I Love Food. I felt like, because food is such a big part of my life, that I just had to write a post about my relationship with it (yes, that does sound a little bit silly but I do have a relationship with food). To put it into words, I tend to go through each day with a plan on what my next meal or snack is going to be. Believe it or not, when I go on holiday the first thing I research is the restaurants that are around and I look at the menu to choose my food before I’ve even booked the holiday! This may seem extreme, but I think this is because of my choice to be a vegetarian. For those of you who are also vegetarian, and there are a lot of us out there, it isn’t always easy to choose a meal at a restaurant especially because the choice can be very limited at so many places. I am so pleased that vegetarianism is becoming increasingly popular as menus are now starting to increase their amount of vegetarian dishes (it’s not just cous cous in peppers anymore!). Although, saying that, I did see a menu that had a fish dish with a V beside it. Fish is NOT vegetarian!!!
Now, just because food is never far from my thoughts doesn’t mean I eat unhealthily all the time. I enjoy cooking meals, even if I’m just cooking for myself, so I will plan in my head what my meal for the evening or lunch is going to be and how I can get the maximum amount of iron or protein in it. I LOVE vegetables so most of my meals have them in (my boyfriend gets so fed up of roasted veggies but they are just so delicious with a bit of paprika sprinkled over them) and I try to mix up my variety of food so I get all the nutrients I need. For example, a quick meal for me that ticks all the right health boxes is a stir fry. I use either Quorn pieces, veggie sausages or tofu for the protein and adding some nuts to the vegetables adds iron to the meal. If I’m wanting lots of carbs I tend to go for noodles with the stir fry or cous cous if I’m trying to be a bit more healthy.
So having a relationship with food can be a great, healthy thing! Even though it is on my mind ninety percent of the time, it is a positive and healthy relationship (most of the time, I do like a Cadburys cream egg or home made cookies every now and again).