About

The kitchen, the place to be! (Coming back from the souq with the weekly fruit and veg shopping. Studying, working, blogging. Just being silly. And of course eating.)

Bonjour, I’m Gaëlle, and I try to eat healthy.

After years of eating junk and processed foods, I made in September 2012 the life-changing decision to eat healthy and adopt a flexitarian wholefood diet. And never looked back.

We all have our own criteria to characterize a healthy diet, and here are mine: lots of fresh, in-season vegetables and fruits. Nuts and pulses. Meat occasionally, seafood on a weekly basis, dairy products and eggs frequently. Whole grains instead of refined as much as possible. Limited intake of sugar, and no deep-frying.

On I try to eat healthy, you will find simple, healthy wholefood recipes, mostly vegetarian, for everyday life. The ones I created or adapted, cooked and liked. The recipes are simply written. There are no unnecessary text or dozens of redundant pictures. I like to keep it simple.

And what about you? Are you also trying to eat healthy or healthier? to move away from junk and processed foods towards a wholefood diet? or simply to eat more fruits and vegetables? I would love to hear from you (the more we share, the more we learn from each other). Please do not hesitate to reach me either by leaving a comment on the posts, by using the contact form or through the Facebook page.

My Bretagne (Being 3. Picking up clams. Waiting on a boat)

Where I come from

I come from Bretagne in France. Brittany is famous for the raging Atlantic Ocean, its fresh seafood and striped marinière. Bretons pride themselves on being adventurous and rather stubborn, and without any doubt I am part of the tribe. At the age of 21, through thick and thin, I left Brittany and moved to Paris where I worked in fashion for eight years. In 1999, I relocated to London, which I just love. During all my years there, I worked in homeware retail management.

In 2009, I decided to go back to university and study archaeology, and during the summer 2010 I came to Israel to volunteer in an archaeological excavation. On this dig, I met Dan, a lovely archaeologist, and five months later we got married. Today, we live happily in the suburb of Tel Aviv. I am now a postgraduate student in Historical Archaeology, and also write this blog and its French version manger bien, manger sain.

I try to eat healthy (Cooking. Being inspired by pretty vegetables. Preparing a couscous. Opening a pomegranate. Whisking dark cacao. Making a blueberry porridge. Cooking outdoors sometimes.)

Eating healthy

Until moving to Israel, I never gave too much thought about eating healthy, or cooking for that matter. In Paris or London, I just used to eat ready meals, takeaways, bistro or pub foods, and that was about it. This is not the case here. Ready meals are not common. Takeaways are of course available, and there are lots of restaurants. But really here, people simply cook, and I have discovered a new world, a world where food is bought raw and unprepared.

This inspired me to give cooking a go. To remember my French culinary upbringing, and to learn new cooking vocabulary and techniques. Now I cook from scratch every day, not because I suddenly became passionate about cooking, but because we need to eat and love good food. But when I cook, I try to cook healthy – for us, it just makes sense: if we eat healthy, we are looking after ourselves, our health and well-being. Also, it is not more expensive to cook healthy, quite the contrary.

That’s why the recipes you can find on I try to eat healthy are simple, healthy wholefood recipes, mostly vegetarian, for everyday life. They are easy to prepare and from ingredients easy to find. I post on the blog only recipes for dishes that are yummy – how everyday food should be! All the dishes photographed have been eaten and enjoyed (otherwise you would not see them on the blog). I made them for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner – not for the blog. The recipes document our eating habits.

It needs to be pointed out that we do not buy “healthy” processed foods. The fruits and vegetables come from our local souq (the Middle Eastern food market), they are not organic, but are grown locally. The fish and meat also come from the souq. The honey we buy is harvested by independent Israeli beekeepers.

(Here are the cooking measurements I use in my recipes: 1 cup = 250 ml; 1 tablespoon = 15 ml; and 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.)

Blogging

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Disclaimer:  I try to eat healthy blog/website is primarily for sharing recipes. The content of the site is only for informational and entertainment purposes. It is not intended to give medical advice or to make any health claims on the prevention or curing of diseases. As you have read above, I am not a doctor or nutritionist. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before making any changes in your diet or adding in supplements.