I’m Lu, a Spanish-born, London resident, travel-lover young woman with a 9 to 5 job and a very normal life.
I eat potatoes (lots!) and chocolate.
I love seafood and everything pork.
I move my body in a way that feels good. I lift (some times), run (not often), swim (when I can), do yoga and spend time outside.
But before 2015 I used to be sick all the time. Colds, flues, sore throats, tonsillitis, cystitis, anaemia, skin allergies… I spent the majority of the first 27 years of my life without really knowing what feeling good, energised and healthy was.
After altering my diet everything changed. I felt like if my body got rid of a chain that was keeping it from performing how it was supposed to.
“Since changing my diet to a gluten-free and refined sugar-free one I gained all the energy, health and mental clarity that I had only experienced intermittently before”.
What did I do exactly?
I removed gluten, most grains, processed foods, bad quality oils, dairy and sugar. After three months I was getting perfect blood tests, getting praises from my GP and only one side-effect: a 20-pound effortless weight-loss. And ever since then:
- My iron levels have never been low again (no more prescriptions!).
- Haven’t got any more infections or needed antibiotics.
- I can count how many times I’ve been “sick”: two colds, both after being on a plane, and one food poisoning – (I blame some delicious oysters!)
So what do I eat now?
Real food. Minimally processed meat, fish, shell-fish, tons of green vegetables, tubers like potatoes, fruits, seeds and nuts. Sometimes legumes, a bit of fermented dairy and some gluten-free grains, as I know my body does just fine with that.
“I eat real food because I want a real life”
I’m not coeliac, but I have experienced what gluten and heavily processed foods, bad quality dairy and sugar do to my body. They drain my energy, bloat my stomach and hurt my gut. They make me tired, sick and moody all the time.
I’m now living a new life and this healthier body and all of this increased energy need a way out. So I started yoga, lifting, and high-intensity workouts. Within two months of changing my diet I was running 10k – me who would previously miss a bus because running to the stop was too much for my heart!
But whole grains are healthy and fat is bad, right?
I’m not a scientist, nor a nutritionist myself. And I don’t need to. I’ve seen what eating bacon and avoiding whole-wheat bread has done to my body and my health.
You may have heard of the real food movement with the paleo diet and whole30 challenge leading it. But you may not think that changing what you eat can have such a big impact on your health. A paleo template was what inspired me, but I now follow my own way, the one I learnt works for me and I encourage you to do the same.
My blog is not to convince you to follow the latest diet or do a celebrity fat burning workout. I just want to show you that there are options to challenge your own body and health. And if you decide you want to do it, I hope I can help you get started with my easy recipes with real ingredients, sustainable health tips and achievable fitness advice.
This is not another health blog. This is a place for food, fitness and tips for REAL LIFE.