So I have been eating my fruit during the day and have been having a large salad at night with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and either half a large avocado or a whole small avocado. I mush up the avocado so it creates a coat on the leafy greens and makes the dressing (lemon/salt/pepper) soo yummy. I just got a cronometer account and put in an avocado to see how much fat is in it, and it went off the charts. I am so sad because I don't want to give up my 1/2 avocado in my salad. And my salad definitely would be more of a chore to eat without it. But trying to follow the 80-10-10 principle with my cronometer seems like I am already getting a bit of fat from the fruits I eat and having avocado sends it off the charts...
Thoughts or guidance?:(
1/2 of an avocado should be fine if you are eating enough fruit calories. Sounds like you need to increase your fruit and you'll be down to 10% or less of fat.
Ok great Thank you! I am still working on increasing my fruit calorie intake. I am going to try the Dateorade! So excited!:)
yup...also, I like to make a dressing with about 3 oranges and 1 tablespoon of raw tahini to make a nice dressing over a pound of greens, celery (nice salt alternative) and tomatoes or whatever else you like in your salad. Try dropping the salt from your diet - somehow salt seems to be associated with avocados.
Yum! I will try that thank you!:)
A little avocado is fine now and then, but, yeah, you'll probably end up eating too much fat if you have that every day.
Try a dressing blended from 4 or 5 dates plus a handful of blueberries (of some other fruit), and a little water if it needs it - I promise you won't miss the fat! :)
Thank you I will try that! I definitely start craving the savory salads by the end of the day. But maybe I am still getting accustomed to eating so much fruit and I will want it more and more! Back when I thought I couldn't have fruit I craved it all the time! haha:)
Great! Thank you! I will try mango as well!:)
Welcome.Shell is spot on,eat more cals from fruits and this will lower your fat % for the day and you can still enjoy your 1/2 avo.Make eliminating salt and pepper the next thing on your list to do :)I love lemon or lime juice in my greens.You are doing so well,it's an exciting journey of learning :)
Thank you so much for the encouragement and support! It is a very exciting journey! I am enjoying a dateorade right now! YUM!
Yea I am trying to stay away from the salt more and more. I notice if I have to much I will retain quite a bit of water for a couple days! I have also used bits of olives or pickles in my salad to make them saltier. I don't know how bad that is to use. In my salad I usually have spinach, grape tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, celery, red onion, basil leaves (so yum!), avocado mushed up so it coats the salad and lemon. After a recommendation I have tried paprika and cumin powder mixed in the salad, which is delicious but probably not for everyone!
Oh yeah, salt can be hard to quit!
from Living Nutrition Magazine vol. 18
Avoid all salt – it’s a toxic, irritating, corrosive, stimulating, enervating and potentially deadly poison. Yes, even Celtic and Himalayan salts are destructive to your body and health – don’t be fooled by marketing hype! These inorganic substances may be trendy but they are not healthful. In addition to sodium chloride, they contain numerous toxic elements including heavy metals, such as aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury. These wreak havoc in the body, and are very difficult to eliminate.
If you live in a northern region or near the ocean you have probably seen how rock salt and salt spray eats steel members and chrome coatings on automobiles. If you’ve ever had an open flesh wound and exposed it to salt, your senses will have told you how destructive it is. Salt paralyzes the intestinal villi and kills cells – would you knowingly bathe your delicate villi, your arteries, veins and capillaries with such a corrosive solution? Salt brine kills insects and “pickles” vegetables. Do you want to run a solution of that through your brain 24 hours a day? An ounce of salt, taken all at once, spells suicide.
You cannot become healthy if your sense of taste is befuddled by unnatural flavorings. Salt does not bring out the flavor of food; it overpowers your taste buds, deadening them to all sensation other than additional salt, causing unnatural cravings, overeating and beverage guzzling.
Salt bonds with water, and its toxicity necessitates extra fluid intake. The body’s dilution response causes the cells to become dehydrated, severely impairing health. Salt also throws off the blood’s electrolyte balance (e.g., the sodium to potassium ratio) and acidifies the body, eroding health and impeding healing. Most illness cannot be overcome when salt is part of the diet. The few salt eaters I’ve counseled did not heal their disease conditions until they followed my recommendation of giving up salt--even though their diets were otherwise nearly perfect.
Hypertension (high blood pressure), edema, cardiovascular disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, asthma, arthritis, rheumatism, Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, premenstrual syndrome, gout, cancer and a host of other disease conditions are linked to salt. Can the body handle a little bit of salt? Maybe, but not on a regular basis. Why risk ruining your precious health?
We do need mineral salts–no doubt about it. From where should we get our mineral salts? Plant foods is the natural answer. The liquids from fruits and vegetables contain all of the mineral salts we need, in safe, organic, usable form. For rich, satisfying flavors, obtain produce grown in soil generously mineralized with a rock powder amendment. If possible, grow your own produce, adding such mineral sources as rock powder, azamite, or kelp powder to your compost and soil.
Abstain from salt, clean out, eat whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic tender vegetables plus savory and sweet fruits. Your salt cravings will vanish and unseasoned foods will taste outrageously delicious.