My food philosophy is simple, I believe in eating whole foods and creating a balanced healthy lifestyle you can maintain.
I don’t adhere to any particular type of diet, but rather believe in the importance of learning to love real food. To me real food is simple; it is created by Mother Nature, it is grown in the land, grazes on the land or lives in its waters. Real food expires, and it does not have a barcode. In fact, real food does not have ingredients, real food is ingredients.
To me, living a healthy lifestyle is not a one-size-fits-all solution or a quick fix, it is about taking small sustainable steps you can maintain. I am not a fan of the word “diet”, I find it associates itself with deprivation and short-term changes. Not only is it confusing but it has a negative connotation; restriction, deprivation, punishment. In reality, all the word diet refers to is what a person is actually eating. “Food and drink regularly consumed by a person” or “habitual nourishment”. People are constantly going on a new type of diet, but the truth is, we are all on a diet, day in and day out, we just might not be on the best one for us. Eating well and living well, is simply about making a commitment to yourself that you deserve better. Realizing that you only get one body, so it’s in your best interest, and nobody else’s, to take the best care of it you can.
I believe learning to cook with real food is the single greatest gift you can give to your health and well-being. When it comes to cooking I want food to taste good without making it complicated. I certainly don’t think that you need to be the next Top Chef to make a nourishing meal, you just need a few simple skills in the kitchen, and a handful of staple recipes to get started. Although I am a nutritionist, I am not a trained chef and don’t consider myself a master in the kitchen. In fact, I taught myself to cook the same way anyone can; from watching the Food Network, searching YouTube videos, and a lot of trial and error. Like anything, no one is born great, you simply learn by doing.
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child
When it comes to food, balance is word that is so important to me. We live in a culture of zero to hero, all or nothing. People are too often on the bandwagon, off the bandwagon and then back on again. In fact, this used to be me but I have learned that this does not need to be the case. I want to live my life, and want you to as well. Eating well isn’t about punishing yourself for the moments of indulgence, but rather about loving every last second of them and then moving on. When I go to the party I will drink the wine and eat a slice of cake (or two), and be happy that I did. But when I wake up the next morning I wont feel guilty for my indulgence, but rather I will whip up a healthy breakfast and get on with my day. True balance is simply about indulging in a sustainable way.
My food choices and nutrition approach have most certainly changed over the years, and will likely continue to evolve, but the constant remains that I love food. Today I am inspired by shopping local and knowing the hand that feeds me and I want to share my journey with you. I hope you are inspired by my recipes and nutrition tips, and I hope they help to support you in your health journey too.
Keeping it real with food,