The Beauty of Eating Well

Photo by Louis Hansel

Eating healthy is one of the most important parts of self-care. It’s been important to me for as long as I can remember. My family has a pretty serious history of health challenges, so I’ve been very focused on trying to stay fit and active since I was very young (although I haven’t always been successful). As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten even more serious about finding ways to improve my eating habits and cut down on some of the things that I used to consume that were potentially harmful. Like everyone else I’ve had bad habits, but I find that despite missing those things that we all crave, I feel a lot better, have a lot more energy, and can focus through long hours of toiling work. Most recently, I’ve been trying to practice self-care and self-love by trying new healthy foods from the grocery store, trying new restaurants, and exploring healthy alternatives without sacrificing good taste.

In Atlanta, there are tons of great restaurants to choose from. I’ve tried halal, Mexican, and many other kinds of food, but the vegan restaurants are serving up some tasty options that have left me quite pleased. One of the restaurants that I’ve taken a liking to is Maepole. They serve traditional type meals with quinoa, sprouts, sweet potatoes, green beans, and protein. Eating at this spot really inspired me to put a new spin on some of my recipes and to add a few crunchies (tasty, crunchy toppings) on the top.

One of the things that I continue to work on is my sugar cravings. I use sugar substitutes instead of regular sugar on a daily basis, but I am often hit with major cravings that leave me searching for ice cream, cake, and cookies. I decided, recently, to search for healthy options and I found a few that I might suggest.

Trail Mix with M&M – Publix

Lemon Luna Bar – Kroger

White Chocolate Cliff Bar – Whole Foods

Friendly’s Ice Cream Cup – Walmart

Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Publix

In the past, I could not escape the desire to fill my bowl with some ice cream and cake or cookies (which I still do occasionally), but these healthy options have helped me to satisfy my cravings without getting me too far off of my diet.

It’s great to look back and see how far I’ve come with following and maintaining healthy habits. I’m excited about discovering all of the new foods and ingredients that I’ve never even thought about before. Maybe one day I’ll even learn how to make some authentic, healthy dishes at home that my future dinner guests will praise.

#cheers

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National Friendship Day – Beauty Blogger Spotlight

Photo by Gemma Trua-Chan

An ancient Irish proverb once said, “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.” Like good beauty products, good friends are truly hard to find. August 1st is the perfect time to celebrate those who truly care for you, bring joy to your life, and teach you significant lessons. It’s National Friendship Day. To honor this day and inspire wonderful new friendships, we are featuring a beauty blogger. Each month we will continue to recognize outstanding beauty bloggers, influencers, make up artists, and professionals in health and wellness. Send an email and social media links to sohealthyandwell@gmail.com to get featured.

Erika Somerfield is a multi-talented creative professional and beauty blogger who seamlessly balances the role of Creative Director for The Beauty Channel, Director Public Relations for ToteNCarry.com, and Blogger for ZatikNaturals.com. Somerfield studied at University of Southern California, Boston University, Harvard University, and New York University. Her work has been featured in OK, STAR, CA Stylist, Femme Fatale, Santa Monica Sun, Beverly Hills Times, Women’s Health & Fitness, and Black Noir.

You can learn more about her expertise on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/erikasomerfeld

http://www.twitter.com/beautychannel10

http://www.facebook.com/beautychannelnews

Q: What inspired you to (launch your) blog?

A: Helping other companies using my writing skills, I create blog content for beauty companies like ZATIK Naturals, Tote & Carry Bags, Seattle Facialist Patty Huang, Sports Co. Phi Ten USA and more!

Photo by Nathan Dumlao

Q: In honor of National Friendship Day what would you say are three qualities of being a good friend?

A: Being a good listener, patience, acceptance

Q: What is your favorite skin care line? Why?

A: ZATIK Naturals because it has no alcohol, uses healing and powerful Black Seed Oil in their formulas, as well as botanical, herbal extracts (Green tea! Rose! Wild cherry!)  to heal instead of parabens or chemicals. My skin drinks it up like a daytime and nighttime health cocktail!

Q: What is one makeup product that you cannot live without? Why?

A: Liquid Bronzer from Tom Ford. I use it to highlight my skin, as an eyeshadow, on my lips- even to cover strands of gray hair!

Q: How long have you been blogging?

A: 5 years