Thursday 17 March 2011


Recently I have been trying very hard, and eating plenty of these:

But it's not all bad - last week I went a bit mad for a couple of packets of these:

And this week I had some 'fun' with the kids baking these (and then eating them, which was true fun):

Having increased my fruit intake to try to eat some everyday, I was somewhat miffed when I woke up last Sunday with a sniffle. Isn't fruit supposed to ward off germs and colds? Luckily it was only a slight cold, and after sneezing and sniffing my way through Sunday and Monday, I felt a lot better. It did cause me to miss a run and a bike ride though, grrr...

A few years ago I started keeping a food diary as I tried to improve my diet. It was more an attempt to be healthy than a bid to lose weight, and I aimed to list at least 5 fruit or vegetables a day. (For Non-UK residents, the government here has been telling us for years that we should eat a minimum of 5 fruit and veg a day). I did pretty well for about a year, had lots of apples, and ate plenty of other fruit and veg. And funnily enough, I noticed that I didn't get a cold for most of that time. It really seemed to make a difference. When I did eventually catch a cold, it was a real humdinger, though. Yuck.

I couldn't work out whether the apple a day really did keep the doctor away, or if it was the combination of fruit and veg, but I was convinced - all those vitamins were doing some good.

Since then I have often fallen off the fruit-and-veg barrow. I'm a big fan of vegetables, but I'm really not keen on much fruit. I tend to stick to apples, grapes and orange juice most of the time, and there are so many tastier snacks, such as crisps, biscuits and cake to name a few. Now I'm trying to be better, because it really shouldn't be that hard to eat at least 2-3 portions of fruit and 2-3 portions of veg each day.

I don't know much about nutrition, and I don't find it all that interesting, because for me, food is a great source of pleasure, not something to be analysed. But for the moment, I'm hoping that a few more apples will keep me reasonable healthy, and I'm also including copious helpings of my favourite fruit portion;


  1. I'm always working on my 5 a day and like you find it much easier to get it in my veg than the fruit.

    Those raisins sound devine and from marks and sparks too = extra yummy I'm sure.

  2. I'll take those brownie looking things! Yum!

  3. I eat about three servings of fruit a day - and almost always a banana with breakfast! Digestives are very dangerous - if there is a pack in the cupboard I have a hard time staying away from good!

  4. Raisins are dried grapes so I think your logic is sound. When I visited the dietitian she told me that I didn't eat enough fruit and to have one extra piece a day. Still finding it hard to do that every day.

  5. Homemade fruit smoothies are the way forward for me at the moment - especially for the kids!