I’ve been in California nine days on business working with Boney James, Carl Thomas, and Ledisi. Somehow in between morning TV, promotional events, going to the studio, and meetings I somehow managed to find a way to work out every day. Woohoo! Whether it was a run or a visit to a local gym, I made working out a priority. Thank God I did because I also ate and drank my way through California. My stomach started rebelling on Monday night.
When I travel, I tend to over eat because I want to get in as much of the local flavor. In California, I couldn’t get enough of the smoothies from BodyFactory (the PB&J was my favorite), sushi from Katsuya, wine, and Mexican from Gardens de Taxco. Every meal was extravagant. I ate till I was full… at every meal.
I broke every rule/habit on this trip. I normally never drinks smoothies because I know how high the sugar content is. I love wine but I don’t drink it every night because it stops fat loss. And Mexican food is definitely a treat. Lastly, I hate the feeling of fullness. It’s uncomfortable and I hate it.
There’s nothing wrong with indulging and enjoying the local cuisine. I’ve gained three pounds on this trip to prove how much I enjoyed it 🙂 It’s all part of the experience. But remember that it’s a part of the experience and not the whole experience. We have five senses for a reason. Taste is only one of them.
LEAN GIRL TIP: When traveling and exploring new cities, fill your “plate” with the sights, sounds, smell, and feel of the city rather than with just food. Here are pictures of what was on my plate. Enjoy! I hope they feed your soul 😉
The grounds at Rancho Bernardo Inn. It’s a golf lover’s dream. If you’re not a golf fan, there’s a spa that’s heavenly.
The orange trees all over California. If I had an orange tree, or any tree that bore fruit, I’d have no problem incorporating more fruit in my diet.
The beautiful beaches of Malibu. I would live here if I lived in California.
My friend Scott took me to a great (unhealthy) restaurant in Malibu called Paradise Cove. I was fascinated with the lobster that told us when our table was ready.
This is where Arnold Schwarzenegger trained as a body builder. I didn’t take a picture because of him. I was just imaginging what it would be like to work out on the beach at Venice.
I made a new friend in Venice 🙂
Lastly, I had to share this photo. I went to the WE TV “Braxton Family Values” premiere my first night in LA…alone. Everyone at the party thought it was sad that I came alone but it’s ok! The party was exactly what I imagined LA parties to be like so I left right after Toni Braxton and sisters arrived. Toni was stunning.
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photo credit: gracekelle