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Eating well/real life
allotment is a bit grim and there’s nothing
Mercy not only gets fit through much growing. This is when I increase my
gardening but has a plentiful
other activities like going to the gym and
supply of healthy, homegrown
swimming. It’s important to keep active, but
vegetables all year round.
I also take time to plan what I want to grow
the following year, and try to learn from any
‘Quite a few of
our neighbours
have allotments.
Everyone says
hello and wants to
know what you
are growing’
mistakes I’ve made. I’m new to this gardening
lark, so I’m bound to make a few!
Gradually those pounds I piled on are
shifting. After the first couple of years I was
down to just under 12 stone, but I now weigh
nearer 10 stone. There was no crash diet
or exercise obsession. It’s a steady, healthy
weight loss from exercise and healthy eating.
I now manage to keep my medication to a
minimum, and my GP is pleased to see I’m
taking him seriously.
I have to admit Martin’s allotment idea was
one of his best. He did quite well out of it too,
with a constant supply of fresh food – as well
as a new wife, of course! There’s nothing like
work on the allotment to give you a full-body
workout. Forget sitting around watching TV
and eating – I want to be out there enjoying
a healthy, active outdoor life. n
IntervIew: DAwn FrAncIS-PeSter
Find out more
If you think an allotment could work
for you, then the best place to start is
to contact your local council and ask
if there are any plots available near
where you live.
A great source of information about
what to plant and how to maintain
and enjoy an allotment is the website
www.allotment.org.uk. It’s packed
with advice and recommendations,
links to other sites, and it also has an
active forum.
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