Like most of us I try to be healthy, and I guess i’m fortunate because a lot of the unhealthy what’s called lifestyle choices, I already avoid – just because i don’t like them. For example, eating sweets – I’m not a big fan of sweet things for the most part, and prefer more savoury. Another thing I rarely eat is salty and savoury snacks, I can’t actually remember having a whole bag of crisps to myself, occasionally if someone else has a bag I might eat a couple but that’s it. I love vegetables and salad, I love beans, grains, nuts, I perhaps don’t eat as much fruit as is recommended, but usually I have far more than the five a day! I don’t smoke, although i did when I was younger – i started when I was a student, and was an intermittent puffer until we decided to plan for children and then farewell ciggies! Although I do spend a lot of time sitting and writing, I also spend a lot of time out and about, walking dog, visiting places, working in the garden… maybe i could do more exercise, but apart from functional walking, nothing much appeals. I used to be a swimmer when I was young, it was my passion, now I find it boring. I used to cycle everywhere when we lived in Cambridge, but now I think it’s too dangerous with the traffic on the roads, and I really don’t enjoy it.
I came across a page on nutrition to help maintain a healthy heart and good blood pressure, which I had a look at to see if there was anything i don’t do which i should, or do do which I shouldn’t! One thing included on the list which I absolutely do not like is edamame beans – I just really, really can’t bear them! Here’s what I took from it:
- green tea – good for a healthy heart and blood pressure: I don’t drink it except occasionally… maybe I should! It supposedly lowers cholesterol as well.
- leafy green vegetables – also good for blood pressure and high in vitamin K, and possibly lowers risk of heart disease. I love salad greens, including spinach but the other things which are suggested, particularly kale I really don’t like at all. I’ve tried eating kale in all sorts of different ways and I just can’t abide it. The article I found this information in is American so they also recommend collard greens which we don’t get over here, and from the sound of them I’m not sure I’d like them!
- whole grains – yes, I eat plenty of them, not in the form of commercial breakfast cereals but just as themselves, either whole or ground
- berries – well known for all their benefits, I’ve started having berries every day with yoghurt; I have cherries and blueberries and a mix of others – even when they’re not in season they are always available as frozen, and to be honest, often there is less waste and they’re in better condition than fresh ones!
- avocados – I love them but they are so expensive, and so often they are over ripe, or bruised, or under-ripe and never ripen. I don’t often buy them but do have them when eating out! They are also supposed to help weight loss… I’m not convinced on that claim!
- oily fish and fish oil – another item well-known for beneficial properties (there’s a joke there when you say beneficial out loud!) I love sardines, herring, tuna, salmon, so I’m ok there, but maybe don’t eat them as often as I should. I’m the only one in the family who likes oily fish, you see.
- walnuts – I am a big fan of walnuts, and have recently bought a big bag and have them every day
- ditto almonds!
- seeds – love crunchy tasty seeds, have them with yoghurt, or on salad, or sprinkled on almost everything!
- beans – I eat beans with salads, but I’m the only one who likes them apart from baked beans – which I don’t care for!
- dark chocolate – I’m not a very chocolatey person, and over the years have liked dark chocolate less and less. I think if I leave it off the list but eat everything else than maybe that’s fine 😉
- tomatoes I don’t eat so many tomatoes because of their acidity, but maybe I should slip a few more into my salads!
- garlic – I love garlic but don’t have it often as I eat mainly raw things these days (not a health choice, just a foody choice!)
- olive oil – I love olive oil and have loads of it, using it on bread instead of butter these days!
Here’s the link: