My Daily Diet

So what do I eat as my Daily Diet –

I eat what makes me feel good and I don’t adhere to one specific diet.  I take bits and pieces from many of the diets out there and adapt them to my own needs.  You could say my diet is a mixture of Paleo and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) – although SCD has to be followed to the letter so there’s really no way to just dip in and out of it.  A low carb, high fat and high protein diet is really the closest thing to it.

I don’t eat grains, starchy carbs or refined sugar (I do eat  honey and natural sugars in fruit etc).  I do eat dairy, meat & fish (although I was a pescatarian for 16 years) vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, oils, beans and legumes, and I find that this diet is the best for me nutritionally and causes me the least inflammation.  Recently I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus so I eat this way to try to reduce inflammation in my body to aid with my well-being.  I love my wine and can also tolerate dry champagne, whisky, vodka, tequila and gin so all is not lost!

Picnic Park Paris Cheese Wine Fruit
A cheese and wine picnic in the park in Paris!!

My favourite foods

These would mirror the Mediterranean Diet.  Fresh meat and fish, olive oil, lemon, lots of garlic, fresh salads, fruits, plenty of cheese and all washed down with a glass (or two) of wine!

Turbot Grilled Lake Portugal Casa do Lago Lemon Garlic
A recent Portugese celebration meal of Grilled Turbot with Lemon, Garlic and Herbed Olive Oil

I like all foods from all cultures from Greek to Indian to Japanese to a good old BBQ.  Eating out and trying new foods are huge passions of mine and I’m less strict when I go to restaurants.  I avoid the carbs, grains and sugar and most restaurants are really happy to accommodate my requirements.  I just ask for a dish without the bread or the sauce etc or swap the potatoes for green vegetables.

At home though it’s a different story.  I’m used to cooking for myself and I know what I can and can’t eat and always stick precisely to my diet when I’m the one making dinner.  I do like to try out new recipes and am always trying to make something different.  I really believe that when your diet is more limited, due to allergies or intolerances, then you need to keep things interesting.  You have to eat really tasty food in order to stick to it and not get bored.  Recently, after deciding to add meat back into my diet I’ve discovered a love of slow-cooking too.  I feel like I’ve had to learn to cook all over again now as I have very little experience in cooking meat!

For inspiration

I look to Pinterest, other bloggers that I follow and recipes books such as Hemsley & Hemsley and Danielle Walker.  Mostly, I adapt the recipes to suit my own needs for weeknight dinners.  I will share some of the meals that I cook on the blog.  There are also recommendations of snack items and products that are available in stores on my Shop Page.  These are items with minimal processing and they’re all grain, gluten and refined sugar-free.

I do know however, that not everyone has the need to be so strict in their diets as I live with my boyfriend, who eats everything and needs the carbohydrate to make him feel full and sustain him through workouts so I often add carbohydrates to his portion of our evening meal (roast/baked potatoes or pasta or some garlic bread) just to fill him up.

I also love cooking for other people – especially baking.  My cupcakes are a family favourite, especially with my little nephews – (these were some I made for my family at Christmas).Emma Cupcakes Christmas Choc Chip

Looks like someone enjoyed them…

Ethan Cupcake Nephew Emma Choc Chip
My nephew Ethan – the little munchkin!

So that’s it.  Not rocket science!  Just a grain free, gluten free and refined sugar free way of eating!  Try it.  I’m sure you’ll feel better for it!  I do!

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Razena says:

    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, also an Auto-immune disease, and tend to avoid grains, starchy carbs or sugar as much as possible because I feel the inflammatory effects almost immediately!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I feel the exact same way Razena. I know when I’ve been glutened accidentally just by the lethargy, pain and bloating that I feel. Eating this way has really help reduce my inflammation and I’m glad it’s helping you too!

  2. Thanks for sharing details about how the diet you follow for your health! I’ve been trying to find the right diet for my health needs, and detailed posts like this are really helpful!

  3. Kate says:

    I really do think this would make me feel better. I always notice a huge difference in my energy level and mood when I eat better, so I’ll give this a try. I’ve been meaning to cut out sugar anyway

  4. I’ve tried to cut out sugar and grain too for a few weeks. My body feels good. I still drink sugar in my coffee and eat bread on weekends. Great ideas you have for eating healthy.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I really notice the difference now when I eat something I shouldn’t. I feel tires, bloated and lethargic – it just makes sense to me to eat this way 🙂

  5. Elaine Michaels says:

    We share similar interests in food! I really try to go gluten free and low sugar (try to get it from natural sources). I’d love to know your cupcake recipe! They look delicious and gorgeous as well!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      They’re gluten and sugar filled I’m afraid but I have some great cupcake recipes on the blog! or and lots more 😀

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