José Cruz: And I don’t know about obesity problems in Europe. What’s Germany or or France like for obesity?
Andrew Zitzmann: Ahh, I don’t- I don’t know the rates themselves, but I would- from what I’ve seen, I mean you know you see, as people age they tend to get much larger. And I think maybe that’s more uh, just from the lifestyle they continue doing what they did- what they were when they were, when they were younger they still eat the same way, drink the same way, the same rate- (Mm-hmm) so you know, large large volumes of alcohol. I mean, alcohol consumption is very high in Europe. Uh, well, here too, but…
José: But that’s another thing that you just pointed out: kids think, or don’t understand that when you get older you are getting older. Your body is again changing, Change is eternal (Yup) change is inevitable And your metabolism can’t keep up but they never change their eating habits.
Andrew: Right, yeah. (Right?) Yup, you got to change the eating habits, and you put- you’ve got to just eat less is is …
José: And you’ve got to eat better because your body can’t process junk food and still get what it needs. You’ve got to eat a higher quality food at lower rates so that then your older body, You’re- you’ve got to be friendlier to your older body, right. (Yeah) Did you- Did- Are are you- you’re- you’re a pretty careful guy with food, you raise your own food and stuff like that?
Andrew: Yeah. Yeah, I grow my own vegetables and stuff, but it’s not so much it wasn’t out of a health conscious you know, decision. It wasn’t a health conscious decision. It’s um- I I used to do a little bit, or help my mum do some gardening, We’re just in the garden, I mean small thing, right, but um, I enjoyed it back then. I I enjoyed being outdoors, so… I enjoy being out doors now, and gardening gives me, the reason to be outdoors.
José: So it’s more like just a hobby that you just wanted to continue from your youth.
Andrew: Yeah. Yeah exactly.
José: And um, and it’s a good one, too. I mean, they say that um, what do- basically a garden is printing money? (Yup) I mean you look at tomatoes, uh you turn out about how many tomatoes in a season, (Oh) a couple of hundred?
Andrew: Uh, I I grow the mini tomatoes. (OK) And yeah, hundreds of them.
José: Hundreds. (Yeah) Now think about a little box (Yeah) about uh ten semi- centimetres by ten centimetres (Yeah) that’s what? 300 Yen? 400 Yen?
Andrew: Yeah its 3-400 Yen for about 20 tomatoes which I get you know, I I pick, I pick about, uh in the season when it’s really going, I I can pick uh, probably eight to ten boxes like that a week. (Wow) So, uh um, unfortunately, um well uh unfortunately for me, fortunately for the wildlife, uh I share it with the wildlife…
José: Oh! Well that’s a good thing.
Andrew: And so the birds the birds come, the animals eat a little bit and uh, I get enough out of it, so…
José: You- can you put a rough figure on how much money you think you save each year?
Andrew: On on vegetables? (¥50,000 maybe?) Uh, I don’t know, that’s- it’s hard to saydifficult to be certain, difficult to calculate (3:05), because.. (You’ve never) But the thing is… Um since I’m growing it when it’s in season, and I’m- I’m eating it, then I’m eating it because I have it. Now would I have bought it in the first place if I hadn’t grown it, I don’t know…
José: Yeah but that’s actually (So that’s) healthier, it’s- in that sense that you’re not buying things because, “oh I feel like asparagus, (Right) and i like that supermarket because I can get asparagus anytime in the year,” that’s really totally environmentally destructive…
Andrew: Exactly, (You know) Yeah I mean I also do that kind of shopping where I try to just buy the foods in season, primarily because they’re cheaper. (Right) Yeah becauseAndrew’s pronunciation is shortened to ‘cuz (3:48) if it’s out of season it’s expensive (mm-hmm) and um, it doesn’t taste as good to begin with.
How much do you spend on food in one week? Do you buy a lot of vegetables?
Have you ever tried gardening?
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After hearing this conversation, I started thinking about eating habits that I haven’t been interested in recently. Especially during the current coronavirus epidemic, I rarely go out and my life rhythm worsens. Since I live in my parents’ house, my parents basically cook. So I can’t be too nutritionally balanced. However, eating a lot of sweets and ice cream, and exercising less often, it cannot be said that they are living a healthy life. According to their conversation, the older we become, the more difficult it becomes to digest fatty foods such as junk food. I’m about to turn 20. I think I will drink more, so I need to be more careful about my eating habits. Also, growing vegetables in the garden, as they were talking about later in this conversation, is one of the best ways to change my eating habits. I used to grow some tomatoes and other vegetables in my house, but they didn’t last long. Therefore, at this time when I have many opportunities to stay at home, I thought that I should try various challenges to change my eating habits. Furthermore, when the outbreak of the coronavirus subsides and I start attending school, I want to thoroughly correct my life rhythm and actively exercise. And I want to live a healthy life.
I think that changing eating habit is difficult, because I could not it easily. When I was a junior high school student, I gained weight, because I ate high calorie food too much. For example, I used to eat a big pancake for breakfast. Also, I used to eat other sweat food. One day, I decided to lose weight and change my bad eating habit. From the next day, I decided to eat a banana and yoghurt for breakfast. And I stopped eating sweat food and something to drink. Also, I stopped eating carbohydrate, because I heard carbohydrate-free diet is good for health.
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I think that growing vegetable is very good. However, it is so difficult for people to do it. When I was junior high school student, I grew tomato and sweet potato in class. However, I failed. In case of tomato, I sometimes did not water it. So, my plant died. Fortunately, my teacher gave my plant something good, I could harvest the tomato. In case of sweet potato, I didn’t understand why I couldn’t harvest a lot of sweet potato when I was junior high school student. Now I think about it, I think it is because soil had some bad bacteria. In addition to, my grandfather is famer and he grow a lot of vegetables every year. However even him, he failed to grow some vegetable because of weather and disaster. Therefore, growing vegetable is so difficult. However, I am going to try to grow vegetable at my house. Because I want to learn “growing vegetable is difficult, but it is worse doing”. Also, I want to eat my family to eat vegetable which I grew. By doing it, I think that it makes my family happy and I can feel happy. So, I am going to try it.
I don’t buy a lot of vegetables, because I can’t consume them and throw them away. When I started living alone, I wanted to eat a lot of vegetables and bought them. However, I was eating out with friends, eating at the school cafeteria, and not having three times a day. So, I had a lot of vegetables expired freshness date and wasted. I reflected this experience. Recently, I didn’t buy many vegetables at one time. I buy them little by little and go to buy when I finish consuming them. Sometimes I buy salads sold at convenience stores. Leafy vegetables such as lettuce will get damaged soon. It’s fresh and convenient.
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