#PositiveSpin: Healthy Travel Tips from Stephanie

Traveling these days can really take it out of you. Thank goodness for Recycle Studio! When I am in Boston I can release all of the stress that comes with travel (and just day-to-day work) and keep my body in shape and ready for the sprints through the airports.st

My full time job requires me to travel almost every week. I am definitely never bored, but it can wear me down. Eating healthy, nutrient rich food is one challenge along with making time to get a sweat in while on the road. To ensure all of the hard work on the bike isn’t negated, I try to make travel work for me, not against me!

Travel in general can introduce you to amazing cultures and new experiences, but I got into the routine of work-is-work-is-work. All the hotels and conference rooms looked the same, I just happen to be in a different city. WRONG attitude.

Now, I plan ahead and research small local studio options and tell myself I will wake up in time for the 5:30 or 6:00 am class. I like to find the place where the locals are sweating! This has definitely made my travel more interesting and fun. I see more than just the airport, hotel and conference rooms now.

A recent gem I discovered:
Over the past year, I have often been traveling to an area outside of Philadelphia. At Recycle we love to support small, local businesses (#LOCALLOVE!). With this in mind, I found my new favorite Barre spot (ever): Barre Focus Fitness (http://barrefocusfitness.com/). The #goodvibes and energy reminds me of Recycle Studio, just minus the bikes! The owner Amy is wonderful and all of the instructors are great and clearly support each other! You really never know what you will discover.

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Recommendations:
If you cannot find a studio or the class times don’t align with your schedule, try to find 15-20 minutes to be active! The hardest¬†step is putting the clothes and shoes on, then just convince yourself to run, walk, lift for 20 minutes. 20 minutes is better than nothing and once you are into it (if you have more time) you may just stay a little longer. There are always options for workouts with no equipment as well as ways to get creative in the hotel gym. Before your trip, ask our resident trainers, Katie B. and Emily, for ideas! I use some of Emily’s routines from Barry’s to mix up a boring treadmill.

As for eating healthy, that is another potential (real) pitfall for me. I am a vegetarian who loves chocolate and NEEDS chocolate when I am stressed. You put that altogether and drop me in an airport, oh my… pizza and chocolate for every meal! Unfortunately, that combination tastes great but leaves me feeling drained¬†(mentally and physically), so I have put a lot of effort into changing what I am naturally drawn to eat.

Here are some eating tips that have helped me on the road (and are realistic):

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1) Near almost any hotel, there is a Starbucks: The oatmeal is a good, healthy, hearty and a filling option and there is usually a banana or some fruit.
2) If there are local shops or the hotel room service isn’t charging $100 per bite, I try to find Greek yogurt as well. Yogurt and fruit is becoming easier to find in airports these days too.
3) If all else fails, I always have Kind bars in my bags.

Lunch/Dinner
1) I love that the build your own salad trend is everywhere! I found a great local spot in Columbus, Ohio. Google and Yelp! are your friends! This place was actually 50 feet from my hotel.
2) In an airport, you might be able to find a restaurant with a decent salad also, but a lot of airports have frozen yogurt spots (please note: I know this is not the healthiest option, but it satisfies my sugar craving and I put a lot of fruit on top¬†to¬†ensures that I don’t eat packaged junk food or¬†start nibbling on the person next to me on my flight) This is usually a last resort…¬†I really try to hunt down a substantial, healthy, vegetable heavy option first, I swear!

Just remember, there are healthy options everywhere.. you just have to look!

REFUEL: Grilled Corn & Avocado Salad

Labor Day Weekend is soon to be upon us. We know many of you have BBQ’s planned for the last weekend of summer (say it ain’t so!) and want to serve up something a little bit healthier (and tastier) than your average potato salad. This grilled corn and avocado salad makes a great side dish and uses seasonal veggies that¬†will add plenty of¬†color and nutrients to your plate.

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(Image via Pinterest)

Ingredients:

  • 5 grilled ears of corn
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 diced avocados
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Grill corn and remove kernels with a sharp knife.
  2. Combine corn, cherry tomatoes, avocados, feta cheese, green onions, cucumber and cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper and whisk. Pour over veggies.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com

Breaking out of my Comfort (Food) Zone

Katie B’s Cocktail Cleanse Review

If you have ever been in my class, you have probably heard me encouraging my riders to get out of their comfort zones. There is a lot to be learned about yourself and your body by pushing past the limits you set for yourself, both mentally and physically. I recently did something that was completely out of my comfort zone; a juice cleanse.

Being as active as I am, I am ALWAYS hungry. The idea of drinking only juice for 3 days was absolutely terrifying for me. However, as a huge fan of The Ripe Stuff juices that we carry in our studios, I was curious to see what a cleanse could do for my body. I know some people that swear by them, and after a week of rather unhealthy eating (ice cream is very hard to resist in the summertime, ok?!), I took an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and try out a juice cleanse.

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The great thing about The Ripe Stuff is the variety of different cleanses that they offer. For me, a 3 day cleanse¬†was a little too extreme. I went with the 1 day “Cocktail Cleanse”, consisting of 6 juices all cleverly named after some of my favorite libations. Their website boasts that instead of giving me¬†a hangover, these drinks would give me¬†boundless energy. Ok, I like the sound of that.

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My day started with the Mojito green juice. Unfortunately for me, I had a meeting at Thinking Cup where I longingly stared at their beautiful pastry case. I ended up ordering an iced coffee but that’s allowed…as long as it is decaf!¬† Along with each¬†cleanse, you are given some instructions and suggestions¬†that offer a¬†little wiggle room. Instead of strictly downing only juice all day, I had the option of adding 1/4 of an avocado, a green apple, some greens with lemon juice, a cup of black decaf coffee, and 10 raw almonds or cashews.

pastry(This was torture.)

For the rest of the day, I tried to space my juices apart every two hours or so. I was pretty hungry by 9:30, so I gave in and had an apple with my second juice, the Pina Colada. By 10am, I had already peed about 5 times, so I knew I was definitely losing some water weight!

burger(Desperate snapchats from a hungry girl.)

For the rest of¬†the day, I went back and forth between waves of extreme hunger¬†and feeling¬†confident about finishing the cleanse. But by dinner time, I was ready to give in and order a pizza. I sent¬†SOS texts to all of my friends, but they encouraged me to go on… I had already made it this far! I ate the suggested bowl of¬†greens and felt better. I washed everything down with the sixth and final juice, the White Russian, a blend of almond milk, cinnamon, and agave. It was definitely the most satiating and delicious juice of the bunch. I went to bed feeling less hungry than I thought I would feel.

The next morning, I woke up and was very excited to scarf down a protein bar before teaching my 8am ride. And wouldn’t you know, I felt super energized and ready to conquer my day! Although it was definitely a challenge for me, I think that the Cocktail Cleanse was just what I needed. It left me feeling lighter and refreshed. It was a feeling that I wanted to keep, so I was more inclined to eat only healthy foods as I introduced real meals¬†back in. Though I know I will never subject myself to a cleanse lasting more than one day, the next time I feel like I need to reset my body after a week of unhealthy eating or drinking, I will push myself to break out of my comfort (food) zone and go for another Cocktail Cleanse!

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