These days, it’s all about being healthy! It’s the trend we all love to follow but what does it actually mean?
We’ve had a lot of comments lately from customers saying: ‘You guys look so healthy! What do you do? What do you eat?’
It got me thinking…We all love to say ‘I’m healthy’, ‘I eat healthy’ and ‘I live a healthy life’. But do we really? By what definition are we calling ourselves healthy? Is it because we don’t eat meat, or because we follow a paleo diet? Is it because we go for a run everyday or join the gym? Is it because we meditate? Or is it simply because we don’t get sick?
The dictionary defines it as ‘being in a good physical or mental condition’. So I’d like to ask what’s the definition of ‘good’? Each and every one of us has their own belief about what it means to feel good’ or ‘healthy’. We make up our own definition so that it fits in with our lives, how we’ve grown up, what type of people we surround ourselves with, what we read & learn.
So as you read on please bear in mind, our diet/lifestyle choices are in line with what we believe to be healthy for us and our bodies based on our experiences and knowledge. We never tell anyone how to eat, how to move & what to think. Unless you ask. So here you go.
Generally, we don’t follow a ‘diet’ as such. I don’t like being confined in a list of things I’m allowed to eat. It’s not practical and it’s not very human-like. We love food and we love exploring food. We do however, follow a few ‘ground rules’.
- No vegetable oil. So that rules out pretty much most packaged foods you get at big super market chains. If you haven’t spent much time thinking about the fats you consume I highly recommend it. Read more here.
- No flour. No grain. Just because the stuff is hard to digest. I’m all with Sally Fallon/Weston Price on this one. Unless its’ been properly prepared i.e. soaked for the right amount of time, I won’t eat it. And of course gluten is a good thing to stay away from generally.
- Sugar. Mmm, such a tricky one. Well, we don’t eat the white sugar laden stuff that comes in bright wrappers and generally try to reduce naturally sweet foods. We eat fruit daily and a little 85% chocolate sometimes. When our friend brings us a jar of his harvested honey, we can’t say no! I’m always trying to reduce sugar intake in general. I think my German background is making it a little challenging! But I’m working on it
- Organic only. That’s all.
Apart from that I like to experiment. My body does well with meat (pasture raised, organic), with eggs, a little fermented raw dairy, sauerkraut of course, some activated nuts, plenty of vegetables. It doesn’t do well with alcohol and raw desserts. But that’s just me. I just have 2-3 main meals in the day and don’t generally snack. My tummy likes that better. I take specific superfoods in order to supplement certain minerals & vitamins which are hard to find in our foods these days.
In my own definition, I eat healthy. Over the years I’ve learned to listen to my body very well. I usually know when I’ll tolerate what foods best. Do I always listen? Of course not. I look at it as a continuous journey of refining my intuition. One important factor for me is the enjoyment of food. I love the food I get to eat and don’t feel I’m depriving myself- even by not eating the foods mentioned above. The enjoyment of food makes me happy. And happiness makes us healthy. It’s a full circle.
Head over to our recipe page for some more ideas of what we eat!
In bubbly health 🙂