So, about a year ago, I woke up to the generally unrecognised reality that fat is not the only bad guy out there in our everyday diets. Sugar is equally as bad, if not worse.
So I have since embarked on a journey of discovery, of trial and error, in trying to eat more healthy foods, with a particular focus on sugar-free, organic and as close as possible to what nature intended.
What does that look like? As little processed and packaged food as possible; definitely nothing that has any form of added sugar; as few preservatives, colours and flavours as possible; and ideally being able to recognise everything listed on the label. As a rule of thumb, if I don’t know what an ingredient on a label is, I don’t buy that product, especially if it’s identified as a number instead of by it’s name (flavour 325, for example).
But it’s not all bad news; I like to use as much fresh produce as possible and try lots of ‘healthy’ foods I never bothered with when my diet was unknowingly loaded up with sugar and other baddies. I’m experimenting with nuts and seeds, and different vegetables I’ve never used before. There are a lot of options out there and different combinations I never would’ve thought of before when I wasn’t having to try to use nature’s raw options to create delicious flavour.
In addition to wanting to just eat healthier for the sake of my body, I also suspect I have a mild lactose and fructose intolerance. I’ve also never been a huge fan of red meat, and since reading up a little on the possible connection between meat and cancer, I am now leaning towards vegetarian options on a regular basis. I also have a skin condition which I believe is acerbated by dairy products (reading up on this I find it’s commonly believed to be linked to the added hormones found in non-organic dairy and meat products), so I avoid those when possible as well.
So that’s quite a lot of the ‘regular’ eating options gone off the shelf. I have found it challenging at times to create meals and foods that are tasty, healthy and agree with my dietary restrictions. I’ve randomly hit upon a few successes along the way but am also gradually learning ‘what goes with what’ and how to enhance flavour naturally.
So I thought I would like to share my recipes, hints and successes with you, in the hopes that it may help you along your journey of rediscovering delicious foods, the way nature intended us to eat.
I will try to categorise each recipe with dietary tags to help you quickly find those recipes that suit your particular needs.
Thankfully I don’t have a gluten intolerance, so if you do, unfortunately you won’t find many gluten-free recipes here, but I will add that category tag to recipes that do happen to be gluten-free. But I do believe in wholegrain goodness, so I always opt for wholemeal flour and whole-grain products when I can.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired by your visit and start whipping up lovely deliciously healthy dishes! 🙂