Do You Eat Fruit?

Several of you have asked if I am eating fruit.  The answer is NO, not yet.  Sadly.  I really miss it.  I will be able to have some but not while I am a sugarholic.  When I no longer have any cravings I can introduce a little and I should aim for the fruit with the least sugar and the most fibre.  I think I am ready to try some.

David Gillespie says you can have fruit once you are over your addiction. Despite the fact fruit contains arch enemy number 1 – fructose – you can have fruit because it contains a large amount of fibre (soluble and insoluble) and water.  So the fructose effect is reduced.  You have to eat whole fruits.  You can not have fruit juice (no fibre) or dried fruit (no water).

The safest fruits for a sugarholic to eat are those lowest in sugar and highest in fibre which is lemons, cranberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blueberries.  Kiwi fruits and pears are the next best.  Grapes should be completely avoided, you should rarely eat apples, bananas, cherries (boo – my favourite), pineapples and apricots.

To summarise, the fruit rules are:

1. Never have more then 2 pieces a day (adults) or 1 for children.
2. Never have fruit juice or dried fruit.
3. Choose fruits with low sugar and high fibre.

At the moment I am photographing everything I eat.  The exception is during the first 2 evenings I snacked on some Cheddar cheese after I had blogged.  I don’t often put drinks in but I am having 2 coffees with Single Cream, one tea with milk and then herbal teas and water.  So I am being very honest with what I consume so you can see, and I can be reminded when I look back, exactly what I did have.

How did I do today?

Very well.  I was wide awake at about 4:30 so got up as I have loads of work to do and caught the first train to London.  I was there just after 6:30 – still dark!

Southwark Tube First coffee of the day and I heated up a portion of last night’s dinner.  I cooked a double portion last night so I had something for today.  People who know me well, brace yourselves for shocks – I actually used a microwave!  I hate microwaves, don’t trust they are safe and avoid them.  But I really wanted something warm and did not fancy cold bacon and cold spinach so I used the microwave, briefly.breakfast on desk This is a wonderful concoction and I really enjoyed it.  As a reminder it is onions, green pepper, spring onion, celery, mushrooms, spinach and broccoli with brown Basmati rice and bacon.  Delicious.  That kept me going from about 7:30 am until 2pm and I wasn’t even very hungry then.breakfast 3-10-13 close up I went to M&S to buy lunch.  I agree.AWIT building Another world is possible.  A no added sugar world.Another world is possible M&S have so many delicious sounding salads with excellent wholefood ingredients, such as this one I bought today.M&S sprouted pea and bean salad But they ruin it by adding sugar to nearly all the dressings.  Why?  I never add sugar when I make a dressing.  it is really annoying.salad 3-10-13 I threw away the dressing and had the salad with a cheese and ham omelette I bought from Frank’s Cafe, just round the corner from the office.  One of my colleagues often gets his lunch from there and recommended it.  He has his with chips but I just had the omelette.  I could have had the chips but I am not literally going to eat anything I can, as long as it is sugar free.  I do want to lose lots more weight so I will save chips for a time when I am struggling with my sugar demons.

lunch 3-10-13 I was 10 minutes early for my train this evening so I took a little walk.  Look at how pretty that is?Lord Nelson pub That is one of the sweetest and prettiest murals I have seen. It really brightens up the corner of the street.Lord Nelson mural For supper I made a conscious effort to reduce my portion size.  I have rarely been hungry this week, which is a good feeling.  But I have eaten some very large portions so I am being sensible.  I had 4 falafels which are actually very small.  Look at them compared to the cherry plum tomatoes.  Served with half a mashed avocado (with some fresh lemon juice) and half a medium sized tub of humous.  Perfectly adequate.supper 3-10-13So there we are.  Another day with no added sugar.  I have ordered some blueberries which will be delivered tomorrow and I am going to try a few to see if I can take them without a sugar rush.  I really want a smoothie for breakfast.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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3 Responses to Do You Eat Fruit?

  1. laura1952 says:

    Good luck tomorrow and definitely, congratulations on Day 4.

  2. I am fascinated with your journey to exclude sugar from your diet. I am on Weight Watchers and can eat 3-5 pieces of fruit a day. I am surprised with the listing of high sugar fruits. Apples are now in season in the USA (I live in Wisconsin) so I usually have an apple a day. Banana in the a.m. If you want to follow my journey read my blog on http://www.DonnaintheKitchen.com
    I would love to hear from you

    • Hi Donna, welcome to my blog. I am giving up sugar because I have struggled with my weight for a long time and need to find a way of losing it and keeping it off. There is so much research now that sugar, i.e. fructose, is what we need to give up. Fruit is full of fructose which is a shame as I love it but I need to be thinner and healthier. So I am giving it up and already feeling better. I know people who live a sugar free life with lots of energy and happiness. I am cynical about Weight Watchers. They let you eat unlimited fruit because it keeps the weight going back on. I hope you are successful in your weight loss.

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