On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… No eating these birds today, but we should eat like these birds, somewhat. How so?
Turtle doves eat primarily fruit and seeds. If humans, specifically those of us in the United States, ate more fruits and seeds, as well as vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, we would be a whole lot healthier as a population. Recent reports find that both children and adults are still nowhere near the recommended fruit and vegetable intake each day. Only six percent of Americans get the recommended three servings of vegetables and eight percent get their two servings of fruit. That is miserable news! Eat like the turtle doves and get more fruit. And be a healthier human and eat more vegetables too!
Turtle doves also migrate from Europe, Western Asia and North Africa to Africa each September. The next year they return home. That is some commute. I don’t suggest that we get our winter home in Africa, but we do need to get out and move more! Don’t hunker down for the winter, but make sure you get up and go and keep moving all year round.
Two Turtle Doves,
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.