Changing The Diet – Part 2 – Spicy Taste Buds!

A common misconception of my diet is that it’s boring – chicken, more chicken, broccoli & sweet potato.

And yes, the aforementioned does hold a particular key place in my meals, but it doesn’t have to taste the same day in day out….That would be zzzzz – and a complaint why some couldn’t stick to it.

My coaches at Fitness Life Academy have always encouraged a variety to the diet and finding ways to mix up the foods to keep it interesting. Over the last 12 months I’ve used a range of herbs and spices with have just utterly changed my thinking of the whole “simple food” mentally – Not only have I experimented with different flavours (a new found love with coriander and slowed cooked ‘pulled’ chicken) but seemingly peculiar mixes like cinnamon and scrambled egg are in fact AWESOME! (seriously try it! Thanks Mark!)

Another is chilli and hot sauces. There are many varieties that are great for adding warming flavours to your prepared meals, lots of people have pointed me in the direction of the likes of Nandos sauce, paprika and a new favourite, Cholula chipotle hot sauce. My pallet hasn’t always taken to very well to spicy food but my belief is that whilst I’ve consumed basic foods and carefully added my own flavours, my ‘spice tolerance’ has rocketed!

Don’t get me wrong, my food isn’t drowning in it BUT the kick from the flavour brings a lot of my food alive and enhances the experience – my meals are still strict’ BUT contain a huge variety and NEVER boring!


Published by Matt Elson

Bringing you the latest in not only my personal journal into the world of disability Bodybuilding, but a discovery into latest events, profiles, news and promoting awareness of this great sport Based in Bristol in the UK, I’ve been competing in Disability Bodybuilding for the last 3 years in a journey which has taken me all over the country to national, international & world championships and I am so so grateful for that opportunity that had changed my life. Living with Cerebal Palsy has its challenges, but everyone has their individual hurdles to negotiate. Gaining strength both physically & mentally and adapting to the surrounding is all part of this journey. This is a mission to raise awareness, to promote our great category to develop opportunities for others. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss more!

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