Today has been described as blue Monday. We are all meant to be looking glum as Christmas celebrations become a distant memory and summer sunshine is too far away.
I thought I would try to counter this negativity with some reasons to be cheerful.
The days are getting longer and the sun is making progress back to the northern hemisphere. We still need to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D daily until the end of March.We can expect to live longer, and women aged 65 can expect another 20 years of life. But we need to take care of ourselves by eating well, keeping active and keeping our minds occupied.We have access to the widest range of variety of food ever. This should mean that we never become bored with our meals. Try a new food every month.We have the opportunity to try have meat- free days each week. This will help food sustainability as well as our health and well being. There has been a lot of interest around jackfruit as a substitute for pork. In the UK we have one of the safest water to drink anywhere in the world. So, we do not need to buy plastic bottles of fancy dan water, we can simply turn on the cold water tap. Make tap water your drink of choice to get your 8 cups of fluid a day. I applaud the move to reinstate water fountains around the country. Bring it on.
So, lets look on the bright side and make 2018 the year we all take more responsibility for our own health, the health of the world and secure the future for children and grandchildren everywhere.