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READER Jerry Askew took this pic­ture of a small tor­toise­shell but­ter­fly in Stoney Meadow, Chal­font St Giles, bask­ing in the sun­shine.

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The good news is that the RSPCA’s Free­dom Food scheme re­quires all th­ese pro­vi­sions and more. And we can all do our bit to help im­prove the lives of tur­keys by choos­ing those with higher wel­fare la­bels, such as Free­dom Food.

Sadly, de­spite the grow­ing trend for eth­i­cal food, only a small pro­por­tion of Bri­tish farmed turkey is reared to higher wel­fare stan­dards, with just 14 per cent from Free­dom Food farms, where they are in­spected to RSPCA stan­dards. So we need re­tail­ers to help too, by lis­ten­ing to con­sumer de­mand for higher-wel­fare food and stock­ing more of them.

That way more of us can en­joy a wel­fare-friendly Christ­mas!

Visit www.free­dom­food.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion on turkey wel­fare and some great fes­tive recipes.

MIA FERNY­HOUGH RSPCA farm an­i­mal sci­en­tist

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Please in­clude your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber, and a brief de­scrip­tion of the scene. di­a­betes or their fam­ily or friends buy ‘di­a­betic’ foods, such as ‘di­a­betic’ Christ­mas cake or ‘di­a­betic’ choco­late. Th­ese of­fer no spe­cial ben­e­fit to peo­ple with di­a­betes and will still af­fect blood glu­cose lev­els. Th­ese foods can con­tain just as much fat and calo­ries as the or­di­nary ver­sions, can have a lax­a­tive ef­fect and can be ex­pen­sive. It makes much more sense to have small amounts of or­di­nary fes­tive foods in­stead and bal­ance th­ese with health­ier recipes and snacks.

To help peo­ple man­age their di­a­betes dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, we have a spe­cial sec­tion on our web­site packed with tips and recipes. There is also handy ad­vice about food at par­ties, safe guide­lines for al­co­hol con­sump­tion and in­for­ma­tion on how to swap to health­ier op­tions of favourite Christ­mas dishes, nib­bles and treats.

The other im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is to stay ac­tive, which will help to man­age blood glu­cose lev­els – for ex­am­ple, tak­ing a win­tery walk to a lo­cal park or land­mark, try­ing ice-skat­ing or head­ing out to the sales. One or two high blood glu­cose read­ings shouldn’t af­fect long-term di­a­betes con­trol, but peo­ple should aim to avoid per­sis­tently high read­ings.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.di­a­betes.org.uk/en­joy­ingChrist­mas.

Merry Christ­mas.


Di­a­betes UK South-east re­gional man­ager

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