Of all the amazingly tantalizing parts of travelling, for me, the best bit is tasting the local cuisine of my latest haunt. This past week I have been exploring the stunning cobblestone streets of Antigua, Guatemala, enjoying everything from street food, to local casseroles, to fancy fine dining. All of which were outstanding, by the way.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five months away, it’s that travelling takes a massive toll on your diet. Especially when unprocessed whole grains, lots of fruit and vegetables, and really high quality meats and seafood take pride of place on the menu of my life. The problem is, of course, is that when you’re at the mercy of other cultures, other cuisines, and other kitchen hands, you’re not necessarily going to be eating what’s good for you.
I’m fine with that for a few days, there’s something so fun and exciting about the entire ritual of going out to dinner, but over the course of the past week, I found a massive change in both my mood, my energy levels, and my clear-headedness.
There have been plenty of studies which have proven the relationship between eating a diet high in salt, refined grains and sugar, and an increased sense of lethargy, weight gain, and even, in extreme cases, depression, but it was shocking to me how much my body hated me for eating corn tortillas made from refined ingredients, an abundance of cheese, and salty foods – to put it kindly, it was kicking me in the guts daily. I struggled to get out of bed, and felt tired despite sleeping more than my 8 hours. I was bloated. Blocked. And despite being high on life thanks to the energy of Antigua, I definitely wasn’t feeling high in energy.
Since returning to New York and excitedly digging into fresh greens, salads, and of course, our famous chicken and curried egg sambos as well as lots of raw foods, muesli and other much-loved foods in our household, I’ve noticed a MASSIVE change in the way I feel, act, react, and bounce out of bed. It’s astonishing, really.
Here’s the visual of those chicken and curried egg sambos…
I guess food really is a key piece in the happiness puzzle, and one I intend on keeping with me all the time. Maybe you should, too.
Tell me Happies…
Do you notice a change in your moods when you eat badly?