My Journey with Food
It’s taken me a little while to write this as I truly wanted to be transparent as it hasn’t always been pretty. For many many years I kept it quiet, hidden as much as possible as the shame, guilt and embarrassment was high.
For many years I have had a love hate affair with food – ok yes my body too – they usually go hand in hand for many women!
I only started sharing my journey a few years ago with friends and family and now after reading stats and understanding on a deeper level or programs, beliefs etc I want to come out of the closet so to speak! 🙂
When I was 15 years old I started down the path of Anorexia which then turned into Bulimia which literally ran my life for almost 10 years.
My Anorexia never hospitalized me as my weight only dropped to about 88 pads – I’m only 5’2″ and was maybe even shorter then! At about age 16 I also got into partying and smoking pot – so on weekends I would get the ‘munchies’ so at least my weight was ok – but I was not eating healthy and living healthy by any means.
I left for college at the big age of 17 and lived with an aunt and uncle in Toronto – she was big into health and ahead of her time so I learned a lot. My first natural path Dr visit – alternative flours, honey instead of sugar etc – this was the early ’80’. I even became an Aerobics instructor but boy did I battle with low self esteem and Bulimia.
After a couple of years of living in TO, I moved back to my home town and became a waitress and bartender – no – there was never any partying going on there!! Over the next few years I went back to college, moved to Banff and then Nova Scotia – still mostly in the service industry and still struggling with my eating disorder yet when I was eating ‘normal’ I ate very healthy……….talk about incoherence in my being!
It did slow down a fair bit and I realized that I cycled – it was mostly Jan to May – hence in Canada the colder, darker months – no wonder I love being in Mexico – the sun and warmth nurture my soul big time.
While in Halifax I became part of a 12 week study group out of the hospital with approx 10 women who struggled with na eating disorder – the stories were crazy yet I felt ok and not alone.
Most people then didn’t understand what having an eating disorder was truly about as there was no internet (ok I am dating myself here) and well it’s food – eating when you are hungry, stop when you are full.
Yeah right, sounds easy but in reality it’s not about the food at all – it’s just the drug of choice for many women instead of drugs, alcohol, gambling and even sex.
For some reason, at the time I was not aware, yet looking back on it I understand more now, but I faded out of my cycle. I had 2 beautiful children – who kept me busy and I never worried about weight between running after them (not quite 14 months apart) and working even part time. I felt I had conquered it – so much so I became a Certified Raw Food Chef and wrote some recipe books. I was still and always have been big into eating healthy.
About 12 years later, I went through a year of some hard times, almost bankruptcy, moved across the country and stayed with my parents for almost 2 months and had to start over – things were tight and I watched myself get triggered. I knew I hadn’t really gotten over it completely.
I dove into different modalities to help – EFT being the biggest one but many as main stream counselling did not work for me. I am not knocking it as we are all different but I only used it about half a dozen times and always left feeling way worse than when I went in and I was left hanging as well time is up and my next client is here……….
I’ve had triggers in my life since, yet I know that when we emotionally eat we are stuffing down our feelings as we don’t want to feel – it may be too painful, overwhelming, confusing, stressing or yet it’s all Emotion – Energy in motion unless we block it and push it down. Energy modalities and self love have been a huge part of the journey
Once I started or better yet stopped pushing emotions down and got in touch with more of me, I started seeing patterns and programs in my life.
You can’t explain an eating disorder to most people – as the one thing that separates out an eating disorder or emotional eating is you can’t quit cold turkey like you can alcohol and drugs – you need to eat and food is everywhere. It’s not always an easy battle but it’s so worth it as you get to re-claim more of you. And the world needs all you and your light.
When we choose to go down a road of addiction – it’s a program as it’s run by the mind and it’s not a healthy one (and I will post more on that) – somewhere, usually before the age of 7 as that is when all programming is done we created some story of not being good enough (and more).
While driving around Vancouver 2 years ago I heard a show on Eating Disorders – it shocked me to know that 40% of 9 year old Canadian girls were or had been on a diet……are you kidding me?? What messages are we sending our children I thought!!
Now, I am not a counsellor or Dr – yet most Dr’s don’t know how to deal with this issue – as the success rate of overcoming an eating disorder is less than 30% from going into treatment……….something on many fronts is not working. The stats on eating disorders is scary. I’ve had my own personal journey so I know what it’s like to be in between the fridge and the toilet – in other words deep shit – so I get it!!
Where did we get so off?
I love eating healthy, I feel better – in more ways than one especially since I have become the master over my food and more importantly my emotions (for the most part after all I am still human and have them but they don’t control me like before). I’ve created a 21 day email program to help intercept patterns and programming – it may seem different and it is!! This is not dealing with hard core eating disorders yet it can and work well with any program or counselling one is going through.. I know – I’ve used all the tools and tips in the program – time and again.
We have to re-program – which we can do, we have to really up our self love, we need to stop buying into the bs media advertising of you aren’t good enough the way you are and get off of the processed foods and I will explain that part why in my next post.
I am going to share things with you that are out of the box – the box sucks, is too small and conforming and most of us don’t fit in it so stop trying to fit in – you were meant to stand out and shine your light. It just got dimmed for awhile while you developed amnesia forgetting who you truly are at a deep – Soul level.
Part of my mission here on planet earth is to help wake women up to their uniqueness, their beauty, to unplug with the I am not good enough programming in the matrix (yes it is kind of like the movie!!) and to help you see that you are worth it!!
You may think it’s hippy dippy, out there, weird, different and it is – it has to be as look around at society and the world – how’s it working for many people??
Some are asleep and will never wake up – it’s not their journey possibly this lifetime, if you are reading this chances are you are waking up and know or want a different way!
21 Days Food & You – is about breaking free – an email a day for 21 days and more. You may not have a break thru experience in the 21 days – it may take going through it several times – who cares – it’s your journey and the one back to self and health is different for everyone. That is the cool thing – you can re-do it over as many times as you need – programs run deep in us.
2018 is the year to step into more of you with more self love – are you ready?
Have you ever stopped and thought about what is real food?
This is a long post and at the end I have a little gift for you!
In this post I would like to share a different perspective on real food, it may stretch you a bit, but that is good isn’t it? It may help you to eliminate dieting for ever – that is good too isn’t it?
If may help you create a healthier living eating style with ease – that is good too isn’t it?
That is my hope!!
You may have be aware of or have heard that – Everything IS Energy. Well, it’s true.
Everything IS Energy.
Yes – EVERYTHING.
Our thoughts?? – Yup energy!
The table you sit at? – Yes
Our bodies? Yup those too
Food – why yes of course it is!
So IF Everything IS Energy, and it is, but don’t take my word for it – there are many Scientists and Quantum Physicists proving all of this, J why would one knowingly eat low vibing, fake, chemical laden foods?
I know – we are run by our taste buds and believe what the commercials on tv say – right? J
Energy has different vibrations which is really different frequencies.
An example would be a table – if you cut it open and put it under a microscope you will still find atoms and molecules moving around – hence much denser and slower but it’s energy. No matter with the item you will find the same thing just different density or frequency.
Our bodies are 99.99999% space – yet all of us are energy of varying degrees of vibration or frequencies. If we took all that away say in our hand, what would be left would be very very small hand as all the space is gone.
You’re probably thinking, ‘what does this have to do with food?’ Stay with me here!
Back to everything IS Energy – including our food. Even all the chemical concoctions labelled as food.
The diet industry has been lying to you.
Food manufacturers have been lying to you.
Labelling on much of the food is a lie too.
With all the mis-information, products, companies, opinions on the internet – it’s no wonder people are confused.
Lets go back to who we are. At the very core of our being we too are energy, we are consciousness or a Soul having a human experience. We come down and put on these body suits to create a life on planet earth.
Our bodies come from the sun and earth – everything we do we do for our bodies. We eat to fuel them, we work to house them, cloth them, we move them, etc
We are part of nature – we are electric and magnetic beings held together by sacred geometric forms that run on the power of the sun.
Yes the sun! You know all that sunblock – it’s not only full of toxic ingredients, killing the corral reef but also harming you. You skin is the biggest organ – so it’s absorbing all those toxins and then what you are eating is also being released out through your pores and if your diet is full of the chemical concoctions labelled as food and you go sit in the sun…….then well guess what it does?
Yup that c word comes out.
I am a freckly red head and I haven’t used sun block in over 6 years and have spent much time in the sun – never at mid day of course and never for hours on end and I don’t burn – anymore!
Anyways, back to what is real food.
We eat the light energy from the sun in the form of food or we should be.
Read that again.
Photosynthesis is the transformation of visible light energy into consumable fuel – it’s being consumed for calories that creates heat aka energy once digested.
Where in packaged foods, fast foods or foods laden with chemicals (which by the way our foods now have over 10 000 chemicals) is there any sun light?
Isn’t it interesting that as more and more ‘food’ products have come available more and more sickness and obesity has too?
Labels have information on calories, fats, carbs etc but very little of it matters.
Food ingredients – 4 simple rules I go by IF I buy canned or packaged food
– Do I need to learn Swahili to say any ingredients?
– Can I pronounce all the words cause if not, changes are I don’t have a clue what it is?
– Do I have to carry a food dictionary around with me to figure out what an ingredient is?
– Does it have a shelf life longer than my dog’s life?
Keep it simple.
Real foods came from Mother Nature – why does man always feel he can do better? Or is it because of money and profit??
Real food either has no label as it’s fresh and from the earth or very few and real ingredients in it.
When we eat real foods that have been grown in the sun and in the earth then we are ingesting light energy and elements. The sun energy charges us up and the earth energy grounds us – both are needed for optimal health. They also bring a balance of positive and negative ions.
When our bodies are off – we get sick.
Real food is one of the base necessities for a healthy life. We are all different, have different bodies and different genetics but we all need real foods.
Even much of our water is dead. I have been playing with structured water – using my vitamix and magnets – I can taste and feel the difference in my water – it’s awesome!
Wanna go a little further down the rabbit hole?
I really believe that the movie the Matrix actually gave us some clues. Since everything IS energy which therefore carries a frequency which is a number sequence…..yup…….if we put something in our food – aka a chemical – it will alter the food as it’s a different (man made) number frequency – then when we eat it a couple of things happen – if it’s processed, packaged or fast food – the body actually doesn’t understand the vibe, the energy, the number frequency – hence the coding of numbers so it can’t utilize or digest it, so even though we are eating we aren’t feeding the body – hence why so many people are getting sick. Also because there is so many chemicals in our foods and many are addictive ones – you keep wanting or coming back for more as the body at a cellular level are still starving even though you might be full.
As I’ve always said – there is a difference between eating food (or chemical concoctions labelled as food) and feeding the body.
Some or well many of the food additives actually are coded so that they run programs in your mind and body – addiction, emotions and more – I know sound freaky yet its true.
It affects our DNA – which btw I am learning IS very important.
Food is everywhere today and unfortunately it’s slowly killing many people.
My wish and hope is more and more people wake up to more of the big fat fucking lies the food industry has lead us to believe.
When one truly eats more real foods then the counting of calories, carbs etc doesn’t need to happen.
For some that struggle with emotional eating – I will be sharing some upcoming posts on that as well.
Food is suppose to be our energy and somehow it has become confusing, addictive, trendy, difficult, profitizing, manipulated and mostly dead.
One of the best ways to nurture yourself and body, to live easier, longer and with more vitality is to eat real foods!!
A I promised, I have a little gift for you – 2 of my books on Amazon are FREE to download today and tomorrow – Easy Raw or Vegan recipes – I hope you will download them BUT ever more so I hope you will use them and go on to create even more tasty healthy dishes and to keep eating real foods – so enjoy!!
Again the link to the Free books on Amazon Kindle is here – you can get the free kindle app in the store for any phone, iPad or computer.
Living Beyond Bondage
I have been working on some programs, grants and submissions recently bringing to light how many women truly are Living Beyond Bondage.
This is just the start of truly opening up, sharing my journey, my healing and how so much in our every day world creates separation – mostly within ourselves, our bodies and keeps us separate and judging one another worse though ourselves.
This is just part of a recent submission with some photos.
Living Beyond Bondage
We were all born pure, innocent and full of love.
Somewhere along the line the story got distorted.
The drug of choice for many, especially women, is food.
Along with that drug often comes constant self criticizing, loathing, judging and obsessing about what one ate, didn’t eat, body size, shape and imperfections – no matter how small they may seem, it always gets distorted.
Yes, media, advertising, possibly parents, teachers, friends or siblings may play a role in somehow reminding us that we aren’t good enough the way we are IF we buy into it and believe it.
It’s a disorder gone rampant, with over 91% of women disliking their bodies and themselves, many to an extreme. 80% of 13 yr old Canadian girls have been on a diet already and 95% of people with an eating disorder are between the ages of 12 – 25 yrs.
I know – I’ve been one of them.
The mental, emotional and often times physical bondage is excruciating – yet many hide it well from others.
Stuffing down emotions, or better yet, not feeling them at all.
We often feel alone, fragmented and on our own keeping things bottled up inside.
We are caught in a vicious cycle of self depreciating, devaluing, loathing and often times self abusive – until we decide enough!!
Only 5 % of women naturally have the body type portrayed by women in the media and for which the other 91% are trying to compete, yet we continue to strive for something that truly is not the ‘norm.’
We aren’t good enough the way we are is the constant reminder.
The other 4% don’t have tv, internet or magazines and therefore they are the free ones.
If we’re going to buy into stories, why not buy into self empowering ones?
Who truly decided what beauty is?
We all have a story to tell – we’re trying to make it a similar to one another and that is the start of the disconnect.
We are born and should be able to be our authentic selves and creatively express who we truly be through our gifts – not by trying to be like one another.
With the start of the disconnect we compare, judge, shut down and buy into someone else’s ideas of beauty and what we should look like and we start our own mantra of not being good enough.
Yet we are like snowflakes – each individually designed, beautiful and unique.
Some of us, remembering that, have broken free from that bondage – most of it being self imposed and mental self talk.
We decided that our lives weren’t about fighting our bodies, hating our bodies or ourselves or spending 95% of our time worrying about a few pounds or what we did / did not eat.
Cause it’s really not about food.
There were too many other beautiful, amazing things to see, feel, be and do in this lifetime.
That is the start of removing the bondage – you allow yourself to feel – ALL and reprogram the self talk.
The one thing that separates a food / body obsessive addiction is you have to learn to live with both, unlike most other addictions.
When one can truly do that – accept and love what is – then the bondage is gone and nothing is more freeing than that.
I know I am one of them!
Women Wanted who Want to Break Free – Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project – Real, Authentic and Whole.
Please contact me for more information, if you would like to be part of this project or wherever I am at in my travels a possible photo shoot – it’s time to make some big changes and it starts with each one of us!
PS – My new 21 Days Food & You – Stop the Insanity is released – tools I’ve used that work to create a new reality where I am not a slave to food or my emotions!
What is Conscious Eating?
Instead of eating mindlessly, putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food you’re eating, sitting in front of the tv or computer or the phone … you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. You learn to pay attention to: Why you feel like eating, and what emotions or needs might be triggering the eating if it’s truly not hunger!
In todays world of over 200 ‘diets’, many products, processed foods, fast foods, entertainment, advertising there is so much emphasis on food and body and yet health problems, obesity and eating disorders keep rising.
If you are a Vegetarian, that’s not good enough for the Vegans, if you’re a Vegan that is not good enough for the Raw Foodies and if you’re Raw then that is not good enough for the Breathatarian.
What if you’re an Emotional eater?
Food Addiction is prevalent these days – just look around.
Addiction is something that every one of us has experienced at one point or another to something!! We’re quick to point to the “big” addictions as being the obvious saboteurs in our lives, like drugs, alcohol, smoking but what about the gradual and socially acceptable drug of choice—food?
It’s the number one killer of our bodies and thief of our joy, that causes heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, dementia, depression, eating disorders and so many other diseases.
Through my cycles of an eating disorder, emotional eating / not eating, becoming a Raw For Chef then letting all points of view go to come to a balance that truly works for me – I’ve learned a lot!! 🙂
This is some of what I feel I know since I cleaned up many of my emotional triggers I didn’t need to use food to fill the hole in myself that I was feeling or stuff down (over eating or binge eating) the emotions I didn’t want to feel.
That I need to eat what is right for me and my body – it’s easier to listen to it when the food is clean. My body does well eating mostly fresh or real foods yet it goes through stages of wanting more protein and sometimes cooked foods depending on where I am – big difference between living in Mexico and Vancouver for weather!! I enjoy what I put in my mouth – if I don’t or my body doesn’t like it I don’t eat it – I don’t care how good it is for me!! I have cleaned up my body and taste buds so that I know the difference – not like eating highly processed foods then having a wheat grass drink and hating it – no not that way!! 🙂
Once we get rid of the highly processed foods we can actually tune into our bodies better and what they truly desire and when not what we think we should eat. The SAD pyramid way of eating has done a lot of damage in many ways! As with many other diets – we need to learn to trust ourselves and what OUR body is telling us NOT diets or measurements or times! There is nothing better than conscious eating – being conscious and doing anything really – compare it to like sex – are you on your phone or watching tv while having sex? If so maybe it’s not the right relationship!! 🙂
When I eat I am present – no tv (I never watch the Tel LIE Vision anyways), no computer or on my phone – I have no idea then what I ate or how it tasted!
I slow down when I eat and I also try to pay attention to my conversations – if I’m upset or angry I don’t eat then. Why? If everything is energy why take on more of that??
I try to bless my food, ask that it provide the most nutrition it can to my body and give thanks – again if everything is energy – Dr Emoto proved it with the water – Gratitude and Love – highest vibes!! (still working on this one as I don’t always remember yet I do while creating the food in the kitchen).
Not to push my beliefs or my ways onto others – I am not in their body and I have no idea truly what is for their highest good – I can only make suggestions to possibly wake up someone to a better or different way, a more natural or cleaner way yet with no attachment.
I’ve learned to love myself just the way I am and my body – my only regret with this one is why I didn’t do it sooner – it’s so much easier and freeing.
Being back on the beach here in Mexico I so love people watching – so many bodies – so many sizes, shapes and colors – many in very small bathing suits 🙂 – they obviously love themselves no matter what. Beautiful to see!!
Pay attention today to when you are eating, if you are truly hungry and how it all tastes – being fully present in each moment raises our consciousness big time. When you eat it should be like a party in your mouth – live in joy, health and bliss!
PS If you are struggling with food issues or emotional eating my new 21 Days Food & You – Stop the Insanity is well worth the time and small investment on YOU!!!
$50 FREE Gift Card for Superfoods
$50 FREE Gift Card for Superfoods at Purium – code is eatinghealthy (all one word)
I normally don’t advertise like that but with all what is going on in North America with our food and eating healthy has become a make work project that should be easy and it’s not!
Here’s a few reasons why adding in Greens, Superfoods, Non-Gmo’s and why Purium
so much mis leading marketing
so much mis leading labels
GMO’s are effecting our health in a serious way – watch the FREE documentary on GMO’s and how they are affecting our health starting tomorrow.
BIG difference between eating food and feeding the body – so much of our fresh food these days is void of real nutrition in the form of nutrients and minerals – we need to add things to our way of eating that bring much value (shop local at the farmers market)
google superfoods and see what comes up – what a joke!! No wonder people are so confused these days
people may think eating healthy is expensive BUT so is sick care – truth is when one truly feeds the body at a cellular level you actually eat and need less food – so much of our food these days especially packaged foods is ‘chemical concoctions’ labelled as foods.
when we let go of much processed foods and eat more accordingly to nature and adding in ‘real’ superfoods – it’s incredible how good one can feel and health issues can clear up easier, weight re-adjusts itself, skin and eyes look clearer and other things
you can think, feel and act so much better – it truly does make a BIG difference
Once you meet David Sandoval or read his book and therefore get a sense of his vast knowledge and training (only with the best that truly knew and understood the body and real health from the past) and his dedication to never using cheap fillers or by-products, working first hand with farmers so developing a real relationship and giving people a choice so we don’t have to stand or fight against the big corporations who truly don’t give a rats ass about your health it’s about profits – therefore we vote by how we spend our dollars – we either keep supporting things that literally are slowly killing us or spend our dollars that improves our health with companies that truly do care and make a difference – we always have choice.
Purium – show for Pure and Premium was under another name for more than 20 years as a buying club and private labelling company – they are not new. Approximately 4 years ago David was approached to take it into the network marketing area to help spread the word faster and bigger for his amazing products. After much thought and learning about the industry he decided to jump in. There are other companies out there that make some similar claims – all you have to do is read the labels to truly know the difference!!
Part of that choice is becoming educated.
That is one of the great things happening with Purium – new website coming out early Sept with short videos on all their products – what they do and how they can help – taking away some of the internet confusion!!
Many people when they are first introduced to Purium start with the 10 Day Transformation – first question many people ask is ‘Will I lose weight?’ – the answer is probably yes but more importantly you will be cleaning out, re-balancing much inside AND feeding the body at a deep cellular level and getting rid of parasites – plus learning more about ‘real foods.
Cleanses and transformations are good to do – unfortunately many of them are harsh, misleading and we lose muscle with them.
Some of my favourite products are the L.O.V. for my morning smoothies – just read the ingredients – you will NOT find fillers, binders, recipients, sugar or crap – ALL foods and Superfoods.
Spirulina has been amazing for me being a women!! 🙂
My other 2 favs that I use daily are the Green Spectrum – daily greens and Chlorella tabs.
Higher Vibe Living is truly raising our Vibrations in ALL areas of our lives!! We cannot be eating mostly dead or processed foods and expect to have high vibrations – it just can’t happen as the body needs real foods, green foods and even superfoods – I learned first hand when I got adrenal burn out – when your health is compromised then one wakes up – I certainly did!!
Please feel free to share this as I would love to offer the $50 Gift Card for Purium to as many people as possible – no catch – except cleaner, healthier foods!!
To Your Health
Food is Becoming Boring
There is so much talk about food, blogs about food, websites about food and controversy about food that I feel like I just want to step back.
I mean that in a way that there is some great sites and people doing some great things like Food Babe and Natural News informing us about what is really going on, making changes and exposing the truth about healthy real foods.
I am tired and disappointed of finding out stores like Whole Foods are becoming Whole Ripoffs after being know as Whole Pay Check……when does the profit over health or profit over people stop??
There are health products up the ying yang but when you look closer many are not what they claim to be.
Keep It Simple Sweetie
Eat as much real foods as possible – organic and non-gmo too!
Yet everyone is different and good things sometimes get pushed to the extreme as in the Ketosis way of eating – makes sense, good healthy fats and then I see people promoting all the hot dogs and bacon you can eat as it’s protein and fat…………I just shake my head.
And I feel like I get too preachy as I so want people to realize the lies, the untruths about food etc
I lost my mojo for creating recipes and I finally realized why – it became a job but I love being in the kitchen and creating – I don’t usually like measuring and recording what I am doing – it takes the fun the spontinanity out of it!
I’ve been asking lots of questions lately – like why if someone is healthy as in eating all the right foods and exercising do they drop dead? Why do some people look super great and others don’t even though they are eating the same. And so on……..many questions
Why am I here? What is my true purpose? Ok yes I’ve been going deep.
Been doing more yoga, meditation – want to do more breath work, paying attention and listening to my body when it feels good and when it doesn’t, learning about energy and consciousness – which I keep coming back to over the last 5 years or so…….Quantum Physics fascinates me. So does Human Design that I am diving into as it’s the first thing that has given me some answers to some of these questions.
What is a soul connection? How does my soul communicate with me? How do I wake up my heart more?
What about the struggles I’ve had in life and turned them around – should I be sharing that with people who may be struggling with some of the issues I’ve had mainly an eating disorder, low self esteem and a bad body image thoughts.
What direction do I want to move in?
Can I be the change in the world that is needed, how can I help and how can I be of service?
I am finding this more important than what I ate yesterday.
Another layer of healing and awareness is underway……..for me at least that is!!
When we can lose the addiction or any charge we have with anything or anyone then we know healing is happening…….speaking of healing – what about this pasts week’s elections??
Eating Healthy While Travelling
Many people have asked me about how did we eat healthy while travelling?
If you’ve ever travelled in the USA (and Canada and probably many other places) you will find that it’s all the same restaurants whether sit down, fast food or in between. Has that ever made you wonder why it’s always the same places – you can see the signs on the highway.
I’ve always settled when I travelled but no more as I end up paying for it but ALSO my health is my #1 priority. When I got totally burnt out and needed to sleep like 12 hours plus a day, I will never go back to that. I know stress plays a huge role, but also what I put in my body AND mind.
It’s now my lifestyle and I won’t compromise – that is my choice and I have no judgment of what others do unless they are looking for solutions!
Fast processed foods are mostly chemical concoctions labelled as foods and we have been advertised to so much that we think it’s food. don’t ever settle or buy into the b.s!
When we stopped for gas I would go into the gas stations and some of them were like littlemini malls yet so full of crap – we wonder why obesity is at an all time high, high cholesterol, heart disease, food addictions, food allergies and so on.
We had many picnics somewhere off the highway when we had time and if we were limited we would pull into the rest area as we had our coolers with our foods.
At the same time that I share that – I have to admit I love making food and creating – I am all about creating whether it be in the kitchen, in photography, in new experiences, in art, new friendships – I love creating. I also get not everyone is like that.
What if you came better prepared? You brought a cooler with some food already made or healthier versions that you bought before you left?
There are soooo many great blogs on the internet now with truly healthy recipes – many that are easy to make. Yet if you truly don’t like that or have time, go buy a healthier version of things at the grocery store.
Here are some ideas:
Hummus (of course look for non-gmo) great with veggies or good crackers
Avocados – great on their own or easy to make a quick tasty gac – (next recipe I will post)
Fruit to snack on especially if it’s crunchy.
Raw nuts like Almonds or Cashews – mixed with Raisins (always make sure they are organic as grapes are highly sprayed),
Wraps – great to hide all kinds of veggies
Non-gmo natcho chips with fresh salsa
so many other things once you start looking – easy to get creative here
To some that may seem like extra work, or the thought of ‘Well I’m holidays so I’m not working or I”m going to eat whatever or………’
Life is short – whether you live to 65 or 95 years old – it goes fast. Why not live it feeling the best you can so that each day can be filled with great experiences.
I mean who likes being stuck in a bed or a chair due to an illness that could have been prevented.
“Take care of your body – it’s the only place you have to live!” – Jim Rohn
I really go on about food as I do know and believe the way we eat effects us greatly – if we are constantly taking in garbage then that effects us in how we feel, move and think.
That goes for thoughts too – more on that next time!!
Create a Life YOU Love!!
PS – I had some cool photos of places we stopped to eat and picnic and many were amazing places – I either lost the photos when my hard drive crashed or I just can’t find them yet on my back up…………you get the idea I hope though!
I know for many of us, markets could be a thing of the past with summer ending and well into fall!
I don’t know if you take the time to shop at markets or not but highly encourage you to do so.
I have been hearing from many people similar things like – ‘It must have been hard eating healthy while travelling?’
And the answer is NO!! (a post on that is coming soon too)
David and I live this lifestyle and it’s part of who we are. We don’t just do it when it’s convenient, or get sloppy about our health – as once you lose it, it is so hard to get back. And once you pass a certain point of eating, doing and being the health things you just can’t go back – basically you are awaken and you see the light and truth – there is no going back.
What does all that mean?
Many people think they are eating healthy because they shop at Whole Foods (watch this great video by the Health Ranger, it will open your eyes up and save you money!), or eat packaged foods labelled organic or gluten free, go to a yoga class several times a week, wear Lululemon and eat brunch on the weekend at the latest ‘in’ restaurant. Now I’m being fairly general yet trying to paint a picture -to some it’s part of being in the trend. To others it’s a lifestyle choice.
That type of scenario people are doing better than most, but many do it to look cool…….does one really understand true health, eating healthy, thinking / meditating and being true health and empowered?
What I am realizing is that it takes more than grabbing a juice at your favourite local bar (or off the shelf which to be honest is better than juices in general but for optimal nutrition – juice needs to be drank within an hour of it being pressed fyi for any optimal nutrition) or doing a couple of yoga classes a week – it’s not as much about the body or work out as it is a moving meditation where one takes the practice of non-judgment out in their every day world.
Most packaged foods are still processed even if the ingredients are healthier or organic. Please don’t get me wrong, I eat them too, I am not up on a soap box here, real health still comes down to eating mostly real foods, raw and alive foods, natural foods that aren’t loaded with lead or sprayed with other poisonous things, and of course non-gmo, adding in superfoods, minerals (not isolated ones), eating high quality proteins (yet not too much) from conscious sources, just to name some things.
Which brings me back to markets – this is where we can eat healthier – as most of it is real food. We can get to choose how we spend our dollars, support local farmers, eat what is in season and enjoy the creativity of who is there with some of their healthy food creations (outside of farmers growing organic, non-com foods). Connecting with people that love what they do (for the most part) , you can tell the difference by tasting their goods.
A lot if not most of the food these days I am finding at the markets is organic – woohoo!!
While on our travels we got the privilege of catching a few markets in different states and they were all great. All different, yet similar in that they have fresh foods grown by people who love what they do – they have to as not many will grow their own gardens – many also can’t today that I realize.
So if you live in an area where you can visit a market year round – do so!!
And for the ones that maybe missed the market this year – there’s next year – you won’t be disappointed.
We sampled (and bought) some of the best food I’ve ever tasted from the markets we went to while travelling and yes we have a cooler and I will post on ways to eat healthier and to make it easier while travelling !
Thanks for stopping by!!
Why Do You Eat?
Have you ever really stopped and asked yourself ‘why do I eat?’
Is it for fun, entertainment or nourishment?
What do you eat?
By that I mean have you been programmed to eat according to what the Standard American Diet is – S.A.D………….hmmmmm and I wonder who is behind that one (as in marketing it), cause once you know or understand real health, real food, optimum nutrition its nothing but a lie.
Do you buy and eat what is advertised on tv or anywhere else?
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself who is behind that as well?? I mean do you feel, think or believe it’s for real health or profit?
Consider this – if it’s made in a plant don’t eat it or if it has a commercial don’t eat it?
What do you do when you eat? Do you sit down and limit your conversation so you can focus on chewing and what you are eating or do you gobble it up, talking intensively, are on your phone either talking, texting or surfing, watching tv or on your computer?
How do you even know what you’ve eaten, what it tastes like or when you are full?
Does it make a difference?
Try it for a few days even a week and you decide…………….it’s called Conscious Eating – or being fully present!!
Did you know that our made man foods these days (as in packaged foods) have over 10 000 chemicals in them, many which are addictive ones to keep you wanting more and coming back eating more – hence you are eating and get full but your body wants more, your body is hungry………ever experience that?
It’s because you are eating empty foods and your body is literally starving.
That is why eating real food is important to add in to your way of eating.
We need to fuel and honour our bodies like we do the tv, computer, our nails, our clothes, our phones, our hair, our trucks or cars………they may be pretty or flashy or even expensive but if we don’t have our health or our bodies what good are they?
Some Food for Thought and yes pun intended!! 🙂
Create a Life YOU Love
and that includes Loving YOU too!!
Ps – While travelling around Florida we were in St Petersburg yesterday and found a quaint little Raw Vegan Restaurant – we don’t eat out often as we are picky and only want healthy, clean, vibrant, real food so we make our own almost always. But we decided to see what was in the area and take a chance – Oh my!!! Probably some of the best raw foods I have ever eaten so if you are in the area go to Leafy Greens Cafe – you will NOT be disappointed!!
This is the Marinated Portabella Mushroom with Brushetta Topping!