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Transitioning while pregnant, first trimester

I am finally out of the first trimester of pregnancy and although I fell off the wagon significantly for a few weeks there, I still managed to make most of my meals all fruit. I'm trying to stay positive and focused here... Anyhow, last weekend I went home for the weekend and our neighbors have an orange, grapefruit, and 2 different varieties lemon trees. They never pick the fruit and it usually falls to the ground and rots. Every winter I usually get a few pieces, but this weekend when I asked if I could take some and the man of the house said "honey, take all you want", I fully took him up on that and pretty much picked the orange tree clean. I left about 8 oranges... I know it looked really greedy but NOBODY ever gets the fruit, the little girl that lives there is often seen kicking the oranges around the yard and its going to freeze soon and then the fruit won't be good anymore. These are the arguments I made to justify taking practically ALL the oranges. I got close to 100 oranges, which will last me about a week or less. These oranges are amazingly sweet without the least bit of acidity.  Up until now, I have never had a perfectly ripe orange and assumed the acidity was just a part of the natural flavor of oranges. Its going to be pretty difficult to enjoy oranges any less ripe now. Also, I tried a persimmon a few weeks ago and wasn't too impressed. However, I got a few more a week ago and have been waiting on them to ripen, I just ate one and although I don't like the skin, I peeled it off with my teeth, the flesh had a flavor very similar to Bluebell's homemade vanilla icecream, which I have always loved. Unfortunately bananas and dates just don't appeal to me right now... whenever I eat bananas for a least one meal a day, I find dessert type foods (icecream, cake, candy) very unappetizing, discovering this kind of changed my world because I used to be big on desserts. Lately without the bananas though I occassionally will eat a piece of candy, a very small portion, not nearly as giant as the dessert portions I used to crave. Hopefully the great quality dates (a quart's worth) that I bought fresh and froze a few months ago will start looking better to me soon... Anyway, just wanted to update on some happenings on my transition to a fruitarian diet, I've obviously had some setbacks but am still making progress and definitely in a better place than I was 6 months ago.

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Comment by Angela Camp on January 9, 2012 at 3:53am

@Jack Oh, I see orange trees all the time that are laden with fruit. I desperately want to pick the trees but am so scared to knock on a complete strangers door, I live in Houston and my hometown is a small town and I "knew" those neighbors so its a little different in my current living location. Maybe one day I'll get brave enough...


@Mera/Feather I am definitely growing to love persimmons! I just got a lot of organic ones that were perfectly ripe when I bought them. They are so delicious! I noticed little black dots in the orange flesh that reminded me of vanilla seeds. Its funny that I find them to taste like vanilla.

Comment by Jack on December 17, 2011 at 9:09pm

Super, thanks for sharing. Who knows, there might be more orange-trees in your area with owners who'd gladly have someone pick them clean? I know this often happens with apples where I've lived, maybe the same is true for oranges in your area? A guy in a place even started an apple sharing service, a website (or a facebook group, can't remember) where tree-owners can offer picking and people interested in picking can look up places to go to.

Comment by Mera/Feather Story on December 17, 2011 at 6:23am

That's super awesome Angela...congrats on getting through the 1st tri. and eating so much fruit during it...that can be very difficult to women who transitioned before becoming pregnant... I'm guessing you didn't have much nausea or morning sickness?  You should feel proud of yourself.  As for the persimmons...just wait!  I don't think anyone eats the skin, but the insides are definitely where its at...when I started eating ripe persimmons last winter I felt like my whole life had changed...I truly fell in love.  You may not love them as much as I do, but I think you'll grow to really, really like them at least! :)


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