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If you're looking for articles featuring inspiration or the latest in health and weight loss news, look no further.

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  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
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Yes, I am normal.

I got asked the funniest question the other day.

I was in a business meeting and the presenter turned to me and asked,

"Isabel, would you say your life is normal?"

"Huh?" was my first thought. What a weird question. But after a few seconds I answered...

"No, my life is not normal. My life is awesome!"

Define normal.

Everyone in the room laughed, especially since that's not quite what the presenter was asking.

What he wanted to know was whether or not I live my life like a "normal" person.

Do I go out to dinner?

Do I travel?

Do I go out and socialize with friends?

Oh...I see...the stuff "normal" people do.

I think many times when people hear that I'm a nutritionist and I eat super healthy, they imagine me locked up in my house somewhere on a farm, where I only eat foods grown on my land and never go out into the outside world.

Although there are some people who would enjoy that, that is definitely NOT me.

You see, my life is VERY normal. I travel a ton (more than I would like sometimes). I go out to dinner at least 1-2 times per week. I run around like a crazy mom with my 2 kiddos in tow. And I spend a lot of time cooking, cleaning up and in front of the computer for work and for personal things (like the oh so important updating of photos on Facebook...hahaha).

Basically, all the stuff normal working mommies do!

The more important question is...

>How do I live such a healthy lifestyle while still maintaining this normal way of living?

What do I do when I travel?

How do I order at a restaurant?

And how do I keep up with all of life's demands while still eating healthy?

Now those are much better questions and the answers to them are most likely super helpful for you.

Today I am going to start with travel (and I promise to cover others in several upcoming posts).

Traveling a la Isabel

I've grown to really love travel, especially as my kids have gotten older and love to explore new things and new places. Where in the past I saw it as a bit of a pain, now I think it's such a fun adventure for the whole family.

My checklist for travel goes like this:

1. Where are we staying? Do I have a kitchen?
eating at Disney

I try and do my best to arrange for a place with a kitchen. For example, when we went to Disney we stayed at a condo off Disney property that had a full kitchen. It was 10 minutes away from the parks and significantly cheaper than staying right on Disney property...a win/win situation.

2. If we have a kitchen, I will research where I will purchase our food.

I have to say there has never been a single time that I have gone somewhere and have not found a good grocery store. Everything I buy may not be available in the organic variety, but that's ok! I thoroughly wash our fruits and veggies and purchase the most natural meat available. If I don't have a kitchen, I do some heavy research on the nearby restaurants. I will even call them ahead of time and ask them questions about their menu.

3. I will plan out our "travel" food.
cooler

This is dependent on whether we are flying or driving. If we're driving, it's much easier because I can pack a cooler to keep in the car. If we're flying, I make all of our meals and snacks ahead of time and pack them in a much smaller carry on cooler. I know for some of you with children it may seem like a pain to carry one more thing (trust me, I know), but the benefits greatly outweigh the effort here. Alternatively, I am thrilled to report that many airports are now offering very healthy options in the form of salads, raw nuts and fresh fruit, so if you must buy food at the airport, the choices are definitely much better than even a few years ago. Super easy transportable foods are fresh fruits, cut-up veggies, raw nuts and homemade bread (like my grain free banana bread). I also try and bake a whole chicken the day before we travel so I can cut that up and take with us.

As you can see above, traveling does not have to derail your health efforts. Yes, it takes a little forethought and planning, but travel requires that anyway. Just add "keeping ourselves healthy" on to your travel checklist and you'll see that it's actually much easier than you may have thought.

Most importantly, don't go into it with a stressful attitude. Do your BEST and work with what you have. You do not have to be perfect and people are often surprised when I tell them I don't eat perfectly all the time (I know, I know, your jaw just dropped).

What are some of your travel strategies? I'd love to know some of your own tactics for staying healthy while away from home.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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