© 2009 Marica

076 – Banana man

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
–Thomas Edison

In our home we don’t say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” even though I always try to have some apples in our fruit bowl. Instead we prescribe to the powers of a different fruit. In our home the saying is, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

My husband Lynsey thinks bananas are a wonder product and slowly I have come to realise the same thing.  Check this out …

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre.

A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.

Bananas can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

[Check this one out – this is for all my Wellington friends who are waiting for summer to show her face and who are struggling with the longest winter ever] … Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

When you compare a banana to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.

It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

Source: A banana a day? from the vitalhealthnews.org web site

Every morning as we’re getting ready for work Lynsey asks me if I’d like a banana – his secret pick me up treat when the energy levels start to flag during the day.  Sometimes he doesn’t even ask me if I want one, he just pops one in my bag and I find it in there when I get to work.

I dutifully place the banana on my desk but often I forget to eat it. If this happens a few days in a row I end up with a pile of bananas on my desk, slowly going brown with each passing day. The other problem I have is I only like eating firm bananas which are not too ripe so once they go beyond that point I am not interested in eating them anyway.

One morning I walked into work and a colleague (a Pacific Islander who likes her bananas very, very ripe) turned around to face me and started to apologise for having eaten one of my brown bananas. I was relieved, she felt guilty. “Please eat them all,” was my response. She was surprised.

From that day on I would walk into work every morning, head over to my colleague’s desk and hand her my banana. It became a daily ritual. When Lynsey realised what I was doing he started to give me two bananas to take in to work – one for her and one for me.

My colleague began to call Lynsey her “banana man”. He faithfully supplied her daily fix and I was his carrier.

When I resigned from that job my colleague was devastated. “Who’s going to give me my bananas?” she asked.

My new job was working for another are within the same organisation. So if I see a browning banana, or two, sitting on my desk I’ll go and seek out my former colleague to give them to her. However, this is happening less often these days because I am now eating my bananas. I simply make sure the bananas don’t get a chance to go brown.

As I spotted two browning bananas in the fruit bowl today at home I smiled and thought of my colleague. She is not around, so these two beauties are destined to become either banana cake or banana and blueberry muffins.

Into the kitchen I go …

Manifesto
19. Every day make time for yourself.
29. Every day eat, drink, rest, work, exercise, play, love, create for your own good. And the good of others.
45. Every day you are a different person.

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