I never liked food.
I know, not what you want to hear from a food blogger, but hear me out. All my life I simply saw food as a chore, it was nothing more than fuel to keep me going. I didn’t even have much of a sense of taste, I would often eat things bland because in my mind there was no benefit to spices or sauces or even salt. Clearly I had a lot to learn about nutrition, and that was another issue, I didn’t know what I was doing. Food seemed so confusing and the amount of misinformation online was overwhelming. Wholegrains are healthy, right? Oh wait no, wholegrains make us sick now? It seemed like the story changed every day.
I used to be super active, bodybuilding and cycling almost every day. I also had what could be considered a healthy diet, fresh fruit and vegetables and meat and lots of grains. And yet I had anaemia, IBS, constant bloating, acid reflux, energy crashes, constantly hungry, frequent colds, the list of ailments goes on and on. My doctors tested for everything and could find no problems and I was always taking some form of medication.
When I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a few years ago I realised I couldn’t continue to eat like a bodybuilder any more. I always felt like that kind of diet was an uphill battle anyway, if I wasn’t able to exercise for even a week I would put on a couple of kilos of fat. So what was I supposed to eat? I honestly didn’t know how to feed myself at that point. Then I discovered the fantastic channel, What I’ve Learned, I recommend beginning with this video as I did. But his entire channel is incredibly well researched and presented.
I felt the benefits of the ketogenic diet almost immediately, I wasn’t hungry all the time, I had more energy and improved concentration. Most importantly I was preserving muscle and losing fat, maintaining my physical strength is vital now that I am living a sedentary life. I had been doing intermittent fasting as well, eating within an eight hour window, but lately I found I would eat within shorter and shorter windows, I just wasn’t feeling up to eating or cooking. So I kind of accidentally stumbled into One Meal a Day, and in doing so experienced even more benefits. I stopped having to take any medication, turns out human beings aren’t meant to graze all day like cows. My stomach gets to rest for a whole day, my ailments are much more manageable now. I might never be rid of CFS, but I am certainly making it more tolerable.
OMAD also came with another unexpected side effect, I suddenly cared about food. It was as if going a day without eating was a master reset, my sense of taste and smell became more refined. I would spend a lot of time planning my meals and grocery purchases well in advance. At first I thought maybe I was obsessing about food because I was starving while adjusting to OMAD. This just wasn’t like me at all. But no, I realised I genuinely discovered a passion for food, sometimes I am more excited about the prospect of cooking than actually eating the meal.
I used to be such a creative person, always working on various art projects, but since becoming ill I’ve had to abandon all of that. Cooking has filled that void in my life. No longer was I just shoving food in my face so I didn’t die, I discovered I had an opportunity to make one elaborate work of art each day. Cooking is a lot of fun and doesn’t exhaust me too much, and from a practical perspective, spending money on food is more sensible than buying art supplies that I might never use. I would never have believed I would be taking photos of my food and posting it online, but here we are.
So this blog is a little different from other food blogs, as a beginner myself, I hope we can learn together. There are so many fundamentals most other cooking blogs don’t bother to mention because they assume you already know your way around the kitchen. I’m going to assume you don’t even know the difference between measuring by volume and by weight, because that was news to me.
I am also keeping disability in mind, I choose recipes that are relatively quick and easy and nutrient dense. If you only have the strength to cook and eat once a day, you better make it count. At the most, I live on about $10 a day now, I eat less, but I can spend that money on making a really fine meal. So my priorities here are cheap, easy to make with ingredients that you should be able to find at any grocery store.
Finally I should mention that I am Australian, so I will be primarily looking for ingredients in Woolworths and Coles. Added bonus is that my recipes will be sensibly written in the bloody metric system!