By: Susan Howard
Some friends came over for a BBQ this weekend and the wife of the couple started talking about a celebrity trainer, and a diet they were recommending. Something about pitted fruit being the only good kind to eat and at all costs avoid melons and pineapple as well. No pitted fruits…all of our guests start making mental notes.
After everyone had left I turn to Brandy and said, “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Why is our friend talking about that?” “I think she read it.” Brandy said casually. “Well it’s wrong and it’s stupid,” I say. “Why are you getting so mad?” she innocently asked.
Here’s why. When I hear educated people in fear of fruit it makes me mad.
I laughed with my client Melissa, who puts up with my tirades several mornings a week. “I don’t think the over consumption of fresh fruit is contributing to the obesity epidemic,” she retorted.
I’ve decided people don’t want to know the truth. They don’t want to hear about fresh produce, whole grains, and lean protein. They couldn’t care less about exercising five to six days a week for 20 to 60 minutes. They want stories about pitted fruit. They want 3 easy moves to flatten your tummy while sipping a cocktail in Cabo.
To be fair, until about five years ago, nutritionists -not celebrity trainers- talked about the high glycemic levels of certain fruits (bananas and watermelon being two of the no no’s). Of late, that theory, which I’ve always found ridiculous, has been disavowed because of all the amazing proponents these foods have. Potassium, vitamin C, and all the antioxidants and minerals each variety offers.
I will agree that most juices allow you to take in too much fruit at once, so eat your fruits whole.
Other than that, have a Fruitopia cornucopia of whatever you want! In California right now everything is so fresh –pineapple, plums, blueberries, kiwi. You can go wild.
Yes, I am mad, I am mad because I want to help you, the reader, find success, feel good in your body and have an energetic life. I feel mad because there is so much misinformation out there that’s it’s impossible to weed through and find the truth. The truth isn’t sexy and fun, it’s boring and hum drum and I couldn’t give a shit if Jennifer Aniston eats pitted fruit or not. A lot of these celebrities go to major extremes skipping meals, doing several workouts a day to look like 13-year-old boys. Well hats off to you! Tighten another notch on your size zero belt, I am going to have some watermelon.
No routine this week; I am too pissed.