My food philosophy is simple. Eat real food and try to source it locally. I think it is so important to educate yourself when it comes to food choices. There is an abundance of information out there, and most of it contradictory. If you have the knowledge to make informed choices, then you are ahead of the game.. and that’s where all the fun is! By knowing what nutrients my body needs to function at its best, I can make informed choices. That way, I can eat whatever I want as I know how to balance it.
Movement. Living in balance also means incorporating some movement into your lifestyle. Whether it’s a half hour walk or a yoga class, I try to exercise at least 4 days a week. I am your typical Type-A personality so am always busy and on the go. To balance this, Yoga has been amazing. I didn’t always enjoy yoga. When I first started, I HATED Shavasana! I would be lying there thinking ‘Can we wrap this up?’ and not so discreetly glancing at the clock, thinking about all the things I had to do when we are FINALLY let out of the class. Now, the teacher nearly has to kick me off my mat! This shows how you really need to listen to your body. I was stressed out, anxious and completely out of touch with my body.. what I actually needed was more rest and relaxation.
Nobody is perfect and like lots of people, I have had a lot of learning curves on my journey to better health. I used to look at food in a very black and white way. Chocolate Cake=Unhealthy, Salad=Healthy. Some blood tests and a trip to a nutritionist later, turned out I was completely deficient in Iron! I had not been taking into account nutrition and nutrients. Now, I am very mindful to make sure I get a wide range of vitamins and minerals. As I don’t eat meat, I add good quality protein powder and Spirulina (for iron) into my morning smoothies.
A typical day on my plate looks like this: Morning Yoga, Smoothie with spirulina added and a probiotic, scrambled eggs, avocado & sourdough for lunch, grilled fish and veggies for dinner followed by a cup of tea and some dark chocolate. But in saying that, I also love to eat out once or twice a week and I order whatever I want from the menu, accompanied with some red wine.
The most important thing I have learned is balance. You only have one body and one life so, I try to balance going out having fun and eating rich foods with staying in, running a bath, relaxing and making a nutritious dinner. Also, educate yourself. Read some books on nutrition and watch some documentaries. Take back the power over your plate! Knowledge is Power and if you know what your eating and where it comes from, it makes it so much easier.
Nobody is perfect, especially not me, but I hope some of the lessons I have learned will help is some small way.
Lots of Love,