We always eat all the edible parts of the foods we serve. I call that the “Inside-Outside” principle and it’s critical to the success with the Plan.
For example, take the potato (or take two, or take three; they are not limited on the Plan!). You’ve already learned that it’s best to serve the potato whole. As a potato skin is edible, it’s important to eat the skin right along with the potato.
The same goes for fruits and vegetables. Don’t peel apples, pears, peaches, plums, or other fruits with edible skins. It’s fine to peel items with inedible or bad-tasting skins, such as bananas, cucumbers, and oranges, for example. It’s OK to eat just the meat from melons. Whenever possible, the peeling or the scooping should be done yourself at the table.
Be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables carefully before eating. Scrubbing with a brush under running water, or rinsing in water with a small amount of vinegar or a commercial food-cleaning product is a good idea. If you have any questions, just look at the FDA’s recommendations on fruits and vegetables:
The Inside-Outside principle
is fundamental to the Plan and is critically important to success.