Beautiful Change Challenge: HEALTHY FOOD, HEALTHY BODY

(This is Part 2 of the Beautiful Change Challenge, a sponsored post project I’ve launched with Aveeno and Glam Media. See how I challenged myself to speeding up my morning routine here! And see my disclosure policy here.)

Remember when I gave up coffee? Shudder. Or when I went a little nuts and ate beans for breakfast for four weeks?

Katy coffee

Then there was the time (ahem, recently) when I confessed my love for mayonnaise.

If you’re confused about my eating habits, you’re not alone. Because I’m evolving — even coming full circle in some cases — and at long last, I’ve come to this.

[I] “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

(thanks, Michael Pollan)


There are two labels that make me shudder a little these days, despite the fact that I consider myself both:

  • healthy living blogger
  • vegetarian

The words have been bastardized and stereotyped (in large part by those of us who are in the community) and frankly, these days I eat what I want to eat, when I want to eat it.

Rock 'N' Run 5K 43

Having said that, while there are near daily exceptions (how did I go so long without soda in my life? and don’t get between me and my flavored coffee creamer), I do follow a clean diet whenever possible.

Aveeno has challenged me to look at my diet and make healthy changes for a healthy body. At the risk of sounding like I’ve copped out — my challenge is to keep doing what I’m doing. Because I’ve been restrictive. I’ve counted calories. I’ve eaten diet food. And none of it made sense for me.

Banana Phone

(Why it took me years to figure this out, I don’t know…)

I read labels and try to make wise decisions or to at least be informed when I’m making less-than-stellar choices. I try to watch my caffeine intake, because detoxing is a disaster that I’d rather never have to go through again, and I load up on protein and healthy fats because I know that they keep me full and give me energy.


I drink copious amounts of water (and pee a lot, as my colleagues will tell you) and eat very little processed sugar. I use stevia instead of Splenda. I load up on vegetables.

And I enjoy food. I look forward to eating, and not just the meal itself, but the act of filling my body with food that fuels me. I’ve run on peanut butter and I’ve run on an empty stomach and the first is far superior to the second.

Remember: “moderation in all things, including moderation.” 


Now, it’s actually healthy to wash your hair every day. AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL lets you renew your hair to its naturally balanced state daily. Unlike ordinary shampoos, these sulphate-free formulas have Balancing Seaweed Extract; bringing hair back to its naturally healthy, most balanced state with each wash, for beautifully healthy-looking hair.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Aveeno via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Aveeno.

Get Updates By Email!

Don't miss a single post -- subscribe for free posts delivered right to your inbox.


  1. says

    I try to be as clean as possible, but the BEST thing I have done for me lately is to stop counting calories!!! I thought I would be a slave to that madness forever and I’ve realized when I’m eating the right things the number doesn’t really matter so much. Aaahhh, freedom!

    • says

      No kidding. I’m thankful for having counted calories in the past, because it helped me have a good sense of portion sizes, and to avoid foods that are sneaky. But I don’t do well when I’m counting. It’s just too restrictive for me and I go to a crazy place in my head.

  2. says

    Love this. It takes SO long to get everything straight and really eat this way, doesn’t it? There are so many different labels and diets and ideas out there that it’s tempting to stray from what really is best. Real, good, healthy food most of the time!!!

  3. says

    I honestly get really tired of “labels” like vegetarian, clean eater, paleo, all of those. I don’t fall into any one label, and I doubt I ever will. I can go days without meat, I can’t live without veggies and fruits and healthy things, I could never cut out cheese or other ‘unhealthy things’. Labels only make diets worse. The best “diet” is the one that works best for you and your body. Some people need more meat, some need less. Some people need more caffeine (ME), some people can’t function eating processed foods. I am not in one category, I eat meat but not all the time, I love veggies but I won’t turn down a good unhealthy reeces PB cup or a chunk of cheese. But I am healthy, I take vitamins, I juice, I watch what I eat and make sure at the end of the day my calories and my exercise balance out. I get rather worked up when people question my diet choices because I am an athlete. We don’t all have to be vegetarians or follow paleo. Just like one training plan won’t work for everyone, neither will one diet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *