I grew up eating everything. Yes, way too much sugar, but otherwise my diet was pretty complete and decent.
Then I went vegetarian, then vegan for a short stint, then Paleo – with each diet, I got sicker and weaker.
A couple of years ago, I promised to myself that I would make peace with all foods, that I would stop being afraid of them, and that I would make it my utmost priority to be able to eat everything without any ill effects.
Even processed foods or white sugar occasionally if I’m on holiday and want to try something local, or just because I feel like it. I want my body to be flexible and resilient.
My piece of mind and being relaxed around food is an integral part of my healing. Restrictive diets and food eliminations didn’t bring me anywhere good.
So how have I been eating for the last year or so with great success?
- I eat some kinds of grains with most of my meals, and yes, it does include wheat and other gluten containing grains. When I found out I had Hashimoto’s, I did stay away from gluten for 6 months, but I saw zero results (here’s why I started eating gluten again nearly a year ago). Grains are an integral part of my healing and my happiness. I eat oatmeal for breakfast every other day. I make my own sourdough bread from wheat or spelt flour (here’s my secret recipe). I don’t shy away from white flour. At home, I only use organic flour and grains, but when I’m eating out, I’m not too concerned. It’s really all about being relaxed around food for me. I do my best, but I don’t obsess about it.
- I do my best to have a portion of legumes every single day. I love all kinds of lentils, chickpeas, mung beans, and white beans, I always soak them for 12-24 hours before cooking.
- I eat one serving of fish, seafood, or some kind of meat every day. Occasionally, I have a vegetarian day. I love chicken, pork, octopus, mussels, shrimps, salmon, and all kinds of local fish. I do my best to buy local, pastured or wild caught fish, seafood or meat whenever possible. I make chicken broth once a week from chicken carcasses and wings, and use it for soups or for cooking rice.
- I eat dairy every day. All kinds. I try to eat raw organic dairy as much as I can, but I don’t make myself stressed about it. All kinds of dairy make me feel great. I eat plenty of butter, cheese, some milk with my porridge, yogurt, and kefir – these are my dairy staples.
- I don’t eat much fruit – probably 1-2 servings a day. Sometimes 3, sometimes 0. Depending on the weather and what I feel like. I eat primarily local bananas, sometimes pears. All other kinds of fruit don’t really speak to me. I find them way too sour.
- I eat plenty of vegetables, but I don’t obsess about eating them with every single meal. For example, my breakfast generally doesn’t include vegetables because I have either porridge or eggs with sourdough bread. I eat a soup most days and I also love having salads every day when the weather is hot like it is right now. I adore broccoli and make sure I eat it regularly while it’s in season.
- I don’t drink coffee. I don’t eat chocolate anymore because I’m healing my adrenals. I only drink water and herbal teas.
- If I feel like something sweet (it doesn’t happen often), I prefer to make my own dessert from real food ingredients and whole food sweeteners, such as rapadura sugar, coconut sugar or honey.
- I don’t count my calories or macros. I simply listen to my intuition. I eat when I’m hungry, I don’t when I’m not. I don’t categorise any foods as good or bad. I eat real Italian pizza or pasta without any issues or worries. I eat out without fear and my body responds accordingly.
I strongly believe in the power of mind and I know that with a negative and fearful mindset, I caused a huge chunk of my own physical suffering in the past.
If you’re afraid of foods or food reactions, you create a monster: a self-fulfilling prophecy! But when you focus on positive thoughts around food, your body relaxes (of course this doesn’t apply to Celiac Disease or true allergies, but it does to everything else). This has been my experience and it’s the best lesson I’ve taken away from all my diet mistakes and health struggles.
Here’s a video of me talking about this:
Hope you find this thought provoking and a little inspiring! Thanks for reading!