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Tuesday
May202014

Well on the Road: Hana James

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.

Hana James | Greenhouse Juice Co. (Toronto, Canada)

Hana James
Co-Founder Greenhouse Juice Co.
Most recently in: Spain, Thailand & Singapore 

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is... Homemade roasted pumpkin seeds. The easiest snack to prep at home and so satisfying!

Tell us your in-flight rituals.
I always make sure to have at least 1.5L (or more) of water. I put on a movie or my favorite cd and close my eyes. I can sleep pretty much anywhere so I use my flights to catch up on much needed rest! If I'm not sleeping I try and walk around the plane a couple times just to keep my blood moving.

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? 
I continue my day at whatever time I land (if it's morning I have breakfast and get my day started or night I have dinner and go to bed). I make sure to get a workout in even if I'm tired. And I just tell myself that jet lag can wait for when I get home!

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

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A hybrid of Bear Grylls and Jenner. I like to mix up my workout by getting outdoors as much as possible and utilizing whatever landscape I am visiting.

How do you keep sickness at bay?
I take at least one Greenhouse Juice Co. Flu Shot per flight! I always travel with vitamin C, echinacea and oil of oregano in case I feel something coming on when I'm away.

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? 
I love sampling local produce and products that I may not normally get in Toronto, so I will often go for the daily seasonal special (whether it is the daily catch, meat or a vegetarian option).

Hana on her latest trip to Spain

What do you do to stay grounded?
Meditation always helps. During my recent trip to Spain I did a four-day silent meditation retreat, which was amazing. Even if I'm not doing a full retreat I try to meditate every day (even if only for 15 minutes) to help me stay present and really enjoy my time away.



What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? 
I like email. This way I'm not constantly messaging while I'm away but I can still give my favorites updates about what I am up to. And of course I love my occasional Instagram post!

Say hi to Hana and the Greenhouse Juice Co. team at their Toronto, Ontario, Canada storefront in Yonge and Summer Hill. Follow their raw, organic and all around good-vibed actions on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram

 

 

Wednesday
May142014

Wellness Wednesday Quote


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"Don't worry - be happy!"

 

Wednesday
May072014

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

This video was originally shared on Livestrong.com
Tuesday
May062014

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. 

Monday
Apr282014

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.
Pravassa: https://twitter.com/pravassa
Linden Schaffer: https://twitter.com/lindenschaffer

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