Healthy eating Day 11 – Guest blogger Sandra Peachey tells her story
Our ninth guest blogger is Sandra Peachey from Coventry who as a writer, tells her story. She is also the Director of LifeWork Consultancy & Coaching, Blogger, Blonde and Author at www.peacheyletters.co.uk
80/20 Principle of Life and Food
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My story starts with the fact that I loved my food and had a stressful career. At 42 I started to develop stomach ulcers and asthma. My doctor signed me off, gave me medication and told me to rest. But still I would get cramping, bloating and all sorts of other horrible allergic reactions…
Eventually I had a ‘happy mid-life crisis’ – leaving the corporate world behind to re-train as a coach and pursue my dreams of becoming an author. What I discovered along the way, was that I made strides in my inner and outer life when I did the work on both. By making healthy nutrition a priority, I supported all my goals, underpinning my transition to a happier and healthier life.
Making nutrition a priority…
This starting with smoothies. I discovered that drinking 3-4 fresh fruit/vege drinks for a week, 3 – 4 times per year detoxes my system and removes the cravings I have for addictive substances like sugar and caffeine. I make one every day for breakfast too.
I also stick to a ‘paleo’ diet – i.e. similar to what our stone-age ancestors would have eaten and what our bodies were built to ingest; being protein, fruit and vegetables. All without additives and no more than a handful of ingredients. I avoid carbs and gluten too.
As a foodie, I love the challenge of cooking delicious, nutritious meals. I constantly scour the internet and cook books to motivate me to craft my own cooking creations. I eat meat about 40% of the time and still avidly read vegan and vegetarian times in order to get my inspiration.
I cook when I am in the mood
Healthy eating requires effort in terms of preparation / effort and my simple trick is to make more than I need. I cook when I’m in the mood and have the time, love and energy to put into it. I freeze and store what is left over, so I always have fabulous, healthy food on hand, no matter how tired I am…
I now no longer stand on the scales and wonder what my weight is or have debilitating dyspepsia (excess acid causing all sorts of painful bodily side effects) any more.
However, I do still like my ‘treats’ and to go out into the world and eat ‘normal’/ ‘bad’ food – including diary and gluten which I typically avoid… And this is where I annoy those who advocate excluding food groups from their lives, without exception.
I want choice
I want the choice of eating what I want and if I exclude certain things from my diet altogether, then I soon become intolerant to them. I therefore live by an 80/20 principle – I eat healthily 80% of the time and then subscribe to the theory that ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’.
This way I never crave certain foods or have to deny myself. And I have to say that if I’m tempted to overdo it – my body soon warns me! Over time I’ve come to recognise cause and effect, learning to monitor what goes into my body and what effect it has.
I take care of my body and my life
It’s my body, my life and I have to take care of both. I’m also stubbornly pro-choice / freedom and find that by living by my 80 / 20 rule I get to satisfy myself and my life in every way!
With love, laughter and learning, Sandra Sandra Peachey: Coach, Blogger & Author. You can read more of my blogs at www.peacheyletters.co.uk