Neighborhood Digest: Fitzrovia, London

What to do in London's Fitzrovia

This bustling little neighborhood off Oxford Street in Central London is straight up cool. If I lived in London, I’d want to live here. It’s the British answer to New York’s NoLIta, and full of places to eat healthy, get your sweat on, max out your credit card and have a cocktail in your new outfit.   

CRASH: THE LONDON EDITION

Hands down the chicest place to stay in town, it’s hard to tell what is more glam at The Edition’s London outpost: the super luxe interiors or the crowd in the lobby.

10 Berners St, London WIT 3NP I editionhotels.com/london

EAT: THE DETOX KITCHEN

When you’re traveling for work or for fun, it’s great to find a healthy, delicious place you can frequent on your trip. I like to come here for breakfast – the egg wraps are a delicious, protein-packed way to start the day. The matcha lattes are not too shabby either….

10 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JJ I detoxkitchen.co.uk

 

SWEAT: PSYCLE

As the name suggests, this high energy spin studio is great way to break a sweat and have a little fun on the road. Slam your body down and wind it all around. Slam your body down and zigazig ah…

76 Motrimer Street, London W1W 7SA I psyclelondon.com

SHOP: MATCHES ON MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET

OK, so it’s not exactly Fitzrovia, but well worth the gorgeous 15-minute walk, Matches houses a well-curated selection of the best British and internationally-designed duds in a cute boutique setting. Cruise Marylebone High Street for the perfect Londy afternoon.

87 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QU I matchesfashion.com

 

 


 

BREAK ALL THE RULES: THE PUNCH ROOM

After a healthy day or egg wraps, walking the High Streets and getting you’re a*% kicked at Psycle, treat yourself to a…you guessed it: Punch. Because what’s better than some killer music and a giant bowl of booze.  

10 Berners St, London WIT 3NP I editionhotels.com/london

xx Mia

Healthy Travel: How to Prepare for a Long Haul

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

5 healthy packing tips for 10,000 ft

Travel can really mess up your routine, and if you travel frequently it can play a major factor in keeping you from achieving your health and fitness goals.  

I used to think of flying as an excuse to get junk food. I even had a rule that I could have anything I wanted at the airport, which normally meant popcorn, a glass (or two or three) of wine, Raisinets and an arsenal of gossip mags.

While I’ve kept the gossip mags (you can’t part with everything), my junk filled journeys have been replaced by a healthier routine that gets me to my destination feeling fresh and not completely jet lagged.

It’s important to be prepared for your flight so you’re not forced to eat airplane food, which is full of preservatives, salt and sugar. Here are 5 things you’ll find in my bag before I take flight:

1.     HARD BOILED EGGS

Three eggs will give you about 18G of protein and are easy to carry. You might even be able to find them at the airport if you can’t make them in advance.

2.     HEALTHY FATS

I normally bring an avocado or almond butter packets and a small jar of coconut oil to keep me from eating plane peanuts. Coconut oil is an excellent fat burner, so you could even be slimming down as you doze off to Zoolander 2. 

3.     PROTEIN AND GREENS PACKETS

If you’re on a long flight and need more than one meal, a protein packet is a great mid-flight snack. Just mix with water and, if you want a full meal replacement, add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Vega One and Sun Warrior are my favorite brands - with flavors like chocolate and vanilla chai, it can feel like a real treat!

In addition to protein packets, powdered greens are a great way to make sure you’re getting your in-flight veggie fix without having to eat airplane food. I’d recommend Amazing Meal in chocolate flavor.

4.     HOT WATER BOTTLE

It’s important to stay hydrated when you travel, but often times the water cups given to you in-flight are too small and not topped up enough. Some flights these days will even take the water bottle you bought after security before your board the plane. Luckily, I found a way around it: bring an empty bottle! Now a flight essential, I always bring a hot water bottle and just fill it up on the plane. 

5. VITAMIN D  

If you’re on a long flight (like 8+ hours), a vitamin D supplement will make up for the lack of sunlight. Vitamin D is a great mood booster, helps you absorb nutrients like calcium and keeps your immune system going. 

BONUS TIP: If you're going to have a drink - because who doesn't like to have a glass of wine at the airport - try to have it before you board. Drinking on the plane will dehydrate you and make it difficult for your body to bounce back after a long flight. 

xx Mia

Welcome to The RASA Life

Cait Miers Photography / Via Pinterest

Cait Miers Photography / Via Pinterest

Welcome to The RASA Life - a space about things I like: travel, design, fashion, art, fitness and, of course, food. This isn’t a blog about being healthy; this is a place for useful information and some really cool stuff that just so happens to not be bad for you….

We’re all busy. We have demanding careers, active social lives, family, friends, hobbies. We travel. We read trashy magazines. We spend hours watching House of Cards on Netflix. BUT…that doesn’t mean we can’t be good to ourselves, right?!?

Here’s to looking fine, feeling fine and living a healthy life that doesn’t suck: The RASA Life.

Stay tuned, friends…

xx Mia

Pictured here: the beach. Because my favorite vitamin is vitamin sea.