Ten Easy Tips to Good Health!

Ten Easy Tips to Good Health!

Hello to all my dear readers & fellow blogger friends,

I have been away for a month or so due to low energy and sickness (I’ll explain and share with you what I learned during the time in some upcoming posts ^^) and am happy to be back here again! 🙂 I look forward to more blogging and connecting with you all once again!!

My best friend shared these awesome tips with me and I would like to share with you all here.

I love these simple tips, because it’s easy to follow on a daily basis!!

Cheers to good health to all of us this year! 😀

XO,
Violet

Eating Healthy While Flying

This year may very well be your year of adventures and travelling to explore the world!  I’m excited to introduce to you Cole Millen, an avid traveler, foodie and blogger (http://colemill.blogspot.ca/) who writes about and gives helpful tips on health and travels.  Cole has written a very detailed and informative article on how to start our year off with the right tips on staying and eating healthy while flying.  I added two tips for gluten-free travelers.  I hope you enjoy reading this post and happy travels to you all this year! 🙂

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Frequent flying and healthy eating are two behaviors that don’t exactly go hand in hand. Frequent travelers want to move quickly, eat quickly, and not waste time finding food or else they may miss their flight. Healthy eating on the other hand emphasizes carefully selecting meals that are high in nutrients and made from wholesome ingredients. If you want to stick to your healthy lifestyle while still traveling, here are a few tips that will help you stay on track.

 

Pack Your Bag

The most foolproof way to ensure you don’t fall victim to the cinnamon roll line is to pack your own healthy treats. Non-perishable foods work best for carrying; so consider filling you bag with nuts, granola bars, raisins, or bite size vegetables. With a well-stocked bag, you won’t need to waste time waiting in a line to grab an unhealthy meal you’ll regret later.

Violet’s Gluten-Free Tip: Consider bringing packet(s) or a box of instant hot cereal (oatmeal); you simply need a cup of hot water to quickly make a healthy bowl/cup of it.  My favourite instant oatmeal is from Quin’ Hot: Bran Gust and Coconut Gust, unsweetened.  Eco-Planet makes instant hot cereal in packets so that can come in handy when travelling.

Quin’Hot’s website: http://yourfitnessdish.com/QuinHOT.html

Eco-Planet’s website: http://ecoheavenllc.com/Eco-Planet/Gluten_Free_Instant_Oatmeal.html


Make Good Choices

Most airports are not known for their healthy food choices. Fast, processed, and unhealthy foods often pepper the walk to your gate. With a little exploring however, you can find healthy treats to indulge in. Keep an eye out for small convenience stores with small produce and nut sections. Often a store will have a small selection including apples and bananas, along with some healthy granola bars. The fiber in these foods will keep you fuller longer and ensure you don’t feel bloated while on your flight. If you need a bigger meal, look for sandwich shops that offer a wide variety of toppings and meats. A turkey sandwich with some greens is a staple of many airport stores, and is a solid healthy meal. Throw in a handful of almonds and you have a satisfying meal that will tide you over until you research your destination.

 

Do Your Homework

If you have a long layover on your way to a destination, take some time to do a little research and find out what type of restaurants the airport as well as the area offers. It is important to research the area around as well because you never know when you’ll get stuck over night in a city you know nothing about. A couple months back I got stuck in the JFK airport in NYC overnight and had no idea what to do. Luckily, I was able to find a great site with reviews and do some quick research on hotels and restaurants in the area that saved my day. For airport research, most websites have a list of eateries and stores, so you can plan where you will grab your lunch from once you land. When you find a suitable restaurant, check their own website for nutrition facts and find the healthiest items on the menu. When you arrive, head straight for your chosen eatery and order what you planned to. Do your best not to be drawn in by the ever permeating smell of airport fast food. Eating a calorie-laden meal will only make you feel regret when you are 30,000 feet in the air.

 

Stay Balanced

Just as you would at home, make sure any meals you eat while traveling are well balanced. Eating six handfuls of raisins may seem healthy, but too much of anything can cause the body to feel uncomfortable. Make sure your meal has a good combination of nutrients and your energy levels will be in check. A good balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates will keep you feeling healthy and active. Even though airports seem to specialize in them, do your best to avoid foods high in salt, sugar, or bad fats.

With the above tips, some planning, and a little common sense, you can ensure you stick to your healthy eating plan while traveling. As a general rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t eat something in your home, then don’t eat it at an airport. Safe travels!

Violet’s Gluten-Free Tip: This is an excellent and comprehensive website for healthy gluten-free travelers-

http://glutenfreecooking.about.com/od/resources/tp/topglutenfreetravelfoodsandtips.htm

Finding Joy in Unexpected Places!

There really is joy and pleasure in discovering new places or things in our everyday life, unexpectedly.  Such is the case when I discovered two neat places that specialize in delicious, healthy & gluten-free food. 🙂

I would like to briefly share with you these two places I found in my own city with some friends.  If you’re a resident of or a visitor to Toronto or the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and have time to spare, check out the following places!

1. The Victorian Tea Room in Thornhill

It was easy to see the difference between the "regular" and gluten-free treats, and to take it as well because it was divided (gluten-free treats are on the right side).

It was easy to see the difference between the “regular” and gluten-free treats, and to take it as well because it was divided (gluten-free treats are on the right side); and the gluten-free pastries were on a separate plate.

If I had to choose to eat only one meal in a day, it would have to be English High Tea or Afternoon Tea.  High Tea originated from England and refers to the mini meal accompanied by tea, served between lunch and dinner. This is my favourite meal of the day because I love its combination of sweet and savoury, ranging from scones with sinfully thick and smooth Devonshire cream and sweet jam, to delightful finger sandwiches and scrumptious tiny pastries.  Aside from the obvious enjoyment of munching on these afternoon treats, the best part is drinking the aromatic tea, presented in the prettiest teapots and cups and saucers, in a cozy and relaxing environment with close friends and/or family members! 🙂

Anyways, now that I’m gluten-free, I thought I had to forego this little indulgence, unless I work hard in learning how to make gluten-free scones and the rest.  To my absolute delight I heard about this new tea place that opened about 6 months ago, and I learned it offered a gluten-free menu!!  It was also perfect timing to check it out as I had a friend who recently came back from England so we thought it would be lovely and very “English” to go for high tea there, and reminisced about good times we both experienced in England. 🙂  I really liked how the gluten-free treats were divided from the regular treats clearly.  Also, I thought the gluten-free treats still tasted delicious, and after eating them, I did not feel as full as I used to after eating my high tea bite sized food.  This tea place also had over 40 different types of tea from around the world to choose from and we had fun deciding on which one to drink! When I’m in the mood, now I know where to go to for my high tea craving!

To learn more about the Victorian Tea Room, see: http://www.victoriantearoom.ca

 

2. Goodbye Gluten  in Toronto

Despite its small space, it is very well stocked with all kinds of gluten-free products from fresh baked goods to prepared foods.

Despite its small space, it is very well stocked with all kinds of gluten-free products from fresh baked goods to prepared foods.

This place was definitely an unexpected surprise.  We were going to try out one of the best Indian restaurants in the city, and got lucky and found a parking spot right in front of the restaurant.  As we got out of the car, we saw this store, which was right beside the restaurant, and of course we went in!  Despite its small space, it was very well stocked with all kinds of gluten-free products that you can think of, from noodles to desserts to health food and freshly made food.  It’s really a gluten-free foodie’s paradise and an one stop gluten-free grocery shopping experience!!  They also have a mini gluten-free bakery section, producing freshly baked goods daily as they have a kitchen downstairs.  The desserts looked really yummy, but we couldn’t buy any since we had a big dinner ahead of us.  I will most definitely keep this shop in mind if I ever need a gluten-free cake for any special occasion or need to buy some gluten-free essentials. 🙂

Here’s this store’s website if you’re interested in getting more details: http://www.goodbyegluten.com

Aside having 100% gluten-free food items, this store also has food products that are nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free, egg-free and carry vegan products!  What's not to love about this store?? :)

Aside having 100% gluten-free food items, this store also has food products that are nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free, egg-free and carries vegan products! What’s not to love about this store?? 🙂

A Healthy Fast Food Alternative: Gluten-Free Pizza!!

As I continue on my gluten-free eating journey, I’m now exploring places that offer gluten-free options. Yesterday, my dear cousin came along with me on my little gluten-free adventure: finding a healthy and quick lunch!  We went to check out Pizzaville, a fast food franchise across Southern Ontario, to try its gluten-free pizza, as recommended by a friend of mine.

We ordered one with the following toppings: grilled chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, red peppers and light cheese.  The gluten-free pizza is only offered in one size (8 slices) and on extra thin crust.  The amazing thing is that the gluten-free crust is made with flaxseeds, which is high in fibre.

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I took a photo of the gluten-free pizza poster in the store so you can read for yourself how healthy it is.

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Overall, we found the taste of the gluten-free pizza very delicious, fresh (you can actually taste the REAL flavour of the tomato sauce and vegetables, and the chewy texture of the flaxseeds), crispy and light.  My cousin, who is not gluten sensitive, was surprised that this pizza was not greasy at all in comparison to a regular pizza.  She also commented that after eating 3 slices, she did not feel bloated as she usually does after eating pizza.

I’m now seriously a fan of Pizzaville’s gluten-free pizza, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a healthier fast food option.  In my opinion, its gluten-free pizza is wholesome and healthy!! 🙂

Love, Violet

P.S. I love how Pizzaville lists the nutritional information of the pizza here:  http://www.pizzaville.ca/gluten_free

P.S.S. Pizzaville also has a Gluten-Free Product Guide: http://www.pizzaville.ca/pdf/pv_gluten_chart.pdf