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Time to think twice?

I don't know about you, but if I had to pay for my care, as many people around the world do, I reckon I would think twice about what I did with my life.

I'm not , I still have all my . I'm not badly either, eat fairly healthily and enjoy walking.

I already pay for dental care, eye tests and spectacles and my podiatrist. I have restricted mobility in my knee and hip joints but I've still walked four Half Marathons and the length of both the Champs Elysees and Broadway without lasting problems.

I tend not to eat that much food - even my are home made these days. I like a bag of crisps/chips as much as the next person, but I generally only have them at weekends or when my hormones are requiring me to have a packet. Chips/fries were once a weekly treat. Now, I only eat them if I hit up Burger King at work on Fridays, or the odd occasional time we eat out or visit the fish shop. I'll eat biscuits/cookies too, but tend to have them in the form of breakfast biscuits rather than cookies.

My one weakness is . I do like a drink, especially at the weekend.

I don't buy this idea that it is cheaper to eat food than it is to prepare and cook a . It takes more time, but it isn't cheaper. It's also disgustingly bad for your and leads you towards all kinds of nastinesses (obesity, diabetes, circulation issues, digestive problems, potentially cancer through lack of fibre...) If you don't believe me, just type 'side effects of junk food' into your search engine. Or, alternatively, just look at this article from the BBC , which shows the effect of a junk food diet on a small dog, as well as how he looks now after two years of sensible eating and exercise.

Now tell me you'd rather not put your own body through that - and have to pay for the privilege.

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maxeen wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:00 PM

I think you are writing for me !! What people don't get(understand) is all the shelf life aditives in junk food which is absolute poison..

trufflehunter wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:04 PM

Urgh over here if you can afford McDonalds you can definitely afford to eat healthy. Our dog is nice and lean as are we :D

melody23 wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:09 PM

Due to my picky eating, and my mum's belief in cooking pretty much everything from scratch, I had never really eaten a processed meal until I hit my 20's and realised that there were a few I could tolerate. I still only eat a few and its only ever food for work that I use them for, usually on the weeks where I am just to busy to prepare meals in advance. The only processed food I ever liked growing up was chicken burgers out of a particular freezer shop and those deep dish microwave pizzas you get (actually I still love those). For the most part I cook from scratch, again its partly my picky eating (I need to know whats in things) but its mostly because that's the way my mother taught me.

The other half was brought up by a mother that couldn't cook and a father who worked a lot and wasn't there to cook, so he grew up on processed rubbish from the freezer shop. He went on to train as a chef and he says he really only did that because he had no idea how to cook and little idea what freshly cooked food tastes like. He went straight from his mothers house to mine and was amazed at what I would buy from the supermarket and what I would make from it, although by that time he was a trained chef, that just wasn't how food was cooked at home to him.

Ironically, its me that's the overweight, unhealthy one! He has the metabolism of an elite athlete, he can eat as if he has hollow legs! When we told his gran we were moving in together she said 'I hope you have plenty of money hen, that one will eat you out of house and home!' (you have to imagine that being said in the thickest Glaswegian accent I have ever heard, and I live in Glasgow)

celticeagle wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:11 PM

A little wine is supposed to be good for you. I have very few teeth left and am pre-diabetic. I luckily have medicare. There was a time where I didn't have any insurance and the clinic I was going to luckily had a program for poor folk which took care of my basic visits. I was lucky.

cupkitties wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:30 PM

People aren't actually lying when they say the junk is cheaper. Its even more true if you are comparing it to the organic stuff which much of the produce in the stores these days is not. It's probably better to just grow what you can at home though that may not be as easy for some people. I'd rather spend a little more to be healthy.

WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 4:03 PM

By 'junk food' I mean takeouts and fast food. I can't afford organic food in the supermarket either. Although by the time I am done putting the equivalent of War and Peace in articles online for pay I may well be able to.

Kasman wrote on March 14, 2015, 6:05 PM

It's not just the Glasgow accent which can cause problems. I used to work beside a man from Motherwell and nobody could understand a word he said unless he spoke slowly and clearly!

Kasman wrote on March 14, 2015, 6:07 PM

Up until my mid-40s my diet was the typical atrocious Scottish diet of fried everything! I now take better care of myself but now and then I splash out on a bag or crisps and a mars bar!

melody23 wrote on March 14, 2015, 6:33 PM

To be fair, although I was actually born right outside Glasgow and my father's side of the family are actually from the exact same part of the city as his gran (my gran and his gran were neighbours at one time) I came from a town that had an American navy base on it, then moved to rural Ayrshire so I don't really do the Glasgow accent. His Gran has one of the thickest south-side accents I think I have ever heard.

In saying that I really struggle with a true Ayrshire accent, where I am from most of us are 'imported' from Glasgow or Greenock and sort of just have a west coast accent rather than anything specific, but a true Ayrshire accent - well its like a different language really. I used to have an old couple who would come into the pub they were from mainland Ayrshire, as was one of the local fishermen. If the three of them got together they would have been as well speaking Greek because I couldn't understand a word of what they were saying!

WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 7:05 PM

Well, yes I can understand that given your previous post about the heart bypass. If nothing else, Mickey's fundraising efforts have given a boost to the posts here on PP as we have all been posting on medical stuff all afternoon.

scheng1 wrote on March 15, 2015, 4:27 AM

Agree. We are responsible for our health. Even if medical care is free, we still are better off with good health than ill health.

allen0187 wrote on March 15, 2015, 7:36 PM

My biggest challenge is eating healthy. I exercise and train as much as four times or five times a week. It is in the kitchen that I lose my discipline. Blah!

valmnz wrote on March 17, 2015, 2:22 AM

i agree. I do have the occasional take away meal from time to time, but when i don't feel like cooking I often say, it takes less time to prepare a meal than go pick it up. Consequently I usually cook.

LindaCPearson wrote on March 18, 2015, 9:50 AM

You are absolutely right. I must admit I'm a little remiss on the junk food. I love sweets and I also love pizza and pasta and too often! I'm a bit overweight but not too bad. I do exercise and I don't smoke or drink alcohol. I only drink soda when I eat pizza. I am trying to cut back on the junk food. I also don't have to pay for my insurance.