The Temptation of Eve

temptation-of-eve-cartoonWorking with a client on her food journal we had hoped to find a way out of the plateau that was causing this wonderful woman to feel fed up, low and lethargic.  Encouraged that paleo works and the successes we have had, experience tells us this problem can be as a result of one or several factors.  And sure enough, there it was, nestled in the midst of her food journal entries:  FRUIT: grapes, apples, pears were being consumed with a passion at any time of day or night, snacking and not always with a meal. The point is some fruits in particular grapes and dates contain pure glucose as well as fructose and are therefore faster releasing into the blood stream.  This in turns causes blood sugar to spike giving a short lived lift in mood and energy surge, the problem is any surge is followed by a rapid fall as the body fights to balance blood sugar.

We talked a little about this about the journal entries and the pattern of food consumption.  It was apparent that the fruit had become her prop (treat) and the learned behavior, that thought that we deserve a treat to give ourselves a little boost was still forming a big part of her routine.  To such an extent when days were really bad my friend was literally “gorging” on fruit to deal with the issues instead of… well, dealing with the issues.  Fine if you’re a mountain gorilla but we’re not mountain gorillas.  This can be such a deep pattern of  ingrained behavior it can be hard to spot and it’s only fruit after all………?

When we think of fruit, fructose, fruit sugar we often associate it with healthy eating.  Indeed, some diets recommend we purchase fructose as a sweetener in our food.  Some diets even encourage us to eat fruit as a ‘free food’.  But the fruit we eat today is very different from that which was present a generation ago let alone in our ancestor’s time.  Our fruit is selected and bred for its sweetness, shape and appearance.  Historically the fruit we ate was seasonal, lower in sugar and higher in fibre.

Over eating fruit causes over consumption of fructose.  Excessive consumption of fructose causes increases in uric acid levels (which raise blood pressure and can lead to gout), raises triglycerides (which elevates risk factors for heart disease) decreases leptin entry into the hypothalamus (leading to prolonged feelings of hunger) leads to weight gain, induces insulin resistance and high levels over a long period may cause fatty liver.

Fruit is not the answer for weight loss due to the presence of fructose.  Cut back on fruit if you are overweight or having trouble shifting the weight whilst eating above average amount of fruit in your daily life.

About Paleo Works

Paleo Works Have you ever wondered how you arrived at “being overweight” and thought how difficult it is to get rid of and keep off those excess pounds? Hi, I’m Katie and together with Mike my husband, we are Paleo Works. As a busy working mum of four, I often watched others embark on weight loss progammes only to return to their start weight (and then some) shortly after reaching their target. Why was this happening? Conventional dietary wisdom would have us believe that it’s YOU who has failed. But Mike and I thought different. We felt that there had to be something wrong with that conventional dietary wisdom after all we can’t all be hopeless? So we studied intensely, sought out advice and read avidly. We questioned robustly and talked with many on various 'dieting' regimes. What we found was radical, our story has to be told, our knowledge has to be shared. So If you are ready to stop blaming your self for being overweight and ready to change your approach to weight loss then contact us and let’s get started!

Posted on November 15, 2011, in Fructose, Fruit, Sugar and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I like this blog quite a bit. I have a question. In what ways are the Paleo-diet and Atkin’s different? Both emphasize meat, fats, non-starchy vegetables, small fruit intake- and mostly berries. I guess Paleo stresses organic/free range/grass-fed, whereas Atkin’s doesn’t really put a lot of focus on that aspect. Any other differences?

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      Great question! The Atkins diet is primarily aimed at weight loss although it also addresses all the other problems of modern diet: diabetes type 2, cardiovascular disease and bowel problems. It is carb-restrictive (20 grams per day in induction) and you count carbs with most food evaluated by reference to its carbohydrate content.Er…that’s enough to put us off before we start! On a paleo diet you don’t count carbs you just eat what you want as long as it comes from food sources we humans have evolutionarily adapted to eat: meat, eggs, fish, good fats, non-starchy vegetables, some fruit (mostly berries). In this way we come to optimal health with weight loss a by-product where it is necessary to bring the body back into balance. Atkins also allows a number of other refined carbohydrate (processed) foods (atkins trade mark “low carbohydrate” foods) which are not part of the paleo diet such as: bread, pasta, soy and legumes and has a number of dubious processed foodstuffs: bars, shakes, packaged foods which rely on artificial sweeteners and other “ingredients” in the food industry.

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