Episode 135 – Why I still eat fish and chips

My overarching philosophy in nutrition and diet is variety, moderation & balance.

In fact, here’s three (3) diet rules that I follow:

1. Try anything & everything at least once.

Quick story,

I remember having Japanese one night with my brother and Thomas (his potential rugby manager for Japan). It was a week night and we visited an authentic Japanese restaurant in North Sydney, Australia.

Unfortunately Andy and myself arrived a little late so Thomas ordered our meal ahead to save time. Once we arrived and the formalities were out of the way, Thomas segued into dinner with a, “let’s eat!” to which Andy replied, “great, where’s the menu?”

Thomas quickly commented, “It’s ok, I’ve ordered…. And here it is.”

Seconds later, the waiter arrived and revealed the delicacies – raw fish, oyster, octopus, sea urchin and more..

Immediately, I laughed (you see, Andy hated raw fish let alone other seafood – and his poker face told it all).

Everyone at the table started to eat but before too long Thomas noticed Andy wasn’t eating and then he stopped to ask if everything was ok.

“He doesn’t eat seafood.” I said.

“Oh,” said Thomas looking at Andy, “But how do you know if you haven’t tried?”

“I just don’t” replied Andy.

Thomas paused for a second and then constructed a mantra, “There’s a saying – try everything at least once, first and foremost because you might just like it.”

“What happens if you don’t?”

“Well, you’ll laugh about it one day – either cos someone will burst out with laughter over your facial expressions – like now – hahaha… or eventually you’ll tell your story at another dinner and your company will laugh.”

We all laughed.

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Then Thomas added a final truth, “To try is real happiness, hahaha… enjoy your seafood!… hahah”

It was a memorable night and great story to tell. Ironically, (Andy will admit it too) my brother now eats seafood.


With this first rule in mind, I’ve tried non conventional foods such as kangaroo, fried frogs legs and crickets, or even exotic fruits such as dragonfruit, pomelo, mangosteen.

Variety is a true joy for food and when you extend this philosophy into the rest of your life you’ll live happier as well.

2. I also have a rule about soul foods.

So making sure that you eat foods that you absolutely love such as an emotionally fulfilling food from when you were a child (mind you, don’t go overboard especially if it’s high calorie, highly processed).

So for example, I still love fish and chips and everyone that knows me knows that I love fish and chips. It’s coz I grew up on that. I think almost every weekend our family would get a $5-10 worth of fish and chips (french fries) at the local takeaway store for lunch particularly after my brothers and my footy games. So something like that food would “bring me back” even it’s just for a moment.

I think that is important.

Also I love chocolate for whatever reason – maybe it was Easter (I’m not sure), or maybe it’s just the caffeine hit..lol

3. I make sure the main driver of my nutrition is eating for performance.

This would mean eating proteins to make sure that my muscles are recovered.

Eating fruits and vegetables so my mind and body gets the nutrients that it needs to perform at its best – as well as making sure that the free radicals are under control with antioxidants.
It’s also about covering the basics like hitting fundamental energy and nutrient requirements so that I keep well – and avoid sickness.

Life’s too short to fit in all the things you love, let alone be sick – so avoid it at all costs!

So there you have it!

Try out these three nutrition philosophies to keep you healthy for life.

Photo by Tareq Ismail on Unsplash

Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.

Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.


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