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So what do I eat –
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. I guess 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 sugar (other than 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, beans and legumes and I find that this diet is the best for me nutritionally and causes me the least inflammation. I have a condition called lupus so I try to reduce inflammation in my body wherever possible and you can read more about the condition and the foods that I eat here.
My favourite foods 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!
I like all foods from all cultures from Greek to Indian to Japanese to a good old BBQ. I love eating out and trying new foods and I’m less strict when I go to restaurants (I avoid the carbs and grains but if a sauce has a tiny bit of sugar in it then it’s not the end of the world for me).
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 and 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!
I look to Pinterest, other bloggers that I follow and recipes books such as Hemsley & Hemsley and Deliciously Ella (adapting some of their recipes to suit my own needs) for weeknight dinners and I hope to share some of the meals that I cook on the blog.
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 – and my cupcakes are a family favourite, especially with my little nephews – (these were some I made for my family at Christmas).
Looks like someone enjoyed them…