Isn’t one of the great things about going on vacation that you get to splurge and eat whatever you feel like without lifting more than the weight of your cocktail to your mouth? Wrong! Well, maybe for a day but then the fun starts to wear off and the key lime pies and pina coladas become ubiquitous and less interesting. I’ve never been one for those kinds of vacations and if I’m sedentary for too long I start to get cabin fever & quite cranky. Raise your hand if you’re the same! I definitely had some anxiety about eating healthy and staying active before heading off on our extended “wandermoon.” How in the world were we going to stay fit without being able to run, surf, CrossFit, bike etc. etc. that we do in our U.S. lives? I didn’t pay too much mind and thought that we would be doing a lot of exercise no matter what and we’d still continue to eat healthy so it didn’t matter too much. But in the first weeks I got a little too comfortable with not being active during our road trip with lots of driving and the only activity being running between car & hostel to avoid the rain. I started waking up super cranky and not in the mood to do a whole lot and couldn’t figure out why. And then it dawned on me. I hadn’t done any physical activity and I felt like a schlub. So off to trek in the rain we went. And then I decided that I would make activity a priority 4 days out of the week. Obviously, this is easier in some parts of the world than in others. Especially when you’re dealing with extreme high or low temps. Check out how Mr. CN and I have been keeping up our active lifestyle over the last 3 months of travel.
I am not one of those people who does well sitting still. Sure I have my days where I love to lie on the couch and binge OITNB, but overall I am pretty active, though I have been (re)learning the art of sleeping in since we started our travels late August. But I still get the urge to move, explore and experience new things. You see, I have always loved to travel and dreamed of it. Did you ever play that game where you would spin the globe, close your eyes and point to spot and that’s where you would end up living when you grew up? Or write in your elementary school books ‘About the Author’ page that someday you would travel the world? I was a travel nerd.
I’m sitting on my porch in Koh Tao this morning, with ants crawling all over my screen, sipping on what I thought was a coffee, but rather ended up being a sugar bomb with a trace of coffee, scratching my 755 mosquito bites, and already starting to sweat at 730am. I was so angry last night as we were hiking up the Rockies of Thailand…okay maybe a bit of a hyperbole, but it was steep! Yet I cannot remember a morning that I woke up happier, of course I have a view of a still water through tropical plants and bougainvilleas with a great porch to do morning relaxation and yoga so that doesn’t hurt either. Not in spite of all of these things, but because of all of them. Continue reading Naturally nourished travel: Veggie frittata + learning to slow travel
Some days ya just need a cookie. And some days ya just need to eat a ton of cookie dough and leave the remaining cookies for others to eat. Amiright?
Before coming to Thailand we had been camping for the previous several weeks through the Wild Coast of South Africa & Botswana. We’ve been using some pretty rudimentary kitchen equipment and yet we’ve been able to maintain a plant-based diet so we’re pretty happy with how we’ve been feeling. And let’s not forget the treats, too! I was having a real hankering for some cookie dough and luckily we had all the ingredients on hand while at one gorgeous campground where the closest grocery store was an hour away. Things could have gone very badly if I hadn’t come prepared. Continue reading Naturally Nourished Travel Series: No-bake PB chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
When Mr. Craving Nature and I decided to go on a several month travel honeymoon, I knew that we would be giving up a lot of comforts. A bed (with a mattress), our car, and most of all, our kitchen. Luckily we eased me into it by heading to a major city first. For most people traveling may not be an issue when it comes to food. People take the opportunity to head out to eat and take a break from their usual regimen, usually treating themselves to some extra indulgences and libations. Hello, sangria and churros! Though the problem is when you are traveling for 4 months, eating out at restaurants can fatten you up while slimming down your bank account, even in cheaper cities and countries. Plus, exploring the grocery stores and markets is a fun way to note some cultural changes. Talking about the unrefrigerated eggs and milk. Continue reading Naturally Nourished Travel Series: Mediterranean protein pasta salad + eating healthy on the road
This is the first of my new series while we are out traveling. We want to enjoy ourselves fully while we travel and enjoy our fun foods, but also be able to keep up the energy that’s needed for you to go for a hike, jump in the ocean or continue your marathon training while getting some R & R. No need to compromise your health while you’re away from home. No one wants a hangover, especially one from eating too much junk food. I’m not telling you to skip dessert or refrain from snacking! I would never! But I can tell within a day or two if I’ve fallen too deep down the rabbit hole of vacation bliss and indulgence.
We’ve always been told that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. And I firmly believe that having a breakfast to look forward to makes looking forward to the next day even better. And overnight oats is a breakfast that you can do anywhere. I love it for camping or for when I have no access to a kitchen or am just too lazy to want to make breakfast in the morning. Hey! I’m on vacation, too!
A backdrop of mountains and green valleys almost anywhere you go, turquoise coasts with cold waters and the farmers markets and night markets are the highlights of my trip to Cape Town.
When we landed in Cape Town we didn’t have a ton of time before nightfall and set on a walk to the Oranjezicht district at the base of Table Mountain. We had read that on the first Wednesday of each month, a garden opened its doors and allowed a pick your own experience. Not like the endless amounts of fruit pickings I had done in Pennsylvania or the vast apple orchards in California, but a small garden about the size of a large city plot of land was sitting below mountains with a view of the ocean. We were toured by Jamie, one of the volunteers on where we could pick. Off we headed down the tiny rows, harvesting bunches of carrots, spinach, sprigs of rosemary and thyme, broad beans, radish and lettuce.