How to Eat Out as a Vegan

Hello everyone and happy Friday!

Since the weekend is approaching, I thought that it would be a great time to discuss how to eat out as a vegan.  Honestly, this was something that I was hesitant about when I first made the transition, but we have found it easier (and more fun!) than ever!

First, because I have readers in many different parts of the world, I would recommend downloading the App “Happy Cow” on your phone (you can also pull up their website).  This is a fabulous resource; all you have to do is type in your zip code, and it will tell you all of the vegan restaurants in your area.

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Second, I highly recommend studying the menu of the restaurant you will be visiting before you go.  Most places have vegan menus or vegan options.  However, you can also look at the ingredients in meals and stay away from eggs, meat, dairy, cream, gelatin, honey, fish, whey, chicken stock, bone broth, etc.  If you have a difficult time choosing something, don’t be afraid to ask your server for help.  You may need to explain what “vegan” is to them, but they should be happy to offer suggestions.  If you get really stuck, stick to the basics like a salad or baked potato (no butter).

Some of our favorite places to dine in or pick up food from are:

*Rubios (nothing like a veggie burrito or veggie bowl.  Stay away from the chipotle cream sauce though)

*Chipotle (we love their Sofritas!  Add those to a burrito or a veggie bowl.  Do not add cheese or sour cream)

*Veggie Grill (enough said!)

*On the Border (ask your host/hostess for the “vegan” menu)

*Sushi Lounge (we have found that sushi is incredibly easy to make vegan.  You can order all kinds of vegetable rolls, sushi rice, miso soup, edamame)

*California Homemades (this is for all of my local friends.  They offer a full vegan menu)

*Jimbos (order all kinds of vegan sandwiches and sides from their deli menu daily.  They also have an enormous, salad bar and smoothies)

*Craft and Taco (this is also for my local friends.  They offer a vegan taco menu)

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If all else fails, stick with bean burritos at Mexican restaurants, pasta and marinara at Italian restaurants and veggie stir fry at Chinese restaurants.

I hope that helps a little!  Please contact me if you need more assistance.  Also, I would love to hear from you.  Where are your favorite, vegan options for dining or taking out?

 

 

Quick Exercise for Workout Wednesday

Hello everyone, happy Workout Wednesday!!!

When I became a trainer, this was one of the first BOSU exercises that I learned and it is still one of my favorites!  It works your entire body, burns calories and gives you a cardio burst.

This is a BOSU Burpee (well, kinda 🙂 )!   To modify this exercise, you can step back instead of jumping.  To progress it, you can add a push up and a jump at the end.  This can also be done without the BOSU as a simple Burpee.

Enjoy!

5 Tips for a Great Night’s Sleep

photo-5Are you struggling to get a good night’s sleep?!  Here are some of my favorite tips to help you sleep like a puppy:

5 Tips for a Great Night’s Sleep

1). Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. (Yes, even on the weekends).
2). Exercise during the day. Even a slow walk during the day will help you sleep better.
3). Meditate for 5 to 10 minutes before bed. This will help clear your mind of all the stressful events from your day.
4). Turn off all electronics an hour before bedtime. A bright screen tricks your mind into thinking it should be awake!
5). Rub a few drops of Lavender Essential Oils onto the balls of your feet. (I personally use Young Living Essential Oils). This works for me every time!!

Sleep tight! 🙂

Happy Fitness Friday!! Leg Workout

Happy Fitness Friday everyone!

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend!  Before we start enjoying it, how about a quick leg workout using the stability ball?!  Click here for the full workout and have a great weekend!

Enjoy!

 

Ab Workout Using the Ball

Do you have one of those big exercise balls, but you just aren’t sure how to use it?!

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Check out my latest Youtube video to learn some of my favorite ab exercises using the physio ball!

 

What I think is the most common GYM MISTAKE! Don’t do this!

Here is what I believe is the most common GYM MISTAKE that we are all guilty of!  Please take a moment to watch the video and consider this tip on your next trip to the gym.

 

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