Awww the delicious world of fresh organic fruit. I learned very early on in my quest for health from an article posted from Johns Hopkins Medical Center that refined sugar is one of the worst edible substances you can deposit into your system, especially when dealing with Cancer. Refined sugar is known to actually feed cancer cells. Personally, I have a sweet tooth like you wouldn’t believe and was a little horrified, add in a little pissed off if I am being honest, when the realization hit that my nightly Oreos and cup o’sugar with added coffee was not allowed in my life anymore. But a change had to happen none the less. Eating fruit had never been a focus in my life. My loving mother, bless her heart, tried with all her might to get me to eat fresh fruit instead of those frosted fried apple pies while growing up. Today, I am proud to say that I am a huge advocate for eating as much fresh organic fruits as possible in all shapes and sizes.
To my pleasant surprise, I immediately noticed that when I cut out the refined sugar that... A) I lost 2 pants sizes in the waist...uh, hello!!!? and B) the fresh fruit I started eating supplied more than enough sugary goodness for my taste buds, which before were being overloaded with the bad sugar making my taste buds addicted to bad sugar and numb to anything that was only mildly sweet.
Now, there are a few rules that I follow when eating fresh fruit. In my opinion, fruit should always be eaten on an empty stomach. If we should choose to do this, it will play a major role in detoxifying your body. The fruit would supply ample energy for weight loss and overall vitality. Eating fruit on an empty stomach enables it to promptly break the fruit down and deliver it as nutrition to the rest of the body. Once entered into the body fruit works as a wonderful alkalizing (non-acidic) agent for the body when delivered this way. There is a pleasant energy rush that comes from this and hits you better than any cup of coffee in my opinion because its clean and caffeine crashes do not exist. That’s why I eat all of my fruit in the morning time, item #1 on my agenda for the day. This to me just gets the day started right. Your body gets the benefits of starting the day with premium fuel in it. I do not eat any fruit after 7pm and unless you are incredibly active with work or something else, most people should start their daily “rest and repair mode” around then. Probably not the best time to pump in energy to the body.
Now let’s talk about eating fruit on a full stomach, say post-dinner watermelon or cantaloupe? When this happens the fruit is eaten and is on path to nutrition delivery but is abruptly stopped by grandma’s delicious roast beef and put in line to wait to be digested. When fruit enters the stomach it immediately starts to ferment and rot. The longer it takes to get to the point of digestion the less effective it is going to be in serving its main purpose of delivering the body immediate energy. Again this is all my opinion thru extensive online research and peer consultation.
This article is about eating fresh organic fruit, but before I come to a close I must mention to you about a wonderful dried fruit called Goji Berry (aka, Wolfberry). I will go into further detail about this incredible super food a little later, but... just an fyi, this dried berry fruit contains more than 5 times the ORAC Antioxidant levels than that of the blueberry and that is only the beginning... Check out thisincredible video for a sneak peek into just one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
Rockin’ Wellness to you, Seth
Here are some great fresh organic fruits to add to your diet... Morning diet, that is... :)
Navel Orange - My favorite and contains some of the best medicine. If you are looking to lower cholesterol, lessen your risk of colon cancer and help the immune system keep colds away, eat this.
Fuji Apples - Not well known for its vitamin C content, this antioxidant rich fruit has flavonoids which enhance the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.
Kiwi - A small round fruit, this is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.
Blueberry - An excellent source of vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese, which helps in the development of bones. Blueberries contain substances that have antioxidant properties which help neutralize free radicals in the body.
Strawberry - Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
Watermelon - One of my favorites and one of the best sources of water and hydration. Watermelon is 92% water, it is also packed with glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. An excellent source of lycopene, a cancer fighting oxidant, watermelon also contains vitamin C and Potassium.