My Fruity Story
I am fruit OBSESSED! I had previously been told for years to keep carbs and fruit to a minimum. "Too much sugar is bad, in whatever form", they said.
"A handful berries are okay, a little citrus - NO bananas though!", they spouted.
Well, tell that to my EIGHT BANANA AND PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE I had for breakfast this morning! "Yum yum yum, I say!"
YES, that's right - EIGHT bananas!
So - about all this fruit... Am I crazy?!
Well, when I heard about other people starting their day with a 6-10 banana smoothie, that's exactly what I thought!
I ignored this way of eating for a long time, putting it in the 'mad, obsessed, over-the-top, fad' diets category.
So I continued with my standard diet of high fat and high protein with some cooked vegetables and, perhaps, one or two guilty pieces of fruit (so many experts claim sugar is sugar and therefore fruit and carbs - which contain a lot of natural sugar - should be kept to a minimum).
I continued with these standard diets until... well... Until the last 10 lbs of fat just WOULD NOT shift. Until my health just wasn't quite there. Until my skin was still dull and puffy and loose. My face still tired looking and jowly. My energy levels not where they should be. And - one of THE WORST side effects of avoiding carbs - where the junk food cravings and binges were completely out of control.
Banana smoothies for breakfast - here I came!
After putting on a lot of weight years back, then more recently struggling to lose it on these various high protein, high fat and low carb diets, I came across this abundant way of eating, gave it a reluctant go and - honestly - it's incredible, life changing and so freeing!
I eat as much fruit, vegetables and grains as I want, and keep everything else to a minimum.
It took a while (about a month - it differs between different people) for my body to settle and to see improvements. After starting, I put on a little weight initially. The reason for this? Because many of the previous diets involved restriction and calorie counting, so my body had been previously deprived but now was being NOURISHED WITH ALL THIS AMAZING FOOD and it wanted to hold on to EVERY CALORIE, in case it was deprived again.
But soon, the fat started to drop off and the skin was showing visible signs of improvement, from tightness to better complexion to reduced spots. And once I started the Facial Rejuvenation massage alongside it, I added reduced laughter lines, wider eyes, improved jowls and jaw definition and incredible relaxation time to the list!
I have now lost a huge amount of fat - a large part due to the diet, but also how energetic eating this way has made me feel and, therefore, has allowed me to exercise regularly a few times a week.
I'd dealt with adult acne and pimples a long while, and they have improved SO much that they are on the way to being a thing of the past.
I've had IBS and regular migraines all my life. I can't remember the last time I had a migraine and my stomach issues and digestion, well.. It's incredible. They've improved. A lot.
It's hard in the form of a few sentences to explain just how much these improvements have had a positive impact on my life. Anyone who's suffered with stomach issues will know how depilitating they can be. And how much of a negative emotional they can have on you.
I no longer crave junk food, which was something I was struggling with terribly. In retrospect, I was clearly glucose deprived due cutting out all the fruit and carbs on the advice of the 'experts'.
I can recall eating two packets of crisps whilst away in London (out of hunger and necessity, not cravings!), but other than that - I have not consumed junk food. I have not needed or wanted to. I am not crazed about this - I am not saying that I stop myself ever consuming a fatty or processed piece of food, if I want it. It's just, I don't want it, now.
I have so much energy that I can exercise every day, if I so wish. You certainly don't need to - this way of eating doesn't require anyone to bust a gut at the gym. However, movement and exercise is so good for your overall health and wellbeing. We all know that!
I rarely catch a cold now. And when I have done (once since starting, I recall) it's not been the debilitating ones I used to suffer with, more a sniffle.
I am NO LONGER RESTRICTING MYSELF, BUT ENJOYING EVERY MOUTHFUL, eating 2500+ calories! This is the way to do it, so you're sufficiently satisfied and nourished. Some days I eat up 4000 calories. When you eat this way, you don't have to restrict and count.
The key is to not overdo the fatty, salty and processed foods. SO easy to do when you're full and satisfied on natural sugar.
Here's a typical day for me:
Banana smoothie (a big one, none of this 1 or 2 banana nonsense!)
Another banana smoothie (I love them)
Apples, pears, nectarines
Handful of dates
Plate of jacket potatoes with plum sauce and raw spinach/lettuce
Rice noodles with roasted vegetables, chopped tomatoes and homemade sauce
That's one day. Yum yum.