off to oz!
well, the day is here. as i mentioned on wednesday, i’m headed to australia, the land down under, for the next two weeks! i’m literally bursting with excitement at this point and i don’t know how much longer i’ll be able to contain myself. getting there is going to take me nearly 40 hours [i leave tonight and won’t be stepping outside of an airport until sunday afternoon… yikes], and i’d be lying if i said that wasn’t freaking me out and giving me quite a bit of anxiety. the good news is, i’m headed to what might be one of the most beautiful places on the planet and based on what everyone has told me, australia is beyond worth the exhausting travel situation.
my first stop is broome, where one of the best humans i have ever known is getting married! the wedding is at an eco resort tucked away on a secluded stretch of beach about an hour and a half drive from broome proper, and from what i understand about this place, it’s quite possible that i might never leave.
after the wedding, a friend and i are heading to cairns to check a major item off of the bucket lists: snorkeling the great barrier reef! after that, we’re venturing down to brisbane and then i’m flying solo for the last few days while I explore sydney.
i have a variety of posts scheduled to go up while I’m away, including a guest post from another badass chick in the wellness world that you guys will love, so be sure to keep checking back as always! and, you better believe i’ll be instagramming the sh*t out of this trip. expect lots of beach/ocean pictures, baby animals [i’m not leaving ausitralia without pictures of me playing with koala bears and kangaroos] and many a #eatingfortheinsta.
obviously i plan on doing recaps of each place i visit like i did for my eurotrip here, here, here and here, as well as a what i ate wednesday post [which is pretty much guaranteed to be epic] when i return, but as per usual, you can keep up with me in realtime on all of my social media channels [instagram, facebook, twitter]. i also recently created a bananas + bellinis snapchat [username bananasbellinis] and hope to get some fun snaps in over the next few weeks, as well!
have an amazing weekend… i’ll catch up with you in a few days… from broome!
image courtesy of nga
6 healthy travel tips for maintaining balance while on vacation
if you follow me on social media, you may have picked up on the fact that i have a very exciting trip coming up this week. if you haven’t, i’ll cut right to the chase: on friday i’m off to the land down under for two weeks…. ahhhhhh!!!
this is a trip i have been dreaming about for essentially my whole life, only it’s extra special because i’ll be spending the first leg of the trip in broome [which is in western australia] to watch one of my dearest friends tie the knot! it all seems really surreal and i don’t think it’s even hit me that this is actually happening just yet!
the only thing i’m more obsessed with than health and wellness… okay, and yoga… is traveling. i’ve had the wanderlust bug ever since i first found out that traveling was a thing and that there are so many places in the world to see and experience. traveling is the best way to learn, not only about other cultures, but about ourselves, too. we all know that i’m all about balance, treating yourself and saying “no” every once in a while, but sometimes i think we use being on vacation as an excuse to throw caution to the wind and really get all sorts of out of whack. which is totally fine if you’re okay with that, but personally, i find that coming down from the vacation high and re-entering the real world is only that much sh*ttier when i also physically feel like total garbage.
i’ve done a little bit of traveling in the past couple of years and along the way i’ve picked up on some key ways to stay healthy while still 100% immersing myself in the local culture, cuisine and lifestyle of wherever i happen to be. here are 6 healthy travel tips to help you maintain balance [and still have the best effing time ever] while on vacation.
1. pack healthy snacks. i’m a foodie and one of my favorite things about traveling is getting to try the local cuisine, but i still remain mindful of the fact that my body does not appreciate it when i load up on foods it’s not used to. i’ve started packing my own snacks, not only for the plane, but to snack on throughout the course of the day during my trip, as well. it’s super easy to throw raw seeds and nuts, snack bars [i love the new glo bars from raw revolution], some dark chocolate, tea and fresh fruit into my carry-on before i head to the airport. this helps me avoid having to waste time searching for healthy snack options or eat something i wouldn’t normally eat just to satisfy my hunger [and plane food… woof].
2. find ways to move. while most hotels have fitness centers, this is not always an option, especially if you’re taking the hostel or airbnb route when traveling. and even if you do have access to a gym, not everyone wants to spend time indoors on a treadmill while visiting a new and exciting place. an easy way to move while on vacation is to book some excursions that involve being active. hiking, snorkeling, biking, surfing, paddle boarding and skiing are just a few examples and depending on where you’re headed, you might find yourself with endless options. you can also throw a jump rope in your suitcase for a quick and easy cardio option or bring a travel mat with you and check out a local yoga studio [obviously i’ll be doing this in oz]!
3. explore on foot. this one kind of goes hand-in-hand with numéro dos. one of the best ways to see a new city is to walk it. you get a much better feel for the energy of a place when you wander to and from tourist sites, through parks, in and out of shops and down small, hidden alleyways than you do taking cabs or public transportation everywhere. get your hands on a map and head out of your hotel in the morning with a general plan in mind and see where the sidewalks take you!
4. stay hydrated. okay, so i’m pretty sure that every list of tips I’ve ever compiled here includes drinking water, but that’s because it’s that effing important. staying hydrated does wonders for our entire system and there is no such thing as too much water. i travel with a vapur everywhere i go because they’re lightweight and roll up when empty to save space. do yourself a favor and invest in one of these babies before your next trip and keep it with you at all times.
5. stick to your usual meal schedule. eat whatever the eff you want. like i said before, traveling is not traveling without experiencing the local cuisine, but what i mean by this is that you should try to stay on your regular eating schedule as much as possible. eat breakfast, lunch and dinner around the same times you normally would. this way, even if your body is not used to some of the things you might be eating, it’s on a schedule it’s used to and will continue to metabolize your meals optimally.
6. sleep. it can be quite tempting to get up early to explore, be out and about all day and then go out out to party like the locals do in the evenings… which you definitely should do! just try not to do this every. single. night. and make sure that you have some room for sleeping in the next day if you do plan on pulling a “4am-er”. sleep is super important to your overall health and wellness for many reasons, and this is no different when you’re on vacation!
**bonus tip: pack the perfect carry-on for the most healthy, relaxing and enjoyable experience possible on those long flights!**
there you have it! implement these things into your next vacation and i guarantee the post-vacation blues will be a little less severe, getting back to your routine will be easier and you’ll be feeling like yourself again in no time!
p.s. if anyone has any recommendations for places to go, things to do, food to eat, alcohol to drink, etc. in broome, cairns, brisbane, north stradbroke island or sydney please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
vodka lemonade with ginger, basil + chia seeds
happy memorial day weekend, everyone! i don’t usually post on saturdays, but i wanted to make sure i did something a little holiday weekend-themed for you guys since it is memorial day weekend, and what better way to kick it off than with a bananas + bellinis approved cocktail recipe?!
as we all know, based on the name of my blog alone, i love being healthy, but i also love having fun, enjoying life and throwing back a few cocktails every now and then. but, while i am all for going out with your friends and enjoying your poison of choice, what i’m not all for is the sh*t that often comes along with it… drinks mixed with soda, juice from concentrate, high calorie mixers, syrups, you get the idea.
with that being said, i’ve recently become inspired to start experimenting with mixing up my own cocktails using all natural ingredients. i really feel like i’m living the bananas + bellinis mission statement… seriously, being a mixologist might be my true calling.
so, here’s my first creation: a summer-inspired vodka lemonade recipe. i kept the ingredients natural, fresh and healthy. the chia seeds might seem like a weird addition, but trust me, as a superfood, they serve a purpose! the measurements below are what you will need for one drink.
- 1 shot of vodka
- 1/2 c. all-natural ginger ale [i love bruce cost]
- 1/2 c. club soda
- the juice from one large lemon [about 1/4 c.]
- 2-3 basil leaves, shredded into large pieces
- 1 tsp. chia seeds [optional]
- fill your glass about half full with ice cubes.
- add the vodka, ginger ale, club soda and lemon juice; stir well.
- mix in the chia seeds and basil [the chia seeds will float up to the top].
- garnish your glass with a lemon slice and a paper straw, serve immediately.
as you probably already know based on my instagram feed and last week’s what i ate wednesday post, i visited two of my dearest friends in l.a. a few weekends ago and had so. much. fun. this was my 4th time visiting southern california in the last year and every time i go i find it harder and harder to come home. and this trip was no exception. seriously, i basically had to be forced into the car that was taking me to the airport.
i stayed with two friends who left new york last summer and had a chance to see some of the other people i know out there who have recently migrated west. let me just say, i 100% understand why all of these formers new yorkers have made the decision to relocate and it’s something i have thought about doing quite often since my first trip out there [but actually since the first time i ever watched the o.c.].
while we didn’t opt to do a lot of touristy things [i was going for a more “local” experience this time], i still wanted to share a few pictures and do a little recap from the weekend that weren’t related to food, just to… you know… prove that my entire world doesn’t revolve around eating… maybe.
yogaworks santa monica
just quickly, i wanted to mention that, as a graduate of yogaworks’ teacher training, i made it a priority to check out a class at their santa monica studio [the main street location] while i was out there. i took a level 2/3 class with mia togo first thing on friday morning and absolutely loved her style. based on the philosophies she spoke about, it sounds like she has struggled with many of the same things i have in the past, so relating everything she was saying to my practice was very easy. the class was challenging and the perfect way to start my weekend of socal living!
what would a trip to l.a. be without a little visit to beverly hills? after brunch on saturday, we walked from west hollywood to beverly hills, taking detours through a few neighborhoods to scope out the houses/cars/landscaping/etc. [in a totally not-creepy way… i think] and then eventually made our way down rodeo drive, wandering in and out of the designer shops and boutiques. the weather was perfect and it was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. go ahead and file this under “things i could get used to”.
rooftop [birthday!] drinks in venice beach
Photo courtesy of High Venice
while i don’t have any of my own pictures from high rooftop lounge [pretty fitting name, right?] because we were there later at night, i can only imagine what the view from this place is like during the day. even though it was dark and we couldn’t really see anything, the sound of the ocean and the breeze were enough, and i will be coming back here for sunset cocktails the next time i’m in l.a.! when this bar closed, we headed to larry’s just down the street which was really fun… a nice, laid back vibe with friendly bartenders who gave me a few birthday drinks/shots on the house [and also gave us total control of the music at one point]… exactly the type of place i wanted to ring in the big two seven!
the famous “venice” sign… i know it’s not the best picture, but i couldn’t not include it.
santa monica is where my friends live and easily my favorite place in l.a. i just effing love it. the ocean, the beach, the pier, the park, the shops, restaurants and bars down main street… everything. on my last day, we did a little shopping, walked through palisades park, wandered down the pier and eventually hopped on the pacific wheel, the ferris wheel in pacific park, which is the famous amusement park located on the santa monica pier. the view could not have been more perfect.
so… like… can i go back yet?
Motivation Mondays: Week 33
Wow, Monday again already!
It was so nice to have a weekend at home with nothing crazy going on..and the weather was essentially perfect so that’s always an added bonus. Friday night I celebrated my birthday with my friends here in New York since I was away for my actual birthday and had such an amazing time. I definitely drank a little more than I should have, but that’s kind of what birthdays are all about sometimes…okay, well like, all of the time in my case…hashtag balance.
And then, on both Saturday and Sunday, I did a group workout class, immediately followed by brunch with a couple of my favorite people in the entire world at two places in New York that you should definitely check out, Café Clover and Cookshop. Both have healthy options that are uniquely prepared, outdoor seating, nice low-key and trendy atmospheres and great service. Doesn’t get much better than that.
I wanted to take today’s Motivation Mondays installment to talk about change. Not in any specific capacity, but just in general. I think that most of us have things about ourselves, our lives, our current situations that we want to change. Some of the things we want to change might be totally out of our control, in which case, we just have to find a way to live them, but what about things that we do have the power to change? Are we always acting on them? Unfortunately, I think that quite often the answer to this question is a resounding “no”…why do you think that is?
Sometimes, maybe we’ve tried to change and failed. Maybe the way we approached it just wasn’t working for us, so we gave up. Or maybe we tried again after the first failure and then failed again, which made us feel even more discouraged than we did in the first place, so we just threw in the towel and forgot about it. Ever experienced this? I have. Not such a good feeling.
I also think that many of us aren’t making the decision to change because we’re waiting for something. Waiting to take a leap and go for what we want after something else happened. “I’ll be happy when I lose five pounds,” or “I’ll quit the job I hate after I’ve saved up X amount of money and figured out X Y and Z,” or “next week I’ll start working out and eating better, but like, for real this time“…get the picture?
So, here’s my question to you: if not now, when?
There will always be 1,000 reasons to not do something. Which seriously sucks…I know. But even if there is only one reason to do something…and even if that one single reason is because you effing want to…do it. Just do it. If you don’t do it now, you never will. Big changes, small changes, it doesn’t matter. If you want something, look past the excuses, the reasons you can’t and instead, look at the reasons you want to and go for it. Put it all together and go step by step. Take it one thing at a time. Even if you fail, you can always come up with a plan B and most importantly, you’ll at least know that you tried. You can always start over. But you can’t look back and change the past. The longer you wait, the harder the changes will be to make. Act now.
1. My second article for Thought Catalog was posted last week…it’s all about “thinspiration” and why it’s killing our confidence. I’m having so much fun contributing to other sites, and really appreciate all of the positive feedback I’ve gotten from you guys…it means the world to me!
2. This article has spoken to me since the first time I read it. I have it bookmarked and find that I go back to it regularly.
3. And this. Because dogs. And wine.
Have an amazing week! On the agenda this week: Wednesday I’ll do a mini [non-food] recap of my weekend in LA and Friday I have a little Memorial Day Weekend inspired cocktail recipe!
What will you be acting on now? Always remember that no step in the right direction is ever too small.
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