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.