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Friday, July 31, 2009

Five a day keeps the doctor away

I love summer fruits. North Carolina is littered with road side fruit stands overflowing with produce at the peak of freshness. It's irresistible. And so it is that we've been gorging ourselves on tomatoes and peaches and blueberries and cherries and melon and corn.... It's heaven.


Yesterday one of my daughters was feeling a little "loosey-goosey" before school. That's code in the world according to me for intestinal issues. She had no other symptoms of illness whatsoever. I was 99% sure that it was just first-week-of-school jitters, so I said a little prayer for both my daughter and her teacher. Because nothing starts the school year off right like uncontrollable diarrhea... I was relieved when she made it home without incident.

She sat after school slurping on a sweet, juicy peach when a very loud, rude noise vibrated through the air. She finished the peach and reached for a handful of cherries. And then there was that noise again. And then I had an epiphany:

KathyB!: How much fruit have you eaten today, anyway?

FruitChomper: Well, that was my third peach... and I had blueberries at snack... and maybe I had some cherries, too... There might have been more.

KathyB!: I think you need to seriously lay off the fruit. No more fruit!

FruitChomper: (( emitting another wretched noise and a foul smell ))

KathyB!: No. more. fruit.

Fruitchomper: Okay, mom. You might be right. I think if I toot again poop's gonna come out. I thought fruit was good for me. Why is this happening?!

And so it is that we got a powerful lesson in moderation...


5 a day might keep the doctor away,

but eat more than six and you're asking for it.

60 comments:

Staci Z said...

Great picture! What kind of camera do you use?

Tammy Howard said...

I missed most of my 15th birthday party because it was plum season. Just sayin'. (I don't like plums so much anymore)

TKW said...

I ate a 2 pound bag of cherries when I was 8. Not pretty.

The Good Cook said...

Food Lesson #101 - moderation in everything. Poor girl. This too shall, um... pass.

;-)

lizspin said...

Is she really in school already???

And did you know that New Jersey is officially The Garden State??? No laughing, please. . . it says so on our license plates!

And so I think I know what you're talking about. . .

beth said...

i will keep this lesson in mind this week! at 6am tomorrow morning, we are packing all five kiddies into out car and leaving philadelphia for a week long stay in north carolina! we are so excited and now i am looking forward to hitting some of these stands for all of those delicious fruits and veggies!

Hit 40 said...

I think I have told you that I got the #1 toilet from consumer reports to flush ANYTHING!!! I was exhausted plugging the toilets twice a day due to my boys.

Lindy said...

My husband says the same thing. Not about moderation but "I think if I toot again poop's gonna come out."

Aren't I lucky?!

confused homemaker said...

Ugh I've had Mamacita do this, she loves fruit & at family parties she will go to town.

Grant said...

Georgia roadsides are littered with boiled peanut stands. On the other hand, rural Washington (especially close to the coast) has salmon and crabs on sale in the same manner.

Cassie said...

When I had my garden I did this to my whole family with all the veggies. Funny that you call it loosey goosey. We call it the trots :o)

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

you had me at "I think if I toot again poop's gonna come out." hehe Im still laughing!!!!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Are those berries you took photos of? If so they are gorgeous.

Regardless, I have the same issue with too much fruit.

A couple of weeks ago I ate some blueberries -- just a few. Let's just say the "outcome" was very unpleasant. I still think they were poisoned or something.

Gibby said...

When I was newly pregnant, the only thing I could eat one day was watermelon. So, I ate the entire thing.
Not. Good.

So jealous of the road side stands you guys have! No stands on the Dan Ryan here...but the Farmers' Markets are really gearing up, thank goodness.

the ungourmet said...

Your girls are just going to die if their future boyfriends read your old blog posts! ;0)

My daughter got mad at me for showing her best friend her naked baby photos! Go figure.

Kristina P. said...

Cherries are like the magical beans of fruit.

JC said...

Love the fruit bowl ...

LadyFi said...

Love that picture! We too are gorging ourselves on wild blueberries and raspberries that we pick in the woods ourselves.

Although blueberries stop diarrhea, they don't stand a chance against all that other fruit!

Susie said...

Sounds like 6 fruit a day keeps everyone away:-)

Ink said...

I was just reading yesterday about how fruit cleanses, and how if you ate nothing but fruit for 3 days, all "impacted matter" would be flushed away. So it's like a Hollywood diet. But gross, too.

Young Mom/Wife said...

You had me laughing so hard I was crying! Glad to see one of your girls really, really LOVES fruit.

Grand Pooba said...

Sharting is not something you want to witness, let alone experience!

Kristen said...

that fruit looks amazing!!

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

Tell her I know how she feels... It was like I was addicted to cherries yesterday... I ATE THE WHOLE BAG OF THEM!

Laoch of Chicago said...

"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."

William Blake

Terra said...

I posted a similar theme photo on my own blog, strawberries and blackberries in a white bowl. My post will appear tomorrow (8/1/09), so I see we share a passion for fresh fruit.
I planted my first 2 blueberry bushes this year.
Yes, do not have more than 5 or 6 plums or servings of fruit in a day!

ck said...

That's the argument I use when I try to justify to myself why I'm buying French Onion Sun Chips instead of grapes...

bluecottonmemory said...

Fruit can so pack a punch! I have conversations with my sons like that but I never imagined girls had those conversations! Amazing:)

JennyMac said...

OH...his last line made me laugh out loud. TOO cute FruitChomper.

passions and soapboxes said...

Not good, not good, more roughage please. We tell them it is healthy and then this happens.

Juls said...

Oh my. I have the opposite issue most of the time (oversharing is so fun)...so maybe I need to add about 5 or 6 or 100 more fruits to my diet. :)

Your girls sound like the bomb diggity...toots and all. :)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Georgia Peaches don't do that! :)

Tricia said...

I ate a whole thing of raspberries yesterday by myself...they were so yummy! If you can give me your email I will share my secret but I cant post it yet lol

Suzy said...

Just recently, on the news, they said it was now 7-10 portions of fruits and veggies a day and I thought NO WAY. This is just getting us to shop more.

Sandy said...

Love your post!

ScoMan said...

One of the girls I work with's husband took a colleague to the city for their medicals (they're cops) and the colleague was told to eat more fruit.

He purchased two watermelons, ate them in the hour car ride home, got violent diarrhea and decided the doctor didn't know what he was talking about.

Sturgmom said...

HAHA! Did you make that saying up? Clever!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

That was so cute! How is she holding up!?

Taylor said...

Ahaha. I don't eat more than 3. Did you make up that quote at the end? Because it's clever :)

blueviolet said...

I think you might be right. I'm not saying I know anything about it from personal experience or anything....

Dee said...

LOL! My son is on a fruit kick lately too. Must be the heat. This is why I keep plenty of Immodium on hand..;)

♥ Braja said...

oh but that photo is gorgeous....who could resist fruit? Every morning here in Thailand, the hotel serves me up fresh pineapple, watermelon, and banana....I love it. Fruit juice? Beet and passionfruit. Oh yum......

K said...

An excellent life lesson.

Fruit is awfully hard to resist.

for a different kind of girl said...

I suppose the next lesson could be how a little extra dairy in the form of cheese could really counteract fruit's crazy powers!

Debrae64 said...

Oh, you crack me up! And, I needed a good laugh tonight. Thanks!

Elise said...

brilliant picture !

Stesha said...

Kathy B, you are too witty! Love the picture.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Mary K Brennan said...

Everything in moderation little one! Even the fruit.

Jen said...

LOL! Great life lesson!

Anonymous said...

I think your facts are out of date. I think it is 7-10 servings. You should check to be sure you have the correct data.

Yaya said...

Haha!

M-Cat said...

Just found you through a blog, through another blog...... you are hysterical!

Don't mind me, just gonna be blurking about a bit.... : )

Debbie said...

We have learned that lesson the hard way at our house too! Just got back from a week's vacation in your lovely state.

Helene said...

Uh, yeah, I learned the same lesson awhile back too...I ate over a pound of cherries by myself one day. I had to call in sick to work.

It's really sad that eating too much fruit can be bad for you...who knew?

The Rambler said...

First. The fruit looks so yummy.

Second. I laughed my butt off. Your daughter is a hoot!!

countryfriedmama said...

There's a teachable moment in everything, even farts.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Oh, how this made me laugh! Glad to see girls have these conversations, too. :) Man, that fresh fruit is hard to stay away from, though.

Zeemaid said...

*ROFL* yeah too much fruit can be hard on ya. We've been eating tons too and my husband been telling me he's worried about O's poops being runny etc... and I'm like well what do you expect with all the berries they've been eating... *L*

BTW that is a gorgeous photo

Unknown Mami said...

My first paid on-camera acting job was for 5 A Day. Too bad the video didn't come with your disclaimer.

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