Guest Post: Cole Millen – Cole is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.”
As much as most people enjoy vacation, some people view their vacations with considerable anxiety. Those who are focusing on eating right and staying in shape, in particular, may view vacation as a time when gaining weight is unavoidable. However, a small amount of planning can go a long way when preparing for a vacation, and there is no reason to sabotage your diet while away from home. Here are a few tips and guidelines for travelers to consider.
Eat Right While in Transit
It can be difficult to eat right while traveling by vehicle or airplane. Those traveling by vehicle can help themselves by bringing along a cooler filled with healthy snacks and drinks. Fast food is notoriously unhealthy, and a trip or two to a fast food restaurant can make it difficult to stay within your caloric threshold. Those traveling by airplane can help themselves by eating a meal before heading to the airport; in the rush to get to the airport on time, many people neglect to eat beforehand. A bit of restraint can help tremendously so make sure to avoid those restaurants that offer high fat and greasy food. Try and find a meal of grilled chicken or perhaps even a salad. Make sure to bring with you some dried fruits or nuts to snack on while on the plane of on a layover. For some reason or another we tend to want to fill our stomachs while in airports so ensuring you have these snacks will allow you to resist the urge.
Eat Healthy at Hotels
Finding the appropriate hotel and area that can cater to your healthy lifestyle is extremely important for your vacation. Doing a little research before hand to ensure that you have the amenities necessary can go a long way. I have found that review sites containing unbiased, honest information from other travelers are the best way to go. I was recently traveling out west and managed to find a hotel in Las Vegas with a gluten free restaurant from the tips in the reviews I found. Once at the hotel, many travelers find themselves overeating. One technique many travelers are using is bringing along a small crock pot or other cooking tool. A quick trip to a grocery store or health store can allow travelers to eat at least some of their meals away from restaurants. This technique can also lead to significant savings while on vacation. Travelers will also want to avoid minibars at all costs; minibars are filled with high-calorie items that can make it difficult to stay under a certain caloric limit.
Enjoy Restaurants Without Anxiety
Eating out is a crucial component of vacation, and no traveler will want to avoid restaurants entirely. One of the best ways to prepare for a trip to a restaurant is to load its menu online or to pick it up early. By determining what you will order before entering the restaurant, you can ensure that you do not go over your daily caloric intake. If you have difficulty determining how many calories are contained within particular meals, try to avoid items that contain the following words: buttered, battered, bottomless and stuffed. Restaurants are offering healthier meals than ever before, and a bit of research can help you enjoy restaurants without feeling guilty.Leave a comment | Print This Post
I’m finally decluttering and organizing my kitchen. Click the images to see them up close and personal.
I’ve only just begun, but look at what I’ve already gotten rid of from just two cabinets. It’s clear what I have attachments to – lunch sacks (3) stainless steel coffee mugs (4), and glass and plastic food containers (infinite)! I’m recycling, regifting, and adding this stuff to a pile for a possible garage sale this summer. A friend of mine is cleaning out her basement in July – says it will change her life. So I’m going to buddy up with her and clean mine out as well (oh the horrors).
My main goal with the Whole House Detox project is to clear out space. Even if things are neat, unnecessary items take up space and, in my case, drain my energy.
Case in point. Here’s an organized cabinet….with just too much stuff in it. It’s going to look really different once I get finished with it! That cabinet is going to feature my spices – they will be so easy to access. Watch me!
I didn’t always know how to let go of perfectly good things. My friend Brenda taught me. I’ll share some of what I learned from her as we go along.
But for now, woohoo! I love the empty spaces in my cabinets already. Anybody want to join me?
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Last night while walking my dogs on the Kansas levee, I turned back early because a farmer was spraying his fields. Even though there was very little breeze, the chemicals wafted over a large area. I’ve been taking daily walks on the levee for 20 years, and I feel a personal kind of ownership over it. Even though the area looks clean and green, is remote and quiet, I was reminded that it is an agricultural zone and chemicals are unfortunately part of the unseen picture.
What is the answer to so much chemical use? Living in an agricultural state, I understand the challenges of the farmer. It’s a darned hard business.
Still, I’m concerned about the amount of chemicals pollutants in our environment. Even if you think you’re drinking clean water, breathing clean air, and walking on a natural path, there are unseen chemical pollutants every step along the way.
I don’t know what the ultimate solutions are, but I do know that we as individuals can make a difference in our own backyards and communities.
What YOU (and I) can do to reduce chemical pollution:
We must change the supply/demand curve and not be hypnotized by lower prices for unhealthy, chemicalized products. We need to be willing to do a little more work and pay a little more for healthier, cleaner options. What ideas do you have to add to the list?2 comments | Print This Post
I was going to write a post about my fabulous dinner and then realized I had a bigger story to tell–my wellness weekend of people, pets, and Pho. Wellness is so much more than diet, exercise, and stress management. Wellness includes all things that nourish your body, mind and soul. Here are a few highlights of what nourished me this weekend.
Friday afternoon I got a chance to hang out with my godchildren Addie and Sylvia. First we watched the demolition for their school charity event and then set out to play. What a treat it is to watch children play and to play with them. They realized that the slide their dad rigged for them would go so much faster if they sat on a cushion and slid down together.
Saturday, I met my friend Brenda in Kansas City for outings to the anitique mall, Trader Joe’s, Stein Mart, the Blue Moose for lunch, and back to Brenda’s for a great conversation about life. Also had a great phone conversation with my friend Lena. I couldn’t make the gathering of my family in Chelsea, Michigan, but I got to talk with my dad, sister, brother, and sister-in-law.
Sunday morning I slept in, had a Chihuahua playdate with my friend Nora’s and her new Chihuahua, Rosie, and Sophie, my rescue Chihuahua, and of course Toby but he’s a little harder for them to play with (8 vs 70 pounds).
After a long walk along the levee with Toby and Sophie….and a little shuffling of papers, I made the very best Pho. Here’s what went into it:
What did you do this weekend? Was it nourishing?
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I made the most fantastic stir fry with quinoa. I wanted something different from what I’ve been eating and my business coach and social media strategist, Lena West, suggested something with a peanut sauce.
I did a quick search and found a fantastic recipe. I made a few minor adjustments (used green curry instead of red curry, didn’t measure the peanut butter, and added cayenne pepper). I could eat that stuff by the spoonful! Try the recipe here from SheSimmers.com.
Here are the veggies I included:
You could add meat, chicken, shrimp, or tofu. You cook quinoa much like you cook rice (1.5 to 2 cups water to 1 cup whole grain quinoa) and simmer covered for 20 minutes.one comment | Print This Post
Finally got the raised bed garden ready to plant and extended the garden into the yard. Great exercise. This is what Randi Hacker calls the Earth Gym – great exercise right there in my yard.
I’ve got the bug to plant things I can eat–healthy eating here I come. Any sunny spot is fair game!
So far I’ve planted bug repellant plants (marigolds and cilantro), French lavender, three kinds of lettuce, and strawberries. Tomorrow I’ll plant blueberry bushes, asparagus, and purple onions. I have a bunch of seed packets so will need to figure out when to plant them. This is all one big experiment.
Are you putting in a vegetable garden? Feel free to tellme everything you know about it. I can use the help. Leave your comments at the comment link below.2 comments | Print This Post
What does a garden have to do with a Whole House Detox? Good question. Let me make something up…. Ah, yes, a garden is part of the yard and the yard needs to be spiffed up along with the house. A garden is also a part of detoxing my diet so I don’t have to eat vegetables sprayed with chemicals.
After cleaning up the back porch I decided to work on paperwork so I can get my taxes prepared. I was working away and then spring happened! Our weather is unusually warm so it’s time to get the garden ready. One of my lovely subscribers informed me that our city is giving away compost tomorrow so I quickly had to shift gears to get a raised bed up and ready to accept the new soil. The first garden handiman fell through so I went to Home Depot, selected the lumber and other needed materials and drove home wondering….now what?
I called my regular handiman with my fingers crossed that he could help at the last minute. He sent over a couple of guys that had the raised bed in place in about an hour. How’s that for right timing? Everything is coming together so well.
And tomorrow Nora (my yard helper) and I are going to drive the borrowed truck to pick up compost and mix it into the soil. As you can see from the stones, bricks, and weeds, there will be some work to do to get everything in place.
Then because the yard is an important part of the detox project, we’ll weed and whack and wake up the yard after its winter slumber. The paperwork will have to wait….but it can’t wait too long because I need to have everything to the tax woman by April 2.
It takes a village to take care of a home. And thankfully I have that village in place. Over the years I have developed great relationships with people who help me live in this wonderful little bungalow–a handiman, weeder, plumber, painter, and electrician. People are the best! I don’t know what I’d do without people.
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I don’t know where that voice came from, but it clearly said “I’m going to eat!” It was Day 5 of the 7-day cleanse, and I was headed to a party. I wasn’t feeling hungry and I wasn’t feeling particularly deprived or desparate. I was getting plenty of nutrition from the broth and green juices. I think I got bored. When I heard that voice I didn’t know if it was my head or my body speaking to me but I listened, I acted, and I survived.
I don’t know what there is about a long cleanse – but I tend to peter out faster than some. I don’t feel too guilty about it so that’s a good sign, I think. Maybe my body has a set point for how many days I can successfully cleanse? Dunno.
The most interesting piece is how I will move forward from here. I’ve made a list of eating rules. Here are several items I’m planning to include or minimize in my daily healthy eating plan:
This will definitely take planning and determination. I’ll shoot for 100% but follow the 80/20 rule. Eat at least 80% whole foods.
If you quit a nutritional cleanse before it was officially over, how would you feel about it?2 comments | Print This Post
Day 11 – Nutritional Cleanse
I received query from a subscriber today: Why do you put yourself through all this misery?
Actually, I’m not miserable. I’m just riding the wave of this cleanse and learning a lot about my body, my eating habits, and my coping mechanisms. It’s a body, mind, spirit journey and it’s going well, right on schedule. There are ups and downs but that’s part of change and growth.
Why do we do anything that’s difficult? Why do we go to college, birth and raise a family, get married, get divorced, move to another country, get certified, live in a yurt, go to Haiti to help earthquake victims? We do the difficult things because they help us grow. They give us meaning. Difficult experiences help us be better servants.
This nutritional cleanse hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been hard either. It’s easy enough that I continue to stick with it day after day. And it’s hard enough that it provides me with opportunities to really pay attention to my body–are you tired, are you hungry, are you feeling a lightness of being, are you thirsty, are you desiring food because of your stomach or your head? I’m learning a lot about myself and it’s all good.
As I reported earlier, many of the benefits I expect to reap include the following:
That’s just a partial list. I’ve always been a bit permissive with myself and lazy, so this process is strengthening my discipline muscles. And finally, as a wellness practitioner, I want to walk the talk and be the best role model I can be. That’s why I air my dirty laundry and let people know I’m not perfect. I’m on the same journey everyone else is on. I just may have more wellness tools to work with. And my goal is to use as many of them as I can every day.2 comments | Print This Post
Day 2 of the Cleanse… but day 9 of the bigger nutritional cleanse program.
OK so I’m getting a little….cranky? Bored? Non-plussed? Today (day 2 of 7) I started counting on my fingers when I’d be finished with this portion of the cleanse – the part of the cleanse where we just drink fluids (vegetable broth, hot lemon water, green juice and take supplements). Mid-day Thursday is really hump day so I have 1.5 days left to the midway point. Are we there yet?! When are we going to get there, huh, huh!?
I know my body is getting a good clean out and rest, but my head is bored. I’m on to me and how I frequently walk into the kitchen for a little entertainment. When I’m not doing that today, there doesn’t seem to be much of interest to do.
I have one foot in both world–the world of eating and the world of cleansing. It hasn’t been long enough to “forget” the world of eating, and it hasn’t happened yet that I have the dazzling energy of the cleanse.
I know many people around the planet get to eat even less than I do on this cleanse, so that puts a new spin on this emotional state. So I’ll go to bed and see what tomorrow brings.Leave a comment | Print This Post