lately i’ve been…(x)

moving. Just to a different (and better) unit in our building, so not terrible but still a pain. I want to buy a house.

drinking a glass of warm lemon water each morning. Read more about this Aruvedyic practice on my learnist board.

pre-ordering Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book, It’s All Good – can’t wait for this one.

visiting our family and friends in Wisconsin and Minnesota. We met 4 babies, saw 3 little ones, and a whole lot of friends. It was non-stop!

spending my thirtieth birthday with a wellness shot (lemon, ginger, oil of oregano, garlic extract and cayenne), green juice and a bowl of pho. (We both caught colds on our trip.)

running. And dare I say kind of enjoying it?! Getting ready for 8 miles this weekend!

picking up a bad shellac manicure habit. But it’s so nice to not have to paint my nails all the time…

celebrating my birthday for real at AOC with Richie and then at the horse track with my cousins – so fun! (AOC had a focaccia topped with young broccoli, cipollinis, burrata and bagna cauda that was RIDICULOUS. I can’t stop thinking about it.)

really needing some yoga in my life. Please motivate me.

What’s going on with you? 

 

mexico

Hola Amigos!

We are back from Isla Mujeres,Mexico after an amazing week with my family.

My brother splits his time between fighting wildfires and traveling the world(why doesn’t my life sound as exciting?!) so spending a week with him and my parents was such a treat as we are rarely all together.

We watched the waves. We ate. We swam. We went to the beach. We had cocktail hour. And we repeated it all a lot.

My trip in numbers: 

4: days I ate ceviche

50: times I stated that I needed to eat ceviche every day of the trip

16 : hours spent at the beach

4: times I was ridiculed for reading a book on making friends by my brother (FYI: I loved MWF Seeking BFF)

2: trips to the market for pescado frito (fried red snapper)

1: night spent dancing until 4 am

6: mornings of coffee on the roof

about 22: ounces of sunscreen I applied throughout the week

questionable: Mexican beers consumed (Modelo, Dos Equis, Pacifico…)

6: days I rocked a two-piece

2: shades my hair lightened throughout the week

2: amazing meals had at Mango Cafe

0: times I took my running shoes out of my suitcase

7: dips in the pool

4: snacks that included guacamole

3: sunsets watched on the roof

1.3: margaritas consumed (not a big fan!)

many: attempts at espanol

28: comments on how blue the water was

make a difference

If you are a newer reader, you may not know my background with Haiti.

It’s not extensive, but has been such a huge part of my life since first experience two years ago. It may seem crazy, but the two short weeks I’ve spent in Haiti have completely changed me. (I’d say for the better ;) ) I fell in love with the people of Haiti and I’ve got no doubt that it will continue to remain a big part of my life. (You can read about my trips here.)

One of the reasons why I love this time of year isn’t because of the amazing food, the cheery spirit, decorations or time with family, all of which are wonderful…

It is that we are truly reminded to think of others and think of those who are less fortunate. During the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas we are urged to help those in need. I think that donating time, money and/or energy to those who need it is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever experienced. It can be as simple as a few dollars, or an afternoon volunteering, but it all helps.

Every year, the wonderful Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) holds a fundraiser for various organizations and this year we’ve teamed up to raise money for the Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, which is the group I’ve traveled with in the past. From their site:

Our basic mission is to provide free health care to the people of Thiotte, and the surrounding area. In reality, the smooth execution of a mission like this is only made possible by the extraordinary people who make up the mission trips. In the United States, there is a physician for every 400-500 people. In Thiotte, there are typically only two Cuban medical residents to care for the 25,000 people in the village, and 20,000 others in the surrounding countryside. While these doctors are well respected, they have little access to medications to prescribe, and most people cannot afford to see them.

This holiday season, Holly and I am hoping to help raise $3000 by the end of the year to donate for medical supplies for upcoming mission trips to Haiti in 2012. And if you are so inclined, we would be honored and endlessly grateful if you would help us out.

If you are feeling merry and bright,
click here to donate to Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin!

Or here.

And perhaps here.

You can click here too.

Donations are completely secure and private and start at $10. In our food-obsessed world, that may mean cutting back on buying a new nut butter or two (= $10) at the grocery store, skipping kombucha for a week (= $20) or forgoing a nice dinner for two one weekend (=$40).

We would appreciate any linkbacks you can give on your blog, emails you can send to family + friends as well as any other ways you can encourage others to donate (Tweet! Facebook! Fax! Yodel!). Again, we are hoping for $3000 so we can provide Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin with critical funds to help them continue doing their selfless, amazing work.

Thank you all so much.

Love to all!

ask the nutritionist: staying healthy while on the road

As you know, I spent almost the last week on the road, and prior to that, a week moving, and now, still not quite moved into our own place. Can I just tell you how much I’m dying to cook in my own kitchen again? It feels like it has been forever!

Staying healthy on the road, or while traveling isn’t always easy, and it certainly isn’t always perfect, but it’s worth it!

There are times when you get up too early to workout (hello 4:30 am!). There are times when the only options are fast food. There are times when you are stuck in a small town and dinner options are limited to chinese or pizza. But there are also times when you can fit in a great workout. There are times when you can eat a delicious, healthy meal. And there are times when being healthy just comes naturally.

Here are my favorite tips for healthy living while traveling (some of which I just learned on this last trip!)

  • Pack healthy snacks to munch on! We brought kale chips (a ridiculous four bags), apples, peanut butter, nuts, dark chocolate, roasted seaweed and more!
  • Bring a water bottle and re-fill it where you can. This saves money and the environment! (Hint: hotel fitness centers usually have a good water source)
  • Ask the restaurants what their veggie is (they don’t always advertise it) and get a side of it with your meal if it doesn’t come with one. I had a buffalo burger while we were in South Dakota – I didn’t eat the bun, I ordered coleslaw with it and then got a side of the veggie. It was a great meal.
  • Oatmeal and peanut butter (or greek yogurt) is a great way to start out the day and can be eaten on the road. I packed oatmeal + flax in plastic baggies then got hot water and a cup from gas stations.
  • If you do stop for fast food – split a meal!
  • Bring your favorite tea bags – I was so glad I had my favorite tea for the trip – again, hot water is typically free.
  • Probiotics – I always take them, but traveling can mess with your system even more than normal, so taking probiotics was/is a must!
  • Workout – figure out how it will work best for you. There were times on our trip that using the fitness center was best and there were times, when a hike was exercise for the day. The Nike Training app also came in really handy and was a great switch up from the usual cardio and weights.
  • Know that eating while traveling probably won’t be the same as eating at home and that’s ok. I have probably never eaten more fried potatoes in my life (fries, tater tots, etc.) but I know that isn’t the norm and it makes me so much more excited for meals at home – full of veggies!
What are your favorite tips for staying healthy while traveling or on the road?