has anyone read "Skinny Bitch"? It says that you should only eat fruit for breakfast, but this goes against all of the other breakfast advice ive ever heard; that being that its important to have some protein.
I eat fruit alone for breakfast almost every single day. I enjoy it. I have trouble digesting fruit with almost anything else. I am also a skinny biatch.
Well, considering Skinny Bitch in the Kitch has several different recipes for breakfast, I'm pretty sure that's not what they meant. If I remember correctly, I thought they said that you should eat fruit ALONE, before you eat other foods, since you will digest it better that way? Don't hold me to that, it's been months since I've read the book, but I'm pretty sure that's what I remember...
I read Skinny Bitch, and while I don't follow that rule exactly, I understand where they're coming from. The idea of eating simply fruit for breakfast is to get something into your body that is quickly digested, and therefore stimulates your metabolism rather quickly. There is also an older diet book called Fit For Life that recommends this. Since I believe that integrating protein into every meal makes me feel fuller, I usually eat a serving of fruit (usually melon, berries, or kiwi) after my morning run, then I take the time to shower and get ready for work, and eat the protein part of my breakfast after 30-45 minutes. Typically I'll eat whole grain bread with peanut butter, or a 1/2 cup of plain soy yogurt, something like that. This technique of eating fruit first allows the digestion process to accelerate without leaving me hungry until lunch. Just make sure you wait a full half-hour if you actually want to notice a difference. I like this philosophy as well because I get to eat "two" breakfasts! Hope this helps...
How'd you like the book, by the way?
Or did they mean that the only meal of the day which should include fruit was breakfast?
Well, I just read the book last weekend, and they definitely advocate a fruit only breakfast - specifically, eating a serving of fruit, wait until you're hungry, then have another serving of fruit, then wait again, and then have a third serving of fruit.
They say this is the best option, but they seem to understand that most people won't find this satisfying, so they offer a lot of other breakfast ideas, and their 4 week meal plan usually includes more than just fruit for breakfast.
I think the two-part breakfast glivings advocates above is a good idea. I do the same thing - have fruit right upon waking (which goes against skinny bitch principles, which say you should wait until you're hungry...), then work out, then have breakfast part 2. It works well for me.
And the authors of skinny bitch seem to be big on fruit, so I don't think they would be opposed to having it at other meals, but they do say to have fruit earlier in the day, then load up on veggies, and the heavy stuff for dinner - supposedly that works with your digestive tract...
On a related note, I got the book because I'm going to the Taking Action For Animals conference next weekend and Rory will be speaking...I wanted to know what to expect and I am still not sure after reading the book.
i loved the book. but i'm wondering, has eating fruit first made a difference in your energy levels?
Yes. Especially first thing in the morning. The taste, texture, & smell of fresh fruit really wakes you up.
I will say yes, too. I like fruit first because it gives me energy for my morning workout but doesn't make me feel too full or heavy or like I'm going to barf as I jump around. Plus, as lippygal said, the sweet freshness first thing in the morning is very pleasant and energizing.
Oh, and it has altered my digestion for the better. Not that that is energy related, but it's something they mention in the book that I have found to be true.
well, my dad is one of the cleanest eaters i know, and he eats two breakfasts in the morning, every morning. The first thing he downs are three oranges and a glass of water. After that he brings my niece out for a stroll and games at the playground and he has a second breakfast.
Granted, the oranges first thing in the morning are actually part of a doctor's recommendation because my dad has high blood pressure, but i've also read in more places than one that it helps boost metabolism when you begin your morning with a bit of fruit!
I started the all fruit for breakfast thing about a month ago. I got the idea from Eat to Live. I wasn't sure if I could do it since I wasn't much of a fan of fruit before. Now... I totally crave it each morning. Fruit is so wonderful, juicy, sweet, and delicious!
I eat a ton of fruit - probably 4-6 servings, each breakfast. However I take it to work with me and it's takes me 1-2 hours to eat it. Each morning I just chop it all up (if required) and put it in a huge pyrex bowl. I eat it as I drive to work then take it in with me and finish it off at my desk. For example today I had 1/2 a canteloupe, 1 nectarine, and 1/2 cup each of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Tomorrow I will have a peach, an apple, pineapple, raspberries, and grapes. Yum!
Digestion is very regular now, and it definitely fills me up, due to the large quantity. Fruit does have some protein, too, by the way. However you could follow up your fruit breakfast with a mid-morning snack of some nuts or PB toast if you want even more protein in the morning.
Fuzzys, it's awesome that you're taking the fruit for breakfast so seriously, how did you like Eat to Live? I love reading about nutrition, fitness, and dieting, so I'd love to hear what you thought of it.
The one thing I'd tell you to be careful of is the fact that eating 4-6 servings of fruit can really rack up the sugar! Although, being on CalorieCount.com, I'm sure you're logging it in a smart way and using your calories wisely :-)
I do raw food cleanses on the weekends, and my favorite part of my day is breakfast when I make myself a huge fruit salad to nosh on all morning. I usually include a grapefruit, a few kiwis, some melon, raspberries, strawberries, and fresh apricots. It's such a delicious way to eat clean!
During the week I try to limit myself to 2-3 servings of fruit every day because otherwise I tend to go nuts. Eating fruit for breakfast is an amazing way to boost your energy and metabolism for the day, it helps me almost as much as working out in the morning does. Cheers!
I eat massive quantities of fruit for breakfast. I now often throw them into the blender and take them for a whirl. Sometimes I'll do a green smoothie adding greens, herbs, and/or spirulina to a fruit base. It's so much less time consuming to drink your salads and fruits, plus you get more nutrients than you do from chewing.
As one reader suggests, you may need to be watchful of sugar. I consume only live/raw foods, so I don't bother with counting calories, sugar, or anything. If I had to fuss with that, there'd be no way I'd be interested in any "diet."
I haven't read Skinny Biz-otch, but some good books I've read on raw foods (which are pretty big on fruit breakfasts) include:
Green for Life
The Raw Food Detox Diet (which I find the title misleading)
Raw Food/Real World
Next on my list will be some titles by David Wolfe. If you don't know who he is, check him out on youtube.
This program worked for me. I was maybe very slightly overweight when I started this, and did not do it for the weightloss. But, I lost 25 lbs in the first month. I would imagine, someone who had more weight to possibly loose, might even loose more.
I will say, however, that I hit this very extreme. I went from a standard American diet to a raw-food vegan overnight and haven't looked back. I do mostly juicing and blending which accounts for at least breakfast and dinner five days a week- breakfast, lunch and dinner the other two.
I don't know if a lot of people could jump into this the way I did, nor I do I recommend jumping in the way I did. I had some very serious abdominal pain caused by constipation in the first two months. At one point I considered going to the ER. If you ease into this the way >every single author< suggests, I'm sure you would not have the problems I suffered.
GLivings, I liked most of Eat to Live. It was a nice follow up to China Study - if you haven't read that, it's highly recommended. The China Study has most of the research and basis for the diet, and Eat to Live just tells you how to do it.
The basic premise is you can eat as much fruit and green veggies as your stomach can hold, although he does recommend eating most of your fruit at the beginning of the day. In addition, you can have one serving per day of starchy vegetables, and one serving of grains. The interesting thing is he does allow a small amount of meat - basically he has the vegetarian track and the omnivore track. (I'm vegetarian of course.) However, no dairy or added oil (he recommends cooking in water instead, but it is very difficult for me to have no oil with salads and dressings.) He recommends eating a large salad for lunch and before dinner. All his recipes are very simple - I tend to like to get a little more "interesting" aka complicated with my meals, though. :) I also found the strict Eat to Live diet a little too restrictive - although I enjoy the fruit part I have a hard time eating 2 salads a day. I did it for about 2 weeks but it just got old. I need more flexibility and variety. Also I haven't completely eliminated all oils from my diet, but I have tried to cut them down. Other than that I try to stick to it as closely as possible.
The first few days I did the fruit thing I logged my consumption to check calories and I was fine. I am also not worried about fruit sugar like I would be if it was granulated/processed sugar.
I don't bother with counting calories anymore, though. It's too much trouble - since for me this is not a "diet" but a lifestyle. Yes, I want to lose weight - eventually. Right now I am on the borderline between normal and overweight. I have lost 24 lbs in the past 10 months, and I have about 20 more to go. It may take me another year, but I don't want to get there immediately because I know people who lose it quickly also tend to gain it back quickly. Ultimately I am most concerned with my health and feeling good rather than being a skinny bitch right now. LOL (never read the book by the way) :)
Fuzzys, so glad to hear that you've been so successful with this plan! I think you're totally on the right track adapting it to your lifestyle, there's no law that says you have to do eeeeverything a book tells you to :-)
It sounds like I follow some of these guidelines already, which makes sense because the Skinny Bitch philosophy totally overlaps in many areas. I eat a vegan organic diet, emphasizing whole foods like fruits and vegetables. (If you want to stop reading, go for it, I just really love to talk about this stuff!!) Most days, my meal plan looks like this:
Breakfast- 1 slice whole grain sprouted bread with 1 tbsp raw no-salt peanut butter, 1 cup plain soymilk, 1 cup strawberries (or a kiwi, or some melon, etc...)
Lunch- brown rice, tofu, broccoli and apsaragus stir fry, with a small piece of fruit or vegan cookie as a treat!
Dinner- huge salad with veggies and balsamic vinegar, tofu/seitan/boca burger with steamed brussel sprouts, beets, cauliflower, etc.
Snacks- tons of raw veggies, usually a bag of carrots and green beans or whatever I have on hand, sometimes a Larabar, or handful of almonds, and fruit for dessert (love frozen grapes instead of ice cream!)
This plan has really worked for me, and eating my grains in the morning/at lunch help me get energy for my workouts, while keeping my dinner light with tons of vegetables and some protein. I feel healthier than I ever have, and really don't miss the old food I used to crave/"need" because I'm giving my body exactly what it can use to function properly.
I'd like to talk more about this if you want- I've become totally obsessed, as you might be able to tell!
I like talking about it too so no worries there. My hubby gets sick of listening, LOL. Not to mention my mom was just hospitalized last week for blocked arteries (due to poor diet) and trying to get my parents to listen to me about what they eat - yeesh! So it's nice to correspond occasionally with someone who agrees with me. :)
I never really cared about organic until recently when I watched the movie Go Further (Woody Harrellson). Now I get organic whenever possible. Unfortunately I can't get everything organic. However I did recently start getting an awesome local organic food delivery service, so that takes care of most of my produce needs.
For my meal plan, well you know what I have for breakfast, and my lunch and dinner are switched with yours. I usually eat a large salad for lunch, or leftovers from the night before. I love cooking and I can't wait to get home and whip up something new, so I generally have a larger, cooked meal for dinner. The veg*n thing has been relatively easy for me because there are so many exciting recipes to try. The only challenge I have run into is going out to eat. There aren't a lot of options where I live.
For snacks I usually do raw veggies (sometimes fruits), and nuts or dried beans/peas. I also like to throw in ground flaxseed (for omega 3) and nutritional yeast (for protein and B12) to a lot of things that I make.
So how long have you been vegan?
Okay good, I'm glad there are others out there who like to talk about nutrition as much as I do. I try to keep the food chatter to a minimum with most of my friends, they tend to think I'm going too far. My mom has actually been very supportive and has started eating better herself since I went vegan (just about a month and a half ago), but she still worries that I'm not being healthy, just like mothers always worry!
So yeah, I only went vegan about 1.5 months ago, but I was a vegetarian for almost ten years when I was very young. Then I started eating meat again, gained weight while in my first year-ish of college, and just decided this past spring semester to really do something about it. I've dropped about 20 pounds just by combining LOTS of exercise with a focus on nutrition, and I'm about 2 pounds away from my initial goal. I know that the veganism has helped, especially cutting out dairy-- I used to be a total cheese-o-holic.
I'm really lucky to have 3 Whole Foods, a Trader Joes, and countless farmers' markets all within a few miles of where I'm living for the summer. Also, when I go back to school in the fall, my college campus has a dining hall that is exclusively vegan and the town it's in is VERY vegan friendly- there are 3 veggie restaurants as well as tons of cafes that identify veggie and vegan items specifically. It's a perfect time in my life to start being vegan, even though it will be harder when I'm not always cooking for myself.
I also love to cook! Since I like to eat just veggies and protein for dinner, I'll do a big stir fry or steam vegetables and cook tofu in some kind of sauce concoction, and then for lunch the next day I'll cook some brown rice, sweet potato, quinoa, or other grain/starch to eat with the leftovers from dinner. It's worked really well, especially when most of my co-workers go out and get greasy chinese food or burritos every day for lunch.
I've really found that I'm eating a much, much more diverse diet now that I'm vegan, even though that seems totally oxymoronic. I think once you try it, you know what I mean though... how long have you been vegan?
Wow! I need to live wherever you are! Most people here (in the cattle capital of the world) look at you like you have 2 heads if you tell them you don't eat meat. Servers here also don't understand that bacon in a salad or broth in a soup constitutes meat, either! Or seafood - once I ordered a Greek salad and asked if it had any meat and the server told me no. When it came it out, it was piled up with shrimp. I was like - you told me there was no meat in this! The server replied - there isn't any meat - that's shrimp! Sigh... Now I always have to clarify: no animal products at all.
Not to mention, there are NO vegan restaurants in my city - we lucky to have only ONE vegetarian restaurant, but it is 20 miles away from where I live, and it isn't very good. They only serve "fake meat" which I am not that crazy about. I guess they are trying to appeal to omnivores, or possibly new vegetarians. We have one Whole Foods but it is also pretty far away, so I rarely go there - I'm usually stuck with our neighborhood grocery store, which is somewhat limited on their selection, but I get by. I was really excited to discover the local organic food delivery service, though. I feel strongly about buying as much as I can locally the reduce the impact on the environment.
I have been vegetarian for about 8 months, but am not 100% vegan. When I cook at home, I am - I don't buy or cook with any animal products at all (to my knowledge - it seems like every day I learn of some new hidden animal product!) Going out to eat here is virtually impossible to get anything vegan, so I will occassionally have some dairy, and who knows what other hidden animal products - for example if I get served pasta or a loaf of bread, I will just eat it and not question the server if it contains milk or eggs. (I am not likely to get correct info, anyway.)
I am primarily vegetarian for health reasons, anyway. The philosophy in the China Study and Eat to Live is optimal health is achieved by keeping the consumption of animal products to below 10%, and I am definitely way below that. I also hesitate to use the term vegan because of the image the terms conjures up. People tend to think you are a whack job hippie tree hugger PETA activist, and they will criticize you if you carry a leather purse or wear leather shoes (which I do; I owned them before I made the transition, and didn't see the need to throw them out), etc. so I prefer the term vegetarian. Hope that makes sense. :)
You are really lucky to live where you live - it definitely makes the transition much easier. Was reading Skinny Bitch what made you make the decision?
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Wow, you have a lot of determination to live in such a difficult place and still do as well as you do! That takes serious motivation... I'm so lucky to live where I do, and to have grown up where I did, both of which were places where vegetarians might sometimes be scoffed at, but are really very well accepted overall. I definitely shouldn't take that for granted! I think using the term vegetarian is smart, especially because (from what it sounds like) if you introduced yourself as vegan, you might be chased out of your cattle-loving city!
I'm so jealous that you do an organic produce delivery! A good friend of mine does one, and I beg her to let me taste everything when it comes in. The carrots, snap peas, and almost all the produce are so sweet- they're seriously like candy... an awesome change from the bland produce found in most grocery stores.
I suppose I should mention that I'm only vegan in diet, not in lifestyle. Although this may make me a "phony" or hypocritical vegan (since I still definitely wear and buy leather shoes, etc.) I'm fine with it. I started this whole thing as a diet, never really meaning to revamp my entire life, but I'm so happy eating vegan that I kept at it. Since my vegan diet is based on an effort to become healthier and to lose weight, I think that in the future- if I want to go out with my boyfriend and eat fish or a steak or even just something with milk in it, I will! But, as of now, I have absolutely no desire to. For me, it's when I say that something is totally off limits that I end up wanting it more. As long as veganism is still a choice, and not a chore, I'll be happy.
I'm actually headed to New York City for the weekend today after work and I'm planning on dragging my friends to Pure Food & Wine, which is an all raw-food/vegan restaurant that's supposed to be fabulous! I'll let you know how it is if you're interested!
I guess we have totally hijacked this thread, LOL.
So is your boyfriend an omnivore? I am so lucky that my husband is a veg, too. It makes preparing meals so much easier. A few years ago I never would have imagined him - the ultimate carnivore - would ever become a vegetarian. However, he is actually the one who suggested it! He watched some PETA video about slaughterhouses and that was it. So, he is more of an ethical vegetarian. I had been thinking about it, though, for health reasons. A friend of mine died of cancer last fall at a young age, and I had been researching into things to reduce your risk of cancer. The one thing I kept seeing over and and over was a vegetarian diet. So when my husband brought it up I immediately agreed and we've been veg ever since. I kind of feel sorry for him because he has it much worse than me - for some reason with guys it's not "manly" to be veg so he gets made fun of a lot. However, it's no big deal for women to be veg, though, so I don't have to deal with that. People are strange!
Have fun in NYC and let me know how the restaurant is!