I hate the taste of spirulina. I believe you don’t need to use the fashionable and expensive powders and “superfoods” just because everyone’s talking about them (unless you want to of course), and that a diet full of easy-to-eat, easy-to-find, everyday “super” foods like broccoli, blueberries, salmon and nuts can be a simpler way to stay healthy.
I’m also not a fan of the recently coined phrase and obsession with ‘clean eating’. For me good nutrition is about balance and variety, enjoying real, unprocessed food as much as possible but treating yourself occasionally too. Everything in moderation as they say (except veg, you can never eat enough veg!)
Over the years I have worked at nurturing a healthy relationship with food and exercise and limiting the foods and behaviours that don’t make me feel good. That’s not to say I don’t love a pizza now and then (I can’t deny my Italian roots) or a couple of glasses of red wine but mostly, my diet comprises of a variety of fresh, whole foods, eaten the way nature intended.
The same with exercise; I don’t spend hours in a gym doing the same routine over and over (great if you love it but it’s not for me!) Instead I try to run around with my daughter as much as possible, take yoga classes and do a variety of home workouts that I can easily fit into my busy day.
For me, the desire to feel healthy and well and have enough energy has overtaken any desire to be a certain weight or look a certain way. Too many people are consumed with guilt and denial around their food intake and forget that food is there to nourish us and well as to be enjoyed and experimented with.
Whether you have been convinced the Paleo diet is the way forward or that everyone should be vegan, there is a wealth of information out there but it’s often too easy to confuse fact with conviction. I believe there is no inherently right way to eat. My advice is to really listen to your body and experiment with what works best for you.
I believe in extending that philosophy to children from an early age. It’s never too young to teach children healthy habits that will set them up for the rest of their lives. Talking to them about the value and importance of good food, about what makes them feel their best, exposing them to a wide variety of unprocessed foods and getting them involved in the kitchen and at the dinner table is the key to raising healthy children. Cultivating a healthy relationship with food exercise and wellbeing is the best thing you can do for yourself and the best gift you can give your children.