Updated: Oct 2
My Experience with a 24 Hour Watermelon Detox
Peace! I finally found a watermelon that was worth my time. Not only is it organic, but it also has seeds. To celebrate, I will be eating only watermelon for 24 hours, preparing it in three different ways: juicing, blending, and eating.
Fasting on Watermelon for 24 Hours
Fasting on watermelon for 24 hours is an effective way to detoxify the body. Watermelon is a low-calorie fruit that is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it an excellent choice for those who want to improve their health. It’s also a great way to lead into a more extensive fast.
Buy in Season
Watermelon season varies depending on where you are located. In the United States, watermelon is typically in season from May to September, with peak season in July and August. However, some areas may have watermelon available as early as April or as late as October. It's always best to check with your local farmers' market or grocery store to see when watermelon is in season in your area.
If you're in Pittsburgh, PA, check out the East End Food Coop. If you're located elsewhere in the United States, see if there's a National Coop Grocers market near you. They may have seeded watermelon available.
Quick Benefits of Watermelon
Hydration: Watermelon is 92% water, making it an excellent choice for hydration and preventing dehydration.
Healthy weight maintenance: Watermelon is low in calories and high in fiber, which can help you feel full and satisfied while reducing your overall calorie intake.
Heart health: Watermelon is high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Digestive health: Watermelon is high in fiber, which can promote healthy digestion and prevent constipation.
Skin health: Watermelon is high in vitamin C, which can help to promote healthy skin and prevent damage from free radicals.
Overall, fasting on watermelon for 24 hours can be a healthy and effective way to improve your health and well-being. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new diet or fasting regimen.
How to Pick Out a Good Watermelon
Look for a uniform shape: Choose a watermelon that is symmetrical and free from lumps or bumps.
Check the color: The rind of a ripe watermelon should be dark green and dull, not shiny.
Tap it: Tap the watermelon with your knuckles - if it sounds hollow, it's likely ripe.
Check the field spot: The spot where the watermelon rested on the ground should be creamy-yellow in color.
Pick it up: A ripe watermelon should feel heavy for its size.
By following these tips, you can ensure that you select a ripe and delicious watermelon.
Watermelon in Three Different Ways
Juice: For breakfast, I like to hydrate my cells internally before putting my digestive system to work. My go-to drink is watermelon juice, which is easy to make. Simply cut the watermelon into small pieces and place them in a juicer. If the rind is thin enough, include it in the process to get the extra nutrients it contains. You can strain the juice for a smoother consistency, but I prefer to leave it unstrained.
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Smoothie: For lunch, I enjoy making a watermelon smoothie. Not only is it delicious, but blending the watermelon helps to prepare my digestive system for solids. To make the smoothie, first cut the watermelon into small pieces and remove the rind. Then, add the pieces to a blender. For extra flavor, occasionally add a splash of lime juice. Blending the watermelon is a great way to retain the fiber and nutrients that can be lost during juicing. You may be surprised at how refreshing a watermelon-only smoothie can taste!
Whole: For dinner, I eat the watermelon as is, in its whole form. Eating the watermelon whole is a great way to get the most fiber and nutrients from the fruit and put the digestive system to work.
Whether you are fasting or not, I highly recommend consuming watermelon using the three different methods mentioned. Each method has its own benefits depending on your intentions.