I thought I’d share few highlights from my sketchbook today as I’m working on some new illustrations. I have a range of cards and gift tags to finalize and so I’ve been sketching beautiful blooms from the abundant array of Spring flowers.
I’ve also been distracted this week by healthy food blogs and websites. Some years back I was suffering terribly from IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or rather what they diagnose you with when they have no idea what exactly is the cause of your tummy problems. After trialing many eating plans, and going on many cleansing diets I came to realise that it wasn’t at all what I was eating but rather stress that was causing my issues. Stress is a major cause of disease and illness and I can’t impress on you enough to keep it in check. We’re all working longer and harder these days and carry many burdens on our shoulders but there are ways to lessen the daily load and reduce the stress in your body. For me yoga, walking, music, reading and recently art have been my top ways to eliminate stress from my life. I no longer suffer from IBS symptoms either.
I came to realize that it was actually stress causing my problems and not my diet while I was holidaying in Paris back in 2007 and my daily diet consisted of; espresso coffee, croissants, white baguets, cheese, deli goods, and wine. I didn’t suffer in the slightest from tummy aches, bloating or any other nasty side affects (look flat tummy). I was incredibly relaxed, carefree and happy though!
Some positivity did result out of the unfortunate IBS period though. I did gain a love and interest in nutrition and wholefoods. Over the years I’ve read loads on healthy eating, what food does to our mind and bodies and what’s actually good for you. I even took up studies in Kinesiology, completing a Cert IV and part of my Diploma (of which I’d like to finish some day). I love creating my own recipes and altering ones that are full of refined white sugars and flours to suit my preferences. I prefer these days to mostly cook with wholegrains, I love spelt, I love Bonsoy and I sweeten my foods with natural fruits or agave syrup. Even though I don’t have the health issues anymore I definitely feel much better, brighter and energized when I eat wholefoods and cut out the processed foods and refined sugars. It’s also important because I want my little boys to be the healthiest they possibly can be.
Anyway, I should share some of these great links with you all. My favourite is Green Kitchen Stories. I came across this via a lovely post from Bespoke today. What caught my eye was the colourful display of Spring flowers decorating the top of a delicious yet healthy looking desert. Now this is my kind of food; healthy, delicious, and it looks like a piece of art!
Another healthy eating website I found today is My New Roots. Ginger Roasted Carrots with Mellow Miso Dressing, m mmm. Doesn’t that sound enticing?! This blog has loads of healthy, nutritious, yummy sounding recipes down the right hand side listed under subheadings such as deserts, snacks, grains, gluten-free etc. Amongst the recipes you’ll also find heaps of info on wholefoods, nutrition and health. My beautiful husband cooked me lunch today too. I know, how lucky am I! He prepared a very delicious zucchini, pea, mint and ricotta Frittata. It was so nice to not have to worry about what I was going to eat for lunch and also not have to prepare it. Awesome!Well by now you’ve probably gathered that I have a keen interest in food and eating it. I better get to bed now though so I’m ready and rested to finalizing some new illustrations tomorrow. This blog is about my Art afterall (o: I’ll share these with you all at the end of the week. Have a great week everyone.