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Time for Christmas Pretox!
Do you dread piling on the pounds over the Christmas period?
Do you reach New Year's Eve and find that you cannot squeeze
into your clothes?
Then why not try Pink Lady apple's Christmas pretox and start
the festive season with peace of mind! The average adult can
gain around 5lbs (2.3kg) over Christmas and New Year and most
of us are not aware just how much our favourite foods are
making us pile on weight. Just one serving of Christmas pudding
contains around 300 kcals and with double cream you add another
100 kcals to your calorie intake.
Nutritionist for Pink Lady Apples, Penny Hunking, has put
together some key pretoxing tips to take the despair out of
the Christmas diet and add some flavour to the festive season.
What is a pretox?
A pretox regime can set you up so that you're in fine fettle
to tackle the demands of Christmas and are ready to enjoy
the festive season. More importantly it will help you keep
hydrated and fit so that your post-Christmas recovery is quicker.
A pretox diet entails eating plenty
of basic, nutritious foods whilst drinking lots of water,
juices and smoothies. It's out with the high-salt processed
food and in with lots of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains
and beans, lean meat and fish as well as low fat dairy.
You can create a pretox regime that works for you and your
budget without having to compromise on taste, so that you
start the New Year feeling better than ever:
- Foods that satisfy hunger are those with
the most volume or bulk. So the best way to control your
appetite is with a food that is high in bulk and low in
calories. For example, eat a Pink Lady apple and drink a
glass of water before your main meals.
- An apple a day keeps the Doctor away!
Apples such as Pink Lady are good for you and to reap the
health benefits you should try and eat one every day. The
fibre (pectin) and phytonutrients can help to lower blood
cholesterol and improve bowel function. In addition, these
and other components such as vitamins C found in apples
are thought to work together to offer a reduction in heart
disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
- Let's get to the core of the matter! Apples
are virtually fat free and sodium free and contain no artificial
colours or flavourings. They're a great way to help you
get your recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables
a day and contain about 50 Kcals per apple.
- Keep apples in the fridge until the day
you want to eat them. They'll stay their most crisp that
way. Also, keep a supply of low calorie snacks of fresh
carrots, cucumber, broccoli, peppers and celery.
- If you think you don't like apples this
could be because you've never tasted a crisp yet sweet apple
such as a Pink Lady. Colourful foods like a Pink Lady sliced,
make them a lot more fun for children to eat.
- Phytochemicals (plant chemicals) are naturally
occurring compounds (antioxidants) found in several foods
including fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, liquorice
root, soy and green tea. There are over 3,000 of them and
they give plants their colour, flavour and smell. These
are perfect for those wishing to feel healthier for the
- Antioxidants come to the rescue and neutralise
free radicals (substances produced naturally in the body
when the body uses oxygen).
Free radicals can affect:
- The rate we age
- Start cancers by damaging the DNA of cells
- Increase heart disease by making LDL cholesterol
more likely to stick to artery walls
- Contribute to inflammation of the joints
eg in arthritis
- Damage brain cells.
Early research concentrated on antioxidant
vitamins A, C & E and minerals such as selenium, copper
and zinc but phytochemicals are thought to be more potent
antioxidants than vitamins and minerals.
- When you drink alcohol, match each glass
with a tumbler of water.
- The best rule to follow for a pretox is
that there is no substitute for a healthy diet and regular
exercise. It's never too late to start preparing yourself
for the Christmas season so why not start now? Make a list
of the foods you need and pop off and buy them today so
you've got them ready when you need them.
The 80:20 rule of pretox is also important to remember -
be good for 80% of the time but you should be permitted 20%
leeway to eat and drink your favourite food and drink!
So why not kick start the festive season the way you mean
to go? You never know - you might enjoy it!
Pink Lady Apples
The result of a Golden Delicious (male) and Lady Williams
(female) cross, Pink Lady was introduced as Cripps Pink by
the Western Australian Dept of Agriculture in 1973. The apple
is characteristically blocky in shape with a deep-eye and
has a distinctive pink blush which overlies a light green
background. The taste is sweet but with a tart, acidic aftertaste
and the flesh is dense and crisp.