Let’s face it we’ve always been told to eat healthy and get a balanced diet, but right now there seems to be even more of a focus on what we should be eating. At the moment the media are all about buzz phrases such as ‘lean and clean diets’, ‘free from foods’ ‘spiralizing’ and ‘superfoods’ and almost every week there’s a new cookbook promising recipes for a happier healthier you. I must admit that I’m a complete sucker for those tempting photos and promises of restaurant worthy food within the hour and I have a huge stack propped up on our kitchen worktop (with the recent additions having an increasingly healthier focus).
Wherever you look you can’t avoid the topic of healthy eating.
Jamie Oliver has launched a new six part TV series called ‘Jamies Super Food’ (alongside his new cook book, natch, – Everyday Super Food) where he travels to around the world to find out which countries have the healthiest diets and secrets to living longer. 10 years on from his School Dinners campaign his Sugar Rush documentary now focuses on the dangers of a high sugar diet.
Ella Woodward has shot to fame with her number 1 bestselling clean eating cook book and associated blog Deliciously Ella, where she writes about giving up refined sugar, gluten, dairy, anything processed or refined along with meat to live a healthier lifestyle. Her book is full of ‘clean’ recipes, nutrition information and she really does inspire you to do things a little differently.
The Hemsley sisters have introduced us to the infamous spiralizer, The Art of Eating Well and their regular food contributions to Vogue magazine.
Nutrition expert Amanda Freer’s book Eat nourish Glow has become a coffee table staple and celebrities such as Sam Smith, James Cordon and Boy George are singing her praises for their rapid weight loss.
Also, my new guilty pleasure on Twitter and Instagram is @TheBodyCoach who offers a daily dose of food inspiration with his #Leanin15 quick tasty recipes.
I think that healthy eating is subjective and it means different things to different people.
Some people have to change their diets for health reasons, others for personal reasons. For me healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give me the nutrients I need to be fit and well, have energy and feel good. I don’t deprive myself, I eat out, I certainly enjoy a biscuit or two but all in moderation. (I’m currently trying small adjustments to my diet suggested by the trainers at my gym, this includes increasing my protein intake and more healthy fats and carbs – so lots of chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, green veg and sweet potatoes – but more on that another time).
So what does healthy eating mean to you? And what are your favourite healthy cookbooks/recipes?