Over this 31 day challenge I really hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the basics of prepping your kitchen, the basics of baking, cooking and growing your own!
I wanted to end on a high and thought long and hard about how the best way to do this would be.
For me, ending on a high will always be about positivity and food 😀
So here’s my opinion piece on food, my editors letter, my mission, values and goals laid out with the whys and the who’s and what’s!
The No1 Question I Get Asked
What diet are you on?
“Your skin looks amazing!” “How do you have so much energy?” “You’re so thin but strong!” “Will this make me lose weight?” “How do you get so much done in so little time…supplements? Which ones? Maybe I should try them!”
What diet are you on?
That’s normally how conversations go. I don’t mind them per say, as obviously some things are compliments, but I always detect a ripple of unease coming from myself.
Being honest? The things that I get complimented on are a mix of genetics and eating a balanced diet.
I’m happy to say that, but often I feel people aren’t happy hearing it as their eyes lose that sparkle of curiosity.
It’s not a silver bullet. It’s not a quick fit or a 1 week drop 10lbs thing that seem to catch the eyes of so many.
It’s a constant every day wholesome lifestyle which is delicious and nutritious.
I personally find my eating habits really jazzy even if there’s no snazzy marketing name attached to them! And the story behind them even jazzier!
I grew up on old fashioned cooking. In fact my Grandparents who raised me where doing plot to plate cooking naturally and it was just the done thing.
My Grandad grew a variety of fruits and vegetables which were then turned in to meals. When I write this I wish I’d known – I could have become a chef sooner because there’s a pattern here 😉
On a completely different side, there’s one image that sticks out for me and it’s when I was 6. I went round a friends for a sleep over and was served steamed chicken and plain rice. No vegetables. No salt. Just chicken and rice.
My friend had always been stick thin, beautiful blonde hair and I remember her mum saying to us as she served “this will keep the fat off, healthy food like this”.
That was the first time – although I didn’t realise it at the time – that I experienced a bad relationship with food or at least a different one. After that I noticed things elsewhere like calorie books, diet books, something that didn’t exist in my home.
Before I got cancer at 9 years old, I’d never been overweight or been that sick apart from the odd sniffle here and there.
When I look back do I accredit this to a balanced diet? Yes I do. Because as I’ve gotten older and tried the fad diets out of interest, I’ve felt awful.
The Real Basics Of Food
When I started Rebalance and Meals By Rebalance I started them both because I want people to reconnect with their food and where it comes from.
With Meals by Rebalance especially, the entire aim is to take the stress and planning out of cooking.
Years of fad diets, celebrity/’wellness guru’ endorsements and iffy marketing campaigns have created a worrying trend in food being demonised.
People refusing to eat whole food groups and sometimes multiple food groups at the same time.
What gets lost is that we’re all unique. We’re all individuals with different needs, lifestyles, bodies, builds, but the one thing that we all need is proper whole food. Food that’s been carefully grown to work with nature.
Am I convinced by veganism, vegetarianism, paleo, raw food diets, only green juices, only meat diets etc etc? Not really. Neither from a health or environmental point of view.
Cutting out food groups unless you medically need to do so isn’t my steer.
Balance is key and I’ve always felt we’re so lucky to live when we do.
We have all of the knowledge so far from history, plus modern technology, which combined means we know what’s good for us and we can easily get it.
We know what works and what doesn’t. Yes new cooking techniques and meals come out but how often do they stick?
Foraging wild food for example is a big thing and something I can get behind in part, but having done it myself and tasted some of the ‘foods that haven’t been eaten in 100 years or more’, I can tell why!
I Will Always Say: Eat A Balanced And Varied Diet With Varied Cooking Techniques
Support local farmers, producers and shops!
Invest in slow grown food and organic food!
Invest in yourself! Be Your Own Champion!
Ending On A Foodie Quote High Note
Over this challenge I’ve been able to speak to some amazing people. Here’s some of my favourite quotes and I hope they make you smile and inspire you!
Giving yourself enough time is really important. I give myself time with a lot of things not only when it comes to cooking but with daily life. For example if I’ve only got 30mins, I’m not going to start a three course meal. Each time I make sure I have enough time to sleep, eat properly (I can get quite stroppy otherwise haha!) and to write a journal detailing my thoughts, emotions etc. Again it helps with perspective.Saul Cuttell, Former Royal Marine
For us transparency, education and provenance are key. This open approach allows our customers to have a deeper understanding and appreciation what it takes to produce food ethically and sustainably.Jillian McEwan PhD, Farmer
When it comes to food, sourcing locally helps us to reduce the carbon footprint of our food needs, it supports local growers and hence local economies, all whilst giving us access to fresher (and hence tastier) food.
However, locally sourcing our food can also offer us so much more, in helping to increase social ties and build community cohesion, through the personal interactions that take place between producer and consumer, in a way that can’t occur when your food comes from halfway around the world.
Eating locally produced food provides a great way for us to build a more cohesive world in our own backyards.Professor Richard Hazenberg, Director of the Institute of Social Innovation and Impact
To me, wellbeing is being able to give the world the best of you, not what’s left of you!
Creating a lifestyle that’s positive and sustainable, give you balance and promotes the best you; health is wealth and happiness is the highest form of health!
Therefore by taking control of your nutrition you can improve your wellbeing, as they say, ‘good food = good mood.Tracy Whittaker-Smith, Head National Coach at Team GB British Gymnastics
Just beg borrow or steal your way to a sourdough starter (everyone seems to have one these days so that shouldn’t be too hard!).LoafHacker
The food we eat is critical to providing us with the fuel we need to achieve our daily goals. But more than that, it provides us with an opportunity to savour the flavour, to socialise with friends and family and to support and appreciate the skills of farmers, producers, chefs and cooks.
Local, fresh and flavoursome food is a social glue we can all stick to!Steve Walsh, Managing Director at Jump Media Group
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”