FALLING IN LOVE WITH REAL FOOD….
My husband has become a hunter gatherer –he climbed a 50m up the tree to pick me five gorgeous avocado pears! Yes, I hear you shouting “Avoes are fattening and banned!” Well, there is no way I am going to insult his efforts by eating a mere sliver of an avoe. No, I am going to eat at least half of this delicious, green fruit. Yes, I am going to smother it with lemon juice and herbal salt and I am going to delight in its rich, buttery texture!!!
I am sorry, but I have a big problem with any diet that puts avocado on the “bad list” – how can something as natural, delicious and healthy as an avocado be prohibited? Yes, it contains fat, but it’s the GOOD FAT which our body desperately needs to function correctly!! I think we really need to carefully and critically examine any weight loss programme that condemns healthy, natural foods!
We really should be more concerned about the strange little packets of preservative filled substances on our grocery store shelves than good healthy things like nuts and avoes. I still can’t believe I used to eat those plastic “health bars” as a treat!!!! That I even considered eating it now seems quite bizarre to me!! It just shows you how distorted my relationship with food really was. I mean, I would actually choose this mass produced plastic thingie over an apple just because it has a little green stamp on it saying “it was allowed”. A “fat load” of money making is what that little stamp is really all about – just examine the muesli they endorse – an expensive load of “puffed” wheat is what it really is.
My journey to embrace life in abundance has really required me to rediscover food and it has been such a wonderful discovery. Nicole, my nutritionist has eased me into it by giving me tips, delicious recipes and taking me on a shopping trip. Two heavenly cooking demonstrations with Daniel Jardim called “A Taste for Seasonal Living” have inspired me to cook with nutritious ingredients that were completely foreign to me. Here are just some of the changes I have made:
- I bought a sprouter at the lovely Macrobiotic Health Shop at Cascades and love to watch it sprout and then almost explode like natural popcorn! This is awesome for energy and great in salads and cooked dishes.
- I had a “light bulb moment” when Daniels said that one our biggest problems is that there is not enough variety in our diets – wheat tends to dominate the western diet:
It’s in our cereal for breakfast, our health biscuits for tea, sandwiches for lunch, pasta for supper! The discovery that wheat is one of my allergens and yet I exposed myself to it virtually every meal was a massive breakthrough for me!!!
- I have learnt that spices and herbs don’t just make our food tasty but are important nutritional aids for our general health.
- I have cut out meat for a period of time and am soaking beans and making yummy curried dishes with these and lentils. Continual exposure to hormone filled meats gives on that ugly “muffin top” as it messes with our hormones.
- I still find myself cooking two meals at times but the plan is to slowly but surely seduce them with nutritious food, but that is another story…..