It is said that doctors recommend eating 5 fruit and vegetables per day. I have also heard of doctors recommending 7 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, which has since gone up to 10 portions. Whilst a difference of 100% between advice is somewhat suspicious, what strikes me as odd is that no one mentions the fact that doctors don’t actually do nutritional diet research. Food science research is actually carried out rather aptly by food scientists.
Now I am no food scientist, nor am I a doctor, but I do know of one fruit that has helped me significantly today – it was an Apple*. More specifically an Apple iPhone.
I have been very fortunate to live in numerous countries around the world and I am still living abroad now – here, in Austria. For the geographically challenged that is neither the country with kangaroos nor part of the UK. So that means to contact my family and friends I need to video call them.
When I am depressed though, I have found that I slowly reduce contact with everyone in my support network. Something which is very easily done when you live abroad, because those people can’t exactly knock on your door or bump into you on the street. And given my recent bout of depression, it is fair to say contact within my social web has been minimal. My support network basically broke down and I didn’t realise how significant that was, until today.
Today I video called my parents, the first in around 2 weeks, and it took my mood to another level. We were laughing and joking, as well as talking about serious topics. I felt both lighter and happier after the call. It really had a big impact.
A solid support network is a great base to build a healthy mind, and the stronger the web the healthier I will be – or so I believe. Not speaking to anyone within that social web for a while makes me fear it or at least be mildly annoyed by it. Rather like walking into the garden shed and getting an old cobweb all over your face. So, I am going to commit to not only answer my phone more but also call people more. Although I do not foresee a day when my parents manage to keep their face on screen – at least they have a nice curtain rail though.
fruits devices are available.