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Did you know that different countries have different daily requirements for vegetables?


–Β In 2005, the Australian government launched “Go for 2+5” (SEVEN), meaning TWO 150g portions of fruit and FIVE 75g portions of vegetables.

Adelaide Central Market

Photo credit: Brian Fisk

United States

The US abandoned the numbers in favour of a “fruit and veggies – more matters” campaign in 2007.

France and Germany

FIVE servings of vegetables a day are encouraged πŸ™‚


Photo credit: Shumpei Sano

Oyebode said she thought the Australian example was probably the one to follow.

“I think it makes a lot of sense,” she said. “It is aiming for more and the balance is two fruit and five veg.Β From our study it looks like vegetables are better than fruit.

But I don’t feel very strongly that the guidelines should be changed because the majority of people know they should eat five (vegetables) a day and only 25% manage that.

We are definitely in the 25% category but we went on a “real food challenge” in 2012 and wow, it opened our eyes and taste buds to a whole new world of FOOD!

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Rebecca Minkoff bags?

What else does a woman need besides shoes?

For me, it’s bags especially as I carry a purse, a make-up pouch, a lot of keys, hankies, pocket tissues, a notebook and of course, the phone πŸ™‚

Since I almost always use a tote bag now, I have been ogling at shoulder bags I can use in my fast-walking job.

Rebecca Minkoff Chevron Quilted Small Love Crossbody
As the kids get bigger, I can start carrying smaller hand bags, which contain the essentials, lightening the load on my shoulders!

I will feel so young and free when I carry THIS bag even if I am not much of a chain strap lover:

I’ve also been looking at new brands in the market e.g. Stella and Dot, which have some cute designs! [click to continue…]