Food: Feeding our children

One of the things that I try to ensure is that we have lots of variety in my families diet. I remember seeing an exhibition in the Chicago aquarium a couple of years ago about the study of a Japanese Island where many of the inhabitants are Octegenarians (bloody old!). The bit I took away from this exhibition was that on this island, the Octegenarians typically ate over 400 different types of food a WEEK! In the West we typically eat only 50 different types of food in a week.

If you are interested in reading more about this study, I found a link on the web HERE.

I desperately try to ensure my little one (and my husband!) has 5 to 7 portions of fruit and veg a day, which isn’t easy given how expensive fruit and veg can be. The UK government recommends at least 5 portions a day but many other countries, e.g. Canada,  recommend 5 to 10 portions of fruit and veg a day.

Despite trying to ensure my family has lots of variety in their diet, I do feel like we are in a bit of a rut with our food at the moment. It might be because it feels like it’s been a long winter or just because I’m getting a bit lazy in my meal planning.

So, over the next couple of weeks I’m going to do a few posts about the types of food that we eat, to try to keep variety in my families diet.  I’m really interested in your thoughts on this subject and if you have any recommendations that you think I need to know about!

Also, I’m dedicating this post and future posts in this theme to my friend Melanie, who told me recently that she religiously reads every post every day. Thank you Melanie. I really appreciate your support! 😀 (and everyone else’s obviously!)

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