...keeps the doctor away. We've all heard that old adage, right? It makes sense, because apples are healthy food--low in calories, high in fiber and nutrients, all that jazz. (Hey, there's even a Jazz variety of apple.) But, as is the way with pretty much everything, some people have taken the whole apple thing to the extreme. This is legit the first day of a so-called "apple diet":
Breakfast: 2 apples
Lunch: 1 apple
Dinner: 3 apples.
A less fanatical approach is to eat an apple before each meal. Despite varying accounts of apples as a superlative diet food, the concept behind the pre-meal apple isn't rocket science: the volume of the apple takes up room in your stomach, prompting you to eat less.
So, that's what I tried this week. And here's the thing...I like apples. I really do. But 21 apples in a week was too many. The breakfast apple was good. The lunch apple was...fine. By the time dinner rolled around, however, I found myself resentfully forcing down my third apple of the day. Eating out meant packing an apple to go--okay, that part wasn't so difficult, as they are very portable--but I also kept having to go to the store to buy more apples, which didn't feel like a great use of my time.
All in all, I didn't notice a difference in how I felt (except for being generally irritated about apples) or how my clothes fit. No one commented on my glowing apple cheeks or called me the apple of their eye. (Quick side note: From Adam and Eve to Hercules/Heracles to William Tell, apples are HUGE in world folklore and mythology. Pretty interesting stuff for such a humble fruit.)
After seven days, I'm happy to go back to an apple every day or so, making this week's apple bonanza a Leave It.
Have a great week, and steer clear of any rotten apples!