comments from the Readers (That’s You!)
Welcome to another information-packed issue of Outrageous Health & Success.
I’m here in Costa Rica, enjoying my last month or so before spending the spring and summer in Canada — and still loving it.
Did you know that March and April happen to be the warmest months in Costa Rica? That’s because the dry season is about to end, and temperatures rise slightly. Then as temperatures rise, it triggers the start of the rainy season in late April or early May, and then the rain makes everything green and the weather a bit cooler.
But for those of you who are afraid to visit this country during the rainy season: you’re missing out! It might be the most beautiful time of the year. Everything is green, and mornings are usually gloriously sunny. But most afternoons, it will rain.
1 Month ago I released “How to Move to a Tropical Paradise”, and the program is going super-great so far! We’re going to hold a first “Day Tour of Costa Rica” with yours truly in December of this year.
But for those of you who would like to make Paradise wherever you are right now… stay tuned for a brand new recipe book I’m releasing next week.
I’ve been working on it on and off over the last 2 years… and it’s finally ready!
HINT: If there are still many exotic fruits you don’t know what to do with, and are BORED with your current raw food diet, then this will be for you!
Look for it sometime early next week.
Yours for health and success,
PS: Next week is also the start of our annual Green Cleanse. For 7 days, I’ll be leading a group of raw-food enthusiasts on the most powerful and effective cleanse you can do. If you’re ready to kick start your health and get back on track with raw foods than this is for you. You’ll get daily support, recipes, access to our discussion forum… and more. Sign up now… the preparation for the cleanse starts TOMORROW! After that it will be too late. Check it out at: www.fredericpatenaude.com/greenforlife.html
Easy 1-Day Detox
Like I said many times, everybody needs a cleanse, once in a while. Unless you live in a pristine environment in the middle of the jungle with only access to organic, tree-ripened fruits, then once in a while, you need to cleanse!
But these “cleanses” or “detox” need not to be very long. Even just a one-day detox is often enough to get you back on track with the raw food diet and help you purge some accumulated toxin.
Here’s an easy, one-day detox anyone can safely follow, once a week or so:
Either skip breakfast, or make a light smoothie consisting of some fruit and greens.
- 3-4 bananas
- 1-2 cups of sweet fruit (mango, papaya, pear, apple, etc.)
- 2 cups of baby spinach
Same as breakfast, or have a fruit meal of one or two types of fruit. (Eaten whole or as a smoothie.) For example: papaya and banana, blended together or eaten together.
Make another green smoothie. Here’s one of my favorites:
- 3-4 bananas
- 1 ½ cups of frozen blueberries
- 2 cups of spinach or romaine lettuce or other greens (non-bitter)
Blend with water!
If you’re really hungry, start dinner with some fruit, or a fruit smoothie or soup.
Then follow with a simple vegetable soup.
Here’s one that I really like:
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 2 small cucumbers, peeled
- 1 mango or 1 cup of another fruit
- fresh basil, or dill
- 2-3 green onions, fresh
The idea here with this soup is to blend it at the lowest speed in your vita-mix or blender. It should still be chunky. Dice the tomatoes and cucumbers. Blend together and add the other ingredients. Blend slowly!
If you’re still hungry after this soup, you could make a non-fat salad, or eat more fruit. As long as you avoid oils, nuts and other fatty foods, as well as salt, you’ll still be following the guidelines for the cleanse!
Try this one-day detox, and you’ll see how great you feel. Now imagine what 7 days could do for you…
“What Body Fat is Too Low”?
Hi Frederic! I watched your interview on the “Rawkaton” and it was very impressive! Your diet recommendations have helped me so much (in a fairly short time) compared to all the other raw food diets. I completed the ten day cleanse program and feel much better.
Before the cleanse, I weighed 159 pounds with 9.8 percent body fat on a 5′ 10″ frame. Now I weigh 153 pounds with 6.7 percent body fat and a body mass index of 22.1 Do you think 6.7 percent body fat is too low (especially in the winter)?
Also, if I stay on the cleanse diet long term with 2 ounces of nuts per day, will I gain the 6 pounds back that I lost? Maybe I should just accept the fact that I am slim since I feel good and healthy at this weight.
I used to eat too many fatty foods to gain weight, but then felt more tired. I think I looked better when I weighed more but I feel much better now. I have additional questions below. Do fruits and vegetables lose much vitamin or mineral content when they are frozen? Why do you eat so many bananas per day? What is their benefit? How long do I wait to eat nuts or fat foods after eating fruit? Also, if you know of any raw food festivals or conferences in Atlanta, GA anytime soon, please let me know.
Response From Frederic: Right now you are at a very enviable spot at 5’10’, 153 pounds and 6.7% body fat. I know a lot of guys (including me) who would love to be at that level! So I would not change anything there. Remember that you’re still at a very healthy level for a man.
Between 3 and 9% body fat is considered very healthy for athletic men.
But women need a higher body fat of at least 11% to maintain proper hormonal function. Between 11 and 20% is the ideal range for an athletic woman.
Your body fat and weight ratio indicates that you must be very muscular. You should not have any problems in the winter at all. Just keep up your fitness program.
I have no idea why you would want to gain weight at this point, except to gain even more muscle through your exercise program. Many actors actually train to be exactly where you want so they can look at their best in a movie!
To answer your other questions: Some vitamins are lost when you freeze foods but not a great amount. Minerals stay intact. I’m not against frozen foods as long as they are not eaten super cold. What I’ll generally do during the winter is add a handful of frozen berries to every smoothie. Since the rest of the smoothie is warm or room temperature, it doesn’t really taste “cold”. You don’t want to put very cold foods in your system because:
Firstly, they will make you feel very cold, which is probably not what you want during the winter!
Secondly, too much cold foods can affect your intestinal flora and impair your ability to produce and absorb vitamin B12.
As for the banana thing, I don’t think I eat “so many bananas”. I eat the right amount based on what I need. There are also many days when I don’t eat any bananas at all. But bananas are easy to eat, non-acidic, rich in calories and fairly inexpensive so they are the perfect staple on the raw food diet.
Blood Types and the Raw Food Diet
Please comment if there are some blood types that can´t go with living foods. What is your blood type?
Response From Frederic: I have answered this question before, in fact I have answered it extensively quite a few times. So here’s the short answer:
There is absolutely no reason to believe that any restrictions must be placed on the foods you eat based on your blood type. This entire theory is wrong.
Many animal species have different blood types yet eat essentially the same foods.
The “blood type” diet is often a good excuse for people to explain their failures on the raw food diet, when it is easily explainable for other reasons.
Knowing my blood type won’t add any weight to this discussion. I know successful raw-foodists of all blood types: A, B, AB and even the meat-eating “O”.
If you want more information on the topic, I included an in-depth article on the Blood Type Diet and Raw Foods in my “Raw Health Starter Kit” available at http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/starterkit.html
Eating Fruit Peels or Not?
Hi! Although our family has been Vita-Mixing for a number of years, we have NOT been doing the ‘green’ thing although sprouting has been a minor addition to our food intake and because of your mega efforts on the Raw food movement, we have been enjoying greens more and cooking less!! Yeah! And I am a mega self-taught gourmet cook!
A question became apparent recently as to why you suggest eliminating the skins from cucumbers? “Store bought, maybe?” It is my understanding that the majority of vitamins and minerals are just under the skin and since I grow my own in an organic style garden, what is your perspective regarding the skins? Are they toxic?
Response From Frederic: A lot of people will tell you that you need to consume all skins of all fruits because that’s where the “nutrients” are.
Those people have not understood the basics of nutrition and the fact that deficiencies are not caused by a “lack” but more often by an “excess” of something.
I’ve heard people say that the skins of apples are more nutritious than the apple itself. Of course, they were selling a specific supplement made from apple skins.
If the solution were to eat the most nutritious foods to be healthy, then why not eat banana peels? They contain plenty of nutrients.
Fruit peels are not “toxic” but are generally not digested. Even tomato and grape skins just pass through the stools undigested.
So, my point is that there’s no reason that should stop you from peeling certain vegetables or fruits. I personally peel cucumbers with thick skins, but I eat the skins from very soft cucumbers.
I eat some fruits with peels, but not for the nutrients. I eat them because it’s more convenient or tasty to do so.
If I blend something I will generally add the whole fruit if the peel is edible, but I generally avoid very tough skins like most cucumber skins.
I also peel apples when the skin is too tough. Even though that skin is rich in nutrients, those nutrients are generally not accessible.
Primates in the wild will peel skins of all fruits, and only consume the fruit flesh, unless they are very hungry and therefore non-discriminating.
Bottom line: don’t try to seek the most concentrated source of nutrients, instead, seek the most absorbable source of nutrients, in a food that’s easy to digest.
Could you please address the use of Kombucha Tea while on the raw foods diet. Good or bad!
Response From Frederic: I’m really surprised that so many people make the mistake of eating a particular food or taking a particular product because of the alleged health benefits. Why not pursue a healthy lifestyle as a whole?
Kombucha Tea does contain some caffeine, although certainly not as much as regular tea or coffee, depending on what kind of leaves it’s made from. But it is a good enough reason to avoid it.
This tea is also fermented, and will generally contain a certain percentage of ethyl alcohol, formed through the fermentation process. That also is another reason to avoid it.
There are also possible adverse reactions when a culture can become contaminated through the fermentation process.
On the other hand, I don’t really see any serious health benefits from drinking Kombucha tea, as most claims made about it’s health benefits are either dubious or simply not proven.
So I really see no reason to drink it.
Is the pouch in a woman’s stomach caused by gas, bloating and blockages in the small intestine and colon or can it also be caused by fat and cellulite?
Response From Frederic: Every person is different. Generally, the “pouch” you refer to would be a combination of all the things you mentioned.
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