Every Day is a Fresh Start!

Welcome! How are you today? I am good, thank you! – English

Willkommen! Wie geht’s? Mir geht es gut, danke! – German

Прошу. Як справи? – Ukrainian

Laipni lūdzam. Kā jums klājas? – Latvian

With that random introduction I hope you are all well, sincerely. With time nowadays going slower – most likely due to it being beautiful autumn – I feel as if I can do more.

I am on some new medication to help with mental health. During this time in my life, I obviously need them. I was hesitant to mention this but why not? People struggle sometimes and you should not be afraid to talk about how you feel or your mental health! Good wellbeing is important to maintaining a positive mindset. Mindfulness and meditation can assist, as can healthy eating and exercise. Social interaction is important too. Allow your body and mind to heal any way you can. The downside is that I am slightly tired during the day – due to the sedating effects – although I take it at night.


My poem today is called Fresh Start. I hope it echoes my ambitions for the future. This year has gone by fast. We are already in October!

Plant the seed and watch her grow
power of the mind and I'm letting go
see her stem rise and the sun on her leaf
I can imagine, she'd be good to meet
her bright lit surface and rooted ground
she is growing, I am coming down
now she is high, reaching the sky
I am so glad, we can begin again.

Thanks for reading. If you liked then comment and like and reblog!


If you want to learn something new then consider using the internet! I say this as during the darker months keeping your mind active can make all the difference. I found some great sites to learn languages, for example; Lingoda and Pimsleur. Both offer language courses for a price each month.

Every day is a fresh start! Why not change every… single… day? Do something different every day. With the exception of some work which I would imagine involves some repetition. 😂😎

From Acid to Alkaline ~ Healthy Body

From the diet we eat to the lack of exercise we are always in an acidic body environment most of the time. If we want to improve out health we should try to reduce the acidic foods we consume and create a healthy diet for our bodies to heal. Healing takes time and so will change.

Start changing today to see results tomorrow.

It was said that an acidic body can be the sort of environment that can promote disease and illness.

There is a variety of healthy foods that can reduce your body acidic levels. This post on LiveStrong -https://www.livestrong.com/article/321217-foods-that-reduce-acidity-in-your-body/ – talks about alkaline and acidic foods. Remember that acid reflux is caused by too much acid and a weak esophagus (or a combination of things). The most obvious acid base foods are fried foods – but this does not mean you cannot eat fast food at all.

For example, you could simply have it less often, maybe a pizza once a month or something. In my opinion it is not a crime of the body to eat fast food, because we are human and we have one life so why not live it, eh? Of course that is not an excuse for you to go and stuff your body with it, because your body will get sick fast. Diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and organ dysfunction are some outcomes of a poor diet and acidic body. Dr Axe also talks about these foods in more detail here: https://draxe.com/nutrition/acidic-foods/

But don’t forget that teas and coffees are also acidic, and some other daily dietary foods like dairy. Diet is the 1st line of defence against acidic bodies and the best thing to change to see results. Second to that we have other options available.

At the moment I am on prescription strength sodium bicarbonate capsules. This is a treatment for acid reflux among others. It is also an effective ph neutraliser. Exercise is usually a great method of keeping healthy and sweating will expel your toxins and help aid healing within the body.

If you suffer gastric issues; like reflux and general indigestion then don’t overdo it. Walking or swimming or light exercise might be best. In time your body will boost its effectiveness in ridding itself of toxins whilst increasing circulation, boosting mental health (important) and reducing the risk of chronic health conditions.

Stress needs to be addressed but this is more of a mental health and wellbeing issue than relating to acid base body. But being relaxed and having improved moods will enable you to feel more motivated to eat a healthy diet.

So, go out there and change your body for the better.

LEarn Something New!

How long does it take to learn a new language for example? Check out this site: https://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/how-long-learn-language#:~:text=Here%20are%20a%20couple%20of%20languages%20from%20each,%2888%20weeks%29%2C%20Chinese%20%2888%20weeks%29%2C%20Japanese%20%2888%20weeks%29

It indicates different languages to learn and expected time. French is considered easier than German.

I think learning something new should be fun! I chose languages as the first part of this post since I find it the most fun thing to do. It allows you to become engrained into foreign culture and at the same time you are able to learn to speak and communicate in that language.

New skills. Lots of suggestions here: https://www.developgoodhabits.com/new-skills-to-learn/#:~:text=General%20Skills%20to%20Learn%20%28The%20FUN%20and%20USEFUL,your%20life.%20You%20…%202%202.%20Speed%20Reading.

Apparently it takes six months or longer to learn a new skill. This is nothing to be afraid of but instead to enjoy. Why rush? The above site provides tons of things. From writing, languages, reading skills, painting, art and craft, dancing, musical instruments, design, crafting clothing, making things, photography and more!

Combined the idea is to learn something new whilst enjoying yourself. It is not productive to focus on something you don’t like. Although if you push yourself and focus and study etc., then you will likely come to enjoy it.

As we age our brains don’t really learn like they did as children. A healthy mind is an active mind. You learn by doing, and doing so helps improve those brain connections. You can experience improved well-being, happiness, reduced stress, improved memory and confidence, feeling more well rounded, and finding it easier to interact with others. It may also help you more into a new career, or to progress in your career, or to help people.

https://symondsresearch.com/benefits-of-adult-learning/

Learning a new language might help you to do some volunteering for a charity who supports refugees for example. It could also help you become a translator. One of the best thing you can do is learn something new, something you’ve never experienced before.

Learning doesn’t mean just skills though. It means anything that challenges you to experience new things. Going to a new place, learning the routes and then coming away having learned them is a learning experience. Interacting with new people, speaking to them and learning names is a different kind of learning but still useful. If you have anxiety then this is particularly good to help your brain relearn how to socialise for example if you were unable before. Cooking is a form of learning, whether that is with the aid of a book or not doesn’t matter.

Reading books – helps improve memory and attention and focus (learning). Writing and researching – helps to learn a topic, think of an essay you had to do once.

Sometimes when we push ourselves we become these incredible people that surprises us.

We cannot sit back and let out potential lay dormant.

Filtered Water

I have taken the time to reinstate my water filter after a brief trial last year. My initial reaction was not good, I thought it made the water taste weird and gave an aftertaste.

See this image below:

Now let’s look at this image of the benefits of filtered water:

A quality water filter can make the difference between average tasting water and great tasting water. It took me a few days to get used to the flavour. Be sure to rinse the filter thoroughly before use and that will help with the taste issue I believe.

I have one of these.

Mine came with 3 filters. Each lasts a certain amount of time before it needs replacing. I am still on the first considering how little I’ve used it. So I cannot estimate how long each will last.

Is this another scam? I don’t believe so. The bottled water market on the other hand is a scam, and I do not hide from this belief. Having bottled water is no guarantee it is healthier and the prices some companies charge is extortionate.

Filtered water is just a one off cost. You can buy filters that come with 3 spare. So you are looking at buying a filter every several months or so, depending how much you use it. Compared to the cost of bottled water you could save well over 50% of that money just buying 1 filter. And, the filter stays in the fridge to keep your water cold and refreshing.

Hopefully this is something you will consider. Water is more polluted now than ever, even though the water companies tell us it’s safe to drink I doubt it. Drinking tap water in considerable amounts is going to wreak havoc because of the metal content and fluoride content. All drinking water in taps in homes has fluoride, it is not a conspiracy or myth, it is fact.

Have a good day.

Nuclear Fallout Survival Guide ~ Quick Guide to Preventative Action

Welcome to a brief overview of a nuclear disaster. Following Fukushima and Chernobyl it seemed fitting to write something that may affect us yet again in our life times.

Look at the picture below to see how it affected the entirety of Europe.

It affected the entirety of Europe to some degree

Hard to believe that nuclear weapons exist, seems like only a fool would consider having them. But the thing is the most damage has come from nuclear meltdowns of power plants. A nuclear fallout from a bomb on the other hand… well we cannot imagine how much worse that would be. The fact that these industrial plants can contaminate an entire continent is ridiculous. How selfish are people? How greedy must they be to put the entire planet at risk for some money? Delusional people. That is why the recent war in Ukraine with Russia is proving so frightening, not the possibility of nuclear attack but of indirect nuclear fallout or meltdown should a plant be bombed.

Can they put the reactor into cooldown before it’s too late? They have time to do it should they need to, or maybe not. Failure to put it into cooldown means meltdown.

Photo by Ivan Bertolazzi on Pexels.com

The reason I put the above is because I was thinking of the worst possibility, total destruction of developed nations resulting in a post apocalyptic nightmare. We’d literally be paying cheap to be famous, and those in power would do so for a very small amount of money. Simply because leadership would be useless so the demand would be low and everything dirt cheap. Provided that leadership is still required to some degree, if it isn’t then there wouldn’t be much need for currency. Things like metals and foods could become the new currency.

Meltdown is no joke. When the radiation from Fukushima began to spill out in 2011 – which by the way was only 11 years ago, and at the time I heard nothing about it; I am not kidding – it resulted in widespread evacuation from the area. The radiation spilled into the continent and affected millions. Maybe I did hear about it but forget, whatever happened it caused a lot of problems which officials are not concerned about. If they were concerned they’d be telling us to this day about the dangers of it.

I guess there is an element of conspiracy here. Did the incidence happen? And… are nuclear meltdowns really dangerous? You might be wondering why I ask this. The simple fact that it is only the people closest to the incident that are affected and we don’t hear about the others further afield, or the long term effects like cancer. Most plants are designed to absorb radiation in the beds under the reactors, meaning should a leak occur which it did, the radiation would be swallowed up in large quantities. I am not doubting the dangers, I am saying that I believe some of them are hyped up to scare us.

Apparently Chernobyl is a restricted area. Did you know people still live there? They are healthy. The environment is healthy looking and clean. Obviously if you get close to the reactor site you will find radiation readings, but still low readings in the fairly close surrounding area… The site is also covered now, and nobody can go near it. The site is guarded, and people work there. Russians are currently keeping people working their under duress, but I fail to see how that is duress considering they worked there before the invasion. My point is that there is no need to worry, the workers are doing a vital job I suspect.

I need to talk about preventative action. If and when the radiation spills into Europe you would be wise to take into consideration anything that would decontaminate foods and waters. You might be best to avoid products like fruit and veg should it occur. Anything that grows from soils.

Your body will likely sustain a damage if the radiation is severe, and if it is the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which it could very well be, since Russians have already damaged some of the electrical units and monitoring equipment, then we are in trouble.

The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, is located in Ukraine. In 2006, the government planned to build 11 new reactors by the year 2030 – Wikipedia

It already has 6 reactors, and a leak from them will be devastating to Europe and I suspect beyond. 11 reactors by 2030 is not good either, because it’s completely opposite of clean energy. It it not good for the environment! You cannot simply throw away radiated reactors when the fuel runs out. They need cooling for ages and then storing for something like 2 years. My advice to simply get rid of them and use something else less dangerous. Coal power stations or electrical stations, wind power, sea power… anything.

So have a look at medicines like potassium iodate (thyroid blocking agent, and is used for example after a nuclear accident. taking up radioactive iodine, which may be released into the environment following a nuclear accident). This would help possible prevent radiation getting into your thyroid and causing cancer later on.

Another supplement is definitely activated charcoal – they use this on the beds of reactors to assist in the absorption of radiation. (lowering radiation exposure from radionuclides by removing them from drinking water. Activated charcoal taken internally can bind radionuclides in the GI tract form ingested food and unfiltered water, and carry them all safely out of the body.)

If you already use a filtered water container then great! I do too although I haven’t always done this.

Nascent iodine – Nascent iodine is more expensive than potassium iodide, but it is more palatable and high dosages of it can be given to even children. Experts recommend that iodine should be used to saturate the thyroid as this would make it strong enough to reject radioactive elements from entering the body. Before deciding on the dosage, it’s still recommended to consult a doctor. 

Magnesium – encourages removal of heavy metals from the body. So therefore the radiation won’t have much to latch onto.

Spirulina – can be found in many products and supplements. I have some but rarely take it as it can make me feel a bit sick. You might have better luck with it.

If the spill of nuclear radiation is severe you might want to wash yourself and clothes quickly. Maintain health by washing with filtered clean water. You can’t avoid it in foods but you can buy foods less contaminated.

Sorry there isn’t more to say. I guess protecting the body is more important should it happen. It is a possibility. But the risk is still low. I’m not concerned and neither should you be. To cause such a meltdown in such a big power plant would risk the entirety of Europe and the easts health and safety, it would compromise many things and especially the economy which leaders would not be keen on.

Don’t think I am trying to scare you either. This is no Cold War or post World War 2 communist Stalin propaganda. Anyway have a lovely day!

Cinnamon for Blood Sugar Control?

At the base of this post is the question, will cinnamon benefit your blood sugar control?

I’m not using much other than opinion and personal experience here; for any of you interested in science based posts.

Sure science investigates, but it won’t find anything positive about natural treatments so long as the studies are poorly funded. They care about researching for rich medicinal and pharmaceutical companies. The recent news about ‘serotonin’ and ‘depression’ being a good example as to why you shouldn’t a) trust science, and b) trust research outcomes like these. People need to use their own experiences, trial and error in life.


So, cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, teas, and traditional foods. The aroma and flavour of cinnamon derive from its essential oil and principal component, cinnamaldehyde, as well as numerous other constituents including eugenol. – Wikipedia.

Just before we move on, it says aroma and flavour are derived from its essential oil. I have used the essential oil form and it is very potent, warming and calming and would make a cold day feel better. Although there is a heatwave coming again, thank God.

I noticed that using cinnamon powder does in fact help control blood sugar and I noticed it was back in 2017. You see I bought a tea and cake at a cafe, being unaware the cake had cinnamon in it. I checked my sugar when I got home and it was perfect, in the normal range. I was suprised as I was sure the sugary treat would raise the blood sugar levels. I was suprised and mentioned at the time. So I had more food later in the evening and suprise again, stable perfectly normal levels. There may be various reasons for this, like reduced stress – I was with my father at the time as he’d come to visit me (RIP, Dad). Anyway we had a good night.

Later I tried using the powder and it did not have quite the effect as being baked. I suspect the amount in the cake contributed to the effect. Of course future use of both cinnamon sticks and powder has revealed the same thing that it does stabilise and control blood sugar levels. It doesn’t quite have the same effect in that blood sugar did fluctuate, rather than staying around the same point. I can say with certainty that it was cinnamon causing this.

Since you won’t have trouble adding this, because it is tasty, you can add it to: cakes, tea and coffee, baked goods, sprinkled on food and dessert… many options. I like to stir my drinks with a cinnamon stick.

However there is some caution to be exercised with the cinnamon. You should be aware that there is two varieties that I am seeing in British supermarkets. A lot of companies won’t tell you on the label, and if you enquire they jump straight to the ‘it’s safe’ argument, despite never questioning the safety. It’s probably because it isn’t safe, in big doses.

Ceylon cinnamon is much safer for your body and liver than cassia cinnamon. I use ceylon with no issues, however should you choose cassia do not exceed 2 teaspoons a day. That is a lot. I have to add that the benefits I saw came from cassia cinnamon too, so make of that what you will.

Ultimately blood sugar control should be a consideration for many people, you should try and keep to a healthy diet that promotes wellbeing and health and adding cinnamon seems like quite the addition. Maybe this will have a bigger effect for those with diabetes, or pre diabetes than those without. It won’t hurt to try. It’s tasty and I promote that.

Thank you for reading. I am not paid by anyone for my posts and I do not accept payments to sponsor products or foods.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21480806/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17909085/

Our Mental Health ~ Journey of Our Lives

Welcome to this post on mental health! Apologies for not posting anything for a few days too, I’ve been busy. I also found a free flight simulator which I downloaded last night and has been so far real awesome!

So, I collaborated with another writer/poet who joined forces with me in the above Medium post so we could each write about our mental health, particularly depression. I am not putting this in writer spotlight as it is not featured on my site. I would also appreciate if you could clap and comment on Medium to show your support and to make the post more visible to others, so we can raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with being depressed.

This last few years isolation, depression, and general poor mental health have been given a not so good reception, being completely and utterly ignored in those who need help. The system gives those with support more support, and does not support those in need with no support. You understand I hope, that the gravity of the situation is now out of control.

I once heard the actor Jim Carrey say that depression means your body is in need of a ‘deep rest.’ I agree, when you give it what it needs fundamentally, it can start to recover and heal.

Photo by Madison Inouye on Pexels.com

Burgers are Sluts

She sits opposite me in this leather booth. The restaurant is fairly busy, waiters and waitresses flock from table to table, taking orders, delivering drinks and food and gossiping about social media nonsense. I daren’t reveal to this brunette bombshell that I am vegan, after she took the leap to tell me on the way here. “I’m vegan,” she had said. I didn’t want to share my intimate life details or let her feel some connection, because honestly, the whole date was a big set up. I’d agreed to this after being paired with this lady by a friend. Yeah, she was okay, she chatted a lot about family and decided to tell me about her recently holiday with her ‘girlfriends.’ Not that I was bothered though.

But… the waiter came over and I knew there was no way for me to hide my diet preference, and that was all it was, a way to stay slim and healthy. I don’t care about animal activism. I’d rather let her do all the talking, but I have to throw in the occasional question to sound interested. “Been there before?” She’s forgotten her own holiday already, and she talked about it for like 20 minutes. The waiter hovers over our table, pen on his pad. After viewing the menu, seeing the little choice there was for vegans, I decided to brave it.

“Yeah loads of times,” she finally responds, blushing and batting her eyelids. Damn, this woman is really into me and we’ve known each other for about an hour or two. Essentially a blind date. I give her the silent credit, she is busty, slim and tall. Her wit is questionable, after telling me I look like Colin Farrell. I look nothing like him and was born in Brighton to a mother who worked in a factory and alcoholic father who beat me as a child after his drunken nights out. Maybe being a Colin lookalike was the career change I needed. She glances to the menu and looks to the waiter, he’s young, probably early twenties and for some reason looking down her bra. Kid, take the order and **** off.

“I’ll have the vegan burger,” she says.

“Fries or onion rings?” he asks, smiling. Little jerk is jerking me around, can he not see she is on a date? I with hold my frustration and give him some leeway, as he probably hasn’t even reached puberty yet. “Okay great. An you sir?”

All can be forgiven, he’s addressed me by my master title, sir. Maybe I should correct him, to for the laughs. “Actually, it’s madam,” I say. The waiters face drops and he blushes. The young woman chuckles, and I get a leg up.

“Excuse me, madam.” So far so good, obedient waiter. “What would you like to order?” Oh dear the shame is built up, and I have to look at the menu, but cannot contain myself and splutter, laughing my ass off, she laughs again, and grabs my hand.

“Stop it,” she laughs. Her skin is smooth, her eyes magnetic blue. “What are you eating?”

I really was tempted to push it and order a portion of crisps, I didn’t have the mental energy now. “I’ll have the exact same, thank you.” The waiter takes the order and leaves without another word.

“So are you vegan then?” She smells of rose perfume and has that peaky, coloured tone in her cheeks. Do I confess my intimate details to a stranger? It wouldn’t go anywhere anyway.

“No, but I thought I’d try it.”

“You should be, it’s great.” Oh no, que the long animals abuse rant. I cut her off as she goes to speak.

“Do you want to know a fun fact about burgers?” She draws closer, smiling, her pearly whites glisten under the dim light.

“I’d love to.”

“Well,” I say, hesitating. “Burgers are sluts.” She pulls away, flushed. “They told me they like to be eaten out.” I expect her to laugh, but oh well, there she goes, from the table and out the door. I enjoy the moment and thank God I didn’t have to dump her.


Benefits of Garlic

Garlic has many health benefits. Before we go any further, you might like to check out my related poem ~ Garlic – Classified Substance 001.

Garlic has been used throughout human history as both a medicinal and food component, it is known as the ‘stinking rose’ and is rumoured to ward off vampires. It has a pungent, potent smell and flavour and is the most widely recognised flavouring in the world. The garlic can be bought fresh and raw, powdered as garlic granules, or in bulb form. You can buy standard or go organic. Personally I love organic garlic bulbs, they are potent miracles. This is a strong superfood!

This is popular for its health benefits, and rightly so. But just to mix things up, during the first olympic games, garlic was taken by athletes before they competed… and it was also fed to soldiers to give them courage as garlic was associated with war! You can cook it by frying, which means to chop before. I’m not suggesting sticking a full bulb into the frying pan. I recommended if frying to mix with something yummy, more on that after. The benefits really are far reaching:

1) Garlic is a nutrition powerhouse – it is in the allium family, closely related to onions and leeks. Garlic possesses a sacred magic, sulfur compounds, a potent component which is formed when the clove of a garlic bulb is crushed or chopped. One of these compounds is allicin, and to reap the benefits you should crush, before cooking. Garlic also has selenium, vitamin c and manganese at fairly good levels, and even a small amount will contribute to your daily intake.

2) Prevent the common cold & other illness – This is a superfood which exerts strong, potent health effects within the body. The substances including the allicin provoke reactions within the body which causes the immune system to function more smoothly. A 12-week study found daily garlic supplements reduced the number of colds by 63% compared with a placebo1. Average length of cold symptoms reduced by 70% from 5 days in the placebo group to 1.5 days in the garlic group!

3) Garlic reduces blood pressure – High blood pressure is also called hypertension. It causes your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body. This can lead to cardiovascular disease if not corrected or treated. Human studies involving garlic showed that it does in fact reduce blood pressure2. 600-1,500mg of aged garlic extract was as effective as the drug Atenolol at reducing blood pressure over a 24-week period3.

4) Helps to improve cholesterol levels – There are two types of cholesterol that people have usually heard of, HDL or the good ‘type’ and LDL or the ‘bad’ type. Most people don’t think about this stuff, but if you are interested then you will be glad to know garlic can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol4.

5) Reduce oxidative stress – Garlic has been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes in human beings5 as well as reducing oxidative stress.

6) Sulfur compounds can protect organs from heavy metals – One study which lasted 4 weeks of employees at a car battery plant found that garlic reduced lead levels in the blood by 19%6.

I want to just finish those 6 benefits by adding that it is clear that garlic has for thousands of years been used for the health benefits, and so there is likely a substantial amount more without studies behind them. It would appear garlic also improves blood flow, since it reduces blood pressure. But just a friendly caution, don’t eat so much you make yourself sick. As you can become unwell if you are intolerant to garlic, with symptoms like headache, stomach aches and dizziness. I suspect garlic is under used because of the pungent smell and taste, but it is easy to cook.

Why not fry it as suggested? Mix in with beef mince, onions and tomatoes and fry for perfection, seasoning to taste. For vegans like myself, simply add garlic with tofu, or something else that needs spicing up like pasta or even your own vegan quiches. It is extremely flexible, use it on everything.

Source

1 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11697022/

2 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6966103/

3 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24035939/

4 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19060427/

5 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16335787/

6 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22151785/

The Truth about 5 Fruits and Vegetables a Day

At school I was taught or made aware of healthy eating and the need to consume at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day. As a child who actually cared about my health, I was interested but hesitant to believe this. I thought to myself, ‘that isn’t a lot,’ and it turned out it wasn’t! What came as more of a shock was the fact that the required ‘portions’ were quite large for each fruit and vegetable, and yet, somehow only counted as 1 portion if you had a bunch of vegetables mixed together. Why? Surely there is something to be understood from this lingo.

On the NHS website, they detail what counts as your 5 a day, some include; 80 grams of fresh, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables; and 30 grams of dried fruit (80 grams fresh) – think prunes, raisins, cranberries.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/5-a-day/5-a-day-what-counts/

So is that really the truth? Do you need to eat 5 a day which consists of 80 grams of fruit and vegetables? Many people can interpret that how they want. For example, literally eating only 80 grams a day. But what it means is that each portion should be that amount. However I disagree with this, as 80 grams is quite the amount if you weighed it.

An analysis by Harvard does still show that five servings a day of fruit and vegetables offers the strongest health benefits. The research indicated that compared with people who eat two servings a day, people who ate five had the following;

1) a 13% lower risk of death from any cause

2) a 12% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke

3) a 10% lower risk of death from cancer

4) a 35% lower risk of death from respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

https://www.health.harvard.edu/nutrition/how-many-fruits-and-vegetables-do-we-really-need

The truth of the matter is that eating this amount of fruit and veg a day is realistic, doable, beneficial and most importantly it is very likely cheaper than processed food. I just had dinner, consisting of at least 5 portions of vegetables, and I’ve had 1 portion of fruit today. But I am not an advocate of eating a lot of fruit, simply because it raises blood sugar and wreaks havoc on your liver, the organ that processes fructose.

Steve Jobs was a fruitarian, and he passed away due to cancer. Now, the reason I mention Jobs is this, he had a liver transplant after his bout of pancreatic cancer. He ‘gamed’ the transplant allocation system to get a liver (probably due to his money). Skeptics doubted he should have received the organ at all, because he had previous treatment for the pancreatic cancer. People suggest the liver was sought as a result of the cancer, which itself made him a poor transplant candidate, as the risk of cancer returning (and it did) meant it could have gone to better use. We can see that eating fruit will impact the liver, since it deals with fructose, and the pancreas – the organ that produces insulin, a hormone that lowers blood sugar. I’m going to let you draw the connection between a fruitarian diet and liver failure. So, just to reiterate, don’t overload on fruit, it really isn’t worth it. Vegetables are much better.

The main reason people don’t eat the recommended amount is twofold; they know it is simply a recommendation and not anything more, they can’t be forced to do it; and people don’t think it is possible. I think the second part has merit simply because people might forget to eat that amount if they have busy schedules. It comes down to better day planning, perhaps meal planning and advanced preparation which, let us be honest, most people ironically don’t have the time for, or worse cannot be bothered. The health benefits extend far and wide, as adequate – not high – intake of fruit and veg can actually reduce blood pressure, manage diabetes, reduce high cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity and cancer. If we all want to eat more healthily this is a simple and great way to start! See:

It isn’t quite as daunting when you look at the above picture. There is a mixed variety above. But don’t stick to this all day, mix it up. Having multiple bananas isn’t going to be as effective as a banana in the morning and a grapefruit at night. Variety is the key here, and one of the many things people get confused about. You can eat tons of broccoli but it doesn’t mean you’ve had 5 portions, it means you’ve had 1 portion.

Price comes into play too. I guess prices have increased but the fresh fruit and vegetables, for the most part are quite affordable. You aim for 5 portions of each a day, then that is probably going to cost what… £10 a week? Probably less. If cost is an issue, try markets, offering literal dirt cheap veg and fruit, farmers markets which don’t have all that extra cost to cover shipping and to make a profit. Food that is bought in season, like summer fruits, are likely to last considerably longer and are usually cheaper than those bought out of season.

Variety doesn’t just mean variety of food, it also means how you eat them. Boring fruit and vegetables you say? Why not make a smoothie and drink them! You can fry vegetable, heck, you could fry a banana if you wanted. You can make something like a bean salad with balsamic vinegar to give it a kick. Add a variety of sauce too. I found so many sauces that work well with vegetables, not just gravy for your Sunday roast either. I’m talking about mixing it up, trying horse radish, caramelised onion (yes I put this on vegetables), so explore the world. Make your own with vegetables!

At the end of the day if you want to eat healthy you have to start taking active steps to achieve that goal. Sometimes the smallest steps can be effective. The first step is always the hardest. I no longer eat animal products and don’t want to go on about being vegan, but it does have benefits beyond eating meat. I think this is my preferred diet. Don’t get me wrong I am tempted occasionally, but am more motivated to eat plant based for my health. It costs a lot less too.

The first step is always the hardest