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There is no question that fruits and vegetables are an important part of the Nutrisystem diet. Some folks want to take full advantage of this and they wonder if they can eat an unlimited amounts of fruits. I find that not surprisingly, more people ask about eating the fruits than the vegetables.

I heard from someone who said: “I am interested in starting the Nutrisystem diet relatively soon. But I am wondering if I will be able to eat a lot of fruits. I love sweets and although I know that I may have to give up my cookies, I feel like bananas and kiwi are a decent substitute, at least while I’m dieting. But I am wondering if there are going to be limitations on how much I am able to eat.” I will address these concerns below.

I find that there is sometimes confusion about unlimited fruits and vegetables on this diet. Many non starchy vegetables ARE unlimited, but only those that are low on the glycemic index. (Examples are tomatoes, asparagus, and broccoli.) You may already know this, but Nutrisystem encourages and provides foods that are glycemic friendly, meaning that they are lower in starches and carbohydrates in order to keep you feeling full and to keep your blood sugar steady. You are encouraged to eat more foods that are glycemic friendly and less foods that are not.

That is why fruits are not unlimited. They tend to be higher in natural sugars. (For example, an apple can have over 25 grams of sugars, although these sugars are more beneficial than the processed kind because they are easily converted to energy.) And although you are encouraged to eat up to three servings of fruits per day, these aren’t unlimited. But the serving sizes are generous. For example, a serving is one apple, one banana, or an entire cup of blueberries, cherries, strawberries, or pineapple, to name just a couple of examples.

It is suggested that you have a fruit with breakfast, plus another at one more of the main meals or with a snack. And, you can either have a fruit or vegetable with dinner. So that is up to three per day if you chose the fruit instead of the vegetable at dinner. Breakfast is suggested because it is usually very easy to incorporate fruit with breakfast. Simply add strawberries to your cereal or blueberries on top of your french toast. It’s also easy to add fruit to a protein based snack. Cherries on top of Greek yogurt or cottage cheese is a quick, easy and nutritious way to get a serving into your day.

I know that this question was based on having plenty of fruit but, believe it or not, I sometimes have people ask me if they can skip the fruit since they don’t like it. You shouldn’t skip the fruit, but you can substitute four ounces of pure fruit juice without any sugar added.

I know that not having unlimited fruits may seem like a negative, but honestly, you are also asked to add in vegetables and protein as well. So you have plenty of fresh sides that you are trying to work in. So you usually have more than enough.

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Source by Ava Alderman

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Dates are the fruits of the date palm tree which is a food of high nutritional value. They are used abundantly in the month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. The sweetness of the date takes the edge off hunger and this is another reason why fasts are opened with dates. This prevents a person from overeating after he has opened his fast.

Dates contain calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, magnesium, volatile oils, Vitamin-B6, folic acid, Potassium, Iron and Magnesium, proteins, sugars, vitamins and are rich in natural fibers which contribute to a healthy body and mind.

Dates provides natural sugar in the form of glucose and fructose which is ready for immediate absorption and, is infinitely far superior to cane-sugar.

Eating dates has great benefits which can be illustrated as follows:

Prevents Cancer: Dates are very nutritious and contain natural fibers. Modern medicine has shown that they are effective in preventing abdominal cancer. In general Bedouin Arabs, who eat them on a regular basis, show an extremely low incidence rate of cancer.

Weak heart: Dates are an excellent remedy for weak heart. Dates soaked overnight should be taken twice a week which strengthens the heart.
Bedouin Arabs who regularly consume dates have shown an extremely low rate of heart disease.

Treatment for Obesity: The wide variety of nutritious elements in dates makes it hunger-resistive! So treatment by eating few dates when feeling hungry helps reduce hunger and be filled. These dates will provide the body with the necessary sugar and stimulate the intestine which reduce hunger greatly, and eventually, reduce food consumption.

Eases child-birth: Eating dates eases the pain of childbirth. Scientifically they are known to contain hormones which strengthen the uterus, help produce milk for nursing mothers and also prevent blood loss after childbirth. (The ripe fruit contains a substance that urges uterine spasms and increases contractions especially in the time of delivery. This substance resembles 'oxytocin' that is secreted by pituitary gland, which encourages contractions of the uterus. Dates contain some stimulants which strengthen the muscles of the uterus in the last months of pregnancy. This helps the dilation of the uterus at the time of delivery and reduces post-natal bleeding).

Ideal for breast-feeding mothers: Dieticians consider dates the best food for breast-feeding mothers. This is because dates contain elements that assist in alleviating depression and enrich the breast milk with the nutrients needed to make the child healthy and resistant to disease.

Bones: Calcium is important for strong bones so this is an additional benefit that dates provide. As dates are rich in calcium, they contribute to healthy bones. For this reason it is recommended that children and older adults, especially women, eat plenty of dates to strengthen their bones.

Modern science has also proved the effectiveness of dates, in preventing diseases of the respiratory system.

Intestinal Disturbances: Eating dates in the morning on an empty stomach kills intestinal worms and other parasites, for dates have an antidotal potency which restrains their growth. According to Metchnikoff, a great Russian scientist, liberal use of dates keeps in check the growth of pathological organisms and helps to establish a colony of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

Improves Eye sight: Dates are also important in maintaining good vision and are effective in guarding against night-blindness.

Cures constipation: Dates are also highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels. They should be immersed in water at night and taken after making them into fine syrup the next morning to secure laxative effect.

Remedy for Sexual Debility: Date syrup can be used as a treatment for weak heart. It can also be use for the treatment of sexual weakness. When it's mixed with milk and honey, dates can be used as a tonic for the treatment of sexual disturbances for both sexes. And such syrup strengthens the body and raises its energy levels. The elderly would benefit from this syrup too. It improves their stamina and purges their bodies from the toxins that have accumulated in their cells along the years.

Remedy for Liver and Inflammations: Dates remedy Lever and purge it from toxins, Breaking the fast …

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