My Baltimore Trip : Natural Products Expo East

I recently had the opportunity to go on a trip to Baltimore for the Natural Product Expo East and I when I first thought about writing this I thought it would be a good opportunity to show and tell the foods I ate on my trip and what I did for my workouts. When I really thought about it though, the trip was super good for my physical and mental state and it occurred to me that the getaway was actually a great way for me to escape my routine and rest my body. I hope you find this insightful as I share my perspective.

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I was away from home for 4 days with 2 great friends of mine and without my husband which is extremely rare, we are always together and hardly ever spend more than 1 night apart. I did not have my heavy weights to push around for an hour each day. I did not have my refrigerator fully stocked with all of my favorite healthy foods. OH NO!! So for those who know me well know that I am very strict about my workouts and my meal timing/choices and some would even say I am “obsessed’ with these areas at times.

I decided to go into this trip and let all of that go for a few days. Just live my life and enjoy myself and that’s exactly what I did. I didn’t seek out a gym or take note of everything I was eating at all times. I took 4 solid days off of lifting weights and pushing my body hard. I ate some awesome food at some cool restaurants!

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Did I lose all my muscle gains? Did I put on a bunch of fat? Answer is, NO and NO! In fact I came back stronger and so refreshed and re- energized. Now I am not gonna lie, by the end of the trip I was really wanting to work out and I was a little bit in my dwell chamber of negative self- talk but I was able to squash that pretty quickly and get real with myself.

My point of talking about this is that sometimes we need that break and its OK to take a break because we all need it to be better. Rest is actually OK, especially when you are pushing it so hard all the time. For me ir is a mental barrier that I need to knock down and be mentally alright with taking a few days off here and there. This is a struggle I will continue to work on.

Alright already let’s talk about the trip! I was lucky enough to get to go to this really cool show and see whats happening in the natural food world, the show is huge and it’s pretty much 6-8 hours of walking around and sampling so much incredible food and drinks like all kinds of coconut water, protein drinks, protein bars, coffees, chocolates, veggie burgers, vegan ice cream and more! You name it and it was there! So needless to say I did a lot of grazing! The show was 3 days and we attended each day so I managed to eat my fair share of food. I would guess a few full meals but I will tell ya they were worth it!

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We did pack a lunch each day at the show so we could have an actually meal in between grazing sessions.

We had brought a few things from home and also stopped at a Whole Foods to raid their salad bar and deli. We managed to pull together some pretty solid lunches for the 3 days but we did get to eat out and ate at a few pretty cool places. A great pizza place downtown called Johnny Rads which had vegan pizza and my review was that vegan pizza rocks!

Another good place was a small Ethiopian restaurant, kind of one of those hole in the wall places that turned out to be pretty on point! Food was great!

We even found a place that made vegan soul food like mac and cheese, crab cakes, collard greens,sweet potato cakes and all kinds of other things.

It was  really fun to explore different cultures of food and I like everything so I can appreciate all the spices and flavors. I suggest the website www.happycow.net when you are traveling because it can tell you some good restaurants, health food stores and co-ops in the area that you are staying or traveling through.

We rented a house so we made dinner one night which was these porcini and vegan cheese stuffed veggie burgers and salads. I recommend these little burgers for a meal or two.

 

Overall it was a great trip for me mentally and physically. It was hard to break away from my normal routine but as mentioned I am glad I did!

 

What are some things you like to do or places you like to go to get away from your routine? How do you feel when you get back?

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