I find it overwhelming whenever I try and write articles about food. In the past I have pondered over and over where to start when telling you about food. There are just so many great options out there.
Even though I am telling you to eat naturally, I feel like it’s too vague a term. Many of you also deal with food allergies or intolerances or have decided to be vegan or live the paleo lifestyle. So this is what I’m going to do: I’m going to start with one thing at a time. I will try and keep the facts brief so you don’t get overwhelmed with the information. I want you to also take the time to think about the food choices you are currently making. I know we are all busy and we don’t want to be bothered, but if we look at eating well as a privilege, I think that maybe it will be a little more fun. Some people have a love affair with food. Let’s make sure your lover builds you up, not tears you down.
Let’s talk about fruit in our diet.
Let’s get rid of some myths off the top.
- Fruit is high in sugar so it will make you fat- FALSE
- You should only eat fruit in the morning- FALSE
- You should only eat fruit on an empty stomach- FALSE
Let’s just pretend that you could eat whatever and whenever you wanted. What fruit would you choose?
All fruit in it’s basic natural form is good for most people unless you have an allergy toward them. Strawberries and tomatoes are most commonly connected to allergies.
However strawberries are very low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are good sources of folate, potassium and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vit. C and Manganese.
Tomatoes are also low in sodium and very low in cholesterol and Saturated Fat. They are a great source of fiber, Vitamins A, C, K, Manganese and Potassium. Also a good source of Vitamin E, B6, Thiamin, Niacin, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper. A Vine ripened tomato contains more than 200 phytochemicals compared with one picked green and ripened giving us less than 20. (Just a note in case you decide to grow your own food or want to look at local gardeners for your food). Every little change can make a big difference.
One of my favorite staples in the fruit department it apples. The great thing about apples is they store well and remain available all year round. They are a good source of Potassium, Vitamins A and C, Calcium and Iron.
Here’s a link to a good article about apples if you want more info:
All fruit is high in fiber, full of antioxidants the best kinds of low glycemic sugars (unlike refined sugars), easy on the stomach and the pancreas. Most reduce cholesterol, prevent cancer, improve digestion and neutralize the bad effects of airborne toxins. Try eating some this week.
Now, don’t you just feel so good about that food?