Lean Body Coaching Newsletter | Issue #98 | March 23rd 2013


This week, we're going to look at a topic that comes up from time-to-time, especially with beginners. I often have beginning trainees ask me, "Should I use machines or free weights when I train? How much of each?"

The answer may surprise you! 

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Today's "Ask Lee"  :  Should I Avoid Fruit?


This weeks, "Ask Lee", comes from Kristel, Kristel asks .. 

Hi Lee, My question is about fruit. I do like to eat a small banana along with my protein shake after my workout and I normally eat a medium size apple in the afternoon with shaker number 2.

Now I am being very serious with capital letters about cutting and still have plenty more pounds to lose, so my question is if those are good fruit choices or do they still have too much sugar in them and should I leave them alone all together?

I guess I am mostly wondering about bananas. Thanks, Kris

 Hi Kristel, you are being very wise by taking your fruit with your protein shake.
Fruit contains natural sugar, as you know, and can cause a spike in your insulin levels creating unbalanced sugar levels. Combining protein with your fruit will slow down the absorption of the fructose and limiting those unwanted sugar spikes. 
Bananas are great because of the potassium, particularly after a workout, so 1/2 of one is fine. Otherwise your best fruit options are the apple, which you already like, berries of any kind and melon. The tropical fruits are the ones that are the highest in sugar content.

I don't recommend cutting fruit out all together because they have such great nutritional benefits. The vitamins and antioxidants serve a great purpose so just keep an eye on your serving size. 1/4 of a cup of blueberries or 4 strawberries would be considered a serving.
 I hope that helps. 


Lee Labrada,

Your Lean Body Coach.
Today's Recipe : Crock Pot Magic: BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


I don't know about you, but meal prep during the winter months has me pulling out my crock pot.

It's a great way to make lots of meals with minimal clean up and it's REALLY convenient on days where you otherwise may not feel like cooking.

Today's recipe tastes great, is simple to prepare and allows you to stay on track with your nutritional goals - BBQ Chicken stuffed Sweet potatoes! 

Until next time,  stay healthy and strong. 
Get lean, live lean!

Yours for a Lean Body,


Lee Labrada,

Founder & CEO Of Labrada Nutrition.