Day 1 of the 26 of the April 2018 A to Z: Letter A
Georgie Moon suggested “A is for Apple” – and so hey – why not?
Thoughts on Apples:
If you are trying to heal – maybe you should skip the apples and go for berries and cherries. Or skip all fruit for a while – especially if you are rebuilding your terrain (your body). You really need to consider “all the sugars” you take in. Sugar arrests the immune system and works certain organs extra hard. And if you have infections, sugar can feed it….
A while ago we used to have this “Did you know?” chart. One of the items was this: “Did you know that apples wake you up faster than coffee?”
The reason apples wake you up faster than coffee is because of the sugar rush from the apple. Now fruit sugar is truly better than processed syrups, but all sugar can pull from health. There is a myth in our culture that we need sugar for fuel; instead, what we need is nutrients for fuel – good fats, minerals, and vitamins – and while in a balanced world we would have eatne fruits in season – at times of the year when we needed the extra boost – the way we have access to all foods all the time – is putting a lot of strain on body function.
Too much fruit sugar is not a good thing if you are healing.
Let me repeat, if you are healing from illness or struggling with a confusing ailment – you have to get sugar (yes – even fruit sugar) out of your diet.
Too much of any sugar – (combined with other daily habits) starts to wreak havoc on your adrenals, pancreas, and liver.
For today’s apple post, I just want to share that if you are healing – or wrestling with any immune system issue – you might NOT want to have an apple a day!
And if you “do” feel you need to eat an apple – maybe enjoy a Granny Smith (and maybe just a slice or two).
Mark Sisson (here) said this:
“While antioxidants aren’t exactly overflowing from your average Granny Smith, apples (and pears) are still a great way to satisfy a craving for sweetness without terrorizing your pancreas.” Skip the basic apple and go for berries and cherries and lots of veggies.
“Some fruits will offer you more nutritional bang for your buck. A great resource for checking the antioxidant power of different fruits (and veggies, herbs, etc.) is the ORAC report (PDF), ORAC standing for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Think about how the “glycemic index and glycemic load fit into the picture” (more here).
And Zahra Barnes (here) noted:
“The lesser-known fact is that fructose, or fruit sugars, can also play a role in disease. Your liver turns any excess sugar intake into triglycerides that get stored in fat cells throughout the body,”
“The more sugar you eat, the more fat you store.”
“Specifically, too much sugar, even from the fructose found in fruits, can lead to a buildup of that visceral belly fat that has been linked to type 2 diabetes…”
Oh and in the above apple photo – look to the left and you can see there are two little air plant terrariums. I found some on sale and grabbed them for two easter goody bags….
Have you ever had any of these?
Here is an inside look: