Back in the UK one could blame the farmers but the real culprit is our government and their ideology of scrapping environmental regulations in the absurd belief that a free market will hold back the waters. Whether through corruption, ideological dogma or an obsession with self-serving headlines rather than finding lasting solutions, both governments fail their people.
The fact is, roughly 90% of people taking cholesterol-lowering drugs do not really need them. Their cholesterol problem is caused by the cholesterol and animal fat in the foods they eat. If they were to eliminate animal products and other fatty foods from their diets, the problem would vanish for the vast majority.
The Flexi Veggie regime involves eating meat or fish four or five days a week and then having 2 or 3 days of vegetarian or meatless meals. As proteins can be sourced from both animal and plants this makes it possible to obtain enough proteins from plants like legumes, nuts and seeds. And do you know what, it's really tasty!
For those of you who have never had the pleasure of eating courgette flowers, I have to say that in terms of flavour you've not missed out on much, but what I love about them is that, no matter how they are prepared, they always look exquisite and are such a versatile receptacle for showcasing great flavour and texture combinations.
Simply put, London is rubbish at food markets. Yes, we have Borough Market (inexplicably only open three days a week) and we have some very decent farmers' markets in suburban car parks, but there is nowhere in the capital that comes even close to the glorious Rialto Market in Venice or the sumptuous San Miguel Market in Madrid or the vibrant Cours Saleya Flower market in Nice.
Like a lot of you guys out there, I've always had a sweet tooth - anything sweet, cakes, ice cream, chocolates, I used to gorge on them at the drop of a hat. Sugar was my vice like smoking is a vice for others. My system was full of the stuff. Now I know it partly contributed to creating the perfect breathing ground for toxins and disease in my body.