Friday is here 💖 I’m loving
+ Diy Berry Lip stain
+ Toast toppings 🤤
+ New Zealand you are beautiful
+ Celebrate the small wins
What are you loving today?
Enjoy your week
+ How good so these Kumera / sweet potato Shoestring chips 🍟 look
+ Words! That’s about right ✌🏽
+ Plant envy 🌱
+ Hair envy as well. I wish I could do my hair like this 😭
What are you loving today? Leave one thing in the comments below 💗
Enjoy your week
What does JERF mean?
Just eat real food.
Simplifying your ‘diet’ by choosing to eat real food.
When I say diet I don’t mean some fad, I mean what you eat on the daily – your lifestyle.
Real foods are unprocessed, whole foods, close to how nature created them. They don’t usually come in a packet.
Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables – lots of greens. Fresh in season veges. Snap frozen veges can also be a great option. Green juice powders are an easy option to get your greens in one glass, I obvs love Deep green.
You can try growing your own vegetables & herbs.
I’m an average gardener & currently in the garden we have –
Spinach, strawberries, lettuce, spring onions, we have harvested our garlic, have pumpkins starting out, tomatoes 🍅 starting to ripen, an Indian green vegetable cooked up like spinach.
Fruit – berries are best they are low in natural sugars & packed with antioxidants. Fruits low in natural sugars are the better option.
Meat, chicken, fish & eggs – (if you eat them) as whole as possible – eg watch for highly processed sausages, nuggets etc. You can get cheaper cuts of meat which can be slow cooked & will be just as tasty. Canned fish 🐟 is also an option just watch those ingredients, best is the type of fish + olive oil/spring water. Eggs so many ways to eat them – essential in our house. Making bone broths from your meat/fish or chicken bones is really beneficial for you & it tastes so good. Some benefits of broth here
Full fat dairy – (if you eat it) butter, cream, whole milk, cheese 🧀, Yogurt Plain unsweetened. Forget the lite additive filled c#*p, when it comes to anything. I love the quote low fat = chemical sh*t storm, remember this!
Nuts & seeds – raw nuts, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts (actually seeds), hazelnuts etc. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds etc. Cacao – the beans, raw cacao powder. Eat them as snacks add them to yogurt for breakfast, add to salads, nut or seed butters, Tahini.
Coconut – yes it deserves its own category, it is known in the pacific as the tree of life after all. Coconut milk, cream, coconut butter, oil, young coconuts – fresh water & meat, shredded coconut, fresh grated coconut. Full of good fats.
Fats – choose good quality cold pressed olive oil -organic is even better as olives are a highly sprayed crop. Ghee, butter, coconut oil, rendered fats, lard.
Try to avoid cheap processed vegetable oils. They contain lots of Polyunsaturated fat which is highly unstable. Polyunsaturated fats go rancid & oxidize easily. It’s these oxidized fats that cause inflammation in cells. Oxidation is linked to all sorts of issues from cancer, heart disease, endrometriosis, PCOS, etc. Cheap oil crops are oftened sprayed with a load of pesticides & many are GMO. Vegetable oils also have a high ratio of Omega 6, an imbalance of omega 3 & 6 also leads to disease.
Then when you really get into this lifestyle there are a whole bunch of superfoods – Maca root, ashwahganda, lucuma & a whole bunch of crazy good stuff. (I’ll do a post on amazing superfoods soon)
If you are picking up your food in packets.
When you check the ingredients you want to see
A. Things you recognise, no big wordy lists, no/few additive numbers.
To find out what the numbers on the packets stand for, check out the chemical maze book or app. Or leave me a message in the comments with your additive number & I’ll check it out for you. I have the app & book.
B. Less than 5 ingredients is ideal a la Michael Pollan. Unless its listing whole foods, as may be in a packet of frozen vegetables.
C. No hydrogenated vegetable oils
+ Fish/meat/chicken/egg with salad and or vegetables. Some good fats from butter, olive oil or avocado. A fresh chutney which is like a tomato salsa made fresh, guacamole, kiwifruit chutney etc or Indian pickle (achar) – mango/lemon/Apple.
We do have at least two vegetarian days a week ( for religious reasons) this excludes eating egg also. So these days would be vege curry/stir fry, sometimes salad as well. Good fats again. Sometimes with brown rice or basmati. Chutney as above or Indian pickle (achar).
I did a post on meals I eat on the regular here
Above all be mindful when buying, cooking & eating your food.
Enjoy it – with company is always better 😊
I would love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below how you stay well in winter.
Featuring Dr Vandana Shiva talking about seed saving in India.
“In the past, all of the trees were cut down so that the planes could fly overhead and drop the fungicides on the banana plants. We used a lot of pesticides and insecticides and lost the wildlife and insects. It was terrible because we were interrupting lifecycles and affecting the whole ecosystem. Our health also suffered. I used to have problems breathing, aches and pains and marks on my skin. Everything changed for us when we entered El Guabo. Fairtrade bans most of the agrochemicals and moves toward organic production. Since we became fully organic we have felt it financially because we used to produce 1,500 boxes of bananas a week but now we only produce around 900 boxes. I think consumers should know this and appreciate that it really is worth them paying a bit more for organic bananas. For me it is worth sacrifices though because I live a healthy life here with my family. I also think Ecuador should be looked upon as the lungs of the Earth. We have the Amazon rainforest, the mountains and most people here live off the land. If more consumers are willing to buy organic and Fairtrade bananas, then the impact we have here on the environment would be less and people would be able to live more easily.”
Abel Fairtrade farmer – Equador
Passage from The Fair Trade Revolution