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where are all the fruits and veggies?

Chow noodles
Noodles in Fiji

I guess living now 6 months in Fiji, I can have some kind of opinion about the availability of food here. Being vegetarian and up to 80% raw foodist, I have to admit it is hard to eat healthy in Fiji.

The supermarkets don’t offer anything on fresh fruits or veggies. I am not asking for shiny big blown up fruits, where I know they are GM’ed. You know, the stuff you get in Coles and Wooly’s in Australia 😉 Apples, oranges and grapes are imported from New Zealand and are prices accordingly. 🙁

The fruits offered by farmers fresh on the markets are (depending on season):

  • bananas
  • pineapples
  • watermelon
  • pawpaw
  • mangoes
  • lemon

The veggies offered by farmers fresh:

  • eggplant
  • pumpkin
  • Chinese lettuce
  • lettuce
  • beans
  • some other green (sry, don’t know the name)
  • okra
  • coriander (main herb they use)
  • cucumber
  • tomatoes
  • cabbage

Potatoes, onions and garlic you buy usually in the supermarket. A standard household has in the shelves the following items:

  • breakfast crackers and wheetbix for breakfast,
  • noodles (plenty)
  • flour (in buckets)
  • rice (in buckets)
  • bread loaf(s)
  • butter
  • milk powder
  • potatoes

I have to admit, I have seen plenty kitchens, but hardly any kitchen stocks fruits or veggies. And that was not the picture I had from Fiji. To keep up with my nutrition I really have to adapt and find my way through. I am looking for simple raw food recipes and I need to start ask the farmers, what else they can bring to the market.

My options would be, that I start to grow things in my own garden, but where to find the seed LOL ? I also need to create some kind of demand, then maybe the farmers will bring more variety to the market, like cauliflower, broccoli. I really do miss mushrooms.  I should look at very simple raw food recipes first, and not the fancy ones where u need ingredients I have never heard of.

I am not giving up that easily, but I have to admit … I had too much of these noodles 😀

Oh, Fijian eat too sweet and drink too sweet …. BUT the sugar they use here is non-refined sugar. And that’s the sugar they use in the ice-cream as well … soooo yummy! No Almond Magnum can compete with a simple Choc-attack LOL 😀

 

You can bring a horse to the water ….

The zebra got it :)
The Zebra got it 😉

… but you can’t make it drink.

This is so true in many areas in life. Today I attended a meeting at the “Raw Food & Healthy Living” Community Group. Rado and his team have the right mind set and they always attract interesting people. What I like is that we see always new people attending these kind of events, but I also see familiar faces every time I go there.

We are now in the Information Age, so lack of information is definitely not a valid excuse anymore. But how can we make more people being aware of that they are responsible of their health and not the government. I guess we could put hundreds of books in front of them, give them plenty of power point presentations or show them x amount of dramatic videos … in the end they have to make the decision themselves whether they care about themselves or not.

Why is it not obvious to them? Don’t they have common sense? Again, what is obvious to me, doesn’t have to be obvious to someone else. I know, it is a big surprise and it took me a while until I understood and accepted it. Still, there are moments when I could bang my head against the wall or on the keyboard 😉

It is great to have the Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Thoughts and all this stuff. But it is not ok, when people have to pay for other people who give a s**t about themselves. Disease is a burden not only for the person who has the disease, but also for the people who have to take care of you now.

I am really looking forward to the day, when people will finally wake up and take responsibility of their own well-being. I know, it is easy to blame others, and I am guilty of that as well. But always remember … you are what you eat.

Save the earth and become vegetarian

It takes up to 100,000 L of water to produce 1kg of beef

A couple of days ago I had a quick browse at the black board of the Magic Apple restaurant in Burleigh Heads. I’ve found a very interesting brochure from the Vegetarian Society Victoria. Yes, vegetarians have their own societies. I didn’t know that before either.

The title of the brochure caught my full attention, as this is a very interesting topic for me:

“Eating up the world – the environmental consequences of human food choices”

I just might throw out some numbers here:

  • Over 50% of global human-caused greenhouse gases .. can be attributed to livestock and their by-products
  • Methane produced by animals has a 72 times greater global warming potential than carbon dioxide (yes, a simple cow fart is pure Methane)
  • Australia’s livestock will produce substantially more warming over the next 20 years than all of our coal fired power stations put together.
  • Animal agriculture degrades land that absorbs CO2

Lord Nicholas Stern (economist): Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.

Don’t these facts make you think? All these numbers have been published in scientific journals from the CSIRO, Department of the Environment, United Nations Environmental Programmes and so on.

The information is there. The question is now how do we get this into people’s heads. What are your thoughts about that?