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10/18/15 11:32 A

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I just had a really good browse through all that NHS 5-a-day info. Even though I think I know it all (!) I still need a refresher every now and then!

Even though today is sort of a 'day off' from being strict about my diet, I had some lovely ready-made pumpkin soup for lunch which said it counted as 1.5 of my 5-a-day. This evening I am having noodles with spinach (1) tomatoes (1), sweetcorn (1) with halloumi, then some pineapple (1 fruit) with yog for dessert. That gives me 5.5 portions - even on a 'lazy' day!

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10/16/15 5:50 A

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Boreda and June - thanks for the information about fruit. I like juices, smoothies and purees, but I'm trying to eat most of my fruit in whole form, and increase my vegetable intake too!

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10/13/15 11:54 A

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You're welcome! I'm back on track with my streaks again (phew!) started again again again today! LOL!

I am getting to like a bit of cucumber and tomato at lunchtimes. I bought it originally to boost my intake on Sundays when we only have peas at our main meal (well with fish & chips of course - not just peas!) but of course you have to use what's leftover - and even though I only get a half cucumber, it still does a few days, and certainly makes my lunch more satisfying. Don't buy much lettuce as it goes off quick and lasts too long with only me eating it. It's a bit of a treat if I have it when we're eating out anywhere. Tom & cu are easy finger food for pack lunches too if they're cut into chunks.

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10/13/15 2:34 A

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Thanks for the link June. I tracked 6 for yesterday. I started today with blueberries in my museli; I packed about 6" of cucumber cut into thick slices for my lunch-box, and two small apples; the plan for tonight is a big salad with strawberries for dessert. This challenge is really making me up my game!


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10/12/15 7:27 P

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Today I had grapes (150g), peaches (1 small), broccoli (210g), parsnips (70g), leeks (70g), tomatoes (1 medium) and onions (250g), plus a 90g of mixed-leaf salad; also boiled potatoes, although I know these don't count towards the five-a-day (but do have lots of nutrients). That must be more than the recommended minimum!

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10/12/15 5:18 P

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The sugar in fruit is not an issue if you eat it whole and uncooked because the fibre in the fruit stops the sugar being bad for you.

Having said that, I have heard that the 5 a day recommended should be only 2 fruit and at least 3 vegs. Personally I am happy to eat as much whole fruit as I like. Brush my teeth after though.

Lots of variety to get all those micro nutrients in.

It is very hard to go completely sugar free if you eat processed foods - even ones that aren't sweet. Soup, bread, chips, all sorts of things have sugar in, or something that is sugar by a different name - over 100 names. Just search the net for "names for sugar".

Sweeteners are worse than sugar. They have been shown to make people put on more weight than people who eat sugar!...

A portion I think is 80g or a handful of raw freg. Dried fruit might be less. The NHS site below has more info. Only allowed juice as 1 of your 5 a day.

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10/12/15 1:54 P

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Regarding Minnie's query, I've always thought that the sugar in fruit (provided you don't add any, but eat the fruit as is) is OK. Naturally occurring sugar, not nearly as bad for you as processed sugar -- and if it helps you get your fibre and keeps you away from the biscuit tin, that's got to be a good thing...

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10/12/15 1:48 P

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I made a salad box to take to work today - instead of my sandwich. I still had a slice of bread with it - but I did get a nice big helping of veggies - followed by two pieces of fruit. This has definitely boosted my fruit & veg input for today. I've put peas and corn in my my pasta bake this evening, and some berries as my fruit. I think that could be as much as 7 portions today. I keep meaning to look up what constitutes a portion!

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10/12/15 12:11 P

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I'm doing well with my 5 a day so far.

Is anyone else confused about how much fruit to eat? Eat more because it's full of nutrients, or eat less because it's full of sugar???
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I've cut right down on the sugar that comes in biscuits, cakes, sweets, processed food etc. Even many savoury processed food have sugar added I've noticed! I'm guessing this means I'm OK to eat more fruit?

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10/12/15 4:05 A

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Only two?! Oops! Hope you can get back on track...

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10/11/15 3:26 A

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If I'm resorting to cucumber to boost my 5 a day I usually cut a few inches off, peel it and quarter it and slice it thick and munch it as a side salad with my sarnie...

Failed yesterday. Only 2. Worst for ages... Try again today.

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10/10/15 10:48 A

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I managed four yesterday - well, five if I count the cucumber in my sandwich - but I don't think that is sufficient to qualify as a 'portion'!

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I'm snack free too. Wasn't well the last few days but restarted my streaks today. :-)

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10/9/15 2:57 A

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You're doing well. One of my challenges is that I no longer eat any snacks - so it's three eating opportunities a day for me.

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10/8/15 7:43 P

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I do the 5 freggies (don't they nowadays say 7...?) in any case, but count me in for the challenge! I'm usually successful, but nevertheless sometimes find my fibre is below 25 per day (although sometimes shoots up over 45!). If it helps anyone to get in the extra veg, I have a great evening snack of steamed green beans (or mange tout, or broccoli, etc.) served cold with a small dollop of home-made vinaigrette dressing. Delicious, and really stops late-evening cravings for sweet things, crisps, etc. Also keep several fruit bowls permanently on kitchen worktops, dining table, etc., so can just grab and eat as I walk past.

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10/8/15 2:12 P

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I took two apples to work to have with my lunch, then 'forgot' to eat them - had them for dessert this evening instead. I managed 5 yesterday - today I've got 5 as well - gosh!

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10/8/15 4:34 A

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My weak point is when I have chips and just peas instead of the at least 3 vegs I have with potatoes. Have tried cucumber with my lunch but not keen. Probably easiest to give up the chips...

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10/7/15 2:46 A

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Well, the tracker tells the truth - and I'm not doing very well yet! Yesterday I had a huge green salad with my tea - but then realised that was the ONLY veg I'd had all day!

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10/5/15 2:45 P

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good challenge - it's on the Spark tracker already I think - must go and check that out. I'm currently finishing the last week of the Better Sleep Challenge, then going onto the Fit and Fibre one for the reason that, yes, I too am vegetarian and think I eat a lot of fruit and veg, but I don't always get 5 a day!

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10/5/15 2:35 P

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I am a vegetarian , i love fruit and my legs so always up to eating more

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I'm trying to do this anyway. Find it easier in the week when I tend to be more disciplined

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10/5/15 7:26 A

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Count me in!! Despite being vegetarian, I've found in the past that it's surprisingly easy not to get my 5 a day, so I need to work on it!

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Anyone up for joining me in 5+ freggies every day?

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