DON’T LABEL ME

I often get asked, “are you vegetarian? Do you eat carbs? Are you vegan? Do you eat dairy?” I prefer not to label myself and my answer is, I eat what my body tells me it needs and wants to eat. It took me a long time to listen to my body and understand its needs and the moment I did, I saw huge benefits.

I was vegan for 18 months, vegetarian for 5 years, then pescatarian, avoided red meat and now I eat intuitively, in other words, I eat what my body requires a “flexitarian”….

At the moment I am eating a diet made of around 70% fat 20% protein and 10% carbohydrates to help with the symptoms of menopause. The macronutrients come from all dairy, meat and fish, LOTS of fat and lots of green vegetables and salads. I prefer, wherever possible, to avoid drugs of any kind and would rather try a natural route first and as a result, so far I have avoided HRT.

I think in the past, I as so many others, have been caught up in the nutrition trends, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, raw without having enough knowledge. Whilst I am a huge animal lover, what I found was whilst I was a vegan, my body was missing some important nutrients. Whilst its works for some people, for me, my body needed more. So I decided to take steps in educating myself and finding out as much as I could about nutrition. In doing this, I try to ensure that I know where my food comes from and eat as natural as possible, avoiding processed food and meat and fish pumped full of hormones. It’s important to try and understand the food chain and more importantly to understand what your body needs instead of taking a “one size fits all” kinda approach to nutrition. We are all individual and as such all have different nutritional needs…

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