When l have met with health professionals such as Dietitians, Naturopaths and GP’s in the past and they have suggested dietary changes to me that l thought seemed quite radical at the time, l often wondered “Well, what do you eat”? When a Naturopath suggested to me a few years ago that l should just eat one or two squares of dark chocolate per day instead of the rows of Dairy Milk chocolate l was consuming, the idea seemed absurd and impossible. I think if l actually share with you what l eat on a daily basis that could be helpful.
The diet l eat now is very different to the one l ate before l became unwell. I would have said back then that l was one of the healthiest eaters l know. I basically ate good quality whole grains throughout the day such as breads, pasta, crackers and grains. I ate plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables including smoothies and juices, no take-away or alcohol, drank only water, didn’t smoke and rarely ate lollies or sweets except for a small amount of dark chocolate each day. When l reflect back on my diet l was eating a lot of wheat based foods everyday as well as grains such as white and brown rice and there was tasty cheese and cows milk in my diet. I was also exercising for up to one and a half hours per day doing things such as treadmill, cross trainer and bike which when l reflect back on it was all a bit extreme and just wearing me out.
I have been slowly making changes to my diet for the past nine months and it is still a work in progress as l try to find what suits my body. I would describe my diet now as a form of the Paleo diet in combination with a low FODMAP and chemical free (both synthetic and natural) diet. I shop locally for fresh foods and order items such as coconut flour and Kapai Puku online. I almost exclusively only eat what l have prepared and am trying new recipes every week as l try and expand the foods l am eating. The challenge is to stick to this diet long term and to do that it needs to be a way of life and thinking.
Daily challenges still include sugar cravings but l satisfy these with fresh fruits or with cooked vegetables with a natural sweetness such as sweet potato, pumpkin or parsnip. I love chocolate and have raw dark chocolate each day but it is sweetened with organic coconut nectar rather than sugar and l make chocolate cookies with it which l find very satisfying. I do not eat any wheat or products containing gluten and almost no grains except for Quinoa and the occasional sushi roll with brown rice. I tried the low gluten breads but they do not agree with me and l tried the alternative pastas but found them soggy and not worth the effort. If l am making a bake of some sort now l just throw in some quinoa and chia seeds and they thicken the mix and taste delicious. I do not eat any processed foods apart from the Loving Earth Raw Organic Chocolate, Orgran Cruskits, Raw organic Honey, Organic tomato puree, Organic Coconut oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Iodised Sea Salt Flakes, Seaweed Gomasio and a few other things but the key is to try and buy products that are as close to their natural state as possible. I have excluded dairy from my diet and anything with processed sugar in it. I no longer eat red meat, am trying to eat organic or free range meats and include fish of some sort in my diet on most days of the week. If l came across a supplier of grass fed red meat l would give that a go and l try to stick to wild salmon where possible. I drink spring water that l have delivered to my home and am hoping to get a reverse osmosis filtering system for the tap water and drink herbal teas that are caffeine free. I take a lot of supplements each day that are prescribed through a holistic GP and soak my vegetables and fruit in water with apple cider vinegar to get rid of as many of the pesticides as possible. I am learning all of the time and am finding that there are many other interesting peoples with websites like this on a similar journey and trying to share their new knowledge.
When starting a new diet like this my advice is to take it slow and make small changes as it can be a shock to your system to make a whole lot of changes at once. If you empower yourself with knowledge and remember your long term goals you will see it as a blessing that you can achieve wellness through eating a wonderful new diet, rather than thinking about all the foods you are missing out on.
Usually a pancake topped with maple syrup.
Ingredients are basically quinoa flakes, water, eggs, frozen berries, buckwheat flour and or coconut flour/quino flour and LSA mix. I make up a batch and it lasts for a few days. I often add some oat milk after a day to thin it out and sometimes l add chia seeds but they swell up and make the mixture a bit thicker over time.
Alternatively l have a smoothie:
Ingredients are spinach, water, a not so ripe banana, frozen berries, a small green apple and sometimes fresh broccoli. Thus serves up to three people. If l dont have this for breakfast l often have it for a morning or afternoon snack. I find if l am working it makes me run to the toilet because of the high water content so on those days l have it in the afternoon when l get home.
Or l have an egg dish such as scrambled eggs or an omelette, but this could also be a lunch or dinner dish.
Could include a banana, a navel orange, raw nuts that have been activated, orgran buckwheat or quinoa cruskits and everyday l have two homemade chocolate chip cookies that l keep in the freezer at all times and love to eat cold (I will place the recipe for these on the recipe tab).
If l am working it is usually a salad with chicken or salmon. If l am at home it could be some scrambled egges with veges and salmon, leftovers from dinner or l now make a delicious seed bread that l can top with avocado, egg, salmon as examples and l love it.
If l haven’t had a smoothie in the day l will have it in the afternoon or a cold pressed juice consisting of kale, celery, green apple, carrot and sometimes beetroot.
Dinner is usually vegetables or a salad with fish or chicken and is quite small as l go to bed early. Sometimes after dinner maybe once a week we make a sorbet with the cold pressed juicer. I dont normally eat after dinner although sometimes l have a herbal tea.
I add Kapai Puku Naked Blend and chia seeds to most of my meals when at the table. I have also made a new salad dressing based on a Gawler Foundation Recipe that l am pouring over my meals to get more good fats into my diet. I blend half a cup of flax oil, one quarter cup organic apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon raw organic honey, black pepper and the juice of a lemon or lime. It keeps in the fridge for a few days. I make other things from time to time such as vegetable bakes, apple cakes, vegetable chips and and have recently been given a dehydrator which is a wonderful addition to the kitchen to dry my nuts and snacks.