The Forbidden Fruit

by HEAB on January 13, 2009

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Who doesn’t love a big crisp juicy apple?  Honeycrips, Fijis, Galas, Pink Ladies, I love them all.  But, for some reason my body does not.  One commenter noted that my daily eats never include fruit. (Thanks for reading Jill!)  She’s right.  Other than the occasional apple, berries, maybe a banana if I’m feeling extra sassy, I rarely indulge in nature’s candy.  Why you ask?  Let me tell you about my little juicing journey.

About 2 years ago, I tried eating more of an alkaline diet with an emphasis on raw foods.  I began each morning with a glass of green lemonade.  The juicer was purring by 7 AM as I tossed in any and all green produce we had on hand.  My favorite combo was cucumber, romaine, celery, lemon, ginger, and an apple or pear.  I would continue eating fruit throughout the morning if I became hungry.  In the afternoons and evenings, I ate mostly raw foods – lots of salads, nut, avocados, etc.  I  steamed vegetables for dinner, but ate no meat or dairy.  My sources of protein were mainly nuts and nut butters.  I dehydrated raw breads, and anytime I craved a diet soda or coffee, I’d eat an apple.  I think one day I ate 6 Granny Smiths!  I felt great…but I gained 5 pounds in one month!  Who gains weight on a diet like this?  ME!

There are so many different theories out there, but I agree with the one that states not all calories were created equal.  My body has told me so over and over.  No, I do not advocate a high protein/no carb diet, but I know what works for me.  Complex carbs – no problem.  I lost most of my weight while eating 1-2 sweet potatoes every night with dinner.  Winter squashes, rolled oats, low sugar cereals…no problem.  But, give me fructose and other simple sugars, and I will practically swell before your eyes.

I’ve been told I’m probably insulin resistant meaning when I eat or drink a simple sugar, my body reacts to the spike in blood sugar by producing additional insulin while simultaneously decreasing its production of glucagon. Not good, as glucagon allows stored body fat to be released into the bloodstream to be used as fuel by the muscles.  If the glucagon supply is cut off by excess insulin production, then I’m not using my stored body fat as fuel…it just sits there…in my belly…and eventually, the dreaded muffin top begins to rear its ugly head.  I don’t know why I react more severely to sugar spikes than others…at least it keeps me away from the dessert tray. :)

Not to get all scientific on you, but I think this is a valid theory, at least for me. Ask my husband.  It’s almost weird how fast I gain weight when I add an abundance of fruit to my daily diet.  Yes, I do eat small amounts of sugar, and I really try to avoid artificial sweeteners.  I’ll sweeten a recipe with a touch of maple syrup…I love my carob chips…most of my cereals contain some form of sugar, but for the most part, I try to avoid all simple carbs.  They are not my friend.  An apple a day?…Maybe, but that’s about my limit.

Love my complex carbs, but I'll take a pass on the fructose!

Love my complex carbs, but I'll take a pass on the fructose!

Anyone out there want to buy my juicer? :)

Last, but no least, I was tagged by Miss Tiffie over at Miss Tiffie MunchesStop by her blog and say hello…I’ve been loving all the amazing pictures from her recent trip to Taiwan.  Love Miss Tiffie!

Following is some fun information you may not know about  me.

4 favorite memories from 2008

1. Adopting our youngest pup, Radley at 8 weeks old.
2. Spending a week trail running in Northern California with Chris.  Run in the Forest of Nisene Marks if you ever get the chance…amazing!
3. Climbing the Incline Trail 3 times in Manitou Springs and setting a 5 minute PR on my last trip up.
4. Celebrating our one year wedding anniversary.

Incline Trail (picture courtesy of Flickr).  2,696 steps and varies between a 48%-60% grade.

Incline Trail (picture courtesy of Flickr). 2,696 steps with a 48%-60% grade.

 

4 favorite movies in 2008: We NEVER go to movies, and so I’ll just list 4 of my top favorites.

1. Say Anything
2. Shawshank Redemption
3. Little Miss Sunshine
4. When Harry Met Sally

4 favorite foods in 2008:

1. Almond Butter
2. Almond Butter
3. Almond Butter
4. Carob Chips :)

4 places I loved in 2008

1. Santa Cruz, CA
2. Colorado
3. Oregon
4. Arizona

4 events I loved in 2008:

1. Chris running his first full marathon in 2:32.  7th place overall!
2. Hosting our annual post Country Music Marathon BBQ.
3. Completing my second Hood to Coast Relay with my fellow teammates from Nashville.
4. Starting my blog and getting to know fellow bloggers!

 

Celebrating our Hood to Coast finish on the beach in Seaside, Oregon.  That's me on the left after 15 miles of running and no sleep for 24 hours!

Celebrating our Hood to Coast finish on the beach in Seaside, Oregon. That's me on the left after 15 miles of running and no sleep for 24 hours!

4 things I liked in 2008:

1. Trail running
2. Cooking & trying new recipes
3. Blogging
4. My scarf.  It makes me so happy.  Freezing in Nashville today!

4 things I am looking forward to in 2009:

1. Selling our house…know anyone that needs a 1920’s Tudor in Nashville?
2. Moving to Colorado.
3. Lots of almond butter.
4. Blogging…lots and lots of blogging.  :)  I’m so grateful for all of my readers and commenters…more than you know!