Life is just a bowl of cherries! {And a chiro update.}

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I went just about 36 years without much fruit in my diet at all outside of the occasional smoothie. Actually I talked about this not too long ago when I suddenly became obsessed with apples and needed to know all about which kinds I should try. Thank you for all the suggestions, by the way. My favorites so far are Pink Lady and Gala and I’ve been eating an apple as a snack almost every day.

Since then I’ve been so much more open minded about trying new things and Mr. Salt has been bringing home all sorts of fruit for me to sample. I’ve had…

  • Peaches: The smell alone makes my stomach turn and I can’t get past it. It reminds me too much of this nauseating Body Shop fuzzy peach perfume my friends used to wear in middle school.
  • Nectarines: AKA: Non-fuzzy peaches. I managed to bite into one and didn’t die from it, but the smell was too similar to peaches for me to be able to enjoy it.
  • Watermelon: Meh. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat it by itself, but it tastes good when paired with other things such as cottage cheese. I think pretty much everything goes with cottage cheese.
  • Pears: NO. Maybe I got a bad one, but I hated it.
  • Red Seedless Grapes: We have these in the house all the time now. So good.
  • Oranges: Tasty!

And quite a few others. Then last night he arrived home with a bag of some of the biggest cherries I’ve ever seen. Apparently cherries are expensive (?) so he doesn’t usually buy them, but when he stopped to get milk on his way home he saw that these were on sale and thought they would be good for Betty’s lunch. She LOVES cherries.

As he stood at the kitchen counter de-pitting them, he handed me one. I was skeptical. These cherries were intimidating. But I didn’t want him to make fun of me, so I accepted it and bit off a tiny piece.

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 TASTE EXPLOSION!

I was instantly hooked, but I also wondered…how healthy are these exactly? The only experience I had with cherries before last night was with the maraschino variety that they put on ice cream and in cocktails and those are LOADED with sugar. As it turns out, there is a huge difference between those sweet little cocktail cherries and the gargantuan ones in my house. They are packed with vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, fiber, contain virtually no sodium or fat and are a great low-cal snack!

I never would have dreamed how beneficial cherries could be to your diet…especially the diet of a runner!

Cherries for Runners

  • They help keep you trim and fit. Cherries contain B vitamins crucial to your metabolism. Plus as I mentioned above, they are low in calories, but pack a lot of fiber so as a snack they leave you feeling fuller, longer.
  • They can aid sleep. If you are anything like me, you might get race-induced insomnia before a big event. Cherry juice could help you sleep a little easier! From a study: Participants drank 30ml of cherry juice 30 minutes after waking and 30 minutes before their evening meal, thereby boosting their exogenous melatonin intake by 85mcg/day.
  • They combat post workout soreness. Cherries/cherry juice contains anthocyanins that are thought to significantly reduce muscle inflammation. This study shows that if you run long distances you are probably destined to be sore afterward, but the cherry juice group reported less post-run pain.
  • And speaking of anthocyanins… These are also thought to prevent cancer, and encourage healthy circulation. And proper nerve function.

PROPER NERVE FUNCTION.

I’m about to eat all the cherries in the whole world.

Oh and after talking to my daughter’s teacher this morning I learned that cherries are delicious when frozen and then dropped in a glass of wine. I know what I’m doing later.

How do you feel about cherries? Do you remember that fuzzy peach perfume!?

Also I would like to thank everyone for the kind comments and great suggestions left on yesterdays post. At first I was going to hold off on posting about that appointment until I could process the news a little better, but now I’m so glad I wrote it right away. You guys are so helpful!

Now for some better news:

I went back to Dr. Dave (my chiro) armed with my new diagnosis. He checked out my leg and foot and told me that I’ve already improved 10-fold since I first went in to see him. (Which I believe. My leg is better.) Anyway he wants me to trust him and he said that he can fix it without surgery if I just stick with him for a minute. He did the ART method that a couple of you mentioned (thanks, Judith and Annmarie!) and used an ultrasound on my foot. I go back to see him again on Tuesday.

Last night I dug my old Merrell hiking sandals out of the closet that are still full of dirt from playing around in streams in California, but at least they are much more supportive than flip flops and I can still have open toes on these hot summer days. Hopefully the fact that Dr. Neuro is on vacation for the next couple weeks and the surgery wouldn’t be able to be scheduled right away anyway is a blessing in disguise and I’ll be able to get this under control before any invasive measures are needed. And if it does come to that well then I guess I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it.

xo,

Anatomical Nightmare Salt

Also I just want to remind everyone that I am not a nutritionist or fitness instructor so as always whatever info I post on here about certain foods or workouts are things that I have researched on my own and found interesting. Take what I say with a grain of salt. Pun totally intended.
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An apple a day.

A little random something about me that might come as kind of a surprise from someone who leads a healthy(ish) lifestyle:

I hate fruit. I have hated it for my entire life.

During the summer months when everyone is chilling out with huge, juicy watermelon wedges:

Thank goodness the fruit hatred skipped a generation.

Thank goodness the fruit hatred skipped a generation.

I’m over here like, “gross no thanks”. Biting into a piece of fruit and trying to swallow it will literally cause me to gag, so I always thought it had something to do with texture. I couldn’t even bite into a strawberry without gagging. Everyone who isn’t allergic to strawberries loves them! WTF is wrong with me?? Thankfully at one point some genius invented smoothies allowing me to take in my fruit in liquid form. It would be all good until I encountered a chunk of anything in my drink and then…straight in the trash.

Usually when I tell people I hate fruit, they look at me like I just told them I hate puppies.

Recently, however, I’ve noticed that something seems to have happened with my palate. The last time I attempted to eat an apple was in July of 2006. I remember it really well because I practically threw up afterward. Anyway, the other day we were having dinner with my mom and she had cut up an apple for Betty to eat and then was eating some herself dipped in a caramel sauce. That sauce looked so freaking delicious and I really wanted to try it, but then thought it would probably be in poor taste to just stick my finger in the container. So I grabbed a piece of the apple and dipped it in, fully expecting my body to react in the same violent way it always had the moment it passed my lips.

And then…it didn’t. I don’t remember what kind of apple it was, but it was cool and crisp and delicious. It had started out as a vehicle to get that caramel sauce into my mouth, but suddenly that sauce was secondary. It was very good, but I didn’t even need it to disguise what I was eating anymore. THIS is why people eat apples! It was like a whole new world of possibilities opened up for me in that moment.

At the grocery store the other day, I bought apples that were meant for Betty, but I fully intended to eat some myself. I have NEVER bought an apple for myself ever in my whole life. Last night as I packed her lunch, I sliced one of them up and ate it as I worked, feeling very proud of myself.

Yes I know it’s probably a stupid thing to feel pride in, but after 36 years of not being able to choke down an apple, I consider this a huge victory.

Then I got to thinking about why this might have happened. Unless you count my ability to make a killer baking soda volcano, I’m no scientist. But I’m wondering if maybe the fact that I cleaned my diet up a bit last year – I still eat some things that are processed, but I cut a lot of it out and really ramped it up with the fresh veggies – has anything to do with the fact that apples are awesome now. I really feel like I could eat one every day. It kind of makes me want to try other fruits as well just to see if I can magically swallow them all of a sudden.

But back to apples…there are so many different varieties out there that I don’t even know where to start. I can’t remember the kind that I was eating at my mom’s house, but last night I had a Granny Smith and liked that just fine. I would love to hear what your faves are though so I can add them to my shopping list!

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Salt’s Totally Random Apple Poll

 

And any other fruit that you love that I should be trying? Do you have any weird food aversions? What do you think of my theory?

Please also note that bananas are out. As a runner you have no idea how much I wish I could eat a banana what with them being the standard at every post-race and the base ingredient of 98% of all smoothies. BUT I’m allergic so that is the one fruit that I can legit not eat. The struggle is real.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

xo,

Salt