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Peter Russell-Clarke

Peter Russell-Clarke

Author, TV chef
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7 things I know about health: Peter Russell-Clarke

Lifestyle — Posted 30/10/14

Australian chef, author, cartoonist, and the star of much-loved cooking show Come and Get It… we can’t think of a better person to share their wisdom on health than Peter Russell-Clarke.

Seven is an auspicious number. And they’re not all healthy.

There are the seven deadly sins, for instance. Pride. Greed. Envy. Wrath. Lust. Gluttony. Sloth. I’ll address the last two in a minute.

First, I bring to your attention those legendary boots, in which one could go seven leagues in one stride. Or the seven noble sages of Greece. Or the seven seas the sailors skite about sailing. Or the seven noble Christian lads who fell asleep for 187 years. Then there’s the Seven Weeks’ War between Austria and Prussia. The Seven Wonders of the World.

I could list more, but run the risk of boring you as I would have to detail the Seven Years’ War waged in 1756 to 1763, by France, Austria and Russia, against Fredrick the Great of Prussia, and Great Britain. France lost to Britain, handing over America and India.

But there are seven healthy things I know and pass on to you, dear reader.

1. Strive to be healthy at all times, under all circumstances.

2. To achieve the above, eat regularly and remain regular.

3. Formulate a judicious variety of foods to ensure you maintain both of the above.

4. Resist the ingestion of silly foods, such as animal fat saturated, sugar laden, factory manufactured, overpriced popular junk food, insidiously promoted on TV and elsewhere.

5. Do include in your daily diet fish, green leaf vegetables, orange, red, brown, white and any other coloured fruit and vegetables you can lay your hands on, consuming these both cooked and raw.

6.  Helen of Troy, we’re told, was a vegetarian, which can be said to have caused the fall of Troy, resulting in the deaths of Achilles, Ajax, Hector, Paris, Priam, Menelaus and the other brave participants in that ancient battle, which culminated in the wooden horse trick.

Now, if Helen had included brain food (fish) in her daily diet, she wouldn’t have fallen for the seductive tricks of Paris and wouldn’t have been party to pinching half of Menelaus’ treasury, thereby causing the 1000 ships of history to be launched – not to bring Helen back (as we’re told), but to bring back the money.

Anyway, Helen would have been smarter if she’d varied her diet – as you, dear healthy reader, most certainly do and therefore don’t need this well meant advice.

7. Remember the last two of the seven deadly sins – Gluttony and Sloth – and fear and tremble for those poor souls who suffer from being caught in their clutches.

Gluttony, of course, is to be avoided. Overeating of any food is to be avoided. Too many carrots, for instance, doesn’t leave much room for a little cheese (calcium) or fish (omega-3). And straining your digestive system causes it to be inefficient and not get the best of the bulk you’ve rammed into it.

And Sloth. Well Sloth. Golly, we all know those lazy folk who can’t be bothered cooking and only just exist on such things as leftovers on toast, or curried sausages, or toast and vegemite. Their excuse, it would seem, is that to cook for one or two is too hard. And apart from that, shopping’s made difficult because everything’s wrapped, which in itself makes life difficult.

Well, dear reader, forget the tins and packages and buy fresh… it’ll help you stay fresh as a daisy seven days a week.

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