Healthy Spots in the USA and Mexico + How I Stay Healthy Overseas

I just came back from a 3 week trip to the USA and Mexico and wanted to share a few of my favourite healthy spots with you.

NYC

  • Juice Generation – delicious smoothies and acai bowls
  • Organic Avenue – tonics and juices
  • The Butcher’s Daughter – divine kale salad and kale chips
  • Hu Kitchen
  • Whole Foods
  • Pure Food and Wine
  • LifeThyme – health food store
  • Juice Press – amazing almond smoothie

 

LA

  • Cafe Gratitude
  • Lemonade
  • M Café
  • Earth Café – smoothies
  • Soul Cycle – most invigorating cycle class you will ever do!
  • Equinox – fabulous gym classes

 

San Diego

  • Whole Foods
  • Jimbo’s Naturally – health food store
  • Natural
  • Urban Plates – delicious salads

 

Mexico – Cabo

  • The One and Only Hotel – amazing quinoa salad, fish ceviche and grilled octopus salad
  • The Office – delicious grilled prawns and fish tacos

 

Mexico – Tulum

  • Maya Tulum – healthy food, green juices and great yoga classes
  • Be Tulum – delicious spinach and goats cheese salad with seeds
  • Las Ranitas Hotel – the best homemade guacamole
  • Yoga Shala- for daily yoga classes

 

Here are a few health tips that I stuck by on my travels:

  • 2L filtered water daily
  • I started each day with lemon water and some fresh fruit on an empty stomach
  • I took a probiotic morning and night keep the good bacteria my system
  • I avoided caffeine as I wanted my body to truly rest – caffeine promotes adrenaline, which can create a stress response in the body. My sleep was amazing! Good to take a break from caffeine if you are a daily caffeine consumer.
  • Breakfast in hotels would be a nut, seed and fruit bowl or an omelet with veggies and fresh herbs. When bread options were presented: I would choose the rye bread option.
  • I snacked on raw nuts and seeds in the afternoon + herbal tea
  • When ordering cocktails I always requested to the waiter to please not add any sugar. I stuck to gin or vodka based cocktails with fresh lime and soda. And I love a good glass or two of red wine. Remember this is on special occasions.
  • I avoided starchy foods at night – I asked for extra vegetable instead.
  • I always chose to enjoy a large salad at each meal
  • I avoided the bread baskets at restaurants
  • Lay in the sun for 20-30 minutes daily for Vitamin D
  • I did 20 deep belly breathes on the plane every few hours
  • I loaded up on Vitamin C when I felt the sniffles were coming on. I took 3-4g/day to keep my immune system strong.
  • Digestive enzymes with each meal to aid digestion
  • Yoga and stretching every morning

 

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  • Justine

    Thank you so so much for this!! Going to New York in a week and can’t wait to try some of these places. They all sound amazing.

  • Lisa

    Hi Jessica, wondering what pro-biotic you used when travelling….don’t they have to be kept cold? I’ve always wondered how to manage that? cheers Lisa

  • Sally

    Doesn’t all that water make you pee lots and isn’t that tricky when you’re traveling around?
    Thanks for all the tips!

    • A little Sally! But hydration is so important when travelling!

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