Dieting labels are quite popular these days: vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, raw, low-carb, vegetarian, pescetarian, omnivore. Are they too restrictive? Should we be putting ourselves into boxes?
I recently came across a podcast that clearly articulates what I’ve been feeling about food philosophy. Meghan Telpner was interviewed on the Ultimate Health Podcast. She is a very successful Canadian food blogger who runs an online culinary nutrition course and, among many other media appearances, has been a resident nutritionist on The Marilyn Denis Show.
Starting about the 25 minute mark of the interview, for about 6 minutes, Meghan discusses her core philosophy around food and diet. She makes points that I find especially relevant because her food philosophy lines up so closely with mine, including:
- It’s a dangerous practice to label our diets.
- The way we eat changes over time.
- We need to pay attention to our bodies and their reactions to particular foods.
- There is no one right diet for everyone.
- It’s best to eat a mostly plant-based diet with as much clean, organic produce as possible.
- We can eat a healthy diet without having to import expensive superfoods, while at the same time supporting our local growers.
My Food Philosophy
Now seems like a good time for me to explain my food philosophy, so you’ll know what to expect on this website.
I have found that I cannot have any gluten at all without a reaction, so all of the recipes on this website and any that I link to will be gluten-free, safe for celiacs. Recipes that I pin on Pinterest are either gluten-free or (in rare cases) things that can be easily made gluten-free.
However, many of my recipes are grain-free. More on that here. I prefer to focus on plant food and good quality proteins. I also like to base the majority of what we eat on local produce that is readily available. Eating gluten-free doesn’t have to involve a lot of special, expensive ingredients.
How about you? Are there certain foods that you know aren’t good for your body? What kinds of recipes would you like to see more of on the blog? I’d love for you to leave me a comment below and tell me what you’d like to see.