Sunday, 21 February 2016

A Food Regime for Mind Body and Soul

My head has been buried in books - been participating in an on line course in human nutrition and doing a lot of research on line about food and healthy eating to ascertain the best 'diet' (as in food consumed, not as in diet to lose weight) to find out the best eating plan for my particular needs.

This is the apex of a lot of 'research' I have done over the years from growing food (I had an allotment years ago) attended college to learn how to prepare and cook food (City & Guilds Cookery Certificate) plus lots of practical experience in the kitchen and garden at home.  My eating regimes have included vegetarianism, macrobiotics, wholefoods, raw food, high fibre, low fat, dairy free, high protein, organic, super foods etc.  I have also tried different weight loss programmes during the last 30 years.

The last couple of decades have informed us about the negative impact of smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol and we are now being informed by various health agencies that sugar is now one of the biggest risks to our health leading to obesity, diabetes, raised cholesterol and certain forms of cancer. I think we have suspected this all along.  My generation were raised by people who as children,  were on food rations during World War II.  No wonder that when food became freely available again they indulged themselves and their offspring in all that they had been previously denied.  As a child of the '60's sugar was freely available to me and I bought a bag of sweets every night after school.  We had 'afters' (pudding) after each meal and biscuits with tea every day of the week.  My teeth are a testimony to my sugary diet and I lost a lot of teeth in my childhood due to tooth decay.

With so much publicity about going 'sugar free' in the media recently and with my family's medical history and my own health 'issues', I have come to the conclusion that cutting down on my sugar intake is a very positive thing for me to do.  Apart from 2 portions of fruit a day I have not had any sugar since Shove Tuesday and I propose to continue that way.  I have devised a simple eating plan:

  • eat fresh
  • grow more food in garden - no chemicals
  • eat more green vegetables
  • reduce carbs intake (pasta, rice, bread, potatoes) and use wholemeal/wholegrain wherever possible
  • eat 2 portions of fruit a day
  • keep dried fruit as a treat
  • eat three meals a day
  • drink more herbal teas 
  • eat protein; fish, meat, eggs, cheese, nuts
Since I have changed my diet I feel mentally alert.  My eyes are bright like a light shining from within and my skin is clear.  I still have a cold but it is gradually fading.  I have not missed eating sweets (used to eat Haribos a lot), cakes, biscuits, pastries, chocolate etc.  So many times when I did eat sweet things it never really satisfied my cravings.  I think the trick is to fill up on wholesome and nutritious food so you don't feel 'wanting' for something.  I do feel a little sad that I won't be doing the Friday cake bakes any more but I am looking to devise some treats that don't involve sugar - apart from the inclusion of fruit.

The side effects of reducing my sugar intake has been an increased thirst but other than that I feel fine.  Of course I feel obligated to say here that if you are thinking of drastically changing your eating habits seek the advice of a medical professional before you do so!  We are all individuals and what may suit one person is not necessarily a good thing for another.

I hope your week is sweet - but not in a foodie way!

6 comments:

Rosie said...

Looks like a good regime to follow, Simone. We are trying to cut down on salt and sugar as well as avoiding anything with Palm Oil or Barley in it. It is hard sometimes to come up with tasty alternatives, fresh food and three meals a day sound good. I do manage that with breakfast, lunch and tea, no meat though but fish occasionally and plenty of fruit and vegetables. Good luck with your new diet it sounds as if it is making you feel better already:)

Anne Butera said...

Taking good care of ourselves is so important. I'm glad you're vowing to focus on this, both eating well and doing other things for YOU to make you feel good, look good and generally be healthy.

Wishing you all the best!

Judy Hartman said...

Very helpful information, Simone. I too have begun a more healthful eating plan and I'm so happy to hear of the positive effects of yours! If you come up with any low sugar recipes for treats, please do share them! Best wishes as you continue on with your program! xx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Good for you Simone, I agree less sugar is definitely a good thing.
I do try to eat quite a lot of fruit during the day and as a vegetarian I eat lots of veg BUT I could never give up chocolate...never!
V x

Ethel Johnson said...

I wish I could be
sweet sugary free
but I love chocolate
and chocolate loves me!
xx

Lisa said...

Your new diet sounds like it's having some very positive results already and continuing with it will only reap more. There is so much in the news about sugar there seems to be a new news article each day.
I think it all takes time t sort doesn't it. Time to sit down and decide exactly what you want to do and then the time to research how to put it all into practise and then the time to shop when you are changing those shopping habits.
Lisa x