The Fit For Life Diet was created by Doctor Harvey Diamond and is based on the principles of natural hygiene. About half of your food intake comes from raw fruits and vegetables. The theory is that raw foods contain unaltered enzymes, which are destroyed by heat during cooking. Giving a place of privilege to raw foods provides your body with extra energy from proteins and carbohydrates. Here are some of the principles.
Eat at least as much raw food as cooked food. Eat a lot of fruit. According to Doctor Diamond fruits are the most indispensable part of our diet. They contain fiber, are rich in glucides or fructose, and provide energy. Furthermore, they constitute the only foodstuffs that need not be digested by the stomach. Eat only fruit (or drink freshly prepared fruit juice) for breakfast. They help the body eliminate waste, a morning activity. Don’t eat too much. Give your body enough time to digest food. For example, wait half an hour after eating fruit, 90 minutes after salad, and three hours after cooked food. Drink your fruit juice slowly and don’t eat anything after seven o’clock, anything except fruit. It’s better not to drink coffee but if you must, eat a piece of fruit 15 minutes before your coffee. Don’t mix starches and protein in the same meal. One day a week you eat only raw food. Reduce your consumption of dairy products.
An advantage of the Fit For Life Diet is its ease to follow. But it is quite strict and you may be hungry. Fruits just don’t keep you full for a long time. If you don’t have enough dairy products your system may lack zinc, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
Here are two sample menus: Menu 1 Breakfast: A glass of water. An apple. Two kiwis. Mid-morning snack: An orange. Lunch: Grated carrots. Pasta with butter. Zucchini. Mushrooms. Supper: Tomato juice. Green salad containing tomatoes and asparagus. Mixed vegetables.
Menu 2 Breakfast: A glass of water. Home made fruit salad. Mid-morning snack: A few pineapple slices. Lunch: Potato salad with onions, parsley, and mayonnaise. Supper: Green salad. Spaghetti with tomato sauce.
Some information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Regimes, written by Jenny de Jonquieres and published by Amerik Media. Her book describes over 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. La Bible des Regimes is available only in French at present.
Levi Reiss authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but would rather drink fine French wine with friends. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his Italian travel, wine, and food website www.travelitalytravel.com and his global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com featuring a weekly review of wines and new sections writing about and tasting organic and kosher wines.