For those of you who eat fruit daily or often;
Do you make a conscious decision as to when you eat your fruit and why then?
Info on the type and amount of fruit would be good as well.
Updated: Thanks for all the responses, I now have a follow up question:
A couple of responses relate to fruit either not being filling or making you want to keep on eating (whether that be more fruit of something else). I have also seen similar comments elsewhere.
I have just started to re-introduce fruit myself, i've only tried two at the moment; i find that i am okay with a banana, but strawberries just make me hungrier & wanting to eat. checking the nutrition info, i see that the banana has some starch, may be that's the difference for me?
So my follow up question is; which fruits do you find you can eat without craving more food afterwards (if any)?
(i figure this will be a shorter list rather than asking which fruits do you find non satiating or make you crave more food, may be even a list of zero fruits for some)
(text from first question below)
Just trying to get a feeling for the different views out there.
I've seen/heard quite some variation (both timing & reasons) on the subject.
eg. (here a few examples that come to mind):
~ no carbs after 3pm (or some other PM time); so i guess that includes fruits, (forgot reason why).
~ better to take your protein during the day, sugar and fat in the evening; (Ray Peat i think), (not sure why).
~ eat some fruit in evening before bed; helps me sleep, or stops me waking in the night (type of fruits, amounts & actual timings varied & some may have combined with a fat &/or protein source).
~ eat fruit at times where some of your liver glycogen has been depleted, ie. in the morning and right after a workout.
I've noticed that if I eat fruit at breakfast I get hungry for lunch pretty quickly, so to keep from stuffing my face all day I try to defer it until afternoon or dinnertime. That being said, having skipped it early in the day, I often lose interest in fruit by the evening and end up feeding most of it to my toddler.
Its always good to eat fruit. Eating it in the morning will replete liver glycogen that has been depleted over night but the majority of people probably never have full liver glycogen so eating it anytime is cool imo. Eating some with fat before bed will keep stress hormones low and allow good sleep.
It does not take long for your liver glycogen to go down. Once glucose is taken up by your muscles, its locked in there, as soon as your blood glucose clears (and there is not alot there), your liver starts releasing its glycogen into your blood so your brain and other cells can use it for energy. You can easily empty your liver glycogen tank if you have not consumed a carb in 24 hrs. When its low, ingested fructose will reload it, as fructose has only 2 different things it can do in your body. 1: Reload LIVER glycogen only. 2: Break down in VLDL. Those are the only two things it can do, fructose is never, ever, ever used by your muscles/brain or any other cell other than your liver cells. Remember that fruit contains sucrose (a glucose/fructose blend) so you are also eating glucose when consuming fruit (fiber too).
I find bananas very satisfying. I eat quite a bit of fruit, OJ, peaches I froze and picked myself super ripe, ripe apples grated and cooked are awesome too with a dash of cinnamon. I feel light and have a lot of energy incorporating fruits into my meals.
I have a problem with binging so fruit that is easily "one unit" works best for me. So then after I eat it, I acknowledge that it's gone and don't mindlessly reach for more. For instance, apples, bananas and pears are a better purchase (for me) as opposed to melons, pineapple, or grapes. I LOVE berries though so sometimes I get those.
According to Dr Jack Kruse, it's best to not eat carbs in the morning, have few for lunch, but have the lot of them for dinner, right after exercise took place at around 5-6 PM. Personally, I avoid carbs for breakfast, but I do have them for lunch/dinner. I get my fruit at the end of a meal, usually after dinner.
I eat fruit daily and as seasonal as possible. There is no specific timing or reasoning, it's just the way I've always done it and I like it. What I'm doing is working for me excellently - my sleep isn't affected, nothing weird, no reactions. Just fruity happiness.
Please note that I am not trying to lose weight, just maintain what I've finally gained in muscle - 12ish lbs - and maintain it, in addition to being faster and more explosive in my workouts.
I don't repeat the fruit, so whatever I had in the morning I won't have again that day - same with afternoon, etc.
Morning: Always after breakfast, right now either 1-pear, 1-apple, 3 or so spears of pineapple, 2-satsuma
Afternoon: Depending on what was with breakfast I will have something different out of the above list
Night: Snack before bed, again something different out of the morning list OR 1-cup pomegranate (I like the pom at night), 1-ruby grapefruit cut out and eaten with a spoon
I agree with Happy Now that fruit can leave you hungry but I use that to my advantage. My GI tract definitely likes long periods of rest so I prefer to be done eating for the day by 2 or 3 pm.
I eat breakfast between 9 and 11, yogurt with fruit. If anything that seems to stimulate my appetite so I'm ready for my main meal by 1 or 2. If that meal includes more fruit, which isn't rare, the fruit is the first course followed by a leafy salad then meat stew and cooked vegetables.
That formula leaves me very satisfied without feeling sluggish or bloated and I wake up high energy and not at all hungry.
My favorite fruits are pink/red grapefruit, red plums (only in season), figs, dates, watermelon, berries, pineapple and grapes. Banana is a mega-sweetener for me and I like to mash 1/2 of one and stir it into my yogurt then slice the other half on top with cinnamon.
I usually eat 2-3 kinds per day.
EDIT: The fruit I find most satiating is a whole grapefruit. It's not too sweet and there's enough total volume that I don't crave another that day. For all the others, I'll keep eating until I don't have any more.
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