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Addition of Fruit makes a Difference in How you Feel?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 02, 2012 at 12:59 PM

In the past whenever I try to eat healthy I never really ate much fruit unless it was juice. And even still I used juice infrequently. All the traditional literature really put emphasis on vegetables. So I didn't think that I needed that much.

Part of it was economics, and the other habit because of where I come from. Where I grew up and fruit was hard to get fresh that wouldn't rot in 1-2 days. So no one really bought fruit unless it was long lasting like apples.

I've quit drinking juice because most of it sits in a vat with nitrogen (so it doesn't rot) for a year. The flavor might be uniform but it loses it's nutritional content.

I'm now in an area where fruit is more available. I started eating it for the past two weeks, and I feel much better. I try to stick to berries and away from apples. I would eat bananas but I'm allergic. So I'm trying to get the extra potassium from Cantaloupe since papaya is unavailable.

Has anyone felt better when introducing fruit into their diet? I know I have more energy. I actually tried to start deep cleaning the apartment last night and haven't really had the energy to do this just on a whim in 3 years. Doing Paleo and adding fruits seems to be helping.

With the addition of one cup of fresh fruit a day it seems like it prevents me from getting cravings for soda and bread as well.

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I actually haven't been on Paleo that long (2 weeks). I was on low G.I. for 7 months. I realized it has reached a point of 'stopped working' meaning I wasn't getting worse but I saw no improvement. So knew I needed a change and decided on Paleo. I gradually eliminated stuff and got to the point where I could do Paleo. I do very little dairy (not daily either). No beans. No grains. No white potatoes. adding more healthy fats. If I eat tubers, they are only in sweet potato form. Sweet potato curbs carb cravings but don't make me want to get up and be active! Maybe it's the vitamin content?

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on August 02, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Hey Ashley, sounds like you've found what works for you.. that's awesome.

When I first started following this paleo template I developed a serious case of carbophobia. I was even counting the "net carbs" in my veggies.. not healthy. I discovered the bulletproof executive a few months back after learning about his "bulletproof coffee." If you check out his "bulletproof diet" he recommends staying away from sugary fruit and sticking to the more fibrous type.

That made me decide to introduce berries and sweet potatoes to my diet in unlimited quantities and I feel completely different. I'm happier, getting more done during the day, I don't get tired and I'm setting new PR's at the gym.. and guess what, I didn't gain any weight. Definitely a similar experience to yours.

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Sounds like your body wanted some carbs!

Do you eat tubers/starch? Did you/do you notice the same with those? Sweet potatoes gave me the same ah-hah moment of: "wow, I didn't realize I'd been feeling run down, until I didn't anymore."

Fruit will do this for me as well, though it sparks my sugar cravings, which eventually leaves me curled up under a staircase with a package of candy corn and a few hypodermic needles.

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on August 02, 2012
at 02:12 PM

I actually haven't been on Paleo that long (2 weeks). I was on low G.I. for 7 months. I realized it has reached a point of 'stopped working' meaning I wasn't getting worse but I saw no improvement. So knew I needed a change and decided on Paleo. I gradually eliminated stuff and got to the point where I could do Paleo. I do very little dairy (not daily either). No beans. No grains. No white potatoes. adding more healthy fats. If I eat tubers, they are only in sweet potato form. Sweet potato curbs carb cravings but don't make me want to get up and be active! Maybe it's the vitamin content?

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Opposite for me. I feel like crap when fruit is a significant part of my diet.

I used to feel like crap because I had GI issues and fruit just exacerbated that. Now that my GI issues are fixed, even though I can digest fruit, it still doesn't make me feel amazing, Could be a low-carb thing.

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on August 02, 2012
at 03:58 PM

I feel better when my carb intake doesn't get too low. I do eat a lot of fruit, but not sure if it is the fruit that keeps my energy up, or just not falling below 25% carbs in general. Below 25%, my skin gets dry and I have less energy.

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on August 02, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Also depends on what time of day you eat it and what you eat it with (or how soon you wait to eat something after eating fruit). I heard the worst is to eat fruit after a meal- it makes your food ferment in your stomach. N=1 I guess! I abstain from fruit too as It spurs bingeing but I love my sweet potato for carbs!

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