Since finishing school I've had way more time for myself and my hobbies. One of these hobbies is nutrition. Specifically my nutrition. It's important that people don't miss understand me here because I think when anyone mentions nutrition people tend to assume that they want to loose weight. But my interest with nutrition has nothing to do with loosing weight. I love thinking about the things I put into my body for two reason: 1) For years I always felt nauseous after I ate anything and it was getting to a point where I would feel sick almost every single day. Then a year ago I decided to change my diet and my exercise regime in an attempt to feel better. This change has honestly done so much good for my life and now I feel nauseous way less frequently ! 2) I've always been a really scared and anxious person because it scared me how unpredictable life is. Nutrition seems to be one way that I can actually take control of my own life; it is a way for me to take care of myself.
I can thank my mother for my love for healthy food. Throughout my entire life she took so much care that I would eat only the freshest food with the least amount of added sugars. Don't get me wrong, she was never strike about my diet and if I wanted to eat only ramen noodles she would allow it. However, because she fed me such fresh homecooked meals ever single day from the day I was born I genuinely enjoy eating healthy. I would pick carrots over chips anyday! To be honest I think my mom not being strict was perfect because it meant that I didn't eat shit out of rebellious reasons and instead loved her food and asked her for advice and cooking lessons.
Furthermore, I've always taken pride in my healthy eating habits because I was always the only child/teenager whose favorite food was artichokes. Nonetheless, only recently have I taken it to a whole new level. Now along with being almost completely dairy free (except when its unavoidable) I am also an pescatarian. Actually thats a lie. I am not a pescatarian because I do sometimes eat meat when it comes from this lovely farm close to my house. I mean when u visit this farm you can see the chickens running around freely. Hence, the right term to describe my diet is Flexitarian. Now lets be honest... flexitarian sounds really stupid. I mean do we really need a term for everything?
From what I gathered online, a flexitarian is someone who eats mostly a vegetarian/vegan diet with some exceptions. My exceptions are:
- I eat meat when it comes from the farm by my house. I decided to make this an exceptions because I know that the animals on that farm are treated well. I think as consumers we need to send messages to the industry through our purchases. I think if people purchased only good meat from farms that treat their animals well then the industry would pick up on this trend and realize what people want. I don't think that me changing my consumption alone will make the slightest of differences, and the meat companies don't care if I alone don't buy from them, but at least I can keep this great little farm going by giving them my money and try and persuade people to do the same.
- I eat fish.
- I will eat milk products if it is unavoidable.
Since making this rather big change in my diet and lifestyle I've been super happy. I won't lie and say that I am completely changed and am now practically glowing because that would be an exaggeration, but what I can say is that I don't regret my choice at all. I love the new challenges that this change has brought because planning your meals and cooking really takes more time and effort. There are so many new recipes that I have to try out, some of which are not so great, whilst others blow me away. What makes me so happy with this choice is that my love and interest for nutrition and cooking has really grown now and I actually have to stop myself in the evening from looking for more new recipes.