How I Eat
My Instagram feed is mainly made up of meals and food that I make for myself. Recently I have been getting a lot of positive feedback, so I thought I would explain how I eat and more importantly, what I eat.
First and foremost, I don’t follow a specific diet or specifically restrict myself from food. I make informed decisions about what I want to eat and choose to avoid foods from certain places. For example, I won’t go to MacDonald’s, Burger King, fried chicken shops etc. I do however, on occasion go to Honest Burger or similar and have a burger. It’s about the quality of the food rather than what the food is.
I don’t make a point of saying I’m mainly vegetarian or that I make a concerted effort to mainly eat vegetables because it’s just how I eat. In fact, most people assume I’m vegan when they find out what my job is and I’m absolutely not. I have nothing against veganism – for some, it’s how they need to eat and what their body wants. For others, it makes them very ill. I had a patient recently who had become vegan and was feeling very fuzzy headed. I told them to go and buy a B Complex to ensure they were getting B12 as they were only taking B6. After a week, they felt much better. This is an example of veganism not suiting the person, but as they don’t want to eat red meat and I won’t force that on anyone, they need to supplement to keep their body healthy.
I’ve become very aware of other health accounts on social media saying how the only way to be is vegetarian, and vegan is best. This is misguided information if the person doesn’t have enough knowledge to make sure they are getting all the nutrients they need.
I do eat as organically as possible, especially with dairy and meat due to the hormones and antibiotics you eat it if it’s not organic. This doesn’t stop me from eating out or restricting my diet. I just make sure that at home, as much as possible is organic. This also means my toxin load is reduced form pesticides and herbicides. If they kill bees and other insects, what are they doing to us as they get stored in our fat when the liver and digestive system can’t excrete them?!
I make most of my food. At the weekend I bulk cook, ideally only using one saucepan per meal. Last weekend on Saturday morning, which took between 15-20 minutes in total, I cut up an organic red onion and a couple of cloves or organic garlic. I gently fried them in organic extra virgin olive oil. Whilst this was happening I cut up some organic celery, and I did actually put some non-organic bacon in as I was craving it and didn’t have anywhere near me that sells organic. It was also not in time for my Able & Cole delivery, so I bought Sainsbury’s extra special (or whatever their higher quality one is called). This wasn’t ideal, but it’s life and I don’t want to hide the truth or present a ‘perfect’ me. I then added organic bulgur wheat, boiling water, some organic bouillon powder, organic baby tomatoes and left it to cook for about 10 minutes. At the end, ended organic spinach. This has for my lunch for a few days this week.
Over Saturday and Sunday (due to being out) I made organic chicken stock (bone broth) to freeze in portions to use as the base for future soups and stews. I like to slow simmer it for about 8 hours to get all the nutrients out of the chicken bones. This ensures you get all the essential minerals (essential because their body can’t make them) like magnesium and zinc, and also the essential b vitamins that many, not just vegetarians and vegans are deficient in.
I get 2 organic chicken carcasses form Abel a& Cole which only cost £2.39!!! I also add in a red onion, a few cloves of garlic and then some veg – this time, 2 sticks of organic celery, some organic outer leek leaves that I kept from the week before, some organic fennel and a very healthy shake of organic mixed herbs.
On Sunday, I also made my snacks for the week, organic whole-wheat no added sugar banana muffins. I change the recipe depending what I have. This week they were also vegan as I learnt from Rachel de Thample that in some recipes you can switch out the diary with coconut milk. Brilliant!!! Because it makes it much easier, quicker and less messy to make. I always use 300g of flour and mix the flours up depending on what I have. This week I used 100g of organic malted whole-wheat, organic spelt and organic rye. I added in 4 ripe, organic bananas, a generous sprinkle of organic mixed seeds and a generous sprinkling of organic raw cocoa nibs. I mixed it all together with a fork and then poured in a tin (300ml) of organic coconut milk (the full-fat version not reduced fat). I mixed this in and then spooned it into my muffin tray. I had pre-heated the oven to 180 degrees (I have a fan oven) whilst making the mixture and then put them in to bake for 40 minutes. This mixture made 12 muffins and I have 2 a day as snacks.
My breakfast is basically always the same – I have a Vitalmix Oscar juicer and juice an organic apple, orange, and carrot with some organic broccoli and around 2 cm of organic ginger root. To this juice, I add around half a pudding spoon of organic chlorella, spirulina and turmeric powders. I also add a pinch or organic black pepper and around a pudding spoon of organic chia seeds. I also add some homemade kefir and around 3 pudding spoons of organic full-fat yoghurt.
Supper varies on what I am doing. I eat 6 organic eggs a week and I also make a loaf of organic bread weekly. Once again this varies depending on what flour I have. It’s always organic and never white.
I drink tea and coffee, and the odd hot chocolate. I always try to go to Pret if I’m out for a coffee or meeting as they use organic milk. I do eat chocolate; I try to only buy organic 85% Green & Blacks, but sometimes only Galaxy will hit the spot. I eat crisps as well, normally slightly salted Kettle Crisps and I do on occasion eat cake and pudding. I have the odd ginger beer when I’m in the pub and basically only drink water if I’m not having a hot drink. I don’t drink or smoke.
I hope this helps to give an indication of what I think a good diet is all about. The majority homemade whole foods that are organic. Mainly plant-based with eggs, some dairy and occasional meat. I never buy shop made sauces etc, if I’m at home, then I make it. If I’m out, then I will probably treat myself to a burger or go to Franco Manca for a sourdough pizza. I don’t eat out very much, and I never get takeaways.
I’m not ‘perfect’, I’m not a ‘clean eater’ I’m not vegetarian or vegan and if I crave something, I eat it. If it’s sugar, then I know I’m tired.
As always, any questions, get in touch!