Looking for Kale in London
I’m not going to lie, my first couple of days in London were a bit rough. Don’t get me wrong--I stand by everything I said in my previous blog post and had an incredible two weeks there, but my transition into British life definitely wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped. And it took me up until a couple of hours ago to realize why.
If you’re anything like me, you need to incorporate a certain level of “health and fitness” into your daily life to maintain your sanity. I’m not talking hit the gym for 2 hours and pressed juice every morning (although I would thoroughly enjoy some Pressed Freeze right now), but I do need certain “healthy” things everyday so that I won’t lose my sh**. Ya girl needs a minimum of 25 minutes of vigorous cardio, at least 3 cups of leafy greens or broccoli and a minimum of a liter of water. The way people feel about having their daily cup of joe is exactly how I feel about my daily doses of cardio, greens and H2O. I KNOW I SOUND V LA RIGHT NOW BUT LET ME LIVE!
So if you can imagine, going my first 12 days in London without some serious cardio, minimal greens and even less hydration, I started to feel sort of...off balance. I felt so, so sluggish, extremely temperamental and like I was in a haze at all times. I was aware that I wasn’t incorporating these certain things into my life and made [weak] efforts to do so, but I was unaware of how much not incorporating them was affecting my overall experience, until now.
These past couple of days I’ve made a serious effort to make healthier choices and incorporate my daily C.G.W., and feel like I’ve done a total 180! I’m still indulging in the things that I want and living by Kristin Newman’s philosophy of “do[ing] the thing you’re supposed to do in the place you’re supposed to do it,” I’m just doing my things, too! I’d also like to make it clear that the purpose of this post is not to discourage you from indulging in that pain au chocolat at the local patisserie or not working out, that’s not what this is about at all. I just want to let you all know that it’s not impossible to maintain somewhat of a healthy lifestyle while traveling, and to inform you of the ways I’m managing to do so. Let’s get goin’!
1. Drop in to a local fitness studio and take a workout class! Most studios usually have deals for first time students, it’s a great way to meet new people and try something new. My friend Damon invited me to a Bikram Yoga class at Fierce Grace, in Queens Park, and I absolutely loved it!
2. Walk/run to your next destination! An uber or taxi might be more convenient, sure, but what better way to get to know the place you’re visiting than walking or running through the streets? I stumbled upon the beautiful Brockwell Park, right off of Herne Hill station, and went for an incredible run.
3. Hit up the local grocery store and eat a couple of meals in! In London Tesco and Waitrose were our BFFs. I’d grab staples like bananas, apples, eggs, broccoli, hummus, salad mix and salmon, and try to eat at least one meal at home everyday. It’s a great way to make sure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need, as well as save money!
4. Farmer’s market food is fire. If you’re out and want something nutritious and delicious, look for an outdoor market in your area and grab some fresh eats. I highly recommend hitting up the Borough Market and then taking a walk across the London Bridge, or the Herne Hill Market on Sundays! Check out this amazing Rainforest Box I got from the Rainforest Creations booth at the Herne Hill Market. It. Was. Incredible.
5. Do your research. It’s easy to blame your exercise or veggie deficiency on a lack of resources, but if you take a couple minutes out of your day to look up healthy places to eat or parks to run through, I promise you’ll find something. Traveling with a vegan has forced me to be even more conscious about the places I choose to eat, and as a result Lu and I have found some really cool places. If you’re ever looking for some yummy, raw, vegan eats in London, you have to check out Wild Food Cafe in Covent Garden! You won’t be disappointed.
All and all I would say that maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling is totally doable! It may not be as simple but if you’re willing to put in a little bit of work you can pull it off. I hope these tips will help you out on your next adventure and if you have any tips you want to share with me make sure to comment them below!