Eating Well in London

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Hello from across the pond. It’s always a treat to travel and explore new places. Enjoying fresh scenery and seeing how other cultures live helps us expand our own world. I was lucky to travel to London last week to visit my sister and, as I love to do, took the time to enjoy the amazing food scene.  London has definitely become a food destination with an array of dining spots offering healthy dishes. So many great places with plant-based options. One of the things I love about London is that you can’t run out of great places to eat. There are so many offerings from a plethora of cuisines. Some of the best Indian and Middle Eastern food can be found in London. Come along with me and experience the wonderful dishes I enjoyed in London.

 

  1. Wagamama

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For a low-cost chain, the food is excellent here. The vegan Pad Thai was incredible. It’s a great place for lunch with so many vegetarian and vegan options. Although starting out in London, Wagamama now has established itself in NYC.

 

  1. Palomar

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If you love Israeli/Mediterranean food, don’t miss this spot. Just make sure to book a reservation a couple weeks in advance. The food is very authentic and if you close your eyes for just a moment, you may feel like you are sitting in a lovely Tel Aviv cafe. I definitely enjoyed the smoky babaganoush and “Tree of Life” charred broccoli salad. HIghly recommend these two dishes.

 

  1. Ting at The Shard (in the Shangri-La Hotel)

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Yes, The Ting Restaurant in the Shangri-la Hotel is a little pricey. But the captivating views that come along with dining, well there are no words. In addition to the dramatic views from the 36thfloor, the food and service was incredible. Plus lots of plant-based dishes in addition to the wonderful fish and poultry entrees. I loved the Roasted Carrots with Couscous.

 

  1. Mildred’s

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If you love salads and other vegetable-centric dishes, make a stop for lunch at Mildred’s. The food is delicious and will keep you well-fueled as you explore the streets of London after your amazing meal.

 

  1. Rashoul’s

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As a lover of Middle Eastern food, I can’t leave London without stopping at Rashoul’s. The food is so fresh and delicious; from the creamy hummus and babaganoush to the grilled fish and meats, this Lebanese restaurant should be on your radar.

 

  1. The Chelsea Physics Garden Restaurant

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Yes, you have to be a member of The Chelsea Physics Garden to dine here. If you know  someone who is, please ask them to take you.  Luckily, you have to walk through the garden to enjoy the lovely restaurant. The gardens are exquisite and you’ll be in for quite a treat. The food is lovely as well. They serve a variety of plant-based dishes, including some delicious salads. I chose the Superfoods Salad, which included lots of seeds. Getting back to the gardens, they are breathtaking and definitely worth a visit. The four-acre garden consists of various plantings that are well-curated to provide a nice variety of garden design. It’s definitely worth a visit. And walking in parks, or just walking for that matter, is a great form of exercise. It’s my favorite exercise to do when I travel. Here’s a pic from the lovely gardens:

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7. Sticks and Sushi

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This lovely Japanese restaurant has a wonderful menu with many interesting choices. The food was delicious. From sushi to salads to skewers of grilled vegetables and fish, this place has a large menu with excellent food and service. Highly recommend for a great lunch or dinner with prices that won’t break the bank. Beautiful interior with relaxing vibe.

 

Note from author: It’s been a while since I wrote a post, but my big projects for the past twelve months have been largely completed and The Trim Traveler is back! I’m glad you’re joining along with us as we travel the world and share with you healthy places to eat along with travel tips to keep you feeling energized. Thank you for waiting for me to pick up a pen and get back on track!

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN, CLT is an award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about helping people transform their lives with optimal nutrition. She received the 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lisa is an entrepreneur, food influencer, speaker, private practitioner, and writer. Her new start-up, NutritionWellth, is an online company that will bring preventive nutrition and wellness services directly to customers. She is the co-author of “Making Nutrition Your Business,” 2nd Edition, Eat Right Press 2018.. In addition Lisa is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice she specializes in plant-based nutrition, food sensitivities and diabetes for teens and adults. She consults with clients in Manhattan, Long Island and virtually. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.

The TOP 5 Travel Snacks

veg-stand-montrealWhether you travel by plane, boat, car or bike, packing the right travel snacks can help you feel your best while you’re on the go. Quite often people don’t think about what foods to bring, and ultimately, end up feeling fatigued and sometimes with gastrointestinal issues. Making sure you pack the right snacks will keep you feeling well-fueled with the energy you need to ensure a great trip. So what makes a good snack which will keep you feeling great? Choose a snack that has at least 3 grams of fiber, is low in sugar (6 grams or less per serving), contains at least 5 grams of protein  and some healthy fat (which consumed together will keep you satisfied longer). Healthy portable snacks include:

  1. Energy bars, such as KIND or Lara bars
  2. Nuts and fruit
  3. Hummus and raw vegetables
  4. Fresh fruit and yogurt
  5. Peanut butter sandwich

Bring snacks along with you before you get on the plane, boat, etc. This will ensure that you won’t get overly hungry and will have nourishing food with you. Once you get to your destination, visit a farmer’s market or grocery store to pick up additional healthy snacks to have on hand.

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN, CLT is an award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about helping people transform their lives with optimal nutrition. She received the 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lisa is an entrepreneur, food influencer, speaker, private practitioner, and writer. She is the co-author of “Making Nutrition Your Business,” 2nd Edition, Eat Right Press 2018.. In addition Lisa is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice she specializes in teen and adult plant-based nutrition, food sensitivities and diabetes. She consults with clients in Huntington, New York, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and virtually. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.

 

 

 

Four Smart Holiday Health Tips for 2017

Northport Holiday lights Main Street 2017The holiday season is now quickly upon us. With this time of year comes an array of parties and events to attend,  or simply (let’s be honest!) a vast consumption of tasty holiday treats. Cookies, cakes and pies galore. During this festive time of year we are tempted with so many decadent spreads of food. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, the average weight person typically gains one to two pounds over the holiday season. And people that are overweight tend to gain five pounds during this time. The real issue is that most people don’t lose the weight gained, thus the pounds obtained over the winter holidays accumulate year by year. But with the right knowledge, you don’t have to join the group of “weight-gainers.” You can enjoy the holidays and maintain your weight and healthy habits. Whether traveling or enjoying the holidays at home, maintenance is KEY. Here are five tips to keep you on track and enjoy the holiday season::

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1. Develop and follow a meal routine (if you need help with planning a meal routine, make an appointment with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Eat every three to five hours. Avoid skipping meals. Skipping meals so you can indulge later typically backfires. When you skip a meal your blood sugar level may drop. This can lead to intense hunger. You may end up eating more than you usual and your desire to make healthy decisions will go out the window. Tip: eat a healthy snack or meal before you go out so you don’t overindulge at a party. Try to combine some protein with a complex carbohydrate and you may feel full longer. Think a small handful of nuts or a KIND bar and a fresh fruit. Or a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole grain bread.

2.  Limit the calories in your beverages.  Start the party off with water or a glass of seltzer. If you desire an alcoholic beverage, one to two glasses of wine or 2 oz. of vodka, gin or rum with seltzer or a splash of juice should be your limit. CalorieKing (www.calorieking.com) is a great website (and FREE app) for nutrition information on drinks and food.

3. Fill your kitchen with healthy whole foods so you eat well at home. Purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, beans, hummus, tofu, fish, chicken, lean meat, nuts and nut butters and whole grains, such as quinoa, whole wheat pasta and couscous, cereals and popcorn.

4. Maintain your exercise routine. Exercise helps prevent weight gain and relieves holiday stress. Walking at a brisk pace, just 20 minutes daily, is quite beneficial.

Enjoy the holiday season and the time you spend with friends and family. You will get more enjoyment out of laughing with those you are closest to than indulging in unhealthy holiday foods. Don’t let the buffet table become your focus!

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is an award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about helping people transform their lives with optimal nutrition. She received the 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year from the New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lisa is an entrepreneur, food influencer, speaker, private practitioner, and writer. She consults with food startups and restaurants to help put health on the menu. She is the co-author of  “Making Nutrition Your Business,” Second Edition, Eat Right Press 2017. In addition Lisa is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice she specializes in teen and adult weight management, plant-based nutrition and diabetes. Lisa received her B.S. and M.A. in Nutrition from New York University. She consults with clients in Huntington, New York, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and virtually. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.

TOP Tips for Eat Healthy While Traveling Abroad

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Traveling abroad during the holiday season is a delight not only for those seeking to be with their loved ones during this special time of year, but also for people who want to celebrate this magical season in a different part of the world.  To keep you eating well and feeling great while traveling, I’ve shared my TOP tips with AutoEurope. A big part of traveling is the enjoyment of trying different regional cuisines. My tips include a list of the “healthy” and “not-so healthy” dishes you may encounter in different countries. Enjoy them ALL! Just balance out the “not-so healthy ” with the “healthy” dishes.It’s SO much easier to stay on track with healthy eating if you’re prepared before you leave for your destination. Enjoy your trip. Happy holidays! Bon voyage!

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). She is a nationally-recognized and award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a specialty in teen and adult weight management, travel nutrition, and diabetes. Lisa received her B.S. in Food and Nutrition and her M.A. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She consults with clients in Huntington, New York and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.

Six Tips for Staying Trim During the Holidays

Christmas tree NYC 2015

Thanksgiving just passed and the holiday season is now quickly upon us. With this time of year comes an array of parties and events to attend, and any excuse  to cook, or simply (let’s be honest!) eat lots of tasty holiday treats. Cookies, cakes and pies galore. Oh my!!! During this festive month we are tempted with so many decadent spreads of food. According to a study, by the National Institutes of Health, the average weight person typically gains one to two pounds over the holiday season. And people that are overweight tend to gain five pounds during this time. The real issue is that most people don’t lose the weight gained, thus the pounds obtained over the winter holidays accumulate year by year. But with the right knowledge, you don’t have to join the group of “weight-gainers.” You can enjoy the holidays and maintain your weight and healthy habits. Whether traveling or enjoying the holidays at home, maintenance is KEY. Don’t look to lose weight over the holidays (but if you do, that’s awesome!). Here are six tips to keep you on track:

1. Follow your meal routine. Eat every three to five hours. Avoid skipping meals. Skipping meals so you can indulge later typically backfires. When you skip a meal your blood sugar level may drop. This can lead to intense hunger. You may end up eating more than you usual and your desire to make healthy decisions will go out the window. Tip: eat a healthy snack or meal before you go out so you don’t overindulge at a party. Try to combine some protein with a complex carbohydrate and you may feel full longer. Think a small handful of nuts or a KIND bar and a fresh fruit. Or a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole grain bread.

2. Balance your plate. For the party meal, think MyPlate guidelines: ½ of the plate should be non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts or salad, ¼ of the plate can be from protein sources like grilled salmon, sautéed tofu, beans or chicken breast and ¼ starch consisting of pasta, rice or sweet potatoes. Add in a small serving of dessert if you so desire or very small portions of several desserts. Think volume for the vegetables and portion control of the more decadent sides and desserts.

3. Don’t drink your calories. We all love those holiday punches, ciders, cocktails and hot comforting drinks but know what is in your glass before indulging. Always start the party off with water or a glass of seltzer. If you want to get or remain svelte, stick with the two aforementioned beverages! If you must imbibe, one to two glasses of wine or 2 oz. of vodka, gin or rum with seltzer or a splash of juice should be your limit. Just an FYI: Egg Nog is one of the richest holiday drinks, containing 350 calories, 19 grams of fat and 22 grams of sugar per 1 cup (8 ounce) serving! CalorieKing (www.calorieking.com) is a great website (and FREE app) for nutrition information on drinks and food.

4. Fill your kitchen with healthy whole foods so you eat well at home. Purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, beans, hummus, tofu, fish, chicken, lean meat, nuts and nut butters and whole grains, such as quinoa, whole wheat pasta and couscous, cereals and popcorn.

5. Maintain your exercise routine. Exercise helps prevent weight gain and relieves holiday stress. Walking at a brisk pace, just 20 minutes daily, is quite beneficial.

6. Aim to maintain weight, not lose it. Enjoy the holiday season and the time you spend with friends and family. You will get more enjoyment out of laughing with those you are closest to than indulging in unhealthy holiday foods. Don’t let the buffet table become your focus!

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN was recently honored as the 2015 The Outstanding Dietitian Of The Year by The New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a speaker, blogger, entrepreneur and innovator who is passionate about spreading the message of healthy plant-based eating and optimal health. To help restaurants improve upon menu choices and food preparation, Lisa recently founded Eat Well Restaurant Nutrition where she collaborates with chefs. She is also the author of the e-book The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and the widely-acclaimed book The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice, with offices in Huntington, NY and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Lisa specializes in weight managment and diabetes for teens and adults. Contact Lisa here or visit here for more info.

20 Ways to Lower Your Stress Level NOW

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With the crazy political climate over the past week, Americans have been dealing with a huge cloud of stress that has not been felt in quite awhile. Many of us feel shaken to the bone. Quite often when people feel stressed, they run for something that they think will help them feel better quickly. Many times what comes to mind is the easy fix of high-calorie foods, like French fries and donuts, and lots of alcohol. But de-stressing like that is not healthy and only short-lived. The stress is here. It is real. But learning how to cope, while taking care of yourself, will help ease the stress and have you feeling better. Read below for twenty ways to reduce the stress. If you have healthy de-stressors to add that aren’t included here, please let us know. We’d love to here from you!

1. Sip a cup of hot herbal tea. Camomhile is very soothing.

2. Indulge yourself in a warm bubble bath.

3. Watch a comedy on Netflix.

4. Take a walk in a beautiful part of town.

5. Spend ten minutes each morning, right after you wakeup, meditating. I highly recommend the free app Insight Timer.

6. Enjoy a yoga class and find your zen.

7. Enjoy a delicious plant-based meal. The nutrient-quality of the dish will help you relax.

8. Practice deep breathing. Take in 1 deep breath. Hold it for one minute and release slowly through your nose. Do this two more times. Feel the calm.

9. Call a friend who makes you laugh.

10. Do a good deed for someone. Something as simple as holding the door or delivering a hot meal to a sick friend. Helping someone will make you feel better.

11. Buy a lavender plant and enjoy it’s calming fragrance. Better yet, buy some lavender oil and take a whiff whenever you start to feel tense.

12. Go for a walk with your dog.

13. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.

14. Take a walk with a friend.

15. Listen to your favorite tunes.

16. Schedule a lunch or dinner date with one of your friends.

17. Take a hike in a beautiful park.

18. Read a book and escape with stories that bring you pleasure.

19. Donate money, or your time, to those in need.

20. Find something that will make you laugh. Laughter is the best medicine!

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). She is a nationally-recognized and award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a specialty in teen and adult weight management, travel nutrition, and diabetes. Lisa received her B.S. in Food and Nutrition and her M.A. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She consults with clients in Huntington, New York and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.

 

 

Eating Well While Traveling on a Budget

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The day has finally arrived and tomorrow you leave for the vacation you’ve been planning for months.  Of course you have planned everything, including your budget.  You’ve accounted for plane tickets, hotel accommodation, and excursion costs, but did you allow proper food expenses?  And how are you going to eat healthy while staying on budget?

It can be very easy to underestimate how much you will actually spend on food and beverages while away from home, but there are ways to save a little extra in your bank account while keeping the dreaded vacation weight off.  If you dine out frequently, it is easier to put less nutritious food in your body more often than you would otherwise.  However, it is important to not miss out on trying traditional foods of that region. That is part of the fun of traveling, right?  There are plenty of ways to make sure that you eat healthy and not break your bank while you’re at it.  Plan ahead and consider these tips to eat healthy while traveling on a budget!

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In Transit:

  • Pack some snacks! Plan ahead and bring a few nutritious items that are easy to pack such as fruit, almonds, or granola bars.  It might even prevent you from stopping at the local gas station for that pop and bag of chips you’ve been thinking about.  Your wallet and body will thank you.
  • Check out the cooler section. The cooler has nutritious options such as veggie snack packs, yogurt, and fruit cups, which are great grab-and-go choices that won’t cost much or add to your waist line and will keep you full until the next stop.

 

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On Location:

  • Check if breakfast is included in your accommodation or offered at a low cost. If it is, take advantage.  A bonus is that there are usually foods specific to the region available as well as more classic but healthy options like fruit, yogurt, and cereal.
  • Depending where you are traveling to, you may not have access to a refrigerator. Having access to a refrigerator can be wonderful for your budget.  This allows you to purchase food from a grocery store and actually store extras.  Also, if you dine in a restaurant, you can save half of your meal for the next day.  This will not only stretch your budget a little farther but also controls portion sizes.  Ask your hotel if they can supply you with a room refrigerator.
  • Visit local grocery stores or produce stands. This will allow you to purchase nutritious foods at a lower price, saving you money from restaurant dining. If you have access to a kitchen while traveling, cook some of your meals. If you only have a refrigerator, stock up on sandwich ingredients and prepare some of you lunches. From personal experience, this is my favorite way to save money while traveling. You can eat some healthy meals and avoid continuous restaurant eating, since you can control whats going into your meal, enjoy the local produce,  and use healthy cooking/prep methods.

Although you may be on a budget, it does not mean that you can’t eat healthfully while traveling.  With a little planning, you can limit your food spending while eating delicious and healthy meals. Bon voyage!

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). She is a nationally-recognized Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a specialty in teen and adult weight management and diabetes. Lisa received her B.S. in Food and Nutrition and her M.A. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She consults with clients in Huntington, New York and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Special thanks to the fabulous writing contributions of nutrition intern, Emily Pearson. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.