Stylishly Natural New Zealand:

Stylishly Natural New Zealand:

New Zealand is a place where all things seem to be healthy. You do not have to travel far to see a health food store or corner market filled with rows of raw nuts, oats and spices. Even gas stops offer raw natural items. I even ate at a rural cafe that had a barley vegetable bowl. In the states, a stop off the highway would have offered me fried garbage foods, but not here. Here a long road trip is so much more tolerable! Coming from a place where it seems like everything is exactly the opposite, I recall the 80‘s supermarket scene; row after row of cereal boxes with Tony the Tiger, Tucan Sam and endless microwavable meals. Growing up, I can remember taking drives that seemed endless with my grandparents to go to the Farmer’s Market. I remember asking why we would drive so far out of the way. My Grandmother replied “the vegetables are so much nicer at the Farmer’s Market.” I just thought they enjoyed taking long drives; I now understand…… Author, Michael Pollan says “Don’t eat the way your mother ate, eat the way your Grandmother ate.” It all very much makes sense. My Grandmother made everything from scratch, she used whole ingredients and things tasted so much better back then. So, back to New Zealand and why I am such a fan of this wholesome place. Wandering around the food markets, they of course carry some less than nutritious items, but per square footage, the stores absolutely carry more whole foods. In turn, things taste so much better here! At a cafe,...

Travel and fitness: How to maintain your fitness while on the road.

I am leaving my home base of Bangkok for an entire month to visit New Zealand. While excited to be in a place that defines nature in my mind, I am already planning my workouts. I imagine long winding roads, colorful leaves and miles of pristine beach. So, great cardio workouts are ahead. But ….what about strength training? I believe resistance training is very important and has so many benefits, so I created this list to keep my routine in check despite my hectic travel schedule. I thought I would share these tips for those that may travel frequently or even just to lend a little creativity to switch up your routine. We have so many options; there should never be an excuse to not stay active.  1)The internet: Videos are a great way to get instruction while on the road. Here is a collection that I really like by Kemo Marriott from New Moves in Bangkok. 2)Pack resistance bands: Today, I bought a set of resistance bands to put in my suitcase. You can do so many exercises including: overhead press, lateral raise, forward raise, upright row, lat pulldown and seated row to name a few. (See the chart for more ideas.) 3) Back to basics: Use your own body weight for exercises like push ups, planks, dips and mountain climbers. 4)Check out your new place. See sights and stay active: There is nothing more exciting than discovering new things to do while exploring a new city. On this trip, the options are endless. I intend to go diving in Bay of Islands, bike around Waiheke Island...