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Tuesday
Mar252014

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.
 

Wednesday
Mar192014

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

 

Tuesday
Mar112014

Well on the Road: Sadie Lincoln

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.

Sadie Lincoln | barre3

Sadie Lincoln
Founder of barre3 Fitness
most recently in: Mexico & Bend, OR

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...I never travel without trail mix. I create my own by combining brazil nuts, goji berries, cashews, almonds and cacao nibs. It's my go-to because it's easy to make. Plus, it balances fat, fiber and protein, which means it stabilizes blood sugar and keeps me full for hours afterwards.

Tell us your in-flight rituals.
I do have a few in-flight rituals to make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable. Whenever I travel, I wear a scarf spritzed with lavender oil. Taking deep breaths of lavender relaxes me and helps me unwind. I also travel with a few bags of green tea, a thermos, and a barre3 core ball. I refill the thermos with hot tea throughout the flight to stay hydrated, and I place the ball behind my low-back for lumbar support (Tip: The core ball deflates and inflates like a balloon - it easily fits into a suitcase or even a purse. When placing the ball behind your low-back, be sure to deflate the ball so it's only half full).

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived?
Once I'm settled into my hotel, I try to either fit in a short walk, bust out a few yoga stretches, or do a quick 10-minute barre3 online workout. After sitting for so long on a plane, my body craves movement! Getting a quality night's sleep is also key to bouncing back after a long flight. Nothing helps me sleep better than taking Calm and reading a good book before bed. I usually only make it through a few pages before I doze off.

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

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Arnold, Bruce, and Bear are all amazing, but I don't have time to train like they do! My motto is to work smarter instead of harder, and I focus on functional exercises that will energize me instead of make me feel depleted.

My fitness icons are the people closest to me. My team inspires me daily. Many of them are young moms juggling busy careers, yet they still find for exercise (even if it's 10 minutes). My mom is also a huge source of inspiration for me (without her influence I never would have started this company!). I have vivid memories of her practicing yoga in her bedroom. Even though I was only five years old, she was teaching me important lessons then about whole-body health and how I should care for my body.

How do you keep sickness at bay?
Eating whole-foods, getting enough sleep (I aim for 8 hours!) and listening to my body helps me stay healthy and avoid getting sick. When I start to feel run down, I take extra steps to drink more water and eat nutrient-packed foods (one of my favorite breakfast smoothies to boost the immune system is the barre3 Leafy Smoothie). I also am careful to not push myself too hard during workouts. If I'm under the weather, I avoid the yoga and barre3 studios and instead stick to 10 minute online workouts at home as it's easier for me to listen to my body and take more restorative options if I'm by myself in my living room versus in a studio standing next to someone doing a turbo move. (Even I can get swept up in the energy of a group class!)

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item?
My favorite restaurant items are foods that are fresh and in season. There are so many incredible restaurants in Portland that serve farm-to-table; I take advantage of whatever's local and in season when I go out to eat. I also stick to the barre3 Portion Rx and balance my plate with fat, fiber and protein.

Sadie and Teal hanging in Mexico

What do you do to stay grounded?
I try to bring my family with me on business trips whenever possible. In May, I'm visiting a few of my studios to celebrate the launch of my new book Love Your Lower Body and I'm taking my husband and two kids with me! Spending time with my family is just as important for my health and well-being as eating whole foods and exercise are. 

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones?
The best way to stay connected with loved ones is to spend time together face-to-face. Every year, my husband and I take our kids to the Poconos in Pennsylvania, near where his family is from. There's limited tv or internet, just a beautiful lake and great running trails. I cherish the time our family spends there reading, playing games, swimming and exploring.

Follow Sadie as she travels around the world to visit her barre3 studios via Instagram and Twitter. For fresh tips about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, follow the barre3 blog.

Wednesday
Mar052014

Wellness Wednesday Quote

"Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life."
 

Tuesday
Feb252014

Well on the Road: Alejandro Bataller

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.

Alejandro Bataller | SHA Wellness ClinicAlejandro Bataller
Vice President of SHA Wellness Clinic
most recently in: India

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...I normally carry on some healthy bites such as a quinoa & black sesame snack or a brown rice & seaweed snack. Both of these calm your hunger while giving you energy without fats or sugar. The black sesame seeds are really high in calcium and iron and are they are used to improve our digestive system. Moreover, they help to mineralize our bodies and also delay the onset of grey hair.

Tell us your in-flight rituals.
Very rarely do I eat on a plane. Usually I take a healthy snack from home. Normally I try to make the most of the time in-flight by reading or working a little and I only sleep when it is necessary.

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived?
I try to adapt quickly to the local time, specially the sleep cycle. Moreover, I get some help from natural products such as umeboshi pills, a natural analgesic that relieves headaches and help you regain energy, or kukicha tea, which keeps you awake without any caffeine. Both of these are great for jet lag.

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

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I think I am be more like Bear Grylls as I love outdoor sports such as nordic walking, water sports or simply jogging or cycling to keep fit. Moreover, these kind of activities help you integrate with the surroundings and let you know better the new places you visit!

How do you keep sickness at bay?
Nutrition is the main key to keeping sickness at bay. I normally follow a healthy diet based on organic, seasonal, and ecological products from our land in Spain. Fresh garden vegetables, seaweeds, whole foods, and many seasonings such as non-refined salt, ginger, soy sauce, umeboshi vinegar… these are all great and I always feel really healthy and strong! But, this is not a miracle diet, it’s a way of life. If you want to give into a whim every once in a while, you can, but you have to be conscious about what you eat, what is best for you, and what your body needs.

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item?
Whole grain pasta with seasonal vegetables is a must that you can find in most of restaurants. If I go to a Japanese place I always order miso soup as it is one of the most complete dishes out there.

What do you do to stay grounded?
I try to relax through meditation and yoga lessons. Practicing meditation exercises regularly help me breathe better, manage my stress and control my emotions... It’s really useful.

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones?
My phone and my computer are my best friends so I can keep connected with my loved ones by talking or video chatting. Skype is the best invention for those of us who travel often! 

Alejandro is currently working on opening SHA's new clinic and wellness area, which will feature yoga, Pilates, a new fitness center, and heated pool as well as consultation sessions that incorporate innovative areas of medical health such as hair care, ophthalmology, spine study, and the prevention of Alzheimer's. Follow him around the world when he travels via Instagram and Twitter. For fresh tips about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, follow the SHA Method blog.