It’s no secret that I don’t eat what anyone would consider a “healthy” diet. I drink Dr. Pepper early and often and all the stuff that healthy eaters reserve for their cheat days, well, those are just my regular days. I’m getting better but I’m still a long ways away from eating like a “reasonable adult”. Recently, in my journey through cyberspace, I discovered a man named Jesse Itzler who has eaten only fruit before noon for the past 27 years. I figured if he has found such a practice worth doing for that long then surely I could give fruit five days of my time and see what it’s all about.
Five Day Discipline: Eat only fruit before noon. I debated whether or not I would keep my morning coffee this week since that was drinking and not eating but ultimately decided to drop the coffee for the week since I put milk and creamer in it. I wanted to only consume completely natural things before noon for this week.
To prepare for this week I went to the grocery store on Sunday evening and bought two bunches of bananas, a bag full of oranges (technically mandarins), a pineapple, a bag of red grapes, a container of strawberries and three granny smith apples. Plus, we already had some frozen blueberries in the freezer. I really had no idea how much fruit it was going to take to keep me full for five days.
I won’t bother you with a daily breakdown of what I ate but in general I had two bananas, two oranges and an assortment of the rest of the fruits. I didn’t eat them all at once but as I got hungry I would eat a little more.
Now, I have seen click bait on the internet warning me not to ever eat bananas if I’m worried about belly fat etc. but really all I care about is how my body feels. You don’t have to be a food scientist to know what makes your body feel good and what makes it feel bad. And fruit makes it feel good.
- I always felt satisfied never stuffed
- I felt awake and ready to tackle my tasks
- I felt energized, not sluggish at all
- I didn’t miss my normal breakfast foods (eggs, hashbrowns, chicken biscuits, etc.)
Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely ready for eating something other than fruit at noon. Maybe it was because my body needed protein, maybe it was just because I wanted variety. It wasn’t because I was hungry, the fruit kept me plenty full.
Going forward I plan to make fruit a much bigger part of my morning. What I really, really liked about eating only fruit before noon was that it essentially took 1/3rd of my day and forced me to take care of my body. Still, I won’t be committing to only fruit before noon completely because every Saturday my kids and I get donuts and let’s be real I’m not missing donut day. But, maybe weekdays? I’m not sure yet but I know that if I want to keep feeling good in the mornings that fruit is a big part of the equation.