Years ago, when I was first seeing a naturopath to figure out my crazy body, I would imagine what this glowingly healthy naturopath woman was eating – what was the perfect breakfast? Did she have snacks? What time did she have dinner? Was she vegetarian? Tell me your secrets woman!
I never actually asked her what she ate because I was too nervously in awe of her and each session was a chance to talk about me (!) which would obviously distract me beyond the first few minutes.
Then I went to get my naturopathy degree and I spent four years trying to find the answer to the perfect diet. I kept getting the answer “every one is different, treat the individual”. That can’t be right. Surely it’s a raw food diet. Or maybe paleo… Intermittent fasting? Green smoothies? Soups? Should I quit sugar?
I already knew that my body had it’s limitations – gluten wouldn’t get digested for days and dairy gave me chronic headaches, so they were (mostly) removed. But what you remove from a diet does not make a diet.
Then, in another example of all the wisdom I have acquired in my 30′s, I had a revelation. I will eat like a well person.
A well person does not restrict their diet to the point of anxiety. A well person looks forward to sharing meals with friends. A well person tries new things. A well person cares about fueling their bodies with the freshest and yummiest produce they can get their hands on. A well person does not feel guilty about “treats”. A well person listens to and trusts their bodies to know when they are hungry and when they have had enough.
There are many healing and detox diets out there which are fantastic and powerful and I am a huge believer in the power of diet over disease. If I am ever in the position of ill-health, diet will be the first thing I will address in a manner that is appropriate to the needs of my body at the time. For now, however, a good healthy diet should be a thing of joy and deliciousness and nourishment.
Here are some examples of what a naturopath – or rather what THIS naturopath eats. Because we’re all different after all. Is it some form of wholefood diet or JERF (Just Eat Real Food)? I don’t know. I just eat food and I really enjoy it and it makes me feel good.
I always start the day with 500ml of warm lemon water. I love it and can’t do without it.
Boiled eggs with toast soldiers, spread with miso and avocado: this is eaten 4-5 days a week because my girls love it and I am far too lazy to cook separate meals. I can’t complain though, it’s a great way to start the day, packed with protein and good fats – I just can’t believe how many eggs we go through.
Porridge or soaked muesli: I serve this up once a week, when we’re in a hurry. I don’t love a sweet breakfast and the girls don’t love it either. Wait, why do I make this? Oh that’s right, because it’s the only vaguely accepted quick breakfast around here. Sigh.
Cashew and oat pikelets: love these little babies but they are time consuming. Usually topped with avo or banana.
I don’t usually have anything mid-morning but a weak soy latte calls my name a couple of times a week. I could easily get addicted to lattes because I love them and I want to marry their delicious wonder but I choose to keep them as a treat.
Big salad: leaves, sprouts, avo, carrots, tomato, cucumber, capsicum, fermented veggies, feta, leftover roast veggies, nuts, chickpeas, lentils, dips etc. Really any delicious-looking ingredient in my fridge that could possible go in a salad, will be in my bowl, topped with plenty of olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. I call it a “full of sh*t salad”, because I’m classy like that.
Leftovers: as often as I can – leftovers in the fridge is the best thing ever.
Mid afternoon is when I usually get a munchies attack. It is usually satisfied by some trail mix and lots of water but it can get out of control and I find myself breaking out the kale chips, raw chocolate or coconut yoghurt with muesli. If there is a baked good in the house it will also get a good seeing-to but now that I’m out of pregnancy/breast feeding insatiable hunger, I’m baking a lot less (sorry husband).
Meat and veggies/salad: once again, the girls love it** and I don’t cook separate meals. So there are lots of roasted chickens with roast veggies and steamed greens*; lamb chops with root veggie mash and broccoli; fish or prawns with salad. Simple and everybody eats it up with gusto.
Soups and stews: I love a good soup, full of veggies and bone broth. I always add a couple of types of dried seaweed for extra minerals and some sort of protein in the form of lentils or chicken.
Buckwheat pasta: topped with homemade sauce packed with a million veggies and some organic mince.
Rice or quinoa: cooked in bone broth, topped with stir fried veggies and organic tempeh.
I will have a glass of wine a couple of times a week and perhaps a couple more if we’re socialising (makes it more fun you know ).
I used to have a very sweet tooth but over the years, and knowing what sugar does to my body, I have started to lose it. I haven’t given it up by any means but I can’t stand real sickly sweet or too much sweet either.
My usual dessert is some of my Spiced Maca Hot Chocolate, made in my very greedy 400ml teacup with coconut cream. If I’m not hungry enough for that, I’ll have a dandelion tea or a couple of squares of raw chocolate.
*We put lots of butter and coconut oil on our veggies for excellent nutrient absorption and because it is ridiculously delicious.
**It might appear that I don’t take husband’s likes/dislikes into account with meals but husband likes EVERYTHING. He thinks I’m the best cook in the world and I think he’s the best husband. X