It doesn’t take much to make me happy!

Really! It doesn’t. I was in the middle of a busy work day, craving chocolate but determined not to give in and spend 80p in the vending machine, when I suddenly remembered I had a Daim bar tucked away in my handbag. It had been in there for weeks. Like I said, it doesn’t take much 😀.

I don’t eat that much chocolate but could do with cutting down a bit. I am considering doing a sugar free March actually as I still haven’t lost the extra half a stone that makes my clothes a bit tight. It will be cheaper to lose it than buy new ones!

On the news yesterday they were reporting that we should all be aiming to eat TEN portions of fruit and veg every day, rather than the five we have been told to aim for. I am one of the few people I know who does manage five. I take three prices of fruit to snack on at work and have two lots of veg with my dinner. Sometimes I have more, but even I would be pushed to eat ten. Perhaps I will try this when I cut out the sugar. If I have a glass of juice and a banana on my porridge, take three pieces of fruit to work with vegetable soup or a salad for lunch that makes six, three portions of veg with dinner and more fruit for pudding I might make it but will never stop eating!

I think poorer families are likely to think eating ten portions a day is too expensive. I don’t think it needs to be. If you replace some meat  with cheaper pulses, eat more tinned and frozen and buy from the discount supermarkets or, even better, a real market stall it would be possible. Maybe we all need to go vegetarian? 

How about you? Are you seduced by chocolate or would you rather have an apple? Could you eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day?

Thanks for all the comments yesterday on my post about whether money can buy happiness, some really interesting ones I thought. 

15 thoughts on “It doesn’t take much to make me happy!

  1. Julia

    I struggle to eat 5 a day – and I’m a veggie-loving vegetarian 95% of the time!
    I’m not a fruit eater, which doesn’t help. I do have a ton of salad in sandwiches, or homemade sweet-potato & chilli soup at lunchtime , but dinners usually only consist of one portion of veg.

    I’ve sort of gone sugar-free for my version of Lent (1st Feb until the spring equinox next month) and have had no obviously added sugar since then. I’ve not been policing it too hard so have ignored sugar in things like peanut butter & baked beans, but have stopped having a glass of wine or a Guinness on weekends etc,! Fruit juice has as much sugar in it as fizzy drinks, by the way!!
    It’s not been too hard as I don’t snack on chocolate, sweets, cakes and biscuits anyway, and I’ve only 2 lbs this month, but that is good for me as I don’t lose weight easily. On the flip side, I don’t gain it either!

    I lost 4 lbs in January though, thanks to a never-ending cold! My appetite went and so I’ve been living on a “soup & sandwich diet”, and therefore eating extremely small portions, ever since – for example, when I unexpectedly found myself being treated to dinner at Pizza Express this week, all I had was a starter – despite only having eaten a sandwich and crisps for lunch 7 hours earlier!! And even then I wasn’t particularly hungry!
    That seems to be working for me at the moment – helped by a husband who is working away from home all week so I have no need to cook, other than the “something different” I’d make for the kids anyway!! 😀

    Good luck. The less you need to lose, the hard is seems to be!

    1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      I think that’s true, but I’m not trying at all which makes it harder. I won’t worry about natural sugars when I cut the sugar, such as that in dried fruit and fruit juice and won’t give up my wine! The chocolate, cakes, sweet coffees and biscuits will go though

  2. Eloise

    In truth…I would definitely enjoy a chocolate bar over an apple! However, I am quite health conscious so most times, I would go for the apple. I have no problem with 5 a day and could probably manage ten but it is a very arbitrary figure and the headlines are misleading. We know that a healthy diet with more fruit and veg and less processed foods and sugar is likely to reduce heart disease and cancer, telling people who already fail to eat 5 a day to eat 10, will have no effect. The 10 a day advice is not based on any new research – they may as well just say ‘eat lots of fruit & veg’
    I agree with you – we do complain about the high cost of foods but three bananas costs about the same as an average chocolate bar these days! However, the prospect of buying for a family of five (as I did) 350 portions of fruit and veg a week, is pretty staggering even if more people start to see the value of pulses!

  3. Margaret Powling

    We eat fruit and veg for Britain, we love it all. And if you shop wisely, you can afford fruit and veg and also a bar of chocolate occasionally. I’ve never hear of a Daim bar, indeed, the only choc we tend to buy is a large slab of Bournville or Lindt, but today we bought Waitrose own dark choc with hazelnuts. It is lovely but we don’t stuff ur faces, we have two small pieces each (I’m speaking of myself and husband) and that lasts us usually for the best part of a week. I don’t think making a bar of choc, shared between the two of us and lasting a week, is overstepping the chocolate mark, do you?
    We eat nectarines, grapes (but not too many of those because of the high sugar content), bananas (good for potassium), oranges (which we juice), apples (although not as many these days because they simply taste of nothing-very-much), dates (again, not too many because they are high in sugar), tinned lychees, tinned mandarins in jelly, tinned William pears, sultanas on our breakfast cereal (but no sugar on the cereal and if this doesn’t sound odd, we have it at night before bedtime rather than morning for breakfast, we prefer porridge for breakfast), tangerines (as they’re nicer than satsumas or clementines) oh, and prunes (we like tinned prunes mixed with tinned lychees as a breakfast starter course – the black and white starter I call it!) I won’t start on the veg but we just eat loads of it!
    Margaret P

  4. Margaret Powling

    PS I would like to add that we also eat loads of nuts – walnuts (from our tree when the squirrels leave us any, if not from Lidl), brazil nuts, almonds, cashews …
    Margaret P

  5. Ingrid

    I did a sugar free diet for 3 months. I cut out potatoes, bread and had minimal fruit as it has sugar too. No bananas as they are classed as tropical fruit and very high in natural sugars. Natural sugar is of course better for you being low GI but still a sugar. Instead I ate berries and found frozen the cheapest. I ate lots of vegetables but tried to avoid starchy ones (high GI ).Kumara was a mainstay (sweet potatoes) and eggs.I happily ate lots of dairy and protein.
    The result was lowered bad cholesterol and blood pressure plus a loss of 8 kilos. I feel better than I have for a long time and after the first 2 or 3 weeks I didn’t find it difficult. The trick is to have plenty of little snacks in the first few weeks like nuts, vege sticks and cheese. After that time I didn’t really need snacks, wonder of wonders for me.
    I’m not quite so disciplined now and have put 1 to 2 kilos on so will be more disciplined these next few weeks as I feel so much better when I am. I know they will come off with this nutrition plan.
    I have tried many things over the years. This one works for me and I like the food which is important.I hope this helps and others too.
    Sending best wishes from New Zealand. I enjoy your blog.
    p.s I love your dresser hutch and china. I collect baby blue china. Celeste by Meakin and Greydawn by Johnson Brothers being favourites.

    1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      That sounds really good. I have heard of low GI diets before. I will see how I go with just cutting refined sugar but that sounds encouraging ps I LOVE New Zealand. Went there aged 24 and have always wanted to go back

  6. Ingrid

    I meant to say that canned fruit, baked beans, tomato sauce etc has tons of sugar added. In fact lots of processed food. I’m sure lots of readers know this but felt I should mention it.

  7. Myra

    Check the serving size for each item. I have read that one banana can count as 2 fruit and usually a 4 ounce glass of juice is 1 fruit. So, if you have a water glass size of juice, it is probably 2 or 3 fruits. Serving sizes are generally small. I used to know all the equivalents, at one time. Does any of this help your count of 10? You probably eat more than 5 per day already.
    Myra, from Winnipeg, Canada

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