A Taste of Tasmania
My boyfriend and I just got back from an amazing time in Tasmania, where we enjoyed lots of amazing food and wine, and I took photos of it, as I do, and I wanted a place to share/store these memories, so I thought i'd put together a visual diary of our trip.
I also wanted to show that being healthy and eating well doesn't just look like kale smoothies and chia puddings, it can come in many shapes and forms and can even include the humble fish and chips. An all-or-nothing approach is often what people go to when they are trying to lose a few kilos or get a bit healthier. However, this can lead to being very strict with food which may ultimately lead to a restriction-binging cycle, which is a horrible thing to be in and ensures the pleasure of eating is completely lost. But food is very enjoyable, and should be eaten with pleasure, and this is why I am an advocate of allowing yourself to eat everything (unless there are intolerances), and listening to your body to eat more of the food that makes you feel good and gives you energy, while still allowing yourself to eat the other foods, that perhaps aren't as nutritious, when you really feel like it and eating them with pleasure.
So on our holiday, I still ate things like yoghurt, fruit, and salads daily, because these are foods that I enjoy and make me feel good. But I also ate cheese, wine, and hot chips, because these are also foods that I like to eat, and can definitely be part of a healthy diet. One massive thing I've noticed since since studying nutrition is that when people hear about this, they automatically think I must be a type A health freak, and start making excuses for what they are eating, or saying they shouldn't eat A, B, C and should be eating X, Y and Y. But interestingly, this is the opposite to what i feel. Studying nutrition has actually given me the freedom to eat whatever I feel like eating, to enjoy it and feel good about it, and then move on without any negative feelings about it. Yes, I eat very well and my diet includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables because this is usually what I feel like eating, but I also don't deny myself of anything I want to eat, and I eat all types of food. For the first time as an adult, I feel like I am completely at peace with food and eating, and I think that is something a lot healthier, and more enjoyable, than having the 'perfect' diet, whatever that is. So have a look through our food safari in Tasmania, and enjoy :)