I am a fruit and veg addict through and through. I put it down to growing up with aunts, uncles and grandparents each influencing me with my natural healthy foods.
My Grandad had an allotment. This meant that I would sit there when I was little happily eating raw carrots, super juicy gooseberries and not to mention a huge supply of raspberries. This was also when my love for tomatoes started, that is still going on now and I am assuming still will for many years to come!
My aunt grew strawberries in her garden, she didn’t have many but she would save lots of them for me!
Then there was my other aunt, she had my vegetarian cousin at home so there was never a shortage of vegetables available around the table.
Back then growing up in the 80’s you didn’t get your 5 a day, it was more like 15 a day and it was just as the processed foods was taking over the universe and I loved what we ate and drank.
But at the same time you take for granted that you will always have your fruit and veg available to you and that it is never going to leave your dinner plate, or your snack plate for that matter.
But what if it does?
Well as many of you know (that read my blog regularly) I am in the process of moving house. Well we have a deadline of three weeks to get a new kitchen in, sort out new furniture, decorate four rooms, put in flooring, empty out what has been left in the house and a whole range of other things.
Because of this food and eating well, is seriously not on our agenda!
So we have ended up going days and days without hardly any fruit and vegetables whatsoever. My diet has been limited to a sandwich here and a sandwich there. I remember having a bar meal a few days ago and thinking that this is my first proper meal in two weeks.
And I very much doubt the fruit mix of Haribo’s is considered as part of my five a day!
At the same time we have been so busy that its often 9pm before we have anything to eat that can be considered as our main meal of the day, so cooking is not really part of my agenda at the moment.
But what I have noticed is that the lack of fruit and vegetables in my diet = feeling run down and catching everything in sight. I have just had my very first cold in over two years, mouth ulcers and all sorts of things that if I was eating healthier I would never have.
A couple of nights ago we got back at 7pm so on went the soup machine and we had a lovely vegetable soup and Dominic served it up with some courgette fritters and it was so super tasty!
And the next day it was like I had overdosed on cans of Red Bull – I felt amazing and was so full of beans.
So next time you are thinking that you don’t need them, then think again!