|Asian pear with cinnamon, good, but a small slice will do!
** special note for my Paleoish friends*** I still hop on a calibrated scale 1-2 times a month at WW. I DON'T count points, but I do want access to a scale that is going to weigh me clothed, calibrated, and what my doctor will see my weight.
|Berries are my favorite fruit
|Orange slice after a 2 hour long hike in Torrey Pines
I sleep better, maintain my weight better and just have fewer binge urges when I keep my fruit levels on the lower side.
Here's what worked and is working for me:
1. Fruit played NO part of weight loss. I think high sugar fruit like bananas, pineapple, and other fruits probably stopped my weight loss progress in the past.
2. Fruit does play a part of weight maintenance. Berries and occasional in season fruit slices. I eat fruit usually only in the last meal of the day.
3. Fruit plays a part in fuel for long travel days. I can often have some pineapple slices in the mornings of travel days where I'll be walking and sight seeing all day long for hours on end.
What did not work for me:
1. Eating loads of fruit for weight loss. It didn't work! Bananas made me sick to my stomach and I ate them because WW told me they were a good source of potassium. I must have parked my brain at the door of the WW meeting. Glad I went back and picked up my backbone while I was at it. Not WW fault, by the way. But I did do some banana un-brain washing somewhere on one of my walks... Now I understand.... fruits are NOT Zero points, for me.
2. Eating dates and raisins in weight maintenance daily. Too much sugar... just too much. I might have dates or raisins 1-2 times a year. Great for hiking for hours. Not so much for a desk job.
3. Binging on fruit: Yes! I probably did this. I know because I averted a binge last week on pineapple. Sigh..... Onward. I count myself lucky as I know there are people who cannot eat fruit at all due to binge urges. That's a tough one!
So, my take away lesson...... yes, fruit probably did "make me fat". But to know is the real gift. To bust that myth and do what I need to do for myself is pure gold. No longer checking my brain at the door. I'm tough, not moderate when it comes to fruit.
|Fruit bear from an Alaskan cruise