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Travel Snacks

August 19, 2016


We’re flying to the west coast next week, and with the time difference, it can feel like you spent an entire day trapped on an airplane. I am obsessive about my clean diet, and would much rather indulge in something delicious while on holiday, than have it all break down by eating processed crap on an airplane. I don’t want to land with a bloated, upset stomach, or with a whole day’s calories wasted on Jetblue’s infamous bags of cookies and chips.

Surviving a 5 hour or longer flight without starving or eating empty calories takes a little planning, but it is doable. Choose items that are easy to toss in your bag, don’t require refrigeration, and won’t offend your fellow seatmates. Here is my list of portable snacks that are healthy enough to pass my finisky standards, and the TSA’s:

Healthy Travel Snacks:

Whole fruit: pre-washed and wrapped apples, pears, peaches or plums can be a savior on a trip. I love bananas, but they never seem to survive the trip without bruising and smashing.

Add little packets of Justin’s nut butter, for a balanced snack that combines fiber and protein to keep you full until you land.

Nuts: Small bags of nuts, pre-measured to prevent over eating, are easily packed into a purse or carry on.

Roasted chickpeas: For legume eaters, roasted chickpeas are a great high protein snack, that is delicious too!( unrecipe HERE)

Crudité: Sticks of celery, carrots or cucumbers make a healthy portable snack. Adding a little nut butter makes them more filling, and a whole lot more interesting! Just be conscious of the people around you when start crunching away!

For those who eat dairy, many hard cheeses don’t require refrigeration. Cut a few slices or cubes and eat them with your fruit or cruditês. Avoid the “stinky” ones to keep your neighbors happy.

Protein Bars: I usually rule these out on principle, as most of the commercial bars on the market are no more than fancy candy, repackaged to appear healthy. Kind bars are made from all natural ingredients, and are a better than average choice in a pinch. For meat eaters, EPIC bars get great reviews, and contain grass-fed meats. They are Paleo friendly and are low sugar and gluten free.

What are your go-to airplane snacks? Do you plan ahead, or do you just “wing it?”

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I Can’t Even

June 24, 2015


I hate to travel. Especially by air. Don’t get me wrong, I love to explore new places. Getting there…not so much.
Frequent readers know about my travel woes. It isn’t a pretty tale.

Today, I got up at 4:45 a.m. to catch a flight to Toronto for a meeting. Now, 16 hours later,here I sit in the airport in Toronto, trying to get home. First,our 8:25 p.m. flight was ontime. Then, suddenly delayed until 10:15. A few minutes later someone decided we should board at 8:30 in case they can get us out earlier. Earlier storms left La Guardia even more backed up then usual. So soon, we shall shut off our laptops and sit on a cramped, stuffy plane and wait.

I have nothing witty to say. I have no wisdom to share. I am tired, cranky, stressed and want to go home. The golden age of travel is clearly tarnished. Global climate change isn’t making it any better. Perhaps if I click my heels together and repeat the words “There’s no place like home” three times, something good might come of it. What the hell, nothing else is working.

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Inspired Living

July 28, 2014


As a frequent business traveler, I tend to encounter some of the same people working at my destinations. Whether it is the room service waiter, the taxi driver or the check in clerk, there is something pleasant and comforting about encountering a familiar and friendly face.

In one city, I rely on a taxi service to shuttle me from my hotel to the office and back. It is not uncommon for me to have the same drivers over and over again. In the 30 minute rides, we make idle small talk, and they all know me on a first name basis. They know a bit about my family and where I live, among other tidbits we share on our journey together.

This week, I had a unique and gratifying experience. I was greeted my one of my regular drivers and he immediately inquired as to my well being, and my family. After a few minutes of polite chit chat, he told me he had been on a health kick and had lost about 30 pounds since we last spoke. He attributed it to getting active, and eating healthier. He began cooking his own food, and gave up on junk. I congratulated him on his accomplishment, but I was unprepared for came next.

He said, “Chatting with you about healthy eating and your exercise regimen really inspired me. I decided after I dropped you off one day, it was time to get serious about my weight and my health.”

That really blew me away and made my day. In a week that I was feeling less than good about myself, I realized that our actions, however small can have an influence on others. We probably have an effect on people all the time, through the positive, and not so positive things that we do.

I am so happy to have been able to help this man change his life for the better, however inadvertently that may have happened.

Congratulations Bill the taxi driver! Keep up the good work and pay it forward!

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Hot Tips Tuesday: Bitters

June 18, 2013


Flying can wreck havoc with your digestive system. Something about the pressurized cabin and not being very mobile for hours on end can cause a little pressure inside your own cabin, if you get my drift.

Why didn’t I know about this trick a few years ago, when my seatmate on an overnight transcontinental flight announced they probably shouldn’t have snacked on prunes before traveling? Just for the record, they were right!
Anyways, it’s never too late to know about a natural solution for a natural, yet unpleasant problem.

Bitters! Yes, that bartender’s ingredient of choice for making cocktails also relieves tummy issues. According to the Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, bitter foods stimulate the release of digestive enzymes.

A few drops taken on the tongue or in a glass of water should do the trick. Of course a Manhattan can do the trick as well!

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Pack Rat

August 26, 2012

I am packing for a much-needed week away at the beach in South Carolina. It will be a very casual family holiday, and the house we are staying at has a washer/dryer.

No one will see us walking around a fancy resort hotel, and we will be frequenting different restaurants each night, so nobody will know if I repeat an outfit. Most of the places we will go are pretty casual (think beachside fish shacks and resort town haunts) so easy clothes are key. No offense to the locals, but Hilton Head, South Carolina isn’t exactly the fashion capitol of the United States.

So why do I have so much stuff? Five pairs of shoes? A huge bag of clothes?  I haven’t even gotten to the cosmetics yet.

I am an editor for God’s sake, why can’t I seem to edit myself?

I am currently re-packing, trying to weed out what I really need, and what could stay home un-missed. I am sure that I still have too much, yet will certainly discover some basic necessity ended up on the cutting room/bedroom floor. And somehow, I will do without it.

I need to remember, it’s all about relaxing, experiencing a different lifestyle and enjoying my family. But if I can look cute doing that, why not go for it?!

I will post from my trip, and  will continue to bring you great articles on food, fitness, fashion and family.

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If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Copenhagen

June 14, 2012

The Scandinavian Fashionista Road Show has come to an end, and I am enjoying a quiet evening before embarking on my journey home tomorrow.

The presentations were very well received, and I met some great people in both Stockholm and Copenhagen these past 2 days.

Here are a few of them:


The streets of Copenhagen were filled with activity tonight. Here are a few of the street performers I encountered:

Blowing giant bubbles

Street musician

Most rode bikes, but these folks commuted via Segue

The shops were closed, but the windows were open, and I managed to document a little of the local style. They have embraced the pastel trend for both men and women, and it’s looking great!



There is also a blue mood that is permeating style for home and fashion.




It’s been a great albeit hectic trip, and I head back Stateside early in the morning.

I’ll be back on-line and posting before you know it!


Trend Seminar: Day 1

June 13, 2012

We’re wrapping up our first round of presentations here in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Four of us, representing studios from around the world, spoke to a group on color, fashion and lifestyle trends for Fall 2012.

The group included ,Tony Bannister of Scout in Sydney, Australia, Louise Klarsten of Colourhouse in Sweden,David Shah,of Textile View Magazine in London and Alberto Costabella, of A+A Design Studio in Milan.  And of course me, Shari Hershon of ESP Trendlab in New York.

(that’s me on the end!)

It was an upbeat day, with 4 very different approaches to very similar ideas.

(Here is David, talking about happiness.)

In between, we had a little fun, as you can see below:

(There is a distinct cross-cutural trend that we all spoke about. Here,the boys play dress up and take it the trend to a whole new place!)

We’re packing it up and hopping on the train to Stockholm to do it all over again tomorrow! Stay tuned…

Take it to the Streets

June 11, 2012

The weather in Gothenburg, Sweden is cold and wet. While it may feel more like October than June, the stores tell a different story.

Color is everywhere, and garden florals are abundant.


Bare tops, dresses, and swimwear grace the windows, in the hope that soon it will be warm enough to be able to wear them.

The look here is casual, yet feminine, and the vibe is very relaxed.  I hope the sun comes out soon!

The Joys of Travel

June 10, 2012

Oh, the joys of international travel! Today’s journey has been anything but flawless.

My car service arrived 30 minutes late, and after spending 15 minutes on the phone assuring me that they were outside my front door waving, it turned out they were outside waving from 2 blocks away.
Once they arrived, traffic leading into the Holland Tunnel was backed up for another 30 minutes. I finally arrived at the airport and checked in, just as the flight closed.
They got me a boarding pass, but could not give me my pre-reserved aisle seat, instead offering me an inside seat in the back of the plane or nothing.

I rushed off to security, only to find a mile long line. They sent me back to the United Airlines counter for an escort, which United declined to provide.

I begged and pleaded to be moved up the line, and the people at the security checkpoint were rude and unhelpful.

Finally, through the kindness of my fellow passengers, who a few at a time allowed me to cut ahead, I got through security.

Shoes on, I grabbed my bag, only to have the handle fall off. Laptop and 10 magazines in my hand, I sprinted on my bum knee through the terminal to the last gate (yes, it’s always the last gate when you are rushing and/or carrying things) and boarded the plane.

The flight attendant asked my seatmates if they would like to switch with me, and the wonderful, albeit large man on the aisle graciously offered me his seat.

Score!! Things were looking up.

There was no more room in the overhead compartment, so I sat for 8 ½ hours with me legs crammed beneath me, trying to relax. The man on my left was taking up a bit more than his share of the row, but I was unwilling to let that bother me, since he so magnanimously gave me his seat. The aisles were narrow and the flight attendants were not. I was bumped into every time they passed. Nothing like a big butt in your face when you are already stressed, but hey, I really wanted that aisle seat!

I landed on time in Stockholm, made my connection, and made it safely and smoothly to Gothenburg. Sadly, my luggage did not.

When I went to fill out the claim, they told me I supposed to pick it up in Stockholm and recheck it. Oops! They didn’t mention that in New York, and told me it was checked through. The baggage claim tickets stated that as well, and I was not the only one from my flight that had this problem. They told me they would deliver them as soon as they found them.

When I arrived at the hotel, there was a message that I needed to come back to the airport in person to retrieve them after all. Seriously? They decided that just after I left?
I checked into the hotel and the desk agent has informed me that the hotel might go on strike tomorrow, in which case they would re-locate me, and our big seminar. They will know in the morning. Something to look forward to for sure!

I now have my luggage, and I am unpacking, and hoping for the best.

The torrential rain has slowed to a drizzle, and I now have an umbrella, hat and sweatshirt to put on so I can go out to brave the elements.

I am happy to finally be here, and glad to have the extra day to relax and settle in.

Hopefully, the worst is behind me, and things will go smoothly from here.

A Birdseye View of Things to Come

June 9, 2012

I am heading off to Scandinavia to be a presenter at a series of trend seminars. The first is in Gothenburg, Sweden, followed by Stockholm and Copenhagen.I hope to be posting from each city offering you a little insider’s view of Fall 2013 fashion and color trends, as well as a peek at the local culture and street style.

Stay tuned for updates from my trip and a little glimpse of things to come!

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