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"Eat to Live" ~ why so much fruit?

I was reading the review of the Mayo Clinic diet and saw the synopsis of the "Eat to Live" diet and almost got sick. FOUR servings of fruits a day. OMG that would kill me. I hate fruit and its effects on my body. Sweets are just nasty to me and fruit is sweet. I can't imagine 4 servings a day. It's really and truly unimaginable to me. I haven't had an apple in so long I can't remember when the last time was. I put banana in my cereal only to make it edible (I won't be buying the cereal again) and there's just no other fruit I could imagine eating let alone 4 servings in one day. Is this really possible for some people? Are there people doing this and it works for them?

Sun. Dec 27, 10:25am

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I feel exactly the same way as you. I can't eat even 1 serving of fruit a day, let alone 4. I've always been a "salty" person and I can deal with the increase of vegetables but fruit? No way. I also would like to see people who do this with success.

Sunday, December 27, 2009, 10:54 AM

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If I ate all the servings of fruits, vegies, grains, etc per day that the recommendations call for, Il'd be obese! I don't think the guidelines are realistic. I take a multivitamin pill every day. I figure that makes up for a lot of various deficiencies.

Something you always have to keep in mind is that these various recommendations are for something like a 200 pound man. So cut back on the recommendations by a quarter or a third or a half depending on your height and body frame size.

Sunday, December 27, 2009, 11:43 AM

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I love fruit and often eat four servings by lunchtime... Vegetables I struggle with though. I would just try to find fruit that you like... and also maybe check out what they mean when they say fruit... tomatoes and avocados are classified as fruit

Sunday, December 27, 2009, 11:44 AM

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There are several items that are technically a fruit (eggplant is one) that generally don't fall in the "fruit" guidelines for diets. It would be interesting to see if tomatoes counted because those I do like.

Sunday, December 27, 2009, 12:18 PM

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I'm currently fighting candida. Fuhrman's focus on grains and fruits would make it worse.

But, I think Fuhrman is a quack in the first place...

Sunday, December 27, 2009, 12:52 PM

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I know! This whole idea that eating a variety of nutrient dense foods can actually good for someone - it's crazy talk.

Sunday, December 27, 2009, 6:15 PM

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Nutrient dense is one thing- vegetarian/vegan a whole different story. Fruit may be nutrient dense, but it's still high in sugar. For someone with diabetes, even with the fibre, sugar in fruit can spike insulin levels- which is very bad. For someone with candida, 4 fruit a day is going to aggravate the problem.

Grains are entirely unnecessary in ones diet, but Fuhrman seems to have missed that lesson.

Sunday, December 27, 2009, 6:44 PM

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I agree with all of you. 4 servings of fruit a day is hard to do. My problem with fruit is my body burns through it at 900 miles an hour. I can eat a banana and my stomach starts growling again in under an hour. I feel for the calories I get much more bang for the buck so to speak with protein - like a hard boiled egg. Tummy is happy and occupied much longer!

Monday, December 28, 2009, 1:06 AM

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks all that fruit is way too much (and too expensive). I understand the "tearing through" too because I'm always hungry after I eat fruit. Looking over some of the other things I can't imagine what I would have for dinner if I had to cut out animal protein. I'm not a vegetarian/vegan, I never will be. I like my protein and there are people who live to be 100 without ever getting cancer that live off protein and grains.

I do find it interesting that Furhman has a deal with Whole Foods. I had to ask a friend who they were and she explained they were an upscale expensive organic food seller. Not a place I would ever shop that's for sure. My grocery money has to stretch doesn't sound possible at Whole Foods.

Monday, December 28, 2009, 8:36 AM

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4 servings of fruit a day is VERY doable. Try making a smoothie in the morning instead of eating a grainy cereal. You can easily get in 2 or more servings at that time, plus a few servings of veg, if you're game. Have a salad of leafy greens and add a handful of veg and fruit for lunch --- again, easy. Dinner of salad or soup (or both) and protein of your choice. I happen to be a Gluten Free Vegan, so I do this daily, without many grains (though I love quinoa and will eat rice on occasion). I maintain a very healthy weight, have no blood sugar problems and no carb, sugar or salt cravings. I've been following Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live for almost 3 years and I wouldn't go back. I will say that I don't eat as much as he recommends simply because I am not a hungry person. That said, I'm 5'5" and 129 pounds and I exercise daily and care for my 2 active kids... no protein issues, no lack of energy.
Good luck to all who haven't found their balance yet. Fuhrman's nutritarian approach works for me.

Monday, December 28, 2009, 8:06 PM

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