The problem with ‘healthy eating’ is it can sometimes seem like a hassle. Healthy options such as snacks aren’t as readily available as crisps and chocolate, and reaching for a pack of Walkers is often seen as easier. It also becomes confusing when we are bombarded with advice from different outlets providing conflicting evidence on what is ‘healthy’.
Vegan. Gluten Free. Sugar Free. Plant Based. Paleo. Alkaline. Natural.
What does it actually all mean? How do you make your decisions and where do you draw the line?
Personally, I eat EVERYTHING. And I mean EVERYTHING.
I eat a balanced diet which includes meat, dairy, fruit, veg, and grains. I also eat chocolate, crisps, drink alcohol and have been known to enjoy a Five Guys burger and fries. It’s all about the quantity and regularity with which I enjoy these things. I feel life is about moderation, and so I have my cake and eat it too.
The truth is I don’t have the time, money or inclination to make my own almond milk. I choose to drink organic cow’s milk, and that works for me.
It’s important for you to make decisions about what works for YOUR LIFE. If you can drink cow’s milk, great we’ve been drinking it for centuries. If your body doesn’t tolerate it well, or you prefer a milk substitute, well then good for you. The same goes for everything else you consume.
With a full time job, part time blogging hobby, and part time studying, for me it’s all about speed, convenience and portability. A lot of the go to ‘healthy’ options I rely on might not seem all that healthy to others. I drink full fat lattes, I eat apple crisps, I use microwave brown rice and I enjoy dark chocolate.
Everyone is different; for someone that doesn’t eat much fresh produce, simply adding a handful of lettuce, a piece of fruit or a side of veggies to their meals makes them feel that they’re being healthy. It’s all personal and it’s all relative.
I try not to judge others on their food habits, but looking around social media and the blogging world, it’s hard not to feel like others judge me on my own choices. With messages that fructose is bad, dairy is evil, frying is a no-no and we should all be tee total, it can feel like we are failing at eating healthily if we don’t subscribe to all of these ideas.
My advice to others, both in the healthy living world, and those that want to make healthier choices is choose what works for you. Eat as much real food as possible, know what you’re eating by reading the back of packages, and eat plenty of fruit and veg in a variety of colours. Everything else is up to you.
I am not a health care professional or Dietician, but I will be… in 4 years. Watch this space!