Living a heathy and holistic lifestyle isn’t something I have always done and to be honest it’s definitely not something I do all the time. Like everyone else, I have my good days and bad. Throughout my pregnancy, for example, I was eating anything and everything…constantly. And heap of burgers…mmm… I still love burgers. Nowadays, I just really enjoy taking a recipe and turning it into a healthier version of itself.
I prefer to eat good quality, fresh, whole food ingredients rather than processed, packaged “frankenfoods” you find on the supermarket shelves.
Growing up in Perth, our family would eat packet wholemeal bread, margarine, drink skim milk, eat low fat flavoured yoghurt, consume fruit juice and we thought this was “healthy eating”. I asked my mum about this and she said “we were told it was healthy”. It seems there was (and still is) a lot of misguiding information. It’s taken a long time to learn what was the best way of eating for me.
What is important to note is that there is no one size fits all solution to food. Everyone is different and so you must listen to your own body when deciding what’s right for you.
I first experimented with quitting refined sugar in 2010 – just for a challenge – and since then, I have been researching, testing and trialling different food lifestyles, including strict paleo. The results have been enough to completely change my relationship with food. I now enjoy a “sort-of” paleo lifestyle as I do still eat a bit of dairy and on holidays…well it just all goes out the window! I have found a perfect compromise which achieves the best results for me and also letting me live and experience life in its fullest. It’s about eating heaps of seasonal vegetables, pastured meat proteins, heaps of good fats, eggs, fruit, nuts, seeds, fermented foods and beverages like Kombucha and basically nothing processed or with refined sugar (well most of the time anyway).
I call it: eating FIT FOOD.
I started FIT FOOD after my husband and I moved to France as a way of sharing the recipes I have created along my journey and to inspire others to adopt a healthier and holistic approach. As my husband, Peter, is a professional athlete, I think it’s even more pertinent to ensure he is fueling his body for optimum results. But why should it only be athletes who consider food as fuel?
It’s not about a set of restrictive and limiting food rules or a diet which dictates what you can and cannot eat, but rather a realistic approach to food that is all about fueling the body with the nutrients it needs to be able to get the most out of life. It’s about returning to eating real food, the way nature intended, before we began eating chemicals and processed foods in packages. It’s about eating ethically, sustainably and getting excited about flavorful food and most of all, it’s about doing all this easily, quickly and cost-effectively!
Welcome to FIT FOOD.