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How much fruit is too much fruit?

Is fruit really bad for you?

Is fruit really bad for you?

Is fruit really bad for you?

There are a lot of different opinions out there on fruit and how much you should / shouldn’t consume.

I’ve made a little discovery on my own primal eating journey and have experimented with it quite a bit lately and seem to have proved it true (for myself and in my own body at least!)

The quick lowdown is that when you’re eating a mainstream high-carb diet, filled with grains, wheat and sugar, (eg: cereals, breads, pastas, pizzas, sauces, condiments, fizzy drinks, etc) then eating fruit in excess is definitely not going to help you lose weight.

However, when you give up eating sugar, wheat and grains, your metabolism effectively increases (which I believe takes at least 90 days!) and you can then start to include more fruit without any worries. This is of course assuming you aren’t currently diabetic or suffering from any chronic illnesses.

I’ve always craved juicy fruit and that’s one of the reasons why I’ve always struggled with diets that limit fruit intake.

Fruit I eat on an average day…

I eat about 3-4 bananas (which everyone claims are fattening), 2 nectarines, half a sweet melon, bunch of grapes, berries… sometimes even more. And this is excluding my actual meals that I eat.

This is completely the opposite of what a lot of Primal folks recommend, however – I did a good 90 day stretch of being strict and only eating 2-3 fruits a day, and I think that when you have a bit of weight to lose, this is probably the best option to start out with until your bodies metabolism has sped up.

But aren’t fruit sugars bad for you?

I don’t see fruit sugars as ‘bad’. Organically grown in-season fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Plus, I’m currently 19 weeks pregnant which means I have monthly check ups, urine tests, blood tests, etc, and all have been 100% so I’m taking that as a good sign.

I’m not saying yes – you should eat as much fruit as you like starting today! What I’m saying is that it’s important to get to know your own body and how it responds to your different eating choices.

In the past, I was always left feeling bloated and crampy after every single meal and I suffered drastically with heartburn. These days, I feel lighter and healthier than ever before and heartburn is a thing of the past (despite being 19 weeks pregnant and having every other blog warning me that heartburn and acid reflux is a normal side effect of pregnancy.)

For me… that’s proof enough that my body responds well to eating a low-carb high-fat AND high-fruit diet – which I understand means that it’s not really that low-carb as fruit contains carbs, but at least I know they’re healthy carbs as that’s what my body is telling me.

If you’re new to the whole primal lifestyle and have just started to exclude sugar, wheat and grains, then I definitely suggest sticking to Mark Sisson’s food pyramid to start with. Give it at least 90 days and then if you’re a fruit addict like I am, you can start to experiment with eating more fruit on the whole.

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Mark Sisson's Primal Food Pyramid

Mark Sisson’s Primal Food Pyramid

 

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments area below, or send me an email. I’m off to eat a banana 🙂

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2 Responses to How much fruit is too much fruit?

  1. Radiance Advisor (@RadianceAdvisor) March 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Woo hoo!! Yay for fruit!! I am a fruitarian during the day most days and I love the healing power of fruit. The trick is to lower your fat intake. High sugar and high fat keep your blood sugar elevated so it’s best to keep fat to 10-20% of calories. Great article!!

    • Shannon March 12, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      Thank you! However I don’t believe high fat keeps your blood sugar elevated, it’s high carbs and high sugar that do that. Fat is what keeps the balance and allows me to stay fuller for longer – eg: adding a tablespoon of coconut oil or some full cream greek yoghurt to a fruit smoothie!

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