This is going to be a rather vulnerable and personal post.
From qualified specialists to social influencers – I am tired of the buzz words that become le mot du jour – wellness, intuitive eating, clean eating, healthy eating, paleo, low carb, keto diet and so the list goes on.
This is quite a revelation for me, someone who has over the past 18 months (not to mention on and off across the years) restricted their food intake, both in terms of calories and types of food to try and solve health issues. Only to find out those health issues have not got better but instead deteriorated. So I have decided to stop listening so much to others and start tuning into my body and listening to what it needs.
But boy is that hard. I am currently going through a tumultuous time with food. From guilt to elatedness to over-bingeing back to guilt. It’s hard work and it’s taking its toll – on my mind and my body. But I am determined to listen to myself – no one knows your body better than you know it. Yet what I’ve realised is that this needs to be in baby steps. Disordered eating and unhealthy relationship with food is not something that can be undone overnight or with one week of eating whatever you want. Instead it needs to be approached slowly as you’re dealing with various different elements – the conscious and the sub-conscious.
So I will still be looking at the ‘healthier’ sections of the store no doubt as this will be the first step. As much as I’d love to go get a box of hobnobs, my mind and my body is not there yet. I’ll still be eating gluten free for the moment as my body does react to this but I won’t be looking at any more ingredients list but instead allowing my body to choose my food shopping. I may still also choose free-from foods but in the vein that they sound tasty. The aim is to purchase (and eat!) a packet of gluten free hobnobs without feeling the guilt.
Appeals to: Everyone!
Rating: 8 out of 10
I found the packaging a little flimsy in that it’s in cellophane packaging with the sleeve covering most of the product as a sticker. The product itself feels heavy so having this in a bag didn’t add much confidence that it could be protected in a bag but rather be squashed. I didn’t read through the nutritional info nor the list of ingredients but from a quick glance at the sleeve this was easily available to read. The logo of the 8 also wasn’t that obvious as to what it was, it just looked like two circles and the name of the brand folded over the packaging so not the easiest to read. It’s also quite difficult to open the bag without scissors. I had to store this wrapped in foil in the fridge as the bag just ripped.
£4.99 (Planet Organic). The clever placing of this product next to smaller treats which are similarly priced does make you think you’re getting more value for your money. It is a large-ish size so again you’re fooled into thinking this is substantia, yet when you compare it to loaves of bread or other similar products it does seem slightly steep and perhaps not as large as you first think.
The product delivers on its flavours. I was expecting a dry cake but it was actually really soft and moist. I was also hesitant about courgette in a sweet food product but it actually tasted great and it was more so the banana you tasted as the main flavour. It felt just like you were eating banana bread even though it was gluten free, grain free etc. It is extremely more-ish and with a dollop of almond butter is a filling snack in between meals or as a dessert. What’s more it lasted 3 – 4 days and that was with good sized slices so I was impressed with that. I’d definitely recommend this with a good cup of tea.
Verdict: In a word – fulfilling. You don’t feel at all deprived when eating this version of a banana cake and it’s really tasty, so much that I bought it again after I’d finished and it was enjoyed by non-gluten free members of my family too.
I’d love to hear whether you’ve tried this and what you thought! Please feel free to leave your comments below.
Guest Blogger: Mrs. M.
As a person with a recently diagnosed sensitive digestive system, I’m now on a path to make sure I eat well whilst still enjoying myself. Having been fearful of food, I now love finding new products, going to new restaurants to try new twists on dishes and am constantly looking for quirky items to consume. I’m a huge supporter of simple food that is made tasty with the right combination of ingredients and more importantly enjoying your food and diet in a balanced way. That means I always have room for my favourite item – chocolate!