How I Eat

I try to eat a whole-food plant-based diet. Plants are full of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and everything we need to live our lives - I would not however, class myself as a "vegan".

Being a vegan is a way of life which excludes all products which have any animal ingredients, whether that be in your food or in the clothes you wear.

I try not to eat foodstuffs or use anything with ingredients that are animal-derived; I do read labels on food and especially those on household products and personal products like shampoo, toothpaste, makeup etc.  I would not buy anything that has been tested on animals.

Whilst I believe that no-one has to justify their way of living, I do feel that if you are looking at my site then you should know where I'm coming from.  I admit I do wear wool and leather BUT I have made the conscious decision not to buy any of these items new - I will continue to wear what I already have or purchase from second-hand shops only.

My food would be classed as high-carb, low-fat; I took inspiration from The Starch Solution  by John McDougall.   Fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry for the past few decades—from Atkins to Dukan—even the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger an avalanche of shame and longing. But the truth is, carbs are not the enemy and I record my meals on my Intagram

account and my YouTube channel.

 

I cook from scratch but am not adverse to using a jar of spice paste or a pasta sauce if that means my meal is on the table quicker.  I am not a fan of cooking, I am a fan of eating and cooking is the necessary evil which gets food on the table.  A lazy cook would sum me up perfectly, long lists of ingredients and complicated applications are not for me; fresh food, good seasoning and minimal effort fits the bill. 

 

Food occupies my mind almost 100% of the day, no sooner have I finished breakfast than I am wondering what to have for lunch - I cook for myself but that does not mean my meals should be out of a microwave container; a steaming bowl of mashed potatoes topped with a throw-everything-in-the-pot dahl can be produced with the minimum of effort and is not rocket science.

What I Eat

How I Cook

Indulgences

What is life without goodies? 

 

I have been on a perpetual diet for around 40 years and it leaves you feeling guilty if you induldge or unhappy if you don't - life is too short. 

 

Whilst eating and drinking and making merry is not going to make you healthy or ultimately happy, you have to have a little of what you fancy.  I applaud those who live a clean life but I will have a drink, I will eat plant-based dirty french fries and vegan chocolate cake has to be devoured.

 

Like most people, I have a weakness.......mine is crisps/snacks.  The picture above shows my order from a healthfood shop - yes, all crisps.  There we are, now you know...

A final note - this site is my journey, my way of eating - I would not even attempt to suggest that it is correct but it works for me.  If you choose to take anything away from it then that is great, I hope it helps - if you don't, then that is also great - you can only travel on your own journey and I wish you well x

Please feel free to email me at anytime if you have any questions; I love a chat tina@pinkturtlebean.com

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