Lake Titicaca, Peru
The Inca Trail, Peru
Since February I’ve completely changed my way of living. I suffered from a few health problems and decided to totally re-haul my eating habits and levels of activity. Since then, I’ve started eating really well, started drinking more water, and started working out (or being active in some way) for an hour every day. And I feel – ta da! – just like every single resource told me I would feel. Absolutely amazing. Healthy, happy, and full of energy. I’ve turned into one of those people who likes researching new ways to prepare kale and says things like “super-fruit”.
While some of the things I ate in South America are actually components of my new diet (quinoa, acai, goldenberries, avocados, dark chocolate, and, uh, red wine), many of the things I consistently had were foods I’m now trying to avoid eating a lot of: red meat, pork, white bread, potatoes, cheese, white rice. It’s no wonder that my health suffered and I often felt so sluggish and lazy over the past year; most of my meals in Central and South America consisted of a combination of these foods. It was simply the cheapest and most convenient way to eat.
While not every meal I had in this part of the world was unhealthy (as evidenced by some of those delicious and nutritious meals shown above), I’m happy to be thinking more seriously about my health. I feel healthier and stronger than ever, and I’ve lost ten pounds. I still have a few more 2013 resolutions to tackle, but in the meantime, I may just look up a few recipes for cooking with chayote.
Do you consider yourself a “healthy” person? Have you ever struggled to maintain your health while you travelled?