It’s time for another experiment and this time I’m doing something that I’ve wanted to do for quite a long time. For over 10 years I’ve owned the book, You CAN Prevent Breast Cancer! by Harvey Diamond. To put it very simply, the premise is to mono diet periodically in order to allow your lymph glands to cleanse themselves. This can help prevent breast cancer by not allowing the lymph glands to become (and remain) so clogged that they (the lumps of toxins in the glands/nodes) have the chance to turn cancerous.
Your lymph glands are the garbage collectors of your system. They collect the impurities and toxins in your system that your body takes in by eating processed and fast food, as well as through contact with pollution, cleaning products, pesticides, fertilizers, and depending on the source, your water. Another simplified breakdown of the purpose of mono dieting is to just give your digestive system a rest (digestion requires the largest amount of energy in your body) in order to free up that energy to be used to cleanse your lymph system and glands.
You see if you continue to have more toxins coming in than are leaving, you will have such a build up that diseases can occur. Mono dieting gives your body a chance to heal and cleanse itself of those toxins. Additionally, by eating raw food during the mono diet, you will gain the highest level of vitamins and nutrients from it.
Please note that mono dieting’s purpose is NOT weight loss, even though if you are overweight, you might lose weight while doing so. However, this is not a weight loss diet, and is not why I am conducting this experiment.
Since mono dieting isn’t on the topic of weight loss, you might be asking why I’m writing about it. Well, how can you be fit and fabulous if you are sick with disease? Additionally, this post is not only for women; whether you are male or female you have lymph glands in your body. Most of you (men and women 😉 ) stay on top of changing the oil in your vehicle every 3,000 miles, why wouldn’t you also change your internal oil periodically to keep your body running at top speed and optimum health?
We also cannot ignore that breast cancer is rising among men. It is estimated that in 2007, 2,030 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer; that number was 1,720 in 2006. Even though breast cancer is rare in men, the similarities between men and women are cited as lymph node involvement. This is why I am stressing that mono dieting is not only for women.
So what is mono dieting? It is periodically taking in “any combination of any raw, fresh food or juice for whatever length of time you wish”, within limits of course, meaning that this is not a regular lifestyle (you don’t eat like this all the time), but a supplement to a healthy lifestyle. Some examples are:
- Drinking only fresh fruit juice for one day.
- Drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juice for one to three days.
- Drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and eating only fresh fruits, vegetables, and salads for only one day to ten or fourteen days.
There isn’t a hard and fast rule for how long you mono diet; you can do it for one day, fourteen, or three days. You can plan for it, or you can just get up one morning and do it for the day. It’s supposed to be a very positive experience, which I will report back to you after I’ve completed doing it myself. 😉 My goal is to mono diet for at least 3 days. I’ll see how it’s going at that time and decide if I want to extend my experiment.
Here are a few more definitions for you, mainly because I want to impress upon you that this is not a weight loss diet even though you find the word “diet” in mono diet.
What mono dieting is not:
- A weight loss diet.
- A way to eat regularly and continuously.
What mono dieting is:
- A process for giving your body a break so that it can heal.
- A way to prevent breast cancer.
- A process for cleaning out your lymph glands.
- A way of life as far as something to do periodically in order to keep your system clean.
- An oil change for your body.
In case you’re wondering why I am doing another experiment, the reason is two-fold: 1 – I want to document my experience with mono dieting in case this is something that you would like to do and you can learn from my experience, and 2 – by turning this into an experiment, I’ll follow through and do it. Like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I’ve wanted to do this in the past. I didn’t because I’m not a big fan of fruit juices, and I also thought I would “starve”, which I didn’t want to do! However, according to the author (Harvey Diamond), he experienced such a positive transformation in both body and mind that I am motivated to do this, and also because it makes sense to me.
There is an additional factor to my experiment: I won’t be having caffeine! Yes, I love my tea, and I won’t be having any during my experiment. I will document whether or not I have any caffeine withdrawals or not.
This post isn’t meant to be an all-inclusive rundown on mono dieting to prevent breast cancer or on breast cancer itsely, so I definitely recommend reading the book (and it’s always suggested you check with your doctor) before doing your own mono diet. There are actually 2 other components to the program: 1 – your thoughts, something that I have written about many times here at Fearless Fat Loss, and 2 – the gradual reduction of animal products.
Your thoughts must be focused on the positive in order to create and attractive more of the same into your life, and Harvey Diamond recommends gradually reducing the amount of animal products you consume. From my end, I don’t see myself ever becoming a vegetarian, but he does make some points about animal products and cancer, which would have to be the topic of another post if I end up writing about it.
You can learn more about mono dieting, breast cancer, the lymph system, as well as read true accounts of women who have mono dieted and their results in the book:
You will need a juicer if you choose to mono diet, so if you don’t own one yet you can search for one and check out prices in the eMiniMall below:
I will be giving you an update this week on my progress. I started this yesterday so I have made it through one day so far, and am still alive (not starved).
Read my Update: Mono Dieting To Prevent Breast Cancer – Experiment Update
(side benefit – I lost weight!)