Consumerism in that sense connotes material consumption. Consumption however, is also a word used to describe the act of eating and drinking. We are all consumers in that sense whether we choose to subscribe to the capitalist model of conspicuous consumption of superfluous material goods or not.
Your local smug health fan may only Instagram his or her #cleaneating bowl of quinoa and roasted peppers, but that doesn't mean (s)he didn't wash it down with half a tub of salted caramel ice-cream. And do you know what? That's OK.
Good gourd. Fresh red meat probably causes cancer and processed meat definitely does according to a new repo...
So, rather than asking if you're getting enough protein, ask where are you getting your protein from? The answer could have huge implications for your health.
Your doctor doesn't understand that you are so phobic, so physically afraid of food that you will routinely experience an actual stress response during eating, full-on anxiety attacks after eating, producing huge amounts of adrenalin. All things that makes us feel incredibly unwell around food. So much so that your body believes it is in extreme danger every time you consume anything
There's also a common misconception that using seasonal produce will limit your choice. In fact, there are a huge variety of crops harvested at different times throughout the year; it's simply a question of adjusting shopping and cooking habits accordingly.
Have you heard of clean eating? It's the new buzz phrase in nutrition. The days of calorie counting and low fat diet foods are soon going to be a thing of the past and in its place whole and natural nutrition.
I love eating and I love food. It's like a hobby. I have no shame in sharing that I very much enjoy everything about food: planning it, shopping for it, preparing it, eating it, tasting it, everything! To me, food will never just be fuel. It will always been something to be enjoyed, and sometimes, I enjoy it just a little too much!
Many people only remember a headline when they look at a newspaper, so what people appear to have taken away from the latest spate of coverage is that they should eat more butter - and high fat foods - in order to stay healthy, which could not be further from the truth.
The idea behind these meals is to minimise prep time; have all your pots and pans ready to go; the kettle boiled; and to cook the food in intense spices and herbs so that you can inject flavour into your meal fast. There are, however, hidden pitfalls for the amateur cook.
These peanut butter Raweos are, in my humble opinion, a squillion times better than their unhealthy counterparts. They only have SIX ingredients (that's 17 less than the PBOs' 23) and there's nothing genetically modified about them (if you check the back of a PBO packet you'll see that a number of their ingredients are GM - scary).
Road trip means road trip snacks, hostel food is pasta with tomato sauce and travelling means eating at a different (or worse, the same!) fast food chain every day? Not anymore!
We're bombarded on social media with organic, seasonal, whole food porn, it does mislead people into a style of eating where they think calories don't matter and then are understandably disheartened when they don't lose weight. Whilst I'm not for a minute saying that the passionate movement away from processed food is not a good thing, there's just more to it than meets the eye.
My whole relationship with food has become consumed by the after-effects of my illness and dealing with them. As a result, I've forgotten that there's more to food than this. And I don't think I'm the only one.
These are so easy to make and require only six ingredients. As if that wasn't enough, they have heaps of healthy benefits too! Hazelnuts contain heaps of protein and good fats, and cacao is packed with antioxidants, so they're pretty good for you, even if they don't look it!
I'll let you in on a little secret - you can knock up a huge batch of granola that will last you all week in less than half an hour. And it's super-easy. And you'll look like a regular Bree Van der Camp to all your friends and family. Winning.