FRUIT FIRST THING

February 25th, 2013

“Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done.” Jim Rohn

You can think of fruit as ‘the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant’, or as a delicious purpose-built snack for humans. However you like to think about fruit, one thing you can be sure of is that eating it in the morning instead of your usual breakfast is one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce your overall daily calorie intake and lose weight.

Because raw fruit contains a high proportion of water and fibre it’s much easier to digest than other foods. It’s also full of enzymes that further assist in the digestion process. As soon as you cook, or process any food (including fruit), these enzymes are destroyed. Eating high-enzyme raw fruit in the morning gives your body something that can be quickly transferred into energy with less danger of being stored as fat.

There’s another benefit. The more time you leave between when you eat your dinner and when you eat complex carbs (ie bread/cereal/pasta, etc) again the better. For example, let’s say if you ate your dinner at 7pm, had only had fruit for breakfast, and then ate lunch at around noon that would be a massive 17 hours that you’ve rested your digestion and enabled your liver to get around to the all important task of… metabolising fat! Plus it would be 17 hours in your 24-hour day that you’re not eating things you shouldn’t. My theory is that these 17 hours of the night and day are the easiest time to cut calories.  And, eating fruit in the morning instead of your regular breakfast is one really easy way to cut calories during these hours.

Fruit of course has many other wonderful properties. Because it’s easy to digest it has a cleansing and cooling effect on the body. This means it functions as an antidote to rich food and heavy meat-protein meals (like last night’s dinner). The alkaline property of fruit combined with its acids also stimulates the digestion and has a natural laxative effect. Yes! What this means is that you will almost certainly move your bowls soon after eating your fruit-only breakfast, if not before. And this is a very good thing if you want to lose weight and be healthy.

My recommendation to keep it yummy is to cut up at least 3-4 different fruits to make a healthy, appetising fruit salad. No muesli, no yoghurt, just fruit. Yum!

Word of warning: not all fruits are equal. Some fruits (like bananas and grapes) are full of sugars in the form of fructose. Whenever you buy and eat fruit make sure to select those from the less sweet, ‘low-carb’ end of the spectrum. Here’s a list of best choices to worst for you to print out and stick on your fridge.

Low carb (good)

Blackberries, raspberries, cranberries

Medium carb (okay)

Strawberries, melon, papaya, blueberries, watermelon, nectarines, apples, peaches, grapefruit, apricots, plums, pears, pineapple, kiwi fruit

High carb (avoid at all costs)

Bananas, cherries, grapes, oranges, mangos, figs + all dried fruit

Actions

• Make sure to shop for fruit regularly so your fruit bowl is always full in the morning.

• Always select fruit that’s fresh and in season.

• Buy fruit you don’t normally eat – munch on nectarine, pick up a pear, mosey up to a melon – the more you experiment with fruit the more you’ll grow to love it.

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