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Does being a ‘foodie’ hinder healthy eating?

As a nutritional therapist of nearly 15 years I am well aware of how we should be eating for optimum health.  However those of you who know me well will know that I consider my-self a ‘foodie’. I really enjoy food! This is something I considered to be quite normal but as I have aged I have come to realise that there are many people who eat because they have to and don’t seem to get excited about what their next meal is going to be.

The problem that I have is that many of the foods that are considered to be healthy just don’t get me drooling! I’m not a big fan of seeds, I’ve never liked the taste of nuts and my natural body type is not suited to full time vegetarianism. But this doesn’t mean that my diet is unhealthy!

Here are my favourite ways of getting great foods and nutrients into my diet-

– add fresh purple/red berries and natural yoghurt to breakfast pancakes. I also add a handful of jumbo oats to the batter mixture. Keeps you going much longer than a normal pancake.

– snack on olives, prunes and dates.

– select good quality meat and poultry avoiding plastic wrapped products from the supermarkets.

– add lentils, quinoa and millet to homemade vegetable soups and casseroles.

– eat watercress and rocket in abundance.

– vegetables, as fresh and local as possible. I get really excited by European markets. They have such a great choice of fresh produce.

– choose brown rice for a tasty and filling risotto.

– toss sweet potato (yam) chips in a little olive oil and sea salt and bake in a hot oven.

– when cake baking I use diary-free spread and wheat-free flour. A much lighter bake!

– spices and garlic are both flavoursome and full of protective nutrients.

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As much as possible I will cook from scratch so I know exactly what has gone into my meal but I also love the occasional take-away! It’s just a matter of finding a healthy balance… if you need a hand, just shout x