A Year of Well-Being: Food as a Source of Energy

I’m writing this article as I sit in a hotel, with a mini-fridge, no kitchenette and the prospect of another three days of not-so-clean eating. In our house, my husband and I meal prep and pre-plan our dinners, made-at-home, mostly from scratch. We moderate our sugar intake, our salt intake, etc. We’re pretty mindful of what we eat, even if it’s not always clean – balance after all is what creates joy.

I know how important it is to eat healthy. I know that when I’ve had food that is too heavy or fatty I’m exhausted and unenergetic. When I don’t have enough to eat or drink I get a headache and am pretty non-functional. To thrive, to be the best me I can be, I need to eat and hydrate on time, healthy, and consistently.

When you don’t have enough to eat or eat something unhealthy – how do you feel?

Despite our beliefs to the contrary, eating while moving is not new. As long as people have left their homes to explore the beyond, they have packed foods to go with them. That might be hardtack in Europe, jerkies and hard cheese in Mongolia, or Lembas in Middle Earth – humans have cured and dried vegetables, meats, fruits, and yes even milk to travel to parts unknown.

We, the descendants of such explorers, have access to granola bars (of immense variety), pre-packaged cookies, chips, dried fruit, nuts and more. Not only that, when we travel via plane, train, or boat, we can even get hot food in a tray. So, how come in all this abundance of choice I always feel a little lost when trying to navigate food on trips?

Many of us already know that we should pack fruit and nuts to go. We also know that we should be mindful when we eat, focusing on savoring and acknowledging our food for energy/fulfillment, so that we don’t overeat. But doing all that is hard! We