There is an abundance of healthy, beautiful, tanned and toned people here in San Francisco.
To the point where I was about ready to hop back on the plane to Dublin when I first arrived. I don’t belong here, I’m an imposter! My shins are too pale to wear shorts every day.
But after a while I realised:
1. I’m not the only one with pale shins. We’re in the tech nerd capital of the world after all, filled with engineers who have pale everything.
2. I can actually use this situation to my advantage – make friends with these beautiful people and get their secrets!
So, that’s what I’m doing – interviewing my group of SF friends to get their top tips for staying healthy.
We’re starting off with Anna. Anna is actually Irish, but she does a very good job of blending in with the beautiful locals. And not only does she look great, she’s also a qualified nutritionist so she speaks the truth.
Watch the video by clicking on the picture below. This was taken on Day 31 at Dolores Park. Blog entry on this tomorrow.
(Note, this is my first time making a video. I’ll get better!)
If you’re not into videos, her tips written down are:
- Find an active, social sport you enjoy
- Her sport of choice is spinning, which is close to where she lives
- She tries to do it 2-3 times a week
- If she doesn’t hit that number, she doesn’t beat herself up about it, she just pushes hard the next week
- At a picnic, go for the low-cab options
- Avoid things like kettle chips (And Anna actually did avoid these things! Unlike myself. I had to actually throw that bag of kettle chips over to the other side of the picnic blanket to avoid them.)
- It’s OK to have a beer, but limit the number you have
- 1 drink during the day is worth 2 beers at night – so be careful as you could actually get more drunk day-drinking
- Walk as much as you can
- On a night out drink red wine, gin or vodka and soda
- Have the vodka and soda with lots and lots of lime as it makes it taste better
Thanks for the healthy tips Anna, what a super star! Stay tuned for more tips from friends.
Food and Exercise
- Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, steamed Kale, raw celery and watemelon
- Lunch: Chicken salad, with peaches and grapes and jalapeno peppers (random but tasty!)
- Snack: Glass of wine…
- Dinner: Salad with garbanzo beans and some kind of cheese (in a bar) and San Pelligrino
- Snack: Glass of wine and like two-three tortilla chips with guac.