A healthy diet and disease

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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Dresses at FashionMia

If you meet me, you’ll probably think that I own nothing except T-shirts and jeans in my wardrobe πŸ™‚

In fact, I have a cousin who is EXACTLY like me but since she’s built a career in sales, she has grown up and is now wearing more dresses and suits.

Since she’s younger than me, it’s high time (and my Mom strongly agrees with this) that I start dressing up like a LADY too.

Now, the difference between my cousin and I is that she’s stick thin while I’m…well, curvy. One of the reasons that I hate shopping is that I can almost NEVER find anything that fits me.

That’s why I hang on to my favourite old clothes for dear life and also why Hubby can never get me to clear out my closet!

I’d rather lose weight than part with my favourite pieces, on which I’d spent hours and hours browsing through racks and going in and out of dressing rooms.

My personal style is simple, elegant, comfortable and of course, slimming πŸ™‚

Recently, I was invited to check out the clothes at FashionMia and I found a nice selection of plus-size tops and dresses at this online shop (with free shipping on orders US$79+).