[quote:1c7109e222="KDP"]I am so confused! I had thought that as long as you eat within the zone ratio and choose foods from the favorable food block list posted on this site, and follow the zone rules on timing of meals, everything is fine to eat. Is it true that fruit should actually be limited? Does the same go for using steel-cut oats, barley, lentils, beans or yogurt as carbs? How many blocks of my 11 block day is it OK to comprise of fruit or oats/barley/lentils/beans or yogurt?[/quote:1c7109e222]
My opinion on this is--balance it out, round it out. You can't get all the nutrients that you need from one food source, so it is important to get a variety. There are certain vitamins/minerals that come from each type of veggie, fruit, etc. You could probably exist ok without including grains, but you really should have a good variety of veggies and fruits, with a variety of colors (colors of the food vary as the nutrients vary, so it is important to get some yellows, some greens, some reds, etc. in order to get the most nutrients.
Now, in the Zone, people tolerate carbs on a very individual basis. That is, one may be more tolerable of higher amounts of fruits, and others may be less tolerable. I, for one, am less tolerant of fruits. This can only be determined via trial and error, and using the hormonal chart to rate the effects of a meal. http://www.drsears.com/hormonalchart.page
I am not sure if this is printed anywhere, but I would start by limiting your fruit intake to the same guideline as for unfavorable carbs--25-30% of your total intake of carbs. That would be about a block per meal.