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To think its reasonable to choose cake over mung beans

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I've just had a very odd conversation with an acquaintance (she wants to sell me personal training )

She's massively into health and fitness obviously and was wittering on about how people will only live to 80 if they eat refined carbs but that they could have a shot at a 100 if they ate mung beans and wheatgrass.

I said I'd rather take 80 and the cake confused

She was utterly shocked by that and couldn't believe it.

Who's with me?

Who's with her?

lifecolour Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:27

Cake or death?
I choose cake but am willing to eat the beans provided they are in a nice stirfry.

runes Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:42

Clearly 80 and cake, as long as there's wine too.

JammieCodger Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:49

I'm with you. What's the point of those extra 20 years if they're not full of cake.

Giraffeski Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:50

Cake every time. Who wants to end up like Sir Cliff anyway?

BenNJerry Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:52

I'm with you, but then my diet is shocking anyway. Had 4 custard creams with my cuppa this afternoon. I'd rather enjoy the years I have wink

I'm with you.

I'd be happy to 'only' make it to 80 in exchange for a lifetime of cake. grin

Maybe you don't actually get the extra 20 years if you live on mung beans, it just feels like it!

enormouse Fri 22-Nov-13 15:24:52

I thought of Eddie izzard too lifecolour.
Cake obviously. Is it even a contest?

lottiegarbanzo Fri 22-Nov-13 15:27:04

Can we all irritate her (and my scientific sensibilities but hey, it's Friday) by sharing stories of our GPs who lived to 97 on a diet almost exclusively of refined carbs?

But frankly, the dementia made it very little of a 'life' after 85 and has she thought through the consequences of making the body longer-lived than the mind? (She's going to tell me vascular dementia is diet-related isn't she, darn it).

I fully intend to live to 95 perfectly mentally intact though, so many mung beans, some cake for me. No wheatgrass because I suspect it's not nice and just an expensive way of getting nutrients found in cabbage.

GingerPCatt Fri 22-Nov-13 15:28:53

My granddad is 98 and regularly eats steak and chips and fried foods. He loves chocolate. He eats bacon and eggs most mornings and has never touched a mung bean in his life. I'm gonna try his diet and see how long I get wink

Thistledew Fri 22-Nov-13 15:39:32

Both my DM and DMil have been vegetarian for most of their lives and have eaten healthy, well balanced diets. My parents are almost self-sufficient from the food they grow organically in their garden. Neither DM or DMil drink alcohol or caffeine. They both led active lifestyles and are healthy weights.

Both developed horrendous thyroid problems in their early 60s and have been quite unwell.

DMil, who has far more of a sweet tooth and loves her cake, biscuits and chocolate, is currently doing better than DM.

custardo Fri 22-Nov-13 15:40:35

80 and cake all the way baby

squoosh Fri 22-Nov-13 15:42:25

I'll plump for 85 please with a diet featuring both cake and vegetables.

Minty82 Fri 22-Nov-13 15:43:26

80 and cake sounds like a pretty good deal to me! 100 sounds pretty grim even with cake, but without…no thanks.

BackforGood Fri 22-Nov-13 15:45:06

No desire to live past 80 if there's no fun involved. Personally I'm not that bothered about cake, but if we are talking chocolate, wine, Baileys..... I'd be prepared to go at 75 grin

Pascha Fri 22-Nov-13 15:47:56

Considering my Dad's side of the family all died quite early, lots in there sixties, I'll take cake and live to eighty and feel I've done quite well really.

NoComet Fri 22-Nov-13 15:48:01

SAving made a mentally and, except for her eyesight, pretty fit 91 on truffle and port (and normal Northen food)

Pascha Fri 22-Nov-13 15:48:15

Fuck. *their

DIYapprentice Fri 22-Nov-13 15:48:30

I'm sure it will just FEEL like you're living to 100 on the mung beans!

Cake all the way!

NoComet Fri 22-Nov-13 15:49:11

Oh forget it
Great aunt and trifle

Kerosene Fri 22-Nov-13 15:49:33

Can I split the difference and die at 90 if I eat carrot cake?

lifesgreatquestions Fri 22-Nov-13 15:51:14

They're both good, in what kind of horror film would one have to choose between the two?!

48th Fri 22-Nov-13 15:52:09

I think the years between 80-100 look more like a threat in many cases. I eat the cake and a few mung beans. My friend of a super virtuous mung bean life died in her mid thirties and yet the local pubs are full of old shrivelled men in at 11 am and only out for a fag. Unfair, all we can does stack the odds a bit cake isn't going to be the scale tipper.

TheWitTank Fri 22-Nov-13 15:53:43

Fuck me, mung beans or cake? Bring on the Black Forest gateau and die happy! This is from a very healthy gym fanatic...you have to have a bit of bloody nice stuff!

Mamafratelli Fri 22-Nov-13 15:56:32

Cake every time. Having seen the last 5 years of my grandfathers life I don't want to live past 90 at all.

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