Edgar Cayce's Apple Diet
One of the most popular and well-known health recommendations in the Cayce readings is the apple diet. But make no mistake, Cayce did not intend this three-day regimen to be a weight-loss strategy. The "diet" was recommended as a detox or purification routine that could make one feel more energetic and vital in a short period of time. It was particularly noted as a way to alkalize one's system and help relieve oneself of chronic aches and pains. Overall, the apple diet seems to be almost a must for us all a few times a year, if for no other reason than it quite thoroughly cleanses and detoxifies the system.
The first step in the diet is to get your apples!
The readings identified the "jenneting" varieties of apples to be best for the routine. Two easily obtained apples within this category are Jonathan and Delicious. Basically "jenneting" apples are those that ripen early in the season. The term jenneting is derived from the name Jean or John and is so named because these apples ripen on or before St. John's Day, June 24! I love tidbits of information like this as much as apples!
The readings actually state that raw apples should always be eaten alone - never with other foods and never in conjunction with castor oils packs (some people have come to believe the opposite through misinformation - so please heed this admonition). As you can see from this quote, it's an important one: " Do not attempt to use the Apple Diet as a cleanser, if using the Oil Packs." (543-27)
Basically, the diet is simple.
Three days of apples (the right apples as mentioned above), plenty of water, and rest. Here's one reading on the apple diet:
"It would be well for this body, even after this, to have a three-day apple diet, even in its weakened condition we need to clear the system. For this will get rid of the tendencies for neuritic conditions in the joints of the body. Also take the Olive Oil after the three-day diet. But don't go without the apples - eat them - all you can - at least five or six apples each day. Chew them up, scrape them well. Drink plenty of water, and follow the three-day diet with the big dose of Olive Oil." (1409-9)
The dose of olive oil is at the end of the diet. Two to three teaspoons is the general recommendation. Cold-pressed olive oil is much more palatable, so you should be sure to have that available. If you are on an oil-restricted diet, you can extend the apples for four to five days.
As mentioned above, rest is important during the apple diet. A "regular Apple Diet would be well for the body - but don't try to work like a horse when you are on the Apple Diet! or else we will find it will be more detrimental than helpful!" (307-14)
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