I cannot believe that just a few weeks ago our house was sitting in the middle of a lake of dirty brown water and I was waddling about in waders most of the day whilst today I have been sitting out in the same garden, wearing a T-shirt, basking in the sun and watching the river flow past in a predictable and reasonably calm manner. That’s life – everything returns to normality eventually. Well nearly normal as we had some house hunters visit yesterday, looking for where they could build there nest as the floods have clearly shaken them and last year’s home is looking a little battered and after a good look around our house I think they will be moving in quite soon! Spring is definitely here!!! However with Spring upon us we all start to think about coming out of winter hibernation, exposing parts of our bodies unseen for 6 months but I am getting a little annoyed at all the things we are told we must or mustn’t do by scientists and the media. It was once carbs and fat that we had to avoid and now it is protein. On March 4, scientists reported that people who ate a diet rich in protein during their middle-aged years (ages 50-65) were four times more likely to die from cancer than those who ate a low-protein diet, and had a 75 percent increase in overall mortality. (Very grateful to see that 50 – 65 is considered middle aged!) Findings from the long-term study – which says the risk is comparable to smoking – was published in the journal Cell Metabolism. The way our bodies react to protein changes in midlife, putting us at greater risk to early death in general, the study shows. But when you hit your late 60s, that moderate or high protein diet helps protect you against disease. We know that sugar is a poison, more addictive than cocaine and we are meant to eat 5 fruit and vegetables per day but apparently fruit is not so good for you as it is full of fructose – fruit sugar. Bananas are the new enemy according to a study of monkeys in a zoo in Devon. Zookeepers said the fruit grown and exported for human consumption have far higher levels of sugar than the ones monkeys would eat in the wild – to the point that it’s bad for their teeth and can lead to diabetes. No doubt soon we will be told the same applies to humans. Among people aged about 50, those who self-rate their level of fitness as poor are four times more likely to develop dementia within 30 years than those who say they have a good level of fitness, the study suggests. However if I exercise I want to eat protein and I cannot exercise on a spinach, kale, ginger and beetroot smoothie but clearly I have got to try if I want to live a long and mentally able life. I think I would like to coast through life in a media-free bubble and not hear any of the results of scientific studies reported in headline grabbing newspapers. Moderation in all things, except happiness, is the best way, though that probably doesn’t include the latte and four flapjacks I have just eaten sitting in the Spring sunshine!!