Written by Lori Thiessen

Since I’ve been feeling under the weather for lo, these many weeks it seems, health or lack of health has been much on my mind.

As a café commuter, trying to stay healthy can be difficult. If you spend a lot of your time drinking coffee and eating café food, chances are you aren’t getting the full nutrients that you need, especially at this nasty, flu-y time of year.

A friend of mine and I have been moaning at each other that even though we are grown women, we still can’t get our health act together. I know that you probably feel the same. We all know all the rules for good health but we just can’t seem to put ‘em into play.

Just for good measure, here are some of the rules and some ways of using them.

  • Eat breakfast.

This is one of my major stumbling blocks. One way of making it happen: Invite a friend over or out for breakfast. Doesn’t need to be of Iron Chef quality, just some fruit, yoghurt and that morning pick-me-up.

  • Eat at regular intervals.

Another of my major stumbling blocks. If you don’t eat at regular intervals, your daily blood sugar levels resemble a very exciting ride at Disneyland.Don’t do it.

Type II adult diabetes isn’t any fun, kids, and the number of us with this disease just increases every year.

Keep an organic snack bar with you, a thermos of something (soup etc.), and perhaps an apple. You may even want to set a timer to remind yourself to eat. You’ve got a PDA – so use it already!

  • Drink Water – lots of it!

We all know that drinking water is critical to good health. We also know that caffeine acts as a diuretic. Even though we love (need) our coffee boost to get us through the day, it’s important to drink water (or juice or herbal tea) to keep us hydrated. Dried up brain cells don’t produce a lot of quality work.

  • Fruits and veggies

Café food is tasty, heaven knows. There’s a spinach/feta cheese pastry (not spanakopita but I love those too) that’s just dynamite! Despite the fact that there is spinach in it, I think that the cheese and pastry pretty much nullify any spinachy goodness remaining.

Most café foods are like this, very tasty but not really nutritious. When you eat one of those wonderful gastronomic delectations, pull out a baggy of veggies. Make sure that you do buy something from the café before you do this. Or order a fresh veggie sandwich, if it’s available.

Here are a couple of resources that may help you to develop that healthy glow you’ve always wanted.

Canada’s Food Guide http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index-eng.php

Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca

Q: What strategies do you use to stay healthy while living the café commuter life?

Thanks for dropping by and I’ll save your seat until next time!