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On The Road - Pt. 1

Whenever I travel I tend to feel, just, *off*, especially if I have been flying. I feel dehydrated, lethargic and have a very hard time choosing healthy foods to eat because, hey, I’M ON VACATION and I want to enjoy myself! 

As I have mentioned, I think it is important to enjoy (and not be too hard on) oneself. A huge part of that, however, involves fueling the body with the nutrients it needs! One rich and possibly nutrient deficient meal after another can wreak havoc on our well being and the way we feel. This can take us away from the moment and keep us from having a good time. 

I have found it very helpful to bring healthy snacks with me while traveling. These are great for the plane as well.

Here are some of my favorite suitcase friendly food/snacks:

Larabars:

These raw food & nut bars are delicious and contain very simple ingredients :)

Seaweed Snacks:

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I like the Trader Joes brand (regular & wasabi!!). Other brands include Sea Snax and Annie Chuns

Perfect Fit Protein Powder:

I like this kind because it comes in individual packets and melts easily into water. 

Green Powder 

This is helpful if you aren’t getting enough vegetables and will also help your immune system. You could mix it into water, juice or a smoothie.

I like Health Force’s Vitamineral Green.

Miso Packets 

Miso is probiotic, high in protein and B vitamins, and is just very healing. You could eat it as a snack, before a meal or for breakfast even. 

Dried Fruit 

I love dried calimyrna figs, mangos and dates. 

Dark Chocolate 

{need I say more?}

Tea Bags

Whatever tastes good and makes you feel good! I enjoy Jasmine Green Tea in the daytime, Rooibos in the evening. 

If possible, pick up some durable fruits and veggies when you arrive at your destination. (I like to check out the local farmer’s market, if there is one)

Suggestions:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Cucumber (amazing after flying due to the high water content)
  • Celery
  • Baby Carrots 
  • Radishes ;) !
And of course, when dining out, try to order as many salads as possible. Ideally fill up on ones containing leafy greens such as spinach, kale, romaine and swiss chard. 
Exercise is another thing that tends to go to the wayside during travel. Am I right? In my next post I will discuss the ways I like to get my body moving when I’m on the road. 

Anyone have any tips for staying healthy while traveling? I’d love to hear from you!  :)

Fitness Fashion and Beyond

Good afternoon!

This morning I popped straight to the gym and completed a 5k on the treadmill after warming up. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “steady state” cardio days and lately I’ve deemed Tuesday my 5k day. It usually takes about 28-30 minutes because I start pretty slow and then speed up from time to time when I get bored. (I try not to sprint as I do sprints on Mondays and do not want to overwork my heart). It feels nice and refreshing to space out and just steadily jog for a while.

When I returned home I made a huge green smoothie using kale, frozen pineapple and strawberries, coconut flakes, coconut milk and brown rice protein powder. I didn’t measure anything, per usual, and it was lovely.

I’d like to share some of my favorite workout accessories, meaning everything to do with fitness aside from the actual exercise. I completely get that some people are straight down to business and throw on whatever they can, get in their workout and go on with their day. For me, fun accessories help me feel excited about returning to the gym (or the mountain or the park) day in and day out. They remind me that fitness is a very important part of my lifestyle.  It helps me tremendously to feel good in what I’m wearing and enjoy the little things like a good protein powder or a new water bottle.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t go on Lululemon rampages spending hundreds of dollars. In fact, the only Lululemon item I own is a headband, which I never use because it instantly slides right off my head. 

*My favorite pants to workout in are these stretchy black capri “tights” from Old Navy. They fit SO well and are more flattering than any pair of black stretchy pants I’ve ever tried on in higher end activewear stores…and they are only $20! I have a few pairs.

*Lately I’m loving these tanks I found at Target. I guess you’d say I’m on the curvy side (Hips with a capital H), and when tops are too tight or too short they ride up off my hips while I’m running. Very annoying, so I try to choose tops that are a little flowy and on the longer side.

This is a long one…

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