I’m currently almost a week into our honeymoon in Fiji, and our time so far has been spent on a lovely small island just off Taveuni, in Northern Fiji. We’re well off the mainland here – so much so that our power source is via generator, the lights in our room are solar powered and our showers are from rain water tanks. We have no wifi, no tv, no air conditioning and no access to any food other than what is available from the kitchen here on the island. (Luckily, the chef here is amazing!)
I’m enjoying so much of this island life, but in particular the food situation has been really interesting to me. We have a set menu each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snacks are not really available at all. There are dessert options each night, but Kane and I have opted for the cheaper meal plan which doesn’t include dessert.
Breakfast is always fruit – like papaya, banana, passionfruit, pineapple and limes – followed by eggs, either scrambled or as an omelette. It might have something to do with the fact that someone else is preparing my breakfast and I don’t have to do the dishes, but I am really enjoying my fruit and eggs each morning! There’s toast and cereals and things but I’m trying to minimise gluten intake, cause I feel so much better when I’m not eating wheat. (Note: I wrote this post before I was diagnosed coeliac).
The lunch menu has been different everyday, but nevertheless there is only one option per day. We’ve had eggplant parmigiana, chilli con carne, ginger & coconut beef stew, just to name a few.
And dinners have been just as varied – we’ve had roast lamb, chicken, coconut-crusted fish, always with vegetables or salad.
Being gluten-free, I’ve been having quite a bit of cassava, which is a root vegetable I guess I could compare to potato. It’s yummy and very versatile.
The thing I’ve found interesting about the food here in Fiji is that there is never any question about whether there’s too much carbohydrates in a dish, or whether there is enough protein, or how many calories there are in a meal.
It’s not important because that stuff doesn’t matter when you’re eating a whole food diet. There are no food labels to read, because the food you’re eating comes from Mother Nature. Your plate is piled so high with vegetables that there is no question about the nutritional content of the meal, and when your carbohydrates come from root vegetables and rice, it doesn’t really matter what portion of your plate it’s filling.
There’s no white flour or white sugar. There’s no packet sauces or microwave meals. It really is just pure, decent, wholesome foods that come from the earth – and let me tell you, it has all been absolutely delicious.
I’m not missing out on anything at all – and no one has to read labels or count calories or worry about the carb content.
Sure, it’s easier when you have someone preparing all the food for you – but this whole food way of life really is possible. It’s about making small, simple changes to your daily diet in order to keep foods as close to their natural state as possible. The less processed, the better.
And all of those small, simple changes really do add up to big benefits. Staying away from refined wheat products, refined sugars, refined table salts and all those other additives is key. And loading up your plate with lots of veggies is the way we were designed to live.
Guilt-free and healthy, on a whole-food diet.