Eating for a Busy Life

June 19, 2010

The thing about local food is that it just tastes so much better. This morning I woke up, and the minute my eyes opened, I was craving a local egg scramble with mushrooms, onions, and goat cheese and gluten free toast – you know, the kind of food that you could have cooked for yourself, but that you just love having someone else cook for you.

I love this kind of eating.

The type that you can go out and purchase, but that doesn’t force you to sacrifice the health benefits of cooking for yourself. So often when you go out to eat, you end up with so many secret chemicals snuck into your food, such as shortening or butter substitute which can wreak havoc on your body. There is nothing worse than paying for something that ultimately makes you feel awful or weighed down. I hate the concept of paying for something that makes you feel badly. [This is also why I rarely drink, something about buying a drink that my body interprets as a toxin doesn’t quite sit well with me.]

Lately, I have been eating for energy. I have been focusing less on what tastes delicious or what I am craving, and more on getting the appropriate amount of nutrition so that my body can function at its most optimal rate. This means: limiting my coffee intake, making SURE I am drinking enough water, eating breakfast, having a nutritious lunch, and making sure that I have a small snack handy to eat every couple of hours to keep my energy up.

I have been planning ahead, packing my lunches, and going out of my way to select food that is not only nutritious, but that I can feel good about eating. For me this includes local ingredients, food made with love, and food that is free of chemicals. It also means limiting my gluten intake, because more than anything eating gluten makes me sluggish and neurotic.

This type of eating is so much different than dieting, it’s more like forcing yourself to take a second and eat something nutritious, because you know that your body requires it. It’s about making time for ¬†your body and brain. It’s about viewing your body as the vessel that moves you about your busy day, supporting you as you push it to its limits, and loving it in return by nourishing it with appropriate nutrition.

How do you eat for optimal energy when you’re having a busy day? What are your favorite go-to healthy snack foods?