. eating my weight in fruit .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on January 25, 2013

You know you’ve had a pretty easy day when the worst part about it was the fact that your bananas weren’t as ripe as you’d like them to be…

Banana Staples

Don’t get me wrong – I know how important a good, ripe banana is – but all things taken into consideration, there are definitely worse things out there… like still having to go get your blood taken; not that I’ve been putting it off or anything :shock: :shock:

But I digress. Today’s post is not about needles. Thank God. Today’s post is about something far more pleasant:

Fruit

Stocked up on Apples

If I haven’t made it painfully obvious by now, or if you’re new around these parts (hi!!!!) I kind of love fruit – absolutely adore it – and I eat a lot of it. Let’s take yesterday for example. Over the course of one day, I managed to easily scarf down:

  • 2 large bananas,
  • ½ cantaloupe,
  • 1 mini watermelon,
  • around 3 apples worth of applesauce, and
  • ½ lb. of blueberries

Blueberries

… and that’s a pretty typical day for me. Heck, I would probably eat more if I didn’t worry about having to save room for other foods. Should I be concerned?

I used to be. In the depths of my ED, fruit was definitely on my list of fear foods, and I would never allow myself to eat more than half a serving a day, if that. Fruit had too much sugar. Fruit would make me fat. Fruit was inferior to veggies. Does that kind of thinking sound familiar? My guess is that it probably does…

It makes me sad to see fruit get such a bad rap, especially when it comes to the ones with a higher sugar content like grapes, cherries, mangoes, and my personal favorite, bananas…

Almond Butter and Bananas

Almost every diet and weight-loss program I’ve ever come across advocates “avoiding or limiting” those fruits, claiming that their high sugar content can contribute to weight problems. Really?! I understand that there are people who have to watch their sugar intake as a result of legit medical conditions, but the idea that fruit makes people fat?

That’s just absurd.

Fruit is wonderful. Sure it has sugar, but our bodies need sugar to function, and what better place to get it than from fruit, where it comes with a host of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Reasonable Watermelon

Cantaloupe
Peaches and Bloobs

Summer Berries

I eat my weight in fruit on pretty much a daily basis, and I have yet to experience any sort of negative side effects. I haven’t blown up to epic proportions and I don’t struggle with my weight. I do wish that those ridiculous diet claims would die off, but I think that may be asking too much…

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Fruit: friend or foe?
How much fruit do you eat in a day?
What’s your favorite fruit?

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1 Lisa January 25, 2013 at 7:11 am

I’m the same as you! I loooove my fruit! It’s funny because I totally used to think the exact same thing about fruit. It was an off limit food for me, you know because obviously sugar = makes you fat right away ;) I’m glad I’ve moved away from those thoughts. I mean, hello fruits contain fiber, vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants! All those amazing things for our bodies. It seems like its a trend to shy away from fruit, let’s just say I don’t want to be part of this trend. Favorite fruit would have to be either banana or strawberries!
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2 Sara @my less serious life January 25, 2013 at 7:15 am

i <3 bananas
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3 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Very good choice ;)

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4 Zia January 25, 2013 at 7:15 am

omg, I need to go get fruit now :D we have some lovely bananas, hopefully they’re ripe!

I’m partial to apples. I can easily eat 3 a day. I also love perfectly ripe mangoes, grapefruits and blueberries… yummm!
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5 Jess January 25, 2013 at 7:25 am

I think if I eat fruit on its own I just end up extremely hungry 30 seconds later, but paired with some protein it’s fine.

My fruit intake varies – some days I’ll just have an apple and a pear or a few berries, but yesterday I got through a banana, 200g of cherries, 100g of raspberries, three apples and a pear! I think most of my intake was fruit or coffee yesterday now that I think about it :P

No single food makes anyone fat. Some foods might not be filling enough, or they might have that ‘easy to overeat’ quality, so they can cause issues with weight management…in which case yes, avoid those foods, but no, I seriously doubt anyone gets fat from eating fruit unless they’re going through a bunch of bananas, kilos of grapes, three watermelons and a box of mangoes every single day. I did once read a post by a woman about how she did manage to become overweight as a fruitarian (!) but frankly she obviously had so many issues that I took everything she wrote with a pinch of salt.

I guess I’d say veggies ARE better than fruit for those trying to lose or manage their weight simply by virtue of being lower in calories and sugar…but that doesn’t mean fruit is ‘bad’ at all. It’s still better than eating a giant chocolate bar if you’re after something sweet!

My favourite fruit would definitely be apples – I don’t think unless I’m sick I ever go a day without eating one.

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6 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

“No single food makes anyone fat.” Amen to that, and I think it’s something that a lot of people lose sight of. I think the reason that a lot of those fad diets fail is because the amount of deprivation associated with them isn’t maintainable in the long run. Cutting out our favorite foods completely will never get us far.

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7 Jo @ LivingMintGreen January 25, 2013 at 7:26 am

I LOVE fruit too – not as much in the winter, but in the summer it’s basically all I eat. I spent a month in Hawaii last year and we lived on pineapple & bananas. I love all fruits, except papaya, and I’m not a huge melon fan (except watermelon). My top favs are pineapple, strawberries & peaches. BC PEACHES!! Excited for summer yet? ;)
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8 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I’ve been excited for summer since about a month after summer ended. Oh how I miss fresh ripe fruit…

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9 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 25, 2013 at 7:28 am

Fruit is freaking delicious! I ALWAYS have to have bananas. No matter what. I have also been loving blueberries lately!! Sooo good in yogurt with lemon stevia… mmm :)
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10 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

I definitely used to see fruit as a “limited food” – definitely not the case anymore. Although, I don’t crave it nearly as much in the winter as I do in the Spring/Summer. Once we get to berry season, strawberries and blueberries will be appearing in pretty much everything I eat! Right now though, I still eat a banana almost daily – always has and always will be my favourite fruit!
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11 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

I love fruit, I think I almost eat some for every meal :)
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12 Sarah @PickyRunner January 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

Oh my god I love fruit. I don’t eat as much as I was eating but strawberries, blueberries, GRAPES, apples… all my jam. I eat them like candy but since they’re healthier, I can! That’s the best part if you ask me ;)
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13 Devon @ Health in Equilibrium January 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

Wow, you eat more fruit than I do! Even in my ED days, fruit was something that was pretty safe, so I never ditched it completely. I hate the articles that tell you to limit fruit. Really?? It’s fruit!! You know a diet is bullshit when they tell you that something whole, healthy and delicious is going to go straight to your ass…
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14 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I think my fruit consumption would rival most people’s :mrgreen:

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15 Hollie January 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

What a great post (do I say that often? LOL). I like cherries and grapes the best…I’ve seriously eaten 5 pound containers of grapes in one sitting. Embarassing. I normally have them for snacks or in salads. Bananas and apples are my least favorite fruit (oddly enough) but pears are closely related to apples sometime LOL.
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16 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I’ve done that with grapes. I’ll never understand how people can just eat a small handful and stop… I’ll basically keep eating them until they’re all gone.

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17 Jessie January 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I’m with you girls… especially frozen grapes. Even though I’ve never done crack, I’m just going to say they are equally as addicting! :)
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18 Alex @ therunwithin January 25, 2013 at 8:27 am

I am a fruit o holic but it makes me sad because I really rarely buy it anymore. it is so expensive so i tend to shy away from it. that makes me sad like whoa
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19 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit January 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

Fruit = Friend Fo’ Sho’! I’ve heard people say they “limit fruit” because they want to loose weight, ummm, no, fruit is a natural, good for you food. I usually eat about 4-5 servings a day worth. Yum!
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20 whiness January 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

I loove fruits! I eat at least a few per day :) My favourite ones are tangerines, oranges and peaches :)
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21 Caitlin January 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

Ahhh couldn’t agree more! Fruit is def a friend and actually became one because of my ed…wasn’t a huge fan of it before but my meal plan required a bunch of servings so i branched out after becoming sick of grapes and apples…i love blueberries and cherries best :) eat them just about everyday and shake my head at ppl who make the sugar comment (i do that with anything containing sugar though so not that surprising ;) )
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22 Nicky January 25, 2013 at 8:51 am

It’s funny because even in the height of my ED, I never feared how much fruit I ate. I never really bought into the whole natural sugars making you fat because I just saw them as a low calorie ‘safe’ food so fruit was pretty much the only thing I ate and it never caused me to gain weight at the time, even though I obviously needed to! It’s always remained with me that natural sugars won’t make you fat. I mean, why should they? They are natural and people have been eating them since..well probably since men were on the earth!
I’d say I eat maybeee 6/7 different types of fruit a day. Some people see it as excessive maybe but I have a sweet tooth and they’re just yum! I’m on a bit of a berry kick at the moment but I go through phases. I love canteloupe, apples and persimmons <3
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23 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I get some pretty strange looks when people see how much fruit I can put away, too… especially when it comes to things like grapes and watermelon. My self-control is seriously lacking in those instances…

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24 lisa fine @ vermont vittles January 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

Love love love fruit. I like to eat at least one banana a day, we try to keep in season fruits (right now it’s citrus) on hand, and I’ve been on a smoothie kick all week. It’s too bad people worry about the sugar in fruit, cause it’s one of the healthiest things you can eat.
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25 Meghan @ After the Ivy League January 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

Love this post Amanda! I remember during darker days trying to “fit in” a banana was a challenge for me. Too many calories, better eat berries instead. Oh how glad I am to be completely away from that mindset now. Bananas and apples are pretty much daily occurrences for me, and I can’t wait for fresh fruit like berries and watermelon to be back in season! They can be so expensive where I am at this time of year. For now I’m sticking with the frozen variety in smoothies.
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26 Rebecca@RunningFoodBaby January 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

I love fruit – but I am not the best with always remembering to eat some fruit. If it is prepared and ready, I will munch on fruit all day long. Yummy yum!

I did remember to pack a banana in my lunch bag today!
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27 Molly@This Life Is Sparkling January 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love fruit too! Bananas are definitely my favorite. I hate when diets say to avoid fruit. So pre-packed “sugar-free” chemical laden “desserts” are supposed to be healthier than fruit that was grown in nature!?! I just don’t get it. Guess that’s why I’ll now skip a magazine or article about avoiding fruit or any diet in general.
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28 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I don’t even know what to say to people who advocate eating those 100 calorie snack packs over something like a banana. Like… yeah… I find myself at a loss for words.

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29 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness January 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

Fruit is my favorite! I prefer it so much more to vegetables. Love it!
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30 Alexis January 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

I love love love fruit!
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31 Missy January 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

I love fruit and hate those claims that generalize fruit = fattening. So obtuse!

However, I don’t frown upon HEALTHY diet plans advising one to be conscientious of high-sugar bearing fruit (dates, dried fruits..etc) because blood sugar (especially rapid fluctuations) can indeed impact appetite and weight loss. They explain the reason WHY and encourage ways to eat them such as balance them with protein … not avoid them entirely and “villify” them..

But the important thing is for peeps to be educated and not just jumping to conclusions and onto bandwagons based on something they read in “Health” magazine or because US Weekly reports that Kate Middleton or Jen Aniston said they avoid them.

Sorry. TL: DNr.
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32 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I’ve heard about those smart ways of eating fruit as well, but more often than not I don’t bother taking the advice :? Sometimes all I want is a huge bowl of watermelon without having to worry about balancing it out with the proper things. Too many rules make my brain hurt.

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33 Missy January 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Exactly! And that works for you and you’re not on a “lose weight” diet..etc…which is what I was specifying. But yes, all too often ALL too often people just read some random thing and incorporate it into their otherwise healthy eating habits and lifestyle and it stinks!

I love how you spread the news of JUST DO YOU.
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34 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles January 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

I’m obsessed with fruit too! I am now craving watermelon, peaches, and blueberries after looking at your beautiful pics!

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35 Miss Polkadot January 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

Phew, thanks for making me feel better about my fruit consumption – I really mean it! Other people think it’s crazy I’m eating at least 4 medium apples every day when they happen to eat no fruit at all some days.

Actually, fruit became a huge part of my diet when ED hit. It was the only truly “safe” food besides vegetables that I allowed myself endless quantities off. Ever since noticing its high carb – not particularly judging the sugar – content I’ve become rather unhappy about my consumption. Lately it has gotten so far that I’m not allowing myself to eat all the fruit I want and – this one’s something I’m really sad about – has kept me from trying many lunch dishes. There’s that voice in my head saying “your choice: grains/(sweet) potatoes/… at lunch OR fruit carbs”. I SO wish I cared less about it because it’s far from pleasant to deny myself to try those delicious looking recipes because that’d mean I’d “have to” cut out the fruit in exchange. Aaah, my head is so messed up :(.

My favourite would be hard to pick though apples make the most frequent appearance because they’re delicious and cheap ;). Pears are a current favourite, too, though, aaaand I snagged some totally non-seasonal blueberries because they were on offer and who am I to say no to that?!
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36 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Don’t be afraid of carbs, hun! They’re wonderful energy and mood-bosting gems :D I used to do the same thing with forcing myself to choose between two carb sources, but after getting really tired of making myself miserable with all the deprivation, I just went for it and I can promise you that nothing bad happens as a result. It’ll just put a satisfied smile on your face :)

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37 molly @ heart, sole & cereal January 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

fruit is hands down one of my favorite snacks – seriously if i’m not going to have fruit i’m probably not going to reach for a veggie either, i’m probably going to try to not have a snack at all and then end up eating more of some crap i find later because i’m so hungry. bring on the fruit. i think i probably eat almost as much fruit daily as you do, though i can’t eat that many bananas because they make my tummy hurt :(
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38 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

Ugh I hate how fruit has such a bad reputation. Fruit will make you gain weight? Like really?!? Excess calories will make you gain weight, regardless of what you’re eating. Don’t put the blame on poor fruit!

I usually eat at least 4-5 servings of fruit in a day – and one of those is always a banana. It’s hands down my favourite. :D
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39 sarah January 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

Not having ripe bananas IS a rough day…trust me, Im (sadly) going through it right now.
Freckly bananas just make life better!

I’m not actually a huge fruit lover, asides from perfect nanners and pink ladies, of course. I think I’m in the minority, but I prefer vegetables:/. Funnily enough ,it is pretty much just your blog that makes me ever crave fruit. Because you’re always biggin it up, & posting pictures of luscious looking, fruity snacks. Case in point : I specifically bought strawberries, to replicate your bowl of yogurt, banana , strawberries & cocoa powder from the other day. I couldn’t get that picture out of my head!
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40 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I’ll gladly be a bad influence, in that case :mrgreen: Did you end up having it? How as it?!

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41 sarah January 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

YES! I had it like 3X already :). That combo of fruit, with the creamy yog, & hefty sprinkle of cocoa is… sorta SENSATIONAL<3<3<3.

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42 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

Mmmm!! Those are some of my favorite fruits. You’re pictures are making me hungry! (p.s. I love being able to say that about fruit! ;)).

I eat quite a bit of fruit every day too: I always eat one banana (unless they are not ripe enough..I totally feel your pain there), almost always an apple, some sort of berries (I love blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries), and generally a serving of whatever fruit is in season (I am loving clementines right now). I really do not think that my body can get enough fruit!
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43 Brittany January 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

Friend friend friennnddd! I LOVe fruit. I freaking HATE those diets..sure sugar can be sketch..but that’s eating sugar in things like cookies. I would eat raw sugar over ARTIFICIAL sugar any day!! My favorite fruits are apples, berries (blueberries in particular) and ORANGES!!
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44 Elizabeth@myneonrunningshoes January 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

Totally agree! I just polished off a huge bowl of fruit! Sadly it wasn’t as beautiful as the photos you take but it was still tasty! Pineapple is my current favorite!
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45 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I wish I could eat pineapple! I used to love the stuff and then I randomly developed an allergy to it one day :shock: Out of nowhere it just made my stomach start hurting and gave me a nasty rash. Miss it.

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46 Nicole January 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I remember at the middle stage of recovery (where I was already close to my restored/normal weight but still had somewhat insatiable hunger) I would try to scarf down fruit before meals as a way to fill myself up and curb cravings or hunger…. it sometimes worked, sometimes didn’t. But because I did it with the intention of slowing down or even halting my weight gain progress (really, I was only like 5 pounds away and for whatever reason after getting that far, I just felt super anxious to keep going and wanted to “normalize” already!), eating a lot of fruit in between meals actually became sort of routine for me… up until a few months ago. I actually am really bored with apples (which I ate religiously), bananas (which I still eat at night typically with Greek yogurt and honey), and watermelon got old fast after I ate it so much over the summer! (It grosses me out because sometimes it can taste like a cucumber…. haha)

So to be honest, I eat maybe mandarin oranges on my salad that’s paired with dinner, and a banana at night. No more 3-4 servings of fruit for me! I just don’t crave them anymore! But they are definitely good for you and sometimes I try to remind myself to eat more of them instead of reaching for the graham crackers or something ;)

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47 Ksenija @ Health Ninja January 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Fruit is the most perfect food. It is all natural and tastes like dessert! What can be better than that? Luckily I am one of the few people who never limited their fruit intake. Even during my worst unhealthiest periods of restriction I still had fruit with buttermilk for breakfast. I just cannot go without. A breakfast without fruit seams somehow wrong to me – that was the first thing my boyfriend had to learn. I need my fruit – just as he needs his meat :D

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48 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I’m definitely with you that stating the day without fruit feels completely wrong. I’m never really one to eat savory breakfasts, but even on the rare occasion that I do, fruit always manages to make an appearance.

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49 Rachel January 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more :D I just yelled at my cousin recently because she’s trying to lose weight and said how she can’t eat bananas. So when I asked her if she’s allergic like me, she said no that they have sugar. I scolded her ;)

I think I eat a loooot more in the summer months. But lately I’ve been eating lots of oranges :) Grapes are definitely my favorite though.. I can polish off an entire bag by myself in no time :p
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50 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Ohhh a bag of grapes is my kryptonite. I can’t stop until all of the grapes are gone, and I don’t even notice!

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51 elk January 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Those claims make me grimace a bit too, alongside the claims some people make that bananas contain too much fat (eh?!).

I’m quite thankful fruit was never a problem for me. Other things, yes, but not fruit. Like you, I can understand monitoring your intake for medical reasons, and that different bodies may react in different ways and require certain combinations, but mine seems to do just fine with an abundance of fruit so no complaints here. I’m one of those people who can quite happily eat a few bananas a day along with other fruits (frozen banana smothered in cashew butter mixed with coconut cream. Do it…if you can, that is. Is it just peanuts you’re allergic to?).

The way I see it, is that the whole purpose of fruit is to be eaten, and there are so many animals which do live predominantly off fruit who get by perfectly fine. So long as you aren’t snorting kilos of sugar on the side while drinking pints of syrup (and you’re also eating other things), then where’s the harm?

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52 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Ohhh bananas with coconut cream sounds amazing. It is just peanuts I’m allergic to, but I tend to shy away from most of the other nuts besides almond because they can sometimes give me a bit of a reaction. And bananas having too much fat? :lol: That’s a new one to me.

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53 Cassie @RedLetterDaye January 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Fruit has never been off limits to me. I’ma lot more picky when it comes to fruits than I used to be, but i think that’s because I ODed on it in the past. I definitely have bananas everyday though.
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54 Jillian R January 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

This post made me feel like I’m not a crazy person for eating lots of fruit! Yesterday I had two apples, an orange, and a bowl of cantaloupe and watermelon. Usually I’ll have a banana and another orange in there! Gotta love that fruit, especially when I’m trying to ward off disease! :)

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55 Lauren January 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I could have written this post word for word. I eat SO much fruit a day I could not imagine only eating one or two servings these pesky diets give a person. I probably eat a pound of grapes every day without a doubt; otherwise, I eat at least one piece of fruit with every meal and before bed… And in the morning… And as a snack… And in desserts… And whenever I can get my little hands on a good piece of fruit :-)

Favorite = Bananas or Grapes. I think. No wait, maybe strawberrys… Or oranges… Or….
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56 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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57 Lucie January 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I only limit fruits because sometimes my stomach gets upset about them, especially apples. That’s why I just eat them as applesauce (YOUR recipe :-)) haha :-) Seriously, I can take about 1-2 fruits in the morning, but I hae the same with veggies. The later the day, the more sensitive my stomach. Sorts? Berries. I LOVE berries. All of them. And melon. Is melon a berry?
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58 Dani January 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I LOVE fruits but because they are so high in sugar, I limit myself to 1 or 2 (tops) a day. I have 1/2 banana in my morning green smoothie and then an apple as part of a snack. The rest of my diet is mostly green veggies and chicken, with whole grains in small portions. Great post (and question)!
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59 Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) January 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I don’t eat a lot of fruit… I used to eat only fruit when I was skeletal, so fruit kind of has a bad association to it for me.

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60 Kaila January 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

It makes me so frustrated that people are restricting fruit now! I mean seriously people! It’s natural, whole food from the earth and there are A LOT worse things you could be eating! I’m sorry but no one ever got fat eating fruit. People need to just calm down with the rigidity and get over it. IT’S FRUIT. Aaaaah sorry for the rant. It’s just stuf like this makes me so mad. Just because a new diet fad all of the sudden swears off fruit doesn’t mean you should follow it. And I can’t believe people are starting to group fruits into good and bad categories….poor bananas and grapes :(

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61 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Rant away, girl… I know exactly how you feel. If one more magazine or website tells me to replace bananas and grapes with blueberries and green apples, I might just scream…

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62 Teddi January 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I am so glad you brought this up! Ever since I was little, fruit has always been my favorite thing to eat. I probably eat an equivalent amount to what you mentioned up there… But I’ve had the misfortune of coming across one too many health gurus claiming you should limit your intake. What!? They come naturally from the ground and who can resist a good piece of fruit? Come on!

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63 Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living January 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This all looks so fresh and delicious :) I do love fruit, especially apples and bananas with peanut butter.
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64 kaity @ kaityscooking January 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

im the same with my fruit.. especially in the summer time?! heck my shopping cart is filled with every fruit out there! the diet that really lead me into my bad eating habits was the NY diet, and its big thing was not eating fruit for the first few phases. I obv lost weight on it because it called for 800 calories a day! But in my mind oh its because im not eating fruit anymore so i stayed away from fruit for awhile because of that.. dumb mistake, i love it to much. esp the devil banana, i have bags and bags of frozen ones and eat a piece every time i walk by the freezer. bring on the fruit :-)
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65 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm

800 calories?! Omigosh girl, don’t do that! I’m glad to hear that you left that all behind!

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66 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I have been downing bananas and apples like crazy over here too!! I hate when people tell you not to eat too much fruit… it is FRUIT! it is healthy, and gosh darnit I like it so I’m eating it!
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67 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie January 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Fruit is probably my favorite food group! I sometimes think I could become one of those 80/10/10 people because I just love fruit, but then again I’m not sure I could eat that much fruit every day!

A lot of my favorite fruits are the ones with more sugar, like pineapple, mango and dates but I’m so sick of people saying fruit is unhealthy. It’s completely natural, packed with vitamins and fiber–what’s so unhealthy about that? I just think there’s such a fear of sugar, but if it comes from the right sources, it’s totally fine!

And I’m one of those weirdos who prefers (most) of my fruit to be frozen. I freeze bananas, grapes and berries all the time and like them better that way!
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68 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

That’s not weird at all! I don’t usually eat frozen bananas unless they’re blended, but grapes, mango, and berries are all things that I prefer frozen. Maaaaaybe not in the middle of winter though :lol:

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69 Stephanie@nowirun.com January 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Love LOVE fruit! I try to eat lots of it… breakfast, lunch and snacks.
My favorite fruit is strawberries. Wait! Honey Crisp apples. Wait! Cantaloupe. I can’t pick.
Again… love the pics on your blog!
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70 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I can’t eat a non-ripe banana! So tasteless.
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71 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Excellent post! I can’t enough fruit, either! I am totally with you on the worst part of of my day being that the nanner’s weren’t ripe enough ;)
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72 Tessa @ Amazing Asset January 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I am rather obsessed with fruit… there is honestly not one kind I don’t like! Of course I have my preferences but you get what I am saying :) It’s interesting though, in the depths of my ED I actually would eat my body weight in fruit because it was the only SAFE food in my mind. How crazy are delusions were… the absurdities that are brains can make us believe that THIS is the only way to eat! You and I both swore on “rules” with fruit and they were completely opposite, wow that is just so interesting to me. Oh and yeah, we were both quite swept up in the ED, yeeshe man.
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73 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I’ve always found it pretty interesting how an ED can manifest in different ways for different people… that’s why it’s so hard to judge when someone is engaging in ED behaviours and when they’re being perfectly normal! Like to someone who was never afraid of fruit, the fact that I eat so much of it could be taken as a negative thing, but the fact that it was a big no-no for me in my ED and I can eat so much of it now is just a sign of recovery. Definitely interesting stuff…

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74 Aimee January 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I looooooove fruit- it’s like nature’s candy!! I definitely eat a whole lot more in the summer – I’m partial to strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. I also love fresh peaches in the summertime. I never understood the whole fruit “taboo” thing. I eat at least 3 servings of fruit each day!

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75 Picky Nicky January 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I’m 100% with you on this!!! The best snacks for school are tangerines (christmas oranges!!) and cherries, grapes, bananas etc
I mean, fruit is practically natures gift to us :) It would be rude not to accept it ;)
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76 Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet January 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I totally agree about the weight loss nutrition program bit. I never had that feeling about fruit so when I hear people or programs say limit certain fruits or they are scared it irritates me. So it’s okay to each sugar-free chocolate bars but not fruit? No comment!
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77 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Ugh. I don’t even know what to say to people who advocate eating those cardboard 100 calorie snack packs over something like a banana… There are just no words.

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78 Shreya @ rushofendorphins January 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Girl, I am totally on your side with this! You know about the watermelon addiction already ;) and then I easily go through 2 bananas, 1 pineapple, 1 big mango and handfuls of blueberries in a day. It used to really scare me that I might be the only one who could down so much fruit and still eat normal meals and snacks on top of it!
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79 kris January 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Fruit is definitely a very very good friend of mine. My family always says that if theres any fruit in the house they have to eat it before I spot it because I will scarf down allll the fruit in the fridge. By the end of the day. I wish I were exaggerating.
My favorite fruit changes all the time, but currently I’d say it’s persimmons, apples, and pineapple. But I’ll pretty much eat any fruit. Minus durian. I don’t consider that one a fruit. So maybe if my family wants me to stop eating fruit out of the fridge that’s all they need to put in there. One whiff and I’ll be heading in the opposite direction :)
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80 Laura January 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Amen! I love my fruit. My wallet doesn’t.
I can’t pick favourites, they are all so delicious.
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81 Julia January 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Ahhhhhh fruit. Mi amorita! Nothing gives optimal energy to every cell, like fruit. Our trillions of cells run on glucose, and eventually all foods are converted into glucose. Digestion is the body’s #1 priority when food comes down (beginning immediately with digestive enzymes released via saliva) and it takes a lot of work for some foods (meat, nuts, etc) to be digested- and a lot of time. Ripe fruit is already digestible and perfectly so. Not only do we give our colons a nice break, but we immediately get the energy we need and the sweetness we want. Plus our lil hands are shaped perfectly for fruit. It’s my favorite! And makes me so happy! Cheers to eating fruit to your hearts content!

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82 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm

As if I needed any more reason to eat it <3

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83 Kate January 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

….I can’t stand it when people refer to “carbohydrates” as “sugar”. Also, the “sugar” that most people “watch out for” is Glucose, and the main sugar in fruits is Fructose. GET YOUR SHIT STRAIGHT, PEOPLE. Lol anyway, I’ve never understood the whole “fruit makes you fat” thing – completely the opposite of you, during my worst ED times I ate nothing BUT fruit. lol. And you’re right – the fiber, vitamins, and minerals that come with them – not to mention the polyphenols, which are POWERFUL antioxidants – are more than worth the “sugar”….which is in miniscule amounts anyways and the fiber allows it to be slowly digested….okay I’ll stop being judgemental over the internet now lol. I couldn’t even tell you how much fruit I eat in a day but my favorites are strawberries, clementines, grapes, and cherries!

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84 Haley @ The Saucy Apple January 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Oh no! I sense that you are afraid of needles, too! I am absolutely phobic. I will go years(!) without getting blood work done, and the last time I got a finger prick, I passed out. A few months ago, I actually really needed to have blood work done, and I found that breathing and meditation helped a lot. Anyways, I’m rambling.

Fruit = BFF

And it’s hard to pick a favorite. My everyday fruit is an apple, but I also eat bananas every day. And sometimes I can’t think of a better snack than a sweet grapefruit. MMmmmm…
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85 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I’m terrified of needles :shock: I tend to put off getting my blood drawn as long as I possibly can, but at the same time it stresses me out because I know it has to be done. I also heard that popping in some earbuds and listening to music helps!

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86 Sparklle January 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Ahhh I love fruit so much! I was terrified of it during my disordered days also – I actually just very recently got comfortable with it. My favorites are blueberries, bananas, apples, oranges, and pineapple! And I love grapes too, but don’t buy them too often because they’re super expensive here in most stores.
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87 Linz @ Itz Linz January 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Love fruit!! Never a such thing as too much!!
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88 Khushboo January 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Fruit is definitely a friend…BFF for that matter ;)! What’s even more absurd is the fact that I’ve seen fitness professionals discuss/post about “why they don’t eat fruit” and if they do, it’s only right before or after a workout. In my opinion, if fruit is the “unhealthy” part of your diet, perhaps your diet is a bit too healthy to even be considered that anymore. I don’t eat too much in a day because between fruit & vegetables, all that fiber doesn’t sit well in my stomach…but I still manage to eat enough to get my fix. Lately that has been in the form of applesauce & bananas- yum!
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89 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

“if fruit is the “unhealthy” part of your diet, perhaps your diet is a bit too healthy to even be considered that anymore” <— I couldn’t have put it better myself. I mean, I know that kind of micromanagement is worth it for some people, but personally? I could never do it – too many rules make my brain hurt.

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90 Jessie January 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Mmmm… you know I love my fruit too

Apples: 2 a day
Banana: 1 a day
Clementines: 2 a day
&& sometimes I’ll have another apple or banana.

:) :)
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91 fruityrunner January 26, 2013 at 12:23 am

Well, “fruityrunner” – do I have to say more? ;-)

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92 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish January 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

Fruit is, and always has been a friend of mine! Maybe not so much with my ED years ago, but with me? Oh, yes. I don’t know what I’d do without bananas–I eat 2-3 every day, and enjoy them at different ripeness levels, depending on how I’m using them. For eating, they have to be perfectly yellow (no spots, please!), for pancakes, oatmeal, and other breafasty items: lots of brown spots. For banana bread: preferably brown all over. :)

In addition to bananas, I usually have 1-2 more servings, usually in the form of berries, but if I’m lucky, mangoes! Oh, and tack on another serving for the avocado I eat every day, too. :D
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93 clemmy January 26, 2013 at 5:22 am

Haha, i love this post… im a little fruit-loop too. i can easily pack away a whole cantaloupe in one sitting. In fact sometimes when im feeling abit grotty, eating a bit of fruit will actuallu make me feel alot better. its weird – maybe i used to be a melon in a past life :p
I look forwards to my evening fruit bowl, im loving chopped pear, kiwi, cantaloupe and frozen berries all mixed together. SO good :-)
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94 Eliza January 26, 2013 at 6:06 am

hey Amanda!! I don’t know if you remember me, Eliza from Nourishing Mornings blog? :) well, i made a new blog recently and i’d love you to check it out!
Anyway, fruit = Friend, hands down my favorite food group! I also was afraid of fruit while in my ed, yet now i can not comprehend how anyone could believe fruit could make you fat!
My favorite fruits are bananas, fresh figs, persimmons, dried apricots and raisins! although i really can’t choose favorites. ^_^

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95 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

Of course I remember you, hun! It’s great to hear that you’re back – I’ll have to hop over :) Hope you’re doing well <3 <3

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96 Shira January 26, 2013 at 6:22 am

Love this! I eat so much fruit, I didn’t even or never would have thought it was weird until people started commenting on it… like at work, and even my boyfriends fam, and I did start hearing oh too much sugar, which I thought was insaaane. I know it helps curb my super sweet tooth, but its just what I crave and makes me feel amazing. I don’t question naturally good habits like this, and I hope no one does! I always have eaten like this… prob 7-8 servings/pieces a day? I’m not kidding… minimum day is like 4-5 pieces and thats when supplies are low. My favourites are grapefruits, cherries, grapes and raspberries. But I also can’t go a day without a banana (or 2)! And pears are really yummy right now!

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97 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

7-8 servings sounds about right to me, too :mrgreen:

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98 Jun January 26, 2013 at 7:19 am

Coming from an Asian country, fruits like blueberries and cherries are ridiculously expensive hence I can’t afford to be devouring them the way you do (haha).

Though, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying plenty of fruits because I LOVE fruits. I’m pretty sure I eat at least 6 servings of fruit every day and to be honest, it scares me sometimes thinking of the amount of sugar I’m consuming but come to think of it – what’s most important is that I enjoy the fruits and it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals and I don’t feel stuffed after all those fruits.

I know you’re supposed to ask the questions but I couldn’t help but wonder if you have tried any tropical fruit and happen to really love it?
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99 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

Aside from the occasional mango, I don’t tend to eat a lot of tropical fruit. I used to really love pineapple but I developed an allergy (or something??) to it a few years back and now I get a bad stomach ache and rash whenever I eat any.

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100 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers January 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

Ooooo, lotsa’ comments and opinions. Looks like I’m late to the party on this one. :) Fruit is def my friend. I limit fruits to about 2 per day most days, but if there’s fruit salad in the break room, extra strawberry in my smoothie, or a big ole’ watermelon at a cookout, fruit is the absolute LAST thing I’ll worry about. Nature’s candy!
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101 Chelsie S January 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

Fruits are friends, not foes!! My phobia of fruit got pretty intense this past summer, but now? Gone, baby, gone. Berries, bananas, pears, and appbles of my fruit of choice. Oh so much fruity goodness. I can’t believe that I was convinced that my life would be better without it (because you know, better body = better life, right?!?!?! face palm)
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102 Laura January 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

Alright, I may be going against the grain here, but let me give it a shot.
First of all, I’ve had a very touch and go relationship with fruit. More go than touch, but let me explain.

Deep in my ED, fruit used to be my go-to. It was the only thing besides veggies that I thought of as “safe”. Even while in recovery fruit was always safe for me. I would go through phases where I would freak out about the sugar content and refuse to eat more than a piece a day, but for the most part fruit was always A-O-K in my book.

However, now I find myself to be a little TOO okay with fruit. I’m still trying to gain weight, yet whenever I feel a ping of hunger I turn to fruit, knowing that it’s “safe” and healthy. But fruit doesn’t hold me over, and either leaves me still hungry, or bloated (Apples on an empty stomach are a no-go for me!). So my nutritionist told me I should try to LIMIT my fruit intake, because it seems to be getting in the way of me eating more nutritious foods, or other nutrients that my body needs that are often being taken place of by fruit. It’s not that I’m not eating enough calories, but that I’m substituting important calories (like fats and protein) with fruit.

With that being said, as long as you aren’t using fruit to replace other necessary foods, I see NO problem eating lots of it. It’s delicious (obviously!) and good for you. Just make sure you’re getting enough of everything your body needs!
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103 Lance McDonald January 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Yes fruit is amazing! I changed my diet to a plant based diet a bout 4 months ago and I feel 100 times better. My thinking has improved so much. My rapping ability has improved also. When I rap now, I can actually finish my verses at one time. My mind used to be so cluttered I couldn’t even think straight. I rap so fluently now it’s amazing what fruits and veggies can do for you and your body. I started with a detox then worked my way into this new lifestyle. Remember diet is part of lifestyle. Great post!
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104 Frances January 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I don’t understand the no-fruits thing, either. I eat a lot of fruit, and my weight hasn’t budged in years. The only times I gain weight are when I eat a lot of processed sugar– cookies, mochas, etc. I think people get freaked out by the word ‘sugar’ and try to avoid it altogether, and I don’t disagree, if one is eating fruit at the expense of veggies or proteins or healthy fats. But– if fruit is part of a complete diet, then go for it! A natural sweet treat, full of vitamins and water and flavor? Sign me up!
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105 Emily @ Hungry Delights January 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

While I am not a crazy fruit lover. That is just due to my preferential treatment of veggies. There does seem to be some misconception that fruit is bad for you due to the sugar content. What about all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are so very important for our bodies.
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106 Irina @ Chocolatea Time January 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

Haha oh my gosh I put off getting my blood drawn for almost 3 weeks until yesterday! It’s just so inconvenient and secretly kind of scary :/ Just get it done and you can celebrate…with more fruit!! I actually LOVE fruit as well and consume huge amounts of it on a daily basis. However, I think there was a point when I realized that I was actually eating too much of it because I would physically feel full but my body would still crave foods even though there was absolutely no room in my stomach. It took me a while but I found a good balance now between fruits and hearty meals :) But to answer your question – fruit will never ever ever be a foe!!! Gimme all that delicious suga

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107 emma January 28, 2013 at 4:51 am

fruit friend!! for sure :-) i’m like you in that I love bananas but my faves are berries and pineapple!! man i just love big chunks of fresh pineapple….ooh and kiwis. Yeah a perfectly ripe kiwi usually turns into two kiwis….mmmm!!
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108 Maria July 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

I can so relate to this! I hate when people say fruit is fattening and full of sugar; if that were true I’d way 700 lbs. And at 4’11 I barely border at 100. No I don’t have a super fast metabolism, but I do believe that food from nature does not harm you. I have days where I just wake up craving fruit like nobody’s business and will pound back 4 bananas for breakfast. What protein? And sometimes in the summer when its so bloody hot outside I’ll just settle for half a watermelon for lunch….actually that sounds pretty good for today. When I see people who are just like Oh I limit myself to one piece of fruit a day because the sugar content is soo highhh, I’ll just have a low carb cookie instead I’m just like um no. Eat all da fruit!!
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