Yes keep in mind fruit is the best natural source of complex carbohydrates, but are carbs none the less and should be taken into that account. Vegitibles with a good amount of diversity should be consumed almost every meal, and should be the majority of the meal. (barring of course the post work out protein shakes etc)
"Years of hard work for only a single moment of perfection is a worthy trade." - Myself
Yikes! This is tough for people that don't LOVE veggies! I tend to eat the same fruits ands veggies over and over because they are the few that I actually like.... apsaragus, zucchini and the occassional broccoli.... my salads are always just raw spinach w/some protein.. and I've been eating strawberries as almost my sole source of fruit!
However, spinach contains high levels of oxalate. Oxalates bind to iron to form ferrous oxalate and remove iron from the body. Therefore, a diet high in oxalate (or phosphate or phytate) leads to a decrease in iron absorption.
Be careful with the amount of raw spinach you eat....oxalates can block heme iron
UGH!!! And here I thought I was doing a good thing by stuffing down lots of spinach!
I'm learning a little something every time I read this board. But, I see I have A LOT to learn.
Since I'm just really getting started in trying to change my lifestyle and eat better, I'm hoping that the changes I've made so far are doing more good than harm! And I'll just keep tweaking the diet until I get something close to "perfect".