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    How many "A Day" do you eat?

    This is something that is obsessing me at the moment (yes I have more important concerns but, hey, everything is relative). When I look at my food diary at the end of the day I tot up how many portions of fruit and veg I have had. As a child of the 5 a day generation I try to make sure I have at least 7 different varieties of fruit and veg (inc baked beans where I eat them). This is now pretty average for me and makes me think that if EVERYONE should have 5 surely as a weight loser I should increase upon that.

    Apparently it's the governments line based on the WHO recommendation of at least 400g of fruit and veg a day. That threw me slightly because if I were to weigh all my fruit and veg I am guaranteed to at least double that. Particularly with the SW 1/3 plate rule.

    Does everyone one manage to get their 5 a day? Or more? Do you care? Do you count two servings of the same food as one or two (I count it as one even if in different forms eg raw and cooked carrot) Answers on a postcard (or posted below will be just fine thank you very much for coming)
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    I dont count my 5 a day i just assume they come with the "diet" really.. as you said SW means i have to have 1/3 of my plate with super free food (always fruit or veg) so i have a banana for breakfast, i have a lot of vegetables for lunch and dinner and a snack of fruit later on... Is it my 5-a-day? I'm not sure, but to be honest I know i'm eating more of my 5-a-day than I used too!

    I always thought of this as a scheme to help young children stay off sugary snacks to be fair i shouldn't be as ignorant towards it! You've made me reflect on my thoughts now... off to go eat a banana or two
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    I normally obsess over it at the start of every month, probably getting the same as you - 7ish - but it dwindles as the weeks go on and I run out of grocery money! I'm pretty good with getting enough veg, though I do tend to skip 5 different things if I've had for example a mahoosive portion of one thing, so 2 bowls of spinach only counts as 1, but I probably wont eat all 5 that day because I feel I've had a fairly large amount of "goodness".
    I do wish I ate more fruit though, I've been quite naughty with eating what I'm allowed but not enough of the superfree that I'm SUPPOSED to have lately.

    Also inspired, off to get some apples!
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    What's your favourite fruits btw? I find i am not a huge fruit lover... Although strawberries with a fat free yog and sweetner is rather yummy! But strawbs are always so expensive and i'm a student - scrimpy living :P
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    I swing between fresh and frozen dependant upon how close I am to needing to shop!

    I would generally have three types for breakfast with a muller so normally fresh pineapple, green and black grapes and some chopped apple or banana. Then I would have an apple for a snack or as my superfree with my lunch dependant upon what I'm taking. I love satsumas too when in season. Otherwise I'm not very adventurous. Strawberries, yes but again in season. Not keen on other berry fruits. Should try more melon maybe. With frozen fruit I tend to go pretty cheap and cheerful and have maybe asda fruit salad at 88p a bag! Shove a chopped banana with it and its fine towards the end of the week. I don't tend to eat fruit later on in the day, I'm more veg oriented later on.
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    I used to do fruit salad for breakfast with Mullerlight, not sure why I stopped as it was bloody lovely! Think I might have to start that back up again, certainly beats 5 Syns for Special K!

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    Ohh melon! I forgot to buy one this week as I changed supermarkets! I also never think of having frozen fruit, but a member in our group was saying about Jelly, yoghurt and fruit combo, you make up SW friendly Jelly with 2/3 of the water and then put a flavoured fat free yoghurt and frozen fruit in and set in the fridge for an hour or two, it looks really nice as well, I must be more adventurous...
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    Quote Originally Posted by eviescott View Post
    Ohh melon! I forgot to buy one this week as I changed supermarkets! I also never think of having frozen fruit, but a member in our group was saying about Jelly, yoghurt and fruit combo, you make up SW friendly Jelly with 2/3 of the water and then put a flavoured fat free yoghurt and frozen fruit in and set in the fridge for an hour or two, it looks really nice as well, I must be more adventurous...
    i like the sound of this. With grapes and apple or that frozen fruit salad. Won't work with pineapple though annoyingly. The enzymes don't work well with jelly apparently and stop it setting properly. I love pineapple. Having said (or written that) though I know M&s do a pineapple jelly pot with bits of pineapple in. How do they do it? I suppose it's not just any jelly....its M&S super jelly.
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    I couldn't care less really. Since joining SW I have gone from eating no fruit and veg to plenty of the stuff! I might not be getting my "5 a day", but it's a big improvement and as long as I'm eating healthier and losing weight, I really don't care what the government reccommend.

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    Hahaha super jelly... just wish it was superfree I am going to buy some jelly tonight now and do this, do you know what brand i should get? I haven't bought Jelly before ! Do you know which one is low syn? (Sorry, i know there's another thread for this, i'm being lazy ): )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Princess_Stevie View Post
    I couldn't care less really. Since joining SW I have gone from eating no fruit and veg to plenty of the stuff! I might not be getting my "5 a day", but it's a big improvement and as long as I'm eating healthier and losing weight, I really don't care what the government reccommend.
    No-one really cares what the government recommends I never voted for these robbing.....anyway, Unless they are using our hard earned taxes to recommend they have their duck houses cleaned....

    for me it's become a personal crusade and I grew up being bombarded by the idea we should eat more (even though I never actually didn't eat it). I'm more curious to see whether people mix it up variety wise etc and how we view our relationship with our 1/3 superfree
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    Quote Originally Posted by eviescott View Post
    Hahaha super jelly... just wish it was superfree I am going to buy some jelly tonight now and do this, do you know what brand i should get? I haven't bought Jelly before ! Do you know which one is low syn? (Sorry, i know there's another thread for this, i'm being lazy ): )
    I have no idea but I'll have a look. I guess the sachets of sugar free crystals would be the best but I'll have a looksee
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    Most sugar free jelly sachets are 1.5-2syns but apparently weightwatchers do strawberry and raspberry ones that are .5 syn? Sounds good enough to me!!
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    Aww thank you So i just look for sugar-free ! I will do this tonight
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    Quote Originally Posted by lickthelid View Post
    No-one really cares what the government recommends I never voted for these robbing.....anyway, Unless they are using our hard earned taxes to recommend they have their duck houses cleaned.... for me it's become a personal crusade and I grew up being bombarded by the idea we should eat more (even though I never actually didn't eat it). I'm more curious to see whether people mix it up variety wise etc and how we view our relationship with our 1/3 superfree
    I often look at my food diary & think I'm gonna turn into a carrot soon. I try not to worry about the equivalent of 5 a day, but I do stick to 1/3rd superfree all the time & I also make sure I have a wide variety. At least the following every day.

    Banana
    Carrots
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    Apple
    Pear

    Plus I try to have a new superfree once a week. I found out that I like Shannon fruit, hate celeriac & fennel. I also found out that artichokes don't roast well if you use fry light!
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