Food and Happiness

I just devoured a large bowl of salad. Healthy, you think? Well, this hasn’t been my daily kind of lunch. Over the past months peanut butter & jelly sandwiches have become much more the norm. They’re fast, they’re delicious. They’re addictive. And as luck will have it, a Chocolaterian just opened a two-block jump away from our home.  A charming cafe and pastry shop with a vibe of the movie “Chocolat”. I don’t exaggerate when I claim that they offer some of the best pastries I’ve ever eaten.

On the three minute walk there you pass Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier (Food Network award winner 2010 of “the best little box of chocolates) as well as four restaurants (all of which come with their very own temptations). Yes, we are lucky residents (and regular visitors of all of these places).

That said (and as ridiculous as this may sound) I’m starting to miss my lettuce. This past summer I went on a rather extreme diet change to test how certain foods made me feel. I avoided sugar, gluten, dairy, and even caffeine! While the first days were tough, it only took three until I didn’t crave any of these ingredients. An article that laid out the effects that sugar may have on our bodies, did the rest. I began researching yummy foods that fell under the gluten-dairy-sugar-caffeine free category and stuck with them for about two months. That is, until the exceptions began…

The memories of this short-lived lifestyle change have stuck with me, most of all, because I felt so much more energetic. And happier! So last night, as I was munching on the last pieces of smooth chocolate and caramel tarts bought from our beloved new friend, I made a promise to be healthier. A promise to make the sweets, not the legumes, an exception. To be more mindful of how certain foods make me feel. To ensure my body gets the energy it needs in order to tackle all the exciting projects that 2013 has in store.

How about you? Do you pay attention to what you eat? Have you noticed a difference in how certain foods make you feel? I’d love to know!

P.S. Speaking of projects for 2013: I’m currently looking for creative female business owners (or soon-to-be entrepreneurs) who are interested in participating in my new podcast series, which will launch in January. If you are interested in an interview, please contact me.

Also, I wanted to welcome Sandra, who joined the group of sponsors today. I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m currently working on a ton of changes for Joycreation, and can’t wait to reveal more of my plans soon. But first, I need to finish up this semester!

image via How Sweet It Is

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