Sticking With What I Know

It’s another early morning in Houston! It has been a great trip thus far. For those of you who have asked, I spent most of yesterday in two of Houston’s malls, Galleria and Memorial City, participating in consumer research within the fragrance and cosmetic categories. It’s been very interesting thus far but it also meant that we spent all day yesterday on our feet. I also forgot how large suburban malls can get! We literally had to drive from one part of the mall to the other because it would have taken us over 20 minutes to power walk the distance!

I wanted to share yesterday’s foods with you because it is a perfect example of one of this week’s Tuesday tip: When in doubt, stick with what you know for the healthiest meal options.

My first year of heavy work travel I quickly realized that I couldn’t treat every work trip to a new, fun city like a vacation in regards to my eating habits. Within two months of travel I gained 5 pounds and found that I was exhausted and drained after every trip. Once I started eating better I immediately felt better about the heavy travel schedule. It was no longer as draining and I found I had more energy.

When I say to stick with what you know, I mean that sometimes, especially for breakfast and lunch it’s best to go with habit. Therefore, on most trips I will order Starbucks perfect oatmeal, banana, and a venti unsweetened iced green tea as this is my normal breakfast in New York. For lunch, I’ll choose a large salad with protein and dressing on the side if we’re dining at a sit down restaurant for lunch. I also do my best to snag a few apples or bananas from the hotel if they have complimentary fruit or I buy fruit or a bar from the gift shop. This ensures that for the first 10 hours of my day I have healthy fuel in my system to power me through a busy schedule. It also allows me to enjoy work dinners a bit more, which like last night, tend to be at delicious local restaurants!

Below is how I put this tip to work yesterday in Houston.

Breakfast: Low carb banana muffin whose nutritional information was posted in the café area (300 calories, 5 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 6 grams fat), venti unsweetened iced green tea, Light & Fit Yogurt, and an apple for later.

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Lunch: Subway is always a great food court option when we’re traveling to different malls for store visits. While it can be high in sodium, this can be balanced out by lots of water and what I eat the rest of the day. This Subway had more toppings than the average location and even had spinach, avocado, and Frank’s hot sauce! My 6 inch turkey breast on whole wheat with all the veggies, except jalapenos, kept me going until 4:15. I also enjoyed a large water and bag of Baked Lays on the side! While many of my co-workers enjoyed Japanese from Sakura for lunch, I knew that this would have too many hidden ingredients and calories for a healthy lunch and would leave me thirsty all afternoon.

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Snack: Around 4:45 I had a small iced green tea during a Starbucks break and my apple from this morning. There were more chocolate filled Frappuccino drinks enjoyed by my co-workers yesterday than I’ve ever seen before. But, when you’re traveling with men whose metabolisms is still like a growing teenagers, you just have to keep yourself in check!

Dinner: Since I had a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack I was excited to enjoy one of Houston’s best steak restaurants, Perry’s, with my team. One glass of Pinot Noir, a salad with dressing on the side, splitting a cold seafood tower, and then a small petite filet was the perfect indulgent meal that was high in protein and lower in calories than I normally have at a steak restaurant. I stuck with protein early in the meal through the seafood appetizer which was healthy and absolutely delicious. This left me full enough during the main course that I wasn’t tempted by the steakhouse sides or dessert.

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Question: What is your best tip for staying healthy when you travel?

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Tuesday Tips: Keeping A Small Apartment Clean

Last month, I was invited to an event hosted by the makers of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda featuring the entertaining expert, Katie Lee. Unfortunately, due to work conflicts, I couldn’t attend the event. But, the sweet and knowedgeable team at Arm & Hammer promised that they’d have Katie answer any questions I may have via email. I quickly jumped at this opportunity as if there’s one thing I’ve learned thus far in New York City is that it’s very hard to keep a 700 square foot apartment clean.

Sounds weird right? A smaller space should be easier to keep clean. Nope! It’s far easier to clutter the space with less things. I sent Katie a list of questions hoping that she’d not only answer them but also become my fairy home princess. Well, I’ll let you guess which one didn’t happen. This week’s Tuesday tips are some easy and inexpensive tips and tricks you can use to keep your space, whether 500 or 2,500 square feet, fresh and clean.

Know when to throw things away. If you’re not careful, your apartment ends up like a purse with odds and ends everywhere. Set aside a time each week, whether 10 minutes daily or during your favorite show to tidy up. The neater your apartment, the bigger it seems. Trust me on this one, decluttering your apartment will make all the difference in the world! Our interior designer forced Bo and I to pick and choose a few important vases and frames we wanted to feature versus the 15-20 frames we had on our hutch and multiple vases.

-Consider hidden storage – under the bed, putting magazines in a basket, purchasing a coffee table or ottoman with storage sections.

 -When entertaining, move furniture into another room to make it appear more spacious.

 -Keep the space smelling fresh with a great, inexpensive solution like Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Sprinkle some on the couch and carpets, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum.

She also shared some of her favorite ways to use good ol’ fashioned Arm & Hammer baking soda which most people have sitting in their pantry or fridge.  Who knew that baking soda can be used to clean stainless steel sinks without scratching? How about cleaning your carpets after a dirty or wet pet has had too much fun on them? What about mixing it in your cleanser to create a facial exfoliant?

This evening, before my friend Camille came over I tried this trick and was amazed! Just a few sprinkles of baking soda across my carpet, five minutes of absorption time and they looked like new after vacuuming. I swear the baking soda absorbed dirt along with any smells because they seemed cleaner than they have in ages!

 

*I was not compensated for this post but Arm & Hammer did provided me with a free box of baking soda. 

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It Must Be the Weather

It seems like everyone is feeling under the weather this week. I’m not sure if it’s the change in weather or just burning the candles at both ends but it seems like my co-workers and friends are either sneezing, aching, or coming down with fevers.

Yesterday, I thanked my body for not letting me come down with the same bug that Theodora and Anne dealt with yesterday. Just to be safe, I made sure to focus on getting back on track with healthy eating and working out yesterday. I drank plenty of water, sipped green tea, took all my vitamins, and worked out. I even had a better than normal Monday morning run yesterday, keeping a 6.3 pace on the treadmill for 5 straight miles.

Even though tit was a Monday and our refrigerator was almost bare, I came to the office prepared with a healthy lunch and snacks.

019 020 021 023Unfortunately, all this precaution did nothing because this evening I left work early feeling horrible. My body aches, my eyes are watery, and I’m burning up.

I’m going to make a simple dinner, sip on some Canada Dry, and cuddle into bed to watch last week and last night’s Gossip Girl episodes.

But, as promised, beginning today Tuesday posts will have a new addition posts called Tuesday Tips. Each week I’ll feature a few tips with y’all. The tips will not be limited to one topic but instead range the gamet from running, travel, beauty, etc. In case you didn’t know, growing up I wanted to be many things but one of those things was a research librarian. I guess this is my little way of living that dream. If you have questions, feel free to email them or leave a comment!

Tuesday Tips:

1) Do you live in New York City? Interested in hearing from famous figures such as Sandra Day O’Connor, Padma Lakshmi, Tommy Hilfiger, Jodi Picoult, Katie Couric, and others live in person? The 92nd Street Y Lecture and Readings Series allows you to do just that each week with an array of different speakers across a range of topics. Tickets range, depending on age and whether you’re a student but many are no more than $34!

2) Over the past few years I’ve tried numerous different mascaras and even invested over $90 every six weeks on fake lashes. My lashes are thin, short, and don’t hold a curl. On a whim, Tina and I bought Benefit’s They’re Real mascara at the Sephora in Mohegan Sun on Saturday, after the Wine Fest. Though it was a bit of a tipsy purchase at the moment and seemed quite expensive ($22) the next morning, I’ve been thrilled with the results. Yesterday and today multiple co-workers asked me what mascara I was using!

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3) Do you have a hard time keeping up with your hotel, airline, and rental car points? Check out Mile Blaster for a FREE tracker that will not only keep them all in one spot but also send you emails when your points are about to expire!

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