7. Enjoyable eating culture – because food should be enjoyable!

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Food, diet and eating habits are part of a bigger picture that includes cultural contexts of eating that, in part, inform our behaviours. In order to have a sustainably healthy and enjoyable diet the context of eating should also be taken into consideration. Food should give us pleasure, it’s biological, we can’t (and shouldn’t) deny it, but how we eat our food and who with plays a role in this. In this finale of the 7 principles of sustainable eating I look at what, from my point of view, is one of the most important aspects of food – pleasure.

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Want to know the basics of food intolerances? Look no further.

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We all have that friend, family member or work colleague who may suffer from a particular food intolerance. We also probably know an individual who is on a ‘strict’ gluten-free diet but has no problem downing a pint of beer. Food intolerances seem to be a fairly new ailment that has recently become more mainstream in the past 10-20 years.

Is this because we don’t grow wheat the way our great, great ancestors used to? Or are we supposed to be eating like our Palaeolithic ancestors? Or maybe it’s because of our increasingly stressful lives, the rise of distracted eating and the media attention that surrounds our diets? Is it all just in our heads?

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Already regretting your choice in New Year’s resolution..? Try these anti-resolutions instead.

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Another year is here, which means the usual barrage of January promises to ‘be good’ this year and buckle down to your {insert here} diet regime or exercise plan. Sound familiar? It’s how New Year’s have tended to go for the majority of us… But this year I sense a slight paradigm shift, with the acknowledgement that resolutions half-heartedly made once a year DO NOT work. Particularly when they focus on how we look and the need to improve this to improve how we feel. So in this post we’ll be exploring some anti-typical resolutions that might just give you that warm, fuzzy feeling you were hoping for.

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New Year, New Venture – Crafty Pickle Co. Takeover!!

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So this is a post with a bit of a difference. This is because 2019 is going to be a year of new ventures, specifically as my (Madi’s) side project Crafty Pickle Co. is launching, founded with my partner in crime Arthur Serini.

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Eating what YOU want this Christmas

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Christmas is a time of plenty. It seems the holiday season these days has become synonymous with eating lots, drinking lots and having all of the things the rest of the year we’re ‘not allowed’.

But how about this year NOT having one last splurge before the January diet kicks in? Why not treat it as a time to really enjoy festive food and drink in a way that still makes your body feel good?

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6b. Resource saving housekeeping – Energy, water and all the rest of it

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There are countless ways that we can all make small changes to reduce our environmental impact and live our life more simply and kindly. Now I’m not saying that everyone should go and live up a tree, surviving off foraged mushrooms and spear fishing (although that does sound quite nice if you could find a tropical location…). But I know I feel a personal responsibility to, in my own little way, find new, better ways of living my life to minimise precious resource use. As I’ve highlighted in previous posts (To be perfect…or not to be?) nobody can be perfect and shouldn’t be expected to be but making tiny changes, here and there, can add up to big changes if amplified across the population.

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To be perfect… or not to be?

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Perfect hair. Perfect body. Perfect grades. Perfect job. Perfect partner. Perfect life.

These are all things we’ve probably heard and most likely used at some point when discussing our aspirations and desires or maybe when moaning about the people in our life who seem to over-achieve at just about everything.

But have you ever stopped to think about what the word perfect actually means, what it does to our outlook on life and our emotional state?

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Probiotic Prunes anyone?

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So, I wanted to write a blog post all about my recent trip to the Carolinas to visit my boyfriend’s friends and family. Thinking about what to base it on I came up with several options… the amazing array of candy, giant portion sizes and sightings of the Confederate flag to name a few. But I decided to use this post to highlight some of the differences between the UK and this part of America – some examples paint the South in a positive light and some not so much, but there is no judgement being made here just observations about a place I really loved!

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6a. Resource saving housekeeping – Food & Oh How We Waste It

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*Globally we waste around 1.6 billion tonnes of food every year*

*Global food waste could potentially rise by a third by 2030*

*More than 50% of food waste in the UK comes from households*

*The average household wastes around £470 of food a year*

To me, these are scary figures and indicative of a problem that really doesn’t seem to be getting much better but also doesn’t have an easy solution. This post is going to be looking at what we as individuals can be doing to help prevent and reduce the travesty of beautiful food being thrown away every day.

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Eating the Mindful Way

shutterstock_168648482Without knowing it my first experience with true mindful eating came one Food Technology class when I was in high school (shout out to Miss Cooke, such a legend!). Dissecting a Mars Bar is how this particular class was sold and it entailed slowly, consciously unwrapping the mars bar and using a scalpel to remove each layer of firm chocolate, sticky caramel and gooey nougat. Paying attention to all details of textures, aromas, sights, flavours and mouth-feel of the chocolate.

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