What I used to eat and the start of my nutrition revolution

From January 2017 to June 2018 I was working like a machine on a personal project and I gave little thought to what I was eating. My diet was composed almost exclusively of:

  • breakfast: a cup of coffee and some nutella spread on some of those Swedish crackers (wasa), or some muesli with milk
  • eating outside once a day: pizzas, sushis, salads, burger-king, often in take-away
  • very basic home cooking: pastas/rice with pesto or tomato sauce, pork chops, chicken breasts, beef steaks, frozen vegetables or veggie mixes and sashimi
  • snacks composed of cookies or milk chocolate

Looking backwards from where I am now, a few points (pretty obvious for most people) stand out about this diet:

  • Not healthy: lack of diversity, fast food, processed food, quite ‘greasy’, not organic
  • Produces tons of wastes from the packagings and boxes
  • Not environmental-friendly
  • Almost no fruits and very low on vegetables
  • Quite pricy
  • Not considering animal suffering (spoiler alert for my current experience with veganism)

From an external point of view though, I wasn’t looking that bad. I had been eating in a very healthy way since I was a child (thanks mom!) and I always exercise a lot. I can’t tell how exactly this diet impacted my health but I’m pretty sure it played a critical role in the depressive state I was in, as well as in the apparition of a few weird body symptoms that I’m not sure I want to talk about here.

In late June 2018 I realised that it was time for a change. OK, some friends rightly suggested that I needed, I quote, a proper food education. I don’t know if it sounds rude, but they were right (many thanks to them!). So I decided to start a personal nutrition revolution. And there came the porridge, and the very first step from getting back to reality and out of depression.


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