Monthly Archives: June 2014

How to beat jet lag, a travel foe

June 28, 2014

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Hi… we’re back! Apologies for our absence. I was off traveling to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to visit family and decided to take a small break from blogging. I would offer you TastyKakes and salt water taffies as condolences if this weren’t the internet. ;)

I’m feeling rejuvenated now that I’ve conquered one of the most annoying side effects of worldwide travel: jet lag.

The truth is that our stone-age bodies were never built to travel countries, let alone continents, in a single day. And so jet lag is really your body saying, “What just happened?”

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A fact that is often noted in my office is that it can take up to a day for your body to adjust to each time zone crossed. It’s a 12-hour difference from Hong Kong to New York, and so technically it can take six to nine days to get back on schedule. It usually takes me about five days to begin to feel normal again, but it’s worse when you’re traveling from west to east.

Here’s some tips on how to lessen the effects of this foe:

Leave home well-rested Pack two days ahead of time to make sure you get a full night’s sleep before you leave. (I’m still working on this one, ha).

Adapt to your new time zone Change your watch once you get on the plane. (No watching Alien at what is now 3 a.m., sorry.) Once you arrive at your destination, stay awake until an early bedtime so that you don’t wake up in the middle of the night, ready for breakfast.

Have sleep aids ready Use melatonin or a sleeping pill if it’s OK with your doctor. (My best experience with jet lag was when I had a prescription sleeping pill. I just took half of it, which was potent enough to make me pass out and not feel drowsy afterwards.)

Be kind to your body Drink lots of water, have an eye mask and ear plugs and move around when on the plane to prevent dehydration and swelling, which will make sleeping uncomfortable. (I always choose an aisle seat when flying internationally and try to avoid caffeine).

On my next flight, I’m going to try out ordering a no-salt meal. I read recently that because our taste buds work less effectively at high altitudes, airlines put extra spices and salt into our food to try to make it taste somewhat good. Salt, in turn, leads to swelling, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel or look particularly great with huge ankles. What tips would you recommend when flying? Have you figured out a good remedy to jet lag?

☁ -kristin

p.s. And in case you missed it, here’s my top ten must-haves when traveling by air.

Adventures in yoga in the Midwest

June 13, 2014

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Hi all! Mary here. Traveling every week for work makes having a consistent workout routine pretty difficult. In recent months, I’ve been trying to work out at least three times during the workweek. Here’s what I’ve been attempting:

1) go for a run outside and breathe in fresh air 2) strengthen different muscle groups, via an app called Cross Trainer and 3) channel my inner yogi, relieving tension and improving balance. I’ve found that the workout I really look forward to is my weekly yoga practice, as it really improves my mood and is a great de-stresser during the week.

So here are my recent yoga finds and some quirky details that make them so appealing (apart from the awesome instruction):

1. The Studio: Madison, Wisconsin – absolutely LOVED this studio. I almost want to brave the Wisconsin winters just to go here weekly. Reasons why include: open warehouse-y space, no shoes allowed past the door, and complementary post-yoga tea, cushions, books and guitars. Totally rad space!

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Photo courtesy of The Studio

2. Southtown Yoga: St. Louis, Missouri – this studio is nestled between historic houses and storefronts. You have to walk through a tiny “alley” to arrive in Southtown, i.e. you get that secret garden feel we all love. Also, the instructors are musically inclined and use what I believe is a harmonium to start and end the class. Very soothing.

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Photo courtesy of Southtown Yoga

3. 105F: ChicagoBikram yoga studio, which brought “hot yoga” to a whole new level for me. Maybe I had only done warm or heated yoga before? I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in my life. Just make sure you bring a towel, yoga mat and a change of clothes. And be prepared to breathe through your nose only for 95% of the class. (Also, if you’re in the Chicago area, they’re currently running a Groupon for 6 weeks of unlimited yoga for $59!)

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Photo courtesy of 105F

 4. Temple Yoga: Temple, Texas – It was awesome to find this gem of a yoga studio in Temple. There’s lots of space to sprawl out, and they offer relaxing lavender eye masks and blankets to use during Shavasana, the pose of total relaxation.
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And if you’re in the middle of nowhere with no yoga studios around? Grab a mat and download Yoga Studio. It’s great because you can customize your yoga workouts, and it’s $2.99 versus the $15 drop-in price yoga classes typically cost.

What things make your yoga studio stand out? Or what do you wish it offered?

Namaste :)

☁ -mary

An apartment that inspires a trip to France

June 11, 2014

bedroombalconyNot that I need much inspiration to want to take a trip to the French Riviera, but this apartment in Nice, France, took my breath away.

It was recommended by a colleague who said she could vouch for its location and quality, and I thought I would share it with you. Because to travel is great, but to escape to a place so tastefully decorated is divine.
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Have you ever been inspired to travel to a place based on a beautiful apartment? For extended trips, I’d take a home rental any day rather than a hotel room. I am already daydreaming of sipping the wine on that terrace, a good book in hand, and gazing down below at those passing by.

Prices start at $125, or 90 euros, per night for a weeklong stay. It has two bedrooms, three balconies and a dishwasher (horray).

Happy Wednesday!

☁ -kristin