I wanted to just have a little page that says what I’m about – what healthy food is to me.
Healthy is super fashionable lately – green smoothies in jars, paleo lifestyle, raw ’til 4, crossfit.. the list goes on. It’s great ! It really is, the more people eating more vegetables and working out the better. I am all for it.
But I am about healthy not being as hard – the middle ground. I’m not eating fast food, but I am eating pasta. I don’t often buy chocolate bars, but I will eat some birthday cake – or better still, some cake my Nonna made. I work out but if I am exhausted, I won’t force myself. No guilt, ever. I don’t juice my vegetables and although I’d love to try it , I don’t soak my cashews to make cheesecake (I like it with… cheese!), or do chia puddings and caramel slice made of apple puree… (though I have been known to try an avocado chocolate mousse – as well as the regular cream and sugar filled one, of course!). It’s not to say I’ll never try those super-healthy things or that I dislike them, it’s just not my everyday.
I guess it’s a more gentle approach to a healthy lifestyle. Eating real food made in your own kitchen, from scratch, that isn’t too complex and doesn’t require any expensive ‘health food’ ingredients.
I also believe food, to be healthy, can’t just be about the nutrients. It’s about the enjoyment, the history (a dish is more special if you made it with your grandfather as a child), the celebration, the sharing and the love that’s gone into it. I even think that food, sometimes, can be about comfort. A good relationship with food is important. The whole picture.
The most important advice I can give you if you’re on a journey to finding a healthier version of yourself is to learn to listen to your body. If you have regular stomach issues, get headaches a lot or anything like that please don’t accept it as normal. Investigate it with a health practitioner and notice what food does to you. There is no one diet/lifestyle fits all, we’re all totally different, and the best thing you can do is learn what works for you.
Lastly, I totally agree with Michael Pollan when he says;
EAT FOOD, NOT TOO MUCH, MOSTLY PLANTS.
I encourage people to remember that a lot of the products available for consumption right now might not be worthy of the title ‘food’.