8 Things I don’t really understand about clean eating and nutrition

So these days I try to eat as little processed food as possible and follow what (I think) are good nutritional guidelines. But questions, thoughts and concerns continuously pop into my mind! These are a few of the thoughts I’ve had…if you’re up on your nutritional knowledge (and feeling generous), perhaps you can address some of these for me…

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Nutritional questions…

  • Am I getting enough fibre? What’s the best way to get more without carbs/grains? I’m trying to stick to a Whole 30(ish!) diet…so don’t eat many grains.
  • Speaking of grains…Is it okay to eat oats? I’ve been including these (just porridge made with water) on days when I plan to exercise. I need the energy for working out and I’m afraid fruits, veggies and eggs won’t give it to me! Is that wrong?
  • Does juicing fruits and veggies really lessen their nutritional value? Is this an urban myth? I’m having a green juice with lots of leafy greens (and not much else other than coconut water) most morning hoping to receive all the goodness of kale and spinach this way…will this work or am I wasting my time?
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Sharing a breakfast juice 

  • I know I need a daily probiotic, it’s all about the gut health! But how do you know when you’ve found a good probiotic supplement? I hear people talking about finding one that ‘really works for me’ – but I’m not sure what this means? I am taking Probio 7, basically because it had good reviews. Please tell me about other good ones?
  • Can we set the record straight on coconut oil? Good or bad? I use it to cook with because of the smoke point issues with other oils. But, should I be using it super sparingly because it’s still fattening or with abandon because it’s good for me?
  • While we’re on the subject of coconuts, what about ‘coconut nectar’ is this just sugar? I tried some grain-free paleo cereal with this as a key ingredient and it tasted way too nice to be good for me!
  • What about paleo friendly ‘cereal bars’ – so grain free ones like Primal Pantry, Rude Health, Nakd. The ones that are basically just nuts and dates smooshed together. Are these okay? I do find these a saviour as a quick on-the-go breakfast or mid-morning pick me up. Surely with no added sugar, no grains and being pretty clean with very few ingredients – they are okay? Please don’t say they’re not.
  • I have a new found love for oat milk, specifically a Oatly Barista, I have lots in coffee. Is this bad for me?

I’m off to Google a few of these – but do comment if you have any wisdom to share on any of the above!

 

 

 

 

 

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Cupcakes, cookies and Vietnamese cuisine…

Phew, last week was the week to end all weeks – so busy! Fortunately, on the foodie front this meant I got to enjoy some fabulous things too.

There was a trip to London’s west-end and dinner out – lucky me! Naturally I tried to push for a table at the super-tasty Burger and Lobster in Soho – but even on a Tuesday it was heaving. Fortunately we came across Cay Tre, a nearby Vietnamese restaurant that proved be be delicious. The food was fresh and fragrant without being at all overpowering and there was so just much on the menu that I wanted to try! In the end we settled on a mixed platter of traditional Vietnamese goodies to start and I had a stewed pork belly, cooked with caramelised coconut and a hard boiled egg for a main course. Here’s a little look at our yummy spread of Vietnamese food…

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Dinner at Cay Tre in Soho

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My dish of stewed pork belly…it was excellent

Last week also saw me launching Martha Stewart’s beautiful new Home Office collection of accessories – to celebrate we had cookies and cupcakes baked to Martha Stewart’s own recipes, which of course were absolutely lovely. Here’s a little sneak peak at the refreshments table piled high with Martha Stewart’s Old Fashion Sugar Cookies (sadly the cakes aren’t in this shot – we were still setting up at this point)…

As you would expect Martha Stewart's sugar cookies did not disappoint!

As you would expect Martha Stewart’s sugar cookies did not disappoint!

It didn’t end there for the culinary delights last week – there were birthday dinner celebrations in the Old Vine in Winchester, a Paella at El Sabio and a get-together at my long-term favourite The Bugle Inn, Twyford (I highly recommend their new veggie dish of grilled halloumi with sweet potato fries).

Barely a week passes without a trip to The Bugle these days!

Barely a fortnight passes without a trip to The Bugle these days!

So yes…I’ve hardly cooked a thing recently and I’ve certainly over indulged – I’m so thankful for the foodie fun times and experiences I’ve had in the last week!

Now it’s time to get the 5:2 diet back on track and hit-up Movers & Shapers again.

Hopefully I’ll eat a little more sensibly this week…