FOOD – it’s only 1 part of the picture – how much you move, how you think, how stressful your life is, the environment you live in, toxins you are exposed to, any pre-existing health issues, nutritional deficiencies, food intolerances, gut health – all of these things create a true reflection of your health and all of them must be addressed simultaneously rather than in isolation.
Eating a whole food, plant-based diet, I believe, is much better for our planet. We are a rapidly growing population and the earth’s resources are already stretched. By reducing animal-derived food products, buying organic and local, reducing food and packaging waste we can all do our bit to help save the earth for our future generations.
I do not subscribe to any labelled way of eating – vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto, flexitarian, etc. I believe putting yourself into a box and trying to live within a certain label does not reflect you and what your body needs to thrive. Nutritional requirements change throughout your life, plus, circumstances, finances, availability of foods, tastes, nutritional requirements, education, influence from social groups – these all have an impact and I think it’s important to remain open and find what works for you.
Living on highly processed junk foods, eating animal-derived products at every meal, using caffeine, alcohol and sugar as daily stimulants and relaxers, being highly stressed – these things I believe are the most damaging to health. I believe in eating foods as close to their natural state as possible (not necessarily raw, but minimal processing and gentle ways of heating/cooking), is the way to extract the most nutrition from them and that leads naturally to eating more plant-based, whole foods like greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, nuts, beans and lentils.