Hello, I’m Kim, and I unapologetically enjoy food.
I love pizza. I adore chocolate. Donuts. Cookies. Oh, my god.
But I also take what I eat serious. I exercise hard, I walk for around 2hrs a day with the dog, and I climb mountains (sometimes, when I’m not marathoning netflix). My body needs to work well, and it doesn’t work well on a fuck load of refined carbs & saturated fats. You’ll find wheatgrass powder, milled flaxseed and unrefined cocoa nibs in my cupboards (you’ll also find mini marshmallows & cocoa powder). I supplement my diet with whey protein after heavy weights sessions. We meal plan, we get our 7-a-day most days (although sometimes I class pizza as a vegetable), and we eat seasonally.
I used to hate food.
Food made me fat.
Food was the source of being bullied at school.
Food was something that I just couldn’t get a sensible grip on. I’d try and cut things out, but that just made me want them more and enter a binge cycle with my favourite foods.
I’ve never had an ED, but I have struggled with my body image and weight throughout my entire life. I’ve dieted with unhealthy points-based programs (seriously, how many people spend their daily ‘points’ on a ridiculously large amount of over processed food and salt laden ready meals?), and I’ve gained most of the weight back.
It’s taken me until now, at 30, to really feel comfortable with my body and what nourishes it. To unapologetically grab that second slice of cake, because now I know that I can balance out my diet. I don’t need to restrict food groups, or stop eating things that I thoroughly enjoy, just because they’re not “healthy”. It’s just a balancing act and we all just need to do the best we can.
Sali Hughes posted a really great article on the cult of wellness over on The Pool last week. I follow quite a lot of health & fitness instagram accounts and some of the comments on them are insane! And don’t even get me started on that whack 30 bananas a day chick. Jesus.
I started to focus on my personal nutritional philosophy earlier this year, after listening to the Great Courses “Nutrition Made Clear”.
My Personal Nutritional Philosophy
- I will eat whole food, with real ingredients, and cook meals from scratch.
- Whenever I eat meat it will be low on processing and of good quality (free range, or organic).
- I will eat seasonally and not waste food.
- If I want to eat cake, or chocolate, or donuts, I will. Just not a shit load at once.
- I will eat butter not margarine. Life’s too short.
- I will drink whole milk rather than skimmed*.
- I will look to pulses and beans for my protein.
- I won’t feel guilty about eating snacks, but I’ll make sure they’re a treat rather than a regular occurrence.
- I’ll make sure my diet is varied & interesting.
- I’ll just try my best, because that’s all anyone can do. A wheatgrass shot doesn’t make you a hero, and a donut doesn’t make you scum.
- I’ll try and drink more water than I do, I really don’t drink enough.
- I will not be a health food pariah.
*A note on milk: I’m not vegetarian or vegan and cows milk does feature in my diet, this might not align with your views and that’s totally fine (good for me, not for you). I made the switch to whole milk & full fat yogurt a year or so ago after reading a lot of information about the benefits of whole over skimmed.
So there you go, that’s how I feel about food & nutrition right now. I’ll probably talk more about this in the future as I’m in the midst of looking into nutrition courses (because I don’t have enough to do!). It’s important, though, right? Food and that. It’s what powers evverrryyy thing we do.