Only Fruit and Vegetable Diet {my experience}

Jan 8, 2013
This past weekend, I went on a diet (sort of) where I ate only fruits and vegetables out of sheer curiosity. There are so many crazy diets out there and its been on my bucket list for so long just to experience what it's like to put myself on a strict regimen and not be able to eat some of my favorite food for a certain period of time. I actually wanted to try for three days but it lasted only two. More on that story in a bit.

Things I ate: fresh, local fruits and vegetables (raw and cooked)
                   salt, spices, oil, and honey
                   water, green tea

Let me reiterate, I did it just out of curiosity and not for weight loss, boost my metabolism, cure acne, or whatever health claims they associate fad diets with.

For breakfast- I tried different blends of fresh fruits and vegetables commonly known as juicing.


I was bold enough to try beets which was a pleasant surprise. Earthy flavor of beets worked really well with grapefruits! 


Besides juicing, I enjoyed citrus salad as a part of my breakfast and felt pretty creative! 

grapefruit & orange slices with freshly chopped mint, sprinkled with salt & pepper

I did not get the feeling of full, so instead of three meals, I grazed on small snacks throughout the day. 

cherries & blueberries

oven roasted sweet potato fries with home made salsa 
                                      
Instead of regular ketchup or ranch dressing, I quickly whipped up home made salsa : boiled tomatoes until soft then blended with chopped cilantro, garlic, some salt and blended all together, then finished it off with squeezed fresh lemon.
                                          

Guacamole, even without tortilla chips was my absolute fav snack. Not gonna lie, I wished I had tortilla chips at that time though and maybe a piece of good dark chocolate.


My biggest craving was chocolate and maybe little bit of carbohydrate! Especially, when I ate dinner on Day 1 at this vegetarian restaurant called Cosmic Cafe!. It was hard to keep pita bread away and just eat eggplant stir fry & portabella mushrooms. Thank god for their vegan tomato soup, that was delicious! 

Another struggle was, it felt like I had nothing but food on my mind, or I was planning my next snack. I was in the kitchen all day just preparing food, cleaning and constantly planning which was just too much to handle and that is why I decided to end on Day 2 before I developed strong dislike for fruits, vegetables, and cooking altogether. Also, I was less energetic than usual. Damn those carbs!


Beet Tezza Soup, recipe adapted from here

I could have simply chopped up greens with few other veggies for a salad or made simple soups to avoid all the hassle but I wanted to enjoy the whole experience, get creative and make delicious food with all the fresh fruits and veggies.



I am pretty sure there are many people out there doing detox diets, juicing, cleanse and what not for several days but I realized that its just not for me, not for more than a day or two. It's very time consuming and nutritionally not adequate at all. Plus, I felt better when I ate a wholesome meal.

I ended Day 2 dinner with a delicious, easy baked eggplant dish, recipe adapted from Chinmayie @ Love, Food, Eat minus the yogurt in the marinade and Aloo Palak {Potato Spinach Curry}.


Overall, it was a fun little challenge where I felt pretty bold & creative with only fruits and vegetables. Although I have started enjoying juicing fresh fruits and vegetables in the morning for a refreshing start. There are lots of mixed reviews on juicing if it is really beneficial or not. One of the major concern I see with juicing fruits and vegetables is that it removes "fiber" which is very essential for our digestive health. But on the other hand, I came across some articles which stated that juicing fruits and vegetables will allow the micro nutrients to be absorbed better in our body. Its still a pretty debatable topic but this post from a dietitian Nour, explains very well about juicing vs. blending. My bottom line- if you decide to juice, make sure you are getting adequate calories, fiber and other nutrients from whole foods. 

Would I do fruits and vegetable only diet again? Maybe, maybe not but I will definitely allow myself to eat dried lentils/beans/nuts for protein. And maybe a piece of chocolate ;)


Have you done any diet? What are your thoughts on juicing/cleanse? Feel free to share. 
I am sending this post to What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Peas & Crayons 
where other fellow bloggers are sharing what are eating too!




48 comments:

  1. Reading about your experience was quite interesting! I don't think I would do a fruit/veg diet..at least not for more than a day! Although it does have detoxing benefits, I think the stress it would cause me in terms of meal planning/fighting hunger would outweigh them...as well as the lack of energy! Good on you for sticking it out for the 3 days..I bet chocolate tasted that much better after ;)!

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    1. I agree. it was just not feasible time as well as nutrition wise but fun little challenge. I wanted to do for three but stopped at 2. Chocolate was heavenly :)

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  2. Good way to cleanse your body!

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    1. thanks Kankana but pretty difficult :(

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    2. I'm on my third day with only fruits and veggies and I feel really good. I started Saturday April 21st and I will stop on May 8th to see what happends. I'm making a trip and I really want to lose some pounds by then.

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  3. Girl, you don't look like you need to be on a diet first of all. I am not really into extreme diets, I try to eat salads and fish and stay healthy most of the time. I don't mind a detox, but it would only be for a day or 2, knowing me I'd go crazy and end up overeating big time.. so it would backfire.
    Lately, I've been skipping my desserts and going for dark chocolate, it's pretty awesome how it curbs my sweet tooth.
    Also, i'm curious, was your skin radiating after this diet? just curious.. maybe I would consider it for pure vanity. :-)

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    1. I was just curious to what was all that hype about and like I said, it was too much to handle . Dark chocolate cures alot of problem :) Well, i did not see any drastic change on my skin although I havent had any major breakouts since I stopped dairy. Who knows!!

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  4. Interesting! I love how creative you got with your meals. I think I would've gotten through day 1 and fallen apart! HAHA. Like Nisha, I would've binged on day 2. That's why I don't eliminate entire food groups. Although I do find that when I reduce my carb intake and keep the focus on whole grains, I feel more energized and full. Thanks for sharing your experience. I love reading about how people navigate challenges like this. :)

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    1. i am so glad that i stopped on day 2 as well because it was just too much. I realized that eating all food group is so much easier, balanced and makes me happier however, was a great experience.

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  5. I love your pictures and recipes, they are so simple, healthy and full of flavor! -eva626

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  6. One of my blogger friends did the raw veggie/fruit diet just like you did, and I was curious about it. It doesn't hurt to give it a try for a week or so. Your juice looks so beautiful and so appetizing. It's really important for food to look good to convince readers, and you just convinced me. :)

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    1. Thank Nami. It was a fun challenge but little challenging and time consuming. loved different veggies and fruits though :)

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  7. Hey girl! I tried a juice "cleanse" in August because I was curious and oh man was I miserable! I wanted to juice for 3 days but ended up throwing in the towel after two and a half. I was constantly thinking about food and it was 0 fun. I would be interested in trying only fruits & veggies for a few days and see how it goes. Very cool!

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    1. I hear you Mallory...even with fruits and veggies it got difficult esp if you cook everything from scratch. let me know how it goes for you.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your experience. Although the f+v diet didn't keep you full for long, all your eats sure look beautiful and tasty! So colorful and vibrant! I absolutely love beets ;). How you managed to keep your hands away from the pita bread is beyond me! You sure have will-power, my friend ;).
    Yes, my professors are totally against juicing, but if it's the only way to get some people to eat their fruits and veggies, I say it's better than nothing. Your experience goes to show that we must eat a well-balanced diet to keep ourselves healthy and our minds clear. We sure can't be sitting around thinking about food all the time. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. haha the pita bread was a battle..I am all for fresh fruits and veggies eating them straight rather than juicing because it loses fiber and lot of studies are showing antioxidants are on skin and such too..but as long as we are getting adequate calories and nutrients from other food sources, juicing could come handy for a change. I hated the feeling of being hungry and thinking constantly about things I could not..

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  9. I'm impressed with how creative you got with this challenge, and how you actually stuck to it for two whole days. I would probably have given up partway through day 1 because I love my carbs too much to go a day without nibbling on some bread.
    BTW, isn't beet juice amazing? There's a cafe near my office that makes beet, apple and ginger juice... I could drink a bucket of the stuff, it's so good. Can't say I'd ever have thought to pair it with grapefruit, but it does sound intriguing!

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    1. Hey Isabelle, not going to lie- i missed carbs and chocolate was the most difficult thing. I discovered my love for beets in this process though and simply loving it.

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  10. when i was losing my pregnancy weight, i tried to do this same fruit diet for a week. it was much harder than i thought. i only survived about 3 days. for some reason, i was always hungry and yes! chocolate was my biggest craving too...lol.
    but, kudos to you for sticking through your diet this entire weekend :D

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    1. Esp during pregnancy, i dont know if its a good idea because it was pretty challenging for me. I felt pretty creative for those days though :) yea chocolate was difficult!

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  11. I always wonder how fruitarians do it, but I've never been on a diet (unless if vegetarianism is considered one). I don't know if I can be disciplined enough!

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    1. Annie, I also always wondered how people did so many cleanse and all that but from the experience i can tell you it was not easy! love carbs too much :)

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  12. OMG. I am salivating here. Who knew sweet potatoes would ever look that good. And I want to try the beet, celery, grapefruit shake. I really need to incorporate more vegetables into my diet - I do eat them, but I want to eat more. And I am thinking about becoming vegetarian. Your post showed me there might be hope in vegetarianism - so many creative options. Wish I was as spontaneous and talented in the kitchen as you seem to be, though!
    Kiran

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    1. Thanks Kiran. Sweet potato fries are pretty good..it was a fun little challenge for the weekend and i enjoyed it. Vegetarianism is a great idea, i cannot give up meat completely though :( there are some easy recipes on my blog and other food blogs are pretty helpful in providing vegetarian dishes or have you thought about maybe meatless monday or something to start small?

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  13. Some great looking dishes! I especially love the color of the beet juice..yumm!

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  14. I once did the Fat Flush Plan which is very similar...and I was craving carbs for a few days. But then it totally cured me of my need to have so much bread, etc. and now? Now I don't have such intense cravings (too often).

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    1. carbs, esp chocolate was the hardest for me..

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  15. All of this photos are beautiful! I have never tried a fad diet, but I know that I would not last very long if I did. I love my carbs too much :)

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    1. hey Brittany. I think all these fad diets are only for a hype but pretty difficult and impractical almost, alteast thats how I felt.

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  16. I normally do not do any specific kind of diet because I believe in balanced diet - Eat everything but not excessively. But everything here really looks appetizing and healthy! I love fresh juice made of kale,green apple, cucumber, celery, mint and zing of ginger :)

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    1. I like your eating plan- moderation is the key right? Will have to try that juice- sounds pretty refreshing!

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  17. Oh gosh, I would never diet however the foods you ate looked really fresh and delish. I am yet to try some beets in a smoothie, but I will try soon because I have some canned! It was nice to read your experience ;-)

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    1. Thanks Miryam :) It was a lot of work but food was good. Hope you like the beet in your smoothies

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  18. I would try it too out of curiosity :P

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    1. it was kind of fun yet challenging. Let me know if you try it :)

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  20. Hey..!I just happened to pass by your blog and it's awesome.! I am an IB student. Looking at your blog, I was amazed how you manage your blog so successfully. I have been gaining weight since few months. I know I need to stop but I got no time for exercises as IB is really rigorous.! I am so fed up with m increasing weight. Can you suggest me how can I lose weight (except exercise)? Thank You so much. =)

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    1. hey there thanks for stopping by. When it comes to weight loss both exercise and balanced meal is equally important but like you mentioned you do not have time right now - I would focus on eating balanced meals primarily composed of fresh fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy, lean protein and whole grain/complex carbohydrates and plenty of non-sugary beverage. Also, consider cutting down your portion sizes and get healthy snacks. Hope these simple tips helps. Looking forward to hear from you soon. Good luck with IB.

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  21. hi sorry but could i ask how much weight you lost? :) i'm also on a diet but i'm not sure whether it's healthy for me :D i'm really really fat :( i'm 1.55m and 53kg :( any tips for me? thanks! ^^

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    1. hi Charissa - I didnt weigh myself but I dont think I lost any and even if it was some weight loss - it was probably water weight. I m not sure what kind you are and I would love to discuss further if you need help on how to incorporate healthy lifestyle for a long term weightloss rather than a diet. Feel free to contact me :)

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  22. Thanks for sharing benefits Of eating healthy diet foods.These are helpful for mention a perfect health.

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  23. I know you were not doing this for the weightloss however I have done this. In September of 2012 I deicded I needed to lose some weight. Monday through Thursday I ate only fruits vegetables and lean protein. no oil or carbs or anything. and on weekends I would eat whatever I wanted. I have lost 30 pounds following this plan and I feel so much healthier. the fruit and veg cleanse is amazing

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