The Diced Diet

April 19, 2008 by  
Filed under At Home, Diets, Food & Nutrition, Lifestyle

With the sun shining, and prospect of swimsuits by the sea beckoning, it might be time to think about a detox diet to get you in shape. There are plenty of versions on the market, but not many that are 100% natural and that you don’t buy in a can or a box but create yourself in your own kitchen.

Basil Shackletona South African rancher, devised something called the Grape Cure and is a big fan of raw foods, which many find to be very beneficial in healing a number of conditions. He claims the diet has great cleansing properties, and, if eaten regularly as a main meal during the day, will actually detox you and if you eat it five days a week it can cure rheumatism and skin rashes, and it is a guaranteed cure for normal constipation. That last one is clear when you read the ingredients list for one meal:

· 2 ounces of well-washed raisins
· 1 medium eating apple
· 1 ripe and well-washed tomato
· 2 ounces mild milk cheese such as Gouda
· 2 ounces dry-roasted peanuts (no oils, fats, or salt)
· The juice of half a fresh, ripe lemon

Obviously organic is preferred, and if you want to try it then you start by washing the raisins several times in hot water, put them in a cup and allow to soak in really hot water for about ten minutes. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into another cup and add the drained raisins so that the juice just covers the raisins and leave for up to 20 minutes – the longer you leave it the sweeter the end result will be.

In the meantime, wash the tomato, cut into small pieces, and place in a bowl. Cut the cheese into small pieces add it to the tomato and tip in the peanuts. Finally add the raisins and lemon juice to the bowl, stir thoroughly and the meal is ready to eat. To gain the best benefit, you must eat it within 15 minutes of it being ready or the ingredients lose their natural vitamins and minerals through the being exposed to the air.

Eat slowly, chew it well, and don’t drink any liquids until two hours after the meal. For maximum health benefit, if you are trying this for a week as a detox, cut meat out for that time as well.