QUOTEABLE WATERMELON: THE PERFECT DIET

January 21st, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

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We’ve all heard the anonymous quote above, and I realize my watermelon edits rob it of some of its play-on-words humor, but I like the idea of a watermelon diet, so I’m sticking with it.

Of course, a diet consisting solely of watermelon isn’t something I’d recommend. While it might be delicious for a day or two, watermelon is best when it’s part of a larger, balanced diet. Check out dietician Elizabeth Somer’s article on the health benefits of watermelon or my own blog entry about the nutritional benefits of watermelon.

Another reason I wouldn’t recommend eating only watermelon for an extended period of time is that you run the risk of getting tired of it. I know, it sounds crazy, right? Getting tired of watermelon? But it can happen, and I don’t want it to happen to you.

I remember when I was a kid, my brother and I would go through phases in which we couldn’t get enough of certain foods. One particular craving I remember well was yogurt. Specifically, the single-serve yogurt with the fruit in the bottom of the cup. It drove my mother crazy, so she gave in to our cravings by buying entire cases of yogurt and telling us that we could eat as much as we wanted.

So, we did. Two yogurts for breakfast, one after lunch, two more for an afternoon snack, one or two for dessert after dinner. It wasn’t long — probably about a week— before my brother and I had satisfied our yogurt craving and wanted nothing to do with the treat for a long, long time.

And that burnout is probably the final reason why I don’t recommend an all-watermelon diet. It’s hard to imagine getting tired of watermelon, but it might happen, and that’s definitely not a good thing.

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NOT-SO-QUOTABLE WATERMELON: THEY CAN’T ALL BE GREAT!

September 16th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

You know how sometimes I’ll take a historic quote and swap out one of the words and replace it with watermelon? It’s a topic I like to call “Quotable Watermelon,” and I try to do it at least once every other month.

Normally, I choose quotes that have the same meaning when you add the word “watermelon” to them, or at least have a different but still inspiration meaning. For example, in June, I discussed the humorous line “A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands.” I replaced “chocolate” with “watermelon” and the quote was still entertaining, plus it doubled as a testament to the fact that watermelon really is a key part of a balanced diet.

But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes, adding “watermelon” just makes them silly and deviates entirely from the original intended meaning of the quote. The following are a few examples.

Quote Lombardi

Vince Lombardi was a great football coach who got his players fired up with some passionate speeches, but I’m pretty sure this line wouldn’t have won him many games. It might have made his players hungry for a nutritious snack, though, so that’s kind of a win.

Quote Sandberg

This one is tricky. I mean, if were offered a seat on a giant watermelon, I’d probably jump right on. Same thing with a rocket ship…but I’d pack an extra set of clothes, because I might be gone a little longer.

Quote Tongue

Now that I think about it, this quote isn’t all that silly. My parents taught me to say “watermelon” when I was two years old and, despite what my high school guidance counselor might tell you, I like to think that I’ve progressed rather nicely.

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QUOTABLE WATERMELON: A REFRESHING BALANCING ACT

June 19th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

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The quote in today’s entry has been written in many different ways with many different types of food. Today’s rendition uses chocolate, but I’ve seen it written with ice cream and even beer. Most of the time, the quote includes some sort of indulgent food, which is what makes the “balanced diet” claim so funny.

Even though I’ve changed the quote to include watermelon, it’s still true – watermelon really is a key part of a balanced diet. Our own nutrition expert and registered dietician, Elizabeth Somer, sums up the case for watermelon in article titled Watermelon Wisdom:

“The more fruits and vegetables (you) eat, the lower (your) heart disease risk. Watermelon, in particular, is an excellent source of lycopene, a red pigment. In fact, watermelon has more lycopene than do tomatoes – up to 20 milligrams in each two-cup serving. Watermelon also is low or free of cholesterol, fat and sodium. Watermelon consumption (six cups) increases free arginine which maintains cardiovascular function.”

Like I’ve written about in the past, watermelon has also been ranked number one on a list of fruits that pack the most nutritional bang for your buck. In other words, watermelon doesn’t just balance your diet, it can also be used to balance your budget!

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