Hi, my name’s Nick and I have a healthy diet. There, I’ve said it, and I’m not even ashamed to to say it – I have a healthy diet!
Of course, being a man who doesn’t really cook, I should point out that the main reason I have a healthy diet is because my wife keeps me in check – there is a really greedy person inside me just waiting to break free! My wife (for the sake of this blog I’ll call her Petula as she always wanted to be called this when she was a child), spends a huge amount of time researching recipes, understanding nutrients and daily requirements and then preparing and presenting me the perfect healthy dish. I also need to mention that I am one of those weirdy vegetarian types (I should grow a beard and become a beardy weirdy!) and have been so for the past 25 years. I do however, eat fish since ever since we spent some time working in Australia about 15 years ago only to discover that us veggie types weren’t hugely well catered for.
Back in the mists of time I was a bit of a chubby (read fat) kid who always struggled with his weight – quite possibly due to the fact that I was just plain greedy and had (still have) a bit of a sweet tooth – when I walked down supermarket biscuit/cookie aisles you could hear packets of custard creams running for cover.
Fast forward to the age of 18 and I’m now legally allowed to go to the pub (I may have been to the local pub once or twice before I reached 18!), and discovered that I had quite a talent for drinking a lot of beer and staying apparently sober. And did you know that beer and crisps could, if you put your mind to it, become a replacement for proper meals! All these little things conspired to keep me a pretty chubby chappie.
Skip on about three years and I realised that this couldn’t go on so decided that it was time to diet properly – apparently this meant not just saying that I ate like a bird but to actually stop eating and drinking so much! Well it turns out that I did have some will power and actually managed to lose a significant amount of weight by going on a strict ‘hardly eating’ diet – not a good diet but effective. Anyway, I reached my ideal weight of 11 stone and a few pounds and have maintained this weight from that day (by the way I’m 5’8″ tall).
Hurrah, at the age of 24 I met my wife – well she wasn’t actually my wife when I met her – it took another 10 years to wear her down! However, the good news from a dietary perspective was that from this point on my diet moved on to a nice healthy footing as Petula took on full responsibility for my health.
It only dawned on me the other day that there may be other people out there who would like to share in my good fortune. So with that in mind I thought that I would start a blog showing the various meals that I am presented with on a daily basis.
Oh yes, my wife’s mantra is “Little and Often” which works well for me.