Whole30 : Personal Trainer Experience: Day 18

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today i am going to briefly highlight the Whole 30 take on fruit, nuts, and eating before bed. let’s start with FRUIT! i am glad i got to this part of the book; i had been eating fruit like crazy! i misunderstood the rules at first glance; i thought it was just eat meat, fruit, and veggies… as much as you want. i was eating fruit like somebody was going to steal it from me if i didn’t hurry. they say that fruit is certainly healthy and encourage a few servings a day, but get most of your carbs from veggies or you will end up using fruit like you used candy, cookies, etc. i needed to read that. eating fruit before bed is also bad, but let’s save that for the section on eating before sleep.

NUTS are good for you… in moderation! i didn’t know we could have nuts and when i found out we could, i probably overate those too. ok, not probably… yes, i overdid it. not all nuts are created equally; cashews, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts are all on the preferred list because they are low in polyunsaturated fats (less beneficial fat) and high in monounsaturated fats (beneficial fat). all other nuts are less desirable. period. (there is a scale and you can read the book for more specific info) the program recommends eating nuts somewhat sparingly, for example in a salad, ever so often. 

EATING BEFORE BED is not recommended. they recommend eating at least two hours before bed. eating before bed messes with your hormones which can decrease your body’s natural ability to repair itself during sleep. eating fruit that is high in sugar can raise your insulin levels, which can then crash and have you at the refrigerator like a sleepwalking zombie looking for a snack in the middle of the night.