Monday, 13 July 2015

An Appetite for Change

I’m not scared of being the odd one out. I spent my entire teenage years dressed as Emily Strange. Sometimes being ‘odd’ can be a brilliant thing, but it can also cause confusion to those who don’t really understand why you are doing what you are doing. 

A trip to a Chiang Mai food market was one of my highlights of Thailand, it blew my mind seeing the variety of fruit and veg easily available. I was in my element.
At the beginning of this year I turned vegetarian – which in the day and age that we live in is a more popular and accessible choice. I never was a great meat eater before, and deciding to completely live without meat in my diet has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have no regrets.

The problem I have – is far greater than just selecting the ‘veggie’ option on a menu or in a restaurant, in fact I often find myself spoilt for choice. 
Dragon Fruit is fast becoming my favourite tropical fruit; there was an abundance of Dragon Fruit at every corner in Thailand.
My long standing issue is surrounding unhealthy foods.

I am all for treating myself – I have a love of red wine, macaroons are fast becoming my favourite dessert and I do love a huge portion of homemade guacamole on my Mexican feast.  I do in fact – love food, but my own food is always home-cooked and usually sourced locally. I don’t eat any form of fast food, convenience food or take outs. To be honest, I wouldn’t know how to order a takeaway if I tried.
My absolute no.1 avocado.
The lifestyle I choose means I often find myself in situations beyond my control, and I grow frustrated and dissatisfied at people’s judgements when I choose solely healthy options. Or in the worst case scenario simply have to refuse to eat what is available.
Being offered a free breakfast butty week in week out at work, or handed a slab of chocolate cake, or laughed at because I brought a packed lunch of fruit really becomes a little tedious after a while.  I fought so hard for a healthy life, and when people laugh or joke about my love for tropical fruits, or my clean eating - I find it incredibly insulting and often hurtful.

Basil and pine nuts in my pestle and mortar.
I am proud of who I am and I can appreciate as human beings we all have different appetites. Mine is vibrant, colourful and very satisfying. If you ever feel different to somebody else, you shouldn’t forget that it’s okay to be a little bit different.

Life is all about making choices, and we get to choose who we want to be. 


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4 comments

  1. A perfectly-ripe avocado is the ultimate 'fast food' just a pinch of sea salt or pink salt and I'm in heaven;I don't need anything else(used to get through loads as a young teen:).

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  2. Thank you for your comment on my resurrected blog, I really appreciated it. Not a vegetarian though I was once for a brief period of 7 months. My problem is that I have always loved meat. In order to assuage my conscience these days I do try to buy ethically reared meat whenever I can, I think if an animal is giving up it's life to feed me then it deserves at the very least to have had a good and happy life. I am a recent convert to the avocado - I used to think I didn't like them but how wrong I was!!! I can't get enough of them these days. xxx

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  3. Avocados are so good at this time of year - I love them stuffed with cold cous cous

    Lizzie Dripping

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  4. The comments made by people that don't matter, don't matter.
    Be you, be happy :)

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