Monday, 9 November 2015

The simply pleasure of enjoying food

I've been on a pretty basic but healthy diet these last few weeks, and I have really liked how I feel as a result.  My meals are pretty much:
  • Breakfast: Green smoothie, with spinach, strawberries, mixed frozen berries, parsley, flaxmeal, chia, goji berries and protein powder.
  • Lunch: Large salad with lettuce base, usually includes tomatoes, spring onion, beans, capsicum, celery, carrot and corn, with protein - either canned tuna, or left over meat / fish from the night before
  • Dinner: Steamed / stir fry / roasted vegetables (ie. pumpkin, brussel sprouts, broccolini, bok choy, zucchini, onion, asparagus) with some meat protein (eg. salmon, chicken breast, kangaroo fillet, roast beef etc)
I've also been drinking heaps of water - for me.  The basis is a detox water that just has lemon, mint and cucumber in it, but also just having the occasional peppermint tea, or mineral water with lemon juice.

This kind of diet seems to suit my body, and I've already noticed a few things:
  1. My skin is much clearer than it has been in forever!  I still have a bit of redness because my skin is sensitised apparently (according to the chick to did my last facial), but it just feels heaps better.
  2. I have never been hungry.  Seriously, I was thinking about it on the way home from the gym.  Even yesterday when I had a relatively late lunch, I didn't feel hungry.  This leafy greens and extra water totally help fill you up.
  3. I haven't had that awful overfull filling either.  I can eat a huge bowl of salad or vegies with some meat, and I still just feel comfortable.  
  4. I've been sleeping like a log.  Crashing early and having a deep, restful sleep each night.

What has been hard about eating this way has been weekends.  Right or wrong, I associate food and drinks with certain events, mostly relaxing with family and friends.  I love a good Sunday brunch with coffee and eggs.  I like dessert on a Saturday movie night.  I like a glass of red on a Friday night after a long week.  I like baking on a Sunday afternoon.

I think in the end I just really like enjoying food.  As healthy as what I'm eating is right at the moment, and important for a specific goal I have, I believe there is still a place in our health-conscious world for food to be enjoyed and savoured.  The challenge we all have is to find the right balance of healthy foods and purely enjoyment foods in our lives.

Don't get me wrong - I enjoy eating healthy foods!  I love love love this fudge recipe.  I enjoy baking with coconut flour and almond meal and using mashed banana instead of sugar in recipes.  I like making meals from scratch, whether it be a homemade pizza, Mexican salsa, trying a new sauce for chicken, or using avocado in a chocolate mousse.

But I also enjoy having amazing cheese with a glass of wine, or a piece of organic dark chocolate.  I love a large cappuccino with eggs, avocado, tomato and spinach for breakfast.  I enjoy making a berry crumble, pumpkin pie, or having a scoop of decadent icecream.  And I especially enjoy sharing these things with family and friends.

After this 28 Day Challenge finishes at the end of this week, I'm really looking forward to continuing to eat in a healthy, mindful way most of the time, but also take the time to enjoy food again.

How do you enjoy food?

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