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…


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?

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!







Brown Rice, The Bugle, Disaronno and dreams of Bray…

Ok so it’s been a little quiet on FoodTeaLife of late, all the post Christmas trying to be healthy stuff just hasn’t been worth writing about… is anyone interested in wholemeal pasta recipes, brown rice and protein rich meals? Didn’t think so – although if I do manage to create any magically delicious dinners that are also super healthy – I will of course post the recipes (but don’t hold your breath for that).

Mmmm brown rice...

It’s mostly been soup for dinner of late, but I was lucky enough to eat out twice this week, which brought some much needed variety and wine-drinking back into the regime! So this week I’ve enjoyed seafood at the Chestnut Horse in Easton (highly recommended) and a fabulous meal at The Bugle Inn, Twyford last night. The Bugle was excellent as always, with a some really interesting dishes on the menu – I thoroughly enjoyed my main course of mackerel on toast with horseraddish cream, simple but spot on. Winchester folks it is well worth the ten minute taxi journey to The Bugle for some great local grub.

Well worth a visit!

Unfortunately (for my head today) last night was finished off with several Disaronnos on ice, so eloquent words to describe the rest of the meal, the food and the generally delightful atmosphere are somewhat failing me right now. As a result of the Amaretto and White Wine party taking place in my head today…a full on carb-fest was required for lunch when I met my lovely mother and sister in Winchester earlier on.

So delicious at the time...

Last night we did however manage to make some exciting plans to visit Bray to enjoy the whole Heston Blumenthal experience – I of course plan to hold Tom to these drunkenly-made plans! Naturally I have already chosen accommodation already and will continue to pester him about making this foodie pilgrimage (I’ve just shown him how close it is on Google Maps).

It's only an hour away...

Ooh time for so some wine notes (these won’t be a regular occurrence on FoodTeaLife!) – I’m not a huge red wine lover (sacarildge I know – but it just doesn’t like me very much) – but I am hearing rave reviews of Chateauneuf du Pape, so I think even I could be persuaded to try a glass…

Time to red wine again?

I seem to have wandered into the territory of talking about things I want to eat and drink and now feel rather hungry, so I’ll leave this post here…lots to look forward to though, including a return to The Black Rat and of course more soup making!