Traveling Vegan

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Traveling for work, while trying to stay healthy, and live a Vegan lifestyle can be done.

In my old life, I could travel any where from 3 days, to 15 days a month. I have learned a thing or two about eating clean, and exercising on the road. The good news is that every time I go on another trip I am seeing more, and more healthy options at hotels, airports, and convention centers. Here are some of my best tips.

Load up BEFORE you leave home. I travel with a few items from home to make life on the road easier.

1) Dr. McDougall Instant soups, my favorite Hot and Sour YUM!! This little baby can be your breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a pinch. It is a little high in sodium, but well worth it when you are hungry and the hotel has no options. It can be made easily, only hot water is needed. I prefer using the in room coffee maker to heat up the water, but some rooms have microwaves you can use as well.

2) Tea bags – any flavor you like. Some times just making a cup of tea, and reading a good book before bed is one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself when you are far from home.

3) Instant Oatmeal packets. Again, thank you in room coffee maker! I like these Dr. McDougall ones, they are vegan, and delish. They fill you up, and make you all warm inside! You can get them in cup, or packets, the packets travel easy, I just make them in the provided in room coffee cups.

4) Yoga classes online! Traveling for work, I always have a laptop or iPad with me.  YogaGlo, YouTube, and YogaJournal.com are some of my fave places to get my Asana on while away from my home studio. You can buy a travel mat that folds neatly into your suitcase, or be like me and use a pair or yoga socks, or the bathroom towel as a mat.

5) Reusable water bottle. I always bring mine empty through security, a lot of airports have water bottle filling stations now, and if for some reason your does not, it will come in handy while you are traveling. Traveling can dehydrate you terribly, so keep filling!

At the Airport.

The first thing I always look for is a Cibo Express. You will always find options there, from fresh fruit to sandwiches, wraps, noodles and baked goods! I take one to eat now, and one for the plane, or when I land.

There has been a wave of health conscious restaurants opening up in airports as well, here are a list of a few of my favorites…

San Francisco International Airport – Terminal 2 – The Plant Cafe – fresh juices, fresh salads, and two words… BEET BURGER! Yum! BONUS!! SFO has a Yoga room for you to get your practice in before or after your flight! (Yoga rooms are also available in Dallas, and Albuquerque!)

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Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 4 – Real Food Daily – Organic, Plant based, perfection!

O’Hare International Airport – Terminal 3 – Burrito Beach – Lots of clearly marked Vegan options for you to create your burrito masterpiece.

When you get there…

If I have the time, I try and find the nearest Whole Foods, or Health Food store. You can request a mini fridge for your room, if there isn’t one, and stock up on some essentials, bananas are great travel food, you do not have to wash them, and they require no refrigeration. grocery stores have great pre done items for us Vegans, sandwiches, salads, hummus, and chips, pita or carrots. Whole Foods has an entire Veggie bar where you can load up on noodle dishes, and all sorts of salads.

When dining out…

Believe it or not some of the best places I have been dragged to by my job have been steak houses. They always have amazing veggie sides, and big baked potatoes. When in doubt at any restaurant I always talk to the waiter, let them know you are Vegan and they can usually point out some options on the menu, and if your in luck, maybe the chef will toss together some thing for you that is off the menu. So many times they have offered to do this for me and I end up being asked all night by my table mates what I was eating and if they can have some.

Travel safe!

♥Pamela

 

Snacking and a healthy lifestyle.

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I love to snack! For the most part I tend to eat a little all day long.

I have found best way to snack smart is to make sure I am set up for success before I am hit with a case of the munchies.
In my old life, I traveled a TON! Cars, shuttles, and airplanes. See my post on staying healthy while traveling. If I am on the go, and on the ground,  I stop in a local grocery store. Sure, I have to get out of the car, but I get extra steps on my FitBit and I get some real food. Grocery stores are stocked with ready to go cut fruit, veggies and snack time fresh items. Here is a great list of some of my favorite healthy snack options whether you are on the go, or staying home.

Ditch the juice eat some fruit. Whole fruit contains fiber, which makes you feel full for longer. Apples, Bananas, grapes, melons and berries. Don’t forget, if you are a road warrior like I was, or just on the go with the kiddies, make sure that produce is cleaned before you eat it. I love these handy Grab N’ Go fruit and veggie wipes.

Miso soup– a nice warm bowl of this stuff is scientifically proven to rev up your metabolism, and give you an extra boost of energy.

Make your own trail mix! recipe here.

Apple and peanut butter- It’s important to buy a natural peanut butter, read the label, it’s not a healthy snack if it is full of chemicals and sugars.

Hummus – with carrot sticks. The chickpeas in hummus are full of Protein and fiber.

Almonds- healthy fats and vitamin E to help you recover post work out. These nuts have also been proven to boost fat burning abilities.

Frozen Grapes – these are like bite sized popsicles! I love them, especially on a hot day.

Whole grain toast with avocado slices. Whole grains, can help lower cholesterol, and if you can’t guess, a great source of fiber. Avocados! I love avocados, seriously, I do. just check out my post on them here. Avocados can help stabilize blood sugar, and help fight heart disease, and thats just two of the many reasons you should be adding avocados into your diet. For a bit more flavor, add a dash of pink Himalayan salt, it helps balance your PH, helps your intestines absorb nutrients, and strengthens your bones!

Water, water and more water! Don’t forget to drink your water!
What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

Be Well,

♥Pam

 

Yoga – creating a home practice

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Busy work schedule, kids, dinner, laundry. All of these things can keep you from the gym or yoga studio. Starting a home practice might just be the answer you have been looking for to keep your practice going. Here are my tips on how to start a home practice.

  • Pick a place you will not be disturbed. This may be a extra room, maybe the living room before every one wakes up, or when they all go about their business after dinner. Believe it or not, I know one person who has a large master bathroom and unrolls her yoga mat there.
  • Stick with it. Trying to fit your yoga practice in where ever you can is good, but making a time and sticking with it is better. Even if you only have time for child’s pose, trust me, it helps.
  • Start your session with a plan. If you are an experienced Yogi you might have a series of asanas memorized or you can do poses from memory that your body craves. If you are a beginner, bring you iPad or get a DVD to help. There are also tons of books, and free yoga classes on line, even decks of cards with asanas to make it easier for you.
  • Turn your phone off! This is your time, take it for your self.

Most importantly, Have fun. Starting a home practice does not have to be intimidating, have fun with it!

-P

 

 

Tip Tuesday – Save time, Eat healthy – Crock pot cooking

Sticking to a healthy eating does not mean you have to be faced with a hour or two of cooking and cleaning once you get home.

Relaxing is just as much of a priority in a healthy life style as fitness is. I enjoy cooking, but when I see a crazy day pop up in my schedule I reach for my crock pot.

As far as Crock pots go- I stick to the basics, I have had my good old crock pot for years. The settings are basic. Off, Keep Warm, low, and high, and that works for me.

What can you make in your crock pot? well just about any thing.

Ahimsa Chili

One of my families favorites is my crock pot chili. We do not get any snow here on the sunny west coast, but January brings some rainy days. And this Chili is  the perfect amount of hearty and spicy for those chilly nights. The ingredients are simple and can be purchased at any grocery store, no running around looking for exotic spices for this one. It is put together quickly before I leave in the morning and is ready to go by the time I get back. I serve it with the classics – Saltines, chopped onion,  and Vegan cheddar. But you can also do vegan sour cream, and green onions. This recipe serves four easily, if you have less, make the whole batch any way, it saves well in the refrigerator or the freezer.

Here what you will need –

1 tsp Olive Oil – I use Cali Virgin, it’s the best!

1 Medium Chopped Yellow onion

4 cloves garlic

1 Bag frozen Beyond Meat Original ground

3 Tablespoons Chili powder (use less if you want less spicy)

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup vegetable stock

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes (I used Muir Glenn)

2 16 oz cans dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons Bragg liquid Amino’s

salt and pepper to taste.

 

Set crock pot to desired temperature (see below) and add oil. Add half your chopped onion and all of the other ingredients. That’s it! Easy right?

Temperature guide –

With Crock Pot cooking choose your temperature by how fast you want it done.

Want to eat in 2-4 hours? High Setting

4-8 hours or more – low setting

 

 

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Healing Macrobiotic Tea

I have not been feeling well at all. I have been sticking close to home, so the rest of my symptoms have been easier to deal with. I just had a GI appointment, and while waiting for my next colonoscopy I just kept thinking there is no way I have tried every thing, so I looked for some new books to read on the subject.

This weekend I read not one, but two books on gut issues. I read A New IBS Solution Bacteria the missing Link in Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome by Mark Pimentel M.D.

And Controlling Crohn’s Disease by Virginia Harper

 

I don’t have Crohn’s, I have never been diagnosed with it. But since some of the symptoms are same ones I deal with, I thought it might have some things I could try in the book.

In Controlling Crohn’s Disease, Virgina Harper, suffering greatly one night calls up Michio Kushi, talks to his wife and gets a recipe for a healing tea, which he says will sooth her inflammation and help start healing her digestive system.

After reading about Virgina’s story I felt It was definitely worth a try.

First off – the ingredients may not be that easy to come by.  I eat mostly vegan,  so they didn’t seem too weird to me, and I knew exactly where to find them. If you have a natural foods store or a Whole Foods near, you will be able to find what you need. Other wise you can order from Amazon, I put the links in the recipe.

I started drinking the tea today, I will update you on my progress, but I wanted to get the recipe out in case any one wanted to try it along with me.

Macrobiotic Healing Tea

1 Umeboshi Plum chopped into small pieces

1 heaping teaspoon Kudzu Root

3 to 5 drops Shoyu

1 cup Water

Directions Dissolve Kuzu in 3 tablespoons water. Pour mixture into saucepan with 1 cup water and Umbosi Plum. Bring mixture to a boil over high flames stirring constantly. Reduce flame to medium low and simmer until mixture becomes thickened and translucent. Remover from heat and add Shoyu, gently stir, drink while hot.

I will update soon with how its going, I would love to hear from you as well.

Juice of the Week – The Best Green Juice Ever!

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Green Juice, we love it!

In A perfect world you would be drinking at least 1 homemade green juice a day.

This recipe makes it easy to keep that promise, and its delicious too!

Kick Start Your Morning Green Juice

1 cucumber

3 celery stalks

2 green apples

5 Kale leaves

1/2 lemon

1 thumb size piece of ginger

Wash all ingredients thoroughly, making sure they are super clean, I always use a produce spray for this, and please buy organic!

Toss all ingredients in blender.

Blend till smooth, if you like it colder, add in some ice.

Drink and enjoy all the healthy deliciousness!

 

♥Pamela

 

Doing nothing IS doing something.

“Doing nothing is doing something”

Slowing down in this busy world isn’t the easiest thing to do.

But if you want to be healthy, taking care of your self should be top of your list.

A few months ago I went on an amazing family vacation. Each morning, even though I tried to sleep in, I couldn’t do it.  The first few days I sat out near the pool with my ipad. I checked for any new cool things on Pinterest, I looked at Instagram for pictures of my dogs at doggy day care, and I looked at what my friends were up to on Facebook. Then a few days in I stopped. I stopped, and looked around at the beautiful scenery, I just sat there. It was wonderful. Some thing about vacation makes it easier to slow down and just be.

At first It was easy at first to bring that home, to love up on my puppy and just watch her run around the yard, to listen to my son talk with out doing at least two other things, and then it was gone. It slowly crept back in, always multi tasking, always doing 2 or three things at a time, when I am making phone calls, I am also on the computer, waiting in line? I better look if any one has text me.

Now I am making a more conscious effort to just be in the moment, and a funny thing happened, I am actually getting more done! When I am returning calls, I am doing just that, returning calls. When I take a break to walk the best puppy in the world Olive, we try to break our goal and walk farther, throw  few more balls. Just be there with her in the moment.  Its a funny thing, some times you think you are way more productive when you are multi tasking, but I truly wasn’t.

Here is how I got started.

  • When I am answering emails, working on a project, I turn off the ringer on my phone. No interruptions helps me stay in the moment, and accomplish more when working
  • When I am walking my dog, or talking to my husband or my son, I don’t even have my phone with me or out.
  • I listened to music in my car instead of returning calls. I focused more on my driving and listening to some old and new favorites made me a happier person.
  • I set aside times to return call or answer emails. I work from home, so I did this 3 times per day, depending on how much follow up you have you might need to adjust this. I made a fresh cup of tea, got my note book and focused on the task at hand.
  • Making dinner, I used to have the TV on, and my phone on the counter. Now I turn on some music, pour a cup of tea and enjoy the process.

How will you try to slow down and me in the moment?

♥-

P

Avocado will you marry me?

Avocado will

It’s no secret I love avocados. I start most mornings with toast, avocado and a little bit of lemon or lime. Yum! As a matter of fact if I am out to breakfast or traveling I have been known to go off menu and ask for that there too. Sometimes I will ask for a side of grilled tomato sometimes not, on this stage its avocado that is the star!

Yes they have fat – the good kind that does not end up around your waist. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, AKA the good kind. This type of fat is the same heart healthy kind found in Olive oil.

Here are some ways to add avocados to your diet today!

  • Avocado toast for breakfast – I like mine with a little lemon, or lime
  • Add some to your morning smoothie
  • Top off your salad
  • For that matter top off your veggie burger or sandwich
  • Guacamole – hello!
  • make an avocado based salad dressing by blending with water, olive oil, and any spices you like
  • Making some veggie chili this weekend? Some crackers and a few avocado slices go great with your spicy bowl

 

Whats in my gym bag?

Whats in my gym bag

Whether you go to the gym or the yoga studio keeping a well stocked gym bag can be the key o keeping up your work out schedule.

Here are some items I cant live with out.

A reusable water bottle.

I LOVE S’well. I am too embarrassed to say how many I own, but I am obessed with this one  right now, isn’t it the cutest! The best thing about this little baby is it keeps your water cold for 24 hours, and hot beverages warm for 12. I always have one in my bag, next to my bed, and in my car.

Josie Maran Bare Naked Wipes

If you read my post on travel necessities you know I love these great little wipes! Keeping them in my gym bag makes it easy to keep my face break out free and feel fresh after hitting the gym.

Earbuds and a well stocked ipod

I NEVER go to the gym with out this. Yoga class you can skip it, but if you are getting some cardio going this can really help keep you going. I keep my iPod full with different playlists for what ever work out I am doing. I have lists for running that starts slower, gets going to a full on party and slows down again for my cool down. I have a list full of just my newest most favorite songs I might be in the mood for, and songs that motivate me.

Hair Ties

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I actually have quiet a few of these rolling around my bag. I have learned from experience how unhappy I can be at the gym if I don’t have one and now, I will never forget. I like the little ribbon ones. They come in a ton of fun bright colors and they are easy on your hair.

What do you keep in your gym bag?

♥p

 

 

Taking Care of your dry skin this winter

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With winter comes wonderful family get together, cozy sweaters, crock pot meals and unfortunately dry parched skin.

Here are some of my tips on keeping your skin hydrated and healthy this holiday season,

Drink more water! The more the better. Toss in a few cups of herbal peppermint tea to keep it festive!

Exfoliate! I like to use my Clairisonic at least once a day, its water proof, so I keep mine in the shower to save time.

Moisturize the heck out of your skin I like Valentia Even Glow Serum. Its loaded with vitamin C, which brightens up your skin, and feels amazing. It is a little thick, which is great for winter dryness. My skin feels so smooth and amazing! And it smells delicious!!

Speaking of moisturizing, don’t forget the fragile skin around your eyes, Since I am obsessed with Vitamin C skin creams I tried Valentia True Glow Eye Cream and I was just as tickled with it as with my serum. It has that same yummy smell and just disappears into my skin, leaving my eyes feeling refreshed and bright.

Use a humidifier at night. This helps with both moisture AND anti aging. I use mine year round.

How do you change your skin care routine for the winter?

♥ – p