So…..here goes, my first ever blog post.
I am going headlong into this with having absoloutely no clue where to begin. Just write and don’t edit I thought. That way the words should just flow and the content should emerge uncontrived and beautifully creative? …here’s hoping. I am sitting in my lounge just having done a very wet and windy school run. Hood up head down, don’t talk to me type of morning.
I have just shoved a bowl of cereal down my little darlings necks and packed them off to school with a brioche roll in hand (admit it we all have them in the cupboard) On a good day I pat myself firmly on the back when I manage to get them to eat a bowl of porridge, heavily bribed however by promise of some sugary nectar mixed in. And here in lies the problem with how we eat and how we teach our children to eat. Time.
This elixir that we all hanker for just seems so unobtainable, when you spend the entire morning reminding your child to put socks on (after 20 times already) not to ‘chew’ their toothbrush, and for the love of god “PUT THEIR SHOES ON!!!!” So with them satisfyingly through the school gates and the sugary cereal diminishing their attention span by the second, I settle down, laptop on my lap, coffee in hand and I decide to start this new project which has been nipping at me like a new puppy for attention.
Food….one of the most important things in my life.
It fuels just about every task, thought, movement, and emotion within us all. Without it we would cease to exist. We have to do it at least 3 times a day and it has to be nutritionally sufficient not to mention hitting your 5 a day and ranging over all food groups. Sounds complicated? These days there seems to be a plethora of conflicting information on what we should and shouldn’t be eating. Carbohydrates are the new evil, and try picking up a new recipe book without it mentioning chia seeds, Kombucha, and goji berries (whatever they are).
I believe that our planet contains everything we need to thrive, cures for our most devastating diseases and medicine still lay yet undiscovered. So many of us take for granted the abundance of wholesome, frankly magical food available which have the capacity to help heal and even cure many bodily ailments. This is what fascinates me and a journey I would like to embark on with you guys. I do not profess to be a food scientist or a dietician, I have managed so far to keep two small people alive so I must be doing something right. I simply tap into a passion for fuelling my body (and my family) with the most amazing foods I can get my hands on, AND on a budget (most of the time).
This doesbannan’t have to mean buying all those posh expensive highly fashionable super foods, stuffing wheatgrass and protein powders into your nutribullet every morning. In fact the most humble, mundane ingredients that we eat all the time contain incredible little secrets. Did you know that even the regular banana (that seems to always get left in the fruit bowl and inevitable ends up as banana bread) contains something called tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter which helps to keep us happy!
Education is key, and this is what I am passionate about and I’ll even try to throw in some funny anecdotes and frankly odd quirky illustrations which I hope will help us all digest (excuse the pun) this confusing mine field of information.
So reader, I hope you will join me on this journey of finding out amazing facts about something that surrounds us and we all do without thinking. I will take you with me through my personal experience with food – mistakes and triumphs! And I will try to educate you and myself on the magical powers of some of the best sources of fuel out there so all of us can achieve a fantastic relationship with our food.