How much thought do you put into your food?
A lot, and I try to educate myself, but often feel the same way you do. Every day it’s a different advice on what is healthy and necessary, and what will kill you by, I don’t know, this Saturday. I try to use my common sense and follow the advice that I read recently: don’t buy/eat anything your own grandma wouldn’t have in her pantry.
Do you grow any of your own?
Yes, I grow a big vegetable garden and my own herbs. Mind you, this year wasn’t a big success due to the terrible drought, but we did manage something and we made our own pickles, salsa and ajvar (a kind of chutney, made from eggplants and red peppers) for winter. We also make our own jams and cordials and store dry plants (leaves, flowers) for tea.
Do you make conscious food choices based on overall nutrition?
Yes, I try to eat a balanced diet as much as I can. I cook from scratch, so I know what I’m eating.
Or, do you just eat things you like eating, and don’t worry about it?
I’m lucky enough I like to eat the things that I eat. I rarely crave something that is bad for me. I can go into a supermarket starving and come out with only the things I intended to buy. However, bread is my big, big weakness.
What do you typically eat?
I don’t eat red meat or poultry. I eat a lot of fruit and veggies, and a lot of fish. I live by the sea so the fish I eat had been caught a few hours before it reached my table, I don’t eat frozen or canned much (unless I made it), I eat free range eggs I buy from a family friend, I eat a lot of wild plants and mushrooms and so on.
Yesterday I had too much chocolate, though :)
Do you eat much junk food?
Almost none. I used to indulge in a bag of potato chips every now and then, but a few months ago I started having a strange reaction: my gums get inflamed and sore when I eat them, so I just don’t any more.
What effect have you noticed your choices having on your weight/health?
Eating well increases my energy level, manages my digestion and helps me feel clear and focused mentally. When I eat processed food I feel heavy and drowsy and tired. Also important for me since I struggle with depression. All the food-related outdoor activities I mentioned are also very good for me.
Have you thought about making any changes?
I believe I’m on the right track, but there’s always room for improvement. 7 months ago