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EatMoveRest Your Best: 12 Healthy Travel Hacks | NYC Edition

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PLANT-BASED IN THE BIG APPLE

Four years ago, Dusty and I went to New York City together for the first time, and we were sold. The energy, the people, the architecture, the shopping, the smells, the sounds, and the FOOD! We made a pact when we got home, that somehow we'd make a yearly trip to the Big Apple, and the rest is history! This fall, we made our annual trip, and we left energized and inspired, with plenty of unfinished business for next year.

Being plant-based while traveling can be tricky, even in a big city--yes, there are more options, but there are also more temptations! With the holidays on the horizon, many of us will be traveling near and far, and it can leave us feeling weighed down and bummed out at the start of the new year. I'm going to share with you some of our top healthy travel hacks that have helped us to successfully navigate both abroad and right here in the good ole U.S. of A., so that you can EatMoveRest your best during this sometimes-stressful-should-be-cheerful time of year!

AN APPLE A DAY, ON VACAY

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, just imagine what a whole day's worth of fresh fruits and veggies will do for you! New York City is a plant-eater's paradise--boasting a plethora of juice and smoothie shops and fine, vegetarian dining. When traveling, though, finding balance is key. Dusty and I allow ourselves to loosen the reins a bit, relax, and indulge. Some of our favorite eateries we visited are listed below--feel free to check them out!

  • Juice Generation - juices, smoothies, and vegan to-go lunches
  • Sweetgreen - casual dining/to-go salad bar
  • Double Zero - fine dining, all vegan pizza and Italian cuisine
  • Candle 79 - Upper East side fine, plant-based dining w/ amazing brunch
  • Quantum Leap - Greenwich Village quaint dining, classic vegetarian dishes
  • Two Tablespoons - vegetarian, fast-casual pop-up
  • by Chloe - all vegan fast food, burgers and fries
  • Rockin' Raw - quaint cafe w/ raw vegan Peruvian Creole dishes
  • Playa Bowls - tropical açaí and pitaya bowls near NYU
  • Whole Foods buffet in Columbus Circle
  • Chinatown fruit market & any classic Italian restaurant in Little Italy

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must-see, must-do

The great thing about Manhattan is that you can get virtually anywhere by foot. Even though you're most likely eating more on vacation, you're also walking far more. Some of our must-see spots and favorite things to do include:

  • jog the loop around Central Park
  • get quiet at the New York City Public Library 
  • gaze up and snap a shot at the Flatiron Building 
  • people watch at Washington Square Park
  • get inspired at the Met
  • witness the city that never sleeps in Times Square
  • shop til you drop on Fifth Avenue
  • find one-of-a-kind pieces at boutiques in SoHo 
  • get dressed up on the Upper East Side
  • wander through NYU 
  • bump into locals and grab a bite to eat in the East Village
  • cab across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • ride the subway to the last stop at Coney Island

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EAT

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EAT

more plants

  • Before you leave the house, pack some travel snacks. Airport food isn't always the healthiest, and sometimes short layovers don't provide enough time to find adequate fuel. My go-to's are: a baggie filled with romaine leaves and celery sticks, and a mason jar filled with mixed fruit, like berries, grapes, kiwi, and pineapple. I also love to bring a bag or jar filled with mixed nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit--think walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, goji berries, dates, and dried mulberries, which can easily be kept in your purse or backpack while exploring your location, as well. I always bring my re-usable bamboo utensils with me. Many people don't realize that airports will actually let you bring prepared fruits and veggies through security--just make sure they're easily visible!
  • Try out Airbnb instead of a hotel--you typically get a lot more bang for your buck! Many apartments and homes for rent are more spacious and less expensive than a hotel room, and the kicker is that you get your own kitchen! Dusty and I love having the option to cook while we travel!
  • If you stay in a hotel, check to see if the amenities include a mini fridge, and if not, request one; much of the time there will be no extra charge. I also like to ask for an electric tea kettle, and bring my own tea bags to sip on in the evenings. I recommend traveling with teas like ginger and peppermint, to help soothe your stomach and aid in digestion, especially while traveling. Chamomile and lavender are also good options, that will help you to relax and sleep better on a bed that isn't your own.
  • Once you've settled in where you're staying, find the nearest supermarket or grocery store and stock up on necessities that will at least get you through breakfast and keep you from ordering room service. I like to stock up on pre-cut fresh fruit, romaine leaves, and veggies with hummus.

MOVE

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MOVE

daily + Often

  • Stay near a park or somewhere that lends itself to being active outdoors. We always love to stay right by Central Park in NYC, so that we can get up bright and early and run the 6-mile loop around the perimeter, or just take off our shoes and walk barefoot through the grass. Connecting with nature in the most literal of ways does amazing things for our bodies--check out the research on grounding, also called earthing!
  • If outdoor exercise isn't an option, check to make sure the hotel you choose has a gym. If you stay somewhere without a gym, no problem--bring your workout with you! Dumbbells are an obvious no-go when traveling, but a resistance band is the perfect, lightweight alternative. Even without a resistance band, though, you can find plenty of free fitness apps and YouTube videos--I love the 7-minute Workout! (Watch our 7-minute workout YouTube here!)
  • Find a fitness studio and book a class! I always scope out the nearest cycling or yoga studio--my favorite in NYC is SoulCycle! One word of experience, book at least a week in advance, because chances are, the class will be filled up by the time you get there!
  • When all else fails--WALK! Let's face it, sometimes we just need a break from our at-home routines and there are too many new and exciting things to do and see on vacation. Instead of gearing up and getting sweaty, try your best to walk from place to place. Especially somewhere like Manhattan, you can spend a whole day walking up to 20,000 steps, easy--and that most definitely counts as exercise!
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REST

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REST

adequately

  • While flying, I like to get settled in and immediately plug in my Bose noise-canceling headphones--they are a game changer! For someone who is a reluctant flyer, these headphones provide the perfect, quiet environment, which helps to calm the mind and cut down on stress. I also recommend bringing a neck pillow, eye mask, and a peaceful playlist. I love to listen to spa or nature sounds, or my Headspace meditation app!
  • It's easy to rest on vacation if you're on a white sandy beach, but if you're in a busy city like New York, take some time to find green space and decompress. I love to find one of the big rocks in Central Park, post up, and do a quick meditation. Dusty and I also love to get lunch to-go, like a big Whole Foods buffet salad, and head outside, find a park bench, and listen to the musicians scattered about the park.
  • Try putting in your earbuds walking the streets. All of a sudden, everything is transformed into a more romantic and magical version of itself.
  • Even though you're probably anxious to get up and get out to see and do things, be okay with switching your alarm off and sleeping in. I like to remind myself to slow down, dine out, loosen up, and take style risks! On that note, be someone you're not, or better yet, be the best version of yourself! Pack an outfit you're too afraid to wear back home, or buy something edgy while you're traveling! One of the most liberating things about travel is being unknown, and unafraid of judgement, especially in a bustling city like New York!
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The Apple Of MY Eye

The City that Never Sleeps, The Big Apple, The Empire State--New York City is no doubt, the apple of my eye! My favorite part about The City is being whoever I want to be--the version of myself that I'm, at times, a bit more afraid to be at home. However, traveling here year after year has helped me to come out of my shell back home, and reminds me to always embrace the bolder, edgier, more vibrant me. 

No matter where you travel, overseas, state-to-state, the next city nearby, or a simple vacation in your mind, find the best version of YOU while you're there, and bring it back home with you.

Next time you venture out into the world, remember: slow down, indulge a little, keep the balance, be you boldly, and seek to find all that is true, good, and beautiful.

 

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano

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Greetings, and welcome to the five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy!

EatMoveRest In Italy: A 5 Part Series

EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights from the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

Also be sure to check out Parts 1-4 for an Italian, plant-based primer, and a taste of Venice, Florence, Tuscany, & Rome!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // POSITANO


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Part 5: PLANT-BASED IN POSITANO

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POSITANO

& THE AMALFI COAST

The Land of Lemons & Linens

Leaving Rome is never easy...there is always so much left undone--you can never overstay your welcome! On the other hand, it makes me excited to think about returning again someday.

We headed to the train station, feeling like pros this time, and jumped a train to Naples, or, Napoli, which was the furthest we could get to our final destination on the Amalfi Coast via rail.

When planning our trip, we determined where to stay, and where not to stay, with the help of our favorite, and amazingly helpful tour guide, Rick Steves, who said, skip Naples--there are too many other great Italian cities out there! From Naples, we were met by our private transport to Positano. The dense cityscape gradually turned into a jagged coastline overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. As we whizzed around the edge of Italy, the roads became narrower and narrower, until it almost felt as if we'd bump mirrors with cars (and mammoth tour buses) coming at us from the opposite direction.

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Somehow, scooters and buses alike, made the weaving and hairpin turns look effortless. Beach goers and local villagers walked alongside the very perimeter of the sidewalk-less roads, seemingly without even an afterthought as to the risk of fatal injury. About every half mile, a tiny truck was stationed alongside the road, selling lemons the size of your head and fresh, lemony beverages spiked with limoncello. I was beginning to feel like I was in a Bond movie...or maybe, Under The Tuscan Sun--a must-see if you're wanting some inspiration to travel to Tuscany and Positano!

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An Oceanfront Villa

We found another gem of an Airbnb for a bargain, that was nestled right into the cliffside, overlooking the bright, turquoise ocean. We first had to stop at Hotel Eden Roc, which managed the property, and the two bellboys shuttled us--me in an adorable mini-mobile and Dusty on a scooter.

The bellboy informed us that all hotel amenities, the pool, spa, and restaurant were available to us, and that the hotel's owner used to live here!

When we arrived at our villa, we were completely awestruck by the beauty that surrounded us. There was a lofted bedroom, a tiny kitchen, and a gorgeous boughanvillea-lined walkway leading to two separate terraces. We were informed that there was also a gardener who would be dropping by daily to collect fresh produce from the on-site garden, for the the hotel's restaurant.

We were so excited to explore and find that we were surrounded by a lush garden of fig trees, strawberries, fresh basil, lemons galore, and so much more!

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Live Like A Local

After soaking up the sun on our terrace, we cautiously made our way along the edge of the narrow road about a five-minute's walk to the coastal village of Positano. The downhill shop and restaurant-lined town was bustling with sight-seers and local artisans standing outside of their family-owned, hand-crafted linen shops. The earth-toned, lightweight fabrics were just what we were searching for to enjoy our coastal experience. We both made sure to buy ourselves something special to remember Positano by.

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.
EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.

The next stop, of course, was the local market, to pick up as much fruit and veg as we could carry home, along with some artisanal pasta and bread. There's nothing like eating ripe, seasonal, homegrown foods. We lived like the locals, and only bought what we needed for each day, and it was always so fresh and so clean!

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Making Waves

After exploring the village and stocking up on fruits and veggies, it was time to hit the beach! We walked along the side of the cliffs, until we came to a stone staircase winding and weaving its way down to a secret beach, sandwiched between the rocks, and just a stone's throw from our Airbnb. One notable difference between our beaches and Italy's is the absence of sand. Most European beaches that we've visited have been dark, smooth stones, that if you're not careful, can be extremely hot to walk on barefoot! You'll either love or hate the feeling of laying on the stones, but I liked to think of it as a solid way to work out some knots in your back!

The weather was perfect the entire trip--not too dry, not too humid (with the exception of Rome, which was into the high 90s). The coastal breeze meant that Positano was slightly cooler, but still in the comfortable 80s, with sunshine all day. 

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Fine Dining

After a day at the beach, we cleaned up and got ready to do what we do best--eat! We stopped off at a little sidewalk cafe on the walk down into the village and enjoyed some pasta with pomodoro sauce. Almost every restaurant menu in Italy had an abundance of fruit on their dessert menus, which we loved. Typically, you'd want to eat your fruit first for optimal digestion, but hey-it's a far better option than cheesecake like you see here in America! We also found some vegan limone (lemon) gelato that kept us coming back each night.

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The winding corridors down to the city center were packed, wall-to-wall during the day, but in the evening, everyone congregated at a cluster of beachside restaurants. We wandered our way downhill, in and out of linen shops, art galleries, and bakeries, until we reached the bottom. We sat down to enjoy a drink and observed as an Italian toymaker displayed his arsenal of fun artifacts for a little girl.

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All Aboard

Late that night, we sat out on our terrace and made up stories about the people floating in their impressive yachts that lit up the pitch black horizon. 

The next day we hopped the ferry and took a 30-minute trip to the famed island of Capri--known for its extravagant shopping and ritzy population of tourists.

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.
EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.
EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.
EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.

Fun In The Sun

Later in the afternoon, it was time for another day at the beach. I spent my time collecting blue-green sea glass, re-capping our adventures in my journal, and I finally cracked into my vacation book (which ended up being one of my all-time favorites), The Alchemist. Dusty spent most of his time in the water with the GoPro, per usual, and eventually climbed his way up the rocky ledge to dive into the deep, turquoise waves. Murmurs of varying languages and dialects carried across the sea breeze as I closed my eyes, and relished in the present moment.

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.
EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.
EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.

That's Amore

That night, we made reservations at the Hotel Eden Roc restaurant, Adamo ed Eva, after discovering that they offered an entire four-course vegan dinner option! It was a week or two past our fourth wedding anniversary, but we decided to celebrate on our trip, and this restaurant was perfect. We couldn't have been more pleased with the food, the service, and the ambiance! We enjoyed one of the most gourmet and delicious meals of our lives, while overlooking the Mediterranean from the the rooftop restaurant. 

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.

La Bottega di Brunella

Special shout out to our favorite local linen distributor, La Bottega di Brunella, and Vito Mandara (follow @vitomadara on Instagram)! On our last day, Dusty and I wandered into what we agreed was the most beautiful linen shop, and each bought something for ourselves. We met Vito, whose family owns the linen store and crafts all of their own garments, and got to talking with him. It's funny just how small this world is--when Vito asked where we were from, he knew exactly where Nebraska was! He went on to tell us that he had actually spent a year as an exchange student here! He also said that he didn't miss it! hah!

Below, Dusty is wearing a cotton t-shirt and linen pants, both from the shop, and I'm sporting my awesome, new linen tote bag!


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The Last Hurrah

On our last day, we spent the morning on our usual exploration via "jog-tography." We grabbed our iPhones, locked the door behind us, and hit the pavement for some sight-seeing and a good sweat session. After our final morning run in Italia, we grabbed a bite to eat an an adorable little cafe, called Casa e Botega. They offered smoothies, smoothie bowls, fresh juices, porridge, and an assortment of home goods. The ambiance was so fresh and beachy--someday we hope to have a place of our own with similar vibe!

After that, we bummed around town until dinner time, got dressed up, and went to a beachside restaurant for one final pizza and pasta combo, and listened to some live music.

Positano was positively wonderful!

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 5: Plant-based In Positano | Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest.

Ciao Italia

After two and a half weeks abroad, can you believe we still weren't ready to come home?! Italy treated us so well, from the fresh markets to the home-cooked pastas and pizzas, we enjoy every minute of it. The deep history, the beautiful language, the fabulous fashion, the breathtaking scenery, and the wonderful people made us feel right at home. 

We hope that you've thoroughly enjoyed this five-part, EatMoveRest In Italy series. It has been a joy piecing together so many photo-video memories, and sharing life through the lens with all of you has been a pleasure! 

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We're looking forward to bringing you more travel and lifestyle content, and, of course, tons more plant-powered recipes, nutrition, fitness, workouts, rest & relaxation, and so much more!

As always, EatMoveRest Your Best!

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Erin

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