Sunday, 28 September 2008

A New Way of Eating

One of the main ways to restore my health is through diet, so this week I've been thinking, and reading lots, about food. It makes for quite frightening reading - that most of our western diet is actually non-food! Apparently our daily intake should be divided in an 80/20 split, with 80% fresh vegetables (lightly steamed or even better, raw), fruit (as with veg), sprouts (as in water cress sprouts etc.), brown rice, unprocessed foods, seeds, grains, nuts, and so on. The 20% is for meats (if you must but better not to), dairy (though again, not recommended), oily fish, and so on.

I don't know about you but my diet, even though we cook from scratch mostly, is still appalling in terms of the 'healthy' eating rules!

But all that is changing, albeit a bit slowly. I have to make my taste buds change to accept soya milk, and to change over to herbal teas. No more sugars, saturated fats, meats, or junky, processed foods.

Apart from learning about food, I went horse riding again, and have been mostly positive and up. I am certain that the day is coming when everything will be back to normal!


JJ said...

Oh dear. My diet could do with some work too!

Glad to hear about the riding and the positive outlook.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

I find the Alpro organic soya milk to be the least horrid (and I've tried quite a few varieties in my time, as I don't digest cow's milk very well - not allergic or anything, just, well, I'll spare you the details!). I prefer the unsweetened version but then I don't have much of a sweet tooth. If you're making a lot of changes at once, you may feel a bit grim for a few days as your body gets used to the new regime. Good luck with it.

Tamara said...

Shoobee doo.. I think we have it backwards in South Africa. Certainly my hubby thinks that every meal should be 80% red meat :-)

Debs said...

I have to admit that my diet isn't brilliant either. I don't eat much meat or dairy (goats milk on cereal) but far too much saturated fats (though cutting them out of my diet at the moment.

Glad you went riding too.