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Overcoming a sweet tooth: Cherries

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I have a strong attraction for sweets and have abused my body in the past by eating whole boxes of chocolate chips cookies for dinner. I can hardly believe how stupid I was! Can you believe that they gave me a Ph.D. degree? Well that self abuse is over for good. Now I am eating well and tracking my food. I love fresh fruit, veggies and lean meat. All that yummy food! I don't even look at all that processed stuff as food anymore. It is really just a bunch of fat, salt and sugar chemicals--not real food for the body. But don't get me started on bashing processed foods. If you eat some processed foods it is okay for you, but I can't stand them. Yuck!

Anyway, I was good the past week with my food tracking and exercise, so I bought myself a reward, two pounds of sweet cherries. They are delicious! Here is a photo of one cut in half. As you can see, the flesh is a beautiful, dark red color from all those healthy anthocyanins. It is juicy and sweet. Get the darker red cherries, which are ripe and sweet.

You can pit the cherries if you want to. I pitted some of these cherries using a paper clip. Which worked very well. You can see in this video how to do it:

Having pitted the a cup of cherries, I put them in my salad, which I had for lunch yesterday. Here is a photo of my salad with the pitted cherries. Delicious and nutritious. Hey, that rhymes! Maybe I am a poet!

As you can see, I love digital photography and had fun photographing these cherries. Here is a closup of my salad. I like this photo with the fork just before I consumed the salad. It was delicious and the cherries added a most pleasing sweetness. I use a simple dressing with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Much superior to any processed salad dressing!

The idea behind this blog is that you can replace any unhealthy processed sweet (and there are thousands of them in your grocery store waiting to ambush you the next time you shop) with delicious, wholesome fresh fruits. I especially love cherries, blueberries, strawberries, papayas, mangoes, and red seedless grapes. My mouth is watering just thinking of all those delicious fruits.

Thought for the day: Life is a bowl of cherries. Eat it up!

What is your favorite fruit?
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