HEALTHY FOOD SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT DEPRIVATION OR STARVATION; IT SHOULD BE ABOUT CREATING A NEW MINDSET AND A NEW AY OF LIFE
When Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare chronic condition called postural tachychardia syndrome in 2011, diet became pivotal to helping her alleviate debilitating symptoms such as exhaustion, digestive issues, heart palpitations, pain and pins and needles. After researching natural cures on the Internet, the self-confessed sweet tooth stopped eating sugar, gluten, dairy, processed foods and meat and based her diet on whole and plant foods. To help her stay on her new eating plan she started a food blog. After 18 months she was feeling so much better she was able to come off her medication. And her new food habits had become a passion.
For Ella, there are two fundamental philosophies to healthy eating.
Firstly, you should not think of your eating style as a diet, the Londoner says. Healthy food should not be about deprivation or starvation; it should be about creating a new mindset and a new way of life. It’s about embracing all the delicious foods that you should eat and all the amazing things that you can do with whole and plant foods. I never count kilojoules; you simply don’t need to if you eat this way Her other golden rule? Always eat pure, clean, unprocessed, unrefined and plant-based foods. As well as cutting gluten and dairy, Ella believes that if you have health issues or wish to feel more energised
On social media, food has become a new form of entertainment and art. With stylish, rustic or eye-catching images, Foodstagrammers are winning over thousands and thousands of followers. They are gaining so much attention that many companies are now choosing blogs/websites and social media to also market their products. This reflects several bigger culinary trends. Firstly, there has been a huge surge in eating for health via diet approaches that are clean’, vegie, Paleo or free of foods such as dairy and gluten. Secondly, alongside the recent rise and rise of the hipster movement has been a retro food movement, where everything old has become new again. That means that ancient grains, such as amaranth, quinoa, freekah, spelt, red fife and Abruzzi rye are on much higher rotation. Meanwhile, staples such as fruit and veg are linked by association to simpler, more authentic’ lifestyles in areas like the Greek Isles (think eggplant, vine-ripened tomatoes and artichokes), the Amazon (the acai berry), the Andes (maca powder) and Sri Lanka (all foods coconut). Food preparation and cooking styles are also recycling traditional, olde worlde (or more recently retro) techniques, which means you can now enjoy pot-set yoghurt, slow brew drip-filtered coffee, sourdough bread (made with stone-milled flour) and fermented kimchi. And if you can serve it in a mason jar on an ironing board that doubles as a table, all the better!
This new breed of foodie gurus and brands is not just about slick pics, chic packaging and cool cafe fit-outs. There is substance behind the style. The up-and-coming foodie gurus are not simply encouraging us to make every meal a mouthwatering adventure, they are helping us to become more conscious of the quality, nutritional punch and healing powers of our food. To get the lowdown on their wellbeing and cooking tips and health philosophies, we caught up with some of the it’ food influencers leading the way.
Chocolate Covered Katie and well, you should aim to avoid or reduce your intake of anything refined (think white rice and white flour) as well as chemicals, additives and flavourings’. All these are very acidic to the body, which works best when it’s alkaline, Woodward explains. They are also really hard to digest, which means they suck your energy and slow down your digestion
As an avid Instagrammer, Woodward believes that plating up your food to look great makes it instantly more appetising. In my photos I mainly use shallow pasta bowls. It means there are no glaring white edges of plates and I can get lots of bowls into one shot without having big gaps between them, which makes the food look more
appetising. I also like to give more texture to the food by sprinkling on some chilli flakes, chopped coriander, or a drizzling of dressing to make the food come alive and jump off the screen
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