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9/12/07 11:29 P

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GVR--I like your elephant analogy! I call myself vegetarian-plus. I'm vegan except that I eat cage-free eggs once or twice a month to keep my biochemist granddad happy (he means a lot to me). And being vegan does not stop me from indulging here and there. Friday is my birthday, and a vegan restaurant one neighborhoos over offers a chocolate caramel torte. Guess who's chowing down on Friday and doubling efforts at the gym on Sunday!? (Saturday is yoga day.)

 
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9/12/07 2:59 P

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No Not Vegan- Would say flexterian, but I limit all non-veggie foods I eat. I've found that's all my bod. needs to live anyway. Think of elephants? Do they eat meat products? And they're huge and strong!! I try to eat nutritious foods mostly, but i'm not going to beat myself up over it. I mean I don't want to live my life a slave to a diet.
Maybe more than you wanted to know.... : P

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9/12/07 10:30 A

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I tried changing my breakfast this a.m. to eating slices of orange over the course of an hour or two. I'm amazed at how full I am. If history repeats itself, after about a week of this my kids will start snitching off my plate, so they'll be eating healthier, too!

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NEWSUGARMOON's Photo NEWSUGARMOON Posts: 349
9/11/07 2:28 P

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GVR: Eat to Live, huh? I'm going to buy it today! Thanks for the tip.

P.S. Are you vegan?

 
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GVR117's Photo GVR117 Posts: 102
9/11/07 2:20 P

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NEWSUGARMOON : Sounds like an excerpt from EAT TO LIVE- i've read it and find myself happy and energetic on fruits and veggies. While yes, this diet is extreme, and i don't advocate eating as much as you want of stuff or eliminating almost everything, it does provide awesome foundation to incorporate into your current diet plan.

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9/11/07 10:56 A

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This morning I had a banana, some prunes, half a raw red pepper, a kiwi (with skin), kava tea, and green tea. I feel amazing!

 
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GVR117's Photo GVR117 Posts: 102
9/10/07 8:35 P

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I am ok with being hungry in the morning. Eating light in the morning makes me eat light all day long, so i appreciate it. I second the prunes comment as I heart dried fruit and green tea. I'll have tea with milk too.

I don't want to discourage pple. from eating breakfast, but I do encourage fruit and veggie eating always! (edamame sounds good too as long as it's not salted).
Fruit and veggies are the BEST way to get the nutrients we need to keep us FULL, Happy, youthful, etc.

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9/10/07 2:09 P

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Thanks, Jendiggity! I tried it this morning (banana and prunes) and was fuller than I expected.

 
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9/10/07 11:57 A

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I only eat fruit or green smoothies (fruit with veggies) in the morning and I feel very satisfied. I keep some fruit around to nibble on throughout the morning. I found that eating a big plate of fruit all at once is too much sugar at one time for my system. It's so easy to digest fruit and the sugars go right to work, but that can leave you feeling hungry. A good base (bowl of fruit or juice/smoothie)
and then nibbling on assorted fruits when I feel hungry throughout the morning is a great routine for me. Sometimes I'll want something a bit heavier if I'm going to be gone for an afternoon or will be in a situation where I can't nibble. In that case I'll always start out with fruit and then wait at least a half hour before eating anything else so it has time to digest and go to work. I absolutely second the comment that fruit in the morning leaves you glowing. I have been eating mostly fruits and veggies (and nuts and seeds) for about three weeks now and I have received several comments about my skin and my husband even told me my eyes were sparkling. I've also had more energy that I have in years. Crazy!

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9/8/07 2:45 P

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GVR117, I've been thinking about making my mornings fruit-only (right now I eat edamame for breakfast every day). Do you find that it keeps you full and energetic for long?

 
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9/4/07 11:11 A

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stupid repost

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9/4/07 11:11 A

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I do the fruit smoothie thing as well. I usually throw in half a banana, some berries, orange juice and some soy protein powder. It's super tasty and it fills me up until lunch. Like everything else fruit is good in moderation and oatmeal would be a good idea to mix it up with in the morning for more staying power.

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GVR117's Photo GVR117 Posts: 102
8/31/07 11:23 A

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As part of my diet I only eat fruit before noon. It's amazingly good for my digestion, my tummy runs smoothly, and there is a lot of water in fruit, so I feel hydrating. Plus fruit is THE BEST for bright skin, so i look radiant too.

KEEP IT UP!! :) why not have an apple at 10 when you're hungry. That's what I do ;) Thanks for asking.

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8/27/07 2:38 P

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I have to start my day off with a breakfast. I'm hungry and ravenous in the mornings. I feel full longer when I have a good balance of protein, fat, carbs and fiber.

You are right, the reason we stay full longer is because the balance gives our stomachs more to work on - it takes longer to digest certain foods and combinations of foods - but that's the point. Eating something that leaves you feeling satisfied and not constantly hungry throughout the day. If you don't eat too much, then you shouldn't get indigestion. (Again, that whole "balance" thing - eat too much, you'll give yourself indigestion... too little, you'll be constantly hungry.) If there are certain foods that people know give them indigestion, they should just avoid them, or as you say - don't eat them with other foods that create the problem.

Every person is different, though - what works for some does NOT work for all. You have to experiment and see what makes you feel best. For me - balance works nice. I only have imbalanced snacks (like a piece of fruit midmorning, or a handful of nuts midafternoon) - but my full meals are, well... "full" (or balanced).

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JENDIGGITY's Photo JENDIGGITY Posts: 77
8/26/07 3:18 A

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I am of the school of thought that when you wake up your intestines have just spent the night pulling nutrients from food that probably will very shortly (if you're anything like me) exit you by way of your colon. I'm full of energy and ready to go. Eating a big breakfast makes me feel tired and my poor body, that just got done digesting, has to go back to work digesting some more. I like to give my tummy a rest in the morning. I start with a big bowl of fresh fruit but I don't gobble it. I pick at it throughout the morning. Fruit digests very easily and I end up feeling light and hydrated instead of bogged down. Or I'll do a sweet green smoothie or juice (that's a good way to balance your sugars and protein plus you get chloropyll!) and then nibble on some fruit throughout the morning. That's how I eat before 11:00. Between then and lunch I usually have a bowl of melon balls handy to snack on (they digest about the fastest of any fruit and are packed with antioxidants). I eat most of my veggies during the afternoon and at dinnertime. I like a piece of fruit in the evening, too!
I've been eating nothing but fruit and fruit juices in the morning for a while now (even before i went raw) and I love it. It's pretty common in "natural hygiene" circles and the "Fit for Life" crowd. A lot of people believe in food combining and just eating fruit in the morning.
Here's a few links so you don't think I'm making this up!
http://drbass.com/sequential.html
http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/pdf/foodco
mbining.pdf
http://www.alderbrooke.com/images/chart.
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http://www.hsu.com/images/food_combining
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I thik a lot of the reason that "balanced meals" tide people over for so long (and often give them indigestion) is because they sit in the stomach for a long time because your body has a harder time digesting them! My husband used to hate orange juice because he'd drink it with a meal and get heartburn every single time without fail. Now I make him fresh orange juice in the morning and, if he hasn't eaten anything other than fruits, no hearthburn! That made a believer out of him.


Edited by: JENDIGGITY at: 8/26/2007 (03:28)
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URRRMA's Photo URRRMA Posts: 14
8/25/07 1:40 P

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This morning we had an bowl of shreaded wheat w/ soy milk & only a cup of fruits. My 2 kids had the morning star sausages mixed in their fruit (they like that, ew)Anyway, as soon as some of you reminded me of "balanced breakfast" I totally forgot about that. Every cereal advertising reminds us of eating a balanced breakfast to start your day off right. I just need to re educate myself and follow the tracker.

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8/25/07 12:35 P

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Yes there is some protein in fruit, but 4g of protein combined with 40g of sugar in a meal is not going to cut it unfortunately.

I used to subscribe to the idea that as long as I got what I needed over the course of a day, that was fine. But I've since decided that breakfast, at least, needs to be balanced in order to get a good start to the day.

 
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8/25/07 10:33 A

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I just analyzed the recipe on nutrition data and there is protein in this big bowl of fruit. Folks get so hung up on where their protein is coming from and truthfully, it's in almost everything.
I, too used 1/3cup for handful. This is what I got:
458g of food
243 calories
1 g fat (unsat, obv)
11g fiber
40g sugars (this is why you are crashing at 10:30am)
4g protein
15% Vit a
136% Vit C
4% Calcium
8% Iron


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8/25/07 8:32 A

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I know first hand that too much fruit is not good for you. Remember that fruit is a carb and some fruits have very high sugar content which can spike your glycemic index causing your body to produce more insulin, which will in the long run cause your sugar to drop leaving you very hungery and maybe even shaky.

When I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes, therefore I had to cut WAY back on fruit because of the sugar in it. You'd think sugar would be healthy when you're prego, not for me :(. When I would check my sugar levels after eating some fruit the numbers would go way up.

So I guess I would agree with the others, everything in moderation. The fruit smoothie is a good idea , cus at least you are getting some protein in there as well to balance things out a bit.

Hope that helps.


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BEINGBRENDA's Photo BEINGBRENDA Posts: 42
8/24/07 11:55 A

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I do my fruit in a smoothtie! I use almond milk, soy yogurt, protein powder (I use egg white powder but you can do vegan powders), a banana and some other fruit (usually frozen, if not then add ice cubes as well). This gets me protein along with my fruit. I just know for myself that I really need some protein in the morning or I will be ravenous in no time!

 
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8/24/07 9:02 A

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May I add my two cents. When you say "big bowl" and yes it is only about 300 calorie. I wonder "while people are answering this blog" if some one could say what normal protions would be if we ate fruit and protein because I would eat the big bowl of fruit and tack on "big bowl" of oatmeal, toast made from homemade bread baked in the "big" pan etc.
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8/24/07 8:38 A

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I go for the more hearty breakfast in the morning - if I don't have my oatmeal I set myself up to be snacking all day.

But I can relate to the fruit especially in the summer. Last week we had the 'never-ending' fruit bowl in the fridge. Started with pineapple and orange slices and bing cherries, each night some more fruit was added (grapes, peaches, strawberries, etc) I was eating a big bowl every evening after dinner (with a dollop of greek yogurt if my protein was low, and sometimes a sprinkling of oats).

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8/24/07 7:50 A

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Yeah, I thought get all the fruits in the morning, veggies at lunch and protien and carbs at dinner and snacks can be protien or vegs... I'll use the tracker. Thanks emoticon

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8/24/07 7:48 A

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You know what?! That is so true!By 10:30 my stomach is growling, something fierce... I'll start splitting the fruits and eating it with healthy carbs... Thanks Momma you made a lot of sense and why didnt I think of that??? I just get afraid if I dont eat it all right now, they will go bad or I wont eat it at all. Pre planning is the way! Thanks again!

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Doesn't seem to be a balanced breakfast to me--where is the protein and the healthy fat? I can't imagine that a breakfast like that will keep you full very long either.

I think that too much of anything can be "bad" if it's taking the place of other healthy food and nutrients. It's all about balance and moderation. Use your Nutrition Tracker to make sure that you're meeting ALL your nutrient needs by the end of the day for calories, protein, fat, carbs, fiber and other key nutrients.

Good luck!

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Here is my unscientific view of things...there are pros and cons to eating a lot of fruit. That list of fruit has about 285 calories (I measured a 'handful' & a 'bunch' as a third of a cup). So that is pretty good for a breakfast calories-wise. You are getting lots of variety and lots of vitamins and fibre. All good things. Plus you are using organic veggies so that is great!
On the downside, there is no protein so make sure you are getting some someplace else. Also, from my experience, a big fruity breakfast doesn't "last" very long in my tummy. I get hungry earlier in the day and if I haven't planned well, I end up eating a mountain of toast or something equally unhelpful. Add that "second breakfast" to the nearly 300 calories you've banked from the fruit and you might have to adjust the rest of your day to accomodate it.
Right now I am in a Big oatmeal phase. I add some sliced apple and raisins to the water while it's cooking (there's my morning fruit) and I'm getting lots of fiber and some protein from the soy milk. Most days it holds me over until lunch.
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8/24/07 6:47 A

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Can too much fruit be bad?? For the last week, i've eaten fruits everymorning in a BIG bowl...
handfull of rasberries
handfull of blueberries
6 strawberries
1 sliced banana
1 chopped up peach
1 chopped up plum
and a bunch of red grapes...
Mind you this is a pretty big breakfast in a big bowl. All organic fresh fruits nothing else! Even if though its fruit, is it too much? (*whispering please say no please say no)BE HONEST haha


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