Monday

Beautiful Fruit Salad for Two

Juice of 3 Oranges - hand squeezed for some hand & finger strengthening
two chopped bananas 
two generous handfuls of blueberries 
one mango
half a papaya
scatter of sesame seeds, linseeds and sunflower seeds (for Omega Oils).

Fruit salads need no recipes - all fruit seems to go well with other fruit. I'm yet to find a combination that I don't like so just toss everything together! Also throw in some nuts, they're so good with fruit!

Below is a little excerpt about fruit from a wonderful book called Skinny Bitch that helped me become Vegan and changed my life. Two intelligent, lovely and potty mouthed women teach you how to be healthy and eat good food. I'd recommend it to anyone who is curious about Veganism or being healthy - it's short, to the point and highly amusing. It takes an hour or so to get through. The book is a fantastic example of how merely sixty minutes of reading can change a lifetime of decision-making!

"Foods that digest quickly and easily should be eaten by themselves and early in the day. Fruit for breakfast. Fruit is, quite possibly, the most perfect food in existence. It is unique in that it barely requires any work to be digested. High in enzymes, it effortlessly passes through the body, supplying carbohydrates, fibre, amino-acids and cancer-fighting tannins and flavonoids. Because it is made up of mostly water, fruit hydrates the body and aids in cleansing, detoxifying, and eliminating.

Best selling Fit For Life authors Harvey and Marilyn Diamond found that fruit best serves our bodies when eaten alone because it is so easily and quickly digested. When we eat fruit with other foods, it cannot pass through our bodies as quickly. So it rots and ferments in our stomachs. This can cause burping, bloating and heartburn. To combat this, the Diamonds recommend eating fruit on an empty stomach, first meal of the day, and waiting thirty minutes before eating anything else." Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, pp 25-6.

As an aside, I also found out that I'm allergic to cutting mango, as I am to cutting raw butternut. My fingers become swollen, red and stiff but I can eat it without any problem! I wonder why my hands react like this to the orange foods?

Have a lovely week, first week back at work for most of us! Eat well and you shouldn't find getting out of bed so difficult. love and veggies!

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