Last week the news dropped that we should abandon our target of eating 5 portions of fruit or veg a day and aim for 10 instead. Every country seems to have a different target. In Denmark it’s six, the French already have 10, in Japan they have 13 portions of veg and four of fruit, Australia say seven in total, five of veg and two of fruit. I have to be honest, I don’t really count, eat a fair amount of fruit and veg and haven’t thought much beyond that. However, it’s been on my mind this week, I read this article about the cost of it and then Michelle at Utterly Scrummy blogged her weekly meal plan, trying to ensure that her family of six got 10 portions a day. It cost 30% more than usual. This is someone who can and does cook, doesn’t eat many processed or pre-prepared foods and it cost 30% more a week.The problem is not so much the amount, especially in the summer, when my diet more naturally skews towards veg, it’s the variety. It’s 10 different portions a day. If I eat two carrots that only actually one portion for the sake of the target and it’s March. If you are trying to eat cheaply, variety is where you are going to fail. Looking at the NHS guidelines these are the things to remember: a portion is 80g, beans and lentils count for no more than one portion a day, fruit juice and smoothies are 150ml portions and can count for no more than one portion. Jam does not count at all!So for the rest of this month, I’m going to see if I can hit 10 portions of fruit and veg a day with no more than three of fruit. I want to see if I can do it within the contraints of my budget and if at the end of the month it has had any difference on my health/weight/digestion.
I plan to wrap up at the end of the month in the goals post but if I find it more interesting/harder or just worthly of more discussion, I may write a bit more. We’ll see!