There’s a bit of a foodie divide going on Twitter at the moment. Lots of people are on a get healthy, lose weight, get fit quest (myself included) and on the other side of the fence others are reacting, loudly, with shouts of ‘sod the diet’ and other, less restrained, tweets. ‘Diet‘ has become a very ugly word and with good reason – there’s a massive diet industry which makes billions peddling pills, supplements and questionable ready meals. But sometimes a diet (for me: a change of eating habits) is required to lose weight and it should not have to be something people feel apologetic about. Do I wish I were eating pancakes and French toast for breakfast instead of chia pudding? Hell yes! But I have dug myself into a bit of a hole eating indulgently and without restraint (and, it must be stressed, not exercising regularly) so I need to do something drastic to dig myself out.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and you don’t have to feel (very) deprived. I do miss bread, I do miss cakes and wine and oh so many other things… but I am on a diet! Say it loud and say it proud. So I am taking a break from them… not a permanent one… and focusing on other, no less tasty, treats. Take this vegan red lentil soup with carrots, parsnips and coconut for example – it is absolutely delicious and very, very filling. It’s also very easy to make, thrifty, and packed with nutrients. Now all I need is a low-carb bread to go with it (I am working on that).
1 tsp ground cumin
cayenne pepper (optional)