This is a paid advertorial with Tesco.
I’ve mentioned it a few times here and there over the past year or so, but I’ve been struggling a lot recently with a few different health issues. I’m having some tests done at the moment, in order to try and get to the bottom of things, but in the interim have made some big changes in my diet and lifestyle, in order to try and alleviate some of the symptoms.
Probably the most major of these has been to cut out gluten and dairy. I’ll admit straight off that the prospect of this was at first really quite daunting. I think, in this very millennial world we live in, there are so many choices and options for those with specific dietary needs, and it can be overwhelming (and expensive!) to face the weekly shop when you aren’t really sure of what to buy. Shamefully, my way of dealing with this is often to avoid making proper meals and to snack on ‘safe’ foods throughout the day. The result of this was that last Summer I lost over a stone in weight and had a lengthy period of illness following that in the Autumn. It’s really no way to live, and I’ve been trying to take action to really look after myself since then.
I think the key to incorporating changes into your lifestyle, and particularly diet related ones, is to really be informed about what you are buying. I mean, there’s not an article I haven’t read on my own specific concerns, and I’m constantly clogging up the supermarket aisle with my trolley while I read packets for allergens. It seems intense and hyperaware perhaps, but I think when you are genuinely struggling it’s a necessity to take matters into your own hands too.
One thing that has been so helpful to me recently is using diet and lifestyle filters when I’m doing our online shop. Tesco have embraced the change in the food and lifestyle choices that so many of us are making, and are going one further by incorporating this into their online shopping experience. Using the filters makes finding products suited to your requirements quick and easy. No packet reading and congestion-causing in a busy store!
It’s so simple to use the filters through the Tesco app or website. I just choose the Lifestyle and Dietary tab and then filter my choices to ‘No Gluten’ and ‘Vegan’ (because it’s always a good option to check out for choices too!) There are a range of areas though – from Low Sugar to Pescetarian, Paleo to Ovo-Vegetarian (I have no idea what that is but I’m intrigued!) The range is really wide and caters for a multitude of needs.
In using this tool I can easily prioritise my needs in terms of choosing trustworthy options that are no-gluten and vegan, as well as discovering new ones too. It has definitely made shopping less of a headache for me, and a whole lot less daunting as I navigate this new way of eating. And anything that takes pressure off that aspect is contributing to my whole wellbeing I think.
Here’s to a new phase of shopping well, eating well and, most importantly feeling well. What’s that saying? ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’? Never has it been more true than in these busy years of family and career and all the demands of life.
It makes taking care of ourselves possibly the most important job of all.