Healthy or habit

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“Please sir, can I have some more?” A favourite line of mine from Oliver Twist.

Food choice, variety and availability to the majority of us nowadays is wonderful.

Fish, white meat, and veg were plentiful growing up. Continuously people remark on my my healthy diet. I feel this stemmed from habit rather than health reasons. Habitual due to my parents. Not much has changed.


We’d venture to a huge fish market, an hours drive away. Armed with giant plastic bags ready for our haul. My mum was a genius at bartering. Kilos and kilos of fresh whole fish were loaded into the bags. From lemon and dover sole, plaice, tuna, salmon and more. Once home scaling, gutting, de-boning, chopping and bagging, for our chest freezer. Salmon remains my favourite to this day, along with trout from the region where we live. There are many benefits to eating fish, such a protein, omega-3’s, healthy fats. Healthy fats are associated with cardiovascular health. I take an omega-3 supplement mentioned in my Vitamins and Supplements post


Red meat is not my go to, nothing to do with health more habit. I blame my parents! I have a tendency to be low in iron. Incorporating lean red meat into my diet every now and then I’m sure would be a benefit. I should take the opportunity when I’m out for dinner. Cooking is not my forte especially meat.


We had a vegetable patch at the top of our garden. My mum had ‘green fingers’ she grew almost everything including fresh herbs. Runner beans were consistently on the menu.

home grown

Back in day I’d visit a store with my mum. It sold produce akin to my parents. Sweet potato, yam, plantain, green banana, spanish lime, mango, eddo, avocado, bacalao, ackee, breadfruit and so on. Brown rice was a staple served with black eye peas. Need I mention coconut oil and coconut butter. This all purpose sometimes solid sometimes fluid was for hair, (yes) skin and cooking.

I’m not a mango lover, an orange fits my bill and on average contains more vitamin C. Same with sweet potato, I’m more than happy with butternut squash and carrots, equally nutritious with benefits relating to vision. My dad told me I’d be able to see in the dark, some truth! I still use coconut oil when cooking. I’ve progressed when it comes to my skin and hair. I’ve grown accustom to pumpkin seed oil, a speciality from Styria, southeastern Austria. A rich nutty taste, deep brown and slightly bitter. I add to salads and pumpkin soup.

Fruit and veg are essential to our diets, important sources of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E. Anti-ageing benefits vitamin C provides are well documented.

Eating healthy can be confusing with so much information and misinformation. I make it easy by growing what I like and can. Eating what’s in season when I’m able. Buying locally and regional. And as much as possible buying products produced by the country where I live.

We all have different relationships with food. Food is fuel for my body. Food is enjoyment with friends and family.

What are your favourite foods?

If you need or want specific dietary information, always consult a registered professional.

2 responses to “Healthy or habit”

  1. Vicky Papachristos avatar
    Vicky Papachristos

    I love eating healthy too – and yes, it’s a habit for me too. Here is a yummy muffin recipe if you are so inclined (and don’t be shy with the dark chocolate):
    Super hero muffins with zucchini and carrot From the Cook Book: RUN FAST. EAT SLOW (These freeze well) Makes 12 muffins
    • 2 cups of almond meal
    • 1 cup of traditional rolled oats
    • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon of fine sea salt
    • 1⁄2 cup of chopped walnuts
    • 1⁄2 a cup of dark chocolate chips
    • 3 eggs beaten (just with a fork is fine)
    • 1 grated zucchini
    • 2 small grated carrots
    • 6 tablespoons of melted grass-fed butter (Mainland organic or Kerry Gold
    is great)
    • 1⁄4 cup of pure Canadian Maple Syrup • 1⁄4 cup of black strap molasses
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees and position rack in the centre of the oven • Pre greased 12 tin muffin tray with grass fed butter
    • In a large bowl combine the almond meal, rolled oats, cinnamon,
    nutmeg, baking powder, sea salt, walnuts and choc chips
    • In separate bowl beat the eggs and then mix in the melted butter, maple
    syrup, vanilla extract, zucchini and carrot, then add in the dry ingredients
    and combine well
    • Spoon mixture into muffin tins and bake muffins until nicely browned on
    top and tooth pick inserted into the centre comes out clean. • Cook for approx. 20 -30mins, check after 20 mins.

  2. Joolz avatar

    Must admit never found eating healthy stuff has never been a problem. Love all fish especially trout, nuts , brown rice, plain yogurt, veg salad fruit. Do have to confess over indulging in the odd cake crisps, Turkish delight is my downfall. We all know what’s good for us and our bodies need to stick with it. Must say muffins sound lovely.

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