Eating healthy in the morning…first course is fresh fruit only

Easy, delicious, & nutritious — a great way to start your day

Fresh fruit early in the morning; definitely a 4-Leaf meal.

Long before learning the “big picture” about the food that we eat, I read Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond and, as a result, made some pretty big changes in what I was eating. Following their simple guidelines, I started eating only fruit before noon. They pointed out that fruit is most beneficial if eaten on an empty stomach — reason being that fruit digests very quickly and delivers all those great nutrients to your 100 trillion cells right away.

I still practice their “empty stomach” rule but have modified the “nothing but fruit before noon” part. I have added oatmeal as a part of my “second” breakfast meal, a meal that keeps me feeling comfortably satisfied until mid-afternoon. My own  regimen features 100% of my calories from whole plants – in nature’s package and I absolutely LOVE the food, savoring every bite, every morning.

Fresh fruit on a February morning -- Bosc pear, juicy orange and sweet banana

My first food of the day is a large bowl of fresh fruit; including 3 or 4 items from the following list: pear, kiwi, orange, banana, plum, grapefruit, peach, berries, or mango. The picture below is an example that I had on Monday. In my next post, we will take a look at that oatmeal course mentioned earlier.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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2 Responses to Eating healthy in the morning…first course is fresh fruit only

  1. w.j. wild says:

    I thought the Diamond’s book: Fit For Life. was discredited. No such thing as food combining.

    • jmorrishicks says:

      We’ve all learned a lot since the Diamond’s first book. But back in 1988, I improved my diet a great deal after reading their book, adding lots of fruits and vegetables and learning a little bit about how our bodies can heal themselves if we give them the right food.

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