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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

So Im here in NYC, sitting in a natural food market, sipping Tazo Brambleberry iced tea, and blogging. ;D This past month has been a lot of adjusting and learning curves, but it's been good. I will be primarily talking about the eating side of my New York experience, since that is the purpose of this blog. So to start with, the food in New York is incredible. There is incredible diversity as far as the types and ethnicities of food. There is a ton of fattening unhealthy food, but there is also a huge variety of healthy food. For example, this market that I'm sitting in has a deli that includes salad, feta cheese, kalamata olives, grilled chicken breast, whole grain pasta salad, bean salads, orzo salad, stuffed grape leaves, and other stuff. It's pretty good. And Trader Joes-that's the most amazing place in the entire world! As far as food stores go, anyway. The prices are reasonable, close to average grocery store prices...more expensive in some cases, cheaper in others. But the variety is amazing. The closest thing to a Trader Joes where I live in Canada is a small store with incredibely expensive food and not a huge amount of variety. As far as prices go around here, you have to look and buy things from a lot of different places. I want to eat all organic, but it's really not that practical at this point in my life, so I'm probably going to stick to buying the "Dirty Dozen" fruits and veggies organic and anything else that doesn't have a sky high price. I am however, staying clear of over processed food with unpronouncable chemicals, food coloring, etc; as well as high fructose corn syrup and white refined flours; and I bought good quality organic (unfortunately expensive) vitamins. High quality vitamins are worth it to me. Something that really bothers me is when vitamins are full of chemicals, sugar, and food coloring. Totally defeats the purpose...
As far as exercising goes, we walk a lot, which is really awesome. Even if it's little bits here and there it adds up. Walk to the subway, walk to go shopping, walking with arms full of grocery bags (now THAT'S a workout!!), walking to the laundromat, walking to the kitchen, etc. Also, I joined a gym that's only $10 a month. I went for the first time today, and despite some bad reviews, it was actually quite nice. The 40 minutes on the elliptical was amazing after about a month of no exercise! I also got two 5-lb dumbbells for free so I will be able to use those and do crunches in our room.
God is so good and I thank Him for providing all of this :)
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