Grape, grapes and still grapes … This menu, without surprises, has the merit of being sweeter than fasting while providing the same benefits. For a day or a week, why not offer a gourmet and toned pause?
Want to lighten, to purify themselves, to listen to a body too often neglected … The motivations to start a grape cure are multiple. Known and appreciated by the Greeks, Arabs and Romans, the ampelotherapy – its scientific name – was honored in 1927 by a South African nurse. That year, Johanna Brandt published a little book in which she told how she would have triumphed over her cancer with this diet. Since then, its success has never been denied. Today, it is mainly for its “regenerating” benefits, energizing and relaxing that the cure of grape is unanimous among its followers, occasional or regular. With the exception of a few contra-indications (sick, weak or diabetic), it can be followed by all. The principle is simple: for one day, one week or more, one consumes only grapes.
A lightening for the body and mind
In 1990, the Living Earth Association conducted a survey of five hundred voluntary curists. About 10% of them acknowledged that they found the experience painful and 90% found a marked improvement in their general condition: more lightness, relaxation, tone and intellectual agility … The doctors associated with this study Also noticed the effectiveness of “all grapes” against constipation and insomnia (continuing well beyond the food recovery), and its anticholesterol action. Other benefits have emerged: a greater sensitivity of smell and taste, and sometimes of hearing and sight.
But the grape cure does not only lighten the body, it also acts on the mind. Some feel left out of the world and more clairvoyant about themselves and decisions, others face emotions ranging from lightness to anxiety, but all recognize that they feel a real sense of pride when they Manage to persevere beyond the first two or three days, the most difficult. How can we not turn this diet into a calvary? By respecting certain essential rules.
Fresh, organic and ripe
No effective cure without quality grapes. Choose it imperatively fresh (this is why the cure is done in autumn), organic and, above all, do not forget to wash it with plenty of water. Why grapes, and not apples or pears, will ask the curious? Like other fruits, the grape is rich in sugar, low in protein and fat, but its superiority lies in the nutrients it contains: organic acids, tannins, anthocyanins and other flavonoids. All these molecules with the learned name play a leading role in the detoxification of our body as in its protection.
Thus, during these few days, you will consume exclusively grapes, accompanied by water or unsweetened herbal tea. Which varieties to choose? The chasselas is ideal, its skin is fine and its sugar content is balanced. Muscat, why not alternating, is also suitable. Black grapes, considered as constipants, are more recommended in case of diarrhea – the detoxification linked to the cure can generate this type of intestinal problem without it being necessary to stop everything.
Choose ripe fruits: they will not irritate the mouth and lessen the intestines. Make sure you have a sufficient supply before starting your day to avoid running out of fuel.
Two days beforehand, prepare your organization by removing all products of animal origin, industrial foods, alcoholic beverages, coffee and chocolate from your meals. A real cure begins with an intestinal cleansing. The right combination? Use mild, plant-based laxative tablets (Axarola from Superdiet or Depuratum from the Lehning Laboratory), and if possible, proceed to a housewash (using an enema bag Which you can find in pharmacies). The goal: to free the colon and intestines. Then, only, you can take your first grape meal.
Eliminate This monodike should be experienced as a lightweight pause and pleasure that you agree with. Not as a punishment or as a chore. Take advantage of this bracket to slow down the pace.
On the first day, put yourself in the mood. Slowly eat a small bunch, including skin and pips, these are true concentrates of beneficial nutrients. Then go to your occupations, then peck at the grapes whenever you want. Avoid eating too much grapes at one time and do not try to keep the rhythm of the three meals a day, you risk being quickly sickened.
It was found that the best pace was a meal every two or three hours (six to seven meals a day). By consuming more than two kilograms of grapes per day (counting from two and a half kilos to three kilos and a half per day), the organism manages to manage the daily activities more or less normally (do not overdo it no more…). If it is cold, do not hesitate to consume freshly pressed grape juice (heated to 40 ° C maximum) or to drink a few cups of hot tea.
On the second day, the ideal would be to redo an enema … It is, in general, the most difficult day. Do not be discouraged: from the third day, the body finds its marks and the form returns. If this is your first time, do not exceed one week. You can also practice it one day a week for a month.
return A proper food recovery is essential in order not to lose all the benefits of the cure. The right timing: if it lasted a week, your rehabilitation time will be three days. First day: reintroduce other fruits (you can stop the grapes!) And vegetables (raw or cooked). Day two: Add yoghurt or raw egg yolk. Third day: introduce a little fish if it tempts you.
From the fourth day, you can resume your cruise. But do not be surprised if you notice a change in your cravings and habits. The Living Earth study showed that after the treatment, the majority of the participants had changed their lifestyle. The reason is simple: as after a fast, one naturally feels the need to eat healthier. Enjoy!
– In case of fatigue: fatigue is a normal reaction. First of all,
of course avoid too much work or too many activities, and rest.
– In case of headaches : drink hot water and lie down for a few moments.
– In case of nausea or dizziness: rest and drink a sparkling little salt water (Badoit).
– In case of chilliness : take hot baths and cover well.
– In case of constipation : choose a less ripe grape and do not eat the skin and grape seeds for a few days.
Too excessive? Make a partial cure
Less radical than the total cure, it consists of eating each day, for two to six weeks, a beautiful cluster around 11 am and around 6 pm, separating by at least two hours these grape breaks from other meals.
Advantages: the partial cure does not require the disruption of eating habits, it allows to continue a normal social life, it can be prolonged in duration and suitable for people who bear badly the monodiete for reasons of health or motivation. It also allows the body to recharge its nutrients and revitalize itself. But for it to be truly effective, other meals will have to remain reasonable.
Elimination crisis: no worries
Specialists talk about a “curative crisis”: it can result in a cold, fever, rash, tongue or nausea. The more toxins accumulated, the stronger the crisis will be. It is a testament to our organization’s ability to eliminate them.
What should be done ? Rest of course, but also help the body to clean: drink water, herbal teas of thyme or rosemary, treat yourself to oxygen, go to the hammam, make scrubs, massages, walks, so many gestures Which will stimulate your emunctories (organs used for waste disposal) and help them to be more efficient. At the end of the third day, you will feel cleaned from the inside.