Healthier Alternative Challenge

Philippines
November 10, 2011 9:49am CST
There's this friend of mine who challenged me to go for a one month of pure fruits and vegetables diet. I decided to push through but I asked for at least 1 meal per day which had meat. Although meat is a dangerous when taken over the advised quantity, I argued that it is still a requirement for the body most especially for the proteins and other nutrients that fruits and veggies don't have. Upon agreeing to that condition, he told me I must only choose 3 types of fruits and I must also eat an entire meal with only vegetables and must eat a new type of vegetable the next day. So, what I want to ask here is: 1.) What is the best 3 fruits to go with vegetables? I'm not really a vegetarian and more of a meat lover. I like leafy veggies because they seem a bit tasteless and I hate bitter melon the most. 2.) Is there any fruit that can somewhat make eating bitter melon a better experience for me? By any chance, is there a fruit that neutralizes the bitterness of the bitter melon the moment I have them both in my mouth?
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• United States
10 Nov 11
Don't eat bitter melons! I did not hear the guidelines say that the fruit must be a bitter melon!Try stuff you like instead like strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or apples. you will be miserable if you have to eat bitter melons the whole time.. although I have never tasted a bitter melon so I am not sure what that is. Most of our melons here are very sweet.
• United States
10 Nov 11
Ah!!! I see! Why do you have to choose that vegetable then? Choose something you like instead! Does it taste better if you put it in a soup with lots of spices? I am working on getting back to a vegetarian diet myself.. I feel better when I eat less meats.
@salonga (27985)
• Philippines
11 Nov 11
Bitter melon is bitter and you seem to hate it so. You can't find any fruit that will neutralize its bitterness actually and besides why make that sacrifice of eating the bitter melon when you can always eat other veggies that are better tasting? As for fruits than can go with vegetables I would urge you to go for tropical fruits because they are more likely to without any chemicals such as those found in imported fruits. Papaya, bananas, and mangoes are the best choices for me. You can alternate watermelon, pineapple and guyabano (which is actually very, very nutritious. I must also tell you that you are wrong in assuming that you can't get proteins from fruits and vegetables. You can always get protein from the following veggies:squash, tomato, spinach,okra, onion, peas, potatoes, asparagus, chayote, carrot, cucumber, brocolli, leeks and other more. In fruits, protein are found in almost all fruits although not that much such as in avocado, papaya, watermelon, turnips, pineapple, apple, kiwi,peach and a lot more. Whole grains are also good sources of protein and also nuts and beans so even if you go completely vegan yoy can never run out of protein.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
10 Nov 11
I would eat things I like. For example, if I needed to have an entire meal of just veggies I would make a salad. You can have romaine and then add tomato and cucumber, maybe mushrooms, if you are not limited to options and just limited to no MEAT, you could have black beans, cheese, corn, etc. I don't eat fruit WITH vegetables but if you wanted to, you could add dried fruit to a salad lol.
@maximax8 (27954)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov 11
I eat a vegan diet and I used to be vegetarian. You could tell your friend that various fruits and vegetables are better than a limited diet. If you like leafy vegetables you could choose different types of lettuce. I like a round lettuce most of all. I adore cucumber. I like carrots a lot. If I decided to eat three types of fruit they would be strawberries, raspberries and cherries. If not cherries it would be grapes or grapefruits. Mint would be able to take away the taste of bitter melon.