Something I wanted to focus on this year was healthy eating. Granted, I've always eaten pretty healthy (thanks mom and dad!) but with constant travel for work and living in Shanghai during the boom of food delivery apps - we ended up ordering-in A LOT over the past year. Luckily, this didn't mean a drastic change in what I was eating, but rather making it more of a focus.

I recommitted to using the Monbento lunch boxes we had by following some inspiration boards on Pinterest and Instagram. I also upped my accessories game - the salad dressing container and stainless steel cutlery made a big difference in the meals I was able to pack. Sometimes when feeling particularly proud of my packing, I snap a photo - this helps keep me motivated and provides tracking of what I am eating (in a really low-maintenance sort of way). 

1. Monbento lunch boxes     2. Kate and Kimi    3. Lizzy's All Natural

Because we are both often on the road for work, using a grocery delivery service is super helpful. This allows me to plan out meals and shopping in advance, schedule a delivery time convenient for our schedule, and not have to worry whether I'll be able to find certain ingredients or if I've got everything on my list. Not to mention, I have more time for myself - the last thing I want to do after a train journey is run around to the shops and lug everything back home. 

I've been using Kate and Kimi since arriving in Shanghai for a couple of reasons. First of all, they have far more organic and meat substitute products than the other online retailers which being pescatarian is much appreciated. Kate and Kimi also offers a wide range of ready made meals and snacks - which I buy if I'm pinched for time or use for inspiration if I'm feeling creative. Lastly, the full range of Lizzy's All Natural smoothies etc. is available on their site. If you're interested in trying out Kate and Kimi, use the code below to receive a discount on your first order!



Reflecting on the past year...

Like many, I am more than ready to say 'Bye Felicia' to 2017. But this morning while looking back at some old insta posts to create the #bestnine2017, I was reminded of some great moments that took place this year. David and I have moved to a new area of Shanghai and have made a point to explore more of the city, especially rooftops, food festivals, and live music events. We rediscovered parts of China/Indonesia while playing tour guide with David's younger sister and new husband.  In Japan, we had a relaxing holiday wandering around Kyoto and Nara. 

We traveled to the US - twice! I took part in six races this year and have been persuasive enough to recruit some colleagues to join a few local 5Ks. For some reason, I've already registered for a half marathon in April...we'll see how that goes! Which reminds me, I still need to sit down and write out #goals for 2018 at some point today before 2017 is officially over.