My Diet & Food Journey
I have always been really interested in food, cooking and a healthy lifestyle. However, it wasn´t until 2003 that I realised how powerful food can be and how much our life is influenced by it. This is because I was hit hard by a virus which left me chronically fatigued without really understanding why. Rather than result to drugs or large amounts of caffeine, I decided to review my diet and find out if I could make changes that would improve my health. After a long elimination process* I realised that I had problems digesting wheat and cow´s milk. I therefore removed these products from my diet, focused more on eating fresh whole foods and limited processed foods and alcohol. Over the years I have discovered that I need to avoid wheat, especially highly refined wheat but I can still eat gluten from sources such as spelt or rye (which contains gluten in lower levels than wheat). I also need to avoid cow´s milk and yogurt as I cannot digest it properly, but I am able to eat cheese (because the lactose in cheese is less available than the lactose in milk).
I always try to eat as naturally as possible, but at the same time I am also only human and I see nothing wrong with having the odd indulgent treat from time to time. I think this is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. Having a diet that is 80% healthy and 20% indulgent is a philosophy that I like to live by. I have learnt the hard way that the diets promoted in the media or by celebrities will do me more harm than good, often reducing the metabolic rate to a place where we are unable to lose weight, but are still only eating a small amount of food. Therefore, I find the best diet for me is one where the main bulk of it is eating healthy, natural food with lots of vegetables and I make sure I don´t avoid the foods that I enjoy. A glass of wine at the weekend with friends, dark chocolate, a piece of cake and a cup of coffee, these are all things that I allow myself, just not all day every day. Because being healthy is all about balance and having a good relationship with food!
*If you feel that you might have any problems digesting certain foods, talk to your doctor or a medical professional about getting tested for food allergies.