Given the current COVID-19 crisis, maintaining your health is likely to be on your mind at the moment. If you are looking to introduce some positive changes in your life I hope this will give you some ideas. :)
Where I'm at
I endeavour to live as 'clean' a life as I can but I'm not clean 100% of the time.
I wouldn't want to be either! I still drink coffee and alcohol and I love chocolate and home-made cake.
I'm sure I would be healthier if I never ate or drank these things, but I don't want to live a life denying myself of things that bring me happiness.
I do my best to limit these things and make 'good' choices most of the time. That way when I do want to enjoy a piece of cake or a G&T I can enjoy it and not give myself a hard time about it.
My aim is to make informed choices about what I eat, drink and put on my skin.
Not all coffee/ cake/ chocolate is equal
So when it comes to coffee at home (which of course is every coffee during lockdown!) I always buy organic coffee.
When I make a cake it will be with organic flour, butter and eggs. You get the picture.
Small changes that can make a big difference
I've listed below some of the changes that I've made in the last 17 years. It includes things I've learnt from a variety of sources such as nutritionists, knowledgeable friends, webinars and my own reading.
I hope it will give you something to think about and maybe inspire some positive changes too.
Remember that even a few small changes can still make a difference. :)
Dairy and dairy alternatives
I buy organic milk and butter if at all possible. It usually is.
Unhomogenised organic milk is best, but any organic milk is better than non-organic. I've found that Waitrose Duchy Original is the easiest unhomogenised organic milk to come by.
If you are a big fan of dairy it's worth trying out a few of the alternatives as even a lot of organic dairy isn't ideal. Especially if you have any skin issues or problems with excess catarrh.
I discovered plant-based milks about 13 years ago. My son struggled to process dairy products so rice milk was a revelation to us! Ivan and I would still only ever use a plant-based milk to drink or put on cereal.
It's always worth checking the ingredients before you buy a plant-based milk. Many of them also contain unnecessary ingredients that are best avoided. Unfortunately they are the brands that are usually found in coffee shops these days.
My favourites are Rude Health Almond drink and either Rude Health or Rice Dream Rice drink. They have a very short ingredients list which is what you should be looking for. In my opinion they also taste much better too!
We buy organic meat as much as possible.
Animals reared organically are not given routine anti-biotics and their grazing land is free from artificial fertilisers and many pesticides. You can read more about that here.
I also try and reduce my meat consumption and have several plant-based meals each week too. With the rise in awareness of a vegetarian or vegan diet there are lots of places that you can find inspiration for plant-based meals. Deliciously Ella is a great place to start.
Healthy fats (and the low-fat myth)
I used to think I was doing the right thing by buying low-fat or low-salt or sugar products.
It turns out I wasn't doing myself any favours.
Avocados, butter, eggs, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are a regular part of my diet now.