One of the most common questions I get from my clients on a regular basis is ‘What do you eat?’ or ‘What do you feed your family’? I’m guessing it has crossed your mind too, yes? So straight up, here is the answer:
I eat REAL FOOD – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And I believe the food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible. I am on first name basis with my local butcher and stall holders at our local produce market, having put time into cultivating a trusting relationship with them so I know exactly where my food is being sourced from.
The way I eat and feed my family is not a “diet” it’s a way of life – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amount of plants. I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits instead of bread, cereal or pasta. My meals are also much higher in fat than you’d probably imagine. Gone are the days of the low fat options in our household. We embrace healthy fats like avocado, ghee, nuts, grass fed meat and off cuts and loads of olive and coconut oil, to ensure we have heaps of sustainable energy to get through our busy days. But not all fats are embraced. We steer clear of nasty trans-fats found in takeaway fried foods, margarine, commercially made biscuits and cakes as we know these clog up our well-oiled machine for ages after we have taken them in.
We also make sure we have a heap of variety in our eating to ensure we get loads of nutrients and vitamins, eating seasonal produce throughout the year. And we don’t shy away from reusing dinner ideas for lunch or even brekkie the next day, in fact we totally embrace leftovers. We are a busy family, just like you, and leftovers are a very easy way of making life simpler during the craziness of our week.
Eating like this is a winning ticket for our health and wellbeing over the past few years. It’s allowed us to stabilise our weight (my husband has lost a few kilos and I have gained some much needed kilos) as well as allowing us to improve our body compositions, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and overall quality of life. It has helped us all eliminate sugar cravings and re-establish a healthy relationship with food. It is one of life’s greatest pleasures after all.
Looking into the future I am also satisfied in the knowledge that this way of eating will minimise the whole family’s risk of a host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune, as well as warding off more common nuisances like colds and flu and gastro bugs…..all of which used to run rife in our household prior to shifting our way of eating.
In short, we focus on what we can eat to nourish the body, enjoying an abundance of wholesome real foods, rather than focusing our attention on what we need to avoid. It is a liberating way to eat that creates optimal health and wellbeing in our lives.
A sample day on a plate in our household:
Breakfast: Omelette with leftover vegies
Lunch: Homemade sushi rolls
Dinner: Steak with roast vegetable salad with a sprinkle of nuts / seeds
Dessert: Homemade chocolate (avo) mousse or fruit, yoghurt and chia seeds
Snacks/Supper: Wholefood mini muffins or a handful of fruit / nuts or homemade trail mix or bliss ball
My Food Pyramid….In brief!
My Food Pyramid is slightly unconventional, but it works for me and many of my clients who wish to focus on eating REAL FOOD.
You will see the at the very base (foundation) of the pyramid is WATER. I aim for at least 2 litres every day. I have some really simple techniques to help you increase your water intake for those struggling to incorporate this much h20 into your day, along with some easy ways to stay hydrated that don’t include drinking water.
For more information on how this simple change in your diet alone can make massive changes and how you can do it yourself, read our STAYING HYDRATED guide.