Produce Power is the quickest way to lose weight for two reasons:
1. you’re getting at the real cause of your excess weight, a build-up of toxic waste in your system.
2. You cannot gain weight when eating raw food.
Produce Power is simply, eating (almost) nothing but raw fruits and vegetables.
If your normal diet consists of soda (diet or not), processed foods, anything that leaves your fingers orange after eating it, white bread, white rice, potatoes, sugar and other unwholesome foods it can be uncomfortable to begin a diet with Produce Power because of the way your body may react to detoxification on such a powerful level. It would be best to practice the UnDiet for at least a week before going on the Produce Power plan. Even then you may still experience headaches, diarrhea, light-headedness, nausea, bloating, gas, achiness, loss of energy, anxiety, or nasal dripping. While uncomfortable, these are all ways that your body is using to get rid of toxic wastes that have been hampering you for years. If any of these symptoms occur, don’t worry, and don’t take any over the counter meds, just continue eating healthy raw foods and these symptoms will gradually dissipate.
This is why I suggest starting the UnDiet with the Basic UnDiet Plan, and practicing Produce Power for one or two days per week. Once you’ve been enjoying healthy whole foods for at least a couple of weeks then you can do Produce Power for a week or two though. This is how you’ll experience quick, safe and healthy weight loss, as well as incredible energy. But I want to stress here that if you don’t like Produce Power just keep to the UnDiet guidelines and enjoy your life and weight loss.
If your diet up to now has been relatively healthy (whole grains, dairy-free, sugar-free) you should be able to start the UnDiet here at Produce Power without an extreme reaction.
You’ll be eating nothing but fresh fruits and mostly raw vegetables with oils, vinegars, herbs and spices for flavor. Don’t worry about the calories you’re consuming, DON’T COUNT THEM, EAT THEM! Don’t be afraid, this really does work.
Start the day with a glass of fresh juice, herb tea, plain filtered water, or filtered water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice. If you can drink your lemon/lime “tea” without sweetener, all the better, but if you must you can add honey, real maple syrup, Stevia, or erythritol.
When you wake up in the morning your body is still eliminating the food you ate the day before. You don’t want to tax your body by forcing it to begin digesting another meal, so from the time you wake up until noon, you’ll eat nothing but fresh or frozen fruit. No canned fruit. If you like, you may also drink freshly made fruit juice that you make yourself, or purchase from a juice bar or grocer that extracts its juices daily. No canned, bottled or frozen juice concentrates. Heating fruit destroys all its benefits to your body including the enzymes needed to itself digest properly.
If you have trouble digesting fruit you may try eating celery or lettuce with your fruit. If you do choose to combine these veggies with your fruit, try eliminating them after a few days and you’ll most likely find that your body has adjusted to the fruit and you’re now able to digest things you couldn’t eat before without discomfort.
Check out The UnDiet Fruit With Attitude for some delicious alternatives to a simple bowl of fruit.
You want to try to make 70% of each meal raw veggies (or fresh fruit) as this is what facilitates the hyper-digestion of your food, helping you to lose weight. I don’t always want to make every meal with 70% raw veggies, so
I’ve come up with some creative ways to introduce raw veggies into dishes that when you taste you wouldn’t believe it’s raw.
Ten to twenty minutes before lunch drink a large glass of water or an UnDiet approved beverage.
Make a vegetable salad. The best salad dressing to use would be a mashed avocado thinned with lemon or lime juice and seasoned with sea salt. If you can’t get hold of an avocado then you could use a dressing that contains no preservatives, sugars, chemicals, or high fructose corn syrup.
Don’t worry about using oil in your dressing, although if you can cut back on the oil by adding a little more balsamic vinegar, lemon or lime juice go ahead. Note: I love balsamic vinegar, but on Produce Power it’s much better to use lemon, lime or orange juice instead. However, since the idea is to eat as healthy as you can and still enjoy your food, you can pick your deviations.
During the winter months I find it very difficult to eat a completely raw veggie salad so I would sauté or roast up some veggie combos such as:
• eggplant and onion
• bell peppers, eggplant and onion
• zucchini and onion
• shitake mushrooms, zucchini and onion
• potatoes and onions
• potatoes, zucchini or bell peppers and onion
I try to use veggies that I wouldn’t like served raw. Serve on a bed of lettuce or other raw veggies, making sure that at least 70% of the salad consists of raw veggies. Drizzle a salad dressing over everything.
Or you may prefer having raw veggie sticks for lunch, plain or with a dip. Just make sure that the dip is chemical and sugar free. Check out the UnDiet Vegetable Dip recipes (coming soon).
You should have at least one snack between every meal and the best snack to continue detoxifying your body is fresh fruit. Next best would be raw vegetables.
Your best choice is filtered water or unsweetened hot or cold herb tea. Next best is: decaf black tea, decaf coffee (hot or cold) made from filtered water – no milk although cream is okay since it’s mostly fat. I usually keep a pitcher of one of the following in the fridge: any Celestial Seasonings Zinger teas, or Good Earth decaf (they have an organic version now!). I also love to squeeze a little fresh lemon or lime juice into my water.
Twenty to thirty minutes before dinner enjoy a large beverage.
A fruit or veggie salad, or if you need something warm for dinner, try one of the suggestions below:
• Vegetable or mock chicken broth with fresh vegetables both cooked, and raw as a garnish (diced or shredded tomatoes, zucchini, carrot, avocados, red onion, or mushrooms are great raw garnishes). Try to keep 70% of the soup raw veggies.
• Steamed or roasted vegetables, mixed with 70% raw veggies.
• Bowl of chopped fruit, warmed with spices such as pumpkin or apple pie spice, cinnamon, or vanilla.
• best choice is fresh fruit or fresh fruit juice
• raw veggies
• warmed vegetables, plain or with salt and oil or any other spice you like
• veggie soup
Stop eating at least two and preferably three hours between your last meal (20 minutes if you had a fruit meal) and when you go to bed.
If you’re primarily eating from the basic UnDiet plan it’s a good idea to switch to Produce Power for one day a week. If you’ve been on Paleo, low carb, or gluten free for any amount of time take three to five days on Produce Power to clean your system out.