Viva Las Vegas

I absolutely love to travel. Its such a thrill to put yourself in a new place and explore the surroundings. Being spontaneous, trying new foods and meeting new people are just a few things I love about traveling. My latest travel adventure was celebrating my 26th birthday with my boyfriend, Shan in Las Vegas. He completely surprised me with these travel plans a few months prior to the trip. So it was awesome to have something to look forward to for my birthday this year! I am going to share my top 5 highlights of our trip as well as 5 tips to stay on track with your health while on vacation.

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Las Vegas Baby! A city of lights, parties, shows and plenty of gambling. There is a lot to see  and do in Las Vegas. We were there for 3 days and managed to get a lot in. Here were my top 5 activities from this trip:

  1. “Mystere” by Cirque du Soleil. 

This show was absolutely breathtaking! The costumes, production, creativity and athletisism all came together to create a show like no other. There was even humor thrown in. As a former gymnast, I was  in awe with all the acrobatics, tumbling and strength. It was seriously the coolest thing I have ever seen. I could not hold it in, I was that excited! If you are ever in Vegas, I would highly recommend seeing Cirque du Soleil. I choose Mystere because it is Cirque’s original show and it has more tumbling and tricks that some of the other shows.

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2. Dinner at Top of the World in the Stratosphere Tower

For my birthday dinner, we went to the Top of the World restaurant in the Stratosphere tower. We stayed at the stratosphere, so I really wanted to check out the tower.  We heard nothing but amazing things about the restaurant, so we decided to go for it and splurge! Not only was the food amazing, but the skyline view of Las Vegas is the best in town. The dining room sits on a rotating platform, so you are able to see the whole 360 degree view throughout the meal. It does a complete circle in 90 minutes, so you barely even notice that you are moving. Pretty neat! We got a bottle of unoaked Chardonnay to drink. For food we got a pork belly appetizer that was to die for. For the main entree I got the Chilean Sea Bass and Shan got the Ribeye. We skipped dessert because we were stuffed and had already racked up a nice bill. It was definitely worth it though. We don’t fine dine too often, so it was nice to be fancy for the night and celebrate my golden birthday in style.

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Chilean Sea Bass with honey miso glaze, baby bok choy and roasted baby carrots 

 

3. Night out in downtown Vegas with our LA Homie 

We got to meet up with an old Michigan friend who moved out to LA a few years ago for a night out in Vegas. We went downtown to see what “old town” Vegas had to offer. We went to container park, an offbeat shopping/dining/entertainment center made completely out of shipping containers and enjoyed some drinks. It was a lot of fun catching up with an old friend.

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4. Exploring the Las Vegas Strip

There is so much to see on the Las Vegas Strip! Plenty of shopping, dining, casinos, clubs, hotels and so much more. Even if you are not a gambler, you will still find something to entertain yourself on the strip. I enjoyed going into all the different hotels to see what they had to offer. There are botanical gardens in the Bellagio, canals in the Venetian and an outdoor wildlife display at the Flamingo. There are also free shows and entertainment along the strip. When in doubt, grab a drink and just people watch!

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5. Bruching

I love breakfast food. So brunch is always something I like to seek out while on vacation. We went to Hash House a Go Go, which has been featured in “Man Vs Food”. The food was delicious.. and massive! The pancake was the size of a medium pizza. We ordered a chicken hash and an apple-cinnamon pancake to share and we ate about half of everything between the two of us.

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Breakfast for 2….more like 8

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Tapping out

 

This leads perfectly into my next topic. How to stay on track with your health during vacation. First things first, you have to allow yourself to relax a little bit and enjoy yourself. Vacations do not come around often and the last thing you want to do is be worried about food the whole time. I try to take a different approach while I am away. Focusing on mindfulness and moderation. Its totally okay to treat yourself! In fact, its necessary. Here are 5 tips I practice to enjoy vacation without completely letting myself go health wise.

  1. Eat mindfully. Its okay to enjoy foods you don’t normally eat. Just be mindful about doing so. Really focus on how the food tastes and enjoy the sensation. Focus on the conversation and environment, which should be something special as well. Taking everything in as an experience will make you feel more fulfilled overall.
  2. Portion Control. Restaurants always give you 2+ portions of food. So be aware of that when eating out. Leave food on your plate or take a to-go bag. Eating slowly and mindfully will help with portion control. Also think ahead to your plans later in the day. Do you really want to feel over-stuffed before a night out? Probably not.
  3. Be Active. Walk around and see the sights, go for a hike, go swimming. Staying at a hotel? Hit up the fitness center first thing in the morning. I dragged Shan to the gym with me before our huge brunch. Although he was not feeling it at 8:00 in the morning, he thanked me later in the day.
  4. Watch them Dranks. Alcohol can be dangerous when it comes to calories and sugar. Skip the sugary blended drinks, creamy cocktails and long island iced teas. You will save yourself calories now and a headache the next day. I try and stick with tonic water as a base when I plan on having more than one drink. Wine is my go-to if I only plan on have a drink or 2.
  5. Decide what to go for and what to skip. Just because something is served your way, does not mean you have to eat it. You don’t have to eat from the bread basket every time it is brought out. Say “no thanks” to things that don’t excite you and don’t feel guilty about it. Decide what your favorite treat or cheat is and enjoy just that, not everything! Moderation is key.

 

What are some ways you stay on track while on vacation?

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