Five 5 a day - Fruit and Veg

February 4, 2007 5:01am CST
Here in the UK there is a big drive to get people to eat more healthy and one of the things is "5 a day" to indicate the number of portions of different fruit and vegetables you are supposed to eat in a day. How easy do you think it is to eat 5 a day, are you a perfect model of health or do you find it a bit difficult to meet the target? I try to eat 5 a day, usually I start the day with pure squeezed orange juice (1), then for lunch I'll have grapes (2) a different drink like pure apple juice (3) and a fruit smoothie (4 & 5) I try and have veg with my evening meal too. The thing is, that's easy during the week because I buy my lunch everyday. I always find the weekends more challenging because I tend to not have smoothies and eat more junk food like pizza.. just wondering how easy people found it.
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@Kayzzaman (173)
• India
5 Feb 07
These days it seems that some people are up in arms against consuming non-vegetarian foods. By this I am never advocating for non-veg foods. People from tim immemorial have been taking non-veg foods. It is not that much wrong, I see. If it does not suit you, you just shun it. But if it suits both physically and psychologically, you go for it. It is also that modern type of life style is adversely affected in terms of food consumption. Doctors say that you should not take red meat after a certain stage of life. As far as vegetables are concerned, vegetables are coming to the market drenched with too many insectides, pestcides and artficial colours which are definitely most harmful. I think meats and eggs are not poisoned in such a way. So, there is no escape route. You take it or beat it.
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5 Feb 07
Interesting point Kayzzaman. I don't think anyone was necessarily saying that eating other foods is bad, I don't want to generalise as there are vegetarians that may have strong views but often vegetarians make a lifestyle choice, it is not necessarily true that they dislike others eating meat. I do agree that some of the foods we get are probably doused in pesticides and chemicals. Organic foods suffer less of this.
@osaneeh (88)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
i wish the philippines had a drive like that!! i am quite an advocate for health, but you know, sometimes it's just too hard, especially if you live in a place that sells more artificial and ioly foods than the healthy kinds. fruits and veggies here are expensive. to maintain my servings of fruit, i eat bananas and canned fruits such as cocktail ones. i also drink occasional smoothies and fresh juices. im just hoping our sari-sari (variety) stores here offer more fruits than the lollipops and gums...
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5 Feb 07
This is interesting because I thought fresh fruits would be readily available in most developed countries. Tinned fruits count towards your 5 a day target as well. The other thing to remember is that western diets are very fat and sugar rich, I've noticed asian dishes to be generally healthier. Our drives are to help reduce obesity, I don't think it is as much of a problem in asia which could explain why these schemes are not global.
• United States
4 Feb 07
Well, I'm a vegetarian, so I find it pretty easy to eat enough fruits and veggies :) I think one thing I found that helps is to actually TRY things you think you don't like. When I went veggie, I forced myself to eat all sorts of things and found that a lot of things are really, really good. These days I really do not enjoy junk food at all. I'd rather have a nice, healthy dish.
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5 Feb 07
There's another one... spot the veggie ;-) :) I think you are so right, LadyMagpie, I think it's great to try things you think you don't like, or things you had as a kid and thought nasty, because your tastes change over time so, for example I now eat brussels and cabbage, the only thing I'm not overly keen on is brocolli but if there's nothing else available I can just about eat it!
4 Feb 07
I usually manage 4 a day most days but I do struggle to fit in that extra 1 portion as I don't like to eat a lot. I usually have a piece of fruit as my mid morning snack (1) a sandwich for lunch but I don't usually have fruit with my lunch because it makes me feel bloated at work, and I usually have 3 portions of vegetables with my tea (4). I do like your take on how to fit the full 5 into your day, I like the idea of making a smoothie and I think i'll try the fruit juice idea too. Have you got any quick and simple smoothie recipies that you'd like to share?
5 Feb 07
Hello butterflygirl Thanks for your message. I tend to go for the store bought smoothies, like Innocent, but you can just as easily make your own, all you need are some bananas, strawberries, graphes, basically any fruit you like, drop them in a blender and there you go. That way you get 2 or 3 portions per smoothie. Alternatively, you could make a homemade milkshake, with real bananas or real strawberries, that's also great for your calcium intake as well, although, if like me you like a dollop of ice cream too, then it adds to your wasteline :-)
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Here in the US, we have a similar program called "strive for 5". It's really hyped in schools and on television. I must admit that I am terrible at getting enough fruits and vegetables each day. I used to eat a lot of them, but since I met my husband (who feels corn and tomatoe sauce are the only worthwile vegetables), I have been shortchanging myself on the fruits and vegetables. I was actually reading a post by another mylotian yesterday about a juicing program that really piqued my interest. I think that's an easy, healthy way to get your fruits and veggies in each day.
4 Feb 07
hello blueskies, thanks for your comment. I agree that having juices and smoothies is probably one of the easiest ways to get your 5 a day. Seems like it's not just the UK government with a nanny culture.
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@brimia (6585)
• United States
5 Feb 07
They push the "5 a day" a lot here in the US too. I think we should eat more than that, though. I'm vegetarian and eat lots of veggies (salads and stir fry and stews). I also could eat fruit pretty much all day. I love fruit for breakfast whether whole fresh or in a smoothie. I also like throwing raisins in my oatmeal or cereal. I like to snack on dried fruits also.
5 Feb 07
Despite being a vegan I still find it difficult to reach my 5 a day somedays. I usually have some kind of fruit for breakfast either a banana or some sultanas in my porridge. At some point through the day I try to have some fruit juice, but I dont' always have any in the house. For lunch I try to have some salad and then for dinner I usually make sure we have at least one green veg, and often carrots. So thats still only 4 fruit and veg. I find it easier in the summer as I feel more like eating fruit and salad whereas in the winter I like hot cereal for breakfast and toast for lunch.
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@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
5 Feb 07
It definitely is more work to eat healthy, but I'm sure the rewards are worth it. A great book to read is YOU ON A DIET, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. It's a book that tells a little bit about what each of your internal organs do and what they need. It's NOT a boring textbook either --it's written in a very humorous way and it keeps you interested til the end. It would make you sick to read this book, then put any kind of junk food into your body!! However, it says that we all fall off the wagon at times, but just don't make it a habit, do your best and keep trying.
5 Feb 07
what a great tip jbrowsin66, thank you for that. I think it would be very interesting. I think humans are creatures of habit, so you have to train yourself about what is good or bad and therefore knowing how foods affect us internally is a good thing
5 Feb 07
I try to eat fruit whenever possible, the same with vegatables. I eat a lot more fruit though and I only get a few portions of vegatables per week. But I guess that is betetr then a lot of people. I also take a vitamin tablet every day.
5 Feb 07
I also take the vitamin tablet but I have one with iron. Sounds like you get your fair share to me.
@JAMBAM (38)
• Canada
5 Feb 07
Are you sure you get full in eating just those? It may be healthy but, you need to eat other food groups too!
5 Feb 07
Oh very good JamBam!! but believe me I eat a lot of other foods too!!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I am vegetarian. I think that vegetarians eat more than 5 servings per day. It is so easy. You can mixed it into salad.
5 Feb 07
See now this just proves a point, I didn't really think this question through before i posted it LOL all you veggies have a head start :-) I should know, my brother is a veggie too.
@nickeeg (74)
4 Feb 07
I find it quite difficult! I work funny shift patterns which means I have my evening meal in the staff canteen. They only have 1 vegetable each night, and if it's one I don't like I'm stuffed! I have orange juice with my breakfast, and then a piece of fruit with my lunch, so most days manage 3. Nick
5 Feb 07
See that just goes to prove that it's not always that easy. Thank you nickeeg I appreciate your comment. I would recommend pure juices, even if you can't get them in your staff canteen, you could take some to work with you. Make sure it's pure though, not concentrate.
• India
4 Feb 07
Your topic was very good becos it will never be outdated.. this problem of what to eat and what not was always there and will be there. Just that people are getting conscious about their health as the statistics are showing people below 40 yrs are more and more prone to heart diseases and obesity. I too love to eat tasty and spicy junky foods and have a good apetite. You know as you said you start with the juice ,, i recommend that you eat the fruit and not make juice out of it.. so the fibres go in you and create roughage .so your system of digestion is good... If you want to remain fit and trim first when you get up in the morniong have lukewarm water with lemon squeezed into it and 1 tbsp honey and drink that. throughout the day you would be energetic and then the five fruits raw ,, dont peel skin of apple ,, don't drink juice.. if you cannot avoid junk food have once a week but must do some jogging to burn the cheese off...
5 Feb 07
Hello chakras Thanks for this. I agree that the skins of the fruits are good for you as well, you can leave them on if you make your smoothie.
@gilang (30)
• United States
5 Feb 07
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@kumaarhrd (152)
• India
5 Feb 07
This very good habit. But i feel it will not be suitable for people working with physical effort
5 Feb 07
i find it difficult to fit in my five a day, i tend to skip breakfast because i can never face eating first thing in the morning, i would guess i manage 2 to 3 a day, maybe only hitting my five a day on sunday because of the amount of veg i have on my sunday dinner
@gloria777 (1678)
• India
5 Feb 07
That really interesting. Eating fruits and vegetable is good for health.
• India
5 Feb 07
WELL ...I THINK FOR STARTERS IT WILL BE DIFFICULT.....BUT THEN AS U PROCEED U WILL BE HABITUATED WITH IT....I MYSELF FOLLOW WATER THERAPY EVERYDAY... AT FIRST IT WAS REALLY TOUGH BUT NOW ITS EASY GOING............
@Rittings (673)
5 Feb 07
You could always try supplements if you don't manage... Or you could put your five a day on a pizza and then it's easy and everyone is happy... or crush your supplement into a chicken tikka masala balti... and then your happy, but your wife isn't coz you stink and can't get out of the bathroom. hehe.
@manmaxman (850)
• India
5 Feb 07
fruit and vegitables are good for health dear