My Eating Philosophy
I eat a primarily whole food plant-based diet. It works for me and I love how it makes me feel. Plant foods are full of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and all the energy I need to do what I love.
I eat what I want and that’s mostly just whole foods prepared in simple and delicious ways. I try to keep my recipes as simple and minimal as I can and most of the recipes you’ll find on Running on Real Food don’t require any fancy or hard to find ingredients.
Am I Vegan?
I grocery shop and cook vegan at home and all the recipes on Running on Real Food are vegan however, I don’t label my diet or eating philosophy any which way, nor feel I have to explain my dietary choices to anyone.
I am not vegan but I eat plant-based more or less 100% of the time.
I don’t eat meat. I eat seafood caught by my family on occasion. I eat eggs maybe a few times a year and I don’t worry about eating completely egg and dairy-free when I’m travelling.
I choose to eat plant-based when the option is available when travelling. I actively seek out vegan restaurants when because exploring local vegan food is one of my favourite things to do. Vegan food is always my choice when it’s available to me.
Here in Vancouver, it’s easy to eat a healthy vegan diet, so I do. Why wouldn’t I? Other than that, I do the best I can with what I have at any given time and I never stress about it.
Most days my diet consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, some whole grains like oats, brown rice and quinoa, some soy and some beans and lentils. I have a whole food plant-based meal plan here and a 7-day vegan meal plan here that give you a good idea of how I eat.
I also share “What I Eat in a Day” posts in my Facebook group to help show how you can put together a healthy day of plant-based eating.
I’m also an athlete so nutrition is important to me. When I eat well, I perform well, recover well and have all the energy I need to do the things I love and I love being active! I focus on food for function for the most part but there’s always room for pleasure too.
What I Eat in a Day
During the week I typically eat a smoothie, sweet or savoury oatmeal, tofu or chickpea scramble, veggie hash, pancakes or chia seed pudding or sweet potato or squash bowls for breakfast, leftovers from the previous evening for lunch and a wholesome, plant-based meal for dinner.
I eat a lot of salads and bowls because they’re so easy to through together and I aim to include a balance of carbs, fat and protein with every meal.
I snack mainly on fruit and veggies, hummus, dips, nuts, seeds and homemade energy bars. I use some products such as plant-based protein and a few other vitamins to help supplement my diet and support my workouts.
Love What You Eat
I think food should be fun and I love to eat, so I don’t worry too much about it. It’s pretty simple, just eat whole, fresh, real food most of the time and don’t fret about the rest.
Life and food are to be enjoyed! I love eating. I love trying new foods, I love experiencing local culture when I’m travelling, I love sushi, I love vegan pizza, I love dessert….I think 80/20 is a good general rule for enjoying a balance of food that’s good for the body and food that’s good for the soul.
How I eat is just part of my lifestyle and I’m very passionate about it. The reason we should eat is to keep the body healthy and strong, and a healthy body leads to a happy mind. Maintaining a healthy body weight is just a by-product of eating foods that are good for you.
I love cooking healthy meals at home, full of every colour in the rainbow. I enjoy experimenting with recipes and new foods. I love how amazing a healthy diet can make you feel inside and out.
I avoid overly processed foods in my diet and prefer to keep things simple. I don’t really have need for processed foods when it’s so easy to make your own healthy options at home.
That being said, I still eat processed foods sometimes – life is short! I love pizza, chips, cookies, chocolate and all the fun vegan meat and dairy alternatives that are available today.
I feel very, very fortunate that I have the choice to eat the way I do. I have access to fresh, seasonal and local produce, farmers markets and health food stores. I know that’s a huge privilege and something I never take for granted.
Why would you eat any other way when we have access to all this beautiful, real food? I think it’s amazing what you can make out of simple, whole plant-based foods. I often don’t tell people what I’ve made is vegan and they would have never guessed.
I believe one of the keys to living a happy life is eating well and focusing on whole foods. Foods that simply are what they are. We simply cannot be our best on a diet of fast-food and frozen dinners.
Changing how people eat begins with education, so if I can show just a few people how simple it can be to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, it’s incredibly rewarding.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t require any restrictive or confusing diet, I hope Running on Real Food can help show people that.
Eating should be fun and enjoyable and not a source of stress in your life. Real food tastes amazing, real food is fresh and real food is good for your body and mind.
Do What’s Best for You
All that being said, I’m not perfect and I’m not a doctor or professional. I’m just doing my best like the rest of us. I just love food and health and sharing my recipe creations and experiences but these are simply the general guidelines that I follow.
What works for me may not necessarily be what’s best for you but if you find a recipe here you enjoy, or find some little tips and tricks that make healthy eating easier and more enjoyable, I’m happy.
When it comes to social events, holidays, travelling and time with my family I don’t restrict my diet at all. I love pizza and chips, one of my favourite meals is a loaded veggie burger and fries and I eat dessert pretty much every day.
Nutrition = health + happiness, so while I think it’s important to eat food that’s good for your mind and body, so is enjoying yourself and eating food that’s good for your soul.
I’m always available by email at deryn at runningonrealfood dot com on social media @runningonrealfood if you want to chat.