healthy travel: what’s in my carry-on?
ahhh!! the day has arrived! in just a few hours, i will be in the sky, somewhere over the ocean, bound for europe, baby! the first stop on the trip is munich for OKTOBERFEST. this is a major bucket list item for me and i could not be any more excited to spend the next four days drinking beer by the stein and eating every pretzel i get within a ten foot radius of. from munich, we’re headed to budapest for a few days before spending the final leg of the trip in vienna. did i mention that i’m excited? because i am.
as much as i love traveling [i have a pretty serious case of wanderlust], figuring out how to stay healthy while on vacation can give me a lot of anxiety. obviously, vacation is about relaxing, letting loose and immersing yourself in a new place, but i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again… it’s still gotta be about balance. an easy way to start your trip off on a healthy note is all in what you pack in your carry-on. airports and airplanes are full of absolute garbage for food options, getting comfortable and, god forbid, sleeping, are nearly impossible and planes are crawling with germs.
i like to make sure that my carry-on is packed full of healthy snacks, a few things to help me relax and plenty of distractions. here’s a peak into what i’m throwing in my carry-on as i’m headed to the airport today.
1. a book, magazines, headphones + a phone loaded with music. between waiting to board, the flight itself and layovers, there is typically a lot of downtime that needs to be filled. headphones and music are a no-brainer a few magazines and a book can go a long way.
2. hand sanitizer + echinacea. planes = petri dishes. seriously, they are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs. hand sanitizer is absolutely necessary and i like to pop a few echinacea tablets before, during and after my flight to give my immune system a boost.
3. chamomile tea, magnesium + lavender essential oil. chamomile tea is known for is relaxing properties and i love having a cup after take off… bring your own and just ask the flight attendant for a cup of hot water. i’ll also take a magnesium supplement or two to help balance my melatonin and serotonin levels and a dab of lavender oil on the inside of each wrist helps me to really relax and [hopefully] drift off to sleep.
4. snacks. healthy ones. lot’s of ’em. plane. food. is. gross. even calling it food is a stretch and there is absolutely no way any of it is good for you, so i always make a run to whole foods before any trip. there are so many healthy snack options out there now which are easy to toss into your bag and i always grab a bar of dark chocolate because… why not? this is vacation.
also, i cannot recommend staying hydrated while flying enough. the stale air in the cabin can really dry you out and arriving at your destination dehydrated is never fun. if you have room, throw a small water bottle in your bag and have the flight attendants refill it for you… oh, and asking for an aisle seat is probably a good idea, if you catch my drift. i also carry kiehl’s lip balm #1 and some hand lotion with me to keep my skin and lips from drying out as well.
i have some posts scheduled to go up next week while i’m away, so keep checking back and head over to instagram to follow along with my european adventures. how do you guys survive a long flight? do you have any exciting trips planned for the fall? would love to hear all about them!
motivation mondays: week 2
happy monday, everyone! it’s so weird for me to use the words “happy” and “monday” in the same sentence and in relation to one another, but i have to say, this motivation mondays series has given me a reason to look forward to monday [and it’s only the second week]!
this weekend didn’t end up going quite as i had planned… it rained in new york on saturday so i decided to skip out on wanderlust 108 and headed to one of my favorite yoga studios for a class and a healthy lunch with a girlfriend of mine instead. yoga was just what my body needed and i’m totally fine with my decision to skip running a 5k and doing yoga in the rain. no thank you. below is a picture of the amazing lunch we enjoyed post-yoga in the studio’s all organic, all vegan café.
so, now that we’ve chatted about my lovely saturday morning and since i’m off to europe on thursday, i thought that this week’s mantra should be travel inspired and this quote is one that really embodies my approach to life: “wander often, wonder always.”
for as long as i can remember i have wanted to travel. it didn’t matter where i was going [although international travel has always been preferable for obvious reasons], i just wanted to go. in high school, i went on a 10-day school trip to france and from that moment on i. was. hooked. now, i try to do at least one big trip a year [this year i am extremely lucky to be getting two big trips in] and as many small, weekend getaways as possible, because, you know, who doesn’t want to get away as much as they can?
travel teaches us about other cultures, helps us to be more understanding of those who are different from us, and often makes us grateful for and more appreciative of our own lives. my advice to you is to travel as much as you can [it’s the best money you will ever spend] and to never stop wondering… wondering about what else is out there in the world, wondering about the past, the future, yourselves… curiosity is what keeps life interesting.
just a few other things i’m into right now: this [travel] article… i mean, if these stories don’t make you want to travel there is something seriously wrong with you, this guided meditation… i’ve made it a regular part of my morning routine and i’m loving it, and fall fashion… it’s the only reason i’m kinda sorta a little tiny bit okay with summer being [almost] over.
i would love to hear from you! what are you up to this week? what are some of the best trips you have taken? what cities or countries are on your travel bucket list? let me know in the comments section below and have an amazing week!
image courtesy of altar’d state
3 life lessons i learned from my dog
about a week ago, my family dog, rollie [pronounced rah-lee] passed away. it was a rough week for us, but knowing that he is in a better place, chasing all of the squirrels, and eating all of the ice cream he could have ever dreamed of is comforting. i went home last weekend and it was so weird walking up to my front door and only being greeted by our other dog, rex. we got rollie when he was only eight weeks old and he was a true member of the family to us, not just a pet, and the house definitely felt empty without him there. as you can see from the picture below, he was also really good at posing for selfies.
i am obsessed with dogs and as a dog lover [i often say i like dogs more than people], i don’t see dogs as inferior creatures or things that we can just throw away like other possessions when we get sick of them. dogs are highly intelligent [probably smarter than many people i’ve come in contact with], can feel like we do and i think that we can all learn from them in some way. here are three important life lessons i learned from rollie.
- be persistent. i have never met a dog as persistent as rollie was. quite often, he was persistent to the point of being annoying, especially when it came to begging for food. he would position himself in front of you, as close as he could physically get and just stare. it didn’t matter if it took you three minutes or three hours to give in. he waited until he got what he wanted and 99% of the time, he did just that. when it comes to what you want, what you really desire deep down, be persistent when going after it. stay focused, keep yourself motivated and don’t let setbacks get to you. it may take days, months or even years to reach your goals, but if it’s what you really want, it’ll be worth it.
- be accepting of others, no matter how different they are from you. rollie loved everyone. people, other dogs, cats, baby bunnies… you name it. he was best friends with our cat, sadie, greeted everyone with a wiggling butt [he was an australian shepherd, so he had no tail to wag] and was interested in everything around him to a fault. just because someone has different views or interests than you, dresses “weird” or comes from a background you don’t understand doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with them. give everyone a chance and try not to pass judgement immediately. you never know how important they could end up being to your life path.
- be excited. all the time. about everything. rollie was one of those dogs that was always happy and bouncing off the walls, even in his old age when it was hard for him to get around. breakfast time? so excited. time to go outside? omg yes. going for a car ride? BEST DAY EVER. if you applied this level of excitement to every little thing you did every single day, especially the things you don’t enjoy doing, i guarantee your quality of life, stress levels, and overall outlook on life would improve drastically and every day would feel like the best day ever.
rollie kept us on our toes, brought us so many laughs over the years [and was seriously the cutest puppy ever… just look at that face!] and will be missed so much. rest peacefully, rollie boy. thank you for inspiring this post and being the best dog any kid could ever wish for.
introducing motivation mondays!
a few months ago, i started posting a positive or inspiring quote on instagram each monday morning. i feel like starting the week off with a little motivation has always helped me to avoid “the mondays” and to set myself up for a productive week, regardless of what my intentions or plans are. here, here and here are a few examples of the types of things that really get me going.
i really enjoy these little posts, so i’ve decided to take this monday ritual a step further with my brand new motivation monday series! every monday here at bananas + bellinis, i will kick off the week with a positive, uplifting and/or motivating quote and highlight some things that i’ve been obsessed with lately, whether that’s an article i really digged, a blog i’m loving or a new restaurant i tried [or all of these things]. i’m pretty excited to get this started and i would love any suggestions you have for my monday motivation posts. so, let’s get to it!
we’re kicking off motivation mondays with this mantra: “don’t forget to be awesome.”
always remember how effing awesome you are. it doesn’t matter how you think you compare to anyone else, where you think you should be in your life or how other people see you. the only, and i mean the only thing that matters is how you see yourself. you’re awesome and you need to make sure you keep that in mind at all times. winning the mental game is half the battle. happy monday!
one thing i always find myself talking about is the importance of balance and allowing yourself to indulge every once in a while. last week, after a particularly rough day, i took my own advice and ate this ice cream cone for dinner. in case you’re wondering, that’s a scoop of chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream and a scoop of salted caramel ice cream with chocolate covered pretzels swirled into it served on a waffle cone rolled in rice krispie treats. and yes, it was as good as it looks/sounds, it made me feel better and i didn’t feel guilty for one second about eating it. if you’re in need of a food-induced pick-me-up, go to emack + bolio’s immediately.
just a few other things i’m obsessed with lately: these shoes, this article and my new favorite blog, the balanced blonde! she’s super honest and relatable and she posts a lot of really delicious recipes and helpful tips for living a healthy but balanced life… right up my alley!
so, there you have it, my first motivation monday post. have a great week and be sure to check back for more new posts coming soon. what are your goals for this week? what monday rituals set you up for success? i would love to hear from you in the comments section below!
photo courtesy oof maybelline new york
happy labor day + 5 ways to stay healthy at a b.b.q.
can you even believe it’s already the end of august? i have no idea where the summer went and i am not looking forward to the downward spiral into cold weather, winter jackets, avoiding the outdoors by any means necessary and total misery that’s inevitably going to begin within the next few weeks. sometimes i seriously wonder why i haven’t moved to a city where seasons aren’t a thing…
anyway! since it’s labor day a.k.a the last long weekend of summer, i expect that many of us will be spending the weekend drowning our sorrows in food and alcohol, so i thought it would be helpful to chat about how to stay healthy at a barbecue. here are 5 ways to stay healthy at a b.b.q. while still enjoying yourself and letting loose, regardless of what your plans are this weekend!
- b.y.o.f. (bring your own food). no, no, no. i don’t mean you should pack up a little lunchbox full of “good” foods just for yourself that you’ll whip out when everyone else digs into the spread of chips, burgers, and desserts. seriously… who does that? basic b*tches, that’s who. [okay. fine. i’ll admit that i’ve shown up to many-a-barbecue with my own box of veggie burgers, but that’s where i draw the line.] what you should do is make an awesome dip or a healthy dessert to bring to share with everyone. there are tons of quick and easy recipes out there, so finding something that everyone will like won’t be hard. check out my pinterest boards for inspiration!
- scope out the buffet before digging in. before you start piling food on your plate, check out the buffet and see what you’re working’ with. i would say that about 99% of all buffets at picnics and barbecues include some sort of fruit and veggie spread, so you can fill your plate up with some watermelon and raw cucumbers, leaving a little room for that pasta salad and dessert at the end.
- wait before going back for round two. no matter how delicious that burger was or how badly you want a second slice of that key lime pie… wait. take some deep breaths, drink a glass of water and give yourself some time to digest everything before running back for seconds. if you’re still hungry 30 minutes later, go back and serve yourself a small second portion of something you really enjoyed.
- eat a light, healthy breakfast before the party. start your day off with a light, healthy breakfast, such as a smoothie or chia seed pudding, so that you don’t arrive at the party starving. this way, regardless of what your options are, you’ll get in a healthy, nourishing meal no matter what direction the rest of the day takes, if you know what i mean!
- drink water. okay, i cannot stress how important this is, especially if you plan on drinking alcohol. to keep myself hydrated in the heat and help avoid a massive hangover the next morning, i try to drink at least one glass of water for every alcoholic drink i have. i’ll be honest… this doesn’t always happen… we can all get carried away… but, if you can maintain this little policy throughout the day your body will really appreciate it the next day.
so, there you have it! five pretty simple ways to stay healthy at all of the picnics, pool parties, beach cookouts and barbecues you’re headed to this weekend! personally, i’m off to philly tomorrow morning for made in america with one of my girlfriends, so be sure to check out my instagram for videos of my favorite performances and a few philly editions of #eatingfortheinsta. in true bananas + bellinis fashion we have a few healthy and few absolutely not healthy spots mapped out for our food tour of philadelphia. do you have any recommendations for us?
what are your plans for labor day weekend? whatever you’re doing, i hope you have as much fun as these guys did!
photo courtesy of m.w.r. hawaii
sign up for my newsletter!
follow me on instagram!
posts by topic
- February 2018 (1)
- December 2017 (1)
- November 2017 (3)
- September 2017 (1)
- August 2017 (1)
- July 2017 (1)
- June 2017 (2)
- March 2017 (3)
- February 2017 (2)
- January 2017 (3)
- October 2016 (1)
- September 2016 (2)
- August 2016 (1)
- July 2016 (1)
- June 2016 (5)
- May 2016 (4)
- April 2016 (4)
- March 2016 (3)
- December 2015 (4)
- November 2015 (6)
- October 2015 (8)
- September 2015 (7)
- August 2015 (10)
- July 2015 (8)
- June 2015 (9)
- May 2015 (10)
- April 2015 (10)
- March 2015 (9)
- February 2015 (12)
- January 2015 (11)
- December 2014 (10)
- November 2014 (7)
- October 2014 (11)
- September 2014 (8)
- August 2014 (4)
- July 2014 (2)