Food Matters.

I love food. I have always loved food. And in New Zealand fresh produce is a way of life. When I first arrived in the UK food tasted different to me. Even fruit and vegetables. And surprise, surprise…my skin went crazy. Itchy, dry and downright irritable. As was I – at the prospect of living a life with skin like this. After a lot of research on my part and a fiancé who loves to cook simple, fresh and so-delicious-you-want-to-cry kind of food we have devised a very simple food philosophy.

1.  Keep food in (or as close as possible) to its natural state.

Raw, steamed, stir-fried, baked or roasted are words you should put into high-rotation. Now.

2. Cook everything from scratch.

Pre-made foods are full of sodium, sugar and preservatives. YOUR original home-made version will taste better and be healthier for you. And I can guarantee you will feel a huge sense of satisfaction from making your own food. A close friend baked bread for us last weekend and it literally made my heart sing. And her heart sing.

3. Go Organic. Go Local.

Whenever you possibly can it really is worth it to go Organic. I’ve done the reading and there is a lot out there which says there is no benefit to eating organic produce. Fair enough if that’s what you want to believe. But take a second to think about what is in non-organic food – pesticides, chemical fertilizers and antibiotics. Not to mention processed using irradiation, industrial solvents or chemical food additives (source: Wikipedia) YIKES. It is beyond horrifying and my skin is almost itching at the thought of you eating it. Think about what you are putting in your body. When we are not travelling we get Riverford Organic boxes delivered. Simple, local and 100% organic. I intend to write a full blog on Riverford because these guys are AMAZING.

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My Riverford Box. All organic. All sourced from local farms.

4. Whole foods.

Always go for whole food ie – a product of nature. NO EXCEPTIONS. Load up on fruit and veg, unsweetened dairy products, 100% whole wheat and whole grains. Get your bread from a local bakery or bake it yourself! Wild caught fish and locally sourced meats. Snack on dried fruit and nuts. Steer clear of anything refined, processed or artificial. Cut down on sugar and sodium. ALWAYS read the ingredients and if you don’t understand what something is or means and definitely if it has an ‘E’ then a number then DON’T BUY IT. Nothing deep fried. Don’t deprive yourself of anything, but make sure whatever you have you could make yourself.

5. Drink. More. Water

Or at least natural liquids, like coconut water or fresh fruit and vegetable juice. Step away from the diet coke can. It’s not good for your diet. It’s not like being on a diet. Believe me.

I guarantee that if you follow these 5 simple principles you will never need to watch your weight again. You will live longer. And not only will you look good, but you will feel good. You will honestly be bursting with energy. And you will be supporting your local farmers which will make you feel good too. And when you’re happy you are less stressed. And when you’re not stressed your skin glows and you lose weight. I mean, does it get any more win-win than that? No. It does not. You little winner.

6 comments

  1. Paul Taylor · · Reply

    All my home grown veg is as organic as it gets !

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    1. Home grown is definitely a good way to go when you have the space for it! You are very lucky!!

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  2. Hello! I stumbled across this blog from my friend Helen who recommended it to me. It’s nice to finally find someone who has the same thoughts as myself when it comes to organic food!

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    1. Hi Kirsten,
      Thank you so much! I am really passionate about using fresh and organic produce so I’m glad you found me! Lots of food blogs to come…!
      Speak soon,
      Karen.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about safe weight loss.
    Regards

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    1. You’re so welcome! Too many people today are caught up in fads and diets. I really believe that keeping it healthy, natural and organic is the only way to go.

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