Posted on June 21, 2010
I Am What I Eat
When I’m not making the conscious decision to eat healthy food, it takes very little time for the habit to catch up on me. Believe me – few things go down as easy as a PayDay bar, a piping hot Americano or a bowlful of sour cream and onion potato chips. However, within a week or two – and sometimes just days – the effects of my poor eating choices start to stare at me in the face… literally.
The first tell-tale evidence is my skin. It’s not as soft and moisturized as normal, instead feeling oily and appearing entirely lacklustre. Going make up-free is most definitely no longer an option.
Second to the skin is fatigue. The psychological cause-and-effect of eating well translating into feeling well becomes crushed by the crash of sugary treats. And further, my body starts to feel squishy and bloated.
I recently found an article outlining some of the problems with processed foods and the benefits of giving them the boot. I know from experience that, once I’m able to bust through the bad habits that build up, my body rebounds in huge and healthy ways. Hair and skin glow, energy levels rocket through the roof, muscle tone becomes more apparent and I become mindful of what I put in my body.
The hard part is sticking to it for long periods of time – particularly because I’m always on the go. Meals for one can quickly become lazy and uninspired and I am normally clueless as to what to do with any and all leftover ingredients. British Columbia is abundant with tons of fresh, local food and finding healthy (and often organic) eating choices is a cinch. Between sustainable farmers’ markets and health-conscious grocery stores, this really shouldn’t be a difficult endeavour for me, but it is.
Your turn: What are some of your favourite on-the-go recipes that are both healthy and delicious? What helps you stay focused on healthy eating habits – or getting back on track?