You would think your body stays in shape. After all you still look good several months after you stop going to the gym, especially when you stick to healthy foods like dates, guavas, mangos, bluberries and lots of vegies with your lean meats, but then you go back. Going back to the gym after a long break can be disastrous, if you are not careful, I was sore for a month. I could not believe it. Then sooner or later, it happens again. I stop going again for a long time. I returned with a strategy, work a few areas of the body so I would not be sore everywhere. Strategy worked. The next day was awful, I was sore around a limited part of my body, very sore, but I could move around fairly well. I returned and felt pretty good after the second day. On the second day I started another area of my body as well. Similar results. Then I tried another part of my body, feeling confident and feeling the blood rush, I over did. Next day, I felt too much pain around my elbows. Limited area of my body, but I couldn’t sleep, I had to find a new sleeping position. Fortunately, the potassium from medjool dates prevents the charlie horses, or at least that is my theory and I am sticking to it. Bananas are not nearly as good for this purpose. One week down, three more to go, possibly.
Organic dates and many other produce means that no artificial fertilizers or pesticides where used to produce the dates or the particular fruit or vegetable. The requirement is that artificial chemicals not be used on the land for a period of three years. Three years of no use is all that is required to qualify as organic. Medjool dates for the most part are organic, sometimes by choice, sometimes unintentionally. The reason medjool dates are organic is that often no fertilizer is applied to the dates and pesticides are not common. Date palms do fine without pesticides. There are very natural pests that need to control and the biggest pest is birds which often take fruit from the medjool date palms. This controlled with netting around the dates. Almost all medjool dates are pesticide free because of the lack of pests attacking medjool date palms. Some farms use artificial fertilizers, but it is rare that pesticides are used on medjool date farms.
Dates fruit, not people dates are hot in the summer. The weather is bad for people and dates (the fruit). Generally dates can be stored for prolonged periods of time in cool dry places. Dates can even be frozen and used at a later time. The longer the dates are stored the sweeter they tend to get. Dates do dry out if stored for prolonged periods of time, but dates can last a year in storage. In the heat dates don’t store well, they will disintegrate.