I second what able has stated with adding in some fruits during stage 2 if you can handle it. Some fruits you absolutely should not touch (like pineapples) but the fresher you can get it, the better. Going organic is very important as well…if you go this route, I recommend it. Frozen fruits for me are hard to digest but fresh fruit digest very well.
Dr. Mcombs has gone on and on about the benefits of fruit, and I feel that some of what he says is true. However, you need to be very careful about sugar, molds, and how you feel during stage 1…while during stage 2 you mostly are normalized. If you are looking for a good food that will help you gauge your progress, fruits are the one. Some are somewhat low in sugar and your body should be easily able to cope with them during stage 2. If you notice drawbacks, you shouldn’t have them yet.
Blueberries seems to stay fresh for a rather long time and don’t get much mold. They are anti-inflammatory and have anti-oxidents…
“Anthocyanins – the colorful antioxidant pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue, purple, and red – are usually the first phytonutrients to be mentioned in descriptions of blueberries and their amazing health-supportive properties. While it is true anthocyanins are pretty spectacular when it comes to blueberries and their support of our body systems, there are actually a wide variety of health support phytonutrients found in blueberries. Here is list that spotlights some of the better studied of these blueberry phytonutrients:
Other phenol-related phytonutrients
Virtually all of the above-named phytonutrients function both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds in the body, and they are responsible for many of the well-documented health benefits we get from regular consumption of blueberries.”
Papaya has a variety of health benefits also, but do you know where you can get fresh papaya in america? Its not going to be fresh…they have to ship it from some tropical country. This is the only downside of papaya…but if you can get fresh organic papaya then I would go for it!
“The fruit, as well as the other parts of the papaya tree, contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. This enzyme is especially concentrated in the fruit when it is unripe. Papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements and is also used as an ingredient in some chewing gums.”
One last thing. After I started to eat fruits during stage 2, I have started to heal a little bit faster. There were other changes I made as well at the same time, but I notice a benefit from fruits after 1 year on the diet.