Interview with Christina, a Fitness and Food Blogger, at www.ilovefetacheese.com

by admin on June 27, 2011

My name is Christina and I am a fitness and food blogger at www.ilovefetacheese.com. My blog focuses on healthy and sustainable eating with simple and delicious recipes of all varieties. I weight training to maintain muscle mass and love to feed my body to fuel my workouts. I’m a third year PhD student who is trying to keep a healthy lifestyle throughout school!

1.    How do you incorporate fruit into your diet?

I eat a ton of fruit! I mainly eat it in the mornings, after my workouts. Fructose is a great carrier for protein to reach your muscles and since I lift weights in the morning, I try to get a complete protein and fruit together for breakfast. Usually this means a protein shake with fruit added.

I also snack on fruit in the evenings for dessert rather than sugary foods after dinner.

Fruit bowl

2.    Do you eat specific fruits for specific reasons?

Not particularly. I am not picky when it comes to fruits  Banana’s are pretty high in sugar so I don’t have more than 1 per day but they are excellent for restoring electrolyte concentrations in helping with hydration. I also eat a lot of blueberries for their antioxidant properties, but really, you can’t go wrong with any fruit!

blackberries

3.    Do you have a favorite fruit?

ALL of the berries are my favorite. I prefer less sweet fruit since I get less of a sugar crash from them. So blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are my go to snack. I also like blackberries but I found bugs in my blackberries recently so I’m a little put off from those at the moment!

fruit pancakes

4.    You’ve mentioned that you are picky with fruits?  Is that just because you don’t necessarily like them?

It is definitely NOT because I don’t like them. I love all fruits. I just try to limit the very sugary ones because I can feel insulin spikes pretty fast from them. Now that I know how to eat fruit so that I don’t get this (by combining with protein), I’m much more lenient and will enjoy fruit everyday. I used to limit how much I got to only 2-3 servings per week, but now I’m somewhere around 7-10 servings per week 

5.    How often do you grocery shop for fruits?

I get fruit 1-2 times a week. I go for longer lasting fruit – Apples and bananas, and then some of the more perishable fruit for the short term – berries and mango etc.

fruit bowl

6.    Is there a limit to how much fruit you should eat in a day?

Some people will say no. In my experience, I can have TOO much fruit in one day. I once sat down in the afternoon and ate ½ of a huge vine of grapes. It was delicious, but I felt extremely sleepy within 1 hour. I felt lethargic too. Since then, I focus on getting the fruits I love with a complete lean protein. So I guess it all depends on how YOUR body reacts to fructose. In general, fruit is low in calories and has a lot of fiber which is beneficial for digestion so as long as you keep it in moderation (like everything else too!) you will be fine.

7.    Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe or another fruit related recipe you could share?

Sure, my favorite fruit smoothie recipe is:
1.5 scoops of vanilla whey protein
3 frozen strawberries
handful of frozen blueberries
1/3 of a frozen banana
8 oz of water
1 tsp of coconut oil

Teddy with Smoothie

8. Do you own a juicer or a blender that you particularly like?

I have the magic bullet and I love it. I used it every morning. I do not do juicing because I find that it is usually difficult to clean juicers and I don’t want to remove fiber from my fruit! That is the most filling part 

Are you a food blogger?  I’d love to hear from you and possibly interview you for the site!

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