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July 5, 2011

I love fruit. Absolutely adore it. Now that summer is in full swing, and we’ve got fresh fruit coming out the wazoo, I’ve been eating my weight in it on pretty much a daily basis. No shame.

My current obsession? Cantaloupe.

Hello, lover.

I crack one open in the morning, and it’s usually gone by the end of the day.

A slice here, a few chunks there. Poof. Vanished.


And then I do it again the next day…

A bit excessive, perhaps, but how can you say no to such refreshing, juicy deliciousness?

Clearly, I can’t.

And it kind of boggles my mind that there are actually people out there who can…

Story time!

So, I was at the grocery store today restocking on some necessities, which included 2 bunches of bananas, a big bag of apples, a 1 lb. tub of blueberries, 2 cantaloupe, and 2 bags of frozen mango. Just your average haul – I thought nothing of it. But as I was unloading my cart, the lady at the checkout counter looked at me and said, “Do you plan on eating all of that fruit by yourself?”


I bit my tongue, and instead of firing back with some smart-ass answer, I went with a simple “Yes. I love fruit”, and gave her a sweet smile. Without even blinking she came back at me with, “Eating too much fruit is bad for you, you know? I’m watching my weight so I’ve cut fruit out of my diet completely”.

:shock:… 😯 😯 😯

First of all, do I look like I need to lose weight? No. Furthermore, did I ask you for stupid advice? No; I already know where to look if I need some of that. And finally, I’m sure those chemical laden, 100 calorie snack packs that you live on are 100x better got you than an apple or banana.

Mmm… banana.

Err. Wha? Sorry… easily distracted.

Things like this drive me absolutely insane. Not only do I hate it when people feel the need to comment on things that are none of their business, but the idea that fruit is bad for you makes my left eye start twitching uncontrollably, as it tends to do when… oh, you know when.

There are people (fruitarians) whose diets are made up primarily of fruit; and while I don’t advocate that kind of extreme (life without oatmeal and chocolate? no thanks!), going in the polar opposite direction and giving up fruit just because of its sugar content makes about as much sense to me as going on a gluten-free diet when you don’t have any intolerances – in other words, it makes no sense at all.


Greek yogurt with strawberries and honey … Blueberries and peaches in kefir.

I understand that there are people out there with legitimate medical conditions that require them to stay away from fruit, but the other people? The ones who simply suffer from fruitophobia? I just don’t get it. I mean, I do, because I used to be fruitophobic myself when I was in the depths of my ED, but as with any other fear of food, this one just makes no sense. None. Nada. Zip.

Sure there’s sugar in fruit, but there’s also a host of other vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function. Oh, and the last time I checked, our bodies need sugar (glucose) to function, too. Why do you think that bananas are such popular pre-workout snacks? Because they’re an energy powerhouse! I’ve been having one as part of my pre-workout snack for a few weeks now, and I’ve been absolutely rockin’ my workouts as a result. That and dates… dates are another good one.


So please, please, PLEASE, for the love of Pete and my poor twitching left eye, don’t buy into all the hype that fruit makes you fat. I easily eat 6 servings a day, and I’ve yet to see myself blow up to the size of a whale or experience any other negative side effects. Except for when it comes to apples…

You know how they say that eating an apple before a meal is supposed to help quieten your appetite?

Yeahhhh, no.

Sometimes, when I find myself getting really hungry while preparing dinner, I’ll grab an apple to hold me over until my food finishes cooking so that I don’t end up gnawing off my arm. It never works. If anything, I just end up hungrier… which just goes to show you that all that “advice” is absolute garbage.

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Fruit: friend or foe? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

143 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2011 5:29 pm

    I LOVE THIS POST SOOOO MUCH! I am obsessed with fruit, and I used to be ashamed that I could eat a whole cantaloupe in a day not to mention the apples, strawberries, cranberries ect that I go through! I can’t believe the cashier said that, I would have been flabbergasted 😮

    Yay fruit lover 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. July 5, 2011 5:31 pm

    I’ve noticed that about apples too…so weird! I love apples and reach for them whenever I need a little snack but it makes my hunger worse! And people not eating fruit? That’s just crazy talk lol.

    • July 5, 2011 5:52 pm

      i’ve noticed the apple thing as well. sometimes, if i eat an apple on an empty stomach, i feel really nauseated afterward. the same thing goes for carrots. i don’t understand it.

      • July 5, 2011 9:43 pm

        Okay, I am so glad other people experience this as well because I always kind of thought it was just me being crazy 😉

      • Elle permalink
        July 6, 2011 10:57 am

        I get nauseated too if I eat an apple on an empty stomach. so weird! I don’t have any food allergies that I know of… it totally turned me off to apples though.

  3. July 5, 2011 5:32 pm

    Cantaloupe and pineapples… I almost fear cutting them because, well, I eat them in one sitting (when I meet people who can’t stand either of them… I lose a tiny percentage of respect because… seriously they are nature’s gift to humans). I’d never paired cantaloupe with any sort of spices or anything before (usually I pop it like candy) but last year, I mixed sea salt, lime juice and cantaloupe, holy moly… that is one KICKER snack RIGHT THERE… if you have not tried it you MUST because… oiiiii.


  4. July 5, 2011 5:32 pm

    oh my God, what an idiot. Even when I was in the depths of my ED and terrified of all fruit (except apples for some reason), I knew a freaking banana was healthier than a 100 calorie pack. Ugh.

    And thanks for mentioning the gluten thing. It drives me INSANE that it’s now the “cool” thing for bloggers to give up gluten when they have no intolerance…um what? (Of course, some bloggers ARE intolerant, so giving it up is pretty obvious in their case)

    • July 5, 2011 5:34 pm

      hahaha, the gluten comment made me laugh so hard… I’ve noticed that on a few blogs recently… especially when its gluten they’re giving up + they’re vegan…

      • July 5, 2011 5:51 pm

        i agree that the gluten-free thing is kind of squirrely. the only reason i pay attention to it is because one of my good friends has a gluten intolerance so i make note of recipes that are safe to feed her. other than that, i love my gluten. (yum, bagels) and i think it is kind of dangerous to so drastically cut out a food group like that (yes, i consider wheat/grains/etc a food group hehehehe) because, i don’t know, maybe they’d DEVELOP an intolerance or something. maybe that’s just me being dumb, but i always wonder about that.

    • July 5, 2011 6:26 pm

      I agree. Gluten is only bad for people who are allergic to it. Do you really think whole wheat bread, bulgur, barley, couscous, farro, groats, rye, or seitan is bad for you? Seriously? I don’t see the point. I really don’t.

      • July 5, 2011 7:04 pm

        This is something that actually drives me insane… there’ll most likely be a rant coming up about it in the very near future…

  5. katie permalink
    July 5, 2011 5:33 pm

    The whole “no fruit thing” is absolutely bananas! 🙂

  6. July 5, 2011 5:34 pm

    Fruit = Friend.

    I can’t stand it when people give advice that obviously is not smart advice and they have no reason to be telling you stupid things. Gaah.

  7. July 5, 2011 5:40 pm

    Haha – that same thing happens to me sometimes. It’s weird because sometimes it’ll hold me over and others it definitely won’t. I guess it all depends on how hungry you are at the outset!

    Overall though I’d say fruit is definitely a friend – I’d be lost without it!

  8. July 5, 2011 5:47 pm

    I get odd looks at the grocery store as well. People need to mind their business, especially when they have NO IDEA what they are talking about! I eat a tooon of fruit, and I am trudging along just fine. Although i must admit, eating alot of canteloupe sometimes gives me a stomach ache. But blueberries? I’m suprised my skin has yet to turn blue.

    Give me some fruit over a prepackaged snack anyday…dipped in chocolate 🙂

  9. July 5, 2011 5:48 pm

    I have people tell me that I eat too much fruit ALL the time. I get told that it’s bad to eat so much fruit and that they avoid it because it has so much more sugar than vegetables. But then they go digging into huge candy bars and mcdonalds milkshakes (which isn’t bad don’t get me wrong!) but it just blows my mind that some people can think they know SO much about nutrition when they clearly know so little!

    I’ve gone through anti-fruit phases but for the most part, even in the depths of my ED, fruit has always been ‘safe’. And clearly eating copious amounts of fruit never led me to obesity…in fact, it assisted in quite the opposite (once again, I’m obviously not promoting this…just trying to make a point.)

    Food is food. During the summer I am thirsty about 100% of the time, and fruit quenches that FLAWLESSLY. I refuse to give up something I love so much (and is obviously good for me) just because people around me try to convince me that the sugar content in FRUIT is too high.

  10. July 5, 2011 5:48 pm

    fruit a foe? well, that’s just about the stupidest thing i’ve ever heard! i love fruit, and i eat it every day. probably not 6 servings each day, but at least 3 or 4. sometimes, i have as many as 6 or 7 but not EVERY day — it’s not because i am scared of the natural sugar content though. i agree that it’s super annoying when people but in with their two-cents when it’s unwelcome, inappropriate and unneeded. i commend you for your patience.

    xxx alexandra

    • July 5, 2011 5:53 pm

      P.S. sorry i left like 5 comments — i had a lot to say. =P good topic.

  11. July 5, 2011 5:48 pm

    I actually despise cantaloupe! I am all about the watermelon right now 😉

  12. July 5, 2011 5:49 pm

    fruit is amazing!!! I hate all these fad diets out there saying they are bad for you ughhh no wonder most people have no idea what to eat.

  13. July 5, 2011 5:50 pm

    Wow, that makes me mad how completely insensitive that lady was! We are SUPPOSED to eat fruit, not pre-packaged snacks! My mom gets a little weird when I eat huge amounts of fruit because of the sugar content, and sometimes she suggests I eat veggies instead. I mean, I love veggies…but I think I like fruit just a tad bit more! My guess is that lady was having a hard time with her diet and she was feeling a bit insecure.

  14. July 5, 2011 5:53 pm

    Amen, sister!! Fruit is something that grows in nature and last time I checked natural real foods weren’t bad for you. And I’ve yet to see anyone get fat from eating too much fruit. I admire your restraint. I would have told that lady she was an idiot.

    Oh and I think we both know how I feel about the apple’s ability to “quiet hunger.” Doesn’t work AT ALL.

  15. July 5, 2011 5:53 pm

    HA! I would’ve been a smart-ass to that person 😉 I should tell you what happened one time in Whole Foods… remind me.

    I don’t eat much fruit anymore… I used to ONLY eat fruit, so I have bad memories of it.

    • July 5, 2011 7:12 pm

      I used to have really bad memories associated with some fruit as well, especially melons and berries, but I truly love them so I needed to reprogram my thoughts and associate better feelings with them… and I’m so glad that I did 🙂

  16. sarah permalink
    July 5, 2011 5:55 pm

    Where to people get off making these type of comments about a persons eating habits?!?!
    Aaanyway, I don’t think of fruit as foe or anything – I just never seem to crave fresh fruit( bananas and dates aside)-im more of a veggie girl .
    However I just got a craving for a bowl of peaches & blueberries- no idea where that came from…

  17. *Andrea* permalink
    July 5, 2011 5:58 pm

    BEST FRIEND!!! And LOVER haha.

    those comments used to and sometimes still do bother me too! but now i mostly just feel empathy for those people that are so insecure and so desperate to lose weight that they are brainwashed by the media and fad diets and celebrity “heroes” (heroines) who seem to be these creatures we put on pedestals simply because they “lost 100 pounds” or “found their perfect happy weight” or “fell in love with weight watchers.” as if that makes them perfectly happy! we need more role models out there preaching mindfulness and less processed foods…like you do 🙂

    • July 5, 2011 6:18 pm

      Love this.
      So many people think that to be happy, successful, respected, – you name it – they have to lose weight… so they latch onto crazy diets and they are deified as they lose X pounds. Is that really all we care about anymore? Is that what makes a person accomplished? That they felt so ashamed of their appearance that they spent a bunch of money on some faddy diet and made themselves miserable for months, years, just to pose for an ad in a bikini?

      It makes me sad. Diets and these crazy ideas about food (fruit? Bad for you? Oh, I see. That’s why so many cultures have made it a staple of their diets and thrive on it. Gotcha.)
      are just an industry trying to earn money. I wish we could take the focus off of weight and appearance, and turn it onto real things, like academia, kindness, and emotional well being.

  18. July 5, 2011 6:03 pm

    I was in the grocery store today and realized that the food I always get tempted into buying is 7 kinds of fruit!

  19. theflourishingfoodie permalink
    July 5, 2011 6:05 pm

    I LOVE fruit! Seriously, I eat so much of it!! It’s just so yummy, perfect candy made by nature :). And I definitely think it is healthy. Yes it has sugar, but it’s natural sugar and it’s balanced out by lots of good fiber, vitamins, ect. Probably the healthiest way to enjoy sugar, I’d say.
    Even if it wasn’t healthy, I don’t think I could keep myself from eating fruit! It’s just so delicious!!

  20. Sam permalink
    July 5, 2011 6:06 pm

    Fruit is a friend for sure! I would be annoyed if someone said that to me.

  21. July 5, 2011 6:08 pm

    Oh my gosh… I HATE people like that. Looking at what you’re eating/ buying and telling you in that high and mighty voice (like THEY know so much about nutrition) that such and such is not good for you… that they’ve read all about it (what? In people magazine?) and so that’s why they don’t eat X food.

    A family friend was staying at our house for a while and was EXACTLY like that cashier. He told me carbs and fats were bad for you because “they turn directly into fat on your body” whereas protein is good for you because “it turns directly into muscle.” Then he would point at a pimple on my shoulders and say “That’s from too much chocolate.”

    Some people are just so misguided, and it drives me insane when they force their bogus ideas on other people. Even if they do have these ‘philosophies’ they should keep them to themselves. But frankly, I’m surprised more ‘normal’ people aren’t diagnosed with eating disorders. Distorted thoughts about food have become so common nowadays that they are considered the norm. And that’s what’s really scary.

    • July 5, 2011 7:18 pm

      Ahh it definitely is a scary thing. It’s like we’re expected to be unhappy with the way we look, and constantly encouraged to take charge and change ourselves. Whatever happened to acceptance and focusing on things that REALLY matter?

  22. July 5, 2011 6:15 pm

    Without no fruit, there is no happiness in my life, ha!

    I LOVE fruit! I seriously can not ever be without it! I love apples, berries, kiwi, peaches, and I just love fruit!

    Fruit is fun!
    Fruit is fresh!
    Fruit is your friend!

    Love you!!

  23. Natalie permalink
    July 5, 2011 6:17 pm

    Um, yeah, that lady needs to go soak her head or whatever. Have a nice life!

    Fruit is most definitely my favorite food. I tend to go a bit overboard on it, actually… Yesterday I had three apples, two pears, a banana, some strawberries, and a heck of a lot of blueberries… And wow, look at that, I haven’t magically woken up and gained two hundred pounds! What a miracle!

    Life without fruit would be almost as bad as life without chocolate. 😀

  24. July 5, 2011 6:19 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness.

    This drives me absolutely insane! Fruit is one of the best things for your body. I eat a whole cantaloupe in a day…heck, I’ll even have it in one sitting! (Bottomless pit, right here!)

    One time my friend who knows nothing about nutrition told me I shouldn’t be eating so much watermelon because it’s “pure sugar.” She was so matter fact about it, too: “Watermelon is actually bad for you, you know. It’s pure sugar. I know, because my mom’s friends husband has diabetes and he can’t eat it.”

    Thanks, girl. It’s a good thing that I don’t have diabetes.

  25. July 5, 2011 6:19 pm

    I hate the fact that anyone EVER came out with the idea of fruit being bad for us, and I hate that I’ve ever even had the inkling to doubt my fruit intake. Every time I hear someone say too much fruit is bad for you, I’ll admit it, I pause for a brief second and think… hm… maybe I should be a little careful not to overdue it. Um NO. I’d MUCH rather be eating my weight in delicious crunchy apples, fresh berries, juicy melons or bunches of bananas than in so much of the other junk out there. I’m not sitting on my kitchen floor stuffing fruit into my face until I hit food coma (okay maybe that’s happened once or twice when I chop up giant watermelon, no shame!) so I absolutely cannot see how anyone can actually have the nerve or, I dunno, idiocy? to run their mouth saying that fruit is bad for you. I’d love to see how this woman’s “diet” turns out for her. How much do you want to bet a lot of the other non-fruit consumption she’s doing has just as much sugar in it? People don’t even REALIZE how much sugar is in everything. I’ll take my fruit sugar thanks.

    Dates + bananas = best workout foods EVER. I need to remember to eat these preworkout way more often.
    Oh and apples? ALWAYS make me hungrier. Definitely with you on worst tide-me-over snack. I definitely prefer to stick to apples as post-meal treats. They do nothing for hunger.

  26. July 5, 2011 6:20 pm

    LOVE this post! I always hear people say “fruit makes you fat” it’s like are you crazy!? I eat so much fruit and cantaloupe has been my favorite. If you see a lemon drop melon though I highly reccomened it. They are delicious as well! I love summer time because of all the fresh fruits it’s the best part!

  27. Aimee permalink
    July 5, 2011 6:23 pm

    I absolutely adore fruit – especially in the summer! I must eat at least 8 servings a day! I can’t believe that someone woud have the nerve to say something like that to tou just because you were buying fruit! What nerve!
    I coukd never give up fruit – my favorites – berries, peaches, bananas, actually i like all fruit!

  28. July 5, 2011 6:27 pm

    Arghhh i feel your frustration! I HATE IT when people feel the need to make such commentary on my food purchases/eats- or when they try to ‘educate me’ on their nutrition/blahblahblah- it’s like believe me I used to have an ED and already know far more about nutrition than you do thanks to the years of dietitians I’ve endured. And fruit is healthy, delicious, and full of nutrients/vitamins/minerals that can’t be derived from stupid diet food.
    I love fruit. FRIEND for sure. I myself have been going to town on: mangos, papayas, lychees, plums, peaches, and berries…amongst other fruits 😉

  29. July 5, 2011 6:28 pm

    Fruit = friend. And same here, having an apple always make me hungrier. The theory behind the “full” effect is that the water content in the apple will help suppress your appetite…but it’s bullshit. I like having a functioning appetite though, so if an apple makes me hungrier, then bring on more food!

  30. July 5, 2011 6:28 pm

    No Em Gee, She Di-int. Sigh.

    I am fruit LOVAH! Eating porkrinds will kill ya a lot faster than Dates and Bananas. Nature hooks us up.
    Isolated Fructose on its own can kind of get ugly but in fruit form its on point.

    PS- I know you don’t do savory too often but ever try getting some nice course sea salt and sprinkling it on melons of any kind. Oh wow.

  31. July 5, 2011 6:30 pm

    What a rude bih cheegirl!! I am also a fruit lover and I think that it would be good for weight loss due to its high water content and fiber. What fun would that be, cutting out naturally sweet foods? I’ve been loving cantaloupe too cause it helps with my sore jaw. 🙂

  32. July 5, 2011 6:31 pm

    Preach on sister!!! Love this post and I completely 100% positively agree with you. One of my best friends avoids fruit like the plague in a constant effort to lose weight and yet she will happily eat a plate of cold cuts and cheese for lunch because “eating protein and fats and avoiding sugar will help you lose weight…” Blah blah BLAH. I call BS on that one! ha! I looove fruit and I’m trying to show her the truth but she scarcely listens. Anyway, well said!!! 🙂

  33. July 5, 2011 6:37 pm

    before i forget: omg, i have the same problem with apples. if i eat one, my stomach will feel really weird/bloated after, and then i’ll be starrrrving. i hate it.

    anyways. yes, i hear you. drives me NUTS when people start offering diet advice. i just want to be like “are you saying i need to lose weight? because i’m pretty sure i’d rather go in the other direction with that…”
    i mean, most people i give the benefit of the doubt as not intending to come off as rude or what-not…but still. i don’t go around telling people to eat X because it’s really good for you or not to eat X because it’s really bad for you, so i get uneasy when people do it to me.

  34. July 5, 2011 6:42 pm

    Ha! I like how she thinks she knows what she is talking about. I HATE it when people say crap like that. Fruit is awesome! The only problem I have sometimes is with apples. They can give me gas sometimes. TMI 😀 But, I eat them anyway because they are one of my favs!

  35. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    July 5, 2011 6:45 pm

    I probably eat 8-9 servings a fruit a day and I feel fine….better than fine….FAN-freakin-TASTIC! Where do people get their information?!?! Fruit is from the land….its about as natural and whole as you can get! Why would you ever stay away from it!?!?! It makes absolutely NO sense! I can’t even understand why someone would be “afraid of fruit”. Craaaaazy.

    PS: I would totally get distracted too with a delicious banana snack like that 😉

  36. July 5, 2011 6:49 pm

    Canteloupe is my lover. Seriously. You should try it in my melon quinia salad. Its quite yummy 🙂 I’m with you though girl I could eat fruit all day everday, especially in the summer!! My taste buds seem to always want it 🙂

  37. July 5, 2011 6:49 pm

    heyyy 🙂 ahh yes i’ve heard that and i’ve believed it too unfortunately. the banana thing…ugh a few years ago one of the things (like stupid ed thing i guess) i went into was like the low glycemic index, so bananas were virtually a no no. and other things. and now i eat soo many bananas, and i’ve even introduced things that are considered high gi just because i have a few stomach issues that are not nice at all, and the whole high fiber all the time thing wasn’t helping i don’t think :/ so i don’t have much of a choice. but ugslkdflskjd i hate these things…and honestly you seemed to handle it well i likely would just have bursted into tears, im so easily triggered aha, and comments like that, for anyone but esp people with eating issues…just not nice 😦 but i like fruit. i don’t have as much as before (same with veg) because i’ve been having a lot of stomach things which sucks but i hope to reintroduce more. but mmm yes bananas. and i eat a lot of applesauce 🙂 and apples are yum. berries as its summer now and we can get them pretty locally. and im so excited for peaches in, august i think??? anyway i love this post but it also makes me sad. just the way that all of these ideas become truth, and i don’t even know what the truth is anymore. and its just sad that certain things like fruit, so natural and yum have to be ‘forbidden’ because people think they’ll get fat from them. xox

  38. July 5, 2011 6:54 pm

    I extreme like this post, finally someone else who actually gets hungrier after eating an apple!!! I could never ever be without my fruit, I think it would just be plain torturous to deprive your body of the flavor and nutrients. No berries in the summer?! No apples?! Yeah right!! 😉 I pity those fruit-a-phobes, they don’t realize what they’re missing 😦

  39. July 5, 2011 6:57 pm

    I find that I want to begin every post saying “I LOVE YOU” because I couldn’t have put it any better.
    I LOVE fruit. Especially this time of year. It’s so perfectly fresh and ripe, and you can get it local too! I’m not gonna deny my cravings for a huge bowl of berries. Sure, it’s sugar, but it’s also antioxidants, tons of vitamins and minerals, and fiber. It’s the perfect preworkout snack. I’m also not watching my blood sugar or my weight, so why do I need people screaming “oh fruit is so bad for you!”. I see these low carb websites throwing heavy cream, protein powder, and cream cheese into their recipes, but avoiding fruit like one banana will kill them. I think I would be eating the former in moderation, not the latter. I’ll have my nutritional powerhouses, thank you very much.

  40. July 5, 2011 6:58 pm

    Fruit = BFF I just can’t get enough. My current obsession would be blueberries, mangoes, or cantaloupe. They’re all sooooo yummy!

  41. July 5, 2011 6:59 pm

    Fruit and me? so tight yo 😉 current obsession? local cherries and blackberries LOVE…so much LOVE

  42. July 5, 2011 7:18 pm

    I usto always think this way years ago, if I ate an entire apple I would ballon up from all the sugar. I do eat more fruit today then I have before, but I always make sure to pair it up with either protein or fat…I have low blood sugar so just eating fruit can cause a crash for me. In no way though to I know consider fruit forbidden, I actually should eat more of it!!

  43. izzy permalink
    July 5, 2011 7:26 pm

    Fruit: friend, brother, secret lover ❤ Oh, gosh, the more I think about it, the more and more appealing that fruititarian diet sounds. (Then I remember almond butter and hot chocolate aren't fruit, and I realize balance is better ;P)

    I cannot STAAAAND what Atkins and all those phony diet trends have done for so many amazing foods. (Low-fat obsession, much?) Like with ANYthing, of course a person will see results when they nix an entire food group from their diet; are said results healthy or sustainable? NAYY! Besides, who wants to live a life without fruit smoothies, yoghurt-messes or apple pie? Not I. Not I.


  44. beckafly permalink
    July 5, 2011 7:28 pm

    I love this post!! I admit to being afraid of fruit at one point, but now I eat 4-5 servings a day easily. Somedays I think I could live off fruit, almost. I sometimes snack on apples when I’m really hungry and waiting for dinner. It’ll quiet my stomach for 20 minutes to an hour and then it roars to life again. I do eat them when my blood sugar gets low or I start to feel tired. Now I’m starting to crave those grapes I just got. Mmm

  45. July 5, 2011 7:51 pm

    First of all, I want to just say how happy your blog makes me. I’ve not suffered from an ED myself but I interned with a psychologist who specialized in that treatment and things like this drive me crazy as well. Every time I read your blog I smile because I love knowing there is someone out there spreading the good word. My blog is just starting up and nowhere near where I want it to be, but maybe one day I’ll get to your level (-constant beautiful pictures by the way)
    Secondly, I feel exactly the same about the apple dilemma! I have an apple a day because I love them so much, but they do nothing to fill me up. I am ALWAYS hungrier after. Weird, but it doesn’t make me stay away 🙂

  46. Rosalie permalink
    July 5, 2011 8:00 pm

    Friend. Best friend. I could not imagine summer without stuffing my face with fresh-picked from the farm up the road Ontario strawberries. SO GOOD. Frozen bananas in smoothies are God’s (and the freezer manufacturers) gift to mankind. Actually, frozen fruit in general. Frozen mango: my favourite cold snack/dessert–plus chocolate, and you’re good to go. And I wonder how that woman feels about tomatoes (I’m sure she thinks avocados are the devil incarnate, since they’re “sooooo fattening”.)

    Nonsensical nutrition gurus irritate me to no end.

    The only time fruit is going to make you gain weight is when you follow the grapefruit diet–and end up bingeing the next day because you’ve deprived yourself so much.

  47. July 5, 2011 8:08 pm

    I LOVE fruit. I used to eat at least one of those humongous grapefruits (size of my head) they sell at Costco everyday. And cantaloupes? I would finish one in just two days.
    But I started to think that I was over-doing it; not for all the fructose thing like the cashier was probably referring to, but I started to think I was simply trying to fill myself up with watery foods. But I’m not like that anymore – my metabolism is now much higher to be just filled with a just fruits.
    BUT recently I have to be really careful when I eat fruits. A lot of sources tell me “fruits alone” for IBS sufferers…but you know…it’s hard. (I mean would you be able to dissociate apple with almond butter?)

  48. July 5, 2011 8:14 pm

    I am a big friend of fruit!! The only reason I don’t like it is because my favorites tend to have a pretty short shelf life, and then I get all stressed out about finishing it before it goes bad. Which basically means … that I eat a lot of fruit. 😉

    Once upon a time, I went on a fruit-only diet. (This was sort of pre-ED.) I think I lasted three days. I mean, yes, I do love fruit, but I don’t think I want to live off it exclusively!!

    ❤ ❤

  49. July 5, 2011 8:14 pm

    I’m totally with you — fruit is one of the food groups for a reason! I eat at least one banana every day, I can easily clean up a pack of blueberries or a pint of strawberries in a day or two, and don’t even get me started on pineapple. Random checkout lady needs a reality check!

  50. July 5, 2011 8:27 pm

    FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SOOOOOO a fruitaholic! 😀

  51. July 5, 2011 8:42 pm

    I remember after my physiological chemistry class in undergrad we learned about the digestion/ absorption pathway of fructose (the sugar found only in fruit). It’s considered “bad” for dieters because fructose has a different pathway than glucose and digests mostly as fat instead of carbohydrate. There’s a split in the standard glycolysis pathway and the ratio of carb to fat digestion is totally thrown off with fruit. None of us in that class touched fruit for an entire month until we realized how stupid we were being. As long as you don’t over do it, fruit is fantastic!

  52. July 5, 2011 8:43 pm

    I love fruit. Love!

  53. July 5, 2011 8:46 pm

    I am beyond obsessed with fruit. I also get painfully annoyed when people comment on whatever I am eating, buying, choosing, etc… myob please 🙂

  54. Valerie permalink
    July 5, 2011 8:59 pm

    how funny! there should be a sign in all the aisles of the grocery store for those diet-ridden folks that says, “whole, unprocessed, natural, from the earth foods>pre-packaged, man-handled foods.”

  55. sunshinevegan permalink
    July 5, 2011 9:01 pm

    NO FRUIT??? That woman is an idiot!!
    Fruit sugar=energy! Not like the nasty processed crap they put in those stupid, nutrition-void 100 calorie packs. Fruit is also full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need, and even more importantly, it tastes delicious! Way better than anything that comes from a package 🙂
    Also, I’d like to point out that for people who really are sensitive or alergc to gluten, there is a legitimate reason to cut it out of your diet. I have had an autopsy don on my stomach to prove that I really was because I didn’t want to believe it when my blood test came back positive.Once I stopped eating it however, I saw a HUGE difference! My energy levels improved, I no longer got sick after I ate, the rashes on my arms and legs went away, and I am no longer anemic because the gluten was inhibiting my body’s ability to absorb iron and calcium properly, which was really important in my ED recovery. Cutting out
    changed (and potentailly saved!) my life!

    • July 5, 2011 9:10 pm

      I’m glad you were able to figure out what was wrong and that you’re feeling better 😀 I know a lot of people need to avoid gluten, but I was talking about people who aren’t intolerant to it and just do it because they think it’ll help them lose weight.

  56. July 5, 2011 9:09 pm

    OH my gosh, that’s insane. First of all, I HATE when people make comments about what I should or shouldn’t eat. I know WAY more about my body than they do. And secondly, hellllllo! How could you say fruit is bad for you?!

  57. July 5, 2011 9:17 pm

    Fruit is a friend FOR SURE. I eat SO much of it everyday especially now that it’s summer and all my favorite fruits are a plenty.
    I’ve heard a couple people tell me that fruit will make me fat due to the sugar but it kinda just went in one ear and out the other. If I enjoy it, I’ll eat it 🙂

  58. July 5, 2011 9:37 pm

    I love fruit. Sometimes I eat more of it than I’m really comfortable with jsut in the sense that I know I”m not eating o the point of satisfaction… I’m eating way more than necessary because it tastes so damn good 😉 lol.

    And I feel you on apples. I ADORE apples but I swear they make me even hungrier… not sure why haha! 🙂


  59. July 5, 2011 9:51 pm

    LOVE this post. I still can’t believe it when people won’t eat fruit because of the “sugar,” but they have no problem eating all kind of processed crap. *sigh*

    (btw, first time commenter–discovered your blog about a week ago and I absolutely love everything about it)

  60. July 5, 2011 10:07 pm

    Ick. That’s so nasty that she said that to you. I’ll get comments like “you’re eating all of that salad by yourself?” Uh, HECK YEAH! It’s terrible that people worry so much about eating too many fruits and veggies- when in reality people should be eating more! Why should I feel guilty for packing in a salad beast? Preposterous.

    In other news- I just answer a question in my latest post’s survey about cantaloupe being one of the only foods I don’t eat. EEEEEEEEK DON’T HURT ME!

    I love pretty much all fruit, though.

  61. July 5, 2011 10:07 pm

    RAWR people need to learn to keep their mouths shut!

    I used to pretty much live off of fruit (yes, when I was ill of course…) until the acidity of my favourite green apples sizzled through the enamel of my two front teeth. Also I find fruit high in fructose (namely apples, pears etc) have adverse effects on me (*sad face* because apples are my FAV!) so I have to limit them if I want to be able to think straight. They tend to make my brain go all fuzzy and I get a bit *cough* gassy *cough*. I still enjoy an apple everyday though! Just not when I need my brain to be unfuzzed.

    I never understood why people are so afraid of fruit. Sure it’s full of sugar but…it’s fruit! I mean gosh darn it!!!!!!! (<—that's a legit explanation, FYI) 😉


  62. July 5, 2011 10:22 pm

    I love me some fruit, especially in the summer! I don’t understand how people can live without it–it’s like nature’s candy and so much better for you than actual candy. Even in the depths of my ED, I still ate fruit. It was pretty much all I would eat. Now I know that that’s too extreme, but I eat fruit like it’s my job! Life would be so boring without it 😉

  63. July 5, 2011 10:31 pm

    i was totally chuckling as i read this becuase i LITERALLY have been going through 1 canteloupe per day as well. i just love eating it with a spoon!!! so delicious.

    fruit is nature’s candy, no doubt. i love it so much and my body just craves it.

    funny thing is that growing up i was sooo picky about fruit (and still kind of am) – i would not eat mixed fruit (still don’t) – because i hated if the flavors got mixed. i used to not eat strawberries, bluberries, raspberries, cherries – i just didn’t like the way they looked!

    now that i’ve grown up and gotten over my weird food aversions, i’ll eat basically ANY fruit – though my faves are apples, bananas, plums, FIGS (both raw and dried), and MELONS!!!

    *sweet* post 😉

  64. Emily permalink
    July 5, 2011 10:37 pm

    YES!!!!! I have been meaning to do a post about this!!!!!! I read an artlce that said you should “stay away from grapes because they are high in sugar and calories, that’s why they taste so good.” Oh so now we can’t eat foods that taste good. Awesome.
    And these low carb people who eat cheese burgers without the bun, but won’t touch an apple. I just want to shake them.
    I also eat entire cantelopes, huge apples, and bananas all day long and so far I haven’t died or gained 400 pounds. So I’m going to keep on eating my delicious fruit.
    Thank you for another wonderful post. 🙂

  65. Lilly permalink
    July 5, 2011 10:45 pm

    hahaha, she can go on thinking that fruit will make you fat, okay… more for me 🙂 It seriously kills me how people think that skipping fruit will make them healthy and opting for a weight watchers dessert pie or hundred calorie pack is the “good option”, ummm what planet are they from? And don’t even get me started on gluten free for no reason, I totally understand allergies and stuff but just doing it because its “cool” is dumb. wow this comment has made me sound bitchy, but seriously I don’t some people

  66. July 5, 2011 10:48 pm

    I love fruit!!! And I totally feel you about the apple. It is the same for me. I eat one now with some almonds or a string cheese, some kind of protein and then it makes it a little more filling. I don’t get the anti fruit thing either. Especially with the carb and sugar thing. It’s FRUIT!

  67. July 5, 2011 10:57 pm

    Best friend- i adore fruit! This kinda thing you just talked about drives me loco: unwarranted advice that is just crap! Yeah youre (not you personally) really going to get fat after the apple you just ate…nothing to do with the billion trans-fat laden foods you gorge on. Gah talk about ignorance @ its finest!!!

  68. littlemissminny permalink
    July 5, 2011 11:10 pm

    Oh Goooooood. I just am so sick of people talking about foods and diets and what one shouldn’t eat. Specially when it is directed to me, like, gooosh girl you eat so much carbs! (coming from an severely overweight person). People should stop being so damn afraid of foods, and specially something as good as fruit. Yeah, it has sugar. When was sugar bad? Last time I checked, we need sugar for every cell in our body. Glucose anybody? I know my metabolic science, and I know that without glucose, we would all drop dead. Sure, if you eat three Mc’s hamburgers in a day, followed with some chips, cola and french fries, and then you eat a pound of fruit. you’ll get fat. But not because of that poor banana.

    Since the begging of summer, I am stuffing my tummy with so much fruit. A little peach here and there, those tiny pears, watermelons… it’s like drinking water to me. I love it, it’s good for me, and all those vitamins have to be great for my health 🙂
    I should get some cantaloupe 😀

  69. July 5, 2011 11:30 pm

    I hate when other people try to give you bogus health tips. Hahah, this one is so ridiculous it makes me laugh. Fruit is amazing! ❤

  70. July 6, 2011 12:41 am

    Aj, YEY! When friends talks about fruits like they are bad for you- it bugs me more than anything!! People are so concerned about sugar (Im too, but not the natural ones like the one in fruit) and calories, that they totally forget about vitamins and minerals and health!

    Its been a long time since I feard fruits as a food group, that is actually the one (and only :P) thing I can thank Raw Food for! I usually eat 1-3 a day which isnt that much, but I do eat it whenever I crave it 🙂

  71. July 6, 2011 3:21 am

    Whhhat? Thats crazy! I adore fruit, I used to have a bit of a ‘problem’ (i.e. not a problem for me, just my bank balance) with pink lady apples when I used to eat about 5 a day but they are just so good! I adore fruit so much, especially right now with all the amazing berries in season. So sad to think that someone doesn’t have fruit in their life!

  72. allthingswholesome permalink
    July 6, 2011 3:39 am

    WHAT THE HELL! ohhh my gosh, things like this really infuriates me, my own mother told me that you can gain alot of weight from fruit, I was like jeez mum im trying to not think about things like that. ugh silly silly people.
    Fruit is so good for you, and not to mention seriously yummy, I literally cannot imagine myself without fruit in my diet, it has benefits, lots of fruit contain antioxidants. Its all about balance.
    She is one crazy lady to think she needs to cut fruit out of her diet in order to lose weight.
    i’m not sure I could have stood back and not said anything, I need to protect my fruit friends when it comes to people not eating them pahahah.

    Hope you have a great day.

    Jess xx

  73. Rachel permalink
    July 6, 2011 4:32 am

    Thank you so much for bringing this issue up! I have a massive sweet tooth, and am currently trying to lose weight. Eating more fruit has been my life saver for my sweet tooth, but I am loving all the varieties out there-current obsession are doughnut peaches and honey mangoes! whenever I take fruit to work, I usually get some bright spark telling me not to eat too much fruit! these are the same people who usually say “whats that?” when I eat houmous or quinoa!!

  74. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    July 6, 2011 4:41 am

    I love fruit! I can eat it all day long, and I don´t care for the sugar content in it. There are much more “dangerous” and less healthier things to eat. Fruit contains sugar, yes, but it also contains vital vitamins and minerals in huge quantities, it tastes great, makes a perfect snack/breakfast/etc… And I am aslo on the cantaloupe-bandwagoon 🙂 I could eat one whole cantaloupe daily all year around 🙂

  75. July 6, 2011 5:13 am

    Gah, if we can’t eat fruit then what the hell can we eat for god’s sake?! Fruit is the healthiest thing ever – full of vitamins, minerals and also water for hydration. That woman was just CRAZY!! She should go get her head checked. GRRR it just makes me so angry that these days people just come up with these stupid food rules from things that they read. It’s just madness…the whole world is going MAD.
    ..Can you tell that this frustrates me lol?
    I am not ashamed to say that yesterday I ate 11 pieces of fruit. And I eat roughly around that amount every single day because I am in LOVE with fruit. Ever since I was born I’ve eaten fruit all the time (I was addicted to mushy grapes when I was a baby :P) and I have never ever been the size of whale!

  76. July 6, 2011 5:24 am

    Oh my it makes me mad when people say things like that. It could very well lead to disorded eating! Think its so rude how people say things like that they certianly wouldn’t say it to someone buying a load of junk food as would very likely get the sack!
    I’m a big fruit lover like you I did used to fear it especially bananas and would eat more if it wasn’t so expensive they should start taxing the cheap biscuits and make fruit cheaper.

  77. July 6, 2011 5:37 am

    oh my gosh I’m in love with this post – really! I agree with every point you made. I too eat at least 6 servings of fruit a day and couldn’t imagine it any other way … saying no to berries/melon in the summer?? That would be torturous! I’ll take my glucose thank you very much 🙂

  78. July 6, 2011 5:46 am

    People make no sense sometimes! There was this e-mail being forwarded around my work that would compare foods and show how much sugar was in each. A lot of people in the office said they were going to stop eating bananas because they had the same sugar content as a can of coke (or something like that.. I can’t remember what exactly). They were saying how they’d rather enjoy a coke as a snack instead of a banana if it has the same amount of sugar anyway. Ugh, it’s. not. the. same!

    Okay, I’m done now. Haha. I always eat the entire cantaloupe in a day or two as well. It’s just too good!

  79. July 6, 2011 6:00 am

    Honestly, I can’t stand cantaloupe. I try it once every couple of years just to check if something has changed but nope, I still hate it. If we don’t count this and some other tiny exceptions, I love all kinds of fruit. Right now I’m eating my fourth banana for the day and if this is going to make me fat, OK. But I’m pretty sure that if I get fat, it won’t be because of the bananas, the grapes or the watermelon. I can’t believe there are people who think that eating fruit is bad for you. This world is going crazy!

  80. July 6, 2011 6:05 am

    I actually recently read an article in the Globe and Mail about how you should cut down on certain high-sugar fruits if you’re trying to lose weight or if you’re diabetic. I guess it sort of makes sense for people with diabetes, but at the same time, I think it’s creating a totally unnecessary fear of fruits. Eating fruit is NOT going to make or break your weight loss. And as you said, reaching for some fruit to snack on is a million times better for you than some of those packaged “diet foods”.

    I could never cut down on fruit though – I probably eat about 6 servings a day too, if not more! I just had about 3 servings in my breakfast alone! 😛

  81. Julia permalink
    July 6, 2011 6:10 am

    I get comments like that whenever I go to the store. Usually people assume I’m baking something because of the massive quantities haha. It’s sad but my fruit intake is probably at least 10 servings…and sometimes I wish it would help me put on some needed pounds!

  82. July 6, 2011 6:21 am

    FRUIT IS SUCH A FRIEND! *she says whilst eating a banana*
    CHeACH… i dnt get ppl who cut out fruit. its naturesss CANDY!

  83. July 6, 2011 6:35 am

    Omg this would have pissed me off!!!! I LOVE fruit :). Sometimes, I wish I could smack some sense into people. They think that eating 100 calorie packs is healthy…oh they are wrong. The media has warped people’s minds. Anyway, hope you have a great day!!

  84. July 6, 2011 7:41 am

    Ahahaha I’ve heard some of my friends coming out with gems like that!! I’m just like huh?! So you think it’s better to eat that artificially sweetened “health” bar instead of an apple? mmmmkkk crazaayyy!!
    I LOVE fruit, I eat so much of it, and I’m not dead 🙂

  85. July 6, 2011 9:09 am

    Love Cantaloupe!

    Okay. I hate that in all those fitness magazines they never tell you to even eat fruit in their ‘meal plans’. And if there if a fruit you can eat, they say, “Have one SMALL apple with a teaspoon of almond butter”. Who the hell does that? Since when does an apple make you fat?

  86. seegirlsmile permalink
    July 6, 2011 9:26 am

    i eat so so much fruit…and feel guilt (again, I don’t move at exercise).
    I’ve recently learned that my liver is very compromised. In fact its not detoxifying my body properly…I need to figure out how to help this (I don’t think forcing back food is helping me anymore)…my friend always tells me i’m making myself worse for forcing in food and that makes me feel so guilty.
    i refuse to restrict anything though (like food groups, etc)…there has to be a way to eat that can be a bit gentler for my body …because my iver can actually start poisoning my body…this all sucks….i swear nutritionists all suggest something different and i’m tired of bothering with them…they just make me obsessive and i refuse to restrict things , etc..

    I know what u mean though…the other day i was talking about how much fruit i eat before lunchtime even hits alone (not to mention the rest of the day and night) and the woman stared at me and said “i don’t eat carbs in the morning, only protein”…acting like she should be applauded for her superior restraint and knowledge…

    i swear it all gets so aggravating. I feel guilty for freaking eating anything anymore and that jsut makes me sick of it. cmoputer at home and i get a computer at libray for about 20 minutes a day…usually i check about 2 blogs…and notice in one of your posts u r reading Room. Such a freaking good book.

  87. tori permalink
    July 6, 2011 9:31 am

    The most mind-blowingly inappropriate/dense comment I’ve ever had from someone (a middle-aged guy just standing next to me in the queue), when about to buy an avocado on a market stall a few years back was- “avocados are nice but don’t eat that all at once, they’re really fatty”. Firstly, it was rude of him and off-putting to anyone to have their food criticised and secondly, I weighed less than 5 stone at the time and was just about to be hospitalised for anorexia! Like, was he blind? Even I knew I should be eating avocado and my brain was completely whacked-out… unfortunately, I was so sick I couldn’t bring myself to buy it after that and put it back 😦 I’m still angry about that to this day…

  88. July 6, 2011 10:33 am

    Fruit is amazing!

    I try to pair it with a protein to get a more complete snack….for those who knock fruit……..ridiculous!

  89. Elle permalink
    July 6, 2011 11:00 am

    love this post! fruit is so good 🙂 I can’t believe the cashier would say something like that… there are so many ridiculous diet ideas out there that usually don’t work anyway. And whole foods have to be better for us than chemical-laden snack packs. I don’t understand people that eat foods like that and think they’re going to be healthy. Anywho, I’ve been obsessed with cantaloupe before. We used to grow them in our garden and they were absolutely amazing.

  90. July 6, 2011 11:16 am

    ok I know I already commented but I realized I had sooo much more to say on this.
    I am CONSTANTLY barraged with comments about what I eat, ranging the gamut from “ohmigod, how can you eat SO much?” to insinuations that there is something wrong with me for passing on french fries. It used to really bother me, but I’ve learned to more or less to ignore it — and I’ve also learned not to comment on other people’s food choices.

    bottom line, I don’t think it is ever okay to comment on what other people are eating. Especially because one never knows the state of another person’s health (both physically AND mentally).

  91. July 6, 2011 11:44 am

    There’s nothing better than slicing a delicious cantaloupe in half and going to town with a spoon! We buy cantaloupes every week, but I’m very picky–it has to taste perfect. Whenever my mom begins to cut it up, I always take a bite. If its good, I’ll nab away the other half all for my self! (lol, its okay, I go on like daily grocery runs with MY MONEY for food for the family–so I don’t feel bad about hogging to fruit sometimes.) Sadly, none have been good enough this year, so far… maybe I’m letting them get too overripe. They’re too squishy and sickly sweet, not perfectly light and sweet. I’ve never gotten the whole cottage cheese + cantaloupe (or any other fruit) thing before, though (unless the cottage cheese is sweetened or something…) I just can’t get behind that particular flavor combo!

    I feel like I used to eat a lot more fruit than I do now… now its a struggle to get one serving in a day… I just don’t know what to do with it! Eating it just plain straight up seems like a “waste” (dumb ED talk, I know…) and I don’t like it with yogurt.

  92. July 6, 2011 11:58 am

    I consider myself a severe fruit addict. If I had to chose between fruit or veggies, fruit would definitely win! I eat multiple pieces of fruit a day and I used to feel very guilty about my “abundance” of sugar. Now I don’t even think about it and I eat my litte heart out. Apples, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, banana, strawberries. I could go on and on. I ate half a galia melon a few days ago, but I don’t like them as much as cantaloupes. I used to eat them with slices of proscuitto ham in France. I still do that occasionally, because I love the contrast between the sweet and salty flavours.
    Can’t believe that lady! The nerve……

  93. July 6, 2011 1:29 pm

    Okay, so MY ED sometimes gets “worried” about the sugar content in fruit but the LOGICAL and correct part of me knows that fruit is good for you! It has tons of vitamins, carbs, water, electrolytes, and the sugar in fruit IS COMPLETELY different then table sugar. Our bodies process it differently. I also dont thinking “sugar” makes one gain weight anyway. You gain weight because of excess calorie consumption, not because of “sugar”.

    take a look at this article:

    With that being said….I dont eat much fruit. I dont really like it!! haha, I’s weird. It honestly is TOO SWEET for me. I’m much more of a savory kinda gal. I have a “fat-tooth” haha (meaning, I’d choose peanut butter over something sweet ANYDAY!)

    Dana xxoo

    • July 6, 2011 1:34 pm

      PS I wish people would keep their comments to themselves (hmm…crazy grocery lady). Some lady came up to me and the gym today and said, “You look so good, you’ve lost a lot of weight”. I wanted to cry. 1) I dont think ive lost any weight 2) Im not trying to lose weigh 3) WTFFF keep your comments to yourself.

      I just wish people would be more considerate before they talk to others about food or weight. Most likely your going to upset or offend someone by commenting, so just DONT…. ugh sorry about the rant. I had to get that off of my chest. It upset me so much.

  94. July 6, 2011 1:52 pm

    Fruit is for sure a friend! I dont understand people who say otherwise…. I tell you, people these days! 😉 good for you for not taking that BS!

  95. July 6, 2011 2:02 pm

    First time stopping over at your blog! I saw a link on Healthy Diva Eats and hopped on over.

    This post cracked me up and I love fruit and cannot fathom limiting the amount of fruit I eat. I have at least 3-4 servings per day and would have more if my food budget were larger!

  96. July 6, 2011 2:42 pm

    I 100% agree with this post! I hate when people are on diets and they aren’t allowed fruits..or even carrots because of the sugar! I feel the same way about the apple thing…always gets my appetite going

  97. July 6, 2011 3:16 pm

    That’s a no brainer. Fruit is definitely my friend. I LOVE it!

  98. July 6, 2011 3:43 pm

    Ok, firstly, re the comment on eating all the fruit – I’ve had those comments too! Often with drives me mad.
    Seondly, people who refuse fruit (not including medical reasons) are tools IMHO…yes, fruit has sugar, but the body needs some sugar! And it’s far better, I think, to get sugar from a natural source that the body knows how to handle, than from some processed junky source that is foreign to our bodies.
    Besides, fruit has vit c and tastes nice and blends well 🙂

  99. July 6, 2011 4:01 pm

    Can I hug you…no, tackle you for this?! It irks the HELL out of me when people shun fruit, or ANY food for that matter cause they’re “dieting” bullshit. Absolutely BS. There’s a purpose for everything that goes into our bodies, whether it be for nutrition or pleasure.

    I won’t tackle you, sorry…I’ll stick it the hug 🙂 Just as a thank you for being sane.

  100. July 6, 2011 4:19 pm

    Loved this post, Amanda!
    Although it does make me really hungry.. haha!
    I wish the fruit I ate looked like that 😉
    I’ve been looking for dates for a while now, but I can’t seem to find them!
    They were big fear foods, now can’t get enough of them 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  101. July 6, 2011 4:38 pm

    HAHA what a joke that lady is! People seriously need to get educated about things before they start running their mouths and giving other people advice…especially people who know a heck of a lot more about the subject than she does. GEEZ! Super annoying.

    I love fruit and would never eliminate it from my diet. I do however, try to watch my portion sizes with them because I am a tad bit sensitive to sugar and too much at one time makes me feel very tired and blah. I have found that I can eat a serving paired with a protein/fat and I will usually feel perfectly fine. wooohoooo!

  102. July 6, 2011 4:56 pm

    Ugh that would irritate me too. Sure it has sugar…natural sugar. A one ingredient FOOD is about as healthy as you can get, geesh. As if eliminating ALL fruit is the key to weight loss *eye roll*

  103. July 6, 2011 6:02 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding me!! Seriously?! Oh no she didn’t!!

    Ok, now that I’ve got THAT out of my system…oh my gosh, I HATE it when people A.) comment on the foods I eat in a negative way and B.) try to give me nutritional advice when we both know that they wouldn’t know a kumquat if it hit them in the face! Where on Earth does she get off saying that fruit is bad for you?! She deems something that grows naturally “bad” or “off limits” while she is probably stuffing herself silly with “diet food”!

    I have been a huge lover of fruit since as far back as I can remember! Like you, I can easily have 5-6 servings of fruit a day and not even think twice about it! And dates? Well, you know how much I love my trusty pre-workout fuel!

    PS, I have the SAME problem with apples! I swear they make me even more hungry!

  104. georgia permalink
    July 7, 2011 12:34 am

    Fruit is SO necessary. Anyone who says otherwise would be the kind to fall for crash diets. It is so yummy, full of vitamins, fibre and glucose to allow our brains to function and satisfy sweet cravings. I can’t go without at least two pieces every single day. I await each season’s fruit with so much excitement hahaa.
    The timing of this is impeccable – I was actually reading an article on this subject just yesterday and I hope this helps anyone out who feels ‘fruit sugar guilt’:
    “Although fruit has natural sugar, it also contains fibre, which helps to curb the absorption of sugars in the bloodstream. Plus is has nutrients, vitamins and minerals.”
    See… nature knows what it is doing! As if the sugar in something that is grown from the earth is going to be used by the body in the same way as too much processed sugar!
    remember when we were kids… we were always over-encouraged to eat fruit every day! What happened?!

  105. jodie permalink
    July 7, 2011 7:55 pm

    “And finally, I’m sure those chemical laden, 100 calorie snack packs that you live on are 100x better got you than an apple or banana.”

    Right?!?! Avoid fruit, eat chemicals!!! Geez.

    I love your blog. I myself, am in recovery (still struggle of course!) and it is so refreshing to read your honest and healthy approach towards food. I too, am a fruit nut. Bananas, apples, oranges, plums, melons, berries, kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, mango…how do people NOT like them??

  106. July 7, 2011 8:44 pm

    I love melon, too.
    Did you know? In Japan, specially “designed” melon (made to taste extremely good and to be outwardly ‘beautiful’ based on the shell-patterns) can be SUPER expensive?
    Isn’t it crazy?

    • July 7, 2011 10:03 pm

      Believe me, most fruits in Japan are unbelievably expensive. They don’t all cost a leg and an arm like these melons but for the same money I buy a handful of cherries in Japan I could buy like 5 lbs in my country. Only bananas are really cheap and I’m lucky I never get tired of eating them.

  107. July 7, 2011 9:49 pm

    I have to tell you, this post has given me so much to think about. It actually inspired me to write a post about how people latch onto things (like weird-ass diets without fruit) rather than confront their emotions.

    Check it out! 🙂

  108. July 8, 2011 1:27 pm

    I agree with you one hundred percent. I feel you on the twitching left eye thing too. I am frutiarian, and have been for a while. And I am not blowing up like a whale or having any negative side effects at all. In fact, I am in the best health! Thank you for this awesome and honest post! You rock girl

  109. July 28, 2011 5:30 pm

    Wonderful topic and great post!

    I was telling my best friend (who knows zilch about nutrition) about my undying love for peanut butter and she told me how bad it is for you because of all the fat. Then when I explained to her how it’s a good fat, which is pretty impossible to tell someone, she totally thought I was mental.

  110. Sherry Starts Fresh permalink
    July 30, 2011 1:48 pm

    I should probably be incorporating more fruit in my diet, but that’s insane she said that. If anything, eat berries which are lower in their sugars.


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