As this blog has a big focus on food, I knew I was bound to get some questions about what I do and don’t eat, or my eating ‘philosophy’. Firstly, I strongly believe eating should be a joy and should always be done in gratitude – for all the people and resources that made it possible (including yourself!) to meet one of your most basic human needs. That is why I don’t believe in attaching too many labels to how I eat. Humans are a pretty amazing species and we are constantly learning and discovering new things. If we are too righteous and dogmatic about what we eat we will not be open enough to learn and adapt when new insights emerge. Also, EVERYONE on the planet has a completely different set of challenges and constraints to keep in mind when choosing (or not being able to chose!) what to eat.
Here are some of the principles I keep in mind when deciding what to put on my plate and what recipes to share here:
- I try to eat healthy, fresh, wholefoods whenever possible.
- I try to source ingredients that are produced ethically and sustainably.
- As I am lucky enough to have both physical and economic access to a wide variety of foods I eat a mostly plant-based diet, relatively low in Animal Source Foods (ASF).
- I try to include a diverse range of foods in my diet.
- I have had a lactose intolerance my whole life, so all the recipes you find here are lactose free / low lactose. They are also low in refined sugar. For those of you who actually suffer from gluten intolerance, you will also find many gluten free options. But you will also find a variety of whole grains featured in many of the recipes due to their health properties and accessibility / affordability for many.
- I love to cook but like most people these days, life can be pretty hectic and at times many things conspire to keep me out of the kitchen. So I fully understand that convenience and practicality are some of the major factors that determine what we eat these days! For that reason all the recipes here are easy to follow, quick to make and easy to store.
- I believe that “responsibility is the flipside of choice” (author unknown). As I am lucky to have a choice in what and how I eat, I feel a responsibility to keep learning about how our food is produced and the impact our diet has on ourselves, on others and on the planet. It would be wonderful if we all had the possibility to learn what we can in order to make informed decisions that match our own priorities and context, and help others to do the same (in an open and non-judgmental way).
- Lastly, and this one is definitely a work in progress, I try to prepare and consume my food both mindfully and gratefully to give the attention and appreciation that is deserved.
Stay tuned for extended blog posts on all of the above points!