Exercising when traveling: A new way to experience the city

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As a food and nutrition professional, one of my favorite ways to explore cities when I travel is through the cuisine. However, sometimes my travels have a tendency to transform into an all-out food fest, where many of my planned activities revolve around eating out. Not a healthy mindset.

However, on a recent trip, I met someone with a different approach. This person told me that she was taking a yoga class in the city, and that whenever she travels, she tries to take a fitness class. Now, I don’t exactly have the greatest fitness routine to begin with, but nonetheless, the idea struck me. I decided that moving forward; this is a practice that I want to adopt. So I did!

This past weekend, I trekked down to New York City for the Summer Fancy Food show (a trade show for food professionals). Knowing that eating was going to be a big component of my trip, I decided supplement my trip with a fitness class. Naturally, I chose SoulCycle.

I first heard of SoulCycle on a Regis & Kelly episode a few years ago. Since then, it has continued to gain hype from many of my favorite NYC based bloggers. Although I’m not an experienced cyclist, the class was completely rewarding. Hard work, great music, and even better attitudes. Also, whoever thought of holding a fitness class by candlelight, rather than unforgiving fluorescent lights, was a genius. Genius!

Not only is taking a fitness class in a new city a great way to maintain healthy habits when traveling, it is also a great way to break up the monotony of routine exercise. I found myself actually looking forward to the fitness class, because it was new and exciting to me. And now I can’t wait for my next trip!

How do you stay in shape while traveling? Have you tried SoulCycle?

– Kelly

Weekend Highlights: Hard work, Harvard, and Healthy Pizza

This weekend the Massachusetts Dietetic Association hosted a spin class at Harvard, followed by breakfast at Clover Food Lab.  One of the Dietitians in MDA has been a spin instructor at Harvard for 9 years, so she was kind enough to help put the event together. It was such a tough workout!

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Malkin Athletic Center- I can’t believe I got to go inside! Image via Wikimedia Commons

We went to the Clover Food Lab in Harvard Square, where I got a popover breakfast sandwich with tempeh. This was my first time to try tempeh, and it tasted great! Now I really want to try some of their lunch items as well! Although we went to the restaurant location, Clover started as a vegetarian food truck. It reminds me of Conscious Cravings in Austin, TX.

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Image via Drink & Dine Boston

The rest of the weekend was spent doing schoolwork. My roommate is also a BU graduate student, so we spent a few hours at the Boston Public Library studying. Bates Hall is absolutely majestic!

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Image via Time

Because it is finals time and I still have no food, I decided to call in a pizza. I was curious about Naked Pizza, because they advertise that their pizzas are made without added chemicals, preservatives, or additives. Additionally, I discovered that the dough is made with whole grain and prebiotics, the cheese is 50/50 skim milk and whole milk mozzarella, the pizza is made without adding sugar or butter to the dough or sauce, and the nutritional information is all online.

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At the end of the day, it is still a pizza (still a significant source of fat and calories). But a lightened up pizza made with wholesome ingredients? That’s something that can definitely be incorporated into a healthy diet! I got a thin crust with artichokes, mushroom, garlic, and roasted bell peppers. The 10’’ is perfectly sized for 2 meals, especially if you enjoy it with an apple or a few raw veggies. My only complaint is that there was too much cheese. Next time, I will ask them to go lighter.

 

Hard work, Harvard, and a “Healthy” pizza. How was your weekend?

 

-Kelly