Five Mistakes You're Making with Your Fruit
You know raw foods are where it's at when you're on a mission to eat healthier to lose weight. But what if you've been doing everything right in the eating department; whole foods, raw foods, protein, tons of fruits and veggies, but you're not seeing any progress? You could still be eating too much sugar. "But I've reduced/eliminated processed sugar from my diet!", you say. Well, my friend, you may have to check the types of fruit you're eating. Of course, this isn't the same type of sugar as in ice cream or your favorite candy bar, but remember the old adage, "too much of anything is bad for you"? While you're getting the amazing nutrition benefits of adding fruits to your diet, you still want to be careful with how much of certain types of fruit when it comes to your weight loss goals. Fruit is GREAT for you, and your body is able to process it much easier, but eating some fruits in excess can have the same blood sugar spiking effects that processed sugar can produce.
There IS a line between too much and too little fruit intake. Most nutritionists suggest 2-4 servings. If you're more active, this number will vary. But even more important to be mindful of, is the type of fruit you're consuming.
I have found a few mistakes you may be making that are hindering your weight loss efforts, and what you can do to get back on track with your healthy eating lifestyle. Plus, I'll share a few fruits that you may want to add to your grocery list to vary your fruit intake.
- Drinking fruit juice. This is a product that can be very deceiving, if you're not careful. Watch out for "juice from concentrate". This is going to be fruit juice with added sugar and other preservatives to keep you craving it, and still thinking that you're drinking fruit juice, so it's okay. Do this instead: If you're not in the market to purchase a juicer, look for juices to purchase that are NOT from concentrate. And make sure the labels tell you so!
- Eating only the fruits that have the highest amounts of sugar. Ever wonder why you may crave bananas, or pineapple or mangoes? It's because these fruits have some of the highest amounts of naturally occurring sugar in them. It's okay to eat these, friend, but just be mindful of how much you are eating and how often you're eating some these same very sweet fruits.
- Eating dried fruit. I love quite a few different types of dried fruits. But one very important thing to remember with dried fruit that you purchase from the store is to remember that they have to be preserved, and they have to have the water removed from them and have added sugar to them. Again, not a horrible option, just be sure to pay attention to the label and that it shows that the only ingredient in it is the fruit itself. Try using a dehydrator and making your own dried fruit. That way, you know exactly what's in your fruit!
- Avoiding it completely. Some people get so afraid of some of the cons of eating too much fruit that they decide to nix it completely. Or some people will say that they don't really like fruit, so they do eat it. Remember, fruit is a great source of nourishment; antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, water, fiber, and so much more! Eliminating it completely can actually slow down your weight loss progress, too. So eat in moderation, but eat up.
- Not eating enough fruit. This is not singularly for fruit, but it is good to note that when you're scheduling out your eating plan for the day, you don't use your snack time to incorporate fruit. You may eat something that will hold you over, but many times, people choose things like 100 calorie pack snacks from the grocery store. a protein bar, or something of the like. Never underestimate the power of a good piece of fruit saving the day when you need a quick snack. Remember all of the other benefits that fruit brings, and realize how you're actually adding to your nutrition by eating it.
Here's a list of some of the best fruits to incorporate in your eating lifestyle if you're looking for weight loss. Here's a secret. Most of them share the same shade - RED!