Q: (Just one more) apple a day could:

  1. keep the doctor away
  2. prevent 30,000 premature deaths each year from heart diseases and strokes
  3. save $5,000,000,000 annually in medical costs from those diseases
  4. all of the above

Click here for the correct answer. Can I get an “Oh yeah” for our friend the StaceyApple?!

I’m actually crunching on a Pink Lady as I type this blog. My Grandpa Heidemann used to call me Apple Annie when I was a little girl because I ate so many apples from their tree in the back yard. The truth be told, I’m a fruit junkie, and I regularly eat pomegranates, watermelon, cherries, and berries, which according to the video clip is a good thing, in that we don’t have to limit our extra intake to only apples.

So, why am I writing about this now? Well, in case you haven’t noticed, it has snowed a few times already in CNY, and it’s only mid-November. That means we are quickly approaching “hibernation”—you know, when we slack off our exercise routines because it’s too cold outside. When it’s dark by the time we leave work, and all we want is our jammies and the remote when we get home. When we we’re stressed from the holiday frenzy and opt for the drive-through instead of a home-cooked meal (check out MenuStat for a fast-food reality check). When we crave more “comfort foods” like macaroni and cheese, breads, sweets, cheese doodles (Cheez-its for some of us), and other processed foods. It’s so easy to lose focus in regard to our health at this time of the year, isn’t it? With the holidays right around the corner, we can easily gain five pounds in a few short weeks by saying, “I’ll just have a few of those hors d’ oeuvres” or, “I’m going to have an extra helping of mashed potatoes and gravy, but I’ll be good tomorrow.” No foods are bad, but moderation is key to maintain weight and that which we cannot see on the inside.

And, that’s where our little humble apple comes in. When you find yourself reaching for something to eat that you know isn’t your best choice, make a deal with yourself that you’ll eat an apple (or some grapes, an orange, or pear, etc.) first, wait 20 minutes, and if you’re still craving that yummy thing, go for it. Chances are you won’t want it anymore because you’ll feel sated. Or, at least you’ll eat fewer Cheez-its than originally intended. Not only will you feel better, but your brain and the mirror will thank you. And, in the grand scheme of things, you’ll be helping out our farmers, lessening the burden on our medical care system, and taking a small step towards shifting our national food policies which impact us all as taxpayers.

Wow, all that from just one more apple a day? Who knew! Well, I guess you did if you chose “d.”

Stacy
SMcneill@ocmboces.org

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