A fruit a day for 20 days

This is a continuous post from A fruit a day for 10 days. I decided to break the post into three different post so that it is not too long and also to give myself some time for writing. I will write only 10 fruits that you can include in your daily meals in this post. If you wish to know the previous information I have posted, please click here (A fruit a day for 10 days). So let’s see what other fruits that you can take daily and their benefits.

grapesDay 11 : Grapes

Benefits : Contains fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and K. Good for bones, anti cancer. May improve memory, mood and attention. Helps to slow down aging and promote longevity.

 

papayaDay 12 : Papaya

Benefits : Contains Vitamin C, A and fiber. Powerful antioxidant. Has anticancer properties. May improve heart health. Good for constipation, bloating and irritable bowel syndrome. Help to keep skin youthful.

 

guavaDay 13 : Guava

Benefits : Rich in antioxidant, Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Helps to lower down blood sugar level, heart health and boost immunity. Aid healthy bowel movement and prevent constipation. Helps in weight loss and good for skin.

 

Day mangosteen14 : Mangosteen

Benefits : Contains vitamins, minerals and fiber. Powerful antioxidant. Anti-cancer. Promotes weight loss, healthy immune system, healthy skin.

Do consult your doctor before taking this fruit if you are taking any medication and if you are pregnant.

 

orangeDay 15 : Orange

Benefits : Made up of carbs, water and fiber. Rich in Vitamin C. May prevent kidney stone formation. May prevent anemia if taken with iron-rich food. Avoid oranges if you have symptoms of heartburn.

 

PeachDay 16 : Peach

Benefits : High in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Helps in healthy digestion, improve heart health and protects skin against sun damage. May boost immunity.

 

 

blackberriesDay 17 : Blackberries

Benefits : Rich in Vitamin C, K, fiber and manganese. Helps to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and avoid blood in the urine/stool. Promotes healthy bone development. Helps to prevent osteoporosis. May improve brain health and prevent memory loss.

 

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Day 18 : Jackfruit

Benefits : Contains fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Helps in blood sugar control, reduce risk of viral infections, improve skin health. May help in stomach ulcers and asthma.

Some might be allergic to this fruit.

 

kiwiDay 19 : Kiwi

Benefits : Contains Vitamin C, K, E, potassium and fiber. May help to treat asthma, good for digestion, boost immune system and manage blood pressure. Reduces risk of colon cancer. Protects against vision loss and blood clotting.

Some might be allergic to this fruit.

 

 

blueberriesDay 20 : Blueberries

Benefits : High in fiber, Vitamin C and K. King of antioxidant among all food. Reduce aging and helps to prevent cancer. Good for heart. Improve memory. Anti-diabetic. Help to reduce urinary tract infection (UTI).

 

So here we are with 20 different fruit choices that we can include in our daily diet. Let’s choose to eat healthily and improve our overall health. Especially if you are vegetarian or vegan, it is a must to include these fruits, otherwise you might suffer from deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals.

 

Why can’t vegetarian eat egg?

I am a vegetarian. I decided to go for vegetarian diet in July 2009 just before I joined University to continue my studies. Why I became vegetarian? You will find the answer here (Being vegetarian)

I knew I didn’t want to eat meat. I didn’t like eating onion or garlic, I stopped eating onion and garlic. I didn’t eat egg because there was a debate whether egg came from chicken first or chicken came from egg first. Whichever came first, it didn’t matter to me because that egg eventually will become a chicken. Or maybe it will be injected with something so that it will never become a chicken. This was my understanding back then and I decided not to take egg into my diet. And also I was active in spiritual line at that time, I was told not to take egg, so I followed.

Somewhere in the year of 2016, I found out something interesting but didn’t really bother to think about it at that time. There was a chinese vegetarian shop where I used to buy breakfast and lunch at my workplace. The lady who was also the owner of the shop was very friendly. If she was not busy, normally I would take some time to have a chat with her. One day, I noticed she was selling egg on a separate plate. I was curious and asked her why is she selling egg when vegetarian mostly don’t take egg. She told that some people considered egg is vegetarian because these eggs will never become a chicken. She mentioned something about fertilized egg and unfertilized egg which I didn’t really care to understand back then.

Why now this question pops up in my head? Well, there were quite a number of people who told me to leave vegetarianism so that I could get a “husband” easily. It will also be convenient for the family to cook for me and also for me to cook for them. I was like why should I change just for the sake of someone accepting me into their family. I didn’t choose to become vegetarian because someone told me to do so or for some religious purpose. I became vegetarian because I don’t want those animals to be killed and now there is no way anyone going to change my diet just because I want them to accept me.

Then, I remembered another story where one of my former colleague shared with me. She was a vegetarian. Her husband became vegetarian for her because he finds it difficult to bring her out for lunch or dinner. They had different diet and sometimes he can’t get her nice vegetarian food in a non-vege restaurant. Because he ate meat, she didn’t want to eat in a vegetarian restaurant. She told me when her husband decided to be vegetarian for her, she started taking egg for her husband. She can’t just expect her husband to make the “sacrifice”. Marriage is all about give and take, isn’t it?

There was another one who asked me “How if your husband asked you to cook non-vege?” Seriously I had no idea. I casually said “As long as he is able to clean and cut the meat, maybe I can cook.” Oh my God! I have no idea how I actually said it. I cannot imagine myself doing it. There was only once in my life I have ever handled meat and it was a nightmare. I was forced by my father to learn how to do it. I will never forget that. Thank God after that, he never forced me again to buy and cook meat.

So with all these flashback, I started to think why can’t vegetarian eat egg? I started to think back why am I not eating egg in the first place. It was because I was told not to eat egg. But why? I don’t have a clear answer. So I started to google and find more information on this. This is when I came across an article about the fertilized and unfertilized egg. I felt a little stupid because I never knew this. A hen can lay egg without actually mating. These eggs are called unfertilized egg. If a hen mate with a rooster, then these eggs are called fertilized egg. If we eat fertilized egg, then yes we are killing a potential chick which will become a chicken. But if we eat unfertilized egg, then we are definitely not killing a chick. Most eggs that being sold in the market are unfertilized egg. I’m yet to find out how true is this (referring to unfertilized eggs in the market).

Basically I just followed what people told me. Vegetarian don’t eat egg so I followed. Finding out this information makes me a little relieved. At least I’m not committing a sin. I was actually having a little guilt in my heart. Because I do consume ‘Roti Canai’ without actually verifying whether it contains egg. Working in hospitality industry, it is really hard to say no to that moist, delicious, black forest cake which tastes really good. And yes it does contain egg. I have tasted delicious vegetarian cake too but unfortunately not everyone can make a tasty cake. Chocolate cake is definitely my weakness.

Yes, you can tell me it is still coming from a chicken. What is the difference of eating a chicken than eating an embryo? It is the same. It was meant to be a chicken somehow. It has animal protein. Ok. So what? It is not going to become a chicken anyway. Then I shouldn’t be taking dairy products which is coming from animal. I should stop drinking milk from cow. Maybe you say in our religion, it is mentioned somewhere in the scripture, we shouldn’t be taking egg. Owhh is it? Are we really following everything mentioned in the religion? I don’t think so. What’s next? Maybe you say because how the hens are treated in the farm. Cows also treated bad. Goats also treated bad. Humans also treated bad. Who is not treated bad? Oppss…diverting from the actual topic. Haha

I know there are a lot of things we can debate on this. On one side we have vegan and another side we have meat lovers. There are so many types of vegetarian. From occasional vegetarian, lacto vegetarian, ovo vegetarian and even there are some vegetarian who do not eat anything that comes from underground like potatoes, carrots, onions, etc. I think we should do and follow what we can in our capacity. I am proud of myself. I am proud of my achievement so far. I think I have saved countless of chicken, fish, seafood, etc in the past 10 years of my journey of being a vegetarian. I am considering to go into vegan but I don’t think I am ready for it yet. Even considering to let go of buying leather product. True vegetarianism is not easy. I can only take step by step. A step which is comfortable for me.

If you are reading my post, take a step back to think. Why are you eating what you eat? Are you eating it because everybody eats it? Is there any small contribution that you can do as a human to help dying animals. If you eat meat every single day, maybe you can try not to eat meat at least one day in a week. It is just a small step. But you could be saving one live, be it a fish, chicken, cow or goat.