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Old 03-05-2010, 04:37 AM   #1
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Do you eat fruit? Nuts?

I'm wondering, does anyone out there eat fruit on a low carb diet? I eat strawberries, raspberries but I want to know if there are any other low carb fruits. If you eat fruit, do you still lose? What about nuts?

I want to add more fibre to my diet, just wondering how to do that and stay low carb.
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:45 AM   #2
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I eat fruit and nuts everyday. I eat apples, grapes, strawberries, watermelon and so on. I also eat mixed nuts. Doesn't hinder my weight loss at all.
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:50 AM   #3
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i am nuts about fruit.

i am afraid of fruit. of course, the berries are lowest in sugar, and highest in all the good stuff. If I were to have fruit, i could only bring into the house 1 portion, (such as 1/4 cup of some berry). I can't stop eating fruit once I get started. So, i have put the kibosh on fruit for a while. I have more control with nuts. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Yes and yes. I keep a can of mixed nuts in my desk and usually snack around 10am.

In the evening, I typically have a banana with peanut butter. I've been doing well with my weight loss.
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I eat frozen berries on occasion (a small handful once or twice a week in some cottage cheese). Other than that, I don't eat much fruit (never have been a big fruit eater anyway).

Well, except for the fact that right now our local grocery store has these incredibly sweet, good apples (honeycrisp and pink lady, OMG!), and when I cut them up for my kids, I've been taking bites of them. Its like candy, but better!!

As for nuts, I eat some every day. Usually about an ounce or so per day of raw almonds or walnuts, unless I get totally carried away (which happens when I make chipotle roasted almonds).
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:37 AM   #6
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I believe cantelope is low in carbs.

Last night I was snacking on Soy & Wasabi Almonds... OMG!! they are so good!
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:38 AM   #7
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Cool, thanks! Tonight when we do our shopping definatly gonna add some nuts and fruit. The experiment begins....
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Nuts yes but not peanuts or cashews. Fruit - no with the exception of a tomato or avocado occasionally.
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fruit triggers horrible cravings for me. one bite will unlock a binge... no matter what fruit -fruit binge. (not counting the fruits we count as veggies- but i have to be careful with tomatoes) berries aren't much kinder to me.

i have to be careful with nuts. they either stall me out if i eat just a few too many....except for macadamias... but then i have to struggle to not eat the whole jar.

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OMG I love cashews... that big jar from costco does me in every time! Dh was buying the mixed nuts and I would just pick out the cashews! LOL Now we don't even buy them!
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MrsPotatoHead, If you are now deciding to add fruits and nuts in, might I ask if you are on Atkins? If you are at induction nuts and fruts are NOT allowed. If you are in OWL then you can begin to add them in.

I'm in OWL now and havent added either of them in..YET. I plan to do it slowleeee and as it is written in DANDR. ( one at a time in 5 carb increments).
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:10 AM   #12
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MrsPotatoHead, If you are now deciding to add fruits and nuts in, might I ask if you are on Atkins? If you are at induction nuts and fruts are NOT allowed. If you are in OWL then you can begin to add them in.

I'm in OWL now and havent added either of them in..YET. I plan to do it slowleeee and as it is written in DANDR. ( one at a time in 5 carb increments).
I'm not doing Atkins, just basically low carb. If I was, tomorrow would be my two week mark and end of induction anyway. Last time I did low carb I pretty much stuck to berries and some nuts. But I think its a good idea to do it slowly, thanks! That way I can notice if it affects my loss and cut back to what I'm doing now if it does.

Oh and I LOVE cashews, but wayyyyyyy to many carbs for me, peanuts
never been a fan.
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Hi mph…
More nuts than fruit, though I eat strawberries pretty regularly. I use them either fresh or in smoothies fairly frequently.

Mixed nuts, Peanuts, Macadamia, & fresh roasted Almonds are regulars plus Walnuts or Pecans as well.

I'll also grate or shred 1/4 Granny Smith apple into slaw...

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Yes, I only do low glycemic ones: berries, avocados, tomatoes, oranges, apples, pears, and grapefruit. I'm allergic to tree nuts, so I only buy raw unsalted peanuts and sunflower seeds.

occasionally, I'll do a banana cause it's a great post-work out snack. i have some frozen pineapple and mango in my freezer, too but I haven't touched them in a long time.

I believe you can only go without fruit for so long. No one is saying to eat a whole fruit platter, but they're essential for good health.

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Old 03-05-2010, 06:44 AM   #15
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I recently discovered organic roasted pumpkin seeds with sea salt and love them, I believe they are 5g of carbs with 5g of fiber for 1/4 cup. A few grabs from the bag is satisfying. I purchased mine at the grocery store ( shoprite, I am a NJ girl) the brand is Eden.

No fruit yet but hope to add berries sparingly in the next few weeks to come.

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I also buy the Emerald brand 100 calorie packs of raw almonds no worries about portion control.
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Hi mph…
More nuts than fruit, though I eat strawberries pretty regularly. I use them either fresh or in smoothies fairly frequently.

Mixed nuts, Peanuts, Macadamia, & fresh roasted Almonds are regulars plus Walnuts or Pecans as well.

I'll also grate or shred 1/4 Granny Smith apple into slaw...


Never thought of adding shredded apples to slaw. Sounds good! Could you share your slaw recipe?
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:55 AM   #18
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What's so bad about cashews?
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I have had the no sugar apple sauce in the little individual portion cups -- carbs run about 10 per cup, so if the rest of my meals are no carb or VL carb, I'm fine, and never noticed a problem with weight gain eating them --
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Fruits yes, not daily but when I do, in small controlled portions and never alone - usually after/with a meal, as "dessert," (or in a one-minute-muffin) in order to slow the insulin response.

I haven't had nuts in awhile, just because it became a control issue with me. It becomes a "meal-sized snack" for me waaaay too quickly. I gotta weigh the nuts before I eat them and vow not to take another handful or they get out of control easily.
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With both fruit and nuts the key for me is portion control. Now I'm on maintenance I don't weigh every single carb containing item that I eat, but I do weigh my berries and nuts.

Nuts are ones you also have to be sure to look at the labels for - they vary hugely in their carb counts.
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I eat fruit and nuts on a regular basis. My favorites are strawberries and watermelon, but I also eat blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, canteloupe, honeydew, watermelon and apples. As for nuts I eat peanut butter and a good mix of whole nuts.
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What's so bad about cashews?
Cashews are relatively high in carbs. For a 28 g. serving, carbs are about 8 g. I do not have the control to limit it to just one serving and I don't think it worth it for the amount of carbs. I only have them in very rare occasions and never have them in my home - just too dangerous!
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For the time being I say nay to the fruits and nuts - they make me go into binge mode.

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I love almonds and peanut butter. I also eat apples, strawberries, grapes and whatever looks good at the store. I also hae a wedge of lime in my ice tea...no sweetener. I love the tart taste.
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I do macadamias and almonds -and for fruit strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, with the very occasional apple and fage full fat or almond butter.

Always in small amounts with fruit and always paired with fat.
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Mrs. Potato Head, please be careful with this. Read what the others say, but bear in mind--those of us who got to the point of weighing as much as you have don't have the same kind of metabolisms most other people do! In my experience, and watching the various people here, most women who are very overweight need to be much more conservative in their food choices, especially if they are no longer in the first flush of youth...

Nuts I can go along with, nutritionally. It all depends on your ability to WEIGH them and only eat the appropriate serving. If a person is going to binge on "allowed foods," nuts are one of the most common stumbling blocks. Personally, I wouldn't have them around till you had been low carbing successfully for at least two months. If you do get nuts, as you point out, look at the carbs. In fact, look at the carbs in a good online calorie/carb counter. Those package labels seem to manipulate rounding to understate them. And yeah, cashews are right out.

Fruit is another matter. If you really can limit yourself to a quarter cup or so a day, I suppose it will work, but you don't get that much fiber in that small a serving.

For fiber I highly recommend flax meal. It is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Of course vegetables are wonderful. You can look up your favorites in a calorie/carb program like My Fat Secret and see how they compare, fiber-wise.

Avocados have a huge amount of fiber.

Is your desire for fiber a matter of keeping your digestive system regular, or because you believe it's healthy?

If it's the first, the flax works wonders, and others here swear by a magnesium supplement.

If it's the latter, I wouldn't worry too much about it for a few months. Your top priority is to break the old eating habits, to break your carb addiction/craving, and to get your body used to this WOE.

Good luck with this! It works so well, and the support from people here is a big factor. *hug*

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I eat fruits mostly in season, but not too much because of the fructose in them (converts to body fat faster than anything else). I don't consider them healthy because I think they are made nowadays to be too sweet. You can get the same nutrition from vegetables.

I do love nuts and eat a variety of all of them. I go for the raw kind most of the time.

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As far as fruit goes, I eat olives and tomatoes. I haven't started on the nuts yet.
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I eat fruit, mostly whatever is in season. I keep it to one serving per day (and not every day!) and usually have cheese cubes or greek yogurt with it.

I eat nuts too, always raw. I find I have better portion control with raw nuts and I am not consuming rancid oils and excess sodium as is in the roasted, salted variety.

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