“Don’t dream it – be it.” – Rocky Horror Picture Show
My name is Rachel. I am Arsoniste, a singer-songwriter in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As a full-time musician, model, occasional actress, and music teacher, I face certain challenges when it comes to food. Being an entrepreneur of any kind makes you busier than the average 9-5 joe, and being an artist is no different.
Between touring, practicing, photo shoots, recording, admin work, songwriting, late-night social events, local gigs, exercising and teaching 38 students each week from my home lesson studio, I am spread thin. I have grown well past my starving artist days, so financial circumstances are not a barrier to healthy living.
Where many workaholics choose the mono-diet, easy-food, microwave route to satiety, I simply cannot.
Firstly, because I care about food so much more than that.
Secondly, because I am a recovering bulimic. I was sick for ten years, and only through many years of hospital-based treatment, therapy, and hard fucking work, did I get to where I am today. (Eating whatever I want, exercising in sustainable ways, and maintaining a healthy weight.) There are certain habits I must maintain for the rest of my life, if I want to avoid relapse.
Welcome to the pontifications of my ever-determined-to-be-a-better-human mind.