December 2017 and January 2018 Hit List

I've been slacking a little the last two months, so this list encompasses  the things that made me smile, think, celebrate and learn in December, 2017 AND January, 2018. This month I am also celebrating 15 years of independence from meat, fish and poultry and this year marks 10 years completely powered by plants!

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Insane in the Membrane: Getting Lost to Find My Way Home

I'm sitting here enjoying one of the best soy iced lattes I've ever tasted, in Krak√≥w, Poland of all places, reflecting on my last 6 months of life and travel (I'm sorry, but you had to assume a 'halfway there' post was inevitable, right?).  It's hard to believe it's been one year since I first applied for and was accepted to Remote Year and gave a very courteous 4 month notice to my NYC employer.  It's even harder to believe that it's been 6 months since I boarded a plane at Logan Airport in Boston to start my Remote Year journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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Adventure for your Health: 9 Ways to Live Vicariously Through Yourself

You can create a daily sense of adventure (whatever that means for you) by prioritizing the simplest of changes.   Living a live trapped in stagnation is detrimental to both physical and mental health.  If you're feeling tired, bored or trapped by day to day life, chances are you'll make choices that will compromise your health too, like downing Coca-Cola and a Snickers on the reg during the mid-afternoon energy slump. On the other side, when you're feeling extremely fulfilled in one area of your life, you're likely to make better choices in other areas of your life as well.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Stress Management On The Road

Generally we travel to relax, escape, adventure, experience and learn. Although we hope to unload a wheelbarrow of stress, unforeseen circumstances, language barriers, unfamiliar territory, lost belongings and surprise cleanses can add a dose of stress that we don't anticipate.  Jet-lag and dehydration can make stress even more difficult to endure.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Hydration on the Road

In addition, studies have shown that increasing daily water intake may decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50%, and it may potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. Adequate water intake may prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.  

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Reaching To The Other Side of Fear

One of my biggest fears is stagnation.

For years, I quieted this fear by embarking on epic adventures a few times per year, from a balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey, to summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to running one of my overall 25 marathons up volcanoes around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. After each of these adventures, I returned home to my comfortable (but extremely small!) New York apartment, settled into my 50 hour/week work grind and plugged away diligently as a nurse practitioner. When the feeling of stagnation settled in again, I would just book my next adventure to overcome it once more.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Sleep on the Road

Many of us run through life overworked and sleep-deprived. Chronic lack of sleep compromises immunity, increases risk of high blood pressure, exacerbates stress, limits concentration and focus and often leads to overeating and weight gain.  When our immune systems are chronically compromised we're at higher risk of viral and bacterial infections and also many types of cancer.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Exercise on the Road

Exercise is usually the first component of a real life routine to go by the wayside on the road, but there are many reasons to stick to a regular exercise schedule while you travel.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Nutrition on the Road

I'm a realist.  Expecting that anyone (myself included) is going to refrain from any indulgences during vacation or travel is 100% unrealistic.  However, what you eat does significantly influence your immune system and your energy levels while traveling, so if you want to take on that new destination by storm and return home feeling healthy and energized, making even some minor tweaks to your intake will help.

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