For most people, the word “organic” and “whole” used in combination with the word “food” conjures up an image of tree hugging hippies, skin kissed by the sun, long unruly hair billowing in the breeze, two tired thongs of leather holding a scuffed and jaded pair of flip flops on their feet. Add in the word “vegetarian” and their eyes glaze over as fast as the audible groan can be heard leaving their body.
Of course that’s a hugely outdated view and so far away from describing my life it’s comedic. But neither am I a lithe, yogic twenty something whose body springs into down dog at the drop of a Joe and the Juice smoothie.
The reality of it is that I am a forty something housewife living in East Anglia with my husband and daughter, two follicularly overdosed dogs, a bipolar cat, 4 hens and the bantam Mrs Slowcombe who had to be renamed Mr Humpries when it turned out he could cock-a-doodle-do one morning.
Having been born in the 1970s, I was raised on a free-food diet consisting of a lot of white bread and, basically, sugary rubbish. Most parents back then grew up on post-war rationing, so the introduction of supermarkets and endless refined choice was a movement that was wholeheartedly embraced. As a young lady I abused my poor body even further during the 12 years spent working in the City when nutrition for me consisted of endless venti lattes, diet cokes and a regular intake of sauvignon blanc. Oh, and I smoked.
In terms of things we regret, smoking would be top of the list for me. Unless you’ve been a smoker yourself, you can never really appreciate the hold this horrid habit takes of you. I tried numerous times to quit before finally succeeding 3 years ago. But, whilst I managed to kick the hateful habit, I was still plagued with the lingering cravings that nothing seemed to soothe. These cravings are a very physical thing, for me it was like a constant gripping ache in my throat and chest, which left me feeling constantly unsatisfied.
But here’s the amazing thing; as soon as I switched to an organic wholefood diet the cravings disappeared! Of course not everyone is going to have the same experience and that’s not the point I’m trying to make. I am using this example so you, as a reader, can appreciate where my passion for organic wholefood lies.
In a world where chronic debilitating diseases caused by poor nutrition are spiraling out of control, adopting an organic wholefood diet to heal ourselves is possibly our only hope of saving ourselves from the big three; cancer, heart disease and diabetes, not to mention the endless list of other chronic diseases.
If, like me, you want to take control of your health and vitality, join me on my journey as I train to be a Nutritional Therapist and share some of my culinary successes, and failures, with you on this blog.