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"Don't worry - be happy!"



Video: Adding Good Bacteria to your Stomach

Many of the things that we ingest on a daily basis actually kill the good bacteria in our system. Learn how to add that good bacteria back in this video from Pravassa founder and wellness expert, Linden Schaffer

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Well on the Road: Kirsten Alana

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.

Kirsten Alana | Travel Photographer

Kirsten Alana
Travel Photographer 
Most recently in: Germany and California

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is... Almonds!

Tell us your in-flight rituals.
Since I am an avid reader I like to catch up on reading; I never take the time to do that between trips when there is always some other kind of work that demands my attention. I also like to write for the fun of it, in paper notebooks. The thoughts and ramblings sometimes later turn into pieces for my blog or are just kept for personal enjoyment later on. Honestly, my favorite part of flying though is just starting out the window (in daylight hours). I love to see the earth from up above. What I need to be better at, is moving around and walking aboard the plane. I always request a window seat, end up trapped and then emerge from flights with very sore limbs!

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? 
I try to never allow myself a nap on that first day but I do try and have a cup of coffee and a healthy meal. I don't sleep until it's time to do so according to the local time. Then, I take a melatonin pill to make sure I have a good, long sleep the first night. I also recommend staying busy on arrival day– things like bike rides or long, uninterrupted walks help.

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

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I am terrible about staying fit while travelling, except by staying active through long walks and bikes rides, so I guess I'd say Bruce. I always mix it up. I am trying to become more of a yoga person and I'd like to do more outdoor adventuring because I do like being in nature. However, my travel for work is always more city focused, than nature focused. 

How do you keep sickness at bay?
I carry airborne with me and I drink a glass with one tablet of the medicine every day. I try to get a lot of sleep and I'm not the person who stays out partying even after my work commitments are done for the day (as some other bloggers and writers do).  

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? 
Steak! I'm such a meat and potatoes person it isn't even funny. Which is why I eat a lot of salads between trips, when I am at home!

Kirsten exploring Berlin

What do you do to stay grounded?
I am far more grounded when traveling, than at home. Living in NYC, it's easy to get caught up in all the wrong priorities. On the road, I'm more apt to get lost in cultures, stories, as well as the needs and worries of others that always seem more level headed than ours here in the USA.

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? 
WhatsApp or Skype- thank goodness for technology!

View life through Kirsten's lense as she inspires travel via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. At home in NYC, you can spot her as the InstagramNYC Community Manager and as a Walks of New York tour guide. 


How To: Participate in #TravelWell Twitter Chat

#TravelWell Twitter Chat Calendar Update

Participate every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 4:30pm EST. Below you'll find our current schedule.

Wed, May 7th: Travel Bans
Wed, May 21th: Bucket List Travel
Wed, June 4th: TBD
Wed, June 18th: Summer Festivals
Wed, July 2nd: Travel Freedom
Wed, July 16th: Destination: Thailand
Wed, Aug 6th: World Cuisine
Wed, Aug 20th: Staycations

How To: Participate in #TravelWell Twitter Chat

We are thrilled to announce the first ever Wellness Travel Chat taking place on Twitter this month! As wellness starts to integrate itself into the travel industry, people from all walks of life who are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and learning new healthy habits want to learn more. Join our Twitter Chat to share your views and get involved in a part of the industry that is revolutionizing individual well-being. Here are the basics:

What is a Twitter Chat?
An interactive Q&A set at a specific time on Twitter that revolves around a theme and can be followed by anyone posting with a hashtag. In our case: #travelwell.  

Who can participate?
Anyone with a Twitter account can join the conversation.

When does the #TravelWell chat happen?
Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm EST/ 1:30 PST for 30 minutes.  

How does it work?
Every week we'll pick a different theme to discuss and announce it via our social media channels. We'll post 6 questions, one every 5 minutes, and open the feed for discussion. The forum becomes a place to share your thoughts, ideas and meet some cool people who are interested in wellness travel. 

How do I join in?
1) Using a program such as Twubs, TweetChat or TweetDeck, and do a search for the hashtag #travelwell. Add a column or stream for this hashtag so you can follow the discussion (see image on right).

2) Wait for the question, which will look like this:
Q1: What does Wellness Travel mean to you? #travelwell 

3) Answer the question like this:
A1: The ability to enjoy a vacation & return home feeling rested, refreshed & rejuvenated. #travelwell
Every time you answer a question or reTweet with the #travelwell hashtag, it will show up in this feed for all to see.  

Follow Along
Make sure you join us Wednesday, September 18th @4:30pm EST for our #travelwell chat launch and follow the hosts so you don't miss any of the action.
Linden Schaffer:


So I Have Food Allergies: Part Two 


images viaSix short weeks ago my body snubbed every effort: working out, eating less and eating healthier all did nothing. I was bloated, slowly gaining weight and suffering from sneezing attacks weekly.

Fast forward to today, six weeks after being diagnosed with food allergies: I’ve lost 2+ inches around my waist, at least a half inch around my hips, my arms are significantly thinner and I am down approximately 15 pounds. I have not had a sneeze attack in 2 weeks and am waking up free of the usual congested or runny sinuses. Even better, this improved sleep has boosted my energy throughout the day, no coffee necessary!

Eliminating all the major offenders (for me: eggs, dairy, wheat and ginger) has been a huge challenge, but I am much more comfortable with it now than even 2 weeks ago. Part of me wishes I’d found out a long time ago, however I’m just happy I discovered the root problem and my body is responding positively. The importance of listening to our bodies’ signals and realizing that everything has its place in the journey has never felt clearer.

The silver lining is that this new lifestyle is finally starting to make a difference in my workout efforts. To give you an idea, over 5 weeks pre-allergy diagnosis, I saw absolutely no physical change doing P90X 4-5 days per week for an hour+ a night; not in my weight, not in my size. I was frustrated to say the least. Now I’m playing tennis, running short distances, lifting 1-2 times a week, and seeing changes almost daily. I can’t wait to see what even the next 6 weeks will bring.

So what’s next? I’m starting to experiment with gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free recipes. If anyone has any recommendations for creative, fun, or delicious vegan and gluten free dishes please feel free to share.

Here is one of my go-to favorites. The ingredient combination is amazing! - Jess

 Homemade Pizza (GF)

Make according to Bob's Red Mill Recipe 
(egg-free option using flaxseed meal & water*)

Pesto Sauce:
3/4 c olive oil
1 bunch, fresh basil
1/4 c pine nuts
1 clove garlic
salt & pepper to taste

Goat Cheese*

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

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