Day 11 - Nourish
I have an unhealthy relationship with food. Since having children I have battled with my weight and seem to be in a constant spiral of loosing and gaining weight.
I could never understand why I kept getting fatter. I know all about healthy eating – I eat a healthy diet (with a little bit too much chocolate added on top of the healthy stuff)! I walk miles each week – surely all the exercise from climbing these hills would burn off all the calories I consume? But no – I just got bigger and bigger. Then I read the book ‘ Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It’ by Gary Taubes and realized that carbohydrates were the culprit and all the carbs I ate to give me energy walking, were making me fat. As soon as they were cut out – the weight fell off. But here we go again – it’s creeping back on again, because I am finding it hard to stick to the restrictive low carb way of eating. I really wish I could get the balance right.
Our tastes have changed over the years. The food we used to like is too bland and we prefer something with more of a spicy kick. We like curries, Chinese food, meat marinaded in spicy sauce, dips with chilies and coriander. Eleanor’s friend from Korea, come to stay for a month and she cooked us some Korean dishes which were delicious and we eat these quite regularly now.
We like meal times to take place at the dinning table – particularly when the children were little. It was a place for conversation and togetherness – even if it was interrupted with me saying ‘hold your fork properly’etc. We try and eat in the garden during the summer months and have been lucky this year, in that we have eaten outside quite a few times already.
While I will eat most food, I am quite fussy when it comes to drinks. I don’t like tea, coffee, Coke or even alcohol come to that matter, preferring skimmed milk or squash. I never think to put the kettle on, so poor old Dad – if he wants a cup of tea or coffee – he has to make it for himself.