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I was invited round for dinner by some gorgeous friends of mine this week. They have a regular dinner club and I’m feeling rather privileged to make the cut and join them. As always, I get the question ‘what do you eat?’
Hmm, good question. Over the last 20 years, I have had some weird and wonderful eating habits. In my teens, I was a so called vegetarian, eating nothing but cheese. When I discovered the wonderful world of nutrition I became incredibly strict, cutting out pretty much everything except brown rice and vegetables. Then I became a raw foodist, a vegetable juicer, a blood group dieter, a pescatarian. I’ve cut out wheat, dairy, sugar, processed food - you name it, I’ve tried it.
Now? Well now I’d say I’m pretty balanced (goes with the brand name). I stay clear of wheat and cows’ dairy at home, I love fish, I love eggs, I love vegetables and I eat fruits in season. However, when I’m out and about eating at someone’s house I’ll eat anything I’m given. After spending years as a fussy dinner guest, I get great joy in eating whatever someone has lovingly made me. Yes, this includes wheat, dairy, meat, pudding, a nice glass of wine. I truly believe in the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time I eat healthily, what my body needs. 20% of the time I indulge.
Dinner is incredible at my friend’s house. He’s made homemade minestrone soup, followed by this chicken casserole thingy. And there are about 7 green vegetables to accompany the wondrous menu. One of my friends leans over and says “I think the huge quantity of vegetables is for your benefit”. I smile. My friends are lovely. And they listen to me banging on about eating greens.
I do this with my family too. My dad is like a child with his vegetables and I have actually said to him, when he’s been over for dinner, ‘Dad, if you don’t eat your greens you’re not getting any dessert’. Oooh I sound like a vegetable tyrant don’t I. But trust me, if there is not something green on your plate every day you can’t expect to have a healthy, happy body. Humans are meant to eat vegetables. So get the kale, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, cabbage, spinach and any other greenies you can find on to your plate. It certainly made my slice of homemade tiramisu for afters that much more enjoyable.
Laura Knowles is a Nutritionist, Kinesiologist, and Yoga Teacher at the Balanced Wellness Clinic in Havant near Portsmouth. Loves blogging about the really important stuff - life, love, vitamins and poo.See my profile