The short With delight, with friends, and with an extra squirt of chilli.
The long I am actually a health freak though many of the green-smoothie-drinking/ hot-yoga-doing/ I-cycle-everywhere health freaks out there would raise an eyebrow or two at the way I eat. (No offence, I do all of the above too actually.)
So heres's my two cents, because that was how/ what prompted me to start this blog– to share the type of food that I love and eat.
There's a general agreement that the people who survive on fast food and takeouts and microwaveable meals could do much better with their health. But from this point on, it starts to get confusing. Food's turned into some sort of a religion, the vegetarians lashing out against the paleo or atkins, and then even within these camps, there are the no-grains or just-fruits, or raw vegan vs cooked, and the list goes on. We have scientists coming up with 'hot new' research turning us away from food that our great great grandmama used to eat and thrive on-- the butter, the egg yolks, the coconut milk, the lard, and so we've got the low-fat, vegan, muesli-with-soy milk camp of health foodies. Then there are those who have read the research on the health benefits of saturated fat, and stumbled upon the atkins or a high-protein diet, maybe an interpretation of the paleo diet, and decided that fat and protein are good and carbs are the devil.
It's just silly, really.
It's food, it's potatoes or spinach or pineapples or meatballs or eggs, have it sunny side-up, baked, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, whatever, but it's not 152 calories out of the allowed 2000 calorie daily intake, or a 70.8g serving of protein/carb/fat. Low-fat's silly, so is low-carb. I've had lots of arguments with people on the 'best' way to eat, I've tried many things, and found myself back to square one, eating the foods that I grew up with, the foods that my mum cooks, that I love. I eat everything and I like eating everything. It's because I love food that I believe food should be lovingly made from stuff you get from people who sing to their plants and name their cows Daisy, not from a factory inside a can with an expiry date 5 years later.
If you can stomach it, you can read the very lengthy post "My Golden Rules" going into all the details about how I aim to eat most of the time. But really, above all, just love your body and the food that you put into it and the earth and you'll do ok. Stressing out about unhealthy food is more unhealthy than just eating it. So excuse me while I go devour the chocolate cake staring at me from across the table.
My golden rules
Working at a farmer's market and eating seasonally and locally
How to survive on real food on a student budget
Why we should be eating more of the 'icky' meat (offal)
On eating white rice
I don't claim to be an expert on health, but these are some choices I've taken and found helpful, you can see what you make of them. Here are some resources you can check out too. Or better yet, read nothing and go fry some free-range eggs up.
Weston A Price
Matt Stone from 180degreehealth
Josh Rubin from East West Healing
Kimi from Nourishing Gourmet
Katie from Kitchen Stewardship