A Fast Food Tummy Treat: Fruit

 In the ideal world of – “eat what you want and the weight will NOT follow” – fruit plays a sweet part.  As fast food or convenience food, fresh and dried fruits are nourishing and easy to carry without any preparation, other than careful washing  and/or peeling.  It’s also one of the most healthful and important food groups we can stomach on a daily basis.

 A sweet suggestion: Eat fruit by itself; especially melons. And it’s best to eat fruits before your meals! And the reasons are easy to digest: Fruit takes about 15 – 20 minutes to digest and make its way through the stomach and your small intestine.

 Quell the potential rebellion: If there’s a cheese and tomato sandwich or turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, salad and French bread ‘n butter, etc. in its way, the fruit cannot get to where it will digest easily and your body knows it.  The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food and digestive juices in the stomach, the entire mass of food attempts metabolize itself. With the topping of fruit, the whole meal begins to ferment and turns to acid, producing a rather uncomfortable feeling we call acid reflux or indigestion. 

Not fun at all. The fire in your tummy makes life uncomfortable. 

Enhance your enjoyment of fruit (and your meal) by eating it alone or before your meal. For my clients and anyone whose tummy is sensitive or prone to acid reflux, this works well.  For those of you who need reasons – according to researchers and other nutritionists I’ve consulted – it’s the best way to eat fruits.

Remember when you were a kid and you ate the fruit cocktail before your meal?  It served a couple of purposes; one, to cleanse your palate and two, to get your taste buds ready for the rest of the meal.  It can also play a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities. 

 Tips for enjoying your fruits – eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice.  If you drink the juice, sip it slowly, because it’s best to let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.  Eeating 2 – 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.  Organic strawberries are protective fruit and may aid your immune system against cancer-causing, blood vessels-clogging free radicals.

Organic kiwis: Tiny but mighty, are a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber.  Bonus:  Kiwi’s vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

Amalaki, an Indian fruit in Zrii, a powerful liquid nutritional,   has more antioxidant power than most other fruits.     Zrii*

An apple a day keeps the doctor away although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C and pectin (fiber) thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

 So please enjoy some fruit for breakfast, between meals or as a tantalizing appetizer before you partake of the rest of your meals.

 If these suggestions help you, please feel free to email me. Your comments and feedback, (pun intended) are welcome.

Author: RickiM

Enlightened nutritionist with compassion and lots of information to give...