As a follower of Chicago Phoenix Wellness columns, perhaps you think that Chip and Keith (newlyweds, still registered…) are always on point or do not face challenges in living our healthy lifestyle. While we do try our hardest to set the stage in our daily lives for success and we had every intention during our two week tour through Europe to do the same, often good intentions are met with obstacles along the way.
Please follow us on a four-part series of our ups and downs during our travels through Berlin, Venice, Manarola and finally Rome.
No matter who you are, what field you are in or which lifestyle choices you put to the forefront of your journey, challenges are sure to come into play on your vacation away from your regular schedules. As did for us.
We began the trip with the intention of starting each day with our traditional green-smoothie from local farmers markets. How? We packed our high-powered blender with our checked baggage and we were stoked to start each day with a powerhouse of a nutrient-dense daily drink.
Our thoughts: If we start each day with a green smoothie then perhaps more difficult choices of the day would somehow equalize. Rockstars, right?
Our first day in Berlin was great. We had a private apartment with it’s own kitchen — this is exactly how we wanted to start our journey. We dropped the bags, very quick disco-changed, and then headed-out and found a market nearby. We bagged some local greens, carrots, ginger, apple, beets, lemon, etc., headed home to store in the fridge and continued to our first night on the town. What a blast.
The next morning, I tip-toed to the kitchen to surprise my newlywed with a very loud wake-up call and filled the blender with our locally-harvested, organic produce, filled with filtered water, added the German converter to the blender plug and POP! …blew our converter. No smoothies for us. Not an ideal situation.
So, instead I made a delicious, raw, chopped salad every day for our next six days in Berlin. Not normally a raw food enthusiast first thing in the morning, but it was actually delicious in a way that people who eat clean may only be able to understand. We realized from this point on, our intentions were going to be to the level playing field for the next two weeks.
This was barely week one. How did we continue to lead our heathy lifestyle? More to come.