For me healthy food habits are a life philosophy. After trying all sorts of diets and life styles I am now a happy & healthy vegetarian with a dark chocolate addiction. And honey, I absolutely love honey.
Not all people are so obsessed with their eating habits as me (just ask the people around me) but after I figured out what works for me I am much more relaxed about it. I am also healthier than ever and I wish I could pass my passion for healthy food habits on to all people in the world.
It can truly be a jungle to figure out what to eat and not if you want to start having healthy food habits. My number one philosophy is: eat food that works with your body as well as for you body and not against it. What I mean with this is that if you eat unhealthy food your body will be so busy with getting this cra* out of your system. It will make you tired, moody and grey. Yes grey. Instead you should eat food that works with and for your body and which helps your body re-generate itself. It will make you energetic, fresh and make you shine. I live by this philosophy (I don't like to call it a rule) 95% of the time and through 95% of my meals.
I have always been traveling a lot and lived abroad in different countries but I have always tried not to make it an excuse for not giving my body and mind what it needs and deserves. "Mood food" as I call it, which makes you healthy & happy as ever.
I do find that when I travel and choose to live for example in Shanghai where I currently live, I have to accept that I can not stick to the exact same food habits. I adapt. Just like you adapt to the seasons and we all know we have to buy the fruit and veggies which are in season, right?
I have started to visit the local veggie markets in Shanghai. It took me about six months to start doing it. Why? Because the markets look strange, smell strange and the yelling market people only speak Chinese. Being a "laowai" (a foreigner) in Shanghai I was also sure they we're going to cheat me. So instead I have spend a loooot of money on overpriced and imported greens in the international supermarkets or at Westernized cafés.
My boyfriend speaks Chinese and with him by my side I started visiting the local markets (I even do it by myself now and practice Chinese phrases meanwhile). What I have found is that these markets have aaaall the herbs, greens and veggies I need and they are much more fresh than the supermarkets'. The Chinese marketers are very friendly and I never pay more than RMB 30 ($5) and I get everything I need for my weeks' salads, snacks and dishes.
Eat your greens every day at every meal and watch the magic begin!