I’m a Nutritionist. I know a lot about healthy eating so it’s easy for me to choose between what’s healthy and what isn’t on the menu. I also have sensitivities to certain foods which I try to avoid. Note: Sensitivities are different to allergies. An allergy means there is an allergic reaction, usually immediately and it can be life threatening. Sensitivities cause reactions that are more mild, but can become chronic if not identified. This will lead to things like chronic inflammation and leaky gut, both of which will become serious over the long term.
So, these two things make me somewhat of a ‘picky eater’ to the non-food loving type or the uninformed. (Not intended to sound rude, but if someone doesn’t know then of course they won’t understand and will label me as fussy! Which is fine!)
But, you know what? When I’m blessed to travel to far away places where the culture is different and the food is different, I want to experience it! And this is why I don’t get caught up in any dietary dogma. If I’m in Sidmouth, England and we stroll past a Cornish Bakery, then I’m going to try a Cornish Pastie because numerous English people I know back in Australia told me that I really MUST try one. And guess what, it was freaking delicious! I also shared a scone with jam and clotted cream with my husband at a cute little two-storey tea house in London.
Oh and when I’m in Italy, I’ll be eating pizza in Naples, because you know what, in my mind, I simply can’t NOT eat pizza when in Naples! I’ll probably get some acne from the cheese and I might feel bloated but life is way to short to not experience ALL the foods when we travel to new countries.
It’s about balance, not deprivation. I’ve been eating big salads for breakfast. Truly. And I’m loving it, although I do also love myself a simple bacon sandwich if it’s on offer! I’ve been snacking on snow peas from the bag and yesterday I ate a yellow capsicum like an apple. I’ll usually choose the simple meat and vegetable option on the dinner menu and I’m trying (probably need to try harder!) to drink lots of water to help balance out my wine, whisky and cider intake!
See what I’m saying here guys? Life is for living and enjoying. Oh my gawd, it’s SO for enjoying!!! If you take out all the pleasure in eating because you’re too caught up in ‘clean eating’ then you’re missing out. Don’t miss out, don’t deprive. Just find the balance because obsessing is far more unhealthy than eating a balanced diet. Trust me!
For the foodies playing at home, I’ve included a whole bunch of food photo’s below! These are all from my time in England.
Happy eating & big love,
Top left to right: Lamb and Greens. Ox Liver with Bacon and Lentils. Chicken Salad without Dressing
Bottom left to right: Roast Chicken Salad. Ethiopian Chicken Curry and Vegetables. Steak with Chips Cooked in Beef Tallow and Salad