Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On Health and Fitness

I like to think I'm a pretty healthy person, but put a piece of cake in front of me and I will most definitely eat it. On the most part, I eat pretty healthy meals and I enjoy learning about how different foods fuel our bodies. As a vegetarian, I eat more fruits and vegetables than anything else and I try and eat foods that are unprocessed as much as I can. But I'm not afraid to tell you I ate a whole pizza last night and it was awesome.

I'm a hungry girl. I just really like food. Cooking it, eating it, reading about it and looking at pictures of it. I find it really hard to believe that some people just don't really care about food. But these people DO exist! The mind boggles.
This vintage poster lives on my fridge.

You might find it weird for me to say that I have no self-control, when I've managed to not eat meat for five years now. But if you asked me to not eat chocolate for five years I honestly don't think I could do it. I'm the type of person who doesn't buy 'bad' food for herself very often but if someone else buys it and offers me some, I can't say no. The other day at the supermarket, Ben spotted these new Freddo Frog chocolate biscuits. They were on special for $2 and he decided we should get some. As usual, I said no no no we can't get them. He got them anyway and of course I've been eating them. It happens every time.

There was a time in my life when I would go to the gym every day and run 6km on average. At the time, I think I enjoyed running but I don't remember that feeling. For the past fews years I have done very little high intensity exercise. I walk about 2.5km each day (to the train station and back) and every couple of days I do some crunches, hand weights or pilates moves at home. A few months ago I attempted to do the Couch to 5K running program but gave up a few weeks in. In my ideal world, I will wake up one day and just really like exercising again. Okay okay, I know that's not how it happens.

I'm lucky to have a pretty fast metabolism and a fairly thin frame. I wouldn't mind being a places but for the most part I'm happy with my body. I feel pretty healthy and I rarely get sick. I've never smoked a cigarette in my life and I don't drink very much alcohol. There are so many different diets and lifestyles out there at the moment and I think everybody is just trying to figure it out.  I'm actually considering doing a juice cleanse soon just to clean things out a bit.

I believe the vegetarian diet is the right one for me, for both its health benefits and for moral reasons. But I don't think there's a right or wrong answer and I do really admire super fit and healthy people. I eat my greens and my grains, I get outdoors and move my body every day (at a pace that suits me) but I also treat myself and try not to feel guilty about it.

I'm not sure if there's a real point to this other than I think it's okay if you've had a really busy day at work and you get home and don't want anything more than to sit on the couch and watch My Kitchen Rules while eating an entire pizza. I mean, as long as you don't do that every day, right kids!?


  1. I totally agree! However sometimes it's hard to maintain! For example I just got home from ballet and ate a mini sorbet... (i was hot) Unfortunetly I don't have your high metabolisim or slim build but overall I'm pretty happy with my body.

    1. Yeah, that's true. I guess I go through phases where I start feeling guilty if I eat something unhealthy. Other times I'm more relaxed about it and just enjoy my food. I even thought about doing the no sugar things once but I gave up on that. I don't eat a lot of sweets and rarely drink soft drink so I figure I'm doing okay. Glad you have a blogger account Kel! That's great that you are still doing ballet. I'm sure you are running after your little boy a lot too!

  2. I learned about a year and a half ago that I have allergies or intolerances to dairy, eggs and soy. That eliminates pretty much anything processes, any sweets and any baked goods. No cheese. People thought I was crazy for cutting these things out but I have found that it is more important to listen and pay attention to how you feel after you eat. This has helped me make much healthier choices when it comes to food. Great post love.

    XO Richelle from

    1. Wow, that must have been hard at first. But you are definitely right, it's so important to listen to your body. There's no doubt that after I eat junk food I don't feel as good as if I had just eaten a really healthy salad or even just something unprocessed. It seems like more and more people are developing food allergies these days and it makes you wonder what they're putting in them to cause this to happen!

  3. Oh Han, you are so lucky with your metabolism and I know I was always suprised that you could put away a meal...somewhere? I love this post, very honest and true to yourself!

    I am actually the same as Richelle, I can't eat any dairy products. But there are so many alternatives now that it doesn't matter at all. Though I have to admit I still eat chocolate - so worth the stomach aches ;) Generally though I do try to eat healthy just because I can really tell the difference in how I feel and how much energy I have in the day.

    Thanks for sharing missy. PS can't believe you only have 46 days left!


    1. I have a big appetite don't I! Haha. Every now and then I don't feel quite right after I have a lot of dairy, so I've often wondered whether I have a slight intolerance. It's not bad enough for me to cut it out completely, but I avoid really creamy pastas and try not to overdose on cheese even though I love it. I'm really impressed with your diet and fitness at the moment - you have so much will power! I just can't seem to find mine haha. And yes, so crazy! Need to squeeze in some catch ups before I go!

  4. We all have our moments don't we! I'm usually pretty good with eating healthy, but terrible at exercising! I wish I could get into running, but sadly I don't think its ever going to be something that I enjoy! And I love baking, so sometimes its hard to be good :)



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