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Well on the Road: Kim D'Amato

Our Travel Tuesday series cozies up to fabulous entrepreneurs who spend countless hours away from home in the name of their passion. Here we asked them to share some of their secrets for staying well on the road.

Kim D'Amato | Priti NYC

Kim D'Amato
Founder/President of Priti NYC
Most recently in: Paris, London, Australia

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...I’m not really a snack person. I am an avid believer in food being eaten at a table with friends and family. I don't usually eat on the run.

Tell us your in-flight rituals. 
Having completed aromatherapy classes, I prepare a little hydrosol spray for misting and oil for rubbing; it works wonders for relaxation and can help kill airplane germs.

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? 
I swear by massages both before and after flying to conquer jet lag. On NYC to Europe flights, I always eat in the airport business lounge so that as soon as I board, I can fall asleep for the entire 6 hours. During the return flight, I stay awake and watch all the movies I want to see (it's my only time for catch-up!). Then I go directly for a massage, to bed and wake up to regular New York hours.

Which fitness icon best describes your 'workout on the road' style?

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Because I am on the go so much, I don’t have one style. I am lucky to have a gym and a rooftop pool (for the summer) in my NYC building and take advantage of my gym membership in Paris. Otherwise, I love getting my workouts in by walking or using the velib/bicycle systems to explore the countries I travel to.

How do you keep sickness at bay? 
To stay healthy, I drink lots of water and of course, use my essential oils, which I believe in wholeheartedly. Someone also once told me the secret of an allergy-free and healthy immune system is to eat honey of the local bees, so I usually find myself at a market grabbing a mouthful, if possible.

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? 
I’m an avid fan of vegetables. I haven’t eaten red meat since I was 16, so fish is a top choice for me as well. I love to try the local flavors and ingredients of each country when travelling.

Kim in Split, Croatia

What do you do to stay grounded? 
In the last three weeks I’ve been back and forth from NYC to London, Paris and Australia. It's a dream but takes its toll. My love for travel makes it worthwhile and I always try to come back to that perspective to stay grounded.

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? 
Like everyone I know, I'm on Facebook. It helps me stay connected to family and friends all over the globe.

Follow Kim as she travels the world representing Priti NYC's organic, vegan and 5-free beauty products via Facebook, TumblrTwitter. For the inside scoop on keeping healthy 'from head to toe', visit the Priti NYC website.


So I Have Food Allergies: Part One

images viaOver the past 4 years I've made considerable changes to my lifestyle and diet – Nutrition school? Check. Eat mostly fruits & vegetables? Check. Drink lots of green juice? Double check.

On paper it seems I do everything right, yet I still have tons of (seemingly) unrelated symptoms that affect me each day, week and month: low energy, weekly sneezing attacks, an IMPOSSIBLE ability to lose weight – the more I try, the heavier I get – and once a month I am crippled with PMS and never-failing skin break outs. Did I mention I have dermatitis on my scalp?

I finally committed to calendar tracking each day of allergies, PMS, and colds/flus. Needless to say, the sorry scene inspired an allergy test by a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). A week later, my 9-day West Coast trip was interrupted on Day 2 by the results: 

I am allergic to half of the foods I regularly eat.

I can never eat one of my daily eggs again. No more beans except garbanzos. All dairy products with the exception of goat’s, is out. All wheat and grains containing gluten are out. Alfalfa – which we get in beef through the cows that eat it– out. Oh and mustard, ginger, and curry – three of my favorite things – out.

“What the hell am I going to eat?"

It took a few minutes to get out of my head and actually come up with a general ‘good’ list: Meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and nuts. That's it. I'm pretty much eating Paleo from now on I told myself. At one point I almost broke down crying because I looked in the refrigerator and literally could not eat one thing except lettuce. I love to cook but am so limited!

I never thought I’d have these emotions. 

How could this happen to me? How long have I had these allergies? Oh god, now I have to be one of those people that has to ask 35 questions about every dish when eating at a restaurant. 
Being on the road when I found out, I had to really adapt my restaurant ordering. 

Here are some things I learned real fast:

1.Tell your server what you are allergic to, several times if necessary.
2. You can order meat/fish and vegetables just about anywhere.
3. Anything can be substituted.
4. Whether it’s smothered in breadcrumbs or butter sauce, they’ll take it off.
5. Double-check your food (And don't feel bad about asking the server to double check with the kitchen. This is your health and body.)

Above all, maintain perspective. I may have found my key to losing weight. I may have allergy-free days in my near future. My periods may become bearable and my skin, blemish free. 

While I am at the very beginning of this new journey, I am confident that eventually I will stop suffering from these symptoms and learn how to have fun cooking without all the foods I'm used to. How about you? Do you feel like you are "doing everything right" but still struggling to find answers? An allergy test (called a Basic Food Panel) is such a simple thing to get. Anyone from a D.O. to a Naturopathic Doctor or M.D. can give you one and the results could give the valuable information you need to turn your health around.- Jessica Geier

Did you resonate with Jess' story? Join as she co-hosts Pravassa's Twitter chat, Eating True To You on the Road Wednesday, April 16th @ 4:30EST. Please leave any related comments, advice or questions in the comments below, via Twitter or Facebook. She also gladly welcomes them at

Jessica Geier is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and the co-owner of Raw Generation Juices. Raw Generation makes it more convenient to incorporate fresh juices into a busy lifestyle without being a slave to a juicer. Jessica trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and continues to educate herself daily on what’s new in the field of nutrition. In her spare time she runs, practices hot yoga, is obsessed with the Bar Method classes, and writes for her two blogs at Raw Generation & Plenty of Thyme. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter


Wellness Wednesday Quote

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"Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless & Don't be Sorry."
(you deserve it)


Well On the Road: Anne Dimon

Our Travel Tuesday series cozies up to fabulous entrepreneurs who spend countless hours away from home in the name of their passion. Here we asked them to share some of their secrets for staying well on the road.

Anne Dimon | Travel to Wellness

Anne Dimon
Founder/CEO of Travel to Wellness Inc.
Most recently in: Mexico, California & Santa Cruz Island for the Travel to Wellness tour

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...Nuts and seeds! Nuts and seeds are my go-to snack every day of the year, not only in my carry-on. I usually create my own “mix” with almonds, walnuts, good old-fashioned peanuts and sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Occasionally, I’ll throw in dried fruit like raisins, apricots and pineapple.

Tell us your in-flight rituals. 
Once the flight is underway, I turn on my laptop and use the time to get caught up on emails and work. I am extremely productive in flight.

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? 
A few days prior to a long-haul flight I like to reset my body clock to the time of my destination. That usually means going to bed, getting up and eating meals at a different time. Once on board, I also set my watch to local time. For instance, if the flight departs at dinner time but it’s breakfast time at the destination, I eat as I would at breakfast and do my best to stay awake for the duration of the flight.

Which fitness icon best describes your 'workout on the road' style?

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I’m a bit of Bear Grylis mixed with running. I started running about 10 years ago because it is one of the most portable fitness routines, plus it’s a great way to see a city. I also love a challenging hike. My favorite hiking challenge was climbing Mount Kenya.

How do you keep sickness at bay? 
I keep my immune system strong by eating nutritious foods, getting my eight to nine hours of sleep each night and getting my daily fix of the outdoors.

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? 
Avocado, tomato or tuna on whole or multi-grain toast.

Anne hiking San Pedro Volcano, Guatamala

What do you do to stay grounded? 
I am a long-term road warrior (I just completed a 38-day Travel to Wellness tour!), so staying grounded is never really an issue. I live and work on the road and am comfortable doing that. 

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? 
I’m an email junkie. But when I’m on the road I also use Skype regularly for staying connected, both with family and for business.

Follow Anne as she explores the wellness hot spots of the world via Facebook and Twitter. For inside tips on spas, fitness, vacations and everything wellness travel, visit the Travel to Wellness publication.


How to Lose Your Identity

image viaYes, you read that right. Type this into Google and most searches will yield results on how to avoid losing your identity—whether it is credit card fraud or maintaining autonomy in relationships. The identity I am referring to is the accumulation of qualities that we think define us. What happens when we willingly lose this identity, rather than trying to protect it? We find our true selves, not the external factors that we carefully pack into a tight little box with a bow and present to the world.

I’ve spent my entire life trying to define myself. You probably have too. I am Josalin—the college student, the teacher, the freelance writer. “I am the successful doctor, musician, lawyer, mother, yogi, CEO. I like this type of music and these kinds of clothes and these are the places I go.” Caught up in a search to define ourselves, we sometimes forget who we are at our core and become dependent on external representations to determine our self-worth. We become consumed in our roles, our jobs, and the physical objects we own. While all of these things can be rewarding and play a large part in our lives, they ultimately do not define us. By detaching from the need to create and keep an identity, we can truly find ourselves.

Here are 3 easy ways to shed your identity without losing yourself:

 Travel. Switching up the scenery does a world of good for our well-being. It also gives us the opportunity to remove ourselves from the places, the pace of life, and the people that are familiar to us. In a new setting, we have no labels or preconceived notions to attach to our surroundings. We have nothing to rely on but our own judgments and experiences.

Limit your dependence on social circles. While maintaining a healthy social life is an important aspect of being human, balancing the values of the groups you associate with and your own can sometimes be a challenge. To be sure that your choices are in line with your own beliefs, branch out, form different networks and make new friends. If you don’t normally go to this side of town or to that bar or to that gym, go! Go, feel vulnerable, and don’t fit in.

Set some alone time. Being alone is a beautiful thing, especially when you have the time and the insight to enjoy it. By having time to ourselves to reflect on our goals and values, we can understand ourselves more fully than when we are caught up in the rat race or the fast-paced demands of society.

Not knowing who you are is a scary thought, but it is actually a blessing in disguise. It means you and your potential are limitless. You can be free to be yourself, without being bound to definitions or expectations. Your identity resides within you, regardless of who you appear to be to the world, and you are the only one who truly knows who this person is. Take the time to nurture the relationship you have with yourself, and watch the windows of clarity fly wide open.- Josalin Saffer